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Ever Sell a Gun because it was too Pretty to Use?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SharpsDressedMan, Sep 17, 2009.

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  1. SharpsDressedMan

    SharpsDressedMan member

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    It seems like I may have let some guns go because I didn't want to carry them and, for example, be the first one to put a big scratch on a bright nickel Cobra, etc. Anyone else let a real beauty go?
     
  2. mljdeckard

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    I have deliberately AVOIDED buying guns because I would be afraid to get them dirty.
     
  3. Tequila Mockingbird

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    I decided a number of years ago that I would sell all my blued guns and go strictly stainless. My guns typically see a lot of use, and the blued finish just didn't hold up. I got tired of scratches and holster wear. I sold some pretty nice blued guns, but I don't regret it one bit.
     
  4. M2 Carbine

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    Not yet.
    Would you care to buy it.:D

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  5. Birdmang

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    what is that
     
  6. tunnug

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    Didn't sell, traded a S&W mdl.29 in bright nickel finish in the presentation box with accs. for a redhawk, oh well, young and dumb.
     
  7. mokin

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    I have a nice .22 I would sell for that reason except it was a gift, an hierloom. The uncle who gave it to me once chided me for wear on the stock but said he was glad I was shooting it.
     
  8. M2 Carbine

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    It's a "Second AmendmentĀ® Tribute Smith & Wesson .50-Cal.".
    http://www.ahffirearms.com/products/SWSECOND.asp

    Darn thing is so big and shiny I couldn't get a decent picture of the whole gun before I put it in the bank vault.

    If you can believe it, white gloves come with it to handle the gun.

    I didn't want it but was offered a deal I couldn't refuse.
    I'm not crazy about "Safe Queens", much less "Bank Vault Queens".:eek:

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  9. hogshead

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    Had 2 Browning Bars one in 7mag and one in 30/06. Hurt your eyes to look at sold both of them and swore off Bars till I found Lightweight Stalker in 308. Evil Black Gun and I love it .Dont have to worry about the syn and I am rough on equipment .Some even accuse me of Gun Abuse.
     
  10. tackleberi

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    I got rid of a $2K+ custom 1911 because, well after owning it for a while, it really did nothing better than my Glock 19 did. It may have benchrested better or excelled in some other sporting measure, but as a fighting pistol, the Glock was perfectly suitable.

    No regrets either...someone else is getting every penny worth of value out of the "pride of ownership" of that gun, and I've done much better things with the money.
     
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    YEP!!! I have sold several guns because they were too pretty to mess up. I generally buy ugly guns now so I can blast away with them.
    :D:D:D
     
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    I avoid buying anything nickel-plated or even stainless steel for that very reason. It's not that I want to beat firearms all to hell, but I feel that I would be reluctant to fire them if they're all pretty-like. If it's a commemorative firearm (like my father-in-law's retirement S&W Model 10), then it should stay in the frame on the wall or in a shadow box or the like.
     
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    It must've been a very good deal. The asking price for that revolver is $4K...
     
  14. M2 Carbine

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    It was an interesting deal.:)
    Put it this way, Tuesday I paid more for a real nice S&W pre lock Model 10.

    Long story, but a multi millionaire I know ordered and paid for the gun and had it sent to a local FFL. The millionaire never got the gun. I forgot all about the gun. After five plus months went by he told me to go get it if I want it.
    The store, rightly so, figured they had something coming for storing the gun and the aggravation that went along with it (part of the long story). I gave them a few hundred.

    So, like I said, even though I have no interest in owning or even selling the gun, I couldn't turn it down.

    At my age I figure I have little time left, so I'll just store it in the bank and leave it to one of my friends (they are getting the rest of my guns anyhow).:D
     
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    Just the opposite, in fact: I tend not to buy them unless they are too pretty to use. I own many shooters; it's the collector's pieces that I'm concentrating on now.
     
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    M2, that's a helluva story! Glad to see you catch a lucky break like that...nice going and enjoy that S&W!! :)
     
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    I buy and shoot whatever I want ... pretty much whatever I see and can afford (not so much)
     
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    I have a S&W 581 with the serial number of AAA4465, one of the earliest made. in good condition and I just got a beater 581 to cut and modify to the configuration I want. So I am going to sell the nicer 581 to pay for the mods I want to do to the beater.
     
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    Yes...I traded this one for a hand full of $$$$'s (four figures) and another high dollar S&W revolver.

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  20. P97

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    I'm the same. I have phased out all my Blued Guns for Stainless ones. I have some Engraved Stainless ones, but not any Safe Queens. I shoot all mine.
     
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    Two of them actually. First was a 3 inch pre-27 S&W and the second was an unfired Colt Gold Cup Trophy. Used the proceeds to buy guns I shoot...
     
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    Absolutely, but they were long guns and not handguns. I've never really had a pretty handgun. :)
     
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    They usually just become safe queens.
     
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    I don't know if the guns I sold were too pretty to shoot, but they were NIB and I didn't shoot them. I bought a pair of Colt SAA 3rd generations for Cowboy action shooting, but couldn't bring myself to use them, and suffer the reduction in value of my purchase. So I traded them off and bought some Ruger Vaquaro's to shoot the hell out of them. LM
     
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    I have some I shoot less because of what they are and how nice they are, but I have no "mint" firearms.
     
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