We all (gun owners, that is) seem to have at least one. That firearm, be it pistol, rifle, or shotgun, which just plain, “Ain’t for sale!”

The sentimental firearm isn’t necessarily a valuable firearm. More often than not, it can be found on the lower end of the firearm dollar scale due to its age, scruffiness, or initial purpose, which is reflected by value.

For instance, a weather beaten, single shot, J.C. Higgins bolt action .22 didn’t cost much purchased new. But if it came down from grandfather to son to grandson, well, it inherently gains value. To the owner.

My family has one. It is a tack-driving Marlin Model 39 lever action, circa 1961. Because it belonged to a young boy whose father didn’t take him out with it much, it came into my hands in pretty decent condition.

It is still in pretty decent
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