Heirloom?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by BeyondTheBox, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    What, to you, constitutes "Heirloom quality" in a handgun?
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    A heirloom is a heirloom --What does the quality of it have to do with it :confused:
    It can be a POS or MIB- Still a heirloom--
     

  3. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When your pistol has weaving aids built into it and you have an heir designated to receive it, you have an "heirloom quality" handgun. :D

    I have purchased Colt revolvers for my children to receive if/when they grow up.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I'm availble for adobtion ;)
     
  5. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Why do you ask?

    Seriously, if you want to pass it down to your kids, or they have a strong desire to have it passed down to them, that is what makes it an heirloom. It does not even need to be functioning.
     
  6. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Well I would think an heirloom is defined by its ability to stand the test of time, which would require it to have a certain build quality. So while, yes, anything handed down could technically be considered an heirloom by mere exchange, something that is built will enough to have that "last a lifetime" quality, is what I would deem worthy of the title.

    My question was meant to ask what gives guns these qualities? Is it the materials, the machining, the this, the that, etc. Just curious about the specifics anyone might have found or thought of.
     
  7. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

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    The family history behind it makes it an heirloom. I personally think quality isn't much of a factor.
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    That's where we have to disagree. If a firearm isn't working I won't have it around to be passed down. If u can have it fixed, fine, git 'r done, but functionless is useless and had no place in my home or possession and I wouldn't pas down junk.
     
  9. Vikingdad

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    My wife learned how to shoot a rifle with a Carcano. Still have the piece of junk, and we will keep it. Our one son wants it to be his one day. There you go- cheap and poorly made piece of junk with no monetary value, yet its an heirloom.:cool:
     
  10. Vikingdad

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    So the rusty Civil War era cap-lock that was found on the family farm doesn't count as an heirloom? I disagree with your disagreement and call you. :cool:
     
  11. BeyondTheBox

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    Lol

    To each their own, but yes, basically. I don't want to stare at an oversized paperweight. It only holds value to me if it functions. But I'm not a sentimental person in the slightest, so...
     
  12. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    How about the Pennsylvania Rifle that your ancestor used in the Revolution but would not be safe to fire? Would you value that as an heirloom?
     
  13. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    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.
     
  14. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    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.