June 12, 2013
My point is.. If you had a new 36" barrel made for your Mod 73. This greatly increases the value if it is advertised as original. You may not do that and sell that gun for a value that represents a rebarreled 73. But the person buying from you may not give notice that the 73 was rebarreled and market is as all original at a much higher price. In my opinion it then is a "fake". I too believe that there is a fine line between repair and full blown restoration but I hope you can see the point that misrepresenting a gun for increased monetary gain is a form of deceit.
January 24, 2013
Yes, misrepresenting anything for monetary gain is deceit.
It’s really the buyer’s responsibility to educate themselves on what to look for when spending their hard earned money. For those not willing to educate themselves, they may have to learn a lesson the hard way, remember education costs.
There are a lot of folks out there that don’t want to spend the time, energy and or money to become educated; they want to be spoon fed, and they want someone else to protect their money.
And at some point a restoration is so well executed that you can’t tell, at that point does it really matter?
I tell folks to buy guns like you would buy art, buy what you like, original or not, that way you’re never disappointed.
November 19, 2006
I've read this thread with great interest. It is both scary and demoralizing to know how much out there has been faked. I've been around a while and don't trust myself to not be fooled. One strategy (which just happens to be compatible with my pocket book) is to focus on lower dollar pieces. Some of these old Winchesters have great character and speak to me more than a pristine safe queen can.
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