2 cents.... us Vietnam era vets are a declining population and are old enough to have acquired all we need.
I see a decline in those weapon's value much like the downward slope of WW II guns.
IF you don't love them, sell or trade for what you do love!
Maybe keep one for a shooter / memory item.
Don't discount the remote possibility of an assault rife ban which the SKS was NOT targeted last time around, in which case they might creep up in value. (unless the USA follows the European tactic of banning military caliber weapons)
I sincerely appreciate your input on this subject. Some of the responses are exactly what I am pondering.
While they are in good condition and very attractive, one of the problems I am coming across is space to store. I was left so many that I do not have ample gun safe space. Never in my life I thought I would actually say "This is too many guns." but alas...this is the case. I guess like has been mentioned I need more information on them to see if they are rare or not like Seeker asked what country they are from. If not rare and part of the dime a dozen, then sell - if rare then possibly sell or keep. I will look at the markings tonight when I get home from work.
Mills, I didn't get the ammo, evidently our pastor left all of his guns to me, and his ammo to someone else. However for the Mosin Nagant, I can get one of those tin cans from the guy housing 440 rounds of 7.62x54mm for $150. It is my understanding these cans go for $250-300. Another question, buy that and use it or buy it and sell it with the guns to increase the value. Here is the can:
Dan brings up what I was wondering as well, while they have gone up in value, these guns are not going to be something worth $1000's even later down the line. If that is the case, I should get rid of them. But again, Coyote makes a good point, these could be included in a future ban.
Survivor, thank you for that link, that is some great information!
Or may be I am over-thinking this...I'm not terribly interested in the models...and there is a ton more to research on the inventory I am doing with the rest of the collection.
From what I've seen, both Mosins & SKS's really jumped in price 3-4 years ago, but they haven't moved that much since. Not sure what caused that spike, but without another one (or some event like bans) I'm not sure they'd keep up with inflation. I'd sell them if you aren't interested in shooting them regularly. 7.62x39 is easy to get, not so sure about 7.62x54 R.
1911's 4 Me, I should finish inventory this week and will post them if that is allowed. I am not really looking to these forums as just a sales avenue however. Sold 11 this past weekend, and should have about 7 sold this next weekend of different makes/models. I need to learn everyone's name LOL
Robert, agreed...I saw that spike a few years ago as well, but have not kept up with the trend. I appreciate you guys input and allowing me to think this through via the forums. Sometimes you see things people say and type thoughts out which help you make a more educated decision. I think I will get rid of them, as I don't see myself taking them to the range to shoot.