Need Advice About Trading Guns


April 26, 2003, 02:51 AM
I am thinking about trading a Mini-14 I have for a 1911. I can't decide if I should do this or not. Please help!

I have had the Mini-14 for about 3 months. I'm not crazy about how the magazine inserts into the gun, nor am I crazy about the accuracy of the gun.

I have been wanting a Springfield 1911-A1 Mil-Spec for quite awhile -- but this Mini-14 is the only automatic "homeland defense" rifle I have right now. Frankly, I would rather have an AK-47.

Should I just ditch the Mini-14, or is VERY NECESSARY to have an automatic rifle in case the SHTF?

Here is a list of the guns I currently own:

Makarov (primary carry)
Kel-Tec P32
Smith and Wesson Mod 36 - 38 Spl Revolver
Ruger 10/22
Ruger Mini-14
Ruger Single Six
Taurus Raging Bull 44 Magnum
Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 ga
Mossberg 500 Persuader Cruiser 12 ga
Winchester 1897 16 ga
Savage 110 .243 Win
Winchester .410 single shot
Knight in-line Muzzle-loader

I also have a Walther PPK/S on layaway right now that will be released from it's surly bonds shortly...

and maybe more that I can't remember right now.

Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.



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April 26, 2003, 04:34 AM
That mini-14 is worth a few bucks more than a Springfield Mil-Spec, if that is what the trade is. I might do the 1911 and 100-150$ for the mini-14, but not straight out. If you can get that deal, I say go for it. Take that cash, add to it, and go get that AK you want. No sense having one gun you don't like when you can have two guns you want.

April 26, 2003, 06:40 AM
I agree with MJRW that the Mini-14 is worth a bit more than a Springfield Mil-Spec. If you can get an extra $100-$150 out of the deal, why not buy yourself a Yugo SKS with the cash? That way, you'll have both the pistol and a (very reliable) semi-auto rifle for emergency use. You can save up for something better later, but there's nothing wrong with the SKS as an emergency-use rifle - it's probably as accurate as a Mini-14, and shoots as good a round for close-to-medium-range defence.

April 26, 2003, 06:58 AM
Unless you deal with a vendor who will give at least 80% of your mini-14's value I would either sell it yourself to a private citizen or keep it. I have owned several Mini-14's in the past and I always got rid of them because when it came to shoot them, I always favored something else. You have a nice collection, just buy the SAR-1 straight out and put the Mini-14 away if you can't get a buyer or fair trade right now. If you are like everyone else, once you get rid of the Mini-14, you will just get another a few years later, it never fails.:)

Greg L
April 26, 2003, 07:26 AM
Not to nitpick (too much :rolleyes: :D ), but your mini 14 isn't an automatic it is a semi-automatic. You still need to pull the trigger each time you want it to go bang.

That said, if you want to get rid of it I would go the private sale/trade route, you should be able to get much more for it than through a dealer.

As mentioned, a SKS is an inexpensive way to get a reliable rifle.


Kahr carrier
April 26, 2003, 08:41 AM
I would keep the Mini 14 and save up for the 1911.:)

April 26, 2003, 10:54 AM
I agree with out for the 1911 and buy a Yougo SKS

April 26, 2003, 03:43 PM
Thanks for all the advice. About 3 hours ago, I "took the plunge" and bought the Springfield 1911. I took it up on our family land, to the range I just built -- I put up 4 targets, and then it began to downpour -- and I mean downpour.

I got back in the vehicle, and headed out. I started to just try to wait out the rain, but then I remembered that if it got too wet, I wouldn't be able to get out -- and that would be bad. I have found that out the hard way twice.

I got back home, and loaded up my "portable target" setup -- and in about 30 minutes, the rain cleared. I headed back to the farm, but to another area that one can get to easily with a car -- unfortunately, the range isn't there -- man am I glad I built the portable target!!

I had just purchased some Speer Lawman FMJ rounds, and a box of Winchester Silvertips (my favorite HP ammo).

I loaded up the mag with the Speer Lawman FMJ, and squeezed off my first round from about 15 yards.

Now, I have never owned a 1911 style pistol before, or even a .45. I usually carry my Makarov. As soon as I pulled that trigger, and the bullet went DIRECTLY in the bullseye -- perfect symmetry, everything -- I almost got the vapors. :D

It is as if I have been using toys, or guns that I have cut out of scrap plywood and built myself -- because this 1911 is a REAL GUN. It is relatively heavy, although not as heavy as I had expected, and when you point it, you feel very confident -- at least I do.

I carried it "cocked and locked" -- and felt very comfortable and safe doing this as well -- because I know that for the gun to fire, three things have to happen:

1. Grip safety has to be depressed.
2. Thumb safety has to be disengaged.
3. Trigger has to be manipulated.

It is simply awesome -- I would recommend this gun to anyone...

Springfield 1911-A1 Full-size MIL-SPEC.


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