This website is presented purely for your enjoyment. The concept of developing a site for guns as an investment came years ago, when as a member of the Colt Collector's Association, I found an article in The Rampant Colt that was written by a collector and certified financial planner. The gist was that the values of good Colts and Winchesters, and American western art had grown faster than the S&P 500 over the past 30 years or so. My own experience is shared with that author.
There are numerous on-line and print resources available for collectors. One of my favorites are the Forewards in S.P. Fjestad's Blue Book of Gun Values (bluebookofgunvalues.com) published annually, and include thoughts about the past year's collecting activity as well as sage advice from some of the world's most respected collectors. The 34th edition for the first time includes a complete list of the guns included on the BATF's Curios & Relics list also! In my opinion this is a must buy.
Another favorite is Rock Island Auction's blog (rockislandauction.blogspot.com) which posted a very nice story about collecting on January 10, 2014. This article emphasizes finding a mentor, being patient, and doing plenty of research, and I couldn't agree more. My library is modest compared to some, but I still have over $1,000 invested in books alone. No regrets.
Lastly for navigating this site, the collection is grouped into three sections:
- Antiques and Black Powder - this section is for guns that are exempt from key provisions regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and generally can be transferred freely either because they are antiques (Pre-1899) or do not fire a centerfire cartridge. Therefore, modern cap and ball guns, as well as genuine antiques are included here.
- Curios & Relics - includes specific guns that are included on the BATF's C&R list and can (depending upon state laws) generally be transferred directly to Curios & Relics licensees without requiring a background check.
- Modern - subject to being transferred through a Federal Firearms Licensee, (background check is required unless exceptions apply, such as having a conceal carry license, for example) unless state regulations permit, for example, transfers among residents of the same state.
Within each of these sections firearms are listed first in the order of Colt, Remington, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester. After these major makers, all other makers items will be listed.