slowed sales of old guns?

Discussion in 'History Buffs' started by bobski, Jun 26, 2021.

  1. bobski

    bobski USN Retired Range Owner

    is it a sign of the times? seems the guns in the spotlight even amongst seasoned clay shooters these days is newer guns. anyone see a slower trend of older vintage guns being sold or shot on the trap/skeet range?
    i dont see many model 12's, superposed, ithacas, parkers, 32's, m37's, or the likes gracing the ranges.
    im thinking the younger crowd doesnt even know of these historic and fabulous guns.
    appears to me the europeans have cornered the american market.
     
  2. Interesting observation…new is always better? Cars, tv's and cell phones all “suffer” from new has gotta be better. Maybe maybe not. My daily driver is a 23 year old pickup with heat, AC and a radio. Gets me to the gun club same as a high $$$ spanking new set of wheels. Now shoot your BT99, Rem. 1100 or Superposed and observe how clay targets get smoked exactly the same as a new high $$$ gizmo loaded scattergun. Hummm. New is always better? Maybe maybe not.
     
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  3. bobski

    bobski USN Retired Range Owner

    people look at me funny when i pull out a model 50 winchester and ask, who made that?
     
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  4. wpt

    wpt Forum Leader Forum Leader Founding Member

    I think a lot of it depends on the area you are in, I live in an age restricted area so as people die off their family will usually sell the guns, sporting eqmt, cars, golf carts, golf clubs, re loaders, components ... I have bought as many as 7 long guns at one estate sale, all but 2 of them were quite old but in perfect condition ( one of them was a Model 12 made in 1936 according to the serial number, had two stocks a Fajen Roll over and the factory wood ) ... There is an abundance of interesting, useful and many times quite unique things being sold that are a long way from being new or modernized ... I bought a box ( still sealed ) of clay target hand throwers at one sale so cheap I gave all of them away with the exception of the two I kept for my self ... I might have to do a little scouting while I am on the mend and see what kind of treasures I can find ... The one sale had a 1978 or 1979 Cadillac Eldorado with 3,500 miles on it, they sold if for $2,500 that is one of the ones I missed ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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  5. wpt

    wpt Forum Leader Forum Leader Founding Member

    I was checking out our local paper, there are nine (9) garage sales close to me for me to scout out this week end, two of them mention guns ... Give me something to do this week end .... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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  6. bobski

    bobski USN Retired Range Owner

    was a time any wise eastern gun collectors would frequent the gun shops and tag sales in florida....and bring them back to their states for resale and profit. with the internet, most of that is over. everyone can see the deals equally, making the search harder for good deals.
     
  7. rrisum

    rrisum Mega Poster

    I think its generational -- My dad grew up with the model T hand had to have one in his old age - I had to have a 60's muscle car for retirement - Same goes with gun I have my dads 5-E Ithaca -- had to rebuy a classics model 12 - And I am sure my Krieghoffs will be my heirs memory of me.
     
  8. wpt

    wpt Forum Leader Forum Leader Founding Member

    I scouted out the before mentioned garage sales, there were a bunch of really great buys to be had though nothing in the way of guns/ cars ... There was a 60# Ben Pearson recurve bow and 3 cases of un opened arrows which was a steal but I have not used a bow in so many years I doubt I would of done Ol' Ben proud so I passed on it ... 3 very interesting deals on Golf Carts that I passed on being short on parking space ( one was a replica 57 Chevy ) ... I will be watching the papers and scouting more sales just to pass some time because it has been very warm here to the point of being dangerous ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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  9. BRAD DYSINGER

    BRAD DYSINGER The Philosophist Member Trapshooting Hall of Fame Founding Member Member State Hall of Fame

    The first weekend in August is the Route 127 yard sale all the way from Michigan to Alabama. This year I'm going to set up and sell some stuff. You wouldn't believe the number of cars on 127 which goes right past the Michigan Home Grounds by the way.