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Do You Have a USELESS firearm?

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  1. TTv2

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    I got rid of one of my useless guns at a buy back a couple months ago. It was a double barrel Cobray .410 derringer and while it would be a fine tackle box gun, I don't fish and it could be a decent snake gun for woods walking, but it's too heavy and clunky, a 12oz .38 with snake shot would be much easier to carry.

    They were offering $200 for handguns, so I jumped on it and will never buy a Cobray derringer again.

    The only other gun that would come close to being useless would be a .32 Mag Heritage revolver I have and was shooting recently. It shoots high and left and I remember when I got it I only shot paper with it, so I knew where to hold when shooting paper and was used to the sights. After years of shooting other guns with way better sights it's like this thing is unshootable now especially for steel plates. I love the way it feels in my hand, the trigger is fine, the lockup is super tight, I reload .32 Mag so ammo isn't an issue, it groups very well, but the sights are just so bad and off that I'm seriously questioning why I still have it.

    I think that the Raven .25 I have is actually more useful given I can actually hit what I'm aiming at with that gun.

    I guess at the very least I could use it to test Lil' Gun handloads from it to make sure they wouldn't blow up my Charter.
     
  2. TTv2

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    Lemme guess... it's a rimfire.
     
  3. Deanimator

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    The friend turned up yesterday and left with the "Tribal Territories" '03-A3, a couple of ALICE ammo pouches, some random cheap aluminum cleaning rod sections, and a duplicate Walter Moseley science fiction novel.
     
  4. floritucky

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    H&R 1906 .22 Rimfire. was so old and interesting to me I couldn't say no. best i could find for a date would be about 1904. was at a garage sale and the guy was 80 at least. seen me wearing a gun related shirt and said something like "I got something for you to see". goes in and brings this out. said it was his brothers who passed "probably before you were born" said he would let it go for the $20 i had left in cash after i bought a few other things from him. truth be told I would have bought it no matter because he seemed genuinely excited to see it passed on. I definitely didn't have the heart to tell him no way in hell would I trust shooting something that was more rust then not. figure its too rusted and such to feel safe shooting it. figured "one day i will pay to get it fixed up" knowing quite well its not, and never will be worth doing so. and so. it sits. but i think its cool and that's good enough to keep it. in fact. I myself am not even positive which .22 it shoots. it just says ".22 RIM FIRE" I assume it would be to shoot shorts. but never needed to know or care since I don't shoot it.




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  5. MCMXI
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    Not any more!! I got rid of a useless Savage Weather Warrior, a useless Remington Versa Max Tactical and the most useless SIG MPX SBR. :D
     
  6. Terry G

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    Pick one. Bottom only! C&R's 001.jpg
     
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  7. IMAhobbyist

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    Nope sold couple 32 cal. pistols around Labor Day and the LGS actually paid more cash than I bought them for without me spending any $ in his store.

    That was a WIn WIN for me.

    Thinking of having a framed Proclamation made for my wall to commemorate the event.
     
  8. Stevie-Ray

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    Nope, no useless ones. Only two that even come to mind are the only two I sold off. One was a AMT Govt. model, the worst of the AMT .45ACP 1911s, by everyone's thoughts. Pretty, with a lot of neat features, and accurate, when it fired more than two in a row, which was extremely seldom, though I wish I had it back, now that I can devote the time to make it work. It was, I thought, pretty much useless then, and it was traded for a Colt Mark IV, one of my finest weapons. The other was a Taurus Millennium 9mm, which suffered from abysmal accuracy, and dropping the mag in my support hand, due to an extremely touchy mag release. Traded in favor of a Glock 26 with no regrets, though I wouldn't have considered it "useless," just not for me. I do have several that haven't been fired for years, a few for decades, even, but still none that I would consider useless. Maybe just a barrel for my Contender, a tapered .45-70 given a full rifle Magnaport job to try to tame it's explosive recoil. It's the closest I have to useless.
     
  9. KevininPa

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    I have a 7615. When a bunch of us get together, it gets shot more than the AKs and ARs. For some reason it just tickles everyone's fancy. During the last Banic those were going on Gunbroker for up to $2500! I could have made a $2000 profit. But everyone has too much fun with it to get rid of. I do like it for camping. BTW, the wood furniture ones get higher bids in auctions. I wish mine sported some wood. ;)
     
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  10. KevininPa

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    As for useless guns, I have a couple. One is one of those Indian black powder replicas, a 20 ga Howdah. Lockwork froze up. One day I'll take it apart and figure it out.

    Gun number two is a Savage 21 12ga. Bought two guns from an elderly uncle for $400 dollars. Needs to be put into working order. Keeping it because it's a take down style shotgun. Even bought a parts gun so I can have two barrels. BTW, the other gun was a Winchester 1890 pump in .22lr flavor in very good condition. I love plinking with that! Even gave my stepson my 1022 because it just bored the crap out of me after getting the pump.

    The third is a High Standard Mark IV in. 22 mag. It works. The double action is just horrendous. Going to put that up for sale eventually. I'll even throw in some .22 wrf just to sweeten the deal.
     
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  12. chiggerdigger

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    I have a couple of those IV been saving for when they give some really good stuff on a buy back ....maybe a weekend in hot springs or something ! ..lol
     
  13. trekker73

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    I sell anything I dont use, strict minimalist. In fact I sell things that a year or two later I wish I hadnt :)
     
  14. Rex in OTZ

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    Lorcin L25.
    Not sure it can make its way through a whole magazine without jamming.
     
  15. LaneP

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    A Kessler acorn knob bolt action 12 gauge shotgun (2 shot detachable mag), which I believe was sold by Sears back in the day. Cheap looking hardwood stock. It was given to me by a friend because it had a broken firing pin and he had no use for it. I scrounged up a replacement firing pin through Numrich but I have never fired it and frankly have no desire to. Now it resides in a closet corner gathering dust.
     
  16. gonoles_1980

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    My Jennings J-22, I still shoot it at the range, but I have to manually eject each bullet, sometimes I get 2 or 3 good fires in the row.
     
  17. pharmer

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    Nothing "useless" but I do have many I don't shoot. Those are the opposite of useless. Joe
     
  18. Clipper67

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    High Standard Sport King...can't find a local Gunsmith to replace whatever is wrong with it...safety off fires one round, safety slips back ON...awkward...Wife gave it to me in 1976, think she paid about $70 for it..it's a keepsake paper weight.
     
  19. vintovka

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    Our old shop gun smith had a sign listing guns he would not work on. Many have already been mentioned previously. Did not see the cheap german (and other makers) .22 SAAs like h schmidt or even the newer "rough rider" brands. He also really did not like early single and double barrel "house brand" rifles or shotguns or pre python DA colts back to circa 1871. Will say he chose carefully and never had a return for re repair.
     
  20. JDeere

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    Mauser Broomhandle with a blown out barrel that someone loaded the wrong ammo in during WWII. Has the shoulder stock and all. Dad brought it back when he was sent home in the spring of 45 after being wounded twice...
     
  21. slickracer

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    Yup, have a Browning Gold shotgun that needs a recoil buffer and none are available. Basically a wall ornament over a $6 part.
     
  22. benEzra

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    I no longer own it, but I’ll say that one of the awesomest and most useless guns I’ve ever owned was a NAA .22LR mini-revolver with a 1 1/8” barrel. The craftsmanship was marvelous, it was ridiculously fun to shoot, and surprisingly accurate for such a little gun. But as a useful gun, it lacked. For self-defense, it was simply too underpowered, too slow to deploy, too slow to shoot, and too slow to reload for me to be confident carrying it; even for snakes, the short barrel made .22 shotshells useless on small snakes, and the short sight radius made it less practical with solids or JHP (and since the snake I was most worried about at the time was a 6’ Eastern Diamondback that had been spotted on the property, I wouldn’t have risked a shot on that snake with so anemic a gun/ammo combination). So even though I loved it, I ended up selling it to fund something else.
     
  23. rayatphonix

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    I have a Tikka 270 with a barrel that’s so shot out a 130 grain bullet won’t stay in the brass if I have any intention of seating anywhere near the lands. That makes it kind of useless. I’ve planned on rebarreling to a 280AI for 5+ years but for some reason I never get around to it. I’ve even got the dies and brass. Until I rebarrel, it’s useless. Maybe 2021 will be the year.
     
  24. Mike J

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    The closest thing to a useless firearm I have is a Spanish 7mm Mauser a co-worker gave me back in the late 80's. It was wrapped in duct tape & spray painted black when it was given to me. I cleaned it up & did a home re-blueing job on it before I took it to a gunsmith to learn what I had (the fellow who gave it to me wasn't sure exactly what it was). The Smith told me what it was, advised me to tie a string around a trigger & get behind a tree before I shot it the first time & sold me a box of ammunition. I followed his advise. It didn't take long to figure out that the sights are sat up for 300 meters & that at ranges around 100 yards the bullet would hit about 8" above point of aim. Then I learned that in order to scope it I would have to use a scout type mount or modify it. Shortly after that I bought a .30-06 Winchester bolt gun. It has just never seemed worth it to put the money into it I would have to for me to want to hunt with it. I keep thinking I should do something with it though as it does work.
     
  25. MachIVshooter

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    A Century JW2000 SxS 12 ga coach gun that I lobbed the stock into a pistol grip and cut the barrels to 11". Barrels had been separating at the rib toward the front, so it seemed like a good candidate for a chop. It functions just fine, but is completely useless. I'm no weeny, but the thing is downright miserable to shoot even with low brass bulk pack ammo, painful and difficult to hold onto.

    I'm glad it was a F2. I'd have really regretted wasting $200 on a stamp for that.
     
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