Question of the Day: Would You Buy James Brady’s Gun?

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You’re looking at an 1848 Colt Baby Dragoon Rammerless pistol that’s been put on the block by But what’s notable about this little heater isn’t what it is so much as to whom it once belonged. This wheel gun belonged at one time to James Brady. Yes, that James Brady. As the auction notes spell out, “Right after the (Reagan assassination attempt in which Brady was injured), James Brady’s wife, Sarah, was so revolted by firearms that she gathered all of the guns in the Brady household and turned to the first trusted person who would take them from her — her gardener.” And that made one of our readers recoil, so to speak . . .

I’m all in for buying unusual things. Especially firearms. But this?
At first I was kind of revolted/angry. Then I thought of where the proceeds went.
Then I was still revolted…

The current bid for the little .31 caliber Colt is $1505. Given the gun’s history and progeny, if you had the scratch, would you buy it?  [h/t Tom in Oregon]


  1. avatar DrVino says:

    Did she put the gardener through a background check when making the transfer?

    1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      + 1 Internets

      Best comment in a long time!

      1. avatar Greg says:

        Chicken dinner. Booyat, that’s funny.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      It’s a cap and ball revolver, so federal law doesn’t restrict who can buy or possess it.

      You could buy it and give it to John Hinkley, once he gets paroled.

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        If I’m not mistaken, any cap and ball and any weapon manufactured before 1899 aren’t subject to a NICS check.

        1. avatar BlueBronco says:

          Sarah Brady & HCI (latter became Bady Campaign) wanted to ban them as well in addition to re-enactment clothing.

    3. avatar Mark32812 says:


  2. avatar Silver says:

    Perhaps Sarah should have been more disgusted with her whackjob husband than the inanimate tools he used. I guess crazy is attracted to crazy.

    But no, I wouldn’t have any interest in that gun.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      I think you might be confused about who James Brady was.

    2. avatar Don from CT says:

      Yeah, stinkeye is right. James Brady was Reagan’s press secretary. Not a wacko at all.

    3. avatar Silver says:

      You’re right, I was thinking of someone else. My bad.

    4. avatar neiowa says:

      Sarah, however IS a disgusting whackjob

      1. avatar Fed Up says:

        Not since April she isn’t.

  3. avatar Missouri Mule says:


  4. avatar arsh says:

    It looks like a beat up piece of junk. No way.

  5. avatar Ed says:

    I would buy the pistol, his piss stained wheelchair, the thousands of pens usama has used for his countless executive orders/actions, pelosi’s personal AR-15, ted kennedys pickled liver , bill and monicas cigar and any other libtard/commie trinkets I could and start a new museum of evil.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      I was wondering where that paragraph was going to lead to. LOL.

  6. avatar gsnyder says:

    No interest. I wonder what James actually thought of his wife giving the Gardener his firearms?

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      I suspect given his condition he didn’t know and was likely incapable of caring.

  7. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    yes, I have the scratch, but would buy it only it I could let Ted Nugent shove it up Sarah’s cold dead As$

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      I hope Nugent wears biohazard grade gloves…

  8. avatar pyratemime says:

    I would buy it solely to donate to the NRA for a future fundraiser.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      An elegant solution. I like it.

    2. avatar William says:

      I would buy it, load it and open carry it at anti-gun events.

  9. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    If I had the money, sure I would be interested. While not very exciting, or even interesting, by itself, there is a story attached to it. The story makes it interesting.

    Having said that…. I would have to have the kind of money where I wouldn’t care about dropping that kind of coin on something interesting. The kind of money where two or three grand is pocket change.

  10. avatar ShaunL. says:

    I would buy it as a collectable firearm ONLY if the price was good for that particular type and vintage of firearm. It’s prior history doesn’t matter to me nor would it increase or decrease its value to me.

    It’s an object.

    1. avatar Josh says:

      I agree. If I was in the market for one of those, and found the price reasonable, I would buy it. Both Sarah and Jim Brady are deceased, and they haven’t owned this gun for more than 30 years. I mean, there are lots of us who own surplus guns that were once issued to or owned by worse people, like SS men, or Stalin era Soviet death squads, without even knowing it. They’re just tools, they don’t have souls.

  11. avatar DKW says:

    I would buy it under the following conditions (if I even wanted it);

    1. Is the money the gun will bring going to the “cause” or going to the current owner (since it appears to have been through several owners since being sold). If the former, I would buy it, if the latter I wouldn’t.

    2. Is the value they are selling it for considered reasonable for the gun itself or because of who owned it? I would not care about who owned it, only the gun.

    1. avatar JR Pollock says:

      The Second Amendment Foundation gets a portion of the the proceeds. Click on the link in the article.

      “A portion of The Brady Gun’s final auctioned price will be donated by its current owner Jim Copley and to the Second Amendment Foundation, which constantly strives to undo that which this gun’s previous owner has done to limit our freedoms.”

      1. avatar Swarf says:

        Then I’m in.

  12. avatar JWM says:

    No. But only because I have no interest in collecting museum pieces. I love history and historic firearms. But books and the web are much cheaper and don’t require me to buy any more safes.

  13. avatar barnbwt says:

    “I’d flatten it with a sledgehammer” –whatsisname regarding OJs Heisman during the civil suit

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Didn’t Goldman actually do that?

      I recall him saying he wanted to do that…

  14. avatar AllAmerican says:

    What a b*tch. If that happened to me I’d divorce her ass and sue her for the money she owed me.

  15. avatar Retired LEO. says:

    I would if could get an affidavit on the provenance. If for nothing else but to prove what hypocrites they are for wanting every person backgrounded on every transfer. Also to prove her gardener was more trustworthy than his lawyer or even Al Haig both better choices than the gardener

  16. avatar Geoff PR says:

    There is no history associated with that gun.

    The owner has a history, but not that gun.

  17. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    No interest. I’m also an antique dealer and don’t see any real value. I hope the gardener makes some $-glad it’s not going to the evil be-otch’s estate

  18. avatar Anonymoose says:

    If I had $1500 I’d buy a $1500 1911 instead.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:


  19. avatar Lurker_of_lurkiness says:

    eh I hope she had permission to do that, or I’d be mad….

  20. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    What progeny?

    It has a history, but so far as I kmow it hasn’t done anything of note.

    Perhaps the author meant provenance?

    Perhaps; interesting conversation piece, anyway.

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