When is it time to sell that firearm?


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Pietro Beretta
July 19, 2009, 04:07 PM
Aside from the gun your father gave you, or that unique gun that just is not around at all anymore:

When is it finally time to sell the gun(s) that you just no longer use?

How long can you justify keeping it, when you just don't use it anymore?

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jad0110
July 19, 2009, 04:23 PM
I don't shoot my S&W Model 14 much, but I'll never part with it. I do like it, and I know I'd regret it.

If there is any chance, no matter how small that you'd regret selling, DON'T do it! I only sell guns I flat don't like these days, such as my Taurus Model 94 and my Springfield XD9. Didn't regret selling either. I respect AKs a ton, but the ergos just don't work for me; sold mine and bought an AR.

OTH, I stupidly traded a Heritage Rough Rider that I liked for a gun I thought I'd like more. Stupid. Don't ever do that, just be patient. The gun I traded for was the aforementioned Taurus 94. I quickly ditched the 94, but the trade of that Heritage still irked me. I just replaced it not long ago, but I learned my lesson with that one.

One other thing to consider is that even if you don't use it, your children (if you have them) may want them / want them one day.

earlthegoat2
July 19, 2009, 04:27 PM
If I dont use it I sell it. Or if I am going to get something that I think is better that will fill the same niche then I will sell to fund that purchase. I have never owned more than 15 guns at one time. I sell all the time to buy other ones an I dont regret it. If I had a bunch of Pythons I would be selling them right now and buying up Smith 27s because they are next on the list of appreciating firearms. Then it will be Ruger Six Series. When one thing gets priced out of the market the next least expensive thing becomes in demand and the price skyrockets. It happened with AMCs when tall the GM, Ford, and Chrysler muscle cars all got bought up and it will happen with the guns too.

61chalk
July 19, 2009, 05:58 PM
Guns have come an gone, if you don't want it or need it, an you get a good price
sell it....the person that gets it will most likely enjoy it. An you can enjoy the money, perhaps to spend someday on another gun that you will enjoy having.

SlamFire1
July 19, 2009, 08:06 PM
How long can you justify keeping it, when you just don't use it anymore?

One lifetime. After that, I don't care.

Cosmoline
July 19, 2009, 08:24 PM
It's just stuff. Apart from a few keepers in the core of my collection it all comes and goes. If it doesn't get used it gets gone. Shooting is a verb!

KegCommando
July 19, 2009, 08:26 PM
I see your in CA.

If it is a handgun, you better hate it, or it better be extremely popular, or else you won't ever see it again, and you'll regret it big time.

David E
July 19, 2009, 10:26 PM
If I lived in an extremely anti-gun state, I'd never sell a THING.

ironvic
July 20, 2009, 01:18 AM
I rotate my guns a lot because I enjoy shooting so many types, no gunsafe could possibly hold them all. The gun I wish I had kept was a sweet S&W Model-52. ...sigh...

Mad Magyar
July 20, 2009, 09:37 AM
The pistols I've sold over the years were for the following reasons: needed the money or they were giving me problems that annoyed me.
I regret the first reason since the money doesn't last and there are regrets.
The only "safe-queens" I won't part with are those that seem to have an audience value-wise, like the S&W 547 still mint....Otherwise, if I don't fire it: I sell it....:)

DeepSouth
July 20, 2009, 09:47 AM
If it will not fire or is totally unreliable, and would cost more to repair it than it would to replace it, then I might sell it.

jackstinson
July 20, 2009, 11:37 AM
How long can you justify keeping it, when you just don't use it anymore?
As long as I want. I don't need to justify anything either.

Cosmoline
July 20, 2009, 01:38 PM
If I lived in an extremely anti-gun state, I'd never sell a THING.

That's a good point. Up here they're exchanged almost like a form of currency.

texas bulldog
July 20, 2009, 02:49 PM
i'd have to strongly dislike it. i can enjoy owning a gun even if i don't shoot it. like another poster said, maybe one of my kids would like it one day. or maybe another gun will break down and i'll start to use it again. you never know. even my wife, who is definitely pro-gun but not really as into guns as me, says i should never sell a gun.

i guess that's all the justification i need...

aka108
July 20, 2009, 04:19 PM
When you wake up one morning and realize you age now equals the average male longevity on the acturail tables, your kids don't have interest in your collection and you don't want to burden your wife with unloading the accumulated steel and wood. Then you cut it down to your real favorites and don't sweat the rest.

KegCommando
July 20, 2009, 04:49 PM
even my wife, who is definitely pro-gun but not really as into guns as me, says i should never sell a gun.

I vote you never get rid of your wife. :)

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 20, 2009, 05:00 PM
OK, so not counting unusual guns / no longer made / collector pieces.....

It's a good question, and the answer depends on handgun or defensive rifle vs. hunting longgun, and just simply how much room you have in your house / safe.

First off, the values are ONLY going to go up, on ALL types of guns, so unless you need the money for a specific thing you need to pay for, or need the space they're taking up, there's no good financial practical reason to ever sell one. Similarly and relatedly, since we'll ALL presumably having more time to shoot them when we're retired than we do now (assuming you're not already retired), just not having time to shoot them is not a reason. You MAY just have plenty of time to shoot and enjoy all of them *someday*.

Secondly, assume that you have plenty of room for all of them. Then I look at hunting longguns and defensive guns slightly differently. I want no more defensive guns that I absolutely really need to "cover my bases", because the fewer designs/manuals of arms, and the more familiarity, the better. So I pare down to necessities there. I've got essentially just 6 "serious" defensive arms: 1 standard/always/deep concealment CCW, 1 bedside handgun, 1 pickup truck handgun, 1 backup pickup truck & CCW handgun, 1 home defense shotgun, and 1 all-purpose SHTF/militia type rifle.

As for longguns, there's always the "but this longgun is the perfect gun to hunt X species in Y state/country under Z conditions, or induct a noob into the shooting world, for me, my future wife, my friends & inlaws, or my nephews" syndrome, due to some little design quirk or caliber of the rifle. And I eventually want to hunt around the world. So I ain't selling these until my dreams are completely shattered and it becomes readily apparent (if ever) that that Africa trip, etc., just ain't never gonna happen. I'll just need one gun then, to Hunter Thompson myself.

If it doesn't get used it gets gone. Shooting is a verb!

I like that! :)

texas bulldog
July 20, 2009, 07:33 PM
I vote you never get rid of your wife.

haha! thanks, keg commando. she's a keeper.

RatDrall
July 20, 2009, 08:48 PM
When is it finally time to sell the gun(s) that you just no longer use?

About 6 months ago, when the price of just about any gun went way way up.

Now isn't a bad time either.

bad_company
July 20, 2009, 11:47 PM
I'm with earlthegoat2 :D

trickyasafox
July 21, 2009, 04:41 PM
when I have no desire to shoot it any more. its not a particular amount of time, but just when I've lost interest. I don't sell often- but some do come and go.

searcher451
July 21, 2009, 07:30 PM
I learned the hard way a long, long time to never, ever sell a gun because, somewhere along the way -- and likely sooner rather than later -- it will turn around to bite you and you'll spend a lot of time and money and effort trying to replace the one you let get away.

That being said, the unreliable gun that has no collector's value is a good candidate to allow to leave the nest, so long as you point out clearly to the new buyer that the gun has been problematic for you.

colorado_handgunner
July 22, 2009, 12:27 AM
Never sell, ever!

xstuntman
July 22, 2009, 02:08 AM
Never fails. I sell one and years later regret the heck out of it. I don't sell anything now. X

KegCommando
July 22, 2009, 02:31 AM
For those that sold and had regrets, why you sold in the first place might be helpful.

If sold for money, then yeah, I can understand having later regrets.

But if sold for some other reason, what significantly changed to make you wish you still had that piece?

CajunBass
July 22, 2009, 08:59 AM
I've never had any really serious regrets over any gun I've sold or traded for whatever reason. For the most part I either got something I wanted more, or spent the money on something else I wanted more. For example I quit shooting and hunting for years and got into tournament bass fishing. I sold a bunch of guns and used the money to buy fishing tackle and stuff from my boat. I caught a lot of fish during those years. And had a LOT more fun.

I've built my "gun collection" back up over the last few years to the point where I wonder "why do have this one?" So I might start weeding some out before too long. For example I've got a couple of Yugo SKS's I can't think of any real reason to have. I never shoot them. I'm too old to play "Red Dawn." So why not either sell them or trade them for something else? I don't know really. I guess I haven't seen anything I want bad enough.

leadcounsel
July 22, 2009, 09:20 AM
Guns generally appreciate and are not getting any easier to get. I only sell a gun if I'm immediately going to replace it with something that I otherwise wouldn't buy, or I trade for another gun. I especially don't sell guns that don't if they don't have a paper trail associated with them. It's only getting harder to get 'em. Now, balance that with making a nice profit in times where prices are unusually high. If I had something that was in abnormal high demand, I would consider selling.

memphisjim
July 22, 2009, 09:21 AM
after you shoot up its ammo

JustinL
July 22, 2009, 09:37 AM
So long as it has no sentimental value or I do not care for it I will sell it.

Confederate
July 22, 2009, 11:06 PM
Never sell a gun, period. You'll ALWAYS regret it. People never learn this, they just have to find out for themselves. Someone's going to read this advice and ignore it, then they're going to wish like hell they'd never sold the gun.

crunch14
July 23, 2009, 02:15 AM
Well I hope you sell a gun when I'm ready to buy.;) Other than that don't bother, you'll just regret it.

tinygnat219
July 23, 2009, 10:56 AM
I say sell it if you have lost interest in it.

CajunBass
July 23, 2009, 11:15 AM
Never sell a gun, period. You'll ALWAYS regret it. People never learn this, they just have to find out for themselves. Someone's going to read this advice and ignore it, then they're going to wish like hell they'd never sold the gun.

I hear this all the time, I've probably even said it, but really, why not? I've probably sold and traded more guns in my life than average, and I can't say there is but one I'm really sorry I did, and even that one I've never lost any sleep over. They make them all day long, and there is always another one out there.

OrangePwrx9
July 23, 2009, 11:18 AM
My interests run in cycles. I may get into revolver shooting pretty heavily for a year or two and then back off, shoot muzzleloaders, go fishing, try beekeeping, etc. After a few years or a decade, I'll be back to revolvers. It's great to pick up where you left off with a gun that's an old friend.

Consequently, the only guns I sell are ones I don't like. My 6" GP100 comes to mind. No regrets there. Guns that I kind of like but don't really have a need for, like my old Mini-30, always cause major regrets when sold.
Bob

mgmorden
July 23, 2009, 11:48 AM
For me personally, unless it has problems, then I generally don't sell a gun. As a rule if it works well then once I buy, then it stays with me till I die.

Guns that I have sold: an old Remington 1903-A3 Sporter. Wouldn't stabilize bullets - they were keyholing at 50 yards. The gun was an old, old custom job that my parents bought from a pawn shop. Looking back I think it MAY have been rebored to something bigger (.338 A-Square or .35 Whelen maybe) but never caliber stamped, so shooting .30-06 certainly wouldn't stabilize. I do however wish I'd kept it just to rebarrel now.

I've also sold a Norweigan Krag Jorgensen as well. I had never shot it, but I wanted a handguard for the thing and just never could locate the guard + hardware, so after I had it for a while I just sold it off. Ended up turning a 20% profit on it after having it for about 18 months, so it wasn't too bad an investment. No regrets selling that one.

Third gun I sold was an M96 Swede Mauser sporter. For whatever reason it just wouldn't shoot, and I dumped a LOT of money into the thing trying to make it do so. New scope, new scope mounts, new trigger, neck sizing die for the reloading setup, etc. Nothing I tried would get the groups under 3-4" at 100 yards. Eventually I got tired of working with it and sold it. Don't regret that one either, and though I will most certainly get another 6.5x55, it'll likely be on a large ring Mauser action - I don't like the small rings for handloading.

Other than that I've got 2 more problem guns - one CZ-712 shotgun that tends to snap on my sometimes (doesn't always return to completely full battery so the hammer coming down closes it but that takes away too much inertia from the hammer which causes a light strike), and then a 1911 that has always been a jam-o-matic (though surprisingly accurate). I think the days are numbered on both of them.

But as I said, if a gun works well, once it comes in it don't leave my possession again.

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