To Sell or Not to Sell


December 22, 2002, 09:53 PM
I have a Kimber Custom Classic II that I bought a year ago. It was my first handgun, and has about 2k rounds through it. The problem is that I bought a Sig 228 which I shoot much better with and enjoy shooting more. 9mm is also proving much more economical to shoot. As a result, the Kimber is rarely at all ever fired, and is no longer my home defense weapon because I shoot the Sig much better. I can't really afford to shoot 45 anymore and now I'm wondering if I should sell the Kimber. It's a great gun, has swallowed everything I've fed it whole, and I have no complaints except that I can't really afford to shoot it. So far nostalgia has kept me from even thinking about it because it was my first handgun and I swore I would never part from it, but I just don't know if it is worth keeping around. Should I sell it? Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice.

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December 22, 2002, 10:09 PM
Funny, I have a Kimber Pro CDP II for sale for just the same reason. I went with my son to buy a CZ 75 Compact and fell in love with it. I enjoy shooting the 9mm more than the .45 ACP. I am more accurate with the 9mm.

For me it has to be fun. If it is fun, I will practice more, if I practice more I get better.

December 22, 2002, 10:39 PM
I'm sentimental. I wouldn't part with my first handgun, even though I hardly ever shoot it anymore (G19).

Any well rounded handgun stable should have a 1911 pattern in it.

Generally, if you have conflicted feelings about it, it's not time to sell (yet).

December 22, 2002, 10:56 PM
I think that boils down to your perspective on guns. Is it a tool that you use or is it a hobby/collectable?

I have friends who are collectors and have guns they fire very rarely, if ever. They enjoy collecting. And there are those who collect and shoot a lot. They have lots of guns and shoot them all.

There are also those who are strictly shooters. Every gun they own is shot; if they don't shoot it they sell/trade it for something they will shoot (different gun, ammo money, etc.). I belong to this group.

Are you going to start a collection? If so the Kimber, with the associated sentimentality would be a good member. If not, sell it to someone who will enjoy it.

Either way, let us know what you decide.

December 23, 2002, 03:24 AM
If you can't make up your mind, part of you wants to keep it. Maybe hold onto it, let it collect dust, and use it for a project gun when you want an uber1911?

Marko Kloos
December 23, 2002, 07:51 AM
Keep the Kimber. It'll be the start to a collection, everyone should have a 1911 anyway, and you'll have a spare gun if the SIG breaks or gets taken as evidence in case you have to use it for home defense.

December 23, 2002, 10:04 PM
What your Kimber really needs is a good home with someone who will take good care of it.

Just send it to me and I will find a place where it will be loved and cared for. :D

December 24, 2002, 02:28 PM
One thing to consider is handloading.Then you could afford to shoot the 45 and your 9mm would be even cheaper to shoot.

Greg L
December 24, 2002, 04:50 PM
I've heard too many stories of people who've sold their first gun and regreted it ever since then. If you don't have to have the money to keep the roof over your head then my opinion is to keep it.


December 24, 2002, 05:25 PM
Unless your strapped financially, I say keep it. Can't have too many guns plus you may change your mind later. Periodically, I re-discover one that I've put away for awhile.

December 24, 2002, 05:28 PM
Don't sell it, you will regret it later.
You may get into reloading in the future, then .45 will be more economically feasable.

Ala Dan
December 24, 2002, 05:41 PM
Greeting's AAChang,

While I advocate that SIG's are a whole lot healthier
than peanut butter and twice as good, I don't think
I would depart with any firearm's; cuz they are too
darn expensive to try an replace.

Look'in back, I have gotten rid of some extremely
good firearm's; only to wish I had them back! As they
say, "hindsight is 20/20"; or "hindsight is a lot better
than foresight"! Hold on to your Kimber.

Best Wishes For The Season and New Year,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Ted Bell
December 24, 2002, 05:49 PM
As larryw stated it boils down to your perspective on guns. I sold Kahr k9 in nickel to purchase my then dream gun - - a P7M8. While I don't regret buying the P7M8 I wish I had found another way to finance the purchase. I miss that Kahr!

December 24, 2002, 07:40 PM
Absolutely do not sell! Keep it and someday you'll get the urge to shoot 45. Trust me.

December 24, 2002, 10:01 PM
I've been thinking about trading my USP9F in for a Kimber 1911 in .45. Thanks for the heads up..


December 24, 2002, 10:28 PM
Sell it! When the 1911 bug comes around again (as it always seems to resurface with me) you can buy something new and enjoy the search. There's just too many nice 1911s out there to keep one around when it's fallen out of favor.

Enjoy the sig. Dump the Kimber.

December 24, 2002, 11:53 PM
If I don't use a gun, I sell or trade for something I will use. This has trimmed my collection a bit, but now, I truly enjoy all my guns. They're not just dust magnets ;)

December 25, 2002, 12:04 AM
If you have to ask "if" you should sell, then you are not ready to sell yet. You should only let go of a gun under three circumstances.

1. Required to provide food / shelter AND it is not your last firearm.

2. You absolutely despise the gun for some reason. ie unreliable, inaccurate, painful to shoot.

3. For the enrichment of a loved one. ie sell reliable gun to a friend, gift to son / spouse etc.

In all of the above situations, you won't need to ask anyones opinion to know it is the right thing to do.


December 25, 2002, 12:34 AM
Keep it for now. You may come across somebody looking for a Kimber who doesn't have any cash for a deal, but may have something you're looking for and feel would be an even trade. I had a Beretta 92FS-B that I didn't shoot much for no real reason and found a fellow TFL member with a Dillon reloading press and some extra goodies with whom I struck a trade. We both made out like bandits!:D

Let it sit. Think on it some more. Then do what you gotta do.

December 25, 2002, 12:36 AM
If you want to think of guns as tools, think of your safe as a toolbox. Do you use every tool that you own every day? Some of the tools I own, whether they're a Snap-On flex-head ratchet or a gun, have been purchased for a specific job. Sometimes that job doesn't come up for long periods of time. Does it make sense to sell all the tools I'm not using right now?:rolleyes: I guess I should've gone to a national automotive school instead of relying on some of the local mechanics too.:rolleyes:

We can all benefit from training, but the training should include more than one tool. Or gun.

December 25, 2002, 01:11 AM
I'd personally recommend against selling as well. I never could figure out why someone sell a gun without really needing too. ;)

December 25, 2002, 09:25 AM
Buy low and never sell!

December 25, 2002, 11:06 AM
You can never have enough guns--keep it.

December 25, 2002, 12:05 PM
NEVER sell a first firearm of ANY style.The regrets will surely creep onto you eventually.....

December 25, 2002, 12:14 PM
unless a gun is a total pos , i try not to sell unless i just absolutely need some cash.

kimbers are very nice, if it were me i would hold onto it.

December 25, 2002, 12:20 PM
No. No. NO.

Keep it. Its like money in the bank.

December 25, 2002, 12:28 PM
I say if you sell it you will regret it sometime
later. Everyone should have at least one 1911.


s&w 24
December 25, 2002, 01:21 PM
NOOOOOO :eek: don't sell it!!! I would be much better off if I had never sold most of my guns that I have had.

December 25, 2002, 05:24 PM
Greetings AA,

Here is my take on your question. Certain brands are basically 'top shelf' representations of their class of weapon. Kimber is an excellent brand and their products are of generally fine quality. I would not 'unload' (no pun intended) any firearm that is not cursed with some sort of fundamental flaw that 'eats at you soul'.

Controlling a .45, for many people, is just not as easily done as with some other calibers. This, however, is NOT a flaw. With proper practice, you would be able to shoot the .45 more accurately. Futher, you will find the value of quality guns always rising. If you sell the Kimber, and later decide you want a .45 again, it will cost you more.

My advice is always buy the best possible quality that you can afford (sometimes even more than you can afford is OK), keep the guns (unless they possess serious design flaws), and enjoy your growing collection. Over the years, I have purchased and parted with many fine handguns. Today, I wish I had a goodly amount of them back.

I hope these thoughts help you reach a decision.

Best wishes,

December 25, 2002, 05:39 PM
If you have a keeper, keep it!

If it's just a matter of having fallen out of lust with it, I'd hang on to it for a while. Might surprise you just when it will start looking attractive to you again. Your economic situation may change, and .45 ammo won't be such a burden.

Firearms are another tool to me, and I rarely sell a tool that works well unless I'm in really dire straits.

December 25, 2002, 11:42 PM
Keep the Kimber. You might regret letting go of it.

December 26, 2002, 12:48 AM
Controlling a .45, for many people, is just not as easily done as with some other calibers.

I've never quite understood the why of that. My 2 sons were shooting 45's fairly professionally by about 11 or 12 yrs old. Its all in the head...(and practice).

There is no spoon. ;)

happy g
December 26, 2002, 04:11 PM
Don't do it! Learn form other folks mistakes. I sold my first gun a Ruger P-89 loved it miss it. Then, 870 marine. Then GP 100. I wish I had them all back.

December 27, 2002, 08:52 AM
Sell one of my guns? I can't even begin to think like that.

December 27, 2002, 09:17 AM
I say never sell a gun unless there is an overwhelming desire to inflict emotional torment on onesself. I have regretted selling every pistol and revolver I parted with save one. ( An RG 38 snubnose from the time period before sleeved barrels) All others I have come to regret almost as soon as I did the dastardly deed.

December 27, 2002, 10:55 AM
I've gone thru the same decisions myself. Here's how I would look at it: You probably won't recover what you paid out (if you bought the gun new) by selling now. Holding onto the gun & not shooting it, or shooting it infrequently, will not lower its value & over a period of time the value will increase. Unless you have a buyer on the hook right now who will give you close to what you paid, holding on to it shouldn't diminish what you can get for it. Are you nostalgic? If so, you may want to keep it as it is the first. However, (& I know this might sound a little strange) from your post it seems you haven't really "bonded" with the Kimber. As you seem to enjoy the SIG much more, getting rid of the Kimber might not be as hard as you think it would. Do you need the money? If so, getting rid of a gun you don't use because you don't shoot it well might not bother you, especially if your wallet is getting light. Do you hate having money tied up in something you aren't getting use from? Again, selling it off may not bother you - but you might want to instead consider using the Kimber in a bartering situation on another pistol. Who knows - you might find that a 1911 pattern gun just doesn't fit your shooting style.My family was not into guns when I was growing up. I bought my first ever firearm when I was the ripe young age of 33, & I still have it - a 6" S&W 686-1. I bought the gun new, & shopped pricing before I decided on paying $305 for it at a local dealer. I've toyed with selling it a few times - I just don't shoot it much, & it is in great shape - but I always reconsider. Back when S&W signed the Agreement, I came very close to trading it in on a Taurus & was offered $280 by the dealer. I bought the Taurus, but also kept the 686. I figure I can get pretty much what I paid for it, but it's over 14 years later. Aside from what you might hear, buying new guns is not like having money in the bank. Unless you happen to buy before something like new legislation, or the manufacturer discontinues the model, etc. drives pricing way up, it could take a while for you to recover your cash outlay on a new gun. Now, a used gun is a very different story. Buy a used gun right & you can recover your investment quickly if you decide to do so.
Although I kept the 686, I've sold off or traded in a few guns to buy something else, & I haven't regretted any of them. I sold a Taurus Model 85 snub to fund the purchase of a Colt Mustang; and a S&W 4516-1 to fund the purchase of a Kimber Ultra CDP. Both of these guns were sold to friends at good prices, neither I nor they have any regrets. I recently used my Mini-14 to fund the purchase of a Bushmaster 20" Target. Other than not getting what I wanted for it on a trade in, I have no regrets there either.
From what I can gather from your position (not really needing the money, but maybe not wanting to hold onto a gun you don't shoot as well as you would like), I'd hold onto it until I wanted to buy something else & then use it to fund that purchase.

December 27, 2002, 12:28 PM
Keep the good firearms and sell those that don't perform. The Kimber is pretty darn good. Keep it, everyone needs a 1911 or three.

December 27, 2002, 03:09 PM
Don't do it!!!

You'll probably change your mind at some point. Many of us find ourselves going through phases with our guns- much cheaper if you already have it and don't need to buy a new one.

You'll probably regret selling a good gun. Even my old Ruger P89 that I don't miss in most ways I still kinda regret selling since there was nothing really wrong with it (it wasn't that accurate but few Ruger 9mms seem to be but it was 100% reliable).

Especially don't sell your first gun. In a few years (possibly less) you'll be hit by nostalgia. My Taurus 82 was a good gun but I sold it in a bout of stupidity (I didn't plan to own many guns and I bought a mid-sized .357 so I sold the .38 since a .357 can shoot .38). It was a decent gun but nothing special and I plan to replace it so I can have an example of my first gun- it would have been much cheaper just to keep the first one and I'd actually have my first instead of one like it.

December 30, 2002, 12:22 AM
I'd put the Kimber in the safe for a month or two and then take your time to decide. You will lose alot of money if you sell it. Also the .45 is better for a home defense gun the the 9mm. ;)

December 30, 2002, 12:51 AM
I agree.

Sell a gun you dislike; keep all others.

Kahr carrier
December 30, 2002, 06:08 AM
I would go with your first instinct and KEEP IT.:)

December 30, 2002, 03:03 PM
Originally posted by RKCheung
What your Kimber really needs is a good home with someone who will take good care of it.

Just send it to me and I will find a place where it will be loved and cared for. :D

Just what I was thinking! I'll pay shipping!

Lyle Wyatt
December 31, 2002, 12:36 AM
At some point, after I did it, I wished I hadn't sold just about every pistol I've ever sold. The only exceptions are when I have used the money to buy somethiong better.

December 31, 2002, 12:10 PM
Unless you have to (for food money) don't sell it.... I had a S&W 686 that I sold (I don't even remember why) Now I'm looking to buy another one... That being said, I have a SW99 .40 that I don't really like that I'm selling to my god son (he loves it and it'll be his first gun). I feel a lot better about selling it knowing I'm helping to start someone else on the road to being a "gun nut":D


December 31, 2002, 07:10 PM
NO, never sell. ...
... Unless you get into a financial pinch later. It will be like $ in the bank.

December 31, 2002, 10:26 PM
Don't sell it. Keep it unless your financial situation dictates otherwise. I've always bitterly regretted selling guns, even ones I thought I didn't want. You never know when your tastes will change or you might need the Kimber for something (a match for instance).

August 21, 2003, 07:52 PM
I would have to agree with most of the posts here... If this is your "first" handgun, then keep it.. I too have a few guns in my past that I wish I would have kept. However, I am now 53 and I feel differently about a lot of things. I have two guns posted on this forum for sale - they as super guns and not made anymore. I have thought about not selling them and keep them for later. I have learned you can't keep everything so the "trick" is to only sell when the brain cells have truly worked the idea over - do not sell on impluse or you Will regret it. I know when I sell these two guns I will most likley never find another. And that is OK... So - Sell, Not to Sell - I can support both sides of this argument. Of all the guns I have had since my first gun in 1958 - there are really only a few that I wished I had back - Had I kept them All - well, you get the idea..


Standing Wolf
August 21, 2003, 08:27 PM
I wouldn't sell it; then again, I haven't sold a gun in decades.

August 21, 2003, 08:31 PM
I sold my first handgun. No regrets - I'd like to think the buyer is getting more out of it than I did.

I'm also thinking lately of selling my 1911. I have a good one, but have never been floored by anything about it. I'd rather put the money toward a Sig 210.

You should keep it if:
a. If it is a good gun (some people have had problems with their Kimber IIs).
b. You think you might want a 1911 someday. The slide/frame/barrel quality on Kimbers is usually excellent, and wouldn't be bad to do whatever with.
c. You don't think you could do better.

It's just a gun. Romantic notions are better spent on family and things not mass produced.

August 21, 2003, 08:37 PM
If you still have it come Christmas and want to sell it, let me know and I'll probably take it. I wont have the money until then, but I am local :D

August 21, 2003, 09:42 PM
Considering this thread started 22 Dec 02, I hope he's made a decision by now.


August 21, 2003, 10:08 PM
No kidding. I don't even remember this thread.

August 21, 2003, 11:58 PM
Guess I should have looked at the dates :banghead:

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