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#619631 09/22/2022 12:36 PM
by PALUNC
PALUNC
You should read the article "Shifting Sands" in this months E-Mag by Diggory Hadoke. It speaks to the ever present issue of the decline in side by side guns, especially English guns.
As an owner of several English guns I have sadly came to the realization that my investments are now ever going to pay out. So I have resigned myself to the fact that either I sell and take the loss and have regret till my last day or let my "Heirs" sell them.
Just wondering how you guys feel about the American doublegun market? I have bee thinking about buying a Parker or maybe a Winchester 21 20 bore and wonder if I will live to regret this decision.
I have a friend who loves English "Best" guns, especially a Boss. But every time he buys his first thought is "Can I sell it later and get my money back".
I am not thinking like that, I buy on the whim because I like the gun or the Maker. Should I change how I look at things now?
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#619632 Sep 22nd a 01:16 PM
by FelixD
FelixD
I acquired my few double guns because they intrigued me. It was, and still is, a matter of how they move, their balance, their design, and their quality. It was also a fascination with the period and the place they came from. They connected with some innermost elements of my existence. Reselling them has never part of the ownership process. For me these things have far greater value than just money. I’ve never considered them an investment.
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#619634 Sep 22nd a 01:43 PM
by Nitrah
Nitrah
I used to think long and hard about the ability to resell later, knowing I might find something I like more later on. I am close to 70 and have a few guns, frankly a younger me never thought I'd be able to own. I'd like to think my family will be able to get close to what I paid but if not I have enjoyed them for several years so I am ok with a loss, hoping it won't be too great. Right now I am more concerned about the fate of our nation.
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#619661 Sep 22nd a 07:12 PM
by ClapperZapper
ClapperZapper
Life is short.
Buy what you want, shoot it, enjoy it, and live.The end comes soon enough.
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#619645 Sep 22nd a 04:42 PM
by KY Jon
KY Jon
Guns are not an investment anymore than antiques or muscle cars of my youth. I have bought a few English and Spanish doubles to enjoy, in part because the prices are so depressed. Most in the UK are down by half from a decade ago. So I buy them and enjoy them, use them and not worry about their value after I’m done with them. Invest in stocks, land or other things but enjoy guns for what they. Just neat old things which go bang, bang.
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#619650 Sep 22nd a 05:27 PM
by Parabola
Parabola
Having plunged in with the £12 winning bid on the Parker-Hale 12 bore BLE with chopper lump barrels I mentioned on the Heronshaw thread I will try to be philosophical if I fail to re-coup the £15 (with buyer’s commission) it owes me.

Mind you, it will cost me over double that to shoot 50 sporting clays to find out that it shoots better than I do.
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#619664 Sep 22nd a 08:41 PM
by Perry M. Kissam
Perry M. Kissam
Originally Posted by FelixD
I acquired my few double guns because they intrigued me. It was, and still is, a matter of how they move, their balance, their design, and their quality. It was also a fascination with the period and the place they came from. They connected with some innermost elements of my existence. Reselling them has never part of the ownership process. For me these things have far greater value than just money. I’ve never considered them an investment.
I agree 100% with what Felix says here. I bought all of mine either because they looked good or handled well and also I bought them to shoot. I have never considered my "collection" an investment. And I do have a few nice pieces, to me at least. Merkle, BSS sidelock are my two favorites. Also a Winchester 23 in 20 that I like and shoot well. Along with a BSS boxlock in 20. All of them are shooters!!
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