What are the best handguns and best rifles in America? The answer depends on the need of the user, but here are the top 10 guns you should never sell because their value is only going up.
The Best Handguns
1873 Colt Single Action Army
The Colt Single Action Army, aka Model P or Peacemaker, is one of the most iconic handguns of the old West. Designed as a service pistol for the U.S. Army, the Model 1873 was a single-action revolver chambered in .45 longcolt. Colt discontinued this incredible fire arm two times in the last 145 years, but brought it back both times due to popular demand. An original model from the late 19th Century could be worth $15,000 to $30,000 depending on its condition.
The Walther P38 was an improvement on the iconic Luger P08. This 9mm semi-automatic pistol saw heavy use in the German Army throughout WWII. It was the first locked-breech pistol to use a double-action/single-action trigger. Original pre-WWII models can be worth anywhere from $800 to $3,000.
FN Browning High Power
The Browning Hi Power was designed by John Browning, but the final product wouldn’t be completed until after the legendary inventor’s death. This single-action, semi-auto is available in 9mm and .40 S&W. It is one of the most widely used pistols in military history seeing service in nearly every major war and conflict from WWII to today. According to their website, Browning has announced that the Hi Power is technically no longer in production and “current dealer inventories will be the last available from Browning for the foreseeable future.” Prices range between $800 and $3,000.
Colt Detective Special
The Colt Detective Special, aka “snubby,” was first introduced in 1927 and was popular with police departments across the country through the 1980s. This classic revolver is chambered in .38 Special. Its mid-sized frame is larger than the 5-shot S&W J-frame, but slightly smaller than the K-frame. Usually found in a blued finish, the Detective Special is also offered in a nickel and stainless-steel. Prices can range between $650 and $800.
Smith & Wesson Model 29
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 was immortalized in pop culture by Clint Eastwood’s iconic Dirty Harry film franchise. Due to the film’s popularity, gun stores struggled to keep the Model 29 in stock after 1971. Chambered in .44 Magnum, the model 29 was considered the most powerful handgun in the world at the time of its inception. The current value can range between $800 and $3,000.
Pre WWII to WWII Colt and Remington 1911s
The Colt 1911 is more than 100 years old and still considered by many to be one of the best handguns ever made. Designed in 1911, the 1911 was the standard service pistol of the United States Armed Forces from WWI through the Vietnam War. Even after it was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9, the 1911 chambered in .45 ACP has continued to see non-standard use in combat to this day. During WWII, Remington picked up the production slack after Colt was unable to keep up with the demand. Price for these original weapons can range between $600 and $3,000.
Sig Sauer P210
The Sig Sauer P210 was originally manufactured in Switzerland under the Swiss Army designation Pistole 49. It remained in service with the Swiss Army and police units from 1949 through 1975 until it was replaced by the Sig P220 (Pistole 75). It is considered to be one of the best handguns ever produced in terms of accuracy. It remains one of the most popular firearms in German shooting sports. The original Swiss-made P210s can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $25,000 with a price tag that seems to jump about $1,000 every few years.
The Best Rifles
Gen. George S. Patton considered the M1 Garand to be the “greatest battle implement ever devised.” Built in 1936, the M1 Garand replaced the M1903 Springfield as the standard issue service rifle of the United States Armed Forces. It was later replaced by the M14 rifle after the Korean war. This incredible weapon is usually worth somewhere between $1,000 and $6,000.
Designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1934, the Russian SKS is considered by many to be the ultimate doomsday rifle due to it’s incredible reliability and durability. Replaced by the AK-47 after WWII, the SKS has continued to remain in second-line service to this day. Due to the incredible volume of units produced in the 20th Century, the SKS was often sold for as little as $150. Chambered in the equally inexpensive 7.62x39mm, the SKS was often considered a bargain battle-rifle. Over the past few years, demand for these rifles has steadily risen and the current cost can vary widely from $300 to $1,200 depending on condition.
Russian Dragunov and Romanian PSL
The Russian Dragunov, aka “the tiger,” was the precision rifle of choice for snipers in the Soviet Army. Chambered in 7.62x54mmR, the Dragunov was since become the standard squad support rifle for China and several countries of the former Soviet Union. These weapons can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000.
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