There's people who own guns they haven't shot?


September 22, 2003, 02:10 AM
A buddy of mine mentioned he bought a Mosian-Nagant last month. I asked him how it shot and he said he hadn't shot it yet.

Hadn't shot it yet!?

When I was a kid and would buy a nintendo game or something I would walk straight into the house after getting home and play it... no doing something else first... straight to it.

With one exception (a shorter barreled version of a gun I already had) I've fired every gun I've purchased within a few hours of picking it up (doesn't hurt that the range is between my house and the outfitters). Naturally weather and circumstances won't always permit this, but I see no change in my behavior in the regard in the near future.

Anybody else just have to fire a new gun at the earliest opertunity?

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Black Snowman
September 22, 2003, 02:32 AM
I get antsy if I have too wait too long to shoot. Usually buy and install accessories if it takes too long so it's a good idea for me to get to the range quick ;)

An old friend of mine has many of his guns he has never fired last I knew. Also last I knew he still hadn't set up his reloading bench (had all the stuff for over a year last time I talked to him).

At least 2 of his pistols and 2 of his rifles he never shot. I know he's re-sold guns before he's had the chance to shoot them too.

Weird guy. Wierd guy. . .

September 22, 2003, 03:26 AM
I have a 30-30, an 03A3 , a 91/30 and a SxS 12 ga. That I have never shot and I've owned them for 2 to 3 years. I am in the opposite position as Wheelman the rifle range is just too far from my house. My anti mother is starting to let us shoot on her property now so maybe I'll get the chance on Thanksgiving.

September 22, 2003, 03:28 AM
I think those kind of people are called Ko-lecters or some such. I think they might be from the planet Ko-lon or someplace like that.

There's even some of them that will buy a thing that just looks like a gun but won't actually shoot! I never could understand that.

I even hear that there's even some of them that buy purty pictures painted by old dead guys and lock them up in safes so no one can see them.

What will they think of next?

September 22, 2003, 03:33 AM
Kol-lectors eh? I've heard that name before, I think they're from Europe or Atlantas or some other mythilogical place. :)

September 22, 2003, 05:17 AM
I've got a couple, a M91, a MAS, a M1889, several guns bought as U-fixems that that I haven't got around to fixem yet, that I have never fired. And you guys should visit Ko-lon some time where all the men are handsome and intellegent, and the women are beautiful and obedient.

"What's that dear? ...Can it wait until I get off line?... No, I'm not on that site again, and I told you I was researching Swedish gymnists for work...Surely the trash will be there when I'm finished...No, I don't think it would take a John Deere to pull it out of there and besides, the chain would probably slip off of my ears... Honey, put down the frying pan..."

September 22, 2003, 07:15 AM
Where do you shoot in town BlackSnowman? Not many outdoor ranges around KCK.

September 22, 2003, 07:53 AM
Many rifles have only sat for years in the safe.

Bought 5 M1a's last year, shot two, the rest are NIB and will stay that way.

The Colt 1873 3rd gen 45LC with factory real ivory grips sits NIB for 14 yrs.

The Walther P-5c sits NIB for the last 15-17 years.

Just sold the AMT45 backup that was NIB from 12 yrs ago.

I have many that are NIB or unshot since purchasing them. Never intended to shoot them when I bought them. They are investments which will be either gioven to my nephew or will be sold upon my demise.

Like the idea I'm leaving some nice stuff for the nephew to drool over.

I've got many knives NIB as well.


September 22, 2003, 08:23 AM
Where do you shoot in town BlackSnowman? Not many outdoor ranges around KCK.

I can answer for him, cause we're friends IRL and shoot together all the time.

Outdoor ranges we go to the new (and recently re-new) Parma Woods in Parkville. We used to drive all the way up to Pigeon Hill in St Joseph.

Indoor we go to the Bullet Hole cause it's close.

September 22, 2003, 08:29 AM
i just like NIBS,

my unfired nibs are:

AR-15 A2 Colt Carbine

AR-15 A2 Gov't. Model

AR-15 A2 Gov't. Carbine

AR-15 A3 Tactical

all NIBs, all preban, all Colt !!

oooooooh...!! i do have 8 other Colt AR-15s that i shoot regularly, plus an Eagle & a Bushy Carbine

September 22, 2003, 08:33 AM
Haven't shot my Martini-Henry yet, nor my M1916 Spanish Mauser, nor my Mauser HSc, nor my 3" 625-7, nor my old 5-screw Military & Police, nor my .300 Whisper Turk... All for various reasons.

The HSc is destined to wind up as trading fodder, so why shoot it? I've shot one before, I know what they shoot like.

The Martini needs an industrial-grade cleaning and a safety inspection. I dropped it off at work and the gunsmith'll get to it when there's a break from the full-price customers.

The Turk needs to have the scope bore-sighted, and then needs to be sighted in at a real rifle range, and I haven't been out to a real rifle range since late spring. (Being able to shoot in the backyard has kinda spoiled me...)

September 22, 2003, 08:46 AM
I believe the only gun I own which I have not shot is a plain jain Colt 1911.

September 22, 2003, 08:47 AM
I've never bought a gun and then taken it straight out to shoot it. I always like taking it home and fondling it for awhile. I like sitting down with it and figuring out how to take it apart, clean it, admire it. Sometimes it's a week or two before I get a chance to actually take it out and shoot it for the first time...... but yeah, I'm itching to the whole time! :)

Zach S
September 22, 2003, 08:50 AM
Anybody else just have to fire a new gun at the earliest opertunity? Yes. As a matter of fact, the guy I've puchased most of my guns from has a range about 7 steps away from the register.

If its collectable, I probably wont want it.

September 22, 2003, 09:13 AM
Hey...hey...hey......I have several guns that I've never fired and they may never get fired...the oldest being a Savage model 99 made in 1910 chambered for .303 Savage that's in great shape.....I just don't want to shoot it. Soooooooooo.......if that makes me a Kol-lector.....then so be it.:cool:

September 22, 2003, 09:31 AM
I have a confession to make.

I own a gun I haven't shot. It's a S&W model 36 DA only. I've had it close to 15 years. I bought it new.

Mike Irwin
September 22, 2003, 12:47 PM
I have several I haven't shot yet.

September 22, 2003, 01:01 PM
Bought a Winchester 1911SL on Friday... they're infamous for their unreliability, so not yet... probably never.:( :rolleyes: Ah well. Looks cool, at least.

September 22, 2003, 01:57 PM
All of those guns that I DON'T own that I haven't shot yet.:(

September 22, 2003, 02:21 PM
I have a friend that I got interested in handguns about 12 years ago. Having the resources to buy whatever guns he wanted, he proceeded to do so at an alarming rate,:uhoh: . To make a long story short, after a couple of years he lost interest and now owns approximately 60 of the nicest modern day handguns out there and has only fired maybe 20 of them, and none of these have more than 150-200 rounds through them. Go figure!:confused:

September 22, 2003, 02:38 PM
I actually have a gun I haven't shot. It is a commemerative though.

I suppose that is reason enough.

It's also the last gun that I'll buy that I'll never shoot.

September 22, 2003, 02:40 PM
It ain't the same as a nintendo game. You need stuff before you can play with big kid's toys. Ammo, time, space etc. I know lots of guys who have lots of firearms and never shoot at all. Collectors they're called. And I have some I don' t like to shoot. Sell 'em? Don't be daft.

September 22, 2003, 02:44 PM
Without going into the obvious "I have"; "won't shoot"; etc. don't forget about the "gifts" people have stashed for a minor relative for when they come of age.........Yes; people DO have ageing NIB firearms.:neener:

September 22, 2003, 03:33 PM
I just bought a .38 Special last week that I have not shot.

SW 586
September 22, 2003, 04:00 PM
Bought a Mosin-Nagant M44 (Romanian) and 200 rounds of ammo 2 years ago. Never have shot it. A few weeks later a nephew gave me a Schmidt-Reuben 7.5x55 Swiss and no ammo. Haven't shot it neither.
It's not that I'm a collector or anything. It's just that I haven't found the time and besides, the thought of cleaning the MN after shooting corrosive ammo isn't that appealing to me. Also, ammo for the SR is hard to find and expensive.

Greg L
September 22, 2003, 04:10 PM
I have a C&R and know how to use it :rolleyes: .

There are plenty of rifles that I haven't shot yet. Mainly due to the fact that there isn't a good range close by where I can run out and test them on a whim. A range trip for me is more of an all day/afternoon event so I don't get to go as often as I would like to. Lately much of my range time has been spent overseeing the boys converting bricks of .22s into piles of brass so my actual shooting time is limited that way too. Also I tend to buy the rifles that need a little work to get back to pristine condition so many of them are in various states of disrepair out in the workshop. Once they get reassembled they will eventually be shot but for now no they haven't.

For the here and now it works for me.


rick newland
September 22, 2003, 04:31 PM
I am in the same boat as you, I have two new Marlins, a 1895 LTD-V and a stainless guide gun, closest rifle range is a 40 min drive, and these 12 hour shifts arent helping any. Why is it the older you get the less time you have? :)

September 22, 2003, 05:58 PM
I have a serial # 001 that is pretty cool and I probably will save until the right ko-llector comes along. :p

I admire some guns just for what they are or represent to me rather than just their utilitarian value. Others I shoot plenty. Just depends.

September 22, 2003, 06:05 PM
I've got a Marlin 60 that I bought from a TFLer more than a year ago - oops - TWO years ago. No time! Been traveling too much, trying to put bread on the table.

Gotta change sumthin here....

Hot brass
September 22, 2003, 07:51 PM
No big thang:neener:

September 22, 2003, 08:00 PM
It's not that I don't plan on shooting them or anything, I'm not real hung up on the "unfired" thing. I just haven't got around to it.

I keep taking them of them out to go to the range, but then at the last minute one or two of my favorites bumps the newbies back into the gunsafe. Hey, I can only carry so many guns at once. :neener:

I'll get to them eventually though. I get curious to see how my guns compare to each other.

September 22, 2003, 08:08 PM
Usually the first day off I have after getting a new gun I'm at the range trying it out. I don't know if I could own a gun and not enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed.:uhoh:

September 22, 2003, 08:14 PM
and besides, the thought of cleaning the MN after shooting corrosive ammo isn't that appealing to me. Aw SW 586 don't let that keep you from shooting that Mosin. Cleaning corrosive ammo from a bolt action is easy.

Get a bottle of Windex(or a generic brand) with Ammonia(that's the important part). After shooting, pull the bolt out and stick the nozzle of the squirt bottle right into the chamber. With the muzzle down, just soak that bore real good. give the bolt face a squirt or two also. Let it sit a minute or so while you get your cleaning stuff out, then dry patch it. Now clean normally as you would any other rifle.

September 22, 2003, 08:36 PM
Ok, I have a few I've never shot.

A Parker Hammer SXS shotgun w/ damascus barrels. Unless I want to shell out $2/shot for blackpowder loads from Old Western Scrounger, or roll my own, it's probably never going to get shot, either. It also has some pitting on the barrels, so I have doubts, and I need my fingers and eyes for work.

Others I have no excuse for:

The MAS M-36 boltgun. It's a .308 conversion. Gone shooting twice since I got it, aand it stays home. I'll shoot it this weekend, I promise.

The M-95 Steyr-Mannlicher straight-pull carbine. Have 1/2-a-case of '38-vintage ammo. Ok, ok, I'll shoot IT this weekend also. (This one even made it to the range and didn't get shot. I have a tendency to bring too many guns at a time. :o)

My .35 Remington-caliber M-81 Remington autoloader has had all of two rounds through it. The shoulder stock is in need of repair. I don't want a face full of rifle.

My .400 Cor-Bon 1911 barrel has all of 2-3 rounds through it. It Does Not Feed. Jams the nose of the next cartridge every time. I know now how to fix that, but lack funds to buy REAL 1911 magazines. (So much for "Bottleneck cartridges are feed-friendly"!)

My Herculese by Monkey-Wards single-shot Stevens-clone 12-guage. No excuse. I failed it. It's too quiet and un-assuming. Shriller, whinier guns go to the range ahead of this patient oldster. It did go shooting wth a group of friends once, and a bunch of them shot it while I didn't. I own it, and my friends shoot it more than I do.

A friend put about 100 rounds through my M-36 snubbie. I put 5 rounds through it. It used to be NIB unfired. Go figure. Too many guns again.

I haven't managed to shoot either of my muzzle-loaders yet. The rifle's a chep, poorly-built kit I got as a project gun for cheap. The handgun's un-blued and the stock's un-finished, although the assembly's done. I just don't want to get it dirty. I have all the supplies, I just haven't gotten my act together to go shoot 'em.

I also have a complete reloading set-up, i.e. a nice old Herter's press, all dies, powders, bullets, scale, and info I might require for several calibers, but lack a workspace. I can say that I've re-sized and primed a single .308 case, but it's hard to call that an achievement.

I can't even say I'm too busy shooting. But I can say I'm right poor. Unemployment stinks, and shooting is an expensive hobby.

September 22, 2003, 09:30 PM
I only have one in the safe I haven't shot...... a black powder shotgun from the late 1840's......

September 22, 2003, 10:00 PM
Yea I have a few I haven't shot. A few revolvers, a few pistols, a few rifles, and a few shotguns. Most of them won't ever get shot by me. Some of them have never been shot since the factory tested them. Yea I collect, but also have some that get shot quite alot.

September 22, 2003, 10:13 PM
So many guns and so little time. Yup, I've got some.:(

September 23, 2003, 12:22 AM
Finally got around to checking the headspace on my 1916 Spanish short rifle. Borrowed a field gauge from my gunsmith. The bolt closes on it with ease. Good thing I haven't shot it; don't particularly want to do a firsthand test of System Mauser's legendary gas-handling abilities. :uhoh:

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