Re: Iwo Jima M1 Garand Value?
Like Ron said, it can never be fired. It's a "pretty". You can look at it, but if you ever fire it, or scratch it somehow, or ever handle it much so it gets some use marks on it, it goes from being a "collector", worth maybe 12 or 1500, to being a "shooter", worth MUCH less.
A Garand from the CMP is a real Garand, made by the government and issued to someone to fight in a war. It has collector value because of what it is, and you can shoot it and enjoy using it, and as long as you don't abuse it, it will still have collector value. A commemorative Garand is made, recently, by a civilian gun company. The only thing it has going for it is that it is a "commemorative", and it has collector value because of what it pretends to be.
Not only can it never be fired, but to keep its value, you must keep everything that came with it. All the paperwork. The box. If the box came inside an outer sleeve, you must keep the sleeve. If it doesn't have EVERYTHING, its value drops drastically.
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