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Old 05-23-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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My mother and I were going through my grandfather's gun collection and are clueless as to how to evaluate their worth. Any help/guidance/advise on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Take a look at the link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79198962@N02/

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Old 05-25-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

My mother and I were going through my grandfather's gun collection and are clueless as to how to evaluate their worth. Any help/guidance/advise on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Take a look at the link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79198962@N02/
I would suggest a prof. appraisal. Looking at some of the photos you've got posted, it would be well worth the cost. I would also suggest you get his collection insured if it is not already.
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Beautiful collection!
That Ruger Old Army is just awesome! If you can identify some of the models, you could get a very, very general idea of their worth from auctions on gunbroker.com. Like the Ruger Old Army is somewhere from $300-500 or depending on condition and such; a plain-jane, blued but clean one is being offered for $400 on thefiringline.com forum, and i doubt it lasts the week.

You are gonna need a professional.

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Steve;
Find a gun 'expert' thru friend or family. He'll estimate them. They'll know how. They'll show you how they arrived at the estimate if good folk. Then you'll auction them off -- maybe offer to pay the premium and shipping on one the expert wants to buy and wins THRU THE AUCTION HOUSE!

Now, those are nice guns. Worth thousands. But, not so many you have to bother insuring them by a long stretch. Sorry.

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A very nice collection. I hope you are able to keep em in the family.

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The flint and percussion single shots are custom builds and the flint isn't a very good one. The one with fluted grips is a parlor pistol and shouldn't be fired with modern ammo. The Colt's are very nice tho.

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The flint and percussion single shots are custom builds and the flint isn't a very good one. The one with fluted grips is a parlor pistol and shouldn't be fired with modern ammo. The Colt's are very nice tho.
Are the parlor pistols the ones that fire from a very short cartridge that is powered by the primer? From German in-door ranges??
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Are the parlor pistols the ones that fire from a very short cartridge that is powered by the primer? From German in-door ranges??
Yes but not just German.
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If you dont insure them it would sure be advisable to put them in a vault or safe storage. The Value of them is high even to collectors, but more so as family heirlooms. It would seem sacrilegious to sell a grandfathers collection like that.

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William;
Please be careful not to accidently mislead Steve: their value is NOT high to collectors although everything is relative I suppose. Of course they should be secured. However, again, it isn't like they would even be able to put a down-payment on a home with their worth. Well, actually, you could probably buy a house in Detroit with them but that's only a four-figure sum...

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