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My dad told me a very long time ago to keep everything that came in a gun's box, including the box and even the shipping carton it may have come in. Keep the receipt. It paid off for him in the long run. I haven't sold very many guns that I've bought, but a few have really paid off for me too. I bought a Marlin .45 Camp Carbine in 1986 and kept all the stickers that were on the stock and the box and papers. The gun became a collectible and even though I shot it a lot, it was still in 99.9% condition. I put the stickers back on the stock and sold it for $1600 all these years later. The buyer told me he liked that it looked brand new in the box with all the papers and stickers.

So my question is, do you think collector value if a gun has everything except the dumb and ugly locks that come with them? Ruger once had really neat, heavy duty locks emblazoned with their name and logo. I would never throw that one away.

But Colts and others come with lousy locks. Some with the company's logo, some without. The cumbersome gigantic ones still in clear plastic packaging that don't really even fit in the box make me crazy. I want to throw them away. I actually have for some guns.

I learned a lesson when my 1989 Sig Sauer P220 (Made is West Germany, satin nickel with night sights) became a collectible and doubled in price in just 15 years. Even guns we don't think will be collectible can turn out to be quite valuable.

So the question is, will missing the gun lock from the box keep the value down or make it stay up if it's still there. Do you care as a Colt collector? If you bought a limited Talo Colt 1911 but it didn't have the lock, do you care?

Should I just toss the damn lock away?
 

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Most collector gun values are based on the the gun itself. If it has the box and accessories that is a plus rather than a minus on the front end if it doesn't.

I have been collecting a long time, and the current plastic boxes and locks are just way off my radar screen.

As to tossing the damn lock, it doesn't take up too much room so why not keep it.
 

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Locks don’t count in my book. I’ve got several Colt, S&W and Beretta. If someone needed one to close a deal and the shipping was worth it, I’d offer it for shipping and lunch. Free lunches are sorta like a good gun deal, never pass one up.
 

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Even though most guns now come with those cable locks with the gun company's name on them, here in the People's Republic of Maryland all new handguns are required to have a state approved locking device sold with them...and the manufacturer cable locks are not approved.
 

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The way you guys feel about those locks is the way I USED to feel about the boxes 40-50 years ago. Consider that. Now except for how others value the paper box`s , I could care less about them except for possible future value. They make good small part boxes in the shed and to keep pictures and thread in though.
 

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I consider myself a caretaker...not a collector.

I currently own a few dozen firearms...and all will be passed down to my daughter and then to her sons / daughters when I leave this mortal coil.

If I purchased the firearm NIB...I've kept everything that came with it...box, manual, warranty card, lock, stickers...even the original grips should I swap them out...everything.

If the used firearms I've bought came with any of the above, I still have all that too.

Upon getting all that back to the bunker...the firearm goes in the safe(s) and the boxes with all included materials are stored in sealed tubs.

Then the firearm is annotated on the Excel Spreadsheet I keep...to include the Manufacturer Name, Model, Serial Number, Date of Manufacture, and Caliber, with Cost at Date of Purchase.

That way my heirs will have all that pertinent info at their disposal.

And even though I don't use the locks...because the firearms are stored in the safes...I keep them as part of the whole package if they are included.

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The way you guys feel about those locks is the way I USED to feel about the boxes 40-50 years ago. Consider that. Now except for how others value the paper box`s , I could care less about them except for possible future value. They make good small part boxes in the shed and to keep pictures and thread in though.
That's the way you have to look at it. Nobody really cares about those stupid locks right now, but 30 years from now you'll have a buyer look at your gun and go: "Can't pay you that with the lock being gone".
 

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I think it's like fired cartridge cases from the past 50 years, almost worthless. In 50 more years, still almost worthless. Items from the early 20th century, including gun boxes, are worth something exactly because the current packaging is so cheap and throwaway. Keep everything that comes with a modern gun, and report back to us in 30 years. My best is it won't make a bit of difference, because people will still be collecting real steel and wood and cardboard. Not ceramics, plastic, and plastic.
 

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Have you ever went to a restaurant and your plate is decorated with a sprig of parsley? Does anyone actually eat the sprig of parsley? No.

Essentially, that's what a gun lock is... decoration. It's only there because laws demand it. I don't know of anyone who uses one, or has refused to buy a gun because it was missing.

When I buy a new gun, I keep the box, manuals, and accessories, including the lock, because if I decide to sell it later, I figure the new owner would appreciate the complete package as I bought it.

I've never bought a used gun that had a lock, mostly because the used guns I've bought were all made before the nonsense about requiring locks came along.

Would I pay less for a used gun that didn't have a lock? No. But I wouldn't pay more just because it had a lock, either.
 

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Everything else, yes, lock NO. I know some that say first thing they do with a smith that had one in box (except the jewelry case where it’s cut for them), is they going to throw it away as soon as they can. You will feel the same way, when you open up your mint scarce 90s smith you bought at the show to see the lock put a place on it ������

of course down the road, the locks could bring more to the package. I’m not going to speculate on that. I know as of now, they add nothing to the value of a “package”.
 
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What is a 'gun lock'?
A lock apparently designed by a lawmaker that appears to be useful to lock your gun by the trigger guard to the bicycle rack at school just like your bicycle or you could run the cable through the trigger guard and your locker and only carry one key. They just failed to include these instructions with the locks.
 
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