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1911 collectors

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by u4ea, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. u4ea

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    Do you guys collect a bunch of 1911s because you love to shoot each and every one of them, or are you trying to hold onto them and sell them for a nice profit in 20 years or so?

    I was at a friend's house a while back, and his dad has a collection worth 1.5 million dollars. He said 90% of the guns haven't even seen the light of day since the 80's, but that he knew every gun he had, down to which safe it was stored in, how long ago he bought it and how good of a shooter it is. He doesn't plan to sell any of them, but when he passes on and the collection changes hands, I have a feeling more than one of them will be sold by his son.
     
  2. Quack

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    I shoot them...if not, then they get sold.
     


  3. u4ea

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    What about someone like bac? He'd have to spend 6 hours a day at the range to even come close to using all of his guns, it looks like. lol
     
  4. Quack

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    He shoots them in rotation, but he has collectible guns that I (he doesn't either) wouldn't fire.
     
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  5. Nakanokalronin

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    You might get a wide variety of answers on this one. The 1911 is my favorite platform and I currently own only 8 1911s. Certainly not a collection but there are certain models I really wanted to have and the rest are all guns that are used for one pupose or another like HD and carry.

    There are some really high end models I could buy but I know they would sit in the safe and I see it more as a waste of money than an investment down the road. The only other 1911 or 1911A1 I want is an all original WWI-II model just to have an example of the type that started it all. Lots of people have them but I haven't found the right one in the condition I'm looking for.

    Some people just like them so much they want a huge variety. Some will buy them for investments and as long as they are quality examples will make a decent profit on them down the line.

    The 1911 is one of the best and most interesting platforms to work on as well. Its a handgun you can customize like no other that would truly make it one of a kind. Its a personal weapon that has a soul so to speak.

    My guns are mainly to be used and a few sit and get shot once in awhile and although I'd like to take all the 1911s I see home with me I can't have a flock of firearms that sit in a safe all the time.

    BTW, I hope your friend's dad takes them out once in awhile to check for rust. I have dehumidifiers and heat rods in my safes but I'm always taking out each gun I own no less than once a month to check, wipe down and re-lube anything that might have evaporated away.

    ETA: Quack and bac are exceptions. Don't try to understand why they do what they do. Just accept it.
     
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  6. GeorgiaRedfish

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    Right behind you...
    The only 1911's I wouldn't shoot are ones that have seen wartimes.
     
  7. Even my WWII colt I can't resist and take it out every great now and again to run a mag or two thru.
     
  8. craig19

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    :rofl:
     
  9. rsxr22

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    I agree. Also the reason why I dont buy nor want to buy rare guns.
     
  10. jrs93accord

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    As an owner of 65 1911s, I can say that they all do not get shot for a couple reasons. One is to preserve the vintage pistols that are in pristine condition. The other is to preserve some of the newer collectable pieces in new condition. I have shot my USGI 1918 Colt 1911 to see if it still functioned fine. I have several other 1911s that have been shot only once and some twice. I have 80 other firearms in my collection as well, so somethings do not get shot as much as others.
     
  11. ctfireman

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    I shoot everything, however i certainly don't have a 1.5 million dollar collection.
     
  12. Hokie1911

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    I can't see owning anything I wouldn't pull out of the safe and shoot regularly.
     
  13. asiparks

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    I've 16 1911's and maybe 30 other assorted handguns at the mo, the only ones that don't get shot are some of my older (1935 -1959) S&W wheelguns.

    All the 1911' get at least some rangetime. I bought all of them used, at good prices. I figure when i sell them, i might lose a bit here, gain a bit there, plus i get the pleasure of owning and shooting them in the meantime....
    Unless you're a savvy expert on firearms, they're a horrible investment choice. His collection might be worth $1.5 mil, but if he'd invested the money used to collect them in stock, well who knows ?
    I bought $1000 of apple stock in '04 when it was just under $13 and spent about $3000 on firearms that year. ...Today, I'd imagine the value of those guns is a bit less than the $86,000 the $3000 would be worth if i'd put it into Apple instead....:shocked:
     
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  14. GJ1981

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    This.

    I have way more pistols than I need, some don't get range time because I'd rather train with my CCW pistols than a range only. I'll most likely sell some off this year, I just can't stand a firearm not getting used outside of "just having it."
     
  15. Hokie1911

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    I considered getting an Brown EC Centennial from George this year and would have absolutely no problem shooting the snot out of it. No safe queens for me.
     
  16. I am with Paul. I don't see how you won't shoot some of them. I would go crazy. :supergrin:
     
  17. Hokie1911

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    Luckily for me, I don't have much money, so it will take me like a year to pay a semi-custom build off. Less guns equals more trigger time for the ones that I will be fortunate enough to own. I don't ever see having the problems Brian and James have "rotating through the herd". :supergrin:
     
  18. Nakanokalronin

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    That particular 1911 is just calling me like nothing else I've seen come up this year from any other 1911 manufacture. I would shoot it but I know it would end up sitting in a safe far from anything else. I'd take it out and wipe it down with a diaper once in awhile, but that's about it.

    There are guns I can spend that much money on like an AR and beat it to hell but in all honesty that Ed Brown is just to pretty like other 1911s I've seen. give me a $1200 (give or take) 1911 and I'm fine and dandy with using it in any situation.
     
  19. Here in a couple of months I am going to order a EE cent. I can assure you that I am going to shoot the snot out of it and rotate carry between it and my WC. If i spend that much money I am going to get my monies worth and then some.
     
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  20. bac1023

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    I shoot my USGIs, actually.