Once upon a time, I was a handgun accumulator, and that was okay.
Then I kind of got interested in collecting old S&W revolvers. That was a little more expensive than just accumulating whatever, but still, as far as collecting goes, it was fairly cheap. As long as I stayed away from Schofields and Triple-Locks and Registered Magnums, it was a pretty benign form of collectovirus.
Now I'm starting to feel all squishy inside whenever I'm near old Colt autos, and... Holy Hartford! Have you seen what they want for some of these things?
The little 1908 Vest Pocket .25 autos are still semi-reasonable, as are the 1903/1908 Pocket Hammerless guns, as long as you're just looking for a shooter and aren't too fickle about condition. But any of the old .38 or .45 autos? Six bills barely gets you in the door for a beat-to-heck fixer-upper.
Thank goodness I'm not too crazy about Lugers.