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Impulse Gun Buys?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 6inch, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. 6inch

    6inch New Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Boonies of North Central Florida
    Ever done it? How did it work out for ya?

    Here's my story. Not that long ago I got the bug to get into wheel guns. Went to a large GS just to peruse the selection. I went in thinking about a .357 Mag and was attracted to the Smith an Wesson section. Then I spotted a .44 Mag 6 1/2". I asked to see it and BAM! I was hooked. Did a little haggling and headed to the checkout.

    Just to make it clear, I had no idea what I was about to purchase. It was a Smith and Wesson .44 Mag, that's it. This was truly an impluse buy! At the checkout (different person that showed me the handgun) the guy asked me it this was my first 629 Classic? I was stunned for a moment but answered "yes", "You'll like it" he said. Well, that turned out to be an understatement. I loved it. Not don't tell anyone but the first time I fired the thing I believe I giggled.

    I've since purchased the 8 3/8" 629 Classic and 2 686's ( 4" and a 6"+).

    To answer the second part of my question, it worked out GREAT!!

    So, any others with an impluse buy story?
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    Is there another way to buy a gun? :evil:

    I think I've only researched and planned out one gun purchase, ever.
  3. 50caliber123

    50caliber123 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    I "impulsed" on a hi-point 996 9mm carbine. Best HD carbine I bought. And at $150....

    Another time, at Dunham's, I had the same thing happen with a Mosin-Nagant M1938. All matching serial numbers, mint condition, LAST ONE and ON SALE $69.99, I snatched her up in a heartbeat...

    Both shoot much better than you would think, based on what I paid. GREAT investment!
  4. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Participating Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    The hilly SE
    My gun purchases run roughly 50/50 in terms of research. I've never actually seen a gun and bought it right then, but I've gotten a couple that I didn't "need" a few days after seeing them in a shop. S&W 1911PD and Sig P245 fall into that category. I handled them in a shop, and then I realized I had to have them.
  5. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Senior Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    I guess I can read all I want, that all goes away when I hold it for the first time.
  6. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    I've screwed myself over many times with impulse buys.

    MAS 49/56

    Beretta .32 acp (jaguar) or something

    Kel-tec 32

    Brazilian .22 mag single shot target pistol

    many others

    Luckily the shops I go to stand behind their used guns and let me exchange
    the defective crap guns I bought.

    The other impulse buys that turned out to be miserable pieces of junk I sold at the gun show for a loss or for trade.

    Here is what I learned:

    Winchester, smith and wesson, dan wesson, colt, remington, marlin, sig, ruger, taurus are fairly safe impulse buys. The guns are higher quality and if you don't like it you can pretty much sell it for what you paid.
  7. therealsteamer

    therealsteamer New Member

    May 23, 2005
    NW Ohio but dreamin' of Shreveport
    I should have laughed, but didn't.....

    A few years ago I started a late 2nd shift job. My wife wanted to get her own SD/HD pistol, so.......... I took her to the local gun show to see what was available. Found a Mak for $79 w/ holster and 2 mags, dude was gonna even throw in a box of ammo. This was to be her decision, although my buy as she was still under 21. I was pushing the Mak pretty good when she saw the worse buy ever. A Davis derringer in .22 LR. What a piece of CRAP!!!!! When we got it home the trigger was so stiff that my wife could not pull it. She successfully had a derringer that she could only make fire if she used 2 hands and then she was shaking so bad accuracy was nil. She abandoned it to my posession in less than a week. It was in my name after all.

    I have to say that It went with me to the grain elevator for several months and was used to pop several rats at VERY close range w/ blue tip rat shot. It also netted me one old gray coon that had been making the basement his home for quite a while. We met eye to eye on an auger cover one nite at about 3 am. I have never fumbled more for a gun than then thank god the safety took alot of pressure to release. Did take both shots and a reload to finish him. It didnt sit well with the manager at all though. Something about grain dust, exploding, gunfire, blah, blah, blah. We have not shot it in over 2 years now.
  8. AirForceShooter

    AirForceShooter Senior Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Central Florida
    sounds right,
    I went in looking for a J frame and walked out with a 7 1/2 inch Ruger Blackhawk in .357.
    Funny, it won't fit my j frame holster.

  9. bruss01

    bruss01 Active Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    A few weeks ago I was at a gun show. I was there to pick up some bulk ammo, definitely wasn't shopping for any guns! Well, we all know how that goes... I had been curious about the K31, a friend has one and he brags on it. Also, I had been hoping to find an inexpensive .308 bolt action rifle for general purposes, but had no plans to acquire one any time soon.

    So I happen to be strolling past a table, and this guy has a "k31 in .308" which arouses my curiosity. I figure someone has rebarrelled it. I can tell it's not pristine since it is missing the top handguard, has an obviously replaced chunk in the stock, seems shorter, and the front sight is definitely not mil surp. It seems handy and I like the feel... I figure that it'll be priced out of my range... turns out the guy's asking $175 (but he ends up accepting $150). Sigh. Ok, you got me, where do I sign...

    So I spend the next two weeks (10 day wait) kicking myself, telling myself I got ripped off, buying some bubba'd-up gun that's probably pieced together out of who knows how many different firearms. A real Frankengun.

    But I hadn't looked too closely, and there was a surprise waiting when I went to pick it up...

    First of all, it wasn't a K31 at all (turns out it was a Swiss 96/11). That explains the replaced chunk in the stock, an arsenal job done in 1911 or thereabouts. And it was in much better over all shape than I'd remembered. I discovered that the magazine, receiver, barrel, bolt and stock all had matching serial numbers. The condition of the metal was awesome, smooth and uniformly blue. The bore was pristine, I mean cleaner and smoother than some brand new rifles I own. After checking the serial number and looking up dates of manufacture, I discovered that this rifle is over 100 years old, manufactured in 1900! It was what they refer to as an "alpine sporter", a sporterized swiss military rifle. That explains the .308 bit - factory re-chambered in an american hunting round when the importer bulk imported them into this country back in the 50's and 60's.

    Wow. I just love taking it out of the safe every now and then and admiring it, lovingly working the action, feeling that light, crisp trigger let-off, bringing it to my shoulder... wow. My $150 luv toy. Can't wait for the weather to improve (and holidays to be over) so I can see how well it shoots. Wow. Best impulse buy ever.
  10. STAGE 2

    STAGE 2 Active Member

    Mar 6, 2003
    All the time. For the last year and a half I've been determined to pick up a springfield GI. Its gotten so bad that I've had to mutter to myself "just get the GI and leave" while I'm walking to the door. Of course without fail every time I leave it always with something eles inside the bag. Pretty pathetic for a 1911 guy who as of yet doesnt own one.
  11. Black Majik

    Black Majik Mentor

    Sep 13, 2003
    Orange County, California
    I have impulsed bought a few times.

    Very first time was a Kimber Series I Classic Royal. It looked beautiful, so I thought I look at it. Bought it and damn was it smooth! Accurate AND reliable. Who woulda thunk!? :D

    Colt .380 Government. Yep, heard about em', this one was LNIB, sure why not. Accurate, reliable, and fun to shoot.

    I've realized that I bought these two pistols mainly because theres some "collectability" in California. Not that I'd make them safe queens in hopes of value increasing, but just that I know everyone in California's looking for Series I Kimbers and .380 Governments. Mine mine mine... :evil:
  12. Can'thavenuthingood

    Can'thavenuthingood Active Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    About 3 months ago.
    Dealer had a Ruger Blackhawk .357/9mm, 6 1/2 inch convertible with a Bianchi Ranger holster.
    The 9mm cyl. was unused and the .357 cyl about a 100 rounds through it. I had looked at it about a month prior for $275 and almost took it at that time but other priorities.

    As I was walking out the door after another purchase I asked if he still had that Blackhawk. He said "Yeah, its down to $200 now"
    I was so excited I could hardly say "SOLD". His wife kinda giggled a bit since I was sorta hyperventilating and reaching for my wallet.

    Like I had just discovered candy or ice cream. It's mine now, sitting right here.

    The 9mm cylinder is now used, box of Fiochi 115 grains. The .357 side prefers the Armscor or the Federal High Velocity in the red box. For some reason I have a hard time finding the target with the Federal 125 grain 357B loads.

    More practice with it will cure that.

  13. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Elder

    Jun 11, 2005
    If I go to a gunshow just for entertainment and information, it never fails that I find something that I can't live without. It may only be a custom knife. If I am looking for a specific used gun or to sell something at a price that approaches market, I usually fail. So, if you truly don't want to spend any or much money at a gunshow, don't take the cash with you. You can't spend what you don't have..... of course there are credit cards at some tables.

    Impulse purchases are a lot of fun if you are informed. You have to stay within your knowledge base and keep the impulse buys within that knowledge range. It is the ability to make that decision and make it correctly quickly that seperates the men from the boys at shows and of course a wad of cash.
  14. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Winter Haven, FL
    Yes. Very many. Best way to shop. :)
  15. BigRobT

    BigRobT Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    North Central Texas
    I went to a pawn/gun shop in MN, I impulse bought a Saiga 410 and a SAR-1. The Saiga is ok, but doesn't fire slugs very well, not to mention 3" slugs are difficult to find. IT only fires 3"(76MM) case length rounds. The SAR1 was a POS. It keyholes almost every round at 25 & 50 yards. I regret buying either. The manager was only looking out for his pocketbook and NOT my best interests.

    However, I have stumbled across other deals that have been ok. Of course, this was from a major chain store. A King Cobra had just been sold to this chain store, the gunsmiths had it apart, cleaning it and checking it out. I picked it up for $200. Another gun store pawn shop actually DID help me pick out a handgun, a Witness 10MM, which has now become my carry gun. The price was a little higher than what I could find on Gunbroker, but I've been happy with it, so far (1500 rounds through it).

    I guess I'm about 50/50 on the issue. It all depends on where one goes.
  16. svtruth

    svtruth Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2005
    Bradford, VT

    I went in looking for a scoped .22, saw a Norico AK-47, black resin furniture, like new condition, $320, IIRC. Banned by Clinton, the symbol of revolution, and cheap ammo.
    Yeah I'm happy.
  17. Rexrider

    Rexrider Active Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    Maricopa, AZ
    Spring of '01, My wife (my girlfriend at that time) and I left the house with our tax refund in hand and headed for the gun shop.

    I don't know if it counts as an impulse buy because I knew I was buying something, I just did not know what.

    I ended up with my Kimber Classic Stainless Target.

    The real impulse buy was from my wife. Out of the blue she decided she wanted her first handgun and settled on a Ruger 22/45. We had only been together for 1 1/2 yrs and all of that time was spent undoing all the anti-gun myths her mom had passed on to her.

    We never really had any impulse buy since then. Marrage, moving accross the country, buying a house, and life in general means you learn to plan out what you are buying before walking into a gunshop. Buying new guns is not in itself a problem. Having the money on hand at any given moment for an impulse buy is the problem.

    But that's okay, saving up for something makes it all the better when the day comes for you to pick up the new toy (although an impulse buy is good for the soul sometimes).
  18. brewer90

    brewer90 New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I had two of them this weekend. I was walking through the gun show and came across a STI 2011 .45 ACP for $700 and couldn't pass it up (traded a Beretta + cash for it). Then a guy from work is trying to sell a Kimber. It's a Series 1 Compact Stainless in perfect condition for $500. So now that one is mine too. Two deals that were too good to pass up.
  19. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Participating Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Daggum Beretta

    I got the fever at a show. I foolishly traded my Norinco MAC 90 for a NIB Beretta 9000 s in .40 and some extra mags This P.O.S. would ftf on every shot from every mag and every type of ammo. I sent it off to Beretta got it back 3 weeks later with a letter there are no problems with this gun. So needles to say that cured my other fever for a Beretta 92 I will never own a Beretta again.
  20. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    Yup. Interarms Walther TPH, a 2/3 scale PPk in .22lr.

    It was one of the good ones, and has quickly become my favorite plinker.

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