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Are guns forever?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Gunsmoker, Aug 20, 2007.

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  1. Gunsmoker

    Gunsmoker Member

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    I'm trying to justify some purchases I want to make, for instance getting a Springfield TRP over a loaded.

    I've also spent so much money upgrading my computer for gaming. (I seriously need new hobbies.:D)


    But are guns forever? Do you buy guns with the intent to never sell them and to use them forever.

    Because with this mindset, buying the TRP makes me feel better. :)
     
  2. gravis86

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    I will NEVER sell my P229. I could be homeless, friendless, and without any money and I would still hang onto it 'till I die.

    On the other hand, If I had a weapon that I didn't really like, I wouldn't have a problem selling it.

    But when I buy a gun, I plan on keeping it as long as I can.
     
  3. PTK

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    I buy guns because I like them at the time. If I find that they have no use in my collection, out the door they go.

    The H&K USP .45 I have my eye on would stay with me until I die, though. :D
     
  4. General Geoff

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    To me, yes. I look at it this way; if I could have, I'd still own my first car. But it was costing too much to keep running, and was taking up too much space after I bought another car. So I had to sell it.

    With a gun, neither of those problems are evident, because if it costs a lot to shoot, you just don't shoot it as often; and they're compact enough to keep multiple in your closet, so you effectively never run out of room to store them.


    I'll keep my first gun till the day I die, methinks.
     
  5. RyanM

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    Most of my guns, yes. Though there was one I bought with the express purpose of fixing it up and selling. Worked out pretty well.
     
  6. DMK

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    Every one I buy. It doesn't always work out that way, but my initial intent is to keep them. I've only ever sold a few guns.
     
  7. the pistolero

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    Yes, on both counts. And I'll never sell a gun again, because the last couple of times it's been very bad luck -- shortly after I sold one gun, I smashed up the fender on my truck, cost me about $600 to replace with the employee discount, and a couple of weeks after I sold another, I got a ticket that cost me about $150. May not sound like much, but then I don't really make that much. No more gun-selling for me!
     
  8. CU74

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    I don't like to say "never", but I buy with the intent of never selling. I have several guns, (well, LOTS of guns) and haven't sold one yet. I do have a few that I am thinking about giving to my sons, but for now I like the guns better...
     
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  9. Highland Ranger

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    I buy new and intend to keep "forever" which for me won't be too long now!
     
  10. RNB65

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    No, guns are tools to be used and discarded when they stop being interesting to shoot. There's not a single gun in my collection that I wouldn't sell in a heartbeat if something better came along. I've sold almost as many guns as I've purchased over the last few years.
     
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  11. igpoobah

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    I don't buy as 'loosely' as I used to. I'm a bit more selective these days and tend to try and fill only my long term goals for arms; I'm open for selling, but I buy with the intention to keep indefinitely. Sometimes guns I get don't live up to expectations and they've got to go...
     
  12. Kevinch

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    Well - I've bought a lot more than I've sold - just ask my wife...:eek:
     
  13. browningguy

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    My intention is always buy to keep forever, sometimes someone wants one of mine a lot more than I do and then it goes. But I buy things I want to own and shoot.
     
  14. Big Az Al

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    YES And no

    There are guns that because of their history will never be for sale even if there is no real purpose in owning them!

    There are guns that I just happen onto, no reason, that are so accurate it is scary! NEVER EVER LET THEM GO!

    There are and will be guns that it is something I always wanted, and after purchase I find out, "it won't shoot! It is so brutal it is not worth shooting! It is weak and will take to much time to keep working!" those guns are on their way out!
     
  15. Gunsmoker

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    Did you ever sell your first gun?


    My first gun was a hi-power 9mm and I can't ever imagine selling this fine piece of craftsmanship.
     
  16. Bartkowski

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    The only gun I would sell would probably be a youth hunting rifle due to the fact that I have no use for one.
     
  17. brentn

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    All my purchases are forever. No joke, when I buy a gun it is going to be with me forever, at least that serial number anyways. Where I live it is much harder to give away/sell a gun than most places (due to registration) and I never even think about disposing what I own someday.

    Point being, all my purchases are always very well thought out, I have never made a mistake gun purchase. I always take the time to research and identify exactly what I want, and why I want it. With that in mind the thought of selling or giving away what gun I bought never crosses my mind.
     
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    I sold computer parts for gun parts / ammo...

    I get parts for free every year, I don't get firearms / ammo for free, so the computer parts get sold..
     
  19. DrDavidM

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    I have never owned a gun I did not like. Therefore, I have no desire to ever sell one of them. One of my prized possessions is a Winchester model 94 that was my grandfathers. He passed away when I was six, so it really means the world to me. Hopefully, I will have children one day to pass my collection along to.
     
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    I've sold two guns, and I wnat them back.

    Never again will I take the chance.
     
  21. JesseL

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    I don't buy guns that I don't intend to keep, and I would almost certainly get less money selling a used gun than the value I feel I would retain by keeping it.
     
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    to all my guns - til death do us part.:D
     
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    I'm flighty, wishy-washy, and impulsive.

    I had an obsession with gun auctions and bought without thinking. For peace in the home, I sold a lot of 'em. I now maintain an inventory of about 12 handguns and 8 long guns - I agreed to sell one gun for every one I buy.

    I still sometimes buy on impulse.

    I also think about selling to make room for others.

    The ones I've kept the shortest time were relatively cheap and not reliable (for me) - Keltec, Taurus, etc.;

    The ones I've kept the longest time are classics - a Colt 1911 45, an S&W 1917 .45, a '50s vintage IDF Mauser in .308, a Chinese SKS.

    I'd sell anything for something I like better. But the only ones I don't think of selling are the Mauser, the 1917, the Colt . . . something I can't put my finger on but it has something to do with classic military-design weapons known to be reliable and hard hitting when things get ugly and known not to have become truly obsolete.
     
  24. CountGlockula

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    I WILL NEVER SELL MY GLOCK 35. That's my answer.
     
  25. bdjansen

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    I like to think they are forever. Nothing really is but.....

    I think I know what you are saying about the computer. I buy a new laptop and I think this will last me maybe 2-3 years until it dies or wont run the current software.

    Or a car is only good for a few years before the repairs start to snowball.

    So I like to think that my guns and guitar are forever items. As long as I have the ammo and strings I can keep using them.

    One of the reasons I love guns is that everything else is so cheap and disposable now-a-days. It's a joy to use something so solid, simple and mechanical.
     
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