Originally Posted by esb32
That makes sense... So as far as an antique goes. when do things start getting collectible. I know cars start being classics at 25 years. What's the rule of thumb for guns?
the batfe kinda made it easy for us. anything that was made 50 years ago or longer is generally a curio or relic. they have an actual list. some guns are collectable due to popularity and rarity. some old guns arent worth much if anything. it just depends.
right now due to the obama factor the economy is soft on collectables. difficult to sell hard to find at a good price unless someone is desperate.
a good example of recent rares is the colt python. only been out of production a decade but the demand is high so prices are higher for great condition used ones than they were new. while they arent hard to find in the least the demand for them makes them valuable. the main reason there is a demand is simply that the python is the finest mass production revolver ever made.
the mosin nagant is an old collectable but they arent worth much because there are so damn many of them.
the m1 carbine is a pricey collector item mainly because the people that have them arent selling. there are literally millions of them in american gun owner's hands. because people are not trading them or selling them the price is very high.
then there is the 1911. still in production by everyone under the sun but the old ww2 version of which millions were produced and dumped on the US civilian market after ww2 for next to nothing now command huge prices. reason being that millions of the millions dumped by the us govt were bubba'd to death. only a relative few survived today in unmolested form in good condition.
so while there IS an official list it doesnt mean much. individual gun types and individual examples have to be taken on a case by case basis for value and worth.