Useless Firearms In Your Collection


May 12, 2011, 08:41 PM
Who owns any useless guns?

These are guns that you like, enjoy shooting, but have to admit you won't ever use them for their intended purposes.

For example, you live in downtown Los Angeles and you own a rifle chambered in 458 Winchester Magnum. You don't plan on going to Africa anytime soon, or even Alaska for that matter. You might not even hunt. Therefore, this is a gun you really don't have a need for. But, like I said before, you enjoy it. A 22 rimfire would serve you better, but you like that cannon.

So, who owns guns that you don't really need and may never use them for their intended purposes?

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May 12, 2011, 08:43 PM
I shoot all my guns a good bit, but if i had to choose it would be the taurus judge. It is more of a novelty gun, but i love to shoot it and have never had any problems with it.

May 12, 2011, 09:07 PM
I own a pair of Russian Nagant revolvers. Weak, slow to load, not very accurate, but with one in each hand their a lot of fun to blast with.

May 12, 2011, 09:19 PM
Henry Survival rifle that was gifted to me to stow in the back of my small Cessna aircraft "in case I ever go down." Hahaha. Most of the flying I do is in the northeast, so in the unlikely event that I will ever have to put it down in an emergency, it will probably be in a mall parking lot or golf course. I doubt that I'll get out of the aircraft and start shooting squirrels.

May 12, 2011, 09:22 PM
NAA Mini Revovler

Just a novelty that I used to carry as an exercise gun.

Ignition Override
May 12, 2011, 09:32 PM
Maybe you will be within gliding range of a golf course, even with a useless, windmilling prop, but those forests in upstate are often vast.
Hopefully your fuel selector lever is in a better place than was the case with John Denver's experimental type (vertigo/ "the leans"?).

The Yugo Mauser is seldom used.
I'm no good with the classic sights and that's why it is for sale, FTF only near Elvis Land.

May 12, 2011, 09:38 PM
I have lots of guns that don't shoot at all.

May 12, 2011, 10:00 PM
Super Commanche 45/410, not sure it ever had a purpose, asides from being el cheapo judge. Single shot, slow reload, 45lc gets 9inch groups at 7yds, just a legit short gun (10in barrel) that shoots shotgun loads = legal sawed off I like to call it, even though I know it's technically incorrect.

May 12, 2011, 10:52 PM
So, who owns guns that you don't really need and may never use them for their intended purposes?

That would describe a lot of my guns. Like does one have a need for more than 2 or 3 357 revolvers. I'm not saying you have to have a need, desire is all that's required.

May 12, 2011, 10:54 PM
+1 to Hetetic's Nagant revolver. I really enjoy shooting mine but the commercial loads currently available are pretty darn weak and the gun is definately slow to load (though mine is decently accurate, not great but not shabby).

May 12, 2011, 10:59 PM
I have a couple guns that I don't enjoy shooting and keep them anyway because I feel like I should have them. How kooky is that?

May 12, 2011, 11:06 PM
Who owns any useless guns?

Isn't that an oxymoron? No, all of my revolvers are tools that get used as Intended. The only revolver I own that I do not carry is my from time to time is my 6" N frame, its' just to big to tote around much. Yet if I had to pick one revolver to take into harms way it would be the N frame.

May 12, 2011, 11:22 PM
+1 on earlthegoat's naa mini. That, and some of my wartime stuff: ie, Walther P38, Beretta 1934; if I need to grab n' go with a 9 or .380, I've got a number of modern pieces that kick those old bags to the curb big time. I'm still not selling them though. :)

May 12, 2011, 11:26 PM
My Luger is one of the last guns I'd use for defense, but I wouldn't call it useless.

Tim the student
May 13, 2011, 12:02 AM
Lots of folks love 10/22s, but mine is among my least shot guns. I use it to shoot squirrels, and that is about it. If I want to shoot a .22, I'll usually use my M44US.

May 13, 2011, 12:12 AM
Useless is a pretty strong word, and applying it to any of my guns is probably a bit too far.

The gun that I find the 'least useful', I suppose, is my Mossberg bolt action 16 gauge.

I only bought it because it was a cheap oddball in an oddball caliber. Kinda neat in that regard.

May 13, 2011, 12:31 AM
I have a Compact Polymer 10mm from EAA.

It flings the expensive brass so far I don't soot it anywhere but the indoor range. >.<

I'm sure it's a great SD pistol and all ... but I have plenty of those that I can practice with already.

May 13, 2011, 12:36 AM
I don't have any that are useless BUT there are several that are just for fun. In fact, the majority of guns in almost anyone's collection are primarily for leisure.

May 13, 2011, 02:16 AM
I guess all of my guns are "useless." I have three single actions that I doubt I'll ever do anything but practice with and keep for protection, and will probably never use for such, and have used in films. I have two shotguns that I'll never hunt with, because I don't hunt, and again, probably won't be used to protect myself, though they're there for it. And two double actions that'll likely be in the same category as the singles.

May 13, 2011, 11:41 PM
It all depends on how you define "intended purpose". I have a nice SA 1903 I got from the CNP . I likely won't ever use it as a battle rifle, but it sure serves its purpose as a cool piece of history that I'll be able to pass on to my kids. I'd say that's useful in its own way.

May 13, 2011, 11:45 PM
12ga skeet shotgun. I now use a 410. Likely will sell it.

May 14, 2011, 12:06 AM
I owned the same CZ-75 (pre-b) for 25 years and loved it so much I just bought a new one (shadow custom from cz custom shop). I don't plan to use it in combat and doubt I'll need it for home defense, but it is ready at a moment's notice. I have a Kahr PM9 that is extremely light and accurate but not very fun or easy to shoot well, though I have put enough rounds through it that I feel confident in it for concealed carry. That is it.... my neighbor however --- OMG, he has an arsenal of weapons quite literally and only shoots 3 of them with any frequency.

May 14, 2011, 12:09 AM
The original question presumes that the only "use" for a gun is shooting it, and that, ergo, if you don't shoot it, it's "useless."

However, for a true-blue gun collector, the collection itself is the primary "use" for the gun(s). In fact, for some collectors, actually shooting the gun would diminish its value, and therefore make it less "useful."

The very question is a contradiction in terms.

May 14, 2011, 12:11 AM
Excellent point!

May 14, 2011, 01:36 AM
A great friend from the Army gave me the first production guide gun for the year in .450 caliber. It is a beautiful rifle with a 16 1/2 inch barrel that dislocates your shoulder every time you shoot it. Maybe one day when I visit him in Alaska I will take it as back up but until then it stays in a sock inside the safe. But I would not call it useless, you never know when I might have to bring out the big guns and shoot down a car or rhino.

I did take it hunting one year for deer but luckily never saw any deer close enough to shoot that year all were over 150 yds away so my ought six stepped in for the kill.

rocky branch
May 14, 2011, 01:48 AM
I have a .458 Win Mag. Made from a 1917 Enfield.
Outstanding job. Got a set of dies, too.
Prolly sell it before I get around to firing it.
"Useless" is your definition and means nuthin' to anybody else.

May 14, 2011, 01:55 AM
I'd say my nagant revolver... but one of the last time i was shooting my m44 mosin the bolt jammed open when I too vigourously threw it into the ground(I shoot outside alot so the open bayonet is how I set down the gun a la tent stake style)... the nagant revolver made a great hammer to unjam the bolt...

May 14, 2011, 03:00 AM
A 30-40 Krag "Sporter" conversion that has no iron sights and the really old, small tube, side-mount, 3X scope that came with it is broken.

May 14, 2011, 03:34 AM
I have the absolute definition of a useless firearm. A Winchester .22wrm lever action (of dubious age) that has been jammed with the action open for as long as I can remember. It was given to my dad in the early '80s,
"...for the boy, (me) if you can get the d**n thing working"
who then worked on it on & off for a few years before fobbing it off on me for my 10th birthday.:rolleyes:
"Here. If you can fix it, its yours."
I`m now 31 and the D**n thing STILL doesn`t work. :D

May 14, 2011, 10:24 AM
My best freind, who died a few months ago, had a true useless firearm. A NEF 12 gauge with a 10" barrel. He remove all the internals and threw them in the landfill so he wouldn't get in trouble.

May 14, 2011, 11:45 AM
I have a couple of 29 gauge double barrels with Damascus barrels that came from my father in law's grandfather. One of them is also real loose. They would make good wall hangers, but I'm afraid someone would steal them. No way I would ever shoot them with anything.

May 14, 2011, 11:50 AM
if by useless you mean guns that will never be shot again ? yes. my double great grandfathers parker shotgun, 1887 damascus. its got some barrel dings and one of the locks is broke but 125+ years in the family means its never leaving. same with several other very old family pieces. aside from photos and memories of older (still living) folks of these men that passed well before i was born, they are the only thing i have to connect to them. i will never dispose of the guns. sorry, not an option.

i do have LOTS of guns i haven't shot in years or ever in fact. bought used or whatever. some i shoot if i get a wild hair some just sit at the ready in the safe waiting for their number to be picked. some get to go every range trip. some are waiting till my 3 year old gets old enough to be able to go shooting with me. also having that 3 yo and a 1 yo means i dont get the range NEARLY as often as i used to right now. before kids i used to go shooting at least 1x a month often more. now lucky if its 3-4 times a year. but when they get older i will hopefully have more time. dosnt mean im going to dispose of all the guns though

May 14, 2011, 11:58 AM
I have several guns that I don't shoot often, but love to admire and handle. I guess that makes them useful, even though I am not using them for their intended purpose...whatever the heck that is.

May 14, 2011, 01:05 PM
My out of work neighbor sold me a High-Point in .380 for $50.00. The thing weighs a ton and has the feel of an electric drill. I take it only places that if I would lose it or something I really would'nt care. By the way it does function flawlessly and is ok in the accuracy department. But it is about the heaviest, clunkiest gun I ever saw.

May 14, 2011, 01:15 PM
I guess it depends on what "useless" means. Two of mine that come to mind are a Marlin Camp 9 and a Colt Trooper MKlll .22 revolver. I guess their "use" is that they are fun to shoot. Other than that, they are useless.
You really can't hunt anything with the Camp 9. I guess it could be said it can be used as a SHTF rifle. That seems to be people's excuse for owning several models these days.
The Trooper is really too heavy for woods carry but it is an accurate gun for the range.

Smokey in PHX
May 14, 2011, 02:33 PM
I don't think any gun can be labeled as useless. I have several rifles and shotguns purchased 30 years ago that I have not fired. They are not the type of guns for a collector, I just have not taken the time to shoot them. Would I consider selling them? Not really.

I have some art pieces I very much enjoy looking at and some of the guns I have yet to fire are the same to me as art.

Claude Clay
May 14, 2011, 06:10 PM

use that changes over time--yes

...original OMC that was the smallest, lightest 380 when 1st sold today is diminished by a p3at. but i keep it cause it is still the best point-shooter i have ever owned: even 30 plus years later i can still dance with the soda can 6 times.

...some i have parted with cause i am not going to carry them anymore or i've others that make them redundent and they are of more use to someone else than me anymore.

May 14, 2011, 06:40 PM
That's a good question. Honestly I would have to say my Astra A90 ,but only because parts are getting harder and harder to get a hold of. I have quite a few I haven't shot in a while and this post reminded me of that ,so i'm cleaning tonight and shooting in the morning. Thanks

Roy Rogers
May 14, 2011, 06:57 PM
I have a Hawes .22 8 shot revolver. Worthless but I've had it over 40 years so I might as well keep it.

May 14, 2011, 07:09 PM
For me, none in my collection are useless. Some just sit unused :(....
For now :D .

If I had to name one as "useless", it would be the .22 Mag Hi-Standard Derringer.

OTOH, I guess my Savage rifle chambered in .300 H&H Mag would be a close second. Ammo cost is prohibitive, but I do have access to reloading equipment. :D

May 14, 2011, 10:38 PM
Pretty slim chance I'll ever shoot this one.

Owen Sparks
May 14, 2011, 11:25 PM
I have an old double barrel that belonged to my grandfather. It was sold by The American Gun Company under the name “Knickerbocker” and has a seriously cracked stock and some mechanical problems. When my grandfather died in 1939 he had already warned my Dad not to shoot it because he thought it was unsafe. It has sat in the corner of various closets since.

ol' scratch
May 14, 2011, 11:41 PM
My single shot .410. I keep it around because it was purchased for me by my father when I was 12.

May 16, 2011, 01:37 AM
Henry Survival rifle that was gifted to me to stow in the back of my small Cessna aircraft "in case I ever go down." Hahaha. Most of the flying I do is in the northeast, so in the unlikely event that I will ever have to put it down in an emergency, it will probably be in a mall parking lot or golf course. I doubt that I'll get out of the aircraft and start shooting squirrels.
Sorry for the off topic, but I just imagined you roaming the forest with shoe polish on your face and twigs and leaves in your hair for camo, shooting squirrels while golfers look on in horror. XD

May 16, 2011, 06:58 AM
None. I sell useless stuff.

May 16, 2011, 07:21 AM
Got one dedicated wall hanger: Vetterli Carcano. The rifle wasn't really designed to ever be shot when it was made/rearsenaled. The Italians were scrambling to retrofit rifles to give some type of weapon to support services in WW1. It's a modern cartridge fired in a black powder firearm using a barrel liner to contain it. Real despiration/last ditch kind of stuff. Interesting history and I just wanted a copy for my collection (major variations of bolt actions). I wouldn't dare risk firing a round through it.

May 16, 2011, 07:25 AM
So, who owns guns that you don't really need and may never use them for their intended purposes?

I have a number of service and long range rifles I can no longer use for their intended purpose. Can't bring myself to part with them, but it's been only two years. Still have all the reloading gear and components, as well.

Sav .250
May 16, 2011, 07:40 AM
That would be a Winchester 100 in .308 cal. Heaviest rifle I ever lugged around. Shot like it had a whip barrel. Never could get that thing to group
any kind of a consistant group. For my money is was a piece of crap.
Clean it every now an again but it`s sun-shine days are over. :)

May 16, 2011, 08:53 AM
Who owns any useless guns? These are guns that you like, enjoy shooting, but have to admit you won't ever use them for their intended purposes.
That is a really odd definition of 'useless'.
Nowhere do I find 'useless' defined as some ethereal "won't ever use them for their intended purposes".
USELESS: having or being of no use:
a : ineffectual <a useless attempt>
b : not able to give service or aid : inept

If I like them and enjoy shooting them (or even just looking at them), then they have a use and are not 'useless'.


May 16, 2011, 09:38 AM
Definately my H&R Young America Revolver in 32 S&W. I can't hit anything with it. I could probably kill someone faster with my fists than by shooting someone with it, and 32 S&W is rediculously expensive for what it is. That said, it was my great grandmothers and will never leave my collection. It just sits in the back of the safe. I pull it out from time to time and wonder what part of my family's history it saw.

May 16, 2011, 09:56 AM
My ruger super redhawk. Its fun to shoot but its not exactly carry-able, or practical at all.

May 16, 2011, 10:10 AM
Glock 19...I carry it for self defense and I've never had to defend myself. 1000's of rounds of ammo, hundreds of dollars in gear and all of that time practicing drill are completely wasted.

Or was it?

I don't consider any of them useless. :neener:

May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM
If it's useless then I don't own it! I alway buy/trade for a firearm with a specific purpose in mind. If it doesn't work as intended then it's gone.

Black Butte
May 16, 2011, 11:07 AM
All firearms are useful, even if never fired, for the simple fact that they add to the Machismo of your collection.

Disclaimer: Please note the Hi Point exception to the above statement.

May 16, 2011, 11:15 AM
All firearms are useful, even if never fired, for the simple fact that they add to the Machismo of your collection.

Disclaimer: Please note the Hi Point exception to the above statement.
Even under those criteria my two Raven 25s are useless. I bought them for $80 for the pair out of impulse. Too weak for hd, too dangerous for carry (they're infamous for firing when dropped) and not really too much fun to fire. They basically exist as a part of my collection but I'm not proud of them. I might've sold them already if I weren't too apathetic to find someone willing to buy the pieces of crap.

May 16, 2011, 11:44 AM
I have my old F.I.E. knockoff of a Nylon 66. I guess it's not useless, but I really don't like it much. It's my first gun and I'll never get rid of it, even if I really don't like shooting it much.

May 16, 2011, 01:14 PM
By the definition of the OP most of my guns are useless.

I have Hunting rifles although I haven't hunted in years.
I have Hunting shotguns although I've not hunted in years.
I have a .44 Mag Revolver for a bear gun but don't normally carry while hiking.
I have 2 5.56 AR-15 clones configured as fighting carbines although I don't have a job related to firearms or compete with them.
I have 2 5.56 AR-15 clones configured for precision shooting although I don't hunt varmints or compete with them.
I have a 9mm AR-15 clone set up as a carbine as well.
I have several bolt action military rifles and carbines although I certainly don't use them for their intended purpose.
etc etc etc...

About the only thing I own that I use regularly for a 'purpose' (other than just enjoyment of shooting), are a S&W 638 and a Kahr CW9 that I use for concealed carry. No...I've not actually shot them to defend life and limb...but they do make me feel better!


May 18, 2011, 12:36 AM
All firearms are useful, even if never fired, for the simple fact that they add to the Machismo of your collection

Amen Brother, Amen

May 18, 2011, 12:56 AM
90% of my guns are unlikely to be used for "intended purpose" if that means I would pick them up in a self defense scenario. But I like to have them either because they are interesting (to look at or discuss with others) or else fun to shoot now and again.

Red Tornado
May 18, 2011, 10:05 PM
Sure, my Mosins may be useless NOW, but I never know when I might have to fight off an advancing German hoard. And I'll need the CZ-52 for a back up sidearm in case I can't get to my NEF single shot 12 gauge. ;)

May 18, 2011, 11:09 PM
They all throw projectiles at the target with great accuracy, just as they were intended when they were manufactured.

I could legitimately find a use for a belt-fed machine gun.:evil:

May 18, 2011, 11:56 PM
I have several guns that I seldom shoot, but I love them and provide them a good home. My favorite gun that I will never use for it's intended purpose is an 1813 Supermatch Anschutz .22, with an exhibition walnut stock and a 15X Unertl balanced on top. It is a great bench rest gun, but I shoot silhouette! Silhouette is limited to 10lbs and a few ounces, the 1813 is 16.5 pounds and a single shot. But she sure is purty!

Ignition Override
May 19, 2011, 12:03 AM
You must have hit the nail on the head.

Even though there are a number of Enfield #4/Mk 2s in mint condition with picturesque blond wood, and some are still covered with cosmoline, they seem like works of art that are too beautiful to risk scratches or scrapes.

A few should be in the British Museum, Louvre etc. The Scots have one in the small military exhibit in Sterling Castle.

Ala Dan
May 19, 2011, 09:10 PM
I don't own any "useless" firearms; but I do have some that I do not shoot~! ;)

May 19, 2011, 09:35 PM
i have a s685 beretta but can't use it at my gun club because of a lawsuit. we won the suit (tried to shut us down) but the judge said we can't aim our guns higher then the berm, even though i would have a hard time reaching it with a slug.

May 20, 2011, 06:51 PM
none of my guns are useless....... everyone of them makes me smile!!!!!! That is their main purpose in life......

May 21, 2011, 04:13 AM
Who defines intended use? I have a Jennings .380, a Remington 522 Viper, and 2 High Point pistols whose intended use is giving to the authorities if they ever decide to collect everyone's firearms while claiming I sold all the others. I have a 5.56 AR whose intended use is burning ammo fast because it makes me grin. I have a pistol grip shotgun whose intended use is hanging on that nail in the bedroom closet just in case my handgun laying on the night stand doesn't do the job. I have a High Point carbine whose intended use is punching holes in paper. I could keep going on and on. I guess the only ones I use for hunting when I very seldom do so would be my 6.8 AR, My old pump 22, and my pump 12 gauge. For personal defense any or all of them might be used if the situation warrants, but of course none have been used that way. I guess my intended use is to satisfy my urge to own things that go bang, All of them (save the Jennings) occasionally serve that purpose :D

May 21, 2011, 09:23 AM
This one. Rogak LES P19 9mm, scared to shoot it.

May 21, 2011, 09:34 AM
The 4-barrel .22 Chicago Derringer in the closet isn't very useful. My dad got it back in 1979 when I was in a high school play and needed to shoot blanks. He didn't want to waste cash on a prop gun. A 15 year old fired blanks from a real firearm in high school production on a stage inside an elementary school. No one went to jail or a mental hospital. Times were different.

Anyway, I still have the little pistol.

May 21, 2011, 09:39 AM
FN 5.7,I like the gun but it is expensive to shoot and for sd Id use the 9 40 or 45 and if I need to shoot over 100 yards with a handgun ill grab the 460, if I need a 30 round rat gun I would use the p30 (and hopefully a pmr30 someday if keltec wakes up before everyone says to hell with them) since ammo costs about a third what 5.7 does so I wouldnt say useless but very close
Also a clerke 1st but thats just because I value my hands and that thing is a pile I would say its truly worthless.
And a phillipino ar15 training gun chambered in 22lr, the bolt is wore out and sometimes it goes through the clip in full auto, or at least till the extractor falls out

May 21, 2011, 11:16 AM
dtalley, I have never even heard of that gun. Whats wrong with it???

May 21, 2011, 02:50 PM
I have a Marlin .30-30 lever gun. I don't hunt, and if I did, I live in IL which is not a rifle state.

I feel the .30-30 is one of those quintessential American rifles, and I had to have one. I think I've taken it out and shot it twice.

I probably won't get rid of it, just because I like owning one.

Siggity Sal
May 21, 2011, 07:14 PM
I have just recently sold off some guns that I didn't shoot, they weren't useless but my taste in guns has changed.

I would rather have 1 nice gun that I shoot, than 2 that just sit there.:)

May 21, 2011, 09:09 PM
A sporterized, Remington made Mosin 91. There is no redeeming feature on the gun as the stock was not originally intended for this gun and had to be finagled in; the military rear sight was removed and a dovetail was cut into the receiver so a undersized folding leaf could be "fitted"; and the bore had not been cleaned for decades after running corrosive ammo through it. Why I bought it I'll never know but it may have had something to do with the $20/obo price tag hanging off it.

May 21, 2011, 09:24 PM
I have a 45-70 but I don't hunt, yet!. I wanted a bigger caliber so I got one. I plan to take it out everytime i go to the rifle range. Its fun to shoot.

May 21, 2011, 09:32 PM
Heretic, It is poorly made you can see the grip screws and they are original. Fit and Finish is crap. You have to be a power lifter to rack the slide. My son got it from his grandfather that passed and he was famous for buying stuff like this..

May 22, 2011, 12:57 AM
Never Owned a Useless Firearm,whats the sense of Owning a Damaged Firearm?
the Ones I own are in 100% A-1 Condition and Ready at a Moments Notice
At My Age I still like going out to the Target Range on a Saturday Morning. and setting up a shooting bench

and shooting a rifle/handgun that helped Shape history is still exciting to me , and So we Can Still enjoy the freedom to go shooting when ever we want and where we want at a public target range

May 22, 2011, 12:14 PM
Who owns any useless guns?

These are guns that you like, enjoy shooting, but have to admit you won't ever use them for their intended purposes.

I'm not going to read all 4 pages of responses - but I think that is a dangerous statement.

Anti's are always telling anyone who will listen that "these guns have 1 intended purpose......."

No flame intended - it just makes me uneasy.

May 22, 2011, 10:11 PM
All of my firearms shoot as far as I know which is their intended purpose. What you point them at is up to the person pulling the trigger.

None are useless, but there are many that I have never shot.

May 22, 2011, 10:41 PM
The closest to a 'useless' gun I own is a NAA .22mag mini revolver. I wouldn't call it completely useless as I get a kick out of shooting it and it is a great CCW when wearing shorts in the summer.

July 1, 2012, 08:20 AM
well, not useless but rarely shot is an expensive AR10 that I "had to have"..
the wife teases me about better uses for the money. My son spilled the beans & told her what it cost. I told him I'm willing it to my younger son now :D

July 1, 2012, 08:43 AM

PBR Streetgang
July 1, 2012, 08:56 AM
9mm rimfire rifle...................

Friendly, Don't Fire!
July 1, 2012, 09:13 AM
Any guns that I considered to be useless, I traded or sold when I either discovered they weren't for me or I decided that I had no use for them.

Over the years, there have probably been less than about five guns that I can remember truly wished I would have never gotten!

Of course, any time I ever traded or sold a gun, I have always taken a loss.

Over the years, I slowly came to the conclusion that I must be happy with what I have and not keep eyeing other guns which I don't need, as most of them would serve the same purpose as a gun(s) I already own.

Carl N. Brown
July 1, 2012, 09:38 AM
I have guns that are useful for:
(a) self defense
(b) hunting
(c) modern and vintage military matches
(d) black powder cartridge matches
(e) plinking, target practice, occasional sillouette matches
(f) curios or ornaments
(g) gifts or keepsakes kept for sentimental reasons

I guess the guns that tend to stay in the back of the gun closet are two single shot rifles: a Stevens 73 .22 LR and a Savage 63KM .22 WRF. Like most of this basic model, the original extractors broke; the replacement extractors are apparently better tempered and have stood up since repair, but when I take out a .22 LR it's my Marlin 39 or a .22 Mag it's my Taurus pump.

July 1, 2012, 09:43 AM
Mosin and an old Mauser. Both have been to the range once. Yet they are mine for life. LOL.

July 1, 2012, 09:50 AM
I have to go with the NAA mini revolver too. I'll never carry it for SD but its a fun little thing

July 1, 2012, 10:00 AM
All of my guns were purchased with their intended purpose in mind, and each has at least served in its intended role for a period. But, I do have guns that no longer "serve" simply because other guns have come along that are better suited for that role (the primary role of these guns being defense.)
Those guns that have been usurped in that role include my Grendel P-10 and my Jennings J-22.

Oh, yeah, I just remembered that someone once gave me a sawed-off (at both ends) 12-guage single-shot. I took it because I was thinking about getting into blueing, but never actually did. I've never shot it, or used it for anything in the 20 years or so I've had it. (It is, by the way, within legal length limits, but just barely.)

July 1, 2012, 10:01 AM
mosin. no practical use

July 1, 2012, 10:38 AM
none of mine are useless, they all get carried. They hopefully never have to be used to kill a man, but they are made for that intended purpose. Short barrelled large caliber guns, realy have no other use. unless you do some sort of competitive shooting. But Guns like the Glocks and 3 inch 1911's are made for self defense. My Rifles are military style also, so they can be used for target, but were designed for troops.

July 1, 2012, 10:56 AM
IMO, the only useless gun, is one which is broken, and can not be repaired. or one which can not be fired because ammunition, and components no longer exist. if it can be fired, it is not a useless weapon.

July 1, 2012, 11:28 AM
Hmmmm, let me see.

I have a matched pair of Colt Lord & Lady 22short derringers (single shot), a Ghia Mauser bolt action 12 GA, a H&R .410 shot gun marked 45-70 shot- choke on the barrel and a WWII 37mm AN-M8 flare pistol. I qualify them as usless because they are, as with the Giha, not safe to fire, or the H&R .410, marked confusingly or the flare gun, no shells available. The Colts are basically just decorations...:rolleyes:

That being said, I think these qualify!

July 1, 2012, 11:38 AM
I shoot all my guns a good bit, but if i had to choose it would be the taurus judge. It is more of a novelty gun, but i love to shoot it and have never had any problems with it.
My response exactly

July 1, 2012, 01:19 PM
Everything fully automatic.

July 1, 2012, 11:34 PM
This would have to be my Barrett M95.

No practical use, but a hell of a lot of fun.

July 1, 2012, 11:34 PM

July 1, 2012, 11:41 PM
My Golani, for now. Once I have money, I have plans for it:

(1) Cut the barrel down to 16" and have it threaded.

(2) Have an AK optics hardpoint mounted.

(3) Fit a slightly modified AK dustcover to it (they work with very minor fitting).

(4) Get an AR mag adapter.

These four mods will allow me to scope the rifle while cutting down on the weight, and also let me take advantage of the widely available AR / M-16 magazines.

July 1, 2012, 11:42 PM
If it is in operating condition, it's not useless.

T Bran
July 1, 2012, 11:58 PM
I guess the only useless gun I have is an old parker sxs made between 1860 & 1875 According to the dates stamped on the gun. I always beleived it to be a prototype or something because the dates didnt line up for some reason. Guess I just kept it in the hope that it might be worth something some day. The condition is horrid as it was when my father received it from some one at work in the mid 70's.
A 12 gague shell is a bit too sloppy in the chamber so it might be a 10 gague.

July 2, 2012, 06:01 AM
Oddly enough, the most "useless" gun in my collection could someday prove the most needed. It is a 20 ga sxs coach gun, the pattern thus far is literally off the chart. Of course the most useless could also be my Glock 19, my S&W Highway Patrolman with the bent rear sight, or my Ruger MkIII. Depends what is on hand when I need it. Currently, it might be the S&W Brazilian 1917, from which I borrowed the stocks for my Model 28. If'n I really needed to, I could certainly use that revolver, bare metal butt and all, so, wait... What was the question? Oh, yeah. While not every gun in my meager collection is the best tool for the job, what is at hand beats a stern talking-to.

Ky Larry
July 2, 2012, 04:25 PM
I own rifles in .243, .30-06, .308, and 6.5X55 Swede aand don't hunt anything but varmints. I have a Rem 1100 12ga and an Ithica Model 37 12ga and don't bird hunt. I have a T/C .50 cal Black Diamond and a T/C Hawken rifle .50 cal and don't deer hunt. Probably the most 'useless' weapon I own is a T/C Contender in .45-70. I have no idea why I have it but it is a hoot to shoot. Bowling balls at 100 yrds don't stand a chance. Serious :D factor.

I guess the only guns I own that are not 'Big Boy Toys' are my Win 1300 12ga with 18.5' barrel, my Kimber Custom Defender II in .45 ACP. and my wifes Colt Det Spl in .38 Spl.

Roadking Rider
July 2, 2012, 05:21 PM
I guess I'd have to say the rifle I bought just because it was higher power and a cheap rifle to buy and shoot is the Mosin Nagant 91/30.

July 2, 2012, 06:20 PM
The FEG PA-63 and the Ortgies 7.65 I have don't get used much.

July 3, 2012, 05:47 PM
Got a pair of .22 Daisy VLs that are a real PIA to shoot. Single shot, cocking lever like a air rifle (which it partially is), hard to get big fingers into the small hole to load, and not particularly accurate. They very seldom get shot, and usually only when a buddy requests that I bring them out. I am lucky, unlike many owners it's not an ammo issue as I have over 5K of the stuff.

They would be absolutely the last guns in my safe I would grab in any kind of emergency.

Not totally worthless, as they are in good shape and have a cash value, but not good for much anything other than their uniqueness.

July 3, 2012, 06:12 PM
Easy. NAA mini. Sure is an interesting piece though...

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