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    Shoot or Not to Shoot

    I just inhereted a SW Model 629, 44, stainless steel, 6in barrel. It's never been shot and is 25 years old. I would like to shoot it but I'm not sure if it affect the value? Any advice?

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    A 25 year old unfired gun? At this point, I'd keep it unfired

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    If its a keeper I'd use it for what it was meant for,shooting.
    I f you're keeping it as an investment only, put it in the safe

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    Bring that puppy to the swamp and I'll make it hunt for you. That's why they got triggers. Shoot the dang thing.

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    Its a gun, it was meant to be shot.

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    I would shoot it.

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    It would be an insult not to shoot it.

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    U guys are crazy - Some people here do have safe queens. IF it has been unfired for 25 years, I'd keep it as is.

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    No your the crazy one. What are you going to do die, and leave it to your kids who are just going to shoot it anyway. Or maybe they will sell it to buy something like new furniture. Give me a break. You bought it to enjoy it, and how can you enjoy it if you never shoot it. You want to look at something buy a picture. 10-4.

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    He didn't buy it - he inherited it.

    So while I may be crazy, I can read

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    I can read too, and so it's a family airloom. Never sell it, but shooting it is not going to hurt it any. I got one gun here that is over 100yrs old. It was my grandfathers and I still shoot it ever once in a while. I am not going to shoot the barrel out of it, but I will enjoy it.

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    I'd shoot it. Theres a hell of a big difference between using and abusing a gun. It was made to be shot, its not going to hurt it.

    I have a friend who collects Winchester and Sharps rifles, many of which are worth $25,000+ he shoots 'em all on a regular basis.

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    I would shoot it!

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    thanks

    Thanks for your input, I'm going to shoot it, because that's how I enjoy guns. I just didn't want to do something I would regret later.

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    My brother-in-law used to own a collecter's Colt. It was stolen in a house burglary.

    His biggest regret was that he never shot the gun.

    He made sure he shot the replacement.

    WM
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    Have you considered the value of it unfired? Maybe you want a special gun. Use it for trade-in value or sell outright. Once it's fired......the value drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SigZagger View Post
    Have you considered the value of it unfired? Maybe you want a special gun. Use it for trade-in value or sell outright. Once it's fired......the value drops.

    This is what my brother-in-law believed ... until the gun was stolen.

    If it's going to be strictly an investment for your future, check out its value and find a safe place to lock it up, and try to forget you own it, until you need the money.

    If sentiment or joy of ownership is more important, then shoot it gently.

    The question is, which is of the most value to you.

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    Wink Shoot or Don't Shoot

    I have been close to the retail gun business for over 25 years and I have not seen the difference between positively unshot and like new guns as far as price goes. I would say that there is very little to be lost by firing and keeping the gun in very good condition. You will not wear it out shooting it. Blue guns should be kept out of holsters but a stainless gun does not need to be pampered as much.

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    I agree with jimg11. Shoot it and enjoy.

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    I don't see a long line of collectors looking for any 629's Also wasn't it shot a factory(test fired) If so its be shot .Shoot the baby and enjoy. It ain't going to hurt it

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