Firearm collecting


Humans have been collecting things ever since time began – a particularly interesting stone, deer antlers or valuable furs. But the key essence of collecting is that you start off with one item, then soon the ‘one is not enough’ syndrome strikes you and you add a similar item. And so it goes until – voila! – you have a collection.


Collecting militaria is no different. In some countries firearm collecting is allowed. Many firearm collectors start off with a gun handed down through the family. Or perhaps a firearm purchased to start off a new hobby. Or even simply for self protection. But whatever the reason for that first acquisition, pretty soon the compulsion kicks in to add another firearm. And another.


Just as with other forms of collecting, firearm collecting can – and should – be fun as well as being an investment. And as with other forms of collecting, you’ll probably find that you will be drawn to a particular niche within firearm collecting, whether it be a particular type of firearm, such as pistols or rifles, or perhaps firearms from a particular era in history.


Are there ideal firearms to start off your collection? The answer is a resounding ‘maybe’. Selecting your first firearm – unless you have made a conscious decision to begin a collection – will normally be governed by your reasons for purchasing a firearm, whether it is for hunting, self defence or simply the pleasure in owning one. But if you’re looking for suggestions to start you off, try these.


gunsIf your tastes are for handguns, then it’s probably best to start with a basic semi-automatic model, such as the always popular Sig Sauer P226, which is used world-wide by law enforcement officers. Similarly, one of the Glock handguns would represent quality and reliability, adding to its value.


Going to the more expensive handguns, you could start off with an early flintlock pistol, such as a Queen Anne pistol from the 1700’s, or a Colt or Derringer pistol from the 1800’s. But be warned, such items can cost upward of US$ 1000.



Rifle collectors have a similar quandary. The relatively cheaper hunting rifles, such as a Browning T-bolt or Marlin 336 could be a good starting point. If you have more money available – in many cases, a lot more money – then a firearm such as a Kentucky rifle, a true work of art with a fine wood stock and brass detailing, would grace any collection. Again, be prepared to pay upwards of US$1000, depending on the condition of the item.


Whatever your choice, it will certainly be the beginning of a fascinating and – if you buy well – financially lucrative collection.


If your finances are limited, or if the laws of your country forbid collecting firearms, then you could consider collecting replicas, of course. But that’s another story.