Would your spouse let you spend a quarter of a million dollars on guns? That’s obviously a rhetorical question, so let’s rephrase it. How outrageously wealthy would you have to be before the inevitable answer of “no f***ing way” might start to become a “maybe?” No names are listed, but some lucky (if misguided) man seems to have married himself the perfect wife, at least as far as guns are concerned. With her blessing, or at least her acquiescence, he’s spent $250,000 of their retirement savings on collectible guns . . .
That’s a lot of guns. Clearly the Little Lady has a few reservations about this enterprise, since she wrote to CNN.com’s Money column, asking whether her husband’s investment strategy was a good idea. Conventional wisdom (and CNN) says no, but maybe this investor knows something we don’t about a viral outbreak at a secret underground zombie research laboratory. Or maybe he just knows guns.
At the top level of shotgun collecting, $250k for a pairs of rare firearms is more common than you’d imagine. Here’s the official description of the guns featured in the images above from csmcspecials.com:
MATCHED PAIR Fabbri O/U 12ga 28” Mod/ Imp Mod 7lbs., 1oz 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ½” – Matched pair consecutive serial numbers, gold one and two matched wood blanks. Gold ovals, unbelievable copy writed miniature scroll engraving to the very highest lever by PELI. In the middle of each gun there are two game birds on each lock plate on the bottom done by Fracassi. These guns are pictured in the “Modern Engraving book” by Nobile. Sold ribs these are very special guns and they are in the original leather case. They are new and unfired with many special features. These are new style pin less guns they are available immediately at far less then replacement cost. By one of the world’s best engravers Fracassi who is virtually untamable for someone who wants the very best.
On sale now for $285k. Times being what they are, I bet they’d entertain an offer at $250k. And . . . done. The question then becomes: how much does it cost to insure them and how much money would you lose if you fired them? FYI: you can buy them online.