Some of the old gun value books are good for the identification reference, too. I have a mid-70's vintage Bryon's Gun Prices, and it lists several makes & models that no one else does. I never toss any of that stuff. - no doubt why the gun room is such a mess! :? More reference books are better, though!
It's always fun to buy old gun mags at gun shows, too. The prices from the 50s & 60s!!! Live Chauchat machine guns for under 30 bucks! Same for Marlin 1893s! :shock: I carefully look at the want ads, too. The big-time collectors were after stuff like Colt Walkers, Confederate firearms & knives, Revolutionary War-era flint grinders, Colt Patersons & Revolving rifles, Gatling guns... Heck, Wins & SAA Colts weren't all that big of a deal. Well, Wrenchesters STILL ain't that big a deal from where I'm sitting! SW