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What's the most worthless gun that you won't get rid of?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JRWhit, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. JRWhit

    JRWhit Active Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    mine is a RIGARMI-Brescia cal.6.35<25> 101_0003.JPG

    I know I don't have to go into what a 25 is good for, but other than that it has always been guaranteed to jam up every time you shoot it. Scariest thing about it to me is ejecting a live round. As the slide comes back the firing pin is what is used to push against the casing and fling it out with the extractor. It's not worth much and last I checked would bring under $100. But I could never get rid of it because it's a gun with a story that's worth more to me than the gun is.
    This gun came from my Grandfather on my mom's side. See my grandfather was the kind that like to, well, drink from many cups. Occasionally that would spell trouble for him. One particular morning it brought a little more trouble than others as he was awakened by a sharp pressure in the middle of his chest. As he opened his eyes what he made out was one of his frequents, a little angered by the discovery of another one of his frequents, with a little 25 cal. buried in his chest. I was never informed of the exact exchange of words in this incident but I'm sure they were colorful to say the least. At any rate my grandfather through some measure or another was able to use quick hands and relieve her of the handgun. Later on he gave it to my Mother. When I became older she gave it to me. My grandfather passed before I was ever born so all I ever had to know him by were small accounts, tid-bits, and a little 25 with a big story.
    So what's the one gun you can't get rid of?
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  2. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Mentor

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    My C9 is worth less than any other firearm in my ownership.

    I don't have plans to get rid of it anytime soon.
  3. Captcurt

    Captcurt Participating Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
    My grandfathers model 60 Winchester 22. Wouldn't bring $20 at an auction, but you don't have enough money to get me to sell it.
  4. xwing

    xwing New Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I think no guns are worthless. :D
  5. danweasel

    danweasel Active Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    I cut a break action 10 gauge down. Now it is effectively useless AND worthless.

    I think I like it!
  6. jcwit

    jcwit Mentor

    Oct 19, 2007
    Great state of Indiana
    Few years ago I bought a single shot boys rifle by the name of HOBAN, made in Salem, MI. It was a prize given to kids for selling so much Cloverine Salve. I paid $10.00 for it at a gun show. Just checked Gun Broker .com and see they are asking $200 plus for them now. I'll keep it for awhile longer.
  7. mdauben

    mdauben Senior Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Huntville, AL
    This old S&W 38 special.


    Normally, one of these would be fairly collectable but this one is in such rough shape and not a particularly rare variation so it’s really not worth much. However, it used to belong to my dad so to me the sentimental value is too great to ever get rid of it.
  8. speedway

    speedway Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    I have a single shot Lithgow .22 rifle that has very limited monetary value, but it means alot to me because it was the first gun that my oldest son learned to shoot with.
  9. 50 cal

    50 cal New Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    My most worthless gun is my intratech 22 sport. It always jams, it isn't accurate at all and I've broken three firing pins in the stupid thing. It doesn't have much market value but it does look cool hanging on the inside of my gunsafe.
  10. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home of Heroes, Pueblo, CO, USA
    A single shot Springfield 22 that was given to my dad in 1939 for his 12th birthday, bought used by my grandpa. When my dad was newly married, he decided to fix up the little rifle as a winter project. He sanded the stock down and then inlaid dice into the stock and carved his initials on one side and my mom's on the other side and filled them with red paint, then revarnished the stock.

    My siblings and I learned to shoot with that rifle until I broke the firing pin when I was about 17. Dad had a gunsmith fix it but it wasn't right, and would spit fragments back at the shooter.

    After dad passed away almost five years ago, I took the little rifle to a gunsmith who made a new firing pin for it. It's an accurate little rifle and my grandkids love shooting it.

    A few years ago dad was lamenting that he had ruined a "collector's item" that winter back in the 50s. I told him, no, you just turned a $30 rifle into a $20 one. It just has more character now and will continue to be passed down in the family.
  11. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Hot and Humid FL
    Beretta 34 made in 1943 with Italian Army marks
  12. TNboy

    TNboy Member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I wouldn't consider it worthless, and I have a handful of guns that have sentimental value, heck most of mu guns do for some reason or another, but the one at the top of that list is my grandpa's Ruger Standard. It's not worth a ton of money and it is an excellent shooting pistol, I just hate that Ruger cheaped out and put those horrible fixed sights on it.
  13. 12gaugeTim

    12gaugeTim Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Ithaca lever-operated single shot .22 with a cat piss stain on the barrel and a stock that looks like it just barely escaped a sawmill alive.
    My grampa gave it to me for my 16th birthday.
  14. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Participating Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    RG .22Short revolver. It was a fun, relatively quiet camping toy with CB caps. Companion to a 'Wham-O' Wrist Rocket Sling Shot.

  15. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Senior Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    A single shot Wards Hercules 12 gauge my wife's grandfather owned and traded to my dad for $3 and a pile of scrap steel long before I was born. There was a bulge in the barrel at 19 inches so it has been cut down and the bead reinstalled. All the finish was gone so the metal has been rattlecanned with Rustoleum satin black. About a 3rd of the butt plate is missing and the stock is very short so I only touch it off from the hip. With 00 it throws an 8 to 9 " pattern at 7 paces.


  16. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    I have a Grendel P10 that's probably not worth much and I have no intention of getting rid of it. To whom would I get rid of it?
    But, the one that probably most fits this question is probably a Savage-Stevens M89 .22 (Short, Long, or Long Rifle) rifle I picked up around 1987 for $30, at a gun show. I think that was either the only year that were made, or one of only two or three years they were made. Maybe six or eight years ago, I saw some listed for around $200 on some sites in good condition. It's a single-shot, falling-block action that is made to look like a lever gun, even with a faux magazine tube beneath the barrel. I used to enjoy shooting CB caps from it when I was the only house on my street and could get away with it. Who knows; might one day soon be used to "bring my daughter (now four years old) around."

    Edit: Thought of another.. Not at home right now, so I can't see the model number, but it's an old Savage single-shot 12 gauge someone gave me once. It was cut down at both ends by someone who had it many someones before him. He said he got it from his brother in Texas, fired it once, cut the snot out of his hand, and had no further use for it. Gave it to me in probably 1992. Buttstock is cut off, and the remainder of it wrapped in electrical tape. Barrel is right about 19 inches (OAL is still wthin legal limits.) No blueing on it left; I only took it because I thought I might take up blueing, and would use it as a practice piece. Never did, though (and never fired it, either.)
    Won't get rid of it since I don't want to pollute a perfectly good lake or river. I've had it this long, so, whatever..
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  17. walker944

    walker944 Active Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Texas Hill Country
    I'll have to say my single-shot Butler Derringer in .22 short. You have to cock the hammer, pull the trigger; then do it again in order to get it to fire. You have to pull the trigger twice on every round!! Is pretty funny. I paid $35 for it at a gun show, and would do it again. From self defense/reliability standpoint it's completely worthless; but I love whipping it out (not in public) and telling people it's my concealed carry handgun!! :neener: Hahaha.

  18. wally

    wally Elder

    Jan 2, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    My Chiappa 1911-22, wouldn't inflict it on Iran, bummer we don't have "gun buybacks" here.

    I keep it to serve as a bad example about impulse purchases.
  19. jolly roger

    jolly roger Member

    May 3, 2003
    An absolutely ratty Remington 12 pump 22 that has a slightly ringed barrel but still shoots just fine. My deceased father in laws gun. Truly lucky to have a father in law as good as my own Daddy. As to the ringed barrel, story was he shot a frog in a mud puddle and stuck the barrel in the mud. It'll still shoot into less than an inch at 25 yards with the little buckhorn sights...go figure. Wouldn't take $500 for it..
  20. janedoedad

    janedoedad Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    Fayetteville, GA
    Jennings J-22.

    Bought it 30 years ago for SD when working the night shift a a Stop-n-Rob. Gave it to my Mom a few years later. I got it back when she passed away.

    It shoots pretty well, but the safety is broke.

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