It is a 4 inch nickel, new unfired in box. Should I shoot it, just a little bit, or will that reduce future value.Thanks
As always, If you have Documented Proof that it was never fired(except at the factory), AND you want to get the biggest return on your money, then I probably wouldn't fire it but just save it to get your MAX profit. And I'd buy another to have fun with.
If on the other hand, it just Looks like it has never been fired, or someone you don't really know that well, told you it was unfired then, I'd go right ahead and shoot it. I would just be careful with it and try to not get too much of a turn line(which is hard on a Mark III). Other than the turn line,chances are you could shoot it a lot before any evidence was visible that it was ever shot (after you cleaned it well). This will take some special care especially with the Mark III as the bolt WILL rub on the cylinder between notches when you cock it.
I myself would shoot it unless I had EXTREMELY good evidence that it wasn't fired outside the factory. I think there are a Ton of guns out there that get sold with the "never fired" notation that have been fired some or plenty.They get sold for a huge premium often when there is absolutely no evidence to support the never fired claim.
So if you actually have one that you KNOW hasn't been fired out of the factory, that is real good,because there are many out there that would pay big bucks for such.
But then, there are many who buy the claim that it was never fired with no proof whatsoever, so I guess if you can market it right and claim it to be never fired, you may sell it at the high price regardless of the reality.
And then you also get to shoot it and enjoy it.
I have NO guns that are unfired even the 2 that I bought NIB from Colt. I like shooting guns and even the ones I got used that look absolutely pristine, I cannot prove they were never fired ,so I shoot them (with care).