Ever given away a gun?


Tom Bri
March 12, 2004, 04:38 AM
Have you ever given someone a gun? Other than a family member I mean. I once gave someone a NAA .22 revolver. He wanted a gun, didn't have any cash, and was a responsible person I had known a couple of years.

Seems to me that the best way to increase the number of gun owners is to just give them to reliable people.

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March 12, 2004, 04:44 AM
Yep, one time a guy at work was telling me he had this old .22 rifle that he didn't need, so I got him to give it to me. Score! Then a couple of days later I find out another guy at work needed a .22 rifle for his kid, and this one was perfect for that. Never cleaned it, shot it or anything - didn't have it long enough! Always felt good that it was for a kid to learn on! :)

March 12, 2004, 06:02 AM
Gave a Savage Mark 1-G .22lr to a Boy Scout Troop. Gotta start these kids out on somthing.:)

March 12, 2004, 07:10 AM
My parents got divorced and my dad left my Grandfathers colt 1903 with mom for protection. (Dunno why my mom was an anti) My dad came to his senses and picked up a $50 Rossi 3inch blued .38 (no cylinder release just used the pin to remove cylinder and punch shells out) So I could go over and switch them out and get the heirloom gun back.

About 5 years later my moms new inlaws had a brother go nuts and assault
a bunch of family members. The guy started threatning her (guy was 6ft 10 and 350 Lbs violent insane alcoholic)

She decided to get rid of the rossi because she was in danger

Found the loaded gun on my doorstep the next day :uhoh:

I couldn't convince her that it would be better to have the gun handy than be beat to death. She said she had read that a gun is more likely to be used against you blah blah. :banghead:

I kept the gun for a couple years until a neighbor / friend kept saving my bacon fixing gas leaks, broken water heater, found my lost dog. I gave him the rossi because he was having problems with gangbangers trying to kill his daughter when she wouldn't go be "initiated"

About 3 months later the gangbangers ran over his daughter in the street in front of his house. They were getting ready to finish her off when he produced the gun and shot out the back window of their car scaring them away. Luckily she only had cuts and bruises. My neighbor was not charged
with anything and his daughter learned a valuable lesson on not toying with dangerous men.

Funny how things work out.

March 12, 2004, 10:20 AM
Yes, I guess I've given away somewhere between two and three dozen guns over the years. The biggest "give-away" came when I immigrated to the USA: the authorities informed me frostily that no, I couldn't import my gun collection, so my friends got a bonanza! Since being here, I guess I've given away (gifts to friends and as assistance to those needing protection) about a dozen or so. Latest one was a couple of weeks ago.

March 12, 2004, 10:30 AM
All my competition guns, barrel sets, combos given to up and coming shooters.
Various guns to folks in need of protection.
Shooting clubs or organizations.

To keep it - give it away

March 12, 2004, 10:31 AM
Yep. I've given away three guns, more or less, to friends.

Carlos Cabeza
March 12, 2004, 10:36 AM
I gave a friend a .22 semi auto pistol when he expressed an interest in personal protection. Until that time he was a "shotgunner" and had only hunted and shot sporting clays. I showed him the dark side and now he is an avid supporter of RKBA. I would do it again in a heartbeat !:cool:

Greg L
March 12, 2004, 10:55 AM
I gave the son of a friend of mine (actually the friend officially as the son is 12) a M/N M44 for Christmas. He & his sidekick (my son) had spent a good part of the summer shooting the snot out of mine, so I figured that they each could use one to clean up/restore & then shoot.

Ala Dan
March 12, 2004, 11:56 AM
Yep, I had a female friend that needed a self
protection piece; so I gave her my nickel S&W
4" HB model 10. I put a set of Hogue's rubber
"Monogrips" on it; and she is a happy camper!

After all, she needed it worst than I did cuz
she lives near a high crime zone, on the old
eastern slopes of Bombingham, AL.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

March 12, 2004, 12:35 PM
I have been on the receiving end of a gun gift twice now.

I can't yet, but hope someday to be able to pay it forward.


Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narret qui accepit. ~ Seneca

March 12, 2004, 01:23 PM
Gotten: IMP .22 short (needed fixin' and I did)
.44 ball and cap revolver

Given: Ruger 9mm to friend
45-70 rifle to friend
.22 Winchester to friends child (through the friend of course)

I'm only 35 so, God willing, I will be around longer to give (and maybe get) more :).


March 12, 2004, 04:48 PM
Hey SaxonPig, I volunteer to help out if you ever have another wedding or renew your vows or anything. I gave away a Muzzle loader pistol to a friend when I was 17. My parents had a "gotta get rid of one to buy one" rule. I had bought it for $15 from a guy and gave it away to get a Remington 870.

March 12, 2004, 04:54 PM
saxon buddy ol pal!!! how ya doing? can i get you anything?

March 12, 2004, 05:02 PM
I gave a friend of mine a Hungarian Mosin-Nagant carbine as a wedding present a few years ago. He was pretty happy about it.

March 12, 2004, 06:09 PM
I gave a beat-up, but perfectly functional FIE .22 single action revolver
to an old college buddy who had taken up hog farming in the wilds of
rural Iowa. He had a huge old farmhouse and got kind of spooked when
the storms blew.

March 12, 2004, 06:19 PM
I've never had it happen to me but I've got a Ruger New Single Six that I'll probably enjoy for a while yet. But if I ever find a child in need of a good shooting gun with Dad at the range, I'd probably give him mine. Right now, I'm enjoying all my guns and don't expect it'd happen soon....;)

M2 Carbine
March 12, 2004, 07:00 PM
A friend wanted to buy my EAA Witness 45 compact.

With 4 kids he was never going to be able to spare the money, so I gave it to him with a bunch of ammo.

March 12, 2004, 07:46 PM
I once gave a S&W pistol to a LEO friend.

PAC 762
March 12, 2004, 09:12 PM
Gave a Chinese SKS to a buddy in college who wanted a rifle but had no cash. I never liked SKS's much and it meant much more to him.

March 12, 2004, 09:18 PM
Not yet. But I will, it is VERY good for RKBA. Getting new shooters in who otherwise would not (or could not) spend money on guns.

El Tejon
March 12, 2004, 10:12 PM
Yes, have given many to the "Friends of the NRA" as well as to family members.

Four nephews--I WILL be giving many more guns away!:D

March 13, 2004, 04:11 AM
I have given several away to familly but only 1, a .338 to a friend to hunt (and kill) his first elk as he did not have a proper (in his mind) cannon for the job.

March 13, 2004, 05:29 AM
Yep. I bought a used 2nd gen(?) Glock17. It was in beautiful shape & was very accurate. Only the problem was, because the area inside the trigger guard is somewhat smaller than my other guns , my index finger would take a beating when I would shoot with it. After the third trip to the range with it, the situation hadn't changed so, I gave up and it sat in the safe for quite a while. I've talked with a number of folks, and I'm the only one they have ever heard of with this problem. I guess my mits are just too big.
Christmas rolled around, and I made a present of it, to a friend. He loves it.

March 14, 2004, 07:53 AM
I gave away 7 guns at my wedding. My five groomsmen got M-44s of different national origins, and my two best men got Hungarian PA-63 pistols. Most were already well indoctrinated in firearms, but I made a new gun owner out of a couple.

I have been given a Baikal side-by-side 12ga Coachgun as a Christmas present, and my dad gave me a Winchester Trapper .44mag a long time ago as a High School graduation present.

Guns are great gifts. Knives too. TOOLS are the greatest gift of all.

March 14, 2004, 08:23 AM
I gave 4 Anshutz rifles to my shooting club in CA for their youth shooting program. The program has turned out 6 Olympic competitors so far.

March 14, 2004, 11:30 AM
I'll be giving my buddy's soon to be 18 yld step daughter a walther p22 for her 18th birthday/highschool graduation. I am going to buy or have made an oak or cherry wood box made and have 2 brass plaques made for the box. one to go on the outside one to go on the inside. the out side one will read "If you fear his strength or size" and the inside one will read "Call on me and I shall equalize" i'm going to put the pistol in the box and give it to her.Found the loaded gun on my doorstep the next day

dude what are running? a home for wayward firearms???

March 14, 2004, 01:07 PM
I see a lot of Mosin Nagant M44 gifts and such... which makes me wonder.

Can you give arms purchased under a C&R license? No, i'm not thinking "Wow, I can buy 10 SKSs and just give them all away" at all.

Can you sell it, at cost or at a loss, if you just don't like the stinking gun?

March 14, 2004, 05:49 PM
Giga - You can dispose of them as you see fit, as long as it is done with an aim to improve your collection. (You still need to properly log them out of your bound book to the recipients) Getting rid of a gun you don't like to make room for one you do like - as long as you don't go overboard, that sounds fine to me.

Give-aways... lets see...

I got a Nylon66 from an Uncle/Cousin/something when I was way small.

I was involved in the giveaway of a gun to someone just ocming up into the shooting world.

I also organized a "Baby's First Gun" gift for a friend...

I'm sure that there will be others in the future.

March 14, 2004, 05:53 PM
I also organized a "Baby's First Gun" gift for a friend... Cool!

4v50 Gary
March 14, 2004, 06:17 PM

Once was to a friend who helped me move a safe.

Another time was to a lady friend who needed a gun for her safety.

Edited to add Thrice. Before a friend got married and at the dinner before the wedding, I gave him a flintlock rifle I made for him. Mind you, I gave it to him before the wedding so it wouldn't be community property if the marriage turned sour.

March 14, 2004, 09:46 PM
I have a great nieghbor that I've known now for 9 years. She is 64, and often really struggles to make ends meet. I took her hunting last year, she hadn't been hunting in over 20 years, . And having practiced with one of my rifles for a couple months before the season, she did a head shot on an antelope at 200yds. Total excitement and feeling great about putting meat on her own table, she said, "I'm gonna save every penny and get me a rifle for next season." It just grabbed my heart, and so I replied- "you don't have to, if you like this one, its yours." She just didn't know what to say, and finally replied sceptically- why would you give this away? I said, because you need it, and I got my other favorites....sometimes its just the right thing to do.

March 15, 2004, 02:13 AM
I gave a friend of mine a No. 4 Enfield. He has other guns, (standard good'ole boy arms) but he wanted a "military" type rifle. He could not afford to get one himself at the time (2 kids and a wife, single income) so I let one of mine go.

Made me feel good.

I hope to be well enough off to give nice guns as gifts in the future.

March 15, 2004, 08:28 AM
A high school friend and his wife parted ways, he took his Win. 1400 with him, leaving her without. When they divorced, she kept all his friends, he had turned into a jerk. I had recently picked up an old Ithaca 37, and let her 'borrow it' open-endedly. When she remarried, I included the shotgun with her wedding presents, and introduced her new husband to shooting in the process!;) She was a former MP, and felt 'naked' without a gun around the house.:p

March 15, 2004, 09:09 AM
I've probably given away over a dozen Marlin/Glenfield Mod 60's, just bought 2 more from a pawn shop last week for 60 bucks. They usually don't take much work to refinish and get into good working order.

Gave my KelTec P32 to a young lady on her way to college, she used it to ask a young man to stop following her late one night.

Gave my old 30-30 to a friend's son and he managed to take his first deer with it. Doesn't really count as a give away tho' since he mowed my yard all summer. Wonder how I'm going to get it mowed this year? Wonder if he needs a shotgun?

Tex Ram
March 16, 2004, 02:37 PM
I give guns to my wife and daughter all the time. Actually my wife takes them away from me. My daughter got a nice 270 winchester short mag Browning Synthetic Stalker with a Leupold 4x14 AO VarixIII for Christmas.


March 16, 2004, 02:49 PM
I once gave a friend of my fathers (and me too, I guess!) an old Winchester Semi-Hammerless Model 37 single-shot 12 Ga... (in near-mint condition...)

Dad wanted to buy it to try to teach himself "home parkerizing" - (he MAY have been joking, I'm not sure...) and my friend wanted it to keep as a SWEET original gun... so I gave it to the friend...

I smile EVERY time I see it in his cun cabinet... (but I gotta go to Colorado to see it!)

Gave mom a Colt Cobra snubby once... gave sis a 20 GA and a .22, and gave dad more than a few...

Gave my 2 best friends EACH a custom built mauser too... (one in .284 Win, and one in .243 Win)

Edited to add that I also gave a sawed off (legal length) single shot "Bay State" 12 Ga. to a friend, when her hubby was called to "active" duty to fight over in Iraq...

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