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Posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 21 November 2015, at 10:31 p.m., in response to collecting, posted by Larry Sunday on Saturday, 21 November 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
I'm 57 years old and I've been collecting guns since I've been about 12 or 13 years old. Like all of us, I started slow. A model 1890 Winchester here and there. Then a model 1894 over the years and so on. The American Frontier and the Indian War years have always been in my heart.
I've seen some nice appreciation and that's been an extra benefit to a great past time. I love the history and never chased condition. I've got a pile invested over the years both in time, energy, and money. I have to be honest, I'd be lying if I told you guys that my family never felt the affects of my obsession. I'll be heartbroken if someday after I'm gone my family won't realize some monetary benefit from my life's work including my collectables and guns.
I think you are correct and I've been too wrapped up in my own little world for the past 10-15 years to have noticed. I always thought that my son 25 and my daughter 29 would take an interest sooner or later. So far I've been wrong. I've quizzed their friends over the years and other than thinking some of my things are cool, I haven't seen anyone in their age group take and interest. If just one of them would call me while looking at something old or historical it would give me hope but to date I have received no calls or questions. Unlike myself coming up the line when I was full of wonder and questions. Well I still am for that matter. Here's another question or two. What will become of all of these items like 1st Model 1873 Carbines, Officers Models, Experimental Carbines,etc.? Who will buy them and for how much? Will there be people interested in who used them, when, where and why? Or worse case will they get thrown into a recycling bin?
To this day I can't get to sleep the night before deer opener just like when I was 12 years old. My kids, not so much excitement. And when I'm gone I really don't think they'll look forward to it and get up. Times are changing and it's got me a bit sad.
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