It doesn’t take much for a gun to go from collector to shooter, and lose value in the process.
The Vis 35 was a cross between two other handguns, and was one of the best military pistols made before WWII.
John Wesley Hardin was carrying a S&W .44 Double Action First Model when he was killed.
In a desperate need for arms to fight the Germans, the Russian Army turned to Winchester, purchasing Model 1895s in 7.62x54 mm R.
The 1816 Flintlock pistol is considered reasonable for a historic firearm.
The Snider Carbine was developed as a way to convert percussion arms to handle self-contained cartridges.
The Browning Hi-Power was developed as a post-World War I French replacement pistol.
The French were influential in early firearm development, and came up with one of the best double-action revolvers of time.
The Model 10 was available with a variety of finishes, barrel lengths and stock options, even had a victory version during WWII.
These guns were pieced together from available parts, and are interesting collectables.