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K32 engraving

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kcbullets, Sep 20, 2012.

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  1. kcbullets

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    I am considering having engraving done to my K32. The gun itself is in good condition. I have to stay reasonably priced, maybe in the $1500 range. Does this add value to the gun, or should I leave it original? Any recommendations on engravers and if you have any potential displays on your K32 that you could share it would be appreciated.
     
  2. g7777777

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    Usually if you go cheap on the engraving it will not add to the value and might detract

    I cant imagine you will get much quality engraving for $1500 in the US- at todays labor prices

    Gene
     
  3. kcbullets

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    Gene, do you have any recommendations?
     
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    Bill Maines
     
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    Good choice. Bill Maines.
     
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    In the long run you would be better off buying a factory engraved gun and selling what you have. Upgrading guns is usually a waste of $$$

    T
     
  7. g7777777

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    We all have our go to people that only do a few guns a year.

    Another thought is you might want to trade your metal in on an already after market engraved set

    Remember- there isnt a collectors value associated with factory engraving but it does set a benchmark

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    Gene's right. I wanted to upgrade mine and decided to look for a used San Remo that I liked. Wait long enough and the right one at the right price will come along. Bulge.
     
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    Figure 2/3 of what you spend on aftermarket engraving will have been wasted when you go to sell - and we all go to sell, eventually.

    The advice offered for selling what you have and buying another 32 gun with factory engraving is sound. But, if you take for example, a San Remo and have it nitrited, or nickled, you will mostly have destroyed the monetary benefit of doing that - except for your own personal enjoyment. The next buyer may, or may not, see the beauty of the gun modifications in the same light as yourself. Chances are he/she won't.

    Today, the K-32 guns are in an early state of transition. By that, I mean the guns are moving from just shooters, to shooter-collectibles - to collectibles. The original, low-mileage, unmolested originals will eventually command the highest prices; especially those above "standard" grade.

    One day soon 4-barrel skeet sets in a totally unmolested state with original leather bound cases and original finish red wood will be highly desireable. More and more are being split up and modified each month and every year. Original trap 32's are being modified into Sporting Clays guns. Today, they are not yet that rare. However, before long, someone will notice there are not that many still around in original condition and the race will be on.

    This is nothing new; nor is it "genius thinking" on my part. It is simply a repetiton of the history of the curve of firearms values and collectibility.....
     
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