Not For Me!!
I have owned three collectors items in the 40 + year span of my firearms affliction. First was a 7mm 1898 Spanish Mauser carbine. I cut down the stock forearm and refinished the stock. Pure sacrilege to a military collector. I sold it for 10 times what I paid for it. Wish I had it back, now.
Next came a WW2 issued 5" Colt Government Model .45 auto. It was in good condition and had all matching parts. It was pure GI issue: loose as hell and wouldn't hold 10" at 25 yards. I believe that it could have missed a barn, if the muzzle was touching the barn when the trigger was pulled!!!
I made no modifications to it and traded it off very quickly. Can you say LOSER??
Next up was a 4" Smith and Wesson Model 624 .44 Special. I carried it for a number of years as a hunting sidearm and shot the hell out of it. I traded it off for a 6" M-629 Classic in .44 magnum. Wish I had the .44 Special back, too!!!
Presently, the oldest firearm that I own is a Ruger M77 Ultralight in .308 Winchester, with a 20 " barrel. With a nylon sling, fully loaded and equipped with a Leupold VXII 3-9X40 scope, it weighs a hair over 6 lbs!!! In my younger days, I toted big heavy rifles. Now, not so much!! I carry them far more than I shoot them. So, I will pay the price when I pull the trigger!!!
I have no idea when it was manufactured. I picked it up in 1993 at a gun show used. I wanted the Remington Model 600 next to it, but would not part with that much cash. So the Ruger followed me home. The Ruger is so old that it has the old Ruger bluing on the receiver that turns plum colored after a few years. It has been plum since the day I bought it!!! Some day, I will write to Ruger and find out exactly when it was built!! This one is not going anywhere. It will be my son's when I am gone. I'm not in a hurry for him to get it, either!!
I'm old: my guns are not!!!!