Yes, I think in the last two days I've read every post here containing the word "Python" and I also did extensive research online before and after the purchase. Two more days and it'll be in my hands. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Well, of course that was my question. He sold it "As New" and specifically, when asked, stated that "it sure looks to me like it has never been fired". No drag Line is visible and he says its perfectly clean. It comes with the box (serial #s match), papers and tool.
Am I going to shoot it? The wife says..."shoot it...you only live once". I've been debating it. If it has NBF'd, I guess I could probably sell it immediately for a profit and turn around and pick up another. But then, I'm a shooter, not a collector, and I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I have a brand new Python, why not shoot it sparingly and maintain it perfectly? In 5 years I'll still be able to get my money back if I want to.
Your thinking is absolutely correct. If you want an investment, buy real estate or stocks. Guns are for shooting. I have a couple of "valuable" guns, and they get shot a couple times a year, thoroughly cleaned, and properly stored. They don't look any different than the day I bought them. If shooting them lowers their value, I'll gladly take the loss.