I look at them in terms of holding value. They are part of a collection used for shooting, they have a lifespan that will undoubtedly outlive myself, my son and any future offspring in the years to come. Between politics, technology, demand, and whatever else presents itself between now and whenever, they may actually be pieces of gold in hindsight but I'm not waiting to see the numbers. lol
I don't believe any of mine increased in value as the models I own are still currently in production. However, I wish to own a few old and discontinued models but they are prices I am not willing to pay for.
airforce1 Thank you for the EPIC Walken quote and corresponding belly laugh! I have read the comments here with great interest. I'm but a neophyte in the world of HK and "lucked" into my first MARK 23 in 2014. I walked into my LGS for a new edc holster and saw the proverbial 'glow' from the glass case in the showroom. There she was, the unicorn I'd lusted after since I was rookie cop in the 90's. Sitting in the camo case, with the KAC can attached and just a slight bit of wear on the hood and barrel tip from being racked in the showroom. I bought the kit on the spot for $3K. But wait.....there's more.
What I DIDN'T know was that Lawman's Shooters supply was a courtesy storefront maintained by the Original location of KNIGHT'S ARMAMENT in Vero Beach, Florida. I had bought a KG, s/n 23-2979 (since learned that the civilian run started at 2087 as M ark 23, then went to M ARK23 around 2500 or so). BUT-T-T, the piece-de-resistance' is that it has a MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERED KAC CAN !!! Like many comments expressed here, guns are meant to be shot. So I did. I shot competition for many years, all different games and NEVER owned a 'collectible'.
So now I've made a nuisance of myself at the shop, gotten to know the guys in the showroom, even had steak and beer and UFC nights with 2 of 'em. Around March of 2016 my new friend drops this sentence in casual conversation, " Hey Mike, you know we have 2 more of those MARK 23 kits in the safe at work....." Well AIRFORCE1, I about p.t.f.o. So, I am now in the unique position of owning THREE 1996, MARK 23's......WITH matching serial numbered Knight's cans AND...........(wait for it)
....they're all SEQUENTIAL KG 23-2977,2978,2979.
As I said, 2979 is my shooter and I love to pour water right down the muzzle of the attached can at slide-lock, then load and impress my buddies with the quietness of a wet fart. The other two are going to be Safe Queens until their 30th birthday in 2026 when i'll see what they fetch in private sale or auction!!!
I don't think that the more modern mass produced polymer guns are ever going to go up in value. That having been said, I think the HK brand guns retain their value better than most.
I didn't buy my HKs as investments, but because I wanted them for myself. All of them are worth significantly more than I paid for them. How do I know? Well, because I'm not currently interested in selling any of them, their value is not what someone would be willing to pay me. Their value is what someone would have to pay me to get me to change my mind about not selling. And in every case that price would be enormously more than what I paid.
Now, if I am forced to sell them someday, that "value" may drop significantly.
If "Dirty Harry" had been made in 1996:
"I know what you're thinking: 'Did he fire twelve shots or only eleven?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a HK MARK 23, the only offensive handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"