Keep gun boxes?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by blucoondawg, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Active Member

    Just wondering if any of you keep the cardboard boxes your guns come in, my wife swears by keeping every box because her dad did it, I never kept any box unless it was some sort of collectible gun which was unfired and still in the box. I don't see the point in keeping the boxes to hunting rifles and shotguns and everyday carry pieces/shooters. If it keeps goin like this I will have to build an extra room just to hold empty cardboard gun boxes!!!!
  2. rurak

    rurak New Member

    My father does that. Drives me nuts. I don't keepbthe cardboard boxes evet

  3. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I've got some, ready to go into the attic.
  4. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

    My father does it with his collectible guns. He claims that it enhances the value in the future if you have the original packaging that it came in.
  5. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

    I keep them, but if the number started to get too high, I would probably dump the cardboard ones. I think they are easier to sell in the original box. That is a perception, I have no statistics to back it up.
  6. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

    I would keep them...

  7. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

    I would keep them,
    if you have the room.
    My collection of boxes got too great,
    on the way to work one morning I dumped them in a markets dumpster,
    after making sure everything was removed
    that could used to trace them to me.
    Don't put them out in front of your house.
  8. kytowboater

    kytowboater Well-Known Member

    I've got most of mine.
  9. gunsmoke11

    gunsmoke11 New Member

    I save all the boxes as well as paperwork and any booklets. These are for any new handgun, rifle, or shotgun purchased. When buying used a box is an added plus as far as I'm concerned. Depending on the gun they can add hundreds of dollars additional value.

    My Colt SAA stagecoach box with matching ser# in mint condition can add $4-500 to my 2nd generation gun. I've seen those boxes fairly beat up without any gun sell for $150 or more. The early black boxes go for even more. Even a box for a gun that may not be considered highly collectable can add 50 bucks to the value, as well as enhance the appearance of the gun that can make it easier to sell. Someone selling a gun they had a long time with the original box tells me something positive about the owner and what they thought of the gun.
  10. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I have bought 3 new guns in the last 20 years. None of my used guns came in the original box, so no, I dont keep them. I used the boxes from the new ones as tinder to start campfires. Once burned, no way to link them to me.

    Edit. I kept 1 and used it to gift a used CVA Tracker to my uncle. Only one I ever kept past 3 months.
  11. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Active Member

    I believe she claimed at one point that you needed to have the box for warranty purposes which I have never heard of, I can see where it could ad a little value to the collectible gun sale, however these aren't considered collectible guns, I have 3 Winchester Centennial, Bicentennial model 94s, those have never been fired and are all in the original box, my grandpa gave them to us that way, those I can see keeping. But boxes from modern firearms I don't see the sense, I may ad I am not one to sell guns and the couple I have sold over the years to folks I know they don't care about the box, only the functioning firearm. The paperwork, books and stuff I keep, even those infernal gun locks, someday I may find a use for them(doubt it). I will probably keep them for now just to keep the peace, when I build my garage I will stuff them in the rafters and let the squirrels and mice have their way with them. Theyre getting to be quite a waste of space in my reloading room.
  12. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

    I do it. I keep them under the bed with the manuals in them.
  13. lbwar15

    lbwar15 Active Member

    I keep all the hard cases. As far as cardboard boxes I keep for a few years.
  14. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

    If it came in a box or case, I keep em! Some are 40+ years old. If I change out parts, the original parts go in the box. If I sell or trade people seem very pleased to have the original box. Got WWI and WWII ammo in the box. Not the shipping cartons.