Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by marksman13, Oct 29, 2021.
Parting with some guns , for whatever reason , is just a matter of managing "the herd". . Not a big deal , really. I keep what I want to keep and lose no sleep over the rest.
A twinge of regret now and then - sure , but that applies to numerous things in life. I'm 70 ... looking back - Sheesh!
You makes your decisions , you lives with the outcome. Life goes on.
Exactly, in my 20s after a divorce and little work I sold everything.
I don’t regret it, it was something I had to do to get by.
Now, 55 years later I have made up for that a hundred times over, creating a problem for someone when I’m gone!!
I hear you on getting rid of a few cheaper guns and maybe consolidating into a higher end one.
I'm early in my gun ownership. But, I've sold two guns already, a Bersa 9mm that was reliable in function but not accuracy, and a Ruger LCP that was a jam-o-matic. However, I'm having a hard time deciding on getting rid of others, even if they are just fun and not highly functional (Bond Arms Derringer). Right now I don't need to so it's okay.
[email protected]$$ list. Looking back at what I have sold, my [email protected]$$ list is getting mighty big. Saving a non firing wall hanger and putting it back into firing condition can reduce the number of points on my [email protected]$$ list but the lack of old gun parts is making this almost impossible. I am afraid that I may die as a record holder in this department...
I’ve sold and traded probably a hundred guns in my life. I can only think of a couple that I’ve ever wished I had back. I don’t get too sentimentally attached to most guns, though there are a handful that will never leave my possession. If I do the math and figure up how much I have invested in guns, optics and ammo, I know I’ll find $100K in the 40 or so guns I own. I’ve traded off the stuff that isn’t as nice over the years in 2 for 1 trades until I have ended up with some really nice firearms.
I got on a Ruger No. 1 kick last year and ended up with nearly twenty of them before I started trading off and selling the ones that I wasn’t attached to. It was fun. I love the design, but a I decided I wanted some more practical stuff. Plus, I got tired of the wandering zero that seems to plague some No. 1s. I think I have five or six No. 1s now and a couple of those could be on the chopping block.
I also came to realize that there is a ton of overlap in my collection. A pair of rifles in 6.5x55, a pair of rifles in 30-06, a pair of rifles in 257 Weatherby Magnum, two ARs in 6.8 SPC as well as a 6.5 Grendel. I also have a pair of AR style 22LRs and a pair of precision bolt guns in 22LR.
Nothing wrong with redundancy, but I’ve found myself leaning more and more towards the idea of two main hunting rifles. I’d like both to be bolt actions with threaded barrels for suppressor use. I want one in 300 Win Mag and one in something a bit lighter. Maybe 6.5 PRC…maybe…
I thought about selling off roughly $12K worth of stuff I don’t really use and turning the profits into a new thermal scope and a couple of rifles I’d feel confident hunting all of North America with. I wouldn’t really be taking the money out of my gun collection, so much as I would be moving it around. So, I guess I’m not down-sizing as much a re-appropriating.
I had given my oldest son my SIG P210-4 when I had replaced it with a SIG P210-6 and later missed that gun, liking the service sights and trigger better. It did not take me long to replace the P210-4 with another P210-4 and to add a SIG P49. Overall I have reduced the number of firearms but increased the quality and enjoy the remaining ones more.
Most production guns are fairly easy to replace.
Same for me. I even have a hard time letting go of guns I picked up on the cheap specifically to use as trade bait.
The last few years have been a little better and I've bought several guns, some of which are replacements for guns I regretted selling.
Some I will probably never replace. The current costs of Yugo SKSs and Single Sixes are practical to replace.
To the best of my recollection, I've never sold a gun more than once.
On the other hand, I've sold, traded off, and given away a good many guns over the years, and I have no regrets about it. But then again, I've never considered any of my guns as part of a "collection."
My wife collects Hummel figurines, and I collect old, and/or oddball cartridge cases. But that's about as far as our "collecting" pursuits go. We use our guns, or in some cases have them just in case we need to use them. We don't collect guns.
Don't get me wrong though. I know that some folks DO collect guns. And that's fine. Collecting guns is just not my mug of beer.
Not so with my 4" S&W Model 29-2. After I'd recovered financially, I spent the better part of ten years trying to get that gun back before I finally did.
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