What are your thoughts regarding selling of stocks in your retirement money, and buying collectible firearms as a hedge. I am a retied old man. The kids are grown, and out of the house. So is the wife. I have begun to think that my money is not really safe in the market. I keep hearing that our economy will tank, along with Europe's. If it goes, then all that money that is on the computer in the form of stock, will go away, (except for the money that the CEO's salaries and their sweet severance packages). To diversify, I have started to take money out, and buy collectible rifles that I have always dreamed of having. The prices of guns seems to always increase. In the 1980's, I bought a WW2 .45 ACP for $200,(the guy had a whole bunch of them on his table at a gun show. For $300, I could have bought one with,"Property of USN" on it. I bought a Winchester-made M1 carbine for $400. If I wanted to buy them today, I could not afford to buy the Colt. The Inland carbine I bought a month ago cost me more than $1500. I got my C&R, and have begun to collect rifles used by the USA from the Civil war, to the present, walnut and steel, (stopping at plastic and steel). If I leave money in stocks, and have money in guns, I won't lose it all if the market fails. If the swat team comes to confiscate my collection, I will still have money in the market. But then, I will be royally screwed if the market fails, and the goon squads arrive at the same time. To tell the truth though, I would much rather examine and hold a classic, something tangible, than a stock quote.