Mocked then bought?


April 2, 2005, 02:28 AM
So is there any gun related thing that upon your first aquaintance with it you dismissed it as silly or useless but then ended up buying it later?

AND liked it?

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chris in va
April 2, 2005, 02:57 AM
HiPoint. Granted mine is the carbine, but I really made fun of their handguns at the last gun show.

The carbine is fantastic.

Paper plates for targets. Until I figured out the cost savings. :cool:

April 2, 2005, 03:40 AM
Magazine loader. Never really saw the use, until I tried one and didn't wear my thumb out loading the mags.

April 2, 2005, 08:29 AM
.45 GAP cartridge. I thought, hmm, a cartridge that duplicates the ballistics of my three ACPs. Why would I want a GAP? Then I held a M38 Glock in my average to smaller sized hands. Wow, ACP performance in a 17 frame gun! I can't wait to see one of Springfield's mini mini 1911s in .45 GAP. Bring it on!

April 2, 2005, 09:00 AM
Single-stack 1911. The first time I shot a 1911 my thought was "I don't see what all the big deal is about..."

But I was very green then.

It didn't take all that much more shooting experience to come to appreciate the piece, and now it's what I carry and compete with. :) So a complete turn around on that one.

- Gabe

April 2, 2005, 09:08 AM
Although I have never really mocked them, there have been firearms that I never thought I would own and ended up buying. I never planned on buying a Mosin Nagant, but after trying my one owned by my friend I picked one up. I bought it that same day as a matter of fact. I also never figured on owning a revolver until I saw a S&W 686 .357 that really caught my eye.

Bear Gulch
April 2, 2005, 09:21 AM
The Glock back in the 80's. I now appreciate them very much.

April 2, 2005, 09:26 AM
A Para Ord LDA.......I said I would never own one...........picked up my Para 7.45 LDA last saturday. ;)

Harry Paget Flashman
April 2, 2005, 09:39 AM
Glocks...dismissed them as overpriced plastic, faddish gansta guns.

Yo! Bought a 22C and 17C but I haven't shot them sideways yet.

Thought the same thing about Kel-Tec's. The ads in the American Rifleman made them look cheap and cheesy. Now own the P3AT, SU-16B and Sub2000 9mm(Glock compatible). They fill my Buck Rogers niche and are fun plinkers.

April 2, 2005, 09:46 AM
My first experience with 1911's was with an old one that whne you moved it a bit, sounded like moving a bucket with a dozen ball bearings in it...
not very accurate...couldn't hit said bucket at 5 paces.

I now own & operate 2 1911's...A Springer 'Champion', and a Springer "GI-45"

April 2, 2005, 11:03 AM
commie rifles

Both Aks and SKSs. I broke two different ARs while cursing those commie guns. Once I got my first SKS, my whole perception changed.

It reminds me of those surly biker types of the seventies who'd say "I'd rather push my Harley than ride a Honda"

I'm much more open minded now.


April 2, 2005, 11:08 AM
Revolvers. As a younger guy I could never see why anyone would want a revolver. That's old school, antique technology......

Til I tried one, now there is a pile of them in the safe.

April 2, 2005, 11:30 AM
The Glock back in the 80's. I now appreciate them very much.

+1 :D

I now appreciate them so much that I have a BUNCH of them!

April 2, 2005, 11:54 AM
Yup, I bashed of Glocks like there was no tomorrow when I was younger. Then my dad got my a M17 when I was 16. Now I carry a M33 daily. Hmm..

Oh, and another person here who was suprised about the High-point 9mm carbine. I made fun of that thing all the way to the range when my dad picked one up. Then we shot it. And shot it. And shot it. And it never jammed. It hit what I aimed at. Is there more to ask of it?

Redneck Revolver
April 2, 2005, 12:06 PM
"I'd rather push my Harley than ride a Honda"

thats my philosophy :D

April 2, 2005, 02:10 PM
Back in the 80s when large numbers of SKSs started to be imported, I said I wouldn't own one of the hideous looking things. Thought they were way too ugly. But after my Dad bought one for a truck gun, I found out they were extremely reliable. I bought one back around 90 or 91 and would not think of being without one now.

I also thought that Glocks were terrible. Never thought a 'plastic' gun could possibly hold up. Over the years several friends have bought them and it turns out they are very reliable and accurate. I am grudgingly impressed. I do not own one but it is only because I do not like the grip angle. But I do have a 'plastic' Kel-Tec and a 'plastic' Ruger and am very happy with both.

April 2, 2005, 02:30 PM
I always thought that the SKS was ugly as sin, and I didn't see the point. After all, an AK was just a little more expensive.

But my first semi-auto rifle was a SKS, and I doubt that I will ever get rid of it now. Actually a great little rifle.

When the Springfield Armory's XD9 sub compact came out, I joined everyone in declaring that it was the in contention for the ugliest pistol ever contest.

But I currently carry one on my hip everyday.


April 2, 2005, 03:05 PM
Similar experience to foghorn's:
Looked at 1911's (had a couple of 9mm's at the time). Wondering why anyone would buy a big honking gun with a really big bullet. Looked like a beast. Now, my favorite platform since it fits to my smaller hands (single stack) better than most other pistols.

Harry Paget Flashman
April 2, 2005, 05:06 PM
First time I heard of Moisin-Nagant's was in the 70's. I assumed they were French and never gave them a second though until recently when I read up on them and discovered they were Russian. I have a 91/30 now that I sporterized with a new stock. Mighty fine rifle for the money.

April 2, 2005, 05:38 PM
Ditto on the Mosins...I couldn't stand the fact it had that angled magazine, and that ridiculous straight bolt - the smooth lines of the 1903A3 were all i could see in a bolt action....
Then came financial reality, and a good friend actuall gave me a rearsenalled Mosin M38...and I was hooked. Got three so far, will get more later...

April 2, 2005, 06:26 PM
Thought it was the ugliest piece of junk I'd ever laid eyes on. Had one for almost 20 years now. :)

April 2, 2005, 06:31 PM
I remember dryfiring a Glock in a gunshop and grimacing at the "sproinnnng". Handed it back to the clerk quick with some smart-aleck remark.

Later on, I decided I wanted a 10mm and the only one I could find that seemed to hold up under hard use (based on testimonials) was the Glock 20. I didn't like it, but I bought it cause that was all there was.

That night I took it apart to clean it and to figure out how it worked. I was so impressed I immediately went back to the store the next day and bought a 17 as well.

I now have 4, and none of them has ever let me down.

BTW, I finally realized that if you use snap caps the trigger doesn't go "sproinnnnng" when you dryfire.

April 2, 2005, 07:33 PM
Yup. AR15. Swore I would never pay $1,000 for a plastic gun that shot an anemic round. I since changed my mind and have two of them and love them dearly!

April 2, 2005, 07:36 PM
SKS and the Makarov. "Programmed" to believe that ComBloc weaponry was crude pot metal. Successfully "de-programmed" now.

April 2, 2005, 07:41 PM
The SKS, when I first saw them, I thought they were junk commie guns. Now I own 3 of them..

April 2, 2005, 09:55 PM
9mm's and tactical slings.

I now have a FN P-35 and tac slings on my duty shotgun and my Daewoo K2. :D

April 2, 2005, 10:11 PM
Springfield's XD series; didn't care for them when they first showed up on the scene as the HS 2000 (Croatia? They make guns?)- Atek3's 'blinged' out .40 has convinced me otherwise.

April 2, 2005, 10:33 PM
My little Ruger .22-45. I needed a plinker pistol and it is my one and only Ruger. It's reliable and it was the best $189 I ever spent.

Black Majik
April 3, 2005, 06:34 PM
Glocks. Check the archives. I've dissed, cursed, and made fun of Glocks for all they were worth when I first began shooting. Then you'll see me make posts such as, "I went into the gunstore and looked at a Glock" and "What made you buy a Glock" etc... eventually through time, with all the positive posts I've read about glocks my interests peaked. I became very intrigued to own a tupperware firearm, and eventually I bought a Glock 23. I'm content with the purchase, although I do still prefer the 1911's.

Revolvers: Hey, my shooting career is still in its beginning stages, but I found that I shot autoloaders a LOT better than the revolvers. The revolvers to me just did not balance well in my hand. After being intrigued by wanting "something different" I looked into the revolver category and began my interest in revolvers. My first revolver purchase was a 686PP. I'm content with the purchase, although I do still prefer the 1911's.


April 3, 2005, 07:05 PM
Recoil pad... Coming from firing nothing but .22's

April 3, 2005, 07:57 PM
Another Glock answer here, dissed them for years, just didn't seem to have any "soul" like other firearms. Well last week I bought one on a whim... well it's not my favorite gun (P99) but it's earned it's spot in my collection so far.

April 3, 2005, 08:03 PM
Enfield #4. Thought they were ugly as sin.

Now they are my favorite milsurp boltgun. The mausers, springfields, and mosins all have their charms, but the Enfield is the boss of the pack.

April 3, 2005, 08:45 PM
The first Glock I ever seen was at Wal-Mart and it was relative a cheep price… my cozen, who was with me had worked at a gun store in Germany and told me they were good guns but I told her they would never hold up. I don’t remember the price but I could have bought it no problem at the time. Funny but now that I want one they are out of my price range.

April 3, 2005, 09:32 PM
I've never had much use for it. I think that my .32 Mag does small things better, and the .44 Mag, which I have several of, does big things better. My defensive needs are covered by a couple of .45 ACP pistols.

That said, I just bought a S&W model 28 .357 that I really like and is fun to shoot. The main reason I got it was because it was a very clean N frame, but the .357 does seem to make a good range round...... :rolleyes:

April 3, 2005, 09:33 PM
Beretta Storm. I thought they were incredibly ugly, and near worthless. Then I fired one when I visited P95. Sigh. My poor wallet...

April 3, 2005, 10:17 PM
I'm probably going buy a compact glock - they point naturally for me.

April 3, 2005, 11:59 PM
Glocks. I attended a swat school presented by a fairly prolific gun book author in 1984. He predicted the Glock would be a disaster for durability and the safety ststem. He now writes articles saying only good things about them and has a Glock 17 that has tens of thousands of rounds through it. I own three plus a 22 conversion kit for my Glock 35.

April 4, 2005, 12:18 AM
Another AR-15. My first was a Colt HBAR Match. Lousy piece of hardware wouldn't feed or extract reliably. Just couldn't count on a BANG when the trigger was pulled. Soured me for years.

Some 8 years after I unloaded it, I got an RRA. Wonderful! Then built a Grizzley. Got a 25wssm on order. BRD set in, no thanks to that Colt.

April 4, 2005, 12:30 AM
yet I picked up a Glock 33 a few days ago... Only Glock I have liked the look of so far... and it points naturally for me as well...

Still my favorite carry gun is my 2 tone Sig 229 357SiG


April 4, 2005, 12:34 AM

April 4, 2005, 12:45 AM

Always thought they looked ugly and out-of-style. TV showed nothing but automatics, every cop I knew carried an auto, all my friends who were into guns used autos.

Then I got into guns, and was going to buy an auto (Taurus Millenium Pro in .45) when I got the offer from a co-worker to purchase his .38 snubbie for $100.

Couldn't turn down that deal, even if I wasn't truly fond of revolvers, for the simple fact I didn't yet own a gun of my own and figured this would be something I could ALWAYS conceal. I bought it, the day after I received my PA CHL.

It took me forever to get accurate with it, as I was already used to shooting autos, but after A LOT of practice (and a LOT of money spent on ammo), I found myself shooting quite well from 10 yards.

I've since graduated to a auto about 2 months ago, a .45, and carry THAT one regularly, but the .38 still stays loaded and ready for home defense, or the late night snack/coffee run (.45 gets unloaded at night to keep the mag springs from staying compressed and wearing them out prematurely).

Next stop...1911! :D After that, maybe a single-action .44 Mag.

However, the .38 will stay with me for life, as it's earned its sentimental value in my small, naive collection (2 guns).


April 4, 2005, 04:08 AM
The Sigma.
For years I read, heard, and spouted off, myself, how they were complete junk.
On par with the worst Jennings!!
Paperweights all!!
Smith and Wesson were the traitors of the universe!!
I first bought a 28-2 at a gun show, then traded a Glock 29 for a Sigma.
Both are two of my best handguns!!

April 4, 2005, 08:32 AM
I also used to disparage the various Soviet Bloc weapons, too. "no wonder about why the Soviets couldn't take over Afganistan ..Commie Guns are Crappy Guns", etc etc etc

Fast forward several years . . . .

Hmmmmmmm M-44 Mosin Nagant and a Yugo 59/66 SKS now take up space in my 'artillery cabinet'.

April 5, 2005, 01:28 AM
Wow, a lot of mock-a-GLOCK.

Good job on getting past it it.

I admit the first time I ever saw one I was not interested.

It was ugly and well, blocky.

Now I own a 26 which I may sell, not because I don't like it, but just to get my money out of it so I can buy a long arm.

April 5, 2005, 08:59 AM
1911's and revolvers...Now that's all I have :eek:

I thought 1911's were only for a ceratin type of shooter. (Kind of like how Harley's are only for certain types of MC riders.) :cool: Fired my first as a rental, bought a gov't model soon after and followed-up with a micro for carry.
As far as the wheelie thing, I don't really know how that happened :confused: I just caught myself "appreciating" them. (I DO blame DHart a little! :p ) Bought a three-inch 65 for general purpose and an airweight for pocket carry which has basically replaced my P3AT. (Still have the KT but haven't carried it since I got the snubbie.)
Along the way I've gotten rid of 9mm, .25, .32, .40's and am trying to sell my Kahr K40 (replaced by the micro). I even traded in both my .22's on the K-frame! :what: When I get rich :rolleyes: and can afford to have lots and lots of guns I will go ahead and buy lots and lots of guns. For now, I can't seem to convince myself I really need anything else. When I get an itch, I go rent instead of buying ;)

(new personal record for number of smilies in a single post :) )

W Turner
April 5, 2005, 09:38 AM
I've had a few experiences like this....

1-.22 range pistols (Ruger MkII, Browning Buckmark, etc.)- Why own one? You can't defend yourself with it, a .22 rifle is better suited for hunting, the guns are expensive to shoot such a little round, etc.... My mind was changed by a friend of mine that collects Hi-Standards, a few range trips with him and getting to shoot a $700+ .22 pistol changed my mind quickly.

2-Glocks- No safety, "common" gun, not a HSLD type like the super-duper-awesome HK USP (yeah right). Not really interested, went out and dropped a ton of money on an HK USP .45 only to outshoot myself with a friend's Glock 22. Promptly went out a traded said HK for a Glock 22.

3-Single Action revolvers - only good if you shoot SASS, old-timey, low tech, mostly useless calibers (.45 Colt), expensive to me when compared to an autoloader that holds way more rounds, etc.... Then I shot a friends Ruger Single-Six...a Ruger Super Blackhawk or Bisley Vaquero in .45LC is on my short list.

4- AR15 - Way too hardcore for me, I don't want that "militia" mentality that automatically comes with buying one, too military looking for me, WAY too expensive, who the heck spends $800 on a rifle you can't even hunt deer with? I have since owned and sold one. I may get another in the future, the first one didn't really trip my trigger other than the "cool" factor of it. I am way more enthusiastic about the M1A, but they are even more costly than the AR and the FN just doesn't do it for me. I will probably end up with either a Mini-14 or a Kel-Tec SU-16(most likely) to use as a .223 ranch-type rifle around the house. An SKS will still be my trunk gun.


April 5, 2005, 10:37 AM
I never understood the hype generated around the HKs, particularly the USP series, until I handled and shot it. The investment on the Tac was justified.

I also never thought I would consider the Bersa .380, either. The reviews of the guys here lead to me adding this gun to the cabinet. A fun shooter!

April 5, 2005, 12:47 PM
SKS. I always thought they were just cheap junk. I looked at a Yugo in the local shop every time I went in, and on a whim one day, bought it. After breaking it down and cleaning off the cosmo, I realized this is one STURDY quality built gun. After putting the first 10 rds into a size of a 50 cent piece at 50 yds, I could not believe it! (granted, that's not typical, but this gun is a shooter) I went out and bought another right away. I can't believe I waited this long to find the joy of cosmoline and old, "cheap, junky" milsurps.

Old Dog
April 5, 2005, 01:26 PM
9mm's in particular ... After being forced to make the transition from my beloved 1911 to the M9, I swallowed my pride and picked up a Taurus PT-92 (because of its frame-mounted safety and C&L capability) and a Beretta 92 in short order, thinking that, if I was gonna have to carry a big 9mm on duty, I wanted to get really, really good at shooting the beast. I since got a 92 in Inox and have figured out that I have no problems with the platform (or the cartridge) and even rather like 'em. Same with the AR-15, was so used to the M-14 and so influenced by all the old-timers, that I was instinctively prejudiced against it. Having been put in a position to have to periodically qual with the M-16, I figured if you can't beat 'em, join 'em -- interesting how once you have a certain firearm, it tends to grow on you...

In a reversal of others' Glock experiences, I was once entirely open to the concept, bought a couple (17 and 23), tried 'em out for a few years and simply could not adapt to 'em, consequently sold 'em off.

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