Crosman model 106 .22 caliber pellet pistol, $1.

If you're serious about making money in this business, you must know that collectors are after vintage BB and pellet guns like this Crosman 106 pellet pistol. To get a better idea of these vintage air pistols, please be sure to also see my Gallery entry on the Crosman model 600 Co2 air pistol.

This unusual-looking little pistol was sitting at the yard sale in its closed box, right in the middle of the table. I suppose that since it had a paper taped to the box that said 'needs work,' people thought it wasn't worth the one dollar the seller was asking for it.

Although I firmly believe that all of the finds I have listed here in the Gallery are of great benefit to you, some of them are so darned high on the 'who'd have thought' scale that they deserve a little more attention. Some of the things you'll run across are very deceptive in their appeal to collectors.

Believe it or not, there's a hardcore clan of vintage BB gun and pellet gun enthusiasts who collect anything and everything related to the field of vintage air rifles and pistols. Although many manufacturers of air guns have come and gone over the years, the two that have been around the longest, have made the most stuff, and are the brands you're most likely to see are Crosman and Daisy.

This little pistol was made by the Crosman company from 1947 through 1953, making it well over 50 years old. To make it operate, you simply pop open the little knob at the rear of the pistol, insert a .22 caliber pellet into the chamber, close the chamber, and then pump the little handle under the barrel six or eight times to provide the compressed air that scoots the pellet out the barrel. This pneumatic form of air gun propulsion is still very popular today.

When it comes to bb and pellet guns, there's really very little new. If this little pistol were in operating condition, it would work at least as well as any contemporary pneumatic air pistol you'd buy off the shelf today, since the pneumatic air gun's principle of operation hasn't really changed much over the years. Our particular gun here doesn't work because although it holds the air when it's pumped up, for some reason the trigger won't pull to release the air. So, although it looks great on the outside (don't worry about the age-induced white powdery stuff on the hand grips that cleans off easily,) something inside the gun is stuck, or maybe a part or two may need replacing. There's a reason I mention this little fact....

Although this little pistol will need some work and possibly an internal part replaced to get it back into working order, after the problem has been fixed, it'll essentially be in as good a shape as it was before it broke, right? In contrast, what if this pistol were in good shape operationally, but was dented, rusted and in overall lousy shape cosmetically? In such a case, would any amount of work ever make it as good as new? You could waste countless hours of your time, effort and money, only to end up with a product that has obviously been worked over and cleaned up. When it comes to the collectors who'll be after this pistol, physical condition is everything. Sure, it may need a seal or an O-ring or something, but cosmetically it looks fine. Please read this a couple of times if you have to, because it's very important.

It may be easier to relate this principle of 'repair' versus 'replace' to a used car. Imagine you're out shopping for a used car, and you've narrowed your choice down to two vehicles. One has had the engine rebuilt, and the other was in an accident and has had the body repaired. Which one would you prefer to own? Well, if we use a little common sense here (and assume that the engine work was done correctly,) the engine will be in essentially the same condition as any other working car engine, won't it? But no matter how much work you do on the wrecked car, it'll always be a repaired wreck. A rust hole, for example, can never be brought back to 'unrusted' condition. You'll hear me refer to this replacement / repair disparity from time to time here at Auctionbandits, because it's such an important thing to remember.

Now, let's consider who would be interested in buying this pistol in the first place. Do you think the guy who wants to shoot at tin cans, or do a little critter control around the house, will want a 50-year-old air gun? Probably not - he'll likely stop by Walmart and get a new cheapie for a few dollars. This gun will most likely appeal to the collector/shooter who's really into vintage air powered guns. What's interesting to not here is that just like in so many other areas of collecting, whoever buys this example will actually look forward to taking this gun apart and making it work better than new.

A final important point to remember when it comes to listing these 'firearms' items on eBay is that... you can't do it because it violates eBay policy. If you do a search on eBay for air gun related terms like 'Crosman,' 'pellet gun,' or 'bb gun,' you'll find all sorts of vintage parts and accessories listed, like bb's, pellets, targets, empty gun boxes, old magazine advertisements, and other such things associated with air guns. But what you won't find listed on eBay are the guns themselves, because eBay prohibits their sale (if you do find any listings for the guns themselves, they're only still there because eBay hasn't found them yet.)

When it comes to items like this little Crosman 106 pellet pistol, as well as real firearms, the solution is to list it on Gunbroker.com, which is an online site dedicated to auctioning all things related to guns. It's a breeze to sign up at Gunbroker.com and they're at least as user friendly as eBay. The folks at Gunbroker.com are marvelous folks to work with, and there's absolutely no reason not to open an account with them.

Remember, the more options you open yourself up to, the more opportunities you have to profit. And this Auctionbandits Gallery entry is a perfect example of what I'm talking about!

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