Family Sells Collection of Inherited Shotguns for Cash
Occasionally we have people come to us wanting to sell a family member’s collection of firearms after they have passed away. In some cases, this can be a difficult decision to make. In other cases it just doesn’t make sense to keep a collection of firearms and selling the guns is a wise decision.
We try to help with this process and in some cases it makes sense to keep a family heirloom firearm in the family.
This week we were contacted by a gentleman who inherited an antique double barrel shotgun from his grandfather. This gun has been in their family since the early 1900’s but was not needed by the family anymore. Selling it for cash made sense to them and they contacted us to determine its value. They sent pictures of the firearm and we were able to inspect it virtually. After inspecting this firearm it became apparent that it had been well used over the last 90+ years. If this shotgun could talk, boy would it tell stories. Stories of bird hunts and recreational shooting over many generations.
Because of how worn this shotgun was from years of use, it’s graded condition was between 0 -10% (NRA Antique-poor). With no “shooting value” in this shotgun due to its age (also the use of modern high pressure ammunition would likely harm this gun) we recommended to this gentleman to consider keeping it as a family heirloom. The value of this firearm as a family heirloom would be much higher in our opinion than selling it.
We are still waiting for a decision from this gentleman on whether or not he wants to keep the shotgun. If he chooses to sell his shotguns for cash, that’s ok; we’ll do our best to bring it back to it’s glory and find a worthy owner.
Otherwise, we think in some cases keeping old Grand Pappy’s shotgun in the family is just fine. We’re sure it could make a nice conversation piece.
For help determining the value of your gun and deciding whether or not to sell it for cash, contact us. We are eager to help!