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Curious about THR members and gun sales

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by effengee, Sep 14, 2004.


sell the gun/ don't sell the gun


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  2. I've had to sell, but it wasn't a happy experience

    30 vote(s)
  3. Sold that POS and felt no remorse

    19 vote(s)
  4. would rather trade than sell

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  1. effengee

    effengee Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    In a house near Bennington, Vermont, USA, North Am
    Just curious, how many here would NEVER sell ANY one of their guns for whatever reason and how many have sold a gun for whatever reason???

    Also, have any of you ever bought a gun knowing that the person selling it had no idea of the fair value and you weren't about to inform them???

    i.e. a single shot, split breach, Belgian marked .22 BBcap "Flobert-type" parlor gun with hand finished octagon barrel and hand carved stocks that I bought for $10.00 at a flea market/antique show.

    "That's an odd little rifle. Is it loaded?"


    "An old school .22, may I hold it and take a closer look?"

    "Sure, but uuhhmmm, the last guy here said it must be .22 short because there ain't no way a 22 long would fit in there. Whatever that means...
    You still want to buy it?"

    "How much?"

    "Ten bucks?"


    I still haven't shot it and probably never will...

    I'm still kicking myself for not buying the $100 broomhandled Mauser two booths later, but my financial advisor told me:
    "One gun per day is enough."

    Such is life...
  2. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    From what I read in a boook on the history of parlor guns it seems to indicate many were used with .22 BB & CB caps.

    CCI makes both types if you ever want to try it out.

    I sold both my Glocks last month for additional vacation money.

    I figured I could buy them back anytime I wanted with standard cap magazines to boot.

    It felt weird selling two perfectly good guns but a driving trip through the southwest with my family seemed worth it.

    I ended up winning $1500 in Vegas with 10 dollars of the Glock money
    so maybe I can justify buying 4 Glocks this month :D
  3. Ktulu

    Ktulu Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Although never is a long time, I think number one fits be best. I won't sell unless I absolutely have no other choice.
  4. effengee

    effengee Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    In a house near Bennington, Vermont, USA, North Am
    BB and CB caps...

    Yeah, I've found quite a few places to get the ammo, but I strongly think that the gun is more valuable as a collectable than it ever will be a shooter.

    Neat concept though: a shotgun primer and a BB.
    More recoil than an airgun, less than a .22 short...

    Ahhh, the good old days, when shooting sports were an acceptable and popular family entertainment...
  5. Greg L

    Greg L Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Northern KY
    In theory I don't have any problems with selling certain parts of my gun collection/arsenal/piles of greasy metal that I keep tripping over (viewpoint depending on who you are talking to :D ), it is just that I haven't put that theory into practice yet ;) .

  6. Smoke

    Smoke Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bosque County, Texas
    I picked "D".

    I've sold a few guns, not many mind you, but most have been guns I was not satisfied with for various reasons, and the money received was used towards other guns.

  7. mcneill

    mcneill Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Texas Hill Country
    I have sold/traded several over the years that I later regretted having done so. Sold one that I was happy to get rid of and never looked back - a Taurus clone of the Beretta 85 (.380 cal) which jammed about every third shot. Goodbye and good riddance.

  8. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    I've done a lot of trading, occasional selling. (Usually selling to finance another gun purchase.)

    I've sold a bunch and don't regret it at all. My tastes have evolved over time. I don't know if "evolved" is the right word; maybe "distilled" or "refined." While I can still look at any gun and say "Wow, that's neat," I no longer desire to own them all. I really only pay attention to a very few types anymore. Besides, there are enough S&W revolvers, military surplus rifles, and custom 1911's on this planet to keep me going for a long time to come. :)
  9. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Member

    Jan 26, 2004
    Rather trade than sell. Having been through the acquisition phase earlier in life, I wound up with too many calibers. Now I'm down to:
    .38 spcl
    .357 mag
    with more than one firearm in each caliber. Too many calibers complicate life too much for me. YMMV. :)
  10. jefnvk

    jefnvk Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    The Copper Country, Michigan
    I was going to sell my extra 870 once upon a time. But then a friend offered me a 10/22, T38 Arisaka, and Enfield Mk4 No.1 for it. And yes, he knew the value of the guns, he just wanted someone to have them that would appreciate and use them.
  11. 444

    444 Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I have sold and traded a lot of guns in my younger years.
    It doesn't keep me awake at night or anything, but I regret having done it. I would like to have them all.
    I pretty much don't sell guns anymore. One reason is that I can't see any good reason for doing so. I can't see myself at present being in a postion where I needed (?) $500 or whatever and there was no other way for me to come up with it. I am not rich, but next payday is at most only 13 days away.
    When the novelty of a new gun goes away, I put it away and forget about it. It is a lock that a year or two down the road, my interest will be renewed and I dig it out again. Usually, it is a thread I read on here that rekindles my interest. I figure, they ain't eaten anything so why not keep them ?
    Does this mean that I absolutely postively wound't sell a gun ? No. I just don't see the point. On the other hand I have given guns away to people that I think would see the value in them.
  12. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Member

    May 29, 2003
    Seems like everytime I let someone shoot a Makarov they want to buy it.

    I've sold 3 or 4 but had to replace them with the next Maks I ran across.

    I've sold a few guns I wanted to get rid of but mostly I keep them forever.
    I would like to have some back, like the 1911s I sold for $25.

    I had a bumper sticker, He who dies with the most toys, WINS.

    If I ain't winning I'm near the top.:)
  13. beardking

    beardking Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    So far I have only sold one gun. And it was a good riddance situation because I hated it. It was a Llama 1911 knock off (far off) that would jam every single time I fully loaded the mags. Sold it to a co-worker who heard me complaining about it all the time and was still willing to buy it. Put the money towards reloading equipment for my CZ 75b .40 S&W. I think I got the better end of the deal.
  14. schromf

    schromf Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    I am real picky what my hard earned dollars get spent on. Hence I don't end up with many dogs. But if it barks, it gone. No use holding on to something you don't like or doesn't function.

    As a general rule I don't sell guns, only one in ten years out. I didn't like it neither did my boys and it needed extractor work. If somebody had liked it I would have fixed the extractor, but it was universally disliked, hence gone.

    I think it pays to be picky on your gun purchases, don't buy stuff on a whim, and figure out what you like or dislike before you buy. But in the rare occasions something does go wrong, why hold on to an expensive paperweight?
  15. DWS1117

    DWS1117 Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Spring, TX
    I have traded or sold 5 guns. Some were sold due to financial trouble and a couple were traded for some of those that were sold due to the financial trouble, which I am happy to say is well behind me. I have been gun sale free for 2 years.
  16. Atticus

    Atticus Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I don't have the time or money to shoot a hundred different guns- which is why I enjoy trading them off from time to time. If I own ten guns when I die, but have had the pleasure (or not) of owning, tinkering, and shooting several hundred guns over my lifetime...I'll consider that a success. Besides... you meet a lot of good people in the process.
  17. effengee

    effengee Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    In a house near Bennington, Vermont, USA, North Am
    financial troubles...

    That's when it hits the hardest...

    Only a few times I've been on the verge of selling one of my really precious ones, and suddenly a friend or family comes through with a loan...
    I don't live from paycheck to paycheck, but with six kids, sometimes it gets close...

    My saddest moment was when I had to sell a Bulgarian Arsenal SLR95 AK with a 4 digit serial number that started with 0 and the next 3 were the same numeral... Not that it's any big deal in general, but those #'s meant something to me and that rifle seemed one of a kind...

    It was either buy a few more cord of firewood to get through the rest of a really bad winter or freeze to death because I didn't want to sell a gun...

    Unexpected circumstances make for tear-filled, butt bruised sales, but I always know there's a small pile of emergency gold sitting in my gun safe and there's always somebody willing to exchange it into cash...
    Besides, it does make room for a new acquisition once the money tree blooms and bears fruit once again...
  18. mcmoyer

    mcmoyer Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    Times got tough once & I wound up selling a Ruger Super Blackhawk & a S&W 39-2. Wasn't fun at the time but then again I haven't replaced either one (yet).
  19. joe sixpack

    joe sixpack Member

    May 16, 2004
    Los Angeles Ca
    Well, I've only one gun and not looking to sell it, however if it included
    trading up to another that I desired more, I might be interested in that.

    cheers, ab
  20. Preacherman

    Preacherman Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Louisiana, USA
    To me, guns fall into two categories:

    1. Tools. Virtually all of the guns I own are tools, bought to do a particular job (or several jobs). I keep them to do that job, and for no other reason. If I find another gun that helps me do that job better, I'll dispose of one (or more) to get it. I'm not sentimental about them at all.

    2. Treasures. There are very few of these in my collection: one that belonged to my Dad, a wonderfully good-condition Winchester 97, etc. These are meaningful as examples of craftsmanship, or embody good memories, or something like that. They aren't for sale under normal circumstances - but if the need was desperate, hey, they're guns, not internal organs! I'd hate to get rid of 'em, but if I had to, I would.

    However, I would always make sure that I had an adequate defensive battery available to me. I might sell off most of my hunting, target and other weapons, but I'll never be without something to keep me warm and breathing!
  21. pbhome71

    pbhome71 Member

    Nov 11, 2003
    I research my guns throughly before I buy. I have never buy by impulse. :)

    I would rather give them away to my friends, and families than to sell them.

  22. Trebor

    Trebor Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    I subscribed to the "I'll never sell a gun" theory for quite a long time.

    Finally though, I realized that I had guns that I never shot because my interests and tastes had changed since the time I bought them. I also realized that I'd be more willing to take a chance on a particular gun or type of gun if I knew that I could sell it later. That's how I finally convinced myself to buy a HK P7. I would never have invested that much cash in a single handgun if I would have stuck to the "never sell a gun" rule. Good thing too, since my wife and I decided that the P7 just isn't the gun for us. I don't regret selling the four or five we went through at all.

    I've also sold guns in order to buy nicer guns of the same type for my collection. I upgrade my M-1 Carbine this way and I've sold off some of my extra M-1 Garands.

    There are a few that I don't think I'd ever get rid of though. I just like them too much. But, there are others that don't mean as much to me and that I could sell without agonizing over it, if the circumstances were right.
  23. cratz2

    cratz2 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central IN
    I've bought a lot of guns just to try out... Basically finding out what I like and what I don't... Sometimes you just can't discover all the plusses and minuses with a rental.

    Plus I'd rather have first hand knowledge of a model before I go bashing it on the internet... Something many folks probably don't do.

    I've sold a couple guns I wish I hand't... But I'm happy with what I have.
  24. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Jul 25, 2003
    The Great Pacific NorthWet
    Be advised that if you want to shoot your "Parlor Rifle" that CCI CB caps will peobably NOT chamber in it. What you will need are the real BB Cap and CB Cap ammunition sold by RWS. The CCI products are based on the 22 Short and 22 Long cases. The original BB & CB ammo uses a much shorted case.

    RWS still imports their ammo but it is pretty pricey.

    dictated by BluesBear, typed by Lady45
  25. Gunrunner

    Gunrunner Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    Northern California
    There's a few handguns I've sold in the past that I wish I still had. Some of them were sold to buy a different gun. Some were sold because I was near broke at the time. In the last 25 years the only time I've sold a gun was to get rid of a POS and use the proceeds towards a gun I really wanted. A Desert Eagle 357 that jammed a lot went towards a Colt CAR-15. Best move I ever made.
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