Over the last thirty years, I have owned any number of
guns. Eventually, most of them went away, mostly for
economic reasons. I needed money to keep a roof over my
head and food on the table, and they were the only thing
of real value I owned. Sometimes, I traded them in
towards other guns I "needed" more.
The only gun I've never even thought about getting rid of was my Sig-Sauer P-220. I've carried it since 1985. It's like an old friend.
Most of them I let go without any real pangs. A few
still remain as guns I wish I had never had to get rid
My first rifle, given to me my my father when I was 14
was a reproduction by Navy Arms, I think, of the J.P.
Murray Artillery Carbine.
Loved that gun, but I ended up trading it for one of the
guns I wish I had never had to part with; a Ruger #1 in
22-250. I cried the day I had to sell that to raise rent
That Ruger is probably the gun I would pick if someone
told me I could have back any one gun I had sold.
So how about you? What's the one gun you've sold that
you wish you had back?
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January 28, 2009, 01:11 AM
my WASR10 and charles daly high power
January 28, 2009, 01:32 AM
Among the ones that pop into my mind in no particular order are :
High Standard Victor
Colt .22/.22mag Peacemaker
Anschulz Model 64 Sporter
My Custom Colt Commander
AR-15 A2 Carbine
I could go on for a good long while - most all sold out of hardship with a long boring story. In the end however - it is stuff , and stuff is not the most important thing in my life.
January 28, 2009, 02:43 AM
(Original) Model 21 .44 Special, 5" barrel.
But heck, ownership is an illusion anyway. We're all just temporary custodians of this stuff.
January 28, 2009, 03:09 AM
I wish I still had the Browning BDA 380 that my dad gave me.
January 28, 2009, 03:24 AM
Fortunately, I haven't sold many, but I would like my 629 back.
January 28, 2009, 03:37 AM
Swedish m/96 rifle with notably excellent bore and little surface wear or corrosion.
January 28, 2009, 07:46 AM
Back in my carefree youth, I used to switch on and off between wheelguns and autoloaders. If I could have one back, it would be either my blued, heavy barrel Ruger Security Six, or my blued, convertible Colt Combat Commander Super .38. Either one would be more than welcome back into my shooting rotation.
January 28, 2009, 09:46 AM
One of the two Sig P210 pistols I stupidly sold off.
January 28, 2009, 10:14 AM
I've only sold one gun in my lifetime. 5-6 years ago, I sold my first Bersa Thunder .380 Needed rent money :D I have however, recently acquired a brand new one :) I really like them, and am planning on getting a 2nd one, for the wife.
January 28, 2009, 10:54 AM
I've never sold a firearm from my personal collection.
I do have one I wish I hadn't bought ;)
January 28, 2009, 10:59 AM
Dan Wesson Model 15-2V is the only gun I wish I hadn't sold.
I buy 'em, but rarely sell 'em. The few I have sold I don't miss...other then the Wesson.
January 28, 2009, 11:04 AM
I was an idiot and sold a Mauser 1891 Argentine to finance another purchase which ended up being a disappointment.
I also sold a Savage 93R17, not a bad rifle by any means, but I don't miss it that much.
January 28, 2009, 11:14 AM
Wish I had kept my 1942 byf Luger I sold on Gunbroker a few years back after a layoff. And the 6" stainless Ruger Security Six.
January 28, 2009, 11:44 AM
I tend to only buy guns I want, and I prefer to hold on to them for good.
That said, I've only gotten rid of two guns ever.
One of them was a Savage Mk. II .22LR bolt-action rifle, because it would not extract the spent casings. The firing pin had so much force it would deform the casings badly enough to get them stuck in the chamber. I also just plain didn't like the gun, it was ugly, and it seemed inaccurate.
The other was a Mosin-Nagant M91/30. It was GARBAGE. Nothing against Mosins, in fact I love them, they are one of my favorites, but this one was just bottom-of-the-barrel (and since we're talking Mosins, that's a BIG barrel). Terrible trigger. This one had the absolute worst trigger I ever felt. Nerf guns have better triggers. The bolt would stick after the first round, I could never shoot much with it. The bore was so shot out the rifling was almost gone, and it couldn't hit paper at 50 yards, let alone make a group. I only bought it because a friend was moving and offered it to me for twenty buckaroos. The money would've been better spent ordering a pizza. Glad I got rid of it.
January 28, 2009, 11:49 AM
2 nickel Colt Pythons, 8" barrels with consecutive serial numbers. Needed $ at the time (early 80's) and have wished MANY times I had them back.
I'd also like the 31 pieces back that were stolen out of my horse ranch (false wall ripped down) the last day of August 1978. NOT ONE has ever turned up.... and a majority of them were old hand-me-downs from my Grandpa. Still gets the blood pressure up when I think about it.
January 28, 2009, 11:59 AM
Colt Delta Elite 10mm - what was I thinking.
January 28, 2009, 12:31 PM
I can think of several guns I wish I'd kept. A Beretta 21, a S&W 1076, and (above all) a Walther GSP.
January 28, 2009, 02:41 PM
In 1998 I bought a Westley Richards 450-400 Nitro Express Double Rifle for an African Safari. It was built in 1906 and had been in India hunting tigers. The man who has it now keeps it in its case in the closet, has never shot it, and won't turn loose of it for a 100% profit. Big mistake on my part!
January 28, 2009, 02:50 PM
Same here, needed rent money, and on one occasion because the wife (now-ex thank god) thought we needed to put money towards more "important" things..
Hawes .44 Magnum Montana Marshal revolver
Ruger M77 in 300 Win. Mag. (a HS graduation gift from my step-father and I STILL fume at myself for caving on that one)
Winchester 30-30 (present from my father. Im still in denial I had to sell it. I tell myself that its somewhere in storage.)
Ruger P90 .45 (the only one I don't miss)
and there are a few others but its still too painful *sniff*
Duke of Doubt
January 28, 2009, 02:54 PM
I spent a lot of hours hand-rubbing tung oil into the stripped birch stock of a cheap little .22 Ranger 103-13 bolt rifle I had rescued for $50 (I had "lost puppy syndrome" at the time). It was necessary, as the painted-on finish was scrubbed off by a nylon brush when I atttempted to clean it, and useful as an experiement in stock finishing. It was fun to see the progress with each of many coats, from butt-ugly to a thing of surprising beauty. I ended up trading it away with a lot of other cheap guns for a gun I wanted more, getting maybe $50 of value for it. It seems a shame; that cheap little rifle was a beauty when I was done, and it was snapped right off the rack at the shop I traded it to. I sort of wish I still had it.
I also sold a MAS-36 a number of years back for about what I paid for it. I miss that screwy-looking thing, as the sights were excellent, the stock was much better than most, and that forged reciever looked like it could withstand being run over by a T-62. But despite being in unissued condition, it had a couple of annoying scratches, in places that drew attention to them. I still have some strippers and ammo for it; I'll have to find another nice one someday.
January 28, 2009, 03:56 PM
Beretta 84, nickel with 2 mags...
purchased with my first clothing allowance from the Sheriff's Dept for 250.00 from a dealer going out of business..
never should have sold it.. but Divorced is so much nicer..
i'll cut corners somewhere else before i part with any of mine. i tell the wife "let me get it know and if we need to i can sell it later". still have not had to sell any, hope i never do...
January 28, 2009, 11:31 PM
I'm luck now. My wife sends me ads for guns for sale and asks if any of them are a good deal.
January 29, 2009, 12:51 AM
All of the Colt SAA's I've had over the years and foolishly traded off. The 4 3/4" nickel 44 spl most, the 12" 45 next, the 7 1/2" nickel 44 spl next,...
I sure wish I'd kept the first 1886 Winchester I had, a heavy barrel that had originally been a 40-something cal, and had been rebored to 45-70. It had extra fancy grade wood also. Also miss the last original 1886 I had, a 33 WCF, shotgun butt, full mag 24" round barrel.
...and the Colt .22 Diamondback.
And the Colt Woodsman Match Target.
January 29, 2009, 04:30 AM
My lever action rifles that I sold off when I left Australia to come back to the U.S. I think the ones I miss the most are my 1893 Marlin .38/55, & the three 1895 Winchesters in .30/40 Krag (Flatside), .303 British, & .405 WCF. In handguns, my main regrets are a 1970s Colt Detective Special, & a S&W .38 Safety Hammerless (Lemon-squeezer).
I was back in Australia a few years back & got to shoot my old Marlin again.......ahh, good times!
January 29, 2009, 10:56 AM
So how about you? What's the one gun you've sold that
you wish you had back?
All of them, including my old Craig.
I've sold four guns in my life, though my oldest brother got the bulk of my father's collection and lost them one way or another.
The four I sold were, a vintage Craig, a Model 700 30-06, a Taurus model 85, and a reproduction flintlock that my other brother gave me to cover a loan I'd made him.
I don't care how broke I get, I am not selling any more firearms. I wish I had never sold those that are now gone.
January 29, 2009, 11:09 AM
Both of these bought new:
Uzi "A" Model semi-auto; bought it new in 1981, sold it a couple of years later to pay the rent.:banghead::banghead:
S&W Model 625 .45 ACP revolver, w/ 3" barrel, "Model Of 1989" - held onto this one for 10 years before selling it for rent money.:fire::fire:
January 29, 2009, 11:21 AM
Never a regret. When I've decided to sell some off it has been thought over and once they a gone, that's it. Sort of like having a estate sale early.
Well, don't know how this fits the theme of the thread, but I can show you the first pistol I ever owned because I still have it.
I bought this Galesi 25cal. pos in the summer of 1966. I was between semesters of one of the colleges I eventually flunked out of, and was working as an "Asst. Manager*" for a small finance Co. in Dublin, Ga. (Southern Discount actually). I felt the need for a little protection and I had little money, so I got just what I paid for. I paid $35 for this little sucker, NIB.. In 1966 it never managed to run thru a full magazine without hanging up, and if you shot it today you'd still find it has that bad habit, here 40+ years later.
Actually what I WANTED was a neat used Colt Cobra for sale at a small store near our home, but the Colt was $65, and I only had $35..:barf:
Anyway, I eventually got my merde' straight, and over the ensuing decades I had (or have) some pretty nice pistols/revolvers.. Not collectibles you understand, as I shoot any firearm I own.. Just neat old guns, like HK P7's, and of course a couple of old Cobra's. :) (And a DS)..
Still I keep the little Galesi around if for nothing else than to remind me my life has been extremely blessed since I paid $35 hard earned bucks for the little SNS..