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Manufactures boxes

Post by Phoenix David » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:02 pm

How many of you keep the manufactures box that your firearm came in?

I am debating if I should toss the boxes (OPSEC observed) I have as they are just siting around accumulating dust
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by eugene » Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:13 pm

Mine are in the crawlspace. I figure IF I were to ever resell one I'll include the box, I'll probably never resell one though/
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by Stercutus » Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:17 pm

Make good targets/ backers. In fact post-Christmas I have more targets than I will use for most of the year. I bag up the book/ accessories and move them to the book/ accessory box.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by eugene » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:38 pm

I leave all the original books in the boxes. I download the pdf from the makers site and then print it in the size that matches my binder. This way they all are the same size. I'm using an 8.5 x 5.5 binder so printing them out all that size.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by eeb » Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:47 pm

Was thinking about getting a Colt AR or revolver, or other name-brand firearm, for limited use/special occasions, and keeping all the accessories that come with it. But so far, I've gotten rid of the boxes, and wouldn't likely give extra attention to a used gun that included a box.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by quazi » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:56 pm

I keep them long enough to make sure the gun isn't broken and is something I want to keep, then I get rid of them.

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by KYZHunters » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:07 pm

I keep 'em; it seems to have made a difference to purchasers on the handful of guns I've sold. I think the box got me an extra $100 on a Ruger MK I I sold. LIke Eugene, I leave the books and all of the accessories in the box and store it.
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Post by JeeperCreeper » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:43 pm

I keep them. Right now I am going through my first sale of handgun, and keeping the box helped show responsibility as a gun owner by keeping everything "original". It's like having all the records for a used car... doesn't mean anything except mentally make the sale easier for the buyer.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by emclean » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:52 am

considering that most of the guns i buy do not come with original boxes, and that i do not like to sell guns, i do not keep the boxes.

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by 400 Grains » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:45 am

Some of the boxes my first guns came in are worth more than I paid for the gun at the time.....

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by ashwednesday » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:48 am

If you plan to resell, it is worth it to keep the box.

If you don't care to keep them you can make a few bucks on them with ebay.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by tedbeau » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:11 pm

I threw the box my AK came in away. It was defective anyways, all the R's were printed backwards.

Actually it didn't come in a box. The only gun I think I bought that came in a box was my Ruger 10-22. I don't remember if my glock came in a box, or just the plastic case. In any event I didn't keep any of the cases.

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by Mikeyboy » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:24 pm

Over the years I realized that having the original box on a gun that has been well used really doesn't help during trade in at most gun stores. Granted when you have a brand new gun that for one reason or another you just hate right away, it helps to have the original box when you do the "Its almost new, I barely shot it" speech when trading it back. However keeping something like an original Gen 2 or 3 Glock case, for a gun that you owned for a few years and put thousands of rounds thru, its not worth much of anything other than sentimental value.

I usually hold on to the box from a new gun as sort of a probationary period. Maybe after the 2nd or 3rd range session, I'll make up my mind. If I like the gun and plan on keeping it long term I usually toss the box, especially if its cardboard. I have kept a few plastic pistol cases for more of a just in case need one and because I am being a pack rat.

To those selling unused gun boxes on Ebay.......PLEASE REMOVE ANY MAKE,MODEL, & SERIAL # information from the box (not just the sticker but the spent shell envelope and any other paperwork inside) before sending it off.

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by Dave_M » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:41 pm

Useful for shipping rifles (whether it's the original rifle made for it or not).
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by AS556 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:59 pm

I kept the plastic hardcases for my Glock and Sig, never kept any of the cardboard ones. I don't think modern gun boxes will ever appreciate in value like old S&W or Colt boxes will, but hey you never know.

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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by eeb » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:12 am

Lurking on the retro section of arfcom, occasionally someone will post pics of their original 1978 cardboard box that their .AR180 came in, looking for the last little support piece or doo-dad that got lost or damaged. Sometimes they find it, or someone offers a pattern to make a reproduction. The market for that sort of thing exists, I just don't expect it to be very large, and to be worth keeping, they'll likely have to be protected from mildew or insect damage, etc.
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Re: Manufactures boxes

Post by Boom40mm » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:48 am

The box my rockriver arms AR came in was canned for a pelican stormcase... never have to lube for storage or bust rust when I bust it out.

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