Guns or Groceries


April 28, 2007, 11:33 AM
Okay, for some of us this topic might be less theoretical than others.

If you had to choose between meeting your financial responsibilities and selling your last firearm to help you do so, or keeping that last firearm to protect yourself and possibly not make, say, a car payment, which would you choose and why?

Would you sell the gun for money, or would you keep the gun and maybe miss paying a bill?

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April 28, 2007, 11:50 AM
Having been unemployed the last 2 months , i have had to make decisions like that . Still have ALL my firearms . Just called the people that I owed money to ( mortgage , car , electric, etc ) and made arrangements . Going back to work within the next couple of weeks so will be able to "catch up" . most places are more than willing to help you through tough times if you are genuinely not at fault for your predicament . The one smart thing i did was have insurance that makes my payments in case of involuntary unemployment on my loans etc . Best couple of bucks a week i ever spent .

That being said , in order for me to get to the point of selling my guns , it would take actually having the foreclosure notice served on me . And even then , unless selling guns will stall the foreclosure for a long time , it's just not worth it to me .

April 28, 2007, 12:03 PM
Wouldn't sell the last firearm. Wouldn't sell my wheels and wouldn't miss a house payment.

Everything else is negotiable.


PS Might sell some of the kids, if anyone wants to make an offer.

April 28, 2007, 12:05 PM
Pax , if their old enough to swing a splitting maul , I'll make an offer :D

April 28, 2007, 12:34 PM
Well... guns or groceries?....Hmm...

With guns I can hunt for my food. That solves that.

April 28, 2007, 12:43 PM
Keep the gun. It'll be there for many years, and you know where last night's supper is gonna be in a short time.

Old Fuff
April 28, 2007, 01:12 PM
PS Might sell some of the kids, if anyone wants to make an offer.

No way!! They all eat, and that's what causes this guns vs, groceries problem in the first place. :D

April 28, 2007, 01:13 PM
I might sell off all but one gun. It would be a hard choice as to which one to keep though...

April 28, 2007, 01:19 PM
I would keep the gun and get a part time job to help with the bills!

Nomad, 2nd
April 28, 2007, 02:59 PM
I have missed meals to BUY guns!:D

I solve this problem by having an emergency fund. 6 month's worth of expenses put back.

After that I have several other 'cashable items' I can cash in.

After that I MIGHT sell a couple guns.

I will NOT sell them all.

B. Adams
April 28, 2007, 03:00 PM
There are some guns I would sell, but only because I don't like them all that much. They're the same ones I'd sell now if someone made a serious offer.

I would definitely keep more than one though, no doubt about that. ;)

April 28, 2007, 03:05 PM
Prime reason most Americans are overweight.....they spent the money on food instead of guns.

April 28, 2007, 03:14 PM
Kinda reminds me of basic economics...guns or butter??? Would I sell a firearm to keep my family fed? Yes, in a heartbeat....would I skip a couple of meals to buy a gun, yes :scrutiny:

April 28, 2007, 05:03 PM
I've had to sell shotguns and rifles when I was younger. I'm still kicking myself for it. I'd suggest selling anything else if things are really that tight. It's rare that you will get out of it what you put into it.

April 28, 2007, 05:08 PM
10-ring has a bullseye.

I've seen the generous folks at every church I've attended over the past few years in action to know that I won't need miss a meal. If one of us even gets a cold, meals are coming in. :)

Joe Gunns
April 28, 2007, 05:23 PM
Sold guns to pay some bills. At that time a kept a shotgun, a rifle and a revolver. Doubt if I would sell my "last" gun. I might be needful of havin' it later.

April 28, 2007, 05:29 PM
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April 28, 2007, 05:32 PM
Self defence comes first. Would I strave to death in order to keep my gun? I'd probably sell it and buy some food before it came to that. But I would never sell my last gun to pay off a car. I'd rather sell the car.

April 28, 2007, 05:37 PM
Faced with a situation you described, selling my guns wouldn't buy more than a month probably. Especially at the price I'd get for them if I HAD to sell them. Unless relief was in sight, it wouldn't help a thing. If relief was in sight, I wouldn't have to.

April 28, 2007, 05:43 PM
Don't sell your guns. You will not get full value for them and you'll only hold off the bills for a short time. I sold mine off to generate one month's worth of payments and still ended up losing out.

Sage of Seattle
April 28, 2007, 06:01 PM

I sold like $3,000 worth of my inheirited guns for four hundred bucks because I was foolishly desperate. That was what, eighteen years ago? And I'm STILL mad over doing it, especially after my friend belatedly offerred to buy them from me so I could buy them back again later.


Thanks for bringing up that sore spot, vintage68. ;)

Oh, and PS: I did manage to hang on to a Webley Mark VI .455 revo from my grandpappy. Leather holster and all and it's in almost mint condition. For the love of God, though, please don't ask me what I sold....

April 28, 2007, 06:17 PM
I sold ONE gun back in 1970 when I was a LITTLE hard up and I still regret it every time SOMEONE reminds me of it. Unless I was intending to get out of the hobby, yea right, I would never sell even one ever again.

April 28, 2007, 07:25 PM
At one time I sold every gun I owned except for a beat up 20ga. Mossberg 500 with a 18 inch barrel. To be honest, I still felt well armed.

I don't regret selling a number of guns that I will never be able to replace, but I do regret getting caught in a situation behond my control that forced me to do what I had to do.

I would have a hard time getting read of the last one, for security reasons, but it's your situation and you need to do whatever it takes to be at peace with your choice. They can be replaced - sometimes not easily, and sometimes not the particular gun you had, but they are still just stuff.

texas bulldog
April 28, 2007, 08:20 PM
man, i sure would avoid it for as long as i could, but if it came down to feeding my family, i'd probably do what joe gunns did...keep one rifle, one shotgun, one handgun at a minimum.

jeez...that would be painful!

i do know that i would NEVER sell the last one, no matter what. there may come a day when it is the absolute most important thing you own.

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