Did you or somebody you know buy or inherit some old guns recently? You might want to see this.
There are a lot of antique old guns floating around. Depending on their condition, they could be worth some money. Depending on their collectability, they could be worth a lot more. If you have a few old guns sitting around in a closet or buried in an old gun cabinet, you might want to give them a good look. A very common antique gun can be a diamond in the rough if you're lucky enough to have one.
1. Parker Shotgun
If you own a Parker, you hit the jackpot right off the bat. These guns are all over 70 years old and every one of them is worth some money. If you do own one and it's in bad shape, don't try to refurbish it. Original condition guns are worth a lot more than one that has been altered. On average, Parkers fetch around $12,000 at auctions if it is in top condition.
2. M-1 Paratrooper
If your father or grandfather served in WWII as a paratrooper and got to keep his rifle, hopefully it was an M-1 with a folding stock. If so, these guns range around $1,500 depending the condition. Any gun collector knows exactly what this gun is and due to the historic value, they are often in high demand.
Speaking of WWII, a lot of GIs returning home from the war kept Nazi lugers as a war trophy. If one of these is floating around in your family now, keep it. When an authentic German Luger hits the market, they run about $2,000. The expected value of these guns is only going to continue to rise.
Yet again, another WWII era collector gun, the Nambu was the Japanese handgun of choice. Lots of these came to America when the war ended but stocks of these have dried up considerably as they have been stashed away in gun safes never to be seen again. If you have one, don't tell anybody. Offers will start coming in like crazy. Don't accept anything less than $1,000.
5. Sharps 1863 Carbine
The Sharps rife is an icon of the Old West. We see them a lot in movies and photographs from back in the day. A lot of militaries around the world from the early to late 1800's adopted these rifles as well. One in particular, the .50-70, is generally worth the most money. Seeing as these were mass produced at the time, quite a few still exist. Expect the value of these to be around $5,000 to $8,000 depending on condition.
6. Winchester 1873
The Winchester 1873 is known as the gun that won the West. If you happen to have an old lever action tucked away in a closet, run and make sure it isn't this one. Some early models made in the late 1800s are worth thousands, while other antique later models are worth closer to $1,000. Either way, it's a gun worth some money, and maybe a lot.
7. Colt M1911
The Colt 1911 was everywhere the Army was from 1911 to 1986. It served in both World Wars, Vietnam, and Korea. I've personally seen several original passed down 1911s from retired military members that kept theirs as they returned from some of those wars mentioned above. In most cases, a good condition fired Colt 1911 will bring in about $1,500.
The M1-Garand is perhaps one of the greatest military guns that the US has ever seen. It's was the workhorse of the American Army from 1036 to 1957. However, it is still around for some reserve auxiliary units even today. If you have your hands on one, it's going to be worth at least a couple thousand. If it is in great condition, expect a little more.
9. Walther P38
The Walther P38 was another trophy gun of WWII. Seeing as it replaced the Luger towards the end of the War, many returning soldiers took them as war trophies. Today, many of these have been passed down. They don't fetch the price that the Luger does, but they are still worth up to $1,000 to the right person.