How old isn”collectible”

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by cundiff5535, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Question for the masses... what year is the thresh hold for reblue?
    Meaning a Colt in 70%-80% condition, the owner wants it to look like new.

    Also, I would think you would leave any war time fun alone if it was matching. Arsenal rebuilds... eh.

    Pre-war stuff I would think the same.

    Once you get into the post war guns late 40’s... is there really still “historical value” in them? And what’s the thought process on refinishing those?
     
  2. Kraaaken

    Kraaaken Active Member

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    May 3, 2019
    Personally if a gun was not abused but has honest wear I wold likely leave it. If pitting or rust present in order to keep it going further I’d consider refinish if the firearm. Not sure there is a year cutoff at least for me.


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  3. ZoidMeister

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    Dec 4, 2014
  4. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    No collectible gun is worth more refinished unless it has been abused or altered to the point that it has no collectibility, such as an original blued gun that has been buffed and nickeled. Turnbull does wonderful work, but his refinishing has gone past the point of looking like the original finish.
     
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  5. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    Early post war guns have a following. The 70% example in Blue Book doesn't look bad but it is just worn, not neglected.

    My cynical view is that there is nothing so new that that you won't be told on the gun boards not to alter it.
     
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  6. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    With the exception of something that has historical value, like a war time weapon, I like all my guns to look good. The honest wear concept has it's merit, and it is growing on me.
     
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  7. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    I’ve been and am in this school if thoight!
     
  8. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Pretty much the same idea as any true collectible, if it had real value it’s worth more with no restorations unless it’s completely unusable or broken.
    If it doesn’t have true historic or collector value do whatever you want with it.
     
  9. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017

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