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Old 11-08-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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Anyone else like having the original owner's manuals for their handguns? There are some great sites out there with an extensive archive of manuals, but the one I don't have a manual for seems to be the one none of them have. Ugh! Frustrating. Stupid & awesome at same time Firestar M45!

Anyway, was just curious if anyone else was like me in this regard. I always figured it would be nice, should I get to a point of trying to sell any of my firearms, to be able to say it includes original paperwork or owner's manual. Plus I like having all the specific factory stats of my guns to compare to my caliper measurements.

For reference, in the case anyone is of like mind, here's the website I found.

http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIREARMS/

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I'm like that with other things I collect. And when say collect, I don't collect anything that I don't use. But I've never really thought about that with guns. I keep all that stuff when I buy a new gun. But I do have a couple of older guns I've inherited that I haven't thought to try and seek that stuff out.

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I've got two Firestars, both I purchased used and came with nothing. The M43 has manuals everywhere, of course it's a 9mm, so it would. But the M45 I can't find anywhere.

I'm like you in the collection department. I only collect things I use or put into employ. Knives, watches, flashlights, lighters, wines, beers, etc. It's funny though, guns are the only one I care to have manuals on. I mean, I've kept the boxes and papers on my lighters and watches, just because they're really nice display cases and small, thus easy to store.

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Yeah, I keep all the boxes and manuals to all my electronics, computers, and photography equipment as well. I guess the only other things that apply would be movies, video games, and die cast car models too as well as all my car modifications.

I have an older Mauser .22 LR and a Winchester 1894 16ga that I doubt I could ever find paperworks for.

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Yeah, I keep all the boxes and manuals to all my electronics, computers, and photography equipment as well. I guess the only other things that apply would be movies, video games, and die cast car models too as well as all my car modifications.

I have an older Mauser .22 LR and a Winchester 1894 16ga that I doubt I could ever find paperworks for.
What's the model nomenclature look like, specific model name would be most useful?
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When I buy a new gun, I keep all the papers and boxes. You will get a much better price if you have the complete package. I try to get the same with a used gun if I can. The price goes down if I cant.

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I didnt see anything for the Medusa...

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I think most gun people like getting/having ALL original paperwork. The LGS I deal with will pay a little more if you bring all of that stuff in when you sell to him. And he notes it on the tag.
I have a spot in the filing cabinet where I put all house-related manuals, receipts, and paperwork. Gun stuff stays separate.

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Unless the gun is a collector I believe instructions are just another man's opinion

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Any true collector knows that anything that relates to a particular gun will increase the value as a package. I even search for items related to guns that are over a hundred years old to increase it's value, such as boxes, holsters, loading tools, cleaning rods, manuals, slings, scopes, original boxed ammo, anything. A stagecoach box for a Colt SAA in exc. condition can go as high as $500. The earlier black boxes even more. I even saved everything that came with my Walther pellet pistol from 1963. Even a newspaper clipping.

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