Considering selling all the AR stuff.


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breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 07:29 PM
I was in the military and got my jollies there shooting M16/M4 and M249 so I don't really "get a kick" out of shooting the AR. It's certainly nice and I've nothing against it but I'm kind of "over it".

Thinking about selling it, the ammo, the mags, the spare parts.

Anyone here go through this? Should I sell it all together or try and part it out? I know...I'm thinking of selling about 2 months too late!

Don't worry...I didn't go and turn into a liberal. Thinking about reinvesting the money into some combination of a 22 suppressor, some handgun sights, a 308 mag fed rifle, a shotgun, fixing up a 22 rifle...that sort of thing.

What do you think?

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Unka-Boo
March 18, 2013, 07:34 PM
I'm on AR #19....they're like bad pennies....

Build one, shoot it, get bored, rinse, repeat....

Keep the spare parts and the bulk of your mags, you never know when another will turn up in your safe.

breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 07:37 PM
Ha. I could see that. Perhaps in a different configuration I'd be into it.

Grmlin
March 18, 2013, 07:39 PM
If your set on selling it, I would list it priced individually then with a price for everything together. As a retired Marine I still like shooting my M4orgries, I got rid of the Berretta years ago (to bulky for a 9mm).

+1 with what Unka-Boo suggests

breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 07:41 PM
Oh I enjoy shooting it. But I don't hunt with it and enjoy shooting my defensive pistols much more and find practicing with them much more realistic for the civilian world. (No I'm not against any sane non-criminal owning an AR)

navajo
March 18, 2013, 07:48 PM
Probably owned 20 or more starting with a Colt.
For social activities these days I have a Czechpoint 58. Fantastic weapon.
For reaching out, a NM Armalite AR 10. Not bored with either.
The ,308 is fun to try with different weight bullets, so far it prefers 168 gr.
The 58 is just plain fun. Plus it gets lots of stares.

Ash
March 18, 2013, 07:51 PM
I must admit to having been an AR-owner, owning a Rock River, Stag Arms, and older Bushmaster. I own none of them and really have no great interest in them. I don't miss them at all.

breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 08:02 PM
Ash expressed about how I feel about them. I don't have much interest. They are nice rifles, accurate and reliable (not AK reliable but thats OK). I have mine set up nicely. Its just going to sit there though. I don't plan on shooting it hardly. I could turn it and the accessories into guns I'd shoot more or "get more out of" or customize/improve the other ones I have now.

Jackal
March 18, 2013, 08:37 PM
I'd say you missed the boat. You should have asked yourself this question about 1.5 months ago when values were double what they are now:what:. Prices are already dropping rapidly as supply is catching up with demand.

Coop45
March 18, 2013, 08:52 PM
I was in the military and got my jollies there shooting M16/M4 and M249 so I don't really "get a kick" out of shooting the AR. It's certainly nice and I've nothing against it but I'm kind of "over it".

Thinking about selling it, the ammo, the mags, the spare parts.

Anyone here go through this? Should I sell it all together or try and part it out? I know...I'm thinking of selling about 2 months too late!

Don't worry...I didn't go and turn into a liberal. Thinking about reinvesting the money into some combination of a 22 suppressor, some handgun sights, a 308 mag fed rifle, a shotgun, fixing up a 22 rifle...that sort of thing.

What do you think?
I understand.....there is nothing like rock and roll and the AR is hard to love after that. I don't know why I keep buying them, but I do. I'm in between right now, the new one will come in some day. Thanks for your service!

guyfromohio
March 18, 2013, 08:54 PM
Traded/ sold all of mine today. Got a very nice BT 99 and some cash.

breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 08:54 PM
Jackal, know what you mean. Think I was just a spectator back then. Not buying or selling.

Coltdriver
March 18, 2013, 09:01 PM
I have bought and sold dozens of revolvers, pistols and rifles and peripheral components over the past several years.

I can tell you without exception that you will net more if you will do the leg work and shipping and sell stuff off separately.

Its a hassle, but there is no way that you will get full price for both a rifle and a scope as an example. One or the other gets discounted. Separately they sell to two different markets.

Same with peripheral stuff for your AR. In fact if you take your AR back to a stock configuration and sell off the high end add ons separately you will get full pop for your AR plus make back most or all on your high end stuff.

I would also advise you to sell nationally because you get to the biggest buying market that way and you will also reach the places with the highest demand.

Sell at a price plus shipping. Have the buyer tell you where they are and quote shipping as an addition to the price. You will get enough expense in boxing it up and taking it to the post office or fed ex or whatever.

Just my two cents worth but I have been able to enjoy the hobby by making my scarce bucks go further with just a little more effort.

Welding Rod
March 18, 2013, 09:38 PM
If you are like me, about 10-12 years after you get out you will have developed a fondness for them.

I had one before and during the first part of the time I was on active duty, and sold it prior to the first AWB debacle for a nice profit.

Didn't desire one after that until about 7 years ago. Now I think they are the best thing going... getting the right configuration and then shooting it regularly, preferably competitively, strenghtens the attachment. Really that strengthens the attachment for any gun IMO. Sitting idle is the quickest way to fall out of favor.

Warp
March 18, 2013, 09:58 PM
I was in the military and got my jollies there shooting M16/M4 and M249 so I don't really "get a kick" out of shooting the AR. It's certainly nice and I've nothing against it but I'm kind of "over it".

Thinking about selling it, the ammo, the mags, the spare parts.

Anyone here go through this? Should I sell it all together or try and part it out? I know...I'm thinking of selling about 2 months too late!

Don't worry...I didn't go and turn into a liberal. Thinking about reinvesting the money into some combination of a 22 suppressor, some handgun sights, a 308 mag fed rifle, a shotgun, fixing up a 22 rifle...that sort of thing.

What do you think?

The time to do this was two months ago. Seriously.

I mean, I sold a used Bushmaster Carbon 15 for $1,399 on Gunbroker about 15 hours after I listed it (buy it now feature was utilized). The regular bid was already about $1,200 at that time. That gun is overpriced at $800 new, IMO.

But values are still inflated vs what they were and, most likely, inflated vs what they will be months from now. If you really might do this, do it NOW. Or, if you want to gamble, wait and see if the "AWB", or a mag capacity ban, or something, gets voted on in the Senate. There might be a little spike at that point, if that happens.

breakingcontact
March 18, 2013, 10:19 PM
I didn't get in on the selling back then because I didn't know what direction it was going. I thought the AR might be worth a huge amount if it went to NFA status... which was the talk back then. I do remember a few people who either had the fore sight or the guts to sell when the selling was good back then.

Robert101
March 18, 2013, 10:21 PM
If you don't want your guns then of course sell them. You're a big boy; make the call. Me personally, I don't sell my guns as I know I'll regret it later.

breakingcontact
March 19, 2013, 12:05 AM
Can't say I've regretted selling many guns. Just the ones I sold when I really needed the money. This isn't that situation.

sleepyone
March 19, 2013, 12:38 AM
I have owned five S&W M&P 15s and an AR that I built through Model 1 Sales. Like many have said, once I built them up and shot them for a while, I became bored with each one and sold them. I have bolt and lever rifles for hunting and plinking and shotguns and handguns for personal defense. I prefer walnut stocks and blued and stainless barrels. ARs just don't grab me emotionally like my Model 70s, pre-Remington Marlin 336 or my 686 Plus to name a few. Also, there is something mechanically about bolt actions, lever actions and revolvers that I just love. I will set there watching TV while slowly and methodically working my 336 lever or dry firing my 686 Plus in single action mode (with snap caps of course!) until my wife is thoroughly annoyed.

I'm one of those evil price gougers who sold his AR, accessories and 3,000 rounds of 5.56 during at the height of the panic for a nice profit and used that money to buy some guns and ammo that I had been wanting for a while.

I think I'm out of the AR platform for good this time, but you never know...

bushmaster1313
March 19, 2013, 12:46 AM
.308 Mag fed rifle is expensive to shoot, kicks hard and makes a lot of noise

Warp
March 19, 2013, 01:12 AM
.308 Mag fed rifle is expensive to shoot, kicks hard and makes a lot of noise

I hear the SCAR does not kick hard.

Unfortunately I do not know from experience.

breakingcontact
March 19, 2013, 01:23 AM
That's about where I"m at sleepyone.

I should probably chill out on it for awhile but when I add up what it all "should" go for, I have thoughts of a 22 pistol, suppressors and other items.

Quentin
March 19, 2013, 02:18 AM
It's up to you whether to sell or not. I suspect most vets given enough time will want a civilian version of the rifle they carried. Maybe the AR you have now isn't the right configuration for you but that's the beauty of this platform, you can "have it your way". Maybe not now but later.

I carried the M16 in 'Nam then waited until the election of 2008 before piecing together my first AR. Took me 40 years to catch the BRD! But now I have 3 and working on a fourth. :D

allaroundhunter
March 19, 2013, 02:43 AM
.308 Mag fed rifle is expensive to shoot, kicks hard and makes a lot of noise

Scar 17's do not kick hard.... AR's in .308 do not kick hard.... M1A's do not kick hard.... Kind of a trend

And right now, .223 ammo is going for about $1/round as is .308. If you reload then yes, .308 is slightly more expensive, but not much more...

breakingcontact
March 19, 2013, 02:57 AM
I think I'd rather have an M1A...the old case of the veteran wanting the previous generations rifle. I do like the M16A2 which is considered an old mans rifle to the M4 fans.

allaroundhunter
March 19, 2013, 03:08 AM
I think I'd rather have an M1A...the old case of the veteran wanting the previous generations rifle. I do like the M16A2 which is considered an old mans rifle to the M4 fans

An M1A is a great addition to any gun collection. Whether you have to save for one, or sell your AR for one, I think you would be pleased with it (once you find ammo).... But before you get around to selling your AR for one, is it possible for you to shoot one just to be sure you like it?

If anything is going to make you regret selling that AR, doing so to fund a gun that you end up not liking would be it...

PabloJ
March 19, 2013, 03:20 AM
I was in the military and got my jollies there shooting M16/M4 and M249 so I don't really "get a kick" out of shooting the AR. It's certainly nice and I've nothing against it but I'm kind of "over it".

Thinking about selling it, the ammo, the mags, the spare parts.

Anyone here go through this? Should I sell it all together or try and part it out? I know...I'm thinking of selling about 2 months too late!

Don't worry...I didn't go and turn into a liberal. Thinking about reinvesting the money into some combination of a 22 suppressor, some handgun sights, a 308 mag fed rifle, a shotgun, fixing up a 22 rifle...that sort of thing.

What do you think?
In last twenty years I had only one military-style rifle the K2 which I sold around 2008. Recently I have found something to replace my antiquated 12ga pump gun. It is $1000 camo AR chambered for 7,62x34/35mm cartridges. It would make great HD/yard defense weapon yet I have not bought it. Why? Because ammo is made of unobtainium and the weapon might be made illegal to own, sell, trade.
Getting rid of your AR stuff and focusing on something else might actually be a smart move on your part.

ol' scratch
March 19, 2013, 10:33 AM
I have a few AR rifles and a .308 battle rifle. I love them all for different reasons. I still say that the AR is the most accurate semi automatic rifle I have ever fired. I really think if you changed the configuration, you might like it a little better. One of the rifles I couldn't stand was my PTR 91, which is a .308 battle rifle. I really think you should shoot whatever you purchase before hand. Also keep in mind the M1A is ammo sensitive. Get an adjustable gas plug.

VVelox
March 19, 2013, 10:48 AM
Scar 17's do not kick hard.... AR's in .308 do not kick hard.... M1A's do not kick hard.... Kind of a trend

And right now, .223 ammo is going for about $1/round as is .308. If you reload then yes, .308 is slightly more expensive, but not much more...
There is still one real notable difference that does give the .223 the edge over .308 probally in this debate. That is for the same weight and space, you can have notably more .223 than .308.

VVelox
March 19, 2013, 10:55 AM
I've never run into the question at hand in regards to firearms, but in regards to various tools or hardware of a single sort when I found I was starting to collect more than I use, I found it was best to pair it down to the best one a complete set of replacement parts and then sell/give away the rest.

Sheepdog1968
March 19, 2013, 11:10 AM
If they don't get you excited and you have other firearms you would use for self defense then by all means take advantage of the price increase. In my mind, as long as you sink that money into other firearms, no foul has been committed.

Warp
March 19, 2013, 11:16 AM
Scar 17's do not kick hard.... AR's in .308 do not kick hard.... M1A's do not kick hard.... Kind of a trend

And right now, .223 ammo is going for about $1/round as is .308. If you reload then yes, .308 is slightly more expensive, but not much more...

Hopefully nobody is paying $1/round for M193 or M855.

That's totally not necessary.

Claude Clay
March 19, 2013, 11:41 AM
sell my pre-ban Colt H-Bar and keep the accessories that will help feed a bolt gun in .223
that's my plan.

3-gun in my area is hugely popular. so much so that it is a lottery to get to play.
than being herded from stage to stage is uncool; sucks the fun out of playing.

PorkChopsMmm
March 19, 2013, 11:44 AM
I've built a few and they have moved on down the road. I recently picked up a Rossi 92 lever gun in 357 and a revolver in 357. They seem to fit my needs more than anything else. I also picked up a 22 rifle to go with my 22 suppressor, which also happens to fit on my 22 pistol. I feel I have my bases pretty well covered.

Certaindeaf
March 19, 2013, 12:02 PM
The AR is a tool. Sometimes good tools come in handy.

41magsnub
March 19, 2013, 12:08 PM
I've started branching out into different AR calibers starting with 6.8 SPC. Keeps it interesting.

Droid noob
March 19, 2013, 12:25 PM
The AR is a tool. Sometimes good tools come in handy.

That is how I look at my AR. I prefer the AK platform and the bigger boolits lol. To me the AR is boring. Nonetheless, I have one as a safe queen and it won't be going anywhere.

MCgunner
March 19, 2013, 12:35 PM
I have never liked the Mattel toy. It's the ergos. I'm an old fudd, prefer my bolt guns for "deer rifles", perhaps lever guns. My shotguns are for bird hunting. I have one tacticool rifle I built from an SKS. It's a toy, the trigger sux, but it's reliable and shoots and being an old DA revolver shooter, I can deal with the trigger if I just WANT to. It was cheap 20 years ago, why I bought it and several other milsurps.

The most fun of my milsurps is my Hakim. It's a friggin' cannon. :D I have more fun with black powder stuff, though, just for fun...and rimfire back when I could get ammo.

Warp
March 19, 2013, 01:00 PM
I have never liked the Mattel toy. It's the ergos. I'm an old fudd, prefer my bolt guns for "deer rifles", perhaps lever guns. My shotguns are for bird hunting. I have one tacticool rifle I built from an SKS. It's a toy, the trigger sux, but it's reliable and shoots and being an old DA revolver shooter, I can deal with the trigger if I just WANT to. It was cheap 20 years ago, why I bought it and several other milsurps.

The most fun of my milsurps is my Hakim. It's a friggin' cannon. :D I have more fun with black powder stuff, though, just for fun...and rimfire back when I could get ammo.

If I didn't want a defensive rifle I probably wouldn't have an AR, either.

allaroundhunter
March 19, 2013, 02:03 PM
Hopefully nobody is paying $1/round for M193 or M855.

That's totally not necessary.

M855 is going for a bit more than $1/round in my area and selling... M193 is sticking about $0.80/round and not staying on shelves, either...

Warp
March 19, 2013, 02:13 PM
M855 is going for a bit more than $1/round in my area and selling... M193 is sticking about $0.80/round and not staying on shelves, either...

Shop around better.

There's no need to pay that much.

Go over to ar15.com and watch the official in stock ammo thread, and go over to m4carbine.net and watch their official where can I get it thread

http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=100661

Stop getting ripped off.

allaroundhunter
March 19, 2013, 03:32 PM
Warp, I never said that I was paying that.... That is just what stuff in my area is going for.

I'm fortunate enough to get enough ammo each month from a sponsor to shoot and compete regularly. If I need more, I have other ways to get it besides paying a crazy amount of money for it...

HoosierQ
March 19, 2013, 05:15 PM
I sold my used Stag for $1500. The guy couldn't take the money out of the bank fast enough. He really wanted it. I liked it but who can feed those things in this market.

breakingcontact
March 19, 2013, 05:46 PM
Alright, I've regained my composure. Will be keeping it. Nice to have, even if I don't shoot it. Plus if the radical left doesn't want me to have it...all the more reason to keep it. Thanks y'all!

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