After having sellers remorse for selling my M4 this spring I have been slowly looking for a replacement.
Last evening I stumbled upon an HK imported M1 with a date code of BD which with my limited google-fu puts it at a 1994 production. The best part is the original owner never fired it and I believe it from the condition. This one came with the pistol grip stock, barrel mounted rifle sights, and a 7+1+1 capacity. The outside of the box is a little beat up, but everything is where it should be inside. Now the real question is to shoot it or keep it unfired since it made it this long.
I don't know if HK marked M1s are exactly collector grade items or if keeping it unfired would pay off in a few years time.
I do know that these older guns with the early style receivers are getting very hard to find especially in unfired condition. I know because it was quite challenging when I was searching for it and that was a few years back.
If you want to keep it as a safe queen, there's no shame in that, there's plenty of legitimate ways to appreciate a gun without necessarily having to "shoot the heck out of it".
Best of all, you can always change your mind later.
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A Benelli has always been a classic for hunting or home. Here is mine to which I added a new Surefire LED light which was discontinued about a decade ago, I believe. I obtained this nib Surefire from an owner who had it in a safe unopened. SF makes lights for 870s and Mossbergs but no longer available for a Benelli.
The shotgun is an “Entry” model, factory SBS transferred to me on Form 4 that was from a SWAT team w 14” open cylinder bore and rifle sights. All speaks of a well-thought-out design. It shoots all from light loads. If you get a new Benelli, always initially shoot several boxes of full power loads to help break it in and it will cycle the light ones once broken in.