Investment Firearms International
We are primarily collectors of high-art or unusual firearms. Our firearms are expensive but that is because most of our guns are unique in their own way. I seek out the best of the best for my collection and pay whatever I have to pay to get them to Australia. I love every gun in my collection but financial reality dictates that if I am to continue to acquire new guns, something has to go.
I get as much enjoyment finding that special gun or guns and then researching their provenance as I do out of owning them.
I have a very extensive library of research material, some of my books are extremely rare and valuable, I have some of the rarest and most comprehensive books ever printed. MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE VERSAILLES et NICOLAS BOUTET will set you back a couple of grand if you can find it but it is the best source available on obscure facts regarding the guns of Nicolas-Noel Boutet. The two volumes of LE QUI EST QUI DE L'ARME EN France provide another very valuable source of information on European guns. I also have the three volume set of Der New Stockel by Eugene Heer, which is probably the most comprehensive work on gunmakers ever published.
They are hard going because I don't speak French or German but the reward for effort with regard to finding out who made a particular gun makes the effort worthwhile.
It is very rewarding to hold a gun in your hand and then find a picture and description of it in a sixty-year-old book, particularly after international experts have been unable to determine provenance.