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I recently obtained a Harpers Ferry 1805 Pistol. I am seriously considering displaying it in my home office (as opposed to keeping it secure in my gun safe).

 

I know fire and theft are considerations (have monitored intrusion detection and fire system) and I need to be aware of UV exposure. What other pros and cons do I need to consider before deciding to go ahead and have the pistol on the wall versus in the safe?

 

TIA

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While all wood is vulnerable to UV damage, firearms aren't overly light sensitive. As long as you avoid direct sunlight, in normal conditions, the UV damage will be fairly negligible. UV filtered or LED lighting can pretty much make that something not needing to be overly worried about. The greater risk is probably theft, followed by humidity and temperature fluctuations. But if you enjoy viewing it, put it on the wall and accept any risk as a trade off to enjoying your collection. (And make sure it's not too easy for guests or kids to take down and mess with. Not much chance of accidentally firing a flint mechanism- but dry snapping the cock is no good).

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PRO- You get to actually enjoy it!

 

I display (under the appropriate conditions) everything I possibly can. I spend my hard earned money to buy things I like and things that intrest me. If I'm going to buy something just to lock it away and look at it once a year... not really sure what the point is in having it.

 

When I was younger, I bought several items that I kept stored away thinking, "one day my kids will want this". Then, my kids grew up and didn't have the same interests as I do. I basically ended up storing items for 25 years for someone else to enjoy.

 

Display it and enjoy it, time goes by way too fast.

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