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A question about the terms "Scarce" & "Rare"
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RugerHound
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12 Mar 2012 01:25 AM
    Is there a threshold where a particular firearm is generally considered ""Scarce"" or ""Rare"" in terms of numbers produced ? (e.g. 150 produced might be scarce, where 20 known to exist would be rare?)

    Just trying to figure out where those lines are!

    Thanks much
    Regards, Pete
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    flattop44
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    12 Mar 2012 05:28 PM
    I have never really heard anyone put a definite number on it, I have always considered it to be somewhat in the eye of the beholder in a lot of instances....if that makes any sense. Of course it goes without saying that ""only 1 made"" would be rare as hens teeth. In today's populated world I believe 200 made today could be considered scarce but if it were 200 made 50 years ago that would fall into the very, very scarce to rare range. A high polish Ruger .357 Flattop is indeed considered a very to extremely rare gun in some folks eyes with only 62 believed made. How many that have been discovered with unusual markings or mistakes can make them extremely rare to rare or very scarce or scarce depending on how many that have been found. I think that the older the gun is the more condition plays into it as to how rare it can be considered to be too. Finding a 1875 black power frame Colt NIB would push its rarity out the roof where there were a lot of them made in the mid to late 1800s. Also, if you are a collector of a certain model and need one of those to fill your collection it may be a tad more ""rare"" to you than the next person....again if that makes any sense! Be good to hear from others.
    Bill
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    RugerHound
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    13 Mar 2012 12:26 PM
    10-4 on the internet Jack! I've seen items characterized as rare that just didn't fit my particular understanding of what rare means. Seems to me that Chad's RENE seems to have established some very good guidelines for the terms assocciated with the known numbers, but of course not everyone has read it!

    As in all things, the buyer must do his/her homework!
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