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Old 01-18-2011, 11:57 AM   #11
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JD's just a freaking gun snob.

In all seriousness, the comment by dan_fl "buy the best you can afford" is good advice. I'd also add "that meets your needs" to the statement. None of mine are high end as while I can afford them I just didn't need them. My Springer's serve me well and I'm very satisfied with their performance. For me, the custom shop guns are more like works of art than tools - and I just prefer tools. Iff'n I bought one I'd probably keep it sealed in the safe for fear of scratches...

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Don't believe JD yunus.

It makes your vonsluker much bigger.

It is proven time and time again all over the interwebz.

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It makes your vonsluker much bigger.

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The internet never lies.
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JD's just a freaking gun snob.

In all seriousness, the comment by dan_fl "buy the best you can afford" is good advice. I'd also add "that meets your needs" to the statement. None of mine are high end as while I can afford them I just didn't need them. My Springer's serve me well and I'm very satisfied with their performance. For me, the custom shop guns are more like works of art than tools - and I just prefer tools. Iff'n I bought one I'd probably keep it sealed in the safe for fear of scratches...
This is how I feel about it.
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I look at firearms as an investment to some extent. They are one of the only toys I know of that can actually hold or increase in value over time while I play with it, and that's a really good thing.

If you buy a $500 Callaway driver or a $400 Scotty Cameron putter, they're each worth about maybe $150 the minute you walk out the door with them.

We all know how much cars depreciate, in general, after you drive off the lot.

Some photo equipment can retain value pretty well, but most doesn't.

I doubt that high-end 1911s will appreciate at a higher rate than the others. With either one, at least you're not going to LOSE a ton of money after you put the first round through.

So, if you can afford one or more of the expensive 1911s on the front end, you sure have something nice in your hand that you're not going to take a beating on in the future.

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I look at firearms as an investment to some extent. They are one of the only toys I know of that can actually hold or increase in value over time while I play with it, and that's a really good thing.

If you buy a $500 Callaway driver or a $400 Scotty Cameron putter, they're each worth about maybe $150 the minute you walk out the door with them.

We all know how much cars depreciate, in general, after you drive off the lot.

Some photo equipment can retain value pretty well, but most doesn't.

I doubt that high-end 1911s will appreciate at a higher rate than the others. With either one, at least you're not going to LOSE a ton of money after you put the first round through.

So, if you can afford one or more of the expensive 1911s on the front end, you sure have something nice in your hand that you're not going to take a beating on in the future.
That's a good point and something I had not considered. Although I would think that if you truly customize a gun to be built for you then the value might be higher to you the person it was built for than someone you are trying to sell it to, but I guess it would depend on what type of customizing you have done.

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Well that's it, I'm sold
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Wasn't really talking about "custom-built." Two of my 1911s have the word "Custom" in the name, but I've kept them stock other than the grips and the magazines.

Not sure if making your own custom changes to a pistol would help with the resale or actually maybe hinder it.....?

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That's a good point and something I had not considered. Although I would think that if you truly customize a gun to be built for you then the value might be higher to you the person it was built for than someone you are trying to sell it to, but I guess it would depend on what type of customizing you have done.



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Depends on if your famous or notorious. In general customized(non-reversable kinds) are far more difficult to sell so they don't hold value well. There are tons of ww2 1911 out there that were customized and lots of series 70 colts that are worth far less than lesser well used samples that had not been.

Production guns from a custom shop hold value so long as they haven't been personalized.
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I had this same question. I have several 1911s. I finally decided to buy a high-end 1911 after I saw what was being developed for the USMC. I tried to buy a Unertl MEU-SOC 1911. $3K was just a bit too much for me, not because of price but because that's just crazy. I asked around and found out who they got their parts from. A call to Caspian and Wilson and a nice Military discount and I was on my way to make my own. So, minus the green finish I built my own and had a 'smith check it as I went. It's not perfect by any means. I'm still learning.

My point is, I built it like most people build any hot rod; piece by piece. All in all it ran me just over $1K. I should have went with a different barrel but it's a learning process. It's worth nothing to anyone else but that's the beauty of it being mine. I never buy firearms for the purpose of holding value. To me, that's like buying nice work boots because they have a better brand name. They're only worth anything to the person using them.

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Depends on if your famous or notorious. In general customized(non-reversable kinds) are far more difficult to sell so they don't hold value well. There are tons of ww2 1911 out there that were customized and lots of series 70 colts that are worth far less than lesser well used samples that had not been.

Production guns from a custom shop hold value so long as they haven't been personalized.
Kinda like adding a swimming pool to your house. You would think that it would add to the value....but if you go to sell it, you find that you've effectively shrunken the market.
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