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http://www.ambroseantiques.com/flongarms/young.htm

 

 

I am almost certain I know the answer to this question but I am going to ask it any way. The above rifle is very likely from my family in the 1700s. We are 98% certain of this. We've done our genealogy research. I don't know if I can put this as a direct descendant, just a family member. A few years ago an exhibition came to the TN state museum here in Nashville. A banker friend of mine invited my wife and I to go on opening night. It was an early TN history exhibition. As I rounded one corner I came upon a TN rifle from Jacob Young. I do know that Jacob is a direct ancestor. I almost crapped when I saw it. Long story short I convinced the museum curator to contact the owner to see if he would be willing to sell it......He contacted me. Yes! $60K :unsure: .

 

I have been wanting a Brown Bess and really saving my pennies to get one. Now this comes along. My question is buy this rifle which is likely family (not 100% sure) or wait and buy the Bess 1st or 2nd model? I am pretty sure both will increase in price over time, but which one the most? I would rather have the Bess if this wasn't family. That small % of doubt is killing me.

 

Here is info on Jacob http://www.americanhistoricservices.com/uploads/1/0/3/4/10348480/kra_bulletin_spring_2014_v13_1to11_lres.pdf

 

 

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If you can afford it without sacrificing other needs or obligations and its something you value as much I say go for it. If it has family history to you it is worth more to you than anyone else. As an heirloom to YOU it is priceless. Is this something your children will cherish as much as you when you are gone or will it be something they sell off at a loss?

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That is a heck of a piece of history. I do not know the value of such rifles. The price seem high to me. But with the history behind it, it could be worth it. You could search for years and not find another one like that.

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If you can afford it without sacrificing other needs or obligations and its something you value as much I say go for it. If it has family history to you it is worth more to you than anyone else. As an heirloom to YOU it is priceless. Is this something your children will cherish as much as you when you are gone or will it be something they sell off at a loss?

Great question

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If you've got the coin and want to spend it on this, who are we to tell you no?

 

Just make sure you bring it to the next Armory Appleseed shoot next year so you can show it off! :segrin:

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