Gun or Guns that became far more used or far less used than you thought they would.....

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  1. aarondhgraham

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    That would be my CZ-75B,,,
    I just don't shoot the gun very much.

    I bought it to be my Wonder-9 Range Pistol,,,
    But I just never seem to have the urge to shoot 9mm for fun.

    The first 3 months I had the gun I burned through 500 rounds,,,
    I've had it now for 9 years and haven't put 100 rounds through it since then.

    I should probably sell it so it will see some use.

    Aarond

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  2. entropy

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    You do know you can shoot .38's in that Bog Boy, too, right? ;)
     
  3. I6turbo

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    The gun that stands out for me in the "much more used than expected" category is my Auto 5. I've had several semi-automatics and a couple of pumps before, but had always been a SxS and O/U guy since the first time I shot, and then acquired, a SxS that really suited me. Then I added an O/U and ended up selling my 1100 and 870 (the other two shotguns that I had at the time), leaving me with one SxS and one O/U that I used for everything I did, shotgunning wise.

    Fast forward about 30+ years to the time that I bought a 1954 Auto 5 to make a HD type gun out of. I cut the barrel to 18.5" and sent it to Michael Orlen for screw-in chokes. After reassembling the gun and taking it out, I loved it much more than I ever thought I would based upon having shot my Dad's Model 11 and my friend's Auto 5 a lot over the years. For me, the short barrel transformed the gun. So much so that it instantly became one of my favorite guns that I've ever had, and the shotgun that I take out just looking for something to shoot at (mostly clay targets, because what else is any fun if you're not hunting at the moment?). Because I liked the Auto 5 so much, I kept my eye out for a nice pump that I could set up similarly, and eventually snagged a 1952 Model 37 which has had the same Michael Orlen choke treatment. I also refinished the wood on both guns, and changed out the butt plates from the original large rubber recoil pads.

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    Rifle-wise, the gun that I use more than I thought I would is a BRNO Model 4 target rifle. I almost bought a Winchester Model 52 about 40 years ago when I found a pristine one in a LGS for $300 asking price. I didn't buy the 52, but since getting the BRNO I realize that I probably missed out on hours and hours of rewarding shooting over the years. When shooting from the bench, there's nothing like having a gun that is made for it (much more so than a sporter) and rides the bags much better. The Model 4 is my favorite 22 caliber rifle to shoot whenever I'm in a conducive setting (a bench-type setup). It routinely shoots half-MOA at 50 yards.

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  4. entropy

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    Dang it, you had to post that A-5 again! Now I have to go back to the LGS and pick up that Stevens 720!
     
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  5. Olon

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    Yeah but they don't cycle real well so it's kind of a chore :thumbdown: That and my mouse fart 38s drop like bricks at rifle distances...
     
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  6. Riomouse911

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    Man, I have a bunch that don’t get used much.

    Almost all of my shotguns get minimal use, the range I frequent wont let you shoot anything but slugs because knotheads kept peppering the target hangers and roof with shot. Kinda hard to justify slugs out of my bird and clay hunting guns.

    I haven’t gotten to shoot many of my hunting rifles either. Priorities over the past year or two have kept me put of the fields :thumbdown:.

    So it’s been pretty much handguns and rimfire rifles for me for the past two years.

    Stay safe.
     
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  7. Steve Milbocker

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    Pretty much all of mine these days don’t get used like they used too. But I’m glad I have them because I like to just look at em and fondle em a bit now and then :)
     
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  8. MuzzleloaderMike

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    A friend had a Marlin 336 in 30-30 that was beat to heck, stock was bone dry and full of some deep scratches. My love of western movie's shas always made me want a lever action. I talked about doing a trade for one several times in the past, but this time my friend was asking next to nothing for this 30-30, he said it hasn't see a box of shell in the 20 years he's owned it. I got it home and oiled it up for a few days and the stock looks amazing. It is a crazy fun gun to shoot. #1 pandemic fun gun to shoot for everyone, kids, new shooters, ME. I picked up some 5 pound kegs of powder, the reloading dies, and saved all my brass. If I had to pick just one rifle for the next 10 years, it would be the 30-30. I also picked up a used S&W Shield for $150 and that is about the most comfortable CCW I've ever used. It's hard to leave it at home it rides so good. Guns that I have not used, the browning citori it's so nice, don't want to take it out in the rain, snow, or on days I know I'm going to be bushwacking. I got it used with some damage, but it's still to nice to take hunting on bad days. At some point I'll cycle it into full rotation.
     
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  9. Waveski

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    I beg to differ. Fairly easy to put rounds consistently within a paper plate target at 15 yards if one works up to it. I recently put down 5 steel plates in 5 shots in da at a reasonable pace at that range. (2- 3 seconds per shot)
     
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  10. Legionnaire
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    If by "use" you mean shoot, the CZ 452 American .22LR gets more use than most; it seems to go along on most range outings. If you include regular carry as "use," the Ruger LCP and Kahr P9 see the most "use," even though they are not shot as often as they are handled ... not unexpectedly.

    The gun that is currently seeing a lot less use than it once did is my Mossberg 500 12 gauge. When I lived in PA and my FIL was still alive, it saw regular use for small game, deer, and clay birds. I haven't shot it since moving to TX a few years ago. And since I "use" a Mossberg 500 20 gauge with a youth stock for HD, the 12 hasn't even been out of the safe in a while.
     
  11. jmorris

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    Back when I won my first Savage 24 in a jr high FFA cheese and sausage sale, I would have never thought it would become one of my favorites. They remain quite versatile to this day.
     
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  12. Rudolph31

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    Less Used is my 1934 Colt Woodsman. I don’t shoot it as well as my Ruger Standard Model .22. It’s also more finicky, and takedown is even more of a PITA than the Ruger. It’s still a classic though:
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  13. BigBL87

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    I'd have to go with my Mossberg 500 and to a lesser extent my M&P 22 Compact.

    The Mossberg mainly just sits in the safe and is my primary home defense option along with my CZ P-07 at bedside. I thought I'd do some clay shooting with it too so I bought the 2 barrel combo, but haven't shot clays in at least 5 years.

    The M&P 22 Compact I bought mainly for teaching new shooters that go with me, but haven't taken anyone out in awhile. With the price of ammo and the amount of 22 I have though, this one might see an uptick in use soon.
     
  14. 792mauser

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    More use than I thought is a couple of rifles I purchased on a whim. 2 East German single shot Suhl standard 22s I got CHEAP. Close contenders are the 2 452 lux and 581. They're just fun to shoot.


    One I thought I'd use more is easy. My Martini-Henry carbine. Only 2 full powered rifle cartridges through her and maybe a total of 20 carbine loads through her.
    (Fired the first shot and she seriously rang my bell. Had to fire a second shot to make sure I wasn't having a hallucination, it was that bad).
     
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    @792mauser, if Winnie the Pooh can handle it ... ;)

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  16. Larry Ashcraft

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    I bought my Citori about 1982, with the intent to use as my main hunting gun. I used to hunt a lot of quail, pheasant, doves, and waterfowl. It's been in canoes, duck blinds, and afield for pheasants and quail many, many times. I've also shot many rounds of clay games with it. I decided when I bought it I wouldn't baby it, but I would take care of it. Today, at 71, I don't hunt hardly at all, but it's nice to look at the well worn finish just for memories. Shoot that Citori, you won't hurt it!
     
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  17. 792mauser

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  18. Demi-human

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    Well, even thought the comped, blue, shark gill, Ruger Mark III 22/45 Lite suits me to the letter, I find myself taking the seven inch Buckmark contour out a LOT more. Evidently it fits me, better.:)

    And, though I knew of it’s awesomeness, I didn’t realize just how awesome a Desert Eagle is! I knew I would like it, but I’m putting about 750 rounds through it a year! :D

    I can make smaller hits, much farther with the Buckmark, but no range session is completed with out seven big holes.

    Oh, look it! Twins!
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    I really thought I would use my VR-80 more, too.
    But I haven’t felt like hunting lately and my thrower needs some repair. But, it already has more through it than my over/under. How could that be?;)
     
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  19. theotherwaldo

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    More like brothers of a different mother... .
     
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  20. CapnMac

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    The one that has surprised me for longevity are the whole like of .410 revolvers, including the matching Carbine.
     
  21. George P

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    Less use than I thought would be my Glocks..............just never warmed up to them for concealed carry.
     
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  22. 23tony

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    None are "use more" for me, but I have two "use less".
    One is my Ruger GP100 purchased earlier this year, mainly due to the ammo shortages I didn't account for.

    The other is a semi-auto shotgun I bought last year that has been used so little that I don't even remember the brand o_O
     
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    That's me with a 1911. Bought one because "everybody should have one." It just didn't float my boat. Whereas the G23 I purchased many years ago has served for training and carry, and now sees continued use with a 9mm barrel.
     
  24. dirtman

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    lot more use that i ever thought RAR 22 mag.... been using for a truck gun and it sees a lot more hikes that way.... also it is more accurate then either my 455 or my 512....
    less my ole ruger security six 357.... but a can't get rid of any of 100 or so guns i (use or store) as i would miss anyone of them....
     
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  25. entropy

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    Update on that; I stopped at the LGS (which is an ACE hardware) to pick up some torx bits, and stopped over to the gun section, and asked about that 720. He got it from an estate sale, he function tested it with dummy shells, and I couldn't find anything wrong with it visually, except a solid brown patina, so I had him set it aside for me; picking it up on Thursday when I pick up my Palmetto lower.
     
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