In my previous post, I mentioned that I collect Curio & Relic firearms. One of the best places to pick up old battle rifles and sidearms is a gun show. Another place many folks have success is at a garage or yard sale. Many of my friends go to yard sales just to ask the people if they have any old guns for sale. You won’t believe some of the things people have in the corner of the closet! Obviously at gun shows and yard sales, the inevitable question comes up. How much?
The Standard Catalog of Military Firearms by Phillip Peterson is a great guide for answering that question. My copy is the 5th edition and was published in 2009. With over 495 pages of firearms, bayonets, clips and magazines, if you come across it at a gun show, it is in here. The book has 2000 listings and 1500 photos. Every firearm covered will also give a range of prices. Usually prices are listed for guns in excellent, very good, good, fair and poor condition. In addition to the prices, the history is described for each gun. The book is divided by country, which is a great way for collectors to look up a specific gun. After a little practice, its pretty easy to determine a German rifle from a Japanese one, and so on.
This book is a great resource for me and it goes with me to every gun show. It is an invaluable tool and should be on every collector’s book shelf. Get your’s here! http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Catalog-Military-Firearms-Collectors/dp/0896898261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306326758&sr=8-1