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Considering selling all the AR stuff.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by breakingcontact, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Active Member

    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.
  3. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    Ha. I could see that. Perhaps in a different configuration I'd be into it.
  4. Grmlin

    Grmlin Well-Known Member

    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
  5. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    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)
  6. navajo

    navajo Well-Known Member

    what to keep

    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.
  7. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    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!
  11. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    Traded/ sold all of mine today. Got a very nice BT 99 and some cash.
  12. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    Jackal, know what you mean. Think I was just a spectator back then. Not buying or selling.
  13. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Robert101

    Robert101 Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    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...
  20. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    .308 Mag fed rifle is expensive to shoot, kicks hard and makes a lot of noise

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