Selling Antique Guns

Owned and carried by the legendary Texas Ranger who tracked down and terminated the careers of the notorious “Bonnie and Clyde.”  Factory engraved Colt single-action revolver (serial #180260) with 4 3/4-inch barrel and handsome pearl grips with high-relief carving of an eagle’s head.  The revolver was originally owned and used by William H. Ford in a fatal shooting in Texas and subsequently acquired by Frank Hamer whose Texas Ranger career had begun in 1906 at age 22.  The historic Colt revolver was accompanied by documents written personally by Hamer stating:  “this weapon has been carried by me for a number of years while in the services as a peace officer.”  Illustrated here with a popular biography of Hamer’s distinguished career. (As illustrated in The Peacemakers; Arms and Adventure in the American West, with author’s permission)

Owned and carried by the legendary Texas Ranger who tracked down and terminated the careers of the notorious “Bonnie and Clyde.” Factory engraved Colt single-action revolver (serial #180260) with 4 3/4-inch barrel and handsome pearl grips with high-relief carving of an eagle’s head. The revolver was originally owned and used by William H. Ford in a fatal shooting in Texas and subsequently acquired by Frank Hamer whose Texas Ranger career had begun in 1906 at age 22. The historic Colt revolver was accompanied by documents written personally by Hamer stating: “this weapon has been carried by me for a number of years while in the services as a peace officer.” Illustrated here with a popular biography of Hamer’s distinguished career. (As illustrated in The Peacemakers; Arms and Adventure in the American West, with author’s permission)

Trading a Gun

Trading as a final option. If all else fails, there’s always gun swapping! Probably no other collecting hobby affords as many opportunities to trade as does antique firearms. This time honored method is also a means of sharpening one’s wits. With not a few collectors their major interest in the hobby is the action and satisfaction derived from the pure trading aspects.

Depending on technique, it is very possible to amass quite an impressive collection with a minimum expenditure of cash and a little ingenuity and Yankee horse-trading. Likely superfluous would be a caution about trading values, but inasmuch as “… some never get the word” (to summarize an old story), only the reminder will be issued here that highly unrealistic prices are often encountered in the area where trading rather than sales is anticipated.

The reason for this might possibly be the psychological advantage thought in allowing someone more for his gun in trade than could be attained for it in cash. The whole thing is based on both a not-too-cute or clever and often selfdeceiving principle and brings to mind the classic story of the two $500 alley cats traded for the $1,000 mongrel dog!

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Recommended books for gun collectors:

Standard Catalog of Firearms, 2011Standard Catalog of Firearms, 21st Edition

Gun Digest 2010, 64th Edition

The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2010, Rifles, Pistols & Shotguns

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