Longest time of owning before firing?


September 4, 2004, 12:15 PM
I have a Marlin 17V rifle that I bought last year (Nov) that still has not been fired. So this is eaily the longest time I have owned a gun without shooting it. My reasons? Too lazy to work on the trigger and I was waiting for a new laminated stock - now have the stock , just need to work on the trigger and mount the scope.

Just wondering - outside of collectables that will never be fired - what is the longest you have owned a gun before actually firing it?

If you enjoyed reading about "Longest time of owning before firing?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
September 4, 2004, 12:19 PM

I still have not fired my like-new M44 that I bought 4 years ago.

September 4, 2004, 12:35 PM
Almost 18 months for my .300 Sherwood Martini action rifle. It took that long to gather brass and bullets. Dies were easy, CH4D built and shipped them in about 2 days.

September 4, 2004, 12:36 PM
Oct 2003 I bought a CETME that hasn't been fired yet. Doesn't want to go into battery and I don't exactly know any gunsmiths in the area. Too lazy to look one up.

Got the gun, got the ammo -- just doesn't wanna work.

Dean C
September 4, 2004, 12:40 PM
About 2 hours.

September 4, 2004, 12:44 PM
Took about a year I would say after I got my first Bushmaster AR before I was able to shoot it. That was due to dropping my membership at the local range out of protest to their new no guest policy.

September 4, 2004, 01:08 PM
My M1A since 14 March. Have not found a range yet.

September 4, 2004, 01:20 PM
2+ years and counting.

September 4, 2004, 01:31 PM
Sad to say I've got a Para P13 I bought back in '96 that's still sitting in the box, unfired. No real reason, except I always grab something else when heading to the range.

I've got a .380 I picked up used, never got around to firing it either.

I've considered getting rid of them, but that would violate my "never get rid of nuthin" rule. One of these days I really, really need to thin the herd.

September 4, 2004, 02:10 PM
Kimber Custom Royal bought new in 1997 never had one down the pipe.

September 4, 2004, 04:37 PM
In '89, in CA, I bought a Pro Ordnance Carbon 15 .223 pistol. I bought it simply because it was going to be banned, and it just sat there until this year when I finally shot it. I wasn't impressed by it, but would take a bath on it if I sell it! Maybe I'll trade it for something like a unfired Kimber Custom Royal! :D

September 4, 2004, 04:54 PM
I've had a Natl Ordnance 03A3, that I have never had the opportunity to fire, for almost 5 years

September 4, 2004, 05:06 PM
I have a 7mm STW in a Win 70 classic LTD. Bought it in ~feb 03. Not even scoped yet.:( 308 mouser 98, 8 weeks and counting.

September 4, 2004, 06:01 PM
1917 Winchester P-17 Enfield sporterized 10 years it sat in my safe. Had a lot of micro pitting but good rifling. Moved to Wisconsin and shot it and it wasn't even on the paper. Checking it I found the stock screw was bottomed and you could press on the barrel and push it out. I pillar bedded it with a piece of aluminum round stock and free floated the barrel. When I went to shoot it. I adjusted the scope elevation and it was off the paper. I then realized the elevation and windage screw was reversed and fixed that. After getting it on paper I thought it was only hitting the paper once and going off (50yards). A closer look they were all in the same hole. This 100 year old rifle shoots better groups than my more expensive hardware. I consistently at sight ins hit a 1 inch circle first time year after year with no further adjustments. I know it holds 3 shot groups within an inch. I usually don't shoot more than that.

Bottom line this has become my favorite $100.00 deer rifle and taught me never to leave a rifle in my safe un shot even if you think it's a piece of crap. I honestly thought that with all the bore pitting (probably from corrosive primers) that it would not be a good shooter. I don't know how they made barrels or steel back then but it seems to be a dammed sight better than some of the stuff coming of the production lines today. Impressed the hell out of me.

September 4, 2004, 07:19 PM
Try this one....

I've had a Ithica Model 37 for, oh...6 or 7 years now that' I've never cahmbered a round in. :what: It was my gradfather's but I've yet to fire it.

After you stop laughing...

I've also got 3 Ruger sa's and a CZ I've never fired. :what: So many to shoot, so very little time.

September 4, 2004, 07:47 PM

1. 1917 St Entienne Lebel - 10 years, never fired
2. 1938 Mas 36-20 years never fired
3. 1915 SMLE MKIII - 10 years never, fired
4. 1945 Mod 44 MN - 10 years never fired
5. Type 99 - 10 plus years, never fired
6. Two Carcanos- 10 years, never fired
7. Last Ditch Type 99 - last fired 38 years ago
8. 8mm Nambu pistol - last fired ten years ago

Got ammo for them. Go shooting weekly. But I've got many more that rarely get cooled down between trips


Blue Line
September 4, 2004, 08:40 PM
I've got a muzzle loader made by the Hatfield rifle company formerly of St Josephs, MO that I've had for ten years that has yet to be fired. I believe in shooting my guns but this one is so purty that I haven't stopped admiring it yet. Hatfield went out of bussines several years ago so I don't think there'l be more like this one.

September 4, 2004, 09:45 PM
I currently own 2 pistols and 5 rifles I have never fired.

The longest I have owned a gun without firing it (as nearly as I can tell) is around 9 or 10 years (Swedish M96 rifle).

September 4, 2004, 11:34 PM
Road kill is close to afriend of mine, I baught a SKS from him that he bought in 91, he never shot it. Had to go looking for several days to figure out where it was. He lives in an apartment.:uhoh: :rolleyes:
I've seen him walk out of the gunstore with 5-7 new handguns, he might shoot one or two of those in the next year. He must have 15-20 guns that have not been shot, 1/2 of them he don't know where they are.:scrutiny:

Damn kids.


September 4, 2004, 11:48 PM
I've got a Kimber .45 I've NEVER fired and its about 10 years old. I bought it new and put it up, thinking I'd get to shooting it sooner or later.

WELL! :rolleyes: Three or four years later I cleaned it up to get it ready to shoot and looked into the barrel! Looked like it had been rifled with pinking shears! I've seen several old pistols through the years that had small cracks on the leading edges of the lands, but this one was the only new one I'd seen like that. (The worst one I'd ever seen was a S&W 686 but it probably had 10,000 rounds through it when it developed the problem.)

I got to looking at the warrenty and it was one of those limited ones, not at all the lifetime warrenty you expect from 'high quality' manufacturers.

Bought an aftermarket barrel, but never put it on nor fired it.

I keep it to remind myself that I'll never buy another pistol without looking at the barrel from the back end with a bore light (these cracks are hard to see from the front end) and I'll never buy another Kimber.:uhoh:

September 5, 2004, 01:17 AM
I have a Polish Mosin M44 I picked up Tuesday and still haven't shot.:(

September 5, 2004, 01:37 AM
about 2 days for a wasr10

Mark in California
September 5, 2004, 04:21 AM
I have a vintage 1850's Sharps Carbine. I got it as a gift thru the family. I still mean to take it to a gunsmith and get it checked out.

September 5, 2004, 04:34 AM
I don't understand some of you guys.. it's like being married for 10 years and still being a virgin.

September 5, 2004, 05:38 AM
Its more like having a harem. I just haven't got around to the ugly ones yet.


September 5, 2004, 08:24 AM
What he said.

September 5, 2004, 09:42 AM
I have a Ruger Superblack that I bought in 1976 that is still unfired in the box. But normally when I buy a new gun (or new to me) if I haven't fired it in a couple of hours I start to get the shakes, then my temper gets real bad and my wife tells me if I don't go shoot that damn gun she's going to shoot me. I've been known to buy a gun and go out and shoot it by flashlight if it was dark when I got home. Guess I need professional help huh? rugerman

M2 Carbine
September 5, 2004, 10:20 AM
I usually shoot a new gun within hours after I buy it.
(got a back yard range)

I built a 45 cal black powder Hawkin to hang on the wall but after a couple months I just had to try it out. Shoots great.

I've had a couple "like new" Makarovs for a few months that I haven't shot, because I have 9 others that I shoot.
I have 2 more (like new) Maks ordered that I might not shoot for a few months but I'll get around to it.:)

kentucky bucky
September 5, 2004, 03:13 PM
Mauser k98k .........6 years :eek: I'm ashamed:(

Derek Zeanah
September 5, 2004, 05:58 PM
My dad's still got an unfired 77/22 boy scout commemorative he bought when I was little. That count?

September 5, 2004, 06:21 PM
My father in law gave me his '94 Winchester that he bought in 1963, he never fired it. After he got back from Vietnam he had no interest in guns and I've had it a few years. Sitting in the safe, I clean it now and then and other than some very light pitting on the side plate (it was a wall hanger for years and the side against the wall pitted slightly) it has basically been unhandled.

I've never fired it, don't have any ammo for it. I'm sure I'll get around to shooting it someday... we'll see.

September 5, 2004, 09:00 PM

September 5, 2004, 09:41 PM
Instead of "thinning the herd"....

How about tending to the herd?

I agree with MMcCall on this thread.


September 5, 2004, 09:47 PM
Well, I always, without fail, take 'em out of the box and disassemble as much as recommended for cleaning and inspection. Then lubricate and reassemble. I've gone as long as overnight before getting them to the range for the maiden voyage, but that's about it.

September 9, 2004, 07:16 PM
A Yugo 24/47 mauser. Had it about a month. That will change tomorrow.:D Have a CZ-75b that I bought at the same time as the mauser. It had not been fired before last night. The cz-75 is one sweet shooter.

September 9, 2004, 09:51 PM
I've got a 20ga double that I got 4 yrs ago thats never been fired. And
just picked up an old Marlin 336 (used) that I tore down, it was
somebodys truck gun pretty sad, refinished it and look'in pretty
sharp again (scope and all) needs to be sighted in again, and I
finished it a coupl'a months ago... Now that I think about it.
It took me a year and a half to fire my in-line black powder for
the first time.......

Gordy Wesen
September 10, 2004, 02:31 AM
Wow. I don't feel lazy anymore.

If you enjoyed reading about "Longest time of owning before firing?" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!