Sunday, February 5, 2017

Top Collector Guns

"One of One Thousand" Winchesters was a marketing strategy in which Winchester selected one rifle out of every 1,000 they produced and outfitted it with a special barrel, stock, and trigger. This gun was then engraved with the words, “One of One Thousand,” and sold for a premium price. The guns were available in both models 1873 and 1876. Fewer than 200 were made. At auction, these guns have sold for several hundred thousand dollars.
Luger .45 ACP. "The Million Dollar Luger," this gun was the precursor to the Luger Pistole Parabellum 1908. It was created for submission to the United State Army’s gun trials and it is widely believed that only two were produced. Of the two, only one is known and it sold at auction in 2010 for just under $500,000. It is assumed that the other .45 ACP Luger was lost or destroyed since it has never surfaced.
Colt Walker. This single-action revolver was the predecessor to the collectible Colt Dragoon. The Walker was designed in 1846 and only about 1,100 of the guns were manufactured. Authentic Colt Walkers in good condition have gone for as high as $1,000,000. Even in poor condition, a Colt Walker would command a substantial sum.
Dance and Brothers Revolver. J.H. Dance and Brothers began manufacturing firearms for the Confederate government in 1862. Their six-chambered revolvers were widely used by Confederate soldiers. Only around 500 guns were produced and far fewer are known to survive. Authentic Dance and Brothers revolvers have been known to sell for $50,000 or more.
Fabbri Over Under Shotgun. Fabbri made a name for itself as the maker of fine, handcrafted, Italian guns. A brand new over under shotgun from this maker could set you back more than $200,000. These are beautiful firearms with elaborate and intricate engravings. Because of the labour-intensive production process, Fabbri only makes about 25 guns per year.
This golden 7.65mm Walther PP was likely never holstered, never mind fired, by Adolf Hitler. It sold for $114,000 at a 1987 auction to an anonymous bidder. It has since changed hands several times and would fetch much more today.

Wyatt Earp is an icon of the American Old West. His pistol made $ 225,000 at auction. This particular firearm is very likely the one Wyatt used in the most legendary gunfight in Wild West history, the O.K. Corral shootout.
The shot that killed Jesse James was delivered by a heavily used .44 Smith & Wesson. It brought $350,000 in 2003.

The Fox Gun Company made this gun especially for Teddy Roosevelt’s safari as he ended his presidential term. It brought $862,500 in 2010.
Simon Bolivar’s Flintlock Pistols: $1,687,500

George Washington’s Saddle Pistols: $1,986,000 in 2002.