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Have you ever had a gun you don't know what to do with?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by gregp74, May 29, 2017.

  1. CapnMac

    CapnMac Member

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    I have one of those.
    It's an itty-bitty Beretta .25acp with tip-up barrel.
    It was ridiculous cheap (on sale, and with a an Oshman's coupon); so the 'buy' made it a deal too good to pass up.
    But, I don't presently have any real need for a micro .25acp
    And, it's really too cheap to sell (any listing fees would probably be more than it'd get in sale).

    The important word in that sentence is "presently."

    One never knows when exigent circumstance might require.
     
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    I have an unfired S&W 27-2 with all the paperwork and box. It's useless. I pet it every so often. Some things have no explanation. I love the gun.

    More to OP's sort of gun, I bought a HK VP9 and loved everything about it except shooting it. Got rid of it.
     
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  3. .308 Norma

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    Of course there is! Especially when it comes to guns. I see lots of posts, even on THR, where someone is telling someone else why or why not they should or should not own this gun or that gun.:D
     
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  4. TN Outlaw

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    I agree with there not having to be any certain reason to own a gun. If you want to be on the side of "you bought it to use, so use it", then use it. If your more on the "its too nice to use" then look at it and then put it back up. If you want to sale it, more power to you. Its your money.

    I also disagree with you needing to decide if your a shooter or a collector. You can be both, or neither.

    Im both. I wouldnt sale it. I would use it...but thats just me. CZ's are meant to be used and they are hard to beat for durability and accuracy.
     
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  5. Cooldill

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    Many of the "old timers" here have some wise advice:

    NEVER EVER SELL A GUN.

    PERIOD.


    You would do well to follow that advice. If you bought it once that means you wanted it once. And if you wanted it once, you'll want it again eventually. Do yourself a favor and keep that P-01. You sell it and you'll be sorry down the road, mark my words.
     
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  6. Vince Cyr

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    I was gonna say I didn't understand the question, but I remembered the H&R Turkey model I used to have. Emphasis on used to. A short, light 12ga single shot with a 3.5” chamber equal a gun that isn't fun to shoot(though it was fun to hand to the "macho" shooters. Watching them walking away rubbing their shoulder was almost worth it). Got rid of it a few years back. I dont think there are any pistols I want to get rid of, though.
     
  7. 1KPerDay

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    drop it in the gravel a couple of times. :)
     
  8. JR24

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    Good call! Granted it was a Glock, but my 21 got blown off the shooting bench on its first trip (huge gust caught tge soft case it was sitting on, unloaded). Hit the gravel and bam, first scratch.

    Carrying it for a year introduced a few more.
     
  9. .308 Norma

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    I don’t know what your definition of “many” is Cooldill, but at 69, I figure I qualify as an “old timer.” But even as an "old timer" of 69, I remember why I sold or traded off almost all of the firearms I've gotten rid of over the years. I'm not sorry they're gone, and I don’t want a danged one of them back.

    One recent example is the Glock 43 I purchased last year. To me, its recoil was too snappy, and its trigger pinched my finger every time it went off. So about a month ago, I traded it for a Smith M&P 9, Shield, which I love. Why would I want that Glock 43 back? I replaced it with another 9mm that I like better.

    Another example is the Ruger .223 I bought years ago. It was a good gun – accurate, reliable, and I enjoyed shooting it. But 10 or 12 years back I decided I wanted to step-up to a .22-250 for an all-around varmint rifle. So I sold the Ruger .223 and bought a Kimber .22-250. My Kimber .22-250 is a good gun too – accurate, reliable, and I enjoy shooting it. My .22-250 will do everything (and a little more) my .223 would do, so why would I want my old .223 back? Is it because I have more money than I know what to do with? Or is it because there’s an extra space in my gun safe that needs filling with a gun I'll never use?

    I could go on, but my point is yeah, you’re right – every gun I ever bought I wanted at the time. But I had a reason for selling every gun I ever sold too, be that reason just because I didn’t like something about that gun, or because I wanted different gun. I have neither the resources nor the storage room to hang onto every gun I ever wanted and subsequently bought.

    But talk to me in a few years. By that time I may have forgotten why I sold the Winchester 70, 300 Win Mag I had when I was 50. By the time this "old timer" is 75, I may have forgotten about that 300 Win Mag kicking so hard it made me dizzy every time I squeezed the trigger. By then I might be “sorry” I ever sold it. But "mark my words," I not sorry yet.:D
     
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  10. armoredman

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    I never ever want to see that Astra A-90 ever again.....just sayin'....
     
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  11. stchman

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    OMG, the OP has a safe queen. I have a couple of them myself. Nothing wrong with having one, take it shooting every once in a while and have fun.

    Not EVERY gun needs a purpose for me to buy it, "just cause" is a good enough reason. All the tactitards make me vomit when they talk about their loadout and combat purpose of every gun.

    Heck, I buy guns based on how I like they way they look. I have a few guns that have a specific "purpose", the rest fit in the "just to have" category.
     
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    My family and friends cycles through various training, recreational shooting, and competitive types of events. Get out and shoot more. Take some teens and friends shooting. It's nice to have a few guns so that everyone in a group can find something they really like to shoot and are good with.

    By the time you and some buddies have shot a few steel challenge, action pistol, three gun, IDPA, bullseye, etc. matches, I bet one of you finds a good time with that pistol.
     
  13. Elkins45

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    "Customize" often means spending $700 on a $600 gun to produce a gun with a retail value of $650. You will never get your investment returned in dollars, so you might as well get it back in enjoyment.
     
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    The last 2 guns I bought I was sure would be in this category ,But the more I shot them the more I really like them and now they both get carried on a regular basis
    Coonan Clasic.I have a simply rugged pancake holster that works good.Over 500 rounds with one failed to ejectI bought her to be a safe Qween ,but she just shoots to well not to trust.
    PMR30.Impulse buy ,But again 300 plus rounds of fun no failures holds 30 rounds light fits in my pocket (large pocket this is a full size gun) Oh wait I do have a useless gun I don’t know what to do with my Rugar Charger now that is a truly unless gun to me.
     
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  15. JONWILL

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    IMHO Keep it. Custom guns usually don't bring anywhere near what you paid for them. I bet, unless you find someone who wants the upgrades, you will get less than 1/2 what you have in it.
     
  16. 9MMare

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    No. I'm not interested in owning a gun that I dont have an express purpose and place for. And I dont have time to train with anything besides the guns I have and need to be proficient with.

    (Yup, unlike many...most?...here, I'm not particularly interested in guns. :evil: )
     
  17. Deus Machina

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    I've had a gun or two that stay wiped down and oiled and only come out on occasion, but I knew what to do with them.
    Shoot them.
    They were range queens, but I don't believe in having something too pretty to shoot. It's like having a car you won't drive. At least take it out on the weekend, hit the local diner, and show it off.
    Lately, though, I don't have anything I won't carry. There are a couple that ever only see the range, but if that day comes when my dad calls and says "Hey, I'm going to go hunt squirrels/deer," you bet I'm grabbing that nice little .22 or even my Mosin Nagant and tagging along.
     
  18. 1911 guy

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    Carry it. Worn finish can be re-done if you want. One of my carry guns (I rotate between two 1911's) is a custom build that set me back almost two grand. But I like it and can shoot it very well. And the finish can be re-done if I ever think it needs it. However, honest wear adds character.
     
  19. MCMXI

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    I bought a 4.2" Redhawk and a Super Redhawk Alaskan almost 10 years ago when I lived in Hawaii because I really wanted them. I put a few rounds through both and then they went in the safe since there wasn't much use for them in Hawaii. I've recently "rediscovered" them up here in MT. I've been working up loads for them, shooting them and carrying them while hiking in bear country. Thank goodness I didn't sell them. I have a bunch of firearms that I rarely shoot and have thought about selling but this recent experience reminded me that I should keep them.
     
  20. roscoe

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    You should just ding it right now so you never have to worry about the finish. Bang it against a curbstone or kick it once across the garage floor. Or just put it in your holster and let it wear. It is a tool, and not using it as such is an insult to the engineers.
     
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