By Vigdis S. Aas
Antique firearms can be found in the online auctions. If you are searching to add to your collections, you can find the firearms of days gone by in the auctions online. There are many online auctions, such as ebay, or the reverse auctions, but they are all going to lead you to the same place, to where others are selling firearms that are antique.
Antique firearms are the types that are over fifty years old. Sometimes a firearm that is about forty years old is also considered an antique firearm, but it depends on the name brand and the type of gun that it is. Meaning some companies have long since gone out of business, while other type of guns were made as a limited edition type of gun.
If you are looking for firearms that are antique, you might belong to one of the following groups or organizations such as: the NRA, the OGCA, CCA, PAGCA, CADA, or the MAAS. These groups promote the ownership and the use of guns. These groups sponsor many of the gun shows, where you are likely to find guns from the 1800’s or the 1900’s. Some collectors will only purchase guns that are over 100 years old, while other gun collectors are going to seek out guns that are of a certain type that are over so many years old.
Gun shows are where you will find a wide range of guns. From the pistol, to the twenty-two to the shotgun or the mini automatics. Antique guns will sometime also include the guns that are used today, in about another fifty or so odd years. When searching for antique guns or antique firearms, one could also be looking at guns that require powder, and packing sticks but you decide what type of firearms you want to collect and from what year as you start building your collection. No two collections of antique firearms are going to be alike.
In buying antique firearms, you are also going to want to find other items such as the bullets, the powder, and the cleaning supplies made just for that type of weapon. Antique firearms could include those that are one shot or multiple shots. Look for the types of weapons that interest you the most and then you can build your collection from that point.
What other types of topics should one be looking at if they are looking to start building a collection of antique firearms? You should look into how to store your firearms, where you should look for insurance to cover your special collection of firearms; you should also look into information about purchasing locks to keep children away from your antique firearms. Antique firearms are often the types that are cleaned, polished and put to use only under special circumstances. An antique firearm is one that will add that special touch to your collection that brings back a nostalgic time in history to your memory and to add value to your collection.