What is your gun "to abuse"? (pics plz)


February 1, 2010, 10:38 PM
We all have one. A gun that we don't clean until we can't close the bolt. A gun where the finish is marred/rusted/scratched/DIY painted, and we don't care anymore about how it looks. This gun may have given us problems in the past, and been the recipient of some "tinkering"/on the job gunsmith training. A gun that we throw under the seat. A gun that never sees a bore cleaning and was probably bought used. A gun that goes to the range/desert a lot. A gun that gets dry fired a lot. A gun that gets taken apart when we're bored but not cleaned. A gun you carry in lint filled pockets.

A friend of mine had a heritage revolver that fit most of the above. It still worked. (This thread was partially inspired by the Days of the New song with the lyrics "you are the one to abuse"). I have a gun or two that fit SOME of these criteria, but it just goes against my nature to really abuse a gun like some people I've seen.

Basically, I'm talking about a gun where you don't babysit it, any "newness" to protect is LONG gone, you don't fret about it, you just work it, and push it, and beat it to death.

We're so used to being "protective" of our guns, and going ballistic if there's a scratch, so I'm asking which of your guns you A. aren't protective of, yet B. you still use/abuse it.

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February 1, 2010, 10:42 PM
Firearms should be kept in good working order.

February 1, 2010, 11:03 PM
Firearms should be kept in good working order. Obviously, and I think most of us here follow that with 99% of our guns. It has been my experience however, that most (if not all) of us have one gun that is so far below the level of "safe queen" that it's comical.

February 1, 2010, 11:05 PM
I don't have a beater. I have some less expensive guns, but none that are abused.

February 1, 2010, 11:06 PM
Any gun ever duck hunted with.

February 1, 2010, 11:08 PM
Its ugly as hell, even when its clean...so why bother (great shooter though, reliable no matter how dirty it is). Its my truck gun...and my truck has 18 wheels and a 48' flat bed trailer behind it.


February 1, 2010, 11:09 PM
Sig P226 I use for training. It has holster wear, I've wrapped the grip in skateboard tape, the finish has scratches from where it's skated across concrete, and it's been dropped in the mud.

It still shoots great, and I do keep it clean.

February 1, 2010, 11:09 PM
Any gun ever bear hunted with. Be careful you may be accused of gun abuse.

February 1, 2010, 11:10 PM
Heck Ridgerunner that thing looks 98% to me.

February 1, 2010, 11:11 PM
I read an article by Mike Venturino about honest wear on a gun. Gives it character. I've never cleaned or oiled my shotgun.

February 1, 2010, 11:13 PM
Heck Ridgerunner that thing looks 98% to me

That pic was taken when it was new...last year.

It still looks about the same though...I can't seem to scratch it, except on the plastic...it does have some dings in the frame. I haven't cleaned it since I bought it...at least 2,000 rounds through it so far.

February 1, 2010, 11:18 PM
I haven't exactly babied this one either...my every day carry gun (always on my hip)


February 1, 2010, 11:19 PM
My duck gun, my Remi 870 would fit that bill. Although I do clean it some times.

February 1, 2010, 11:20 PM
Pheonix arms hp22($85:neener:) beater that I shoot it every range trip and don't think I have ever cleaned it. It shoots great and now I am heading to go clean it up cause I feel bad :o.

February 2, 2010, 01:53 AM
A p89 that lives in my truck. It likes abuse.

Willfully Armed
February 2, 2010, 02:19 AM
HK USP 9. doesnt need cleaned

February 2, 2010, 03:24 AM
mossy 500 - model 10

February 2, 2010, 04:56 AM
Got a heritage arms rough rider that has never been cleaned down the bore. Still shoots better than I can. It is missing a bit of bluing?? on the backstrap of the grip, as well as the trigger guard, the front of the grip, and the gloss finish is coming off the cocobolo grips a little where my hands are always on it. It also has my thumbprint etched into the side of the hammer from when I stored it without a wipe down for about 2 years. Now it gets wiped down every few months. Still no rust, besides the etching on the hammer.

February 2, 2010, 09:05 AM
I wouldn't have chosen "abuse." How about "use without a worry?"

Note: I recommend hard chroming for those who want some real heavy duty protection. The chromed CZ52 is virtually scratch-proof.





February 2, 2010, 09:08 AM
I abuse them all. That is what they are for... bring them in the woods, to sandpits, dirty out door ranges. Carry them against my sweaty body, toss them in cars and trucks sometimes even motorcycles...

February 2, 2010, 09:09 AM

February 2, 2010, 09:17 AM
We all have one. A gun that we don't clean until we can't close the bolt. ... A gun that never sees a bore cleaning and was probably bought used. ... A gun that gets taken apart when we're bored but not cleaned.I don't. I have a lot of guns that I don't baby. However, every gun gets cleaned after shooting and every carry gun gets cleaned periodically even if I don't shoot it. Even the AKs, SKS' and revolvers get cleaned. I can't see the point of abusing good equipment when it isn't necessary. Especially a carry gun that your life may depend on.

Here's a couple guns that I don't baby but have never let me down.

Colt CCO - A Commander slide on Officer's frame

CZ-75B - Great range gun with 9mm and 22LR Kadet slides.

February 2, 2010, 09:25 AM
I don't really like my mini 14 so I don't clean it and just oil the bolt a bit whenever it gets dry.

It does pretty good shooting the cheapist communist .223 that our local gun store sells.

Deus Machina
February 2, 2010, 09:33 AM
In my case, these things will go with me when I grab my OMGRUNHurricane bag, and will wash up on shore in working condition, alongside my bleached bones.


Woad, how much did it set you back to chrome that CZ? That thing is niiiice.

February 2, 2010, 12:34 PM

Posted this in another similar thread. My everyday carry, also goes fishing with me, and I tend to fall in the river a fair amount. Also probably the top round count of my handguns at the range, but my new (to me) RIA 1911 is closing fast.

February 2, 2010, 02:05 PM
Yikes, those CZ52 deserve to be abused. Ugh....

February 2, 2010, 03:21 PM
Yeah any of my Duck guns. They get the worst of it. Usually the duck guns just get wiped down and a coat of rem-oil after the hunt. My Black eagle 2 works 100% even after its been dropped in swamp water!

February 2, 2010, 03:50 PM
I don't cotton to any kind of gun abuse! There should be a law.:uhoh:

February 3, 2010, 06:57 AM
This is my sar-2 I put a hundreds of corrosive ammo through each month. I still clean it every time since its corrosive ammo, but it is my abuse gun out of all my aks.

February 3, 2010, 08:32 AM
HK USP 9. doesnt need cleaned



I dont own a gun I dont clean, or at least run a boresnake thru after shooting, I tend to be a little more lax with my ruger 10/22.

February 3, 2010, 08:51 AM
Rem.870 12ga.

Tim the student
February 3, 2010, 09:11 AM
I have an 870 express that I beat on, but don't out and out abuse.

Its the gun that gets grabbed when its raining, snowing a lot, or when I think I will be in thick stuff.

The finish is starting to get worn off from my wool mittens, and the bolt is starting to lose its finish too.

It's cheap, and ugly, but I love that gun. I imagine it will easily outlast me.

February 3, 2010, 09:18 AM
Deus Machina:

It was only $199 from Classic Arms. I bought 2, one chromed and one parkerized, all for $329. With different recoil springs and the Harrington firing pin kits, they're now two very effective guns.

It's weird. I had put custom grips on it and it looked killer but, unlike pretty much everyone else I've heard, I like the original grips. Here's what it looked like for about a week:


February 3, 2010, 01:06 PM
Any gun ever duck hunted with.

My duck gun,

Yeah any of my Duck guns. They get the worst of it.

It must be something in our genes. Abuse the he!! out of a piece of machinery, expect it to work 100% of the time, and not be surprised when it does.

My main duck gun (Franchi 912) has it easy. Yes it has some specks of surface rust on it. Yes it has been used as a boat paddle (unloaded of course) a time or two. Yes the barrel has some stains from blood splatter from dispatching a few birds. But it gets cleaned at the end of every season. Once February came around, I've never, not cleaned it.

Now the backup gun (870) gets cleaned once every ? years. The teflon coating is flaking off, the grip is taped together, it has no ejector. It used to go all season and never come out of the boat, and never saw the inside of a case. It went "swimming" with me in the ocean one time. (Don't ask, and for those waterfowlers, you already know I'm sure.:D)I found it one morning with about 1/4 inch of ice coating it. (It took a long soak on the bottom of the lake that morning. I still hunted with it.) Once after cleaning it, the action was slow and gummed up with oil. To fix the problem I dumped a handful of sand in the action. Worked it for about 20 seconds, then dumped the oil laden sand out. I had a perfectly functioning gun after that. I think that was the last time it was cleaned. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago.

These guns are nothing more than tools to me, and I treat them as such.


Steven Youngblood
February 3, 2010, 04:27 PM
I have a nylon 66, that I have had forever.
notice the top of the stock that covers the barrel is missing.
that is because in 2002 during a big storm in memphis, a 6 foot diameter oak tree fell on the house, broke my house from end to end.(nation wide insurance, fixed everything back, no problems.) the rifle was by the back door in the utility room, the entire room was gone.
I saw the gun sticking out of the rubble as the bulldozer was about to put it in the truck.
I filled the bottom of the stock with fiberglass and it has worked fine ever since.

Erik M
February 3, 2010, 04:53 PM
It would be a mossberg 500 18" and a Taurus PT99. Pics later, cant get to the hosting site from work.

February 3, 2010, 05:45 PM
I have a Maverick 88 12ga. shotgun that rides behind the seat of my truck... I would take a photo and post it, however, I may get in trouble for gun abuse!

February 3, 2010, 05:50 PM
I have a Hi-Point C9 that I thought would make a good range slave, but it is actually too boring to shoot that much, so it stays locked away without getting any attention.

I think I'd like to get a sub2K to fill that roll now.

February 3, 2010, 05:56 PM
this one.


Yesterday I had it out with some friends, we took a walk through some snow and sagebrush. I don't know if I would say I ABUSE it, but I certainly don't cry if it gets dinged or dropped in the mud.

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