Reacquiring the same types of guns


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minutemen1776
June 23, 2010, 03:17 PM
How many of you find that you have repeatedly reacquired, but not kept, the same types of guns? By that, I mean that you buy a particular firearm because you want it, then sell it because for some reason you dislike it, only to buy another like it later down the road. For me, if I reacquire something once, I can accept that selling the first one was simply a mistake that I'm trying to rectify. In other cases, I've bought, sold, bought, and sold over and over again. Case in point, I've had no less than nine double-action .38-caliber revolvers (2 Smith, 3 Ruger, 4 Taurus) but have not kept any of them. I've also bought and sold three Ruger Mark IIs. I'm not certain why I do this. I'm thinking it's perhaps that I mostly like the idea of that type of gun, but in practice that type of gun just doesn't work for me. If that's it, I guess I'll just have to get better at remembering the reasons I don't stick with the guns I sell. Does anyone else do this sort of thing?

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jmr40
June 23, 2010, 06:05 PM
I've done it before several times. Some guns are pretty common and easily replaced. I've sold or traded off guns before in order to acquire something that is fairly uncommon knowing I could always replace the gun I sold. I actually ran across the exact gun once and bought it back several years after I sold it.

BikerNut
June 23, 2010, 08:06 PM
I've reacquired guns I've once had. When I was in college, my mom gave away my .22 Ruger Single Six and my first gun, a .22 Savage Model 5 bolt action rifle (thanks Mom -- I really appreciated that!)

Once I was out of college and earning a steady paycheck, I bought another Single Six easily enough, but I've searched high and low more than 20 years for another Savage model 5, and have only managed to find a Savage Model 5 Deluxe (longer barrel, checkered stock).

Still looking for my first gun...

Two Cold Soakers
June 24, 2010, 12:13 AM
I traded off a Ruger MK2 6-7/8 GVT (in part) for a shotgun that was a rare find, and I didn't have cash handy at the time.

I'd buy another given the opportunity.
It was a nice pistol.

forindooruseonly
June 24, 2010, 01:38 AM
I've done it several times, but primarily because finances at the time required it. Sell off some guns to pay unexpected bills and then spend years trying to replace them. Its a terrible feeling.

WNC Seabee
June 24, 2010, 01:43 AM
I've done it before several times. Some guns are pretty common and easily replaced. I've sold or traded off guns before in order to acquire something that is fairly uncommon knowing I could always replace the gun I sold. I actually ran across the exact gun once and bought it back several years after I sold it.
I've bought/sold/traded at least 5 Ruger GP100's using this as my justification. GP's are easily replaced, so I'll use it to fund another purchase/trade and just pick another as neded.

Ditch-Tiger
June 24, 2010, 03:22 AM
I've done this with an H&K USP45. I always wanted one and liked everything about the gun so i found one used at a decent price. It got shot some and i owned it for a couple of years until i sold it for financial reasons. Later i bought another and although there's nothing bad about this pistol, it just wasn't practical for me so i traded it in on another pistol. Oddly enough, from time to time i've wanted to have it back although i know i get more use out of my 1911's and they definitely get carried more!
(not to mention the ease to find and cost difference of the mags!)
More than likely i'll probably buy another someday...
who knows.

postalnut25
June 24, 2010, 03:34 AM
I've only done this once. I sold off a Glock 17. About two years later, a friend was in need of money and sold me his Glock 17 with the understanding that he could buy it back at the same price. (like an interest free loan) He's never tried to buy the gun back, and I'm not complaining. They are worthwhile guns to have.

Zach S
June 25, 2010, 11:39 AM
I've done it a few times in trade when I came across something and didnt have all the money. The glocks were what I traded in. Broke even on both of them since they were police trade-ins that I got for cheap.

I'm on my third glock, bought it new. I'm holding onto it rather than taking a hit on trading it in for something else I wont have time to shoot....

idunit
June 25, 2010, 11:53 AM
I agree with forindooruseonly. It's always been finances that have made me get rid of a gun.

Warhawk83
June 25, 2010, 11:58 AM
Being a college student with kids,it has most definitely been finances that made me sell off guns. I just sold off a sizable portion of my firearms, only one of which I won't purchase again.That was an LCP.

rattletrap1970
June 25, 2010, 12:04 PM
I'm doing just that, going back and re-purchasing everything I once sold. Not the same ones of course.

Ringer
June 25, 2010, 12:50 PM
I haven't yet. I'm currently (somewhat) regretting selling my AR and thinking of buying another. I say somewhat because the money was used to fund other gun purchases that were more useful to me at the time. I've got a Grade 2 BL-22 that has been sitting in my safe for 5 years and never fired. Several times I have come close to selling it to fund something else. Part of me thinks 5 years is long enough and part of me thinks I would regret it down the road. Another part of me thinks it would be a great "hand down" to a future grandchild.

I guess I'll just have to get better at remembering the reasons I don't stick with the guns I sell. I sold a Crimson Trace laser grip off of my SP101. I have tried, but I cannot remember what specifically I didn't like about it. That bugs me :).

Kwanger
June 25, 2010, 09:34 PM
I've not had to do it yet....I generally hang onto things unless I really don't like them. Don't have a huge gun collection anyway, but so far only sold one (Bersa Thunder 9mm UC - just couldn't get on with it).

I suppose an exception in future could be with something like an AR15 - I could see a situation where I might get rid of one, then replace it with another brand or different build.

bannockburn
June 25, 2010, 10:34 PM
It's kind of strange but I've only done this with Ruger Service and Security Sixes. I've had six of them over the years; some I traded or sold to finance another gun or else I needed the money for other things. Some day I will get another one and hopefully I will never have to sell it or trade it for something else.

sig228
June 26, 2010, 01:06 AM
Guilty. Did it with an AMT Backup in 40. Sold the second one too. I think I'm cured of my AMT fix. Well....maybe......must resist........

hemiram
June 27, 2010, 05:05 AM
Sig228- I broke free of my AMT fix after having severely negative reactions to the 3 I had, none of which worked right. You can do it, there are other, more healthy makes to get addicted to!

Sunray
June 27, 2010, 05:58 AM
The only firearms I want back are the issue 1911A1 I had to sell, long ago, to pay a lawyer. And the Savage M65 I traded plus some cash for my Cooey M71. Same shop had the 1918 BAR I should have bought despite having been just laid off.

scchokedaddy
June 27, 2010, 09:02 AM
30 06's and semi auto centerfires for some reason I want them, but never keep one. Nine bolts and 5 semi's. Bolts were Ruger, Remington, Winchester, and Browning. Just something about the 06 that I do not like. Only one that has stayed is an 03 that pa inlaw wants to go to grandkids. Semi's were all Bars, 2 in 06, 2 in 270, and 1 in 7 rem. Nothing wrong with them, just do not like them.

Detritus
June 27, 2010, 07:33 PM
the only model of firearm i've bought and then traded away more than once was a Savage bolt action in .223 . First one was a 110FP (last year of "long action receivers only") which was the first firearm that I bought for myself Vs. receiving as a gift. I loved that rifle and it attained the highest level of proven accuracy of any rifle i've owned so far. But in early '02 I got into a situation where I had to sell the Savage and the guitar I'd given up trying to learn, to fund repairs to my daily driver.
late '04/early '05 i bought one of the new accu-trigger equipped 12FVs, the old 110 spoiled me. I was used to laying 5-shots almost on top of one another, and only sub 1" group the new one ever produced was at 50yrds the first day i had it! :scrutiny:
For various reasons i never determined what the issue was, and wound up selling it to partially fund an AR build i did in mid '06.

I had intended to buy a third Savage (in .308 this time) 18 months ago, but everyone was either out of stock or wanted $700+ for a bare basic 12FV :rolleyes:

so I bought a Rem 700 SPS-V for around $600 and put the difference toward other projects.

FTSESQ
June 27, 2010, 07:55 PM
I have bought and then sold a Beretta 92 three times... And every time I see one I want one. I love the look of the 92, especially in Stainless, but I have never been impressed. Each and every time I pick one up I fall in love. And each and every time I shoot one I am under-whelmed. Accurate and reliable? Yup. Shoot it well? Yup. But they just lack that "certain something" so I wind up shooting it two or three times and then trade or sell it off to finance another purchase. But... If I were a betting man, I would bet dollars to doughnuts that if I ever see a nice shiny stainless steel 92 for sale an a reasonable price, she is coming home with me.

mattdylan
June 28, 2010, 08:19 AM
I bought a Norinco Mac 90 at a gun show. sold it cause of its POS digital desert camo paint job and bought a wasr-10. sold the wasr-10 right after obama was elected for almost twice what i payed for it, and now i'm looking to buy another wasr

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