Where the ducks don't come no more Posts: In May of this year a reader wrote in asking the value for his A5. From his description it appears to be one of the first 10, produced. It seems to me that the first 10, units would be the holy grail of A5's.
The value they gave is basically what I see on the price tags on the gun store racks. Seems like the lowballed him to me. Are they afraid to stick a high number on it without seeing it or am I just giving too much value to one of the first few? They even state "These first-year A-5s are seldom encountered in the U.
Worth is a relative term. In my gunshop, we have a little saying that relates to worth vs. Worth is what someone will pay for it. I am sure you could convince someone that it is worth a couple of grand.
But point of fact is, it isn't. Everyone has some crazy idea that A5s are worth some God-awful pile of money. To be honest, they really aren't. Their worth is especially low today when comepared to other firearms of their time. Look at Winchester Model 12s for example. They are priced about the same as the A5s, and they are pump guns!
And nevermind the Winchester 21s! There are a few things that make A5s worth a lot of money: Push button is preferable 2 Barrel: Vent first, solid second, plain third 3 Chamber: Must have vent rib, slide saftey and preferably NOT a full choke. A major factor in gun value, with regards to older guns, is knowing the history behind it. For example, an old gentleman who works in our shop used to work for a gun shop downtown that is now long gone.
He had a gentlman respond to an add in the paper in about , the ad read: Out of a shoe box he pulls a single action Army Colt that was in pretty darn good shape.
But it gets better. They sent the serial to Colt for a history of the firearm. The gun, to my knowledge, is now in the National Firearms Museum. For a more pratical example, I'll use my oldest A5. The 16ga was first made in The one I have was made in It has about 10 boxes of shells through it. The engraving still has burrs on it like it is hot out of the factory. However, I acctually have the original bill of sale and price tag from this gun and I thought I got a deal when I bought it Which is nice to know, especially when I am shooting ducks with it I know I ought to be shot, its like taking tequilla shots from the Holy Grail.