No question. No need to even think. I never buy anything "collectible" unless I can also shoot it. Might knock a little off its resale value, but I'm not planning on doing anything of that sort. My estate can figure that out.You now have a bigger question looming.....if it truly is un-fired, do you keep it as such and just admire it, or do you shoot it and enjoy it? Need to get thinking on this before it arrives.
That works once in a while. A lot of people calculate the max they will pay with shipping and tax and enter that. The bid may still remain lower until someone jumps in late and the bid will automatically go up. Other people will wait and bid at the last minute. Then you get the new guys just getting into say percussion repro's who get caught up in the bidding war. Look at the shipping costs a particular seller is asking. Some want $50 to $70 to ship a black powder pistol. Rediculous! Better be something really rare to pay that kind of fee. With common items like a Colt 3rd gen 1860 or 1851 there are a lot of them for sale sale. Calculate the max the total amount you want to pay and put in a bid and let it go. If you don't get it for your bid go on to the next one. You will get one at your price eventually. Patience.I think you're right. I came across the auction with 55 minutes left and put in a bid. I should have waited until there was just five minutes left to put in my first bid.
Agree! Buyer's remorse can be a bear. Get a deal on the next one and it evens out. $100 is really nothing in today's world. Bidding on auctions is like playing poker. If you can only afford to lose $100 don't take $200. If you lose the extra $100 you will feel worse than you would if only losing the first $100.Good grief 'wiscoaster', what done is done. You bid, you won, you have the gun I assume. Only worrying about if you overpaid will take the joy out of having it and every time you pull the trigger. I've had buyers remorse or at least "did I pay too much" a few times and worrying about it but came to the realization worrying isn't going to change the situation. I could have not bid or layed the cash/check across the counter. MY decision and those few firearms I worried about, I'm glad I bought em now. Just stop fretting and go out and shoot the '60 Army. You only paid too much if you allow your mind to keep thinking that.
My nickel plated Signature series, with use, soon developed a black tarnish/staining which is difficult, if not impossible to remove,...
No worries. No remorse. No fretting. Was just asking for information and opinion, since I hadn't done the market research first. Don't read too much into it. I've bought some six dozen guns on GB, and some I overpaid, some I scored a deal. It all washes in the end. I've also bid both methods: max bid right up front well in advance, and jumping in to last minute bidding war. The latter method is a whole lot more fun, but if one doesn't have that max price already in mind and the discipline to stick with it, could lead to remorse. This auction was a little different because I only happened to stumble across it with little time left to do the research.Good grief 'wiscoaster', what done is done. You bid, you won, you have the gun I assume. Only worrying about if you overpaid will take the joy out of having it and every time you pull the trigger. I've had buyers remorse or at least "did I pay too much" a few times and worrying about it but came to the realization worrying isn't going to change the situation. I could have not bid or layed the cash/check across the counter. MY decision and those few firearms I worried about, I'm glad I bought em now. Just stop fretting and go out and shoot the '60 Army. You only paid too much if you allow your mind to keep thinking that.
Nice pistol. I really like the look of the fluted 1860's. I don't know what the production numbers are for 3rd gen fluted and I don't believe there are any reliable numbers for production of any of the 3rd gens. On the 2nd gen fluted 1860's the numbers are far lower than the standard 1860's production wise.The Unboxing
Exceedingly well packed and out of box what I'm expecting:
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First impressions: finish very nice, grips very nice, everything seems to fit perfectly. But, I wanted to break it open and take a look at the bore and the internals first to decide if I was going to shoot it first or take it apart and prep it first. Problem #1: this wedge is awfully tight!! Can't tap it through. Need Liquid Wrench and heavier mallet!! Problem #2: with wedge out, the barrel is frozen to the frame!! More Liquid Wrench and a trip to the basement to find something made from wood to protect and enable some more vigorous heavier hammer tapping levering the rammer against the cylinder.
Now,with this gun open, second impressions are very different: everything I see here this gun is virtually screaming at me "I'M BONE DRY!! PLEASE CLEAN ME AND LUBE ME AND LOOSEN ME!!" There is also some very light surface rust in the bore. Doesn't look like anything I can't deal with.
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But, this gun is definitely going to get taken apart and its internals are going to get some TLC before it goes anywhere to get shot.
I think this gun is exactly as advertised. Somebody bought it brand new, stuck it in a closet and never opened it and didn't take care of it and forgot about it for 30 years.
Note to @45D - the arbor is not short!! If anything, it's too long, too tight, and that's why the wedge and barrel to frame fit are too tight. I think some judicious sanding of the arbor end and circumference might be indicated.
This is going to be fun .....