Originally Posted by Alpo
Oh, hell yeah. My Gun, and I'll do what I want to with My Gun, and if somebody down the line thinks it has lowered the value, that's Too Damn Bad, because (and y'all all know why), it's My Gun.
I have never really quite understood why "many" (but not all) firearms enthusiast seem to have just a love affair with guns that have over the years not been properly taken care of / maintained by their past owners and thus have pretty much become a heap of rusted, etc. gouged, scratched up junk.
It is my opinion that these firearms may be in those conditions because the former owners of those firearms were either too LAZY and/or careless with their firearms to properly clean and maintain said firearms or were too CHEAP to buy the supplies or services required to do so or both.
I have firearms which are many, many years old and they are still in as good or "BETTER" condition than the day that they shipped from the factory. And yes, I do use them but I am NOT one of those persons that shoots firearms and is then haphazard in cleaning and maintaining them.
You can have all of those "collectables" that you want but if I come across an older / vintage gun that I like and it has been allowed to dilapidate into a "rust bucket", I am going to spend the time and funds to get that firearm into a presentable condition and whoever happens to get that firearm after I am long gone "should" (not saying that they will) really appreciate my efforts.
These are my opinions. If yours are different, it is a free country and you have every right to disagree.
Have a wonderful day, which ever way you choose to go.