Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox
Not really. For me to enjoy and experience any sentiment out of an item I'd need it to function just as it did when my ancestor used it, and I'd have to use it. I'd shoot it at a can knowing my grandfather did the exact same thing at some point. Now that's cool. I'd hoist it over my shoulder or bury it in a holster and walk around the same woods my father did. Now that's cool. But just sitting on a fireplace mantle collecting dust under some picture does nothing for me and is just plain poor excuse for home decor.
For the most part, yes I agree (to the extent that all of the guns I have, save the Carcano, I have and do shoot).
But there are some mantle decorations that I wouldn't turn down nor would I sell them off. I just don't have them yet.