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Thread: If you were a collector

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    If you were a collector

    I've been thinking lately about registering for permission as a collector rather than just RFD and personal FAC. Purpose is I am looking to build up a 5 star Mauser based collection (my secret love affair,,Mausers that is), and having access to family who can help import from the US I can tap into both the US marketplace as well as the German over here of course.

    I do have a few questions to those who know a few facts around this subject.
    A. My FEO was adament collectors items must be over 200yrs old and never mass produced..I am not so sure he is right on that,,to say the least..
    B. Buying from Germany with British RFD license from German business and from private sellers..anyone familiar with the rules and logistics of shipping/documentation, etc?

    Lastly,,apart from the obvious core element of my desired collection, what ELSE would YOU add to build a true historical FIREARMS collection, ie. what SHOULD be in every 5 star collection?

    Would enjoy reading any thoughts/input and of course your personal views on what firearms are true heritage pieces from across the globe.

    Best

    P

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    Give Bill Harriman at the BASC a ring. I would think he would be very helpful. Can't understand your fascination with Mausers!!!!! But just getting a decent military collection should fill up a bit of space.

    David.

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    "My FEO was adamant collectors items must be over 200yrs old and never mass produced. I am not so sure he is right on that, to say the least."

    P your FEO obviously doesn't know his arse rom his elbow. There's a section of collecting in the guidance to police document, pity that he wasn't more familiar with it.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Well if every collection was of items over 200 years old there would be no need for any licence, as the would all be obsolete muzzle loaders. 200 yrs is Napoleonic / battle of Waterloo era. There are plenty of collections of much more modern firearms. I would go straight to the home office guidelines and there is a section on collecting within that - and yes this does apply to Scotland as well, even though some don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari View Post
    Give Bill Harriman at the BASC a ring. I would think he would be very helpful. Can't understand your fascination with Mausers!!!!! But just getting a decent military collection should fill up a bit of space.

    David.
    Thanks for the input David, much appreciated. Yes, I already own quite a few on my RFD which I hope to have transferred to personal ownership/collection at some point. I have a list as long as my arm with Mausers I must own one day, but was also wondering 'what else' apart from Mausers of course.

    My fascination with Mausers is not in them being fancy, beautiful, or intricate in design and construction as such, but more in their heritage, design and development along with impact on history. I love the simplicity of them, the ruggedness and the fact that the M98 is IMHO the perfect bolt action design created to date, and never to be bettered - a rifle which you can pin your life on anywhere in the world, in any conditions, and which you can service in the field should you need, simplicity, dependability/reliability and quality in its purest.

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    I would be looking at building a collection of cleanest examples of the major types of Mausers as they were issued / sold.

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    Thanks for the PM Heym.

    Yes, Mausers not a problem..was also thinking pre '64 winnies, lever actions, mannlichers, etc..trying to build up a little list of things that would make a good collection and retirement saving, stocks and shares just isn't cutting it these days,,and hardly very exciting to sit and look at in comparison ;-)

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    A 5 star Mauser collection just wouldn't be complete without a WW1, T Gewehr.
    http://www.historicalfirearms.info/p...hr-the-cutaway
    If I've planted a seed in your mind, I'd like a shot or two through it if/when you get one
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry mac View Post
    A 5 star Mauser collection just wouldn't be complete without a WW1, T Gewehr.
    http://www.historicalfirearms.info/p...hr-the-cutaway
    If I've planted a seed in your mind, I'd like a shot or two through it if/when you get one
    oh yes, I know of that bad boy alright..wonder if I can use it in the piperange at bisley? at least it would bring some light into the room for once!!...ROFLOL..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    oh yes, I know of that bad boy alright..wonder if I can use it in the piperange at bisley? at least it would bring some light into the room for once!!...ROFLOL..
    Kynamco can "accomodate" the calibre. I'm just not sure the supplied ear defence would be adequate.
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

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