Does anybody here have any firearms they've never shot?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Tortuga, Mar 22, 2021.

  1. Tortuga

    Tortuga member

    Sep 9, 2020
    A friend of mine recently picked up a WASR-10 that's never been fired. The dude he bought it from picked it up at a gun show back in the 90s and it sat in the original box until said friend got it. It still smells like cosmoline and, after inspecting it, there's no sign of fouling or carbon literally anywhere in the rifle.

    Now he's telling me he's scared to shoot it! :rofl:

    I can see hanging onto one for the sake of having an "unfired" weapon, but does anyone else do this? I've never been in this situation but I'm just curious if you guys think my buddy is an idiot for not using his new weapon or if he's a true collector for hanging onto it.
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  2. 792mauser

    792mauser Member

    May 31, 2010
    If I can stuff a cartridge in it, I shoot it.
    I even shot a WW2 bringback Jap matchlock "musket" that I inherited about a decade ago. That was fun to explain on the range that day.
    Still miss that rope burner.

    I say shoot it.
  3. TheBruce

    TheBruce Member

    Jun 26, 2019
    I have a CZ Bren pistol in 5.56 I haven't shot yet. Not that I don't want to, I just haven't made the effort yet. Plus I had toyed with the idea of possibly selling it, and it's worth more new in the box. Then 2020 happened. Decided to keep it, and on top of that my gun collection has grown considerably. :D
  4. IMAhobbyist

    IMAhobbyist Member

    Nov 4, 2020
    The answer is yes.
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  5. TOU

    TOU Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Top of Utah!
    Of course...don't you?
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  6. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    Is having the parts to build but not yet assembling the same? If so then yeah? The Arisaka build is so slow that it thinks I forgot about it.

    If that doesn’t count then having one together but not yet having opportunity then yeah. I got the Mauser 1914 in much better shape if ever questioned about the seriously degraded serial number (bad rust pitting) on the slide which is the only place the full serial is visible.

    If that still doesn’t count, but not finding factory ammo does, then yeah. I dislike firing live rounds without some form of baseline on what the thing should feel like. I haven’t found factory 38sw in a long time and I used up what I had a while back. I need a refresher course on what factory feels like so I can roughly match it with hand loads. I have shot 2 of the 3 but not the most recent one.

    OK, if that still doesn’t count, then this one will. Nobody even makes ammo anymore without paying at least 10 times what it’s worth, I found it but wasn’t willing to pay for it... yeah. 32 rimfire is not easy to find, and it’s pretty regularly available on Gunbroker or a few small places that do that one as a business. No thanks. I made chamber adapters to 32 long dims and shot 22 colibri ammo through it. Was a ball to do it.
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  7. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Jan 8, 2011
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  8. adcoch1

    adcoch1 Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Centralia Washington
    Yeah I have a few, but they will get shot as soon as weather, time, work, and kid responsibilities land in a way that lets me get to the range.
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  9. MosinT53Hunter

    MosinT53Hunter Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Yes. Have bought and sold rifles I never shot for some reason or other.
    It happens...
  10. LoonWulf
    • Contributing Member

    LoonWulf Contributing Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Nope and won't ever.....

    I do have a bunch that have been torn apart before ever being shot......
  11. gotboostvr

    gotboostvr Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I've got guns I haven't shot... yet.

    I too have sold/traded away some I never shot.

    Usually it was something I was only mildly interested in, but at a great price and something I really wanted came along before I got around to shooting the trade fodder.
  12. C.R.

    C.R. Member

    Jul 19, 2014
    south centeral Wisconsin
    I bought a SKS from my friends brother must be at least 20 years ago ,I didnt really want it , but he was hurtin for cash and a bit loopy so I bought it so he could pay his rent and all his family were happy he didnt have it because he was drinking a lot at the time . Well, I never did shoot it , just wasnt a priority , well last year my buddys brother died , and somehow , all his guns disappeared. well , my buddie wanted to give hid brothers kid something to remember his old man by, but someone swiped almost all his stuff. so he asked me if I wanted to sell the SKS . well , I just gave it to him ,and by golly the old bastard actually got a little bit teary eyed what the heck between friends money doesent matter right? I could have held him up for a couple three hundered and made my money back twice over but seeing the old tough guy getting choked up was worth it .
  13. Mosin77

    Mosin77 Member

    Oct 7, 2019
    Yes. When you start buying neat old stuff in obscure calibers, suddenly the desire to shoot it goes down when you realize that you can slowly assemble components to reload for some $$ and a lot of time, or you can buy a box of ammo for more than the cost of the gun. Suddenly it’s “one of these days.”
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  14. Demi-human

    Demi-human Member

    Dec 8, 2016
    The Haymarsh, MI (Aka, Paradise.)
    The only firearm I have, and have not shot, is a Remington 760 in 270Win.
    The most used of my collection and a momento of a former employer. He dropped it from the tree and broke a piece of butt stock off once.
    Boy was he the most indifferent I’ve ever seen him! It was like it didn’t happen. This, from someone who would wake-up ornery and scream a grunt out for wearing the wrong color shirt.(not me;)) Strangest thing.

    So, when he passed I bought it. But, no hunter am I. Besides I have two more to do it with. And it’s some weird 27 caliber bullet cartridge, so loading for it would be boring. :) And, like I said, it ain’t the prettiest.

    I even have some ancient ammunition he used with it. Now tarnished with green spots coming out, indicating bad powder, or they very least, a miserable storage life.
    I have brand new seven year old ammunition to try in it. If I ever do. Maybe.

    That’s the only one.
    None of the other ones hardly made it home before getting hot!:D
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  15. rayatphonix

    rayatphonix Member

    Dec 27, 2011
    Yes. It’s a Mauser 98 with a new 260 Remington heavy barrel. I got a great deal on it and already reload for a Savage 260 Striker so it’s not an ammo thing. The trigger seems wonderful and everything on the rifle seems solid. I have absolutely no understanding as to why I haven’t shot it yet and I’ve probably had it close to 10 years. I’ve always got other projects and it just sits in the safe.
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  16. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    I have 4 off the top of my head that I’ve never pulled the trigger on.
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  17. Phrog Driver

    Phrog Driver Member

    Apr 7, 2020
    Yes, my Win 66 Centennial. Actually never been shot. My Aunt bought it in 1966 as an investment. She never shot it. Passed it to me, and despite all the shooting I have done, I can't bring myself to shoot it. Win 66 Centennial.jpeg
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  18. 9x56MS

    9x56MS Member

    Jan 31, 2021
    Other than a collector keeping NIB why would you own a gun and not shoot it? Clean and remove cosmoline and fire at will.
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  19. Pressman

    Pressman Member

    Apr 12, 2020
    I have a couple, mostly just enjoy owning them, no need to shoot them and have to clean and oil. Semi-annual wipe down is easier.
    A Colt Trooper MkIII, Savage 24, in 22 Hornet, Couple of vintage 22's that I may get out to the range with, or maybe not.
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  20. eastbank

    eastbank Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    i just bought three nos in the boxs, two marlin CL lever actions(25-20-32-20) and a marlin camp .45 and into the gun room they went, that makes 27 new in the boxs. from the early 80,s to the three i just bought.


    Dec 30, 2007
    Yes, my Model 1898 Krag made in 1902 that I bought in 1972. Bought it as a collectible. Have 2 other Krags, several Lee Enfields, a Lebel, a Mannlicher Berthier, a Ross-have 2 6-digit M-1 Garands I have yet to fire.
    Some guns are for shooting, some are for having.
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  22. AZAndy

    AZAndy Member

    May 20, 2007
    Prescott, AZ, USA
    No, though I have two that I only shot once. Firing pins on both broke on first outing, so they're sitting in a drawer. They're both pre-1900, so finding parts is a bit iffy.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2021
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  23. bigpower491
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    bigpower491 Contributing Member

    Dec 30, 2020
    The Mitten
    I have an old Colt, I think it's an 1892 new army. It was my great grandfather's. I know it shoots, cause he accidentally shot a hole in the bathroom wall with it one day. The poor fella.....all he could find to hide the evidenced from my grandmother was a bar of ivory soap. He gave it a good effort, but he couldn't mash that soap in that 41 cal hole good enough to make it stick. That was about 45 yrs ago, and grandma gave that revolver to my dad after that. I don't think it's been fired since, and I certainly haven't fired it. Got a couple boxes of ammo for it, but its that old that I think I'll just leave it be
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  24. Dave DeLaurant

    Dave DeLaurant Member

    Nov 12, 2018
    People's Republic of California, Central Valley
    Yes, several, but only technically -- they'll all get fired in their turn. My favorite LGSs are all much more conveniently located than the nearest outdoor rifle range. A typical example from my arsenal is a Savage 99 (.303 Savage) I bought over five years ago; I loaded a batch of ammo and fitted a replacement buttstock since this photo, but I'm still looking for a tang peep sight before shooting it.

    Savage 99.jpg

    I think I have five or six others that have yet to reach the firing line, but they'll all get there provided I don't die first.
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  25. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
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