Originally Posted by Doc3402
There is another reason for wanting a value on old guns. As trustee for my parents estate I have to have a rough value of everything they own. This is not only for the trust valuation purposes, but also for insurance reasons and making the split fair when the time comes to execute the trust. I also imagine more than one of the people asking for a value would need it for homeowners or renters insurance.
Have a little faith. Not everyone is out to dump memories to the highest bidder.
I understand the desire to know a value so you can properly insure something or to fairy divide an estate upon the death of a family member. But when you hang around gun forums a lot and see these first posts by so many that once they get a value will never post again tells me that they just need a value so they can sell it off. Nothing brings out the greed in people faster than a death in the family. Even many times if it is a "gun person" they will sell off the useless 03 ()
to get a shiny new Glock or other "useful gun" Time and again I have watched it in the real world as well on forums. We see it on this forum about once a month.
Sure it can be that they are just trying to get a value for what I would see as a good reason. But I'm willing to bet that more often than not this is not the case. For an abundance of people in this world the only thing a death in the family means is a payday. And for me that is depressing.
Maybe that is one of the reasons I am so drawn to older guns. I do see the ghost in the machine and often will wonder to myself what that old gun had seen before it found it's way to where I am seeing it in the here and now.
But I am kind of weird. I'm one of those guys that believes some of the most valuable things anyone has ever given me where their stories after living a long, interesting life.