By Phil Bourjaily
Fine English shotguns are a hot commodity, says Time magazine. Investors seeking to diversify their portfolios after the disasters of the last couple of years have discovered the fine gun market. The limited supply of fine guns – most makers build very few guns a year – keeps the market strong.
For instance, thirteen of Eric Clapton’s guns, including a pair of specially engraved William Evans doubles, recently brought over $700,000 at Sotheby’s.
Fine English doubles are appreciating at 3 to 5 percent per year, which isn’t much, but it’s steady. Besides which, in the event of complete global ruin, you have a gun – albeit one that only holds two shells.
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It is unfortunate with all the attention brought to New York slasher Maksim Gelman, we don’t hear as much about Joe Lozito, the man who helped disarm him in a bloody fight on the subway. Lozito says years of watching Mixed Martial Arts helped him survive.