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Own any guns you haven't yet shot?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hobbeeman, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. hobbeeman

    hobbeeman Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Amarillo, Texas
    I was looking through my guns yesterday and picked one to go through and clean when I realized that I haven't even shot it yet. I purchased it probably 2-3 months ago, another 12g Remington model 11. I have been dove hunting and out busting clays but have always grabbed 2 or 3 other shotguns to use.

    Is this a sign of being too busy? :uhoh:

    Have you ever had this happen to you?
  2. Mauserguy

    Mauserguy Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Orange County California
    I have a bunch of mil-surps that I have never fired, though mostly because they were redundant for that category in my collection, and I considered them more collectors than shooters. It also have a couple of guns I consider shooters, but I just don't like them as much as other pieces. For example, I have a snub nosed Smith and Wesson 357. I is very pretty and fast handling, but I just like it as much as my old, cheapie Spanish 45. It's just a feel sort of thing.
  3. mordecai

    mordecai New Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    I have several ex-EuroMil handguns I've never fired. Nor my Luger.
  4. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Unshot gun

    Bought a Yugo M-48 with no stock, as a project gun. Haven't started the project. Obviously, haven't shot the rifle yet.

    Have never fired my great-great-grandfather's Civil War rifle, and I don't suppose I ever will.

    Aside from the above, I'm a shooter, not a collector.
  5. No_Brakes23

    No_Brakes23 Participating Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Everett, WA Recently escaped from San Diego, PRK
    Remington number 1 in 7mm. Can't find the ammo.
    Remington number 1 in 43 Egyptian. Can't find the ammo
    Remington number 1 in .50BP Don't shoot BP, just yet.
    Poultney & Trimble Smith's Carbine in .50BP, see above.

    Inversely, I have 5.56, .40S&W, and 8mm Mauser, yet I own no weapons that chamber them.
  6. Gunpacker

    Gunpacker Active Member

    Jan 24, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Yep, way too many

    I have duplicates of most of the surps I own. Got them because the first purchased was such a great shooter. Never know when you might need a spare. It just doesn't thrill me to take a gun out, shoot it and then put it away. I almost always stick to the one I have wrung out, so that I know I will enjoy my shooting. Also, if you have one that you know shoots well with one ammo, you can get a good feel for any new type of ammo you get. Thankfully, it is unlikely that neither I nor my family will ever lack for a great rifle to play with.
  7. zastros

    zastros New Member

    Mar 31, 2003
    I have two. One is a early A-5 that a lady gave me in trade for some work on her house. I haven't finished the work so I don't feel that I should use the shotgun. The other is a SMLE that for some reason or other is just never the one that gets taken to the range.

  8. Beav

    Beav Active Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Yes, sadly. I have 6 rifles I need to shoot.
  9. Wags

    Wags Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    On the lake Ohio
    Belgian Browning Superposed Lighting 20ga O/U. Walther P1 still in box.
  10. Spreadfire Arms

    Spreadfire Arms Participating Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    i have a full auto AMD-65 in 7.62 x 39 and a full auto L1A1 in 7.62 NATO i havent shot myself (they have been shot, just not by me).
  11. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    North Texas
    Well, sort of - - -

    I have a Model 13 S&W I just bought this evening. I'll shoot it at first opportunity.

    I have three long guns I have not fired and don't intend to - - Couple of Winchester model 94 commemeratives. I intend to give one to each son. Then there's a Win 1895 high grade in .30'06. I agreed to buy it sight unseen from a friend who needed to pay some medical bills. It turned out it was an unfired high grade model, with engraving and inlays. I see no point in reducing the value by about half, just to say I've shot it. One of these days, I'll get around to listing it on an auction board or something.

    Last year, I swapped off two very nice, unfired vintage revolvers. I had no particular use for either one, and had only bought them to "save" them from a career as desk drawer guns. One was a 1950s Colt Official Police, and the other an S&W Model 12 Airweight four-inch, from the early 1960s. Both were new in box, with papers. I got tired of having these safe queens taking up space, so I swapped them to a dealer who handles a lot of collectables, for two handguns I use.

    I like guns to take shooting.

  12. Moonclip

    Moonclip Senior Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I have a Greek Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903/14 in 6.5ms I have not shot due to high price and scarcity of ammo. It has been shot before, barrel is dark and somewhat corroded :(

    I have guns I rarely or no longer shoot due to having near identical guns that are easier to get or because the guns would be hard to replace in my area. I rarely shoot my S&W 625-2 MODEL OF 1988. Rarer and slightly different than model of 1989. I do not shoot my Chinese Makarov either anymore, pristine with original box, use my common Bulgarians usually, don't like to shoot my "hi cap" Russian Mak either.

    I had a friend who unfortunately died recently. He was into guns a lot too but he would not buy anything even remotely "junky"(no Taurus, Spanish guns, ect.) unless close to free and would pick up some very nice pieces here and there.

    Due to severe illnesses leading to his death, he was unable to go to the range much so he would sometimes have guns like a Kimber Gold Match that he would buy and not shoot for like 2 years sometimes! That would have bugged me a lot.
  13. Dan0076

    Dan0076 New Member

    Feb 17, 2005

    I bought an 870 express about 2 months ago and have yet to take it to the range. The range where I shoot makes you (if you're shooting shotguns) take the target out to 25yards. What's the use. I've yet to make it another range, but will soon.
  14. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Yep, I got a wide variety of handguns I haven't shot; and this includes
    my 2nd series (1947-1972) 2" nickel Colt Detective Special that is in
    a solid 98%+ condition. :uhoh: U know what? I don't plan on shooting
    it either~! :D
  15. shooting time

    shooting time Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    I have a colt stainless gold cup,ruger security 6, beretta 92f, 92s,colt cobra, browning sweet 16, ithaca dsps,H&K 94,that have never been fired..I have been thinking about shooting the gold cup but every time i take it out and look at it I think it is too nice to shoot so I put it back in the box and back in the vault.
  16. dpesec

    dpesec Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Yes I have a few. I'm a collector and many of my collection will never be shot. It decreases the value.
  17. ctdonath

    ctdonath Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    Cumming GA
    Two Mosin-Nagants and a new Norinco SKS. Want to, but every time I take 'em to the range I play with the .308 & 9mm so much I never get to anything else.
  18. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    A good friend of my father's was a chiropracter in West Texas, and had one of the 5 largest Smith and Wesson private collections when he died a few years ago. I asked him about this very thing and he told me that in nearly all cases, whether the item was fired a few times or not would not likely decrease the value since nearly everything made in the last 50-60 years is proof fired at the factory anyway.

    So, it is highly unlikely any of us own anything "unfired" anyway, especially new stuff that probably even included a fired case in the box for the dot gov.

    Even folks advertising revolvers that are "unturned" can't guarantee that since the factory likely verified function before shipping out.

    Antiques possibly, but most modern firearms will have been fired at the factory at least once for proofing.

    Now this is very unpopular opinion, and I'm sure everyone will be along to tell me how much it ruins the value of a weapon to fire it once, but I hold the opinion of this person in very high regard as a firearm collector.

    Now in his case, strange as it seems, he didn't shoot most of his collection because he didn't like to shoot, he just liked Smiths.....he did let me shoot a few, but he just wasn't interested.

    Personally I wouldn't own a firearm I couldn't shoot at least once.
  19. Colt

    Colt Active Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    A couple of Winchester commemoratives, and a mint Delta Elite that I can't quite bring myself to shoot.

    If I don't find a 10mm shooter I like soon, it might get taken to the range. :D
  20. m.i.sanders

    m.i.sanders Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Upstate SC
    I've got a 7.35 Carcano (non Fin marked :D ) that I haven't shot yet and that's because I haven't found any ammo. I'm in the process of getting everything I need to load my own, but even that's hard to come by.

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