In addition to being an exciting pastime, collecting firearms can also be a great way to invest your money. Some guns increase in value by as much as five percent per year, and you could end up making huge sums of money as long as you carefully research every pistol, rifle, and shotgun that you buy. Here is a quick look at four must-have firearms that all gun enthusiasts should consider picking up.

M1911

The M1911 is a single-action pistol that is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It was initially designed to be the standard firearm for the American Armed Forces, and these pistols will last for decades with the proper maintenance. Many people use these pistols as their everyday carry firearms because they are ergonomic, accurate, and powerful. There are also dozens of companies throughout the country that make a wide variety of aftermarket parts and upgrades for M1911s.

FX-9 Pistol

This weapon is a great option for anyone who is comfortable with the AR-15 platform. It accepts almost all AR-15 stocks and bracers, and this pistol is very easy to master. The Freedom Ordnance FX-9 Carbine pistol is chambered for the 9mm round, and that makes it an ideal entry-level firearm for those who aren’t used to large-bore rifles. As an added bonus, the FX-9 is also highly customizable, and you should be able to find thousands of aftermarket upgrades for this pistol. This is a great gun for anyone who likes to shoot it with their hands. Many guns are fun to shoot, but this one is particularly interesting. There is always a way to enjoy shooting guns, if you know how.

M1 Garand

If you happen to be a military history enthusiast, then you should think about adding an M1 Garand to your collection. This iconic weapon was originally called the United States Rifle, and it was the standard service rifle for the U.S. Army all the way through 1957. Even though millions of these rifles were manufactured over the years, they played an important role in the history of the U.S. military, and that makes them a good item for collectors. Gun collectors can enjoy their collections a lot easier when they use the guns they have collected.

Walther P38

The Walther P38 is often referred to as a trophy gun because thousands of U.S. service members brought these pistols back home after World War II. This firearm is a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that was originally designed to replace the Luger P08 in 1942. It is sought after by investors and collectors because of its iconic shape and historical significance. For instance, many like to use this one as a concealed firearm. It is small and can be hidden from prying, judgmental eyes very easily.

Once you have added a new firearm to your collection, you must make sure that it remains well-maintained at all times. A damaged firearm is going to lose its value over the years and be extremely dangerous to use. Cleaning and oiling your guns a few times a year or after every use will extend their lifespan and preserve their value.