You want to spend cash on investments - buy real estate. Firearms rarely appreciate significantly in value to make it worth it over the long haul. For most of us, the value is in their use, not sitting squirreled away for "someday". After 25+ years of buying and selling I'm probably in the hole 10K plus but I wouldn't change a thing (other than buying more Apple stock!).
Save the whales. Redeem them for valuable prizes.
As others have already said, production firearms probably should not be considered investments unless there's something special about them (limited run, no longer made and highly sought after). Its better to view them as rock solid tools for personal protection, enjoyment(skills practice, competition), or items that you are able to keep and bear in accordance with your 2A rights. The comics industry nearly died in the 90's because of the investment angle some folks took when they made speculative purchases.
P30's actually went down in value as HK dropped the price on them a little over a year ago.
And, like others have said, the only USP's that will go up in value are excellent condition safe queens or NIB Match's or the limited edition colored frame models from 2004/2005.
It's not that the officers are selling so many of them. It's a lot of "if's" "what if's" and "maybe, maybe nots" that the particular law does and doesn't state, or does or doesn't provide record of, or does or doesn't make identification of affiliation, necessary.
[Edit] I do also want to mention, that there's been people who buy the SCCY in frequent quantity, to collect all the colors. If they buy too many at once, or too many of them per month, they get the ATF knocking at their door.
That's not to say the ATF are paranoid or anything like that. It means it raises a flag, when you're buying a lot of guns over a short period of time, and they do their jobs and investigate those flags.
Essentially what it boils down to, is when a non-licensed, non-FFL buys x amount of guns, within x amount of time, it sets off a flag, and the ATF comes in to investigate. They want to know if that individual still has all those guns. If that individual doesn't still have a buttload of guns, after buying them, they wanna know where all those guns went.[/edit]
So back on topic- I agree, yeah. If you're in the gun collecting to make a profit, you're gonna spend a lot of cash to make cash. Just because most of the old guns that actually ARE worth a lot, ARE going to COST you a lot.
I own a USP FULL SIZE 9 FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND IT STILL LIKE NEW
Only HK I have that says its Made in USA is my HK45CT.... I hate that is says that on it but anyway I wanted one and that's the one I got lol
I would also say that everyone that keeps posting about H&K going Bankrupt and all lol
hold on to the guns because if that happens they will cost more over the years.... Just an idea I have