Somebody suggested naming a “gun buddy” who knows your collection. And you could agree to be theirs. Give them a list of models and values, combination to the safe, maybe a pick of a few favorite guns for them in return. You know who you can trust.
In state of NM no FFL is needed for family. Across state lines, no FFL is needed for bequests/settling of an estate, just need to make sure the recipient is eligible to receive.Have many I'd like to transfer to my son. Need to find an FFL who would charge a reasonable fee for the transfer.
Only dealer around here wants $45 per gun!
I'm 81, and have been selling and giving away the majority of my guns over the past two years. Every one of my children and grandchildren have received some. The few I have left are mostly my using guns, Trap gun , Skeet gun, Bullseye gun, Carry gun, etc. When I'm gone the will stipulates my rife receives everything and it is up to her to do with as she wishes. She has the mane and phone # of the auction house I have been using to sell many of them.Somebody suggested naming a “gun buddy” who knows your collection. And you could agree to be theirs. Give them a list of models and values, combination to the safe, maybe a pick of a few favorite guns for them in return. You know who you can trust.
Aqualung:I'll add to this necro thread a bit, but maybe it should be its own topic...
I'm going to soon find myself in the position to help a buddy's mother in-law get rid of her departed husband's guns. Neither she, nor my buddy's wife want anything to do with them, and my buddy's keeping them is not an option, either (let's not get started on that subject...).
Anyhow, there are a few in which I'm interested and the others, I plan on seeing if I can sell for the family.
I've got a copy of the Blue Book #43 coming, to help get a baseline not only on those, but for my own collection as well. I also know to look around the sold listings on gunbroker. What are some other sources to find value? No Rugers on the list, but I don't really want to join the S&W forums or others, just to research prices.
The truth is that they're probably so happy to get rid of them that they'd take pennies on the dollar for them, but I want to a) make a fair offering for the ones I want and b) get a fair price for the ones I sell for them.
This. We often think guns are way more valuable than they really are. Or we overestimate the desire of those left behind, to possess our priceless collection. To leave a great deal of work for our loved ones, especially as they're dealing with our loss, is one of the most unloving things we can do.I say sell them before you die. You decide what their worth at the time. Use the money for any reason you want. In the end it's just stuff. My Dad, for some reason would never sell a gun, ever. He bought many. He had a list of guns that he wanted to give to family and friends. I got the list and handed those out. That left 57 as I recall to sell. Step mom wanted top dollar and me to sell them. I spend hours and money researching values than calling everyone I knew who might want any. After that I posted them at the PD (work) and other PD's I had friends at. After about 2 months I had about 10-12 left. I went to a gun shop and put them on consignment. About 3 months and they were gone. In the end step mom was disappointed at the prices I got. Dad had told for years how valuable they were. Many were not close to his idea, only in his mind with the memories they had made. I spend many more hours pulling bullets from his handloads and selling all of his reloading gear with bullets, primers, cases and powder. I offered all of it at half of current retail prices. I think I gave my step mom about 2800 bucks from that.
I did it without asking a penny while working 40 hours plus a week. on call every other week and taking care of 2 homes. It was not easy, just saying make it easy for your family, plan ahead. Having a FFL holder deal with that stuff and making some money may not be a bad thing. In my mind having someone else to sell your car, guns house, your really paying them to sell it for you. Is allowing a FFL holder to get 20% of the sale for their time and maybe floor space at their shop a big deal? A car dealer normally gives you about 50% of what they will list your car for sale on their lot.