Within the world of American firearms, there are a multitude of reasons why someone would chose to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, and not all of those reason are explicitly explained in the language of The Constitution.
Obviously, the most straightforward and historically on-brand reason to purchase and maintain a firearm would be to prepare yourself in the case of a constitutional crisis that demands a wholesale uprising of the American people against the federal government. Luckily for all of us, this hasn’t been the most pressing concern in modern history.
Then, of course, we having hunting and self defense: Two bits of windfall that the 2nd Amendment’s guarantees have allowed us to enjoy. Hunting, in particular, continues to be revolutionized by firearm technology over the course of the last century, with this new technology allowing an ever more diverse group of Americans to engage in the time-honored tradition.
On top of that, we have our sport shooters and our collectors, who both play an integral part in the nation’s gun community as well.
Earlier this week, we explained how you may be eligible to own a piece of American military history in the form of a soon-to-be-uncrated M1911. While the requirements are a bit stringent for this first round of proposed releases, there is another collector piece about to hit the market that you can own without a prerequisite being a military background…if you’ve got the cash.
“A panoramic overview of America’s wartime history, as defined by the memorabilia of its heroes, allies and most reviled enemies, will be the focal point of Milestone’s Jan. 27 Historic Military & Firearms Auction.
“The suburban Cleveland company will present 668 lots of extraordinary rarities, including Adolf Hitler’s personal desk and chair, a large and provocative Komar & Melamid painting titled Yalta Conference, and a uniform frock coat that belonged to a Civil War major general. Additional highlights include a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 170V two-door coupe that belonged to Nazi SA physician Dr. Rudolf Beuring, and 150+ premium-quality antique and vintage firearms, including several with historical provenance.
“A fine selection of more than 150 firearms includes the 19th-century Smith & Wesson handguns of whaling captain Albert Sherman (1849-1914), CSA General John Creed Moore’s 1851 Colt revolver, and John Wayne’s silver-grip Smith & Wesson revolvers, holsters and spurs. There are also many Winchester rifles, a Colt boxed King Cobra, 1911 Colts and SA Colts, 1877 and 1862 Gatling guns, Brownings, Remingtons, Mauers, and much more. Edged weapons include 19th-century swords, Tanto daggers, Imperial German swords, an Ames Model 1871 USN Sword, and German hunting swords.”
That’s right; you could own a set of custom pistols once belonging to The Duke himself, John Wayne.
Auction experts believe that the pair of pistols, along with their gorgeous tooled leather holster and accouterments can be yours for a price estimated to land somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.