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Have you ever owned a boring gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GregGry, Dec 23, 2008.

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  1. GregGry

    GregGry Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Milwaukee, Wi
    This may sound like a question that makes no sense, but let me explain. I have a CZ97b (.45acp). I have put probably 500 rounds through it. For some reason it is boring to me. When I am at the range it shoots accurately, and it hasn't jammed with FMJ ammo. I own a sp01, and that is more fun at the range for me since it holds more ammo, I can use my .22lr conversion which makes it economical, and for some reason I just have a better time shooting it. The 97 is very similar to the sp01 so maybe I am just comparing it as though its a sp01 with a half sized mag, no night sights, I can't convert it to shoot .22s, etc. The recoil isn't much more either, which hardly makes the ammo cost worth it for the minimal extra thrill.

    I am thinking I need something different to the 97b. Like a 357 mag revolver, or even a .44mag revolver which would be pleasent when shooting 44 specials. Or just a different auto loader that will not be so much similar to my sp01 that I have shot 5K rounds through. Anyone else have a problem of a gun just being boring?
  2. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    near Roseburg, Oregon
    hi-point .45, remington single shot .22lr, and mossberg 500 20ga

    The hi-point was reliable and as accurate as I am, but heavy, ugly, and the cost of ammo is ridiculous for such a weak round. (I'm not a .45 fan, 230gr bullets are fine and all, but they had better be moving at higher velocities than my pellet gun does).

    The single shot .22 was just lame to shoot, as I already had a nice semi-auto.

    My 20ga has a 28" barrel IIRC, and I just can't see using it for anything since the ammo is the same price and sometimes more expensive than 12ga, with much less power. I think it's been three years since I've shot it now. I'll eventually give it to my cousin's kids so they can learn to shoot.
  3. Frank Ettin

    Frank Ettin Moderator

    Apr 29, 2006
    California - San Francisco Bay Area
    I sort of think of there being working guns and fun guns. My choice for carry (when I legally can) is either one of my "boring" 1911s or H&K P7M8s. I say "boring" because they are consistently reliable and accurate. And I like them that way for that purpose. I take classes with one or the other, and I practice with one or the other. And while I enjoy, there is a certain businesslike quality to the activity.

    But I do like to vary my routine and shoot some different guns for fun. One thing that makes it fun is that these are guns I'd be unlikely to carry or put to actual work -- just because I have so much more training with my 1911s and P7s. So there's some novelty to shooting those guns.

    I like shooting a .22 for fun. It's easy to shoot, and I can burn up a lot of ammunition for not much money. And I find it fun to try to be very accurate and precise with where I put those tiny holes. And then I have a 50 year old Dick Special that I find fun to shoot because it's just like the one that Jack Webb carried in the original Dragnet (when Ben Alexander was the sidekick and Richard Boone the boss).

    I also like clay target games for fun -- trap and sporting clays. There's that instant gratification when the target breaks (and instant despair when it doesn't).

    Anyway, that's how I approach things.
  4. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    No, I can't think of any of my guns that I would consider to be boring. I mean I expect a certain level of reliability and accuracy from all of my guns. If they can't achieve that level, then I would sell or trade them for something that is. But boring; can't say that ever crossed my mind.
  5. OleCodger

    OleCodger Member

    Aug 3, 2008

    Can't say any of my guns are boring. However, I've had more than a few paper targets at the range that were MIGHTY boring.........some holes even out in the "2" ring!!!!! :barf: I'm seriously considering buying larger targets.........
  6. Dave P

    Dave P Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    North Florida
    Boring??? Almost; my Tanfanglio Witness 10mm is way too easy to hit the target with. Trigger is too good and accuracy is too good - there is no challenge to shooting it well. As compared to a Smith 1006, were every shot is a challenge to master that long trigger pull!

    Maybe I should take that back - the challenge is finding the brass the Tanfanglio shucks about 15 yards out to the side!
  7. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    I sometimes think that pistols that do their job get lumped into that category.
    I've had a few 3rd Gen. Smith's that always performed, but nothing to spectacular in accuracy or looks. Or, presently I have a Browning BDM that does everything; but not too excited about it.
    Many times, boring means looks. Grip changes are probably the most frequent mod mostly for aesthetics and not for feel...
    Now, firing my P-1 gives me a different feel, look, and results on the range that brings back some excitement.
    Anyway, boring to me translates to selling and buying something different because I CAN....:) Unless the Dem's........:scrutiny:
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008
  8. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    SE GA
    pump shotguns, grew out of them i guess
  9. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    36° 31' 47.1742" X -87° 21' 34.0301"
    In a way, my Bulgarian Makarov is boring. It never jams and it's soooo easy to hit your mark with that pistol.

    It's fun to shoot; it's not boring that way. Still, it is the least challenging gun I own. It's really easy to do well with it. Nothing unexpected ever happens, either. A good form of boring, I guess.
  10. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    Yep. I've got a few boring guns, but I'm not selling them because they all have their purpose. They are guns that I purchased for the purpose of my kids' use, so they're boring to me.

    Hi Point C9 - 100% reliable, but silly single stack mag and bulky overall, but it is a good pistol for my kids to practice with because I won't die if they break it.

    H&R 12ga Single Shot - Good shotgun, but it only holds one shell, but it is a good shotgun for my kids to use for hunting and shooting because I won't die if they break it.

    H&R .270/30-30 Handi Rifle - Very nice deer/elk gun, but it only holds one round, but it is a good rifle for my kids to deer/elk hunt with (.270 w/scope, 30-30 w/iron sights) and I won't die if they break it. They had better not break the Nikon scope on the .270 barrel though!

    MMCSRET Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    North Central Montana, across the Wide Missouri
    All of my 22-250 rifles are boring!!!!! Too damned easy to find an accurate load for and if you can see it you can shoot it!!!!! Where the hell is the challenge in that? They are so boring I usually let others shoot them while I use my 221 FB or my 22 Hornet on the same course of fire.
  12. ljnowell

    ljnowell Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    Sure, my favorite pistol is boring as can be. Its a3rd gen g21 with adjustable mepros, a hogue grip sleeve, and a lasermax. Through 1500 rounds it has never had a malfunction. Its accurate as can be and goes bang every time I pull the trigger. Nothing exciting ever happens, except cutting the center out of a target. Its so boring that I depend on it for my "bump in the night" gun. I do keep a few others around though, when I am in the mood for some tap and rack drills or when I want to have a challenge at holding a good group.
  13. krs

    krs Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Tall Trees
    Both my Glock 19 and my XD45 tactical are boring me silly. The stupid things don't do anything but shoot - each and every time I pull one of their triggers. My old S&W 469 is like that too, just too boring to shoot. I always know ahead of time what they'll do - what could be more boring then that?

    My new/old Sig 226 is quickly proving that it belongs with the boring bunch. It's just so tediously good.
  14. jocko

    jocko Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    My two

    My two kahrs are boring: they just go bang every time, no if's ands or butts about it..
  15. exflatlander

    exflatlander Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    My latest, a Ruger KP345 is less than exciting but easy to carry and shoot and ugly enough that I don't worry about scratching it up like I did my DW 1911.
  16. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    A Norinco .45 1911 type. I set out to see if comments about "Red Chinese junk" were true. After some 6000 rounds without a failure, it became plain boring. So I decided not to clean it. It took another 2500 rounds to get a failure to feed. I cleaned the gun and use it as a house gun. It would still be boring, but I think I can depend on it.

  17. Rob P.

    Rob P. Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    So Cal
    I have an Astra .25 which is TOTALLY BORING to shoot. It's little, goes bang, spits hot powder back at you after firing, and hits the target at 3-5 yds fairly well and regularly. New shooters don't like it because it's too tiny even though it has almost no recoil and I only use it just to shoot it.

    It's just not that much fun to shoot. I dunno why, but it that the way it is (isn't?).

    I'm thinking of putting it up for sale to help fund another purchase. Especially since I want/NEED!!! a 1911 commander.
  18. Thunder496

    Thunder496 Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Houston, Texas Co, Missouri
    My Glock 26 it fits the bill for a what I wanted as a CCW. It’s not a pretty Blued or stainless with wood grips gun. There is not much of a wow factor when I take it to the range, but I know it will be there to get the job done if I ever need it.
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