Not all guns that change hands at Christmas time are new ones, or even used ones bought from a dealer or private party. For those who want to give a firearm (or receive one) this Christmas, the holidays can be a great time to pass along an heirloom or legacy gun that's been in a family for years to the next generation.
I've blogged about this in the past (here, here, and here, for example); it's not only a way to pass along a gun to an aspiring shooter, but some family history can be passed along as well.
Another thing about legacy arms that some folks find appealing is that many were purchased and have been held in the same hands or family since before the government began requiring point-of-sale paperwork from gun buyers. I've also seen some great old .22 rifles from the 1930s and earlier that were produced without serial numbers. If nothing else, these oddities in our current age may open some eyes about how much more invasive government is today when it comes to regulating, and attempting to further regulate, the arms we keep.