"I regret selling that one..."

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by DR505, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. shoobe01

    shoobe01 Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Kansas City
    Regret around half of them. Some were dumb, jammy, etc. but mostly before about... 15 years ago, I sold one to fund the next. I would love to still have even my Taurus compact, much less the 1895G, the Calico, the Howa AR180, the Megastar, and... more. Even the HK94 clone that was unreliable so I sold (for a profit!) in something of a huff therefore, today could be made to work well, my state allows SBRs so I could cut it to MP5 length; it would he hellacious fun.

    Must stop. Typing them out makes me sad now.
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  2. Tilos

    Tilos Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Dire financial circumstances...

    Ran with a bunch of gun people/friends a while back and one of them had a wife who would run them deeep in debt without him knowing.

    It was "dire" and he was going to sell his gun "collection" to keep the bill collector's off his back.

    So the rest of us got together and each "bought" some of his guns at market value, to be sold back to him when he could again afford them.
    Kind of like a pawn with no interest/no payments.
    We actually did that twice, for the same guy, same wife, with about 10 years in between "buy outs.":what:
    Yes with the same guns, :uhoh:
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  3. ozarkhillbilly

    ozarkhillbilly Member

    Jul 18, 2005
    Both of my Belgium Hi-Powers. Every time I see one I want to buy it.
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  4. HiDive

    HiDive Member

    Mar 12, 2020
    Way too many to remember or type over the past 43 years. HK's, Colts, High Standards, S&W's, Brownings, a CZ, an M1A, an M1 Garand, a Kimber, Sig's, etc., etc..
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  5. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    SE GA
    I sell guns a lot. Probably 10-15 or so per year. Always because I have had my fun with them and want to move in to the next thing.

    I don't regret any of them. I’ve had plenty that are now valuable but when you have had as many different ones as I have then you accept that as part of the process. As I have stated in other threads, guns as an investment is a fools errand so I don’t regret any for their future appreciation in value.
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  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    When I think about it there's just too many to list that I regret selling or trading away. Most of the time it was to pay for school. I really miss the Ruger Security Sixes that I had along with a S&W Model 36 that had the 3" heavy barrel, and a sweet shooting S&W Model 57 and it's sidekick Model 58. Likewise a couple of Colt .22 New Frontiers, a couple of Colt Mk.Vs, and a Detective Special.

    On the semi-auto side of the ledger there's a Browning BDA .45, a Colt Combat Commander in .38 Super (with a 9mm. barrel assembly to go with it), a Beretta Model 90 and a Model 84.

    Wouldn't mind having just one of those guns back...
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  7. DR505

    DR505 Member

    Sep 2, 2009
    Guns in general do not seem to appreciate above the rate of inflation, making them a poor vehicle for financial investment. There are a few exceptions, but those are rather rare.

    I am very selective about my purchases and buy guns to shoot. The only one I bought without thinking it through was a nickel S&W Model 559 that is still in the box, unfired. I will likely sell this one. I am keeping the blue 539 though!
  8. whughett

    whughett Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Rhode Island/Florida
    Had a friend. who was a trader. Lost a Savage 24C, a BLR in .358 Win and a sweet sporterized Winchester model 52 over a period of 15 or so years.
    The Savage 22/20 had a engraved pickled receiver with the button selector.

    All were traded or outright sales with the understanding I’d get first shot of getting them back when he wanted to move them.
    Ya I know fool me once ,shame on him ,twice, shame on me , the third the 52 I had bought from him originally and I made a small profit.
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  9. DeepSouth
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    DeepSouth Contributing Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    I sold a Colt 1991 I bought from my dad. I sold it to buy my now wife an engagement ring, good trade but I still wish I had that gun. The guy I sold it to (my best friend) have it to his dad for Father’s Day.

    I also sold a 1874 Shiloh Sharps once when times were bad, to pay some bills and buy some groceries. Got to what you got to do, but I did love that gun.

    I’m not sure regret is the right word because in both cases it was the right thing to do but I sure would love to have those back. Now days I make enough money as to be secure, maybe I’ll try to replace them one day but they want be the same.
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  10. Llew Taranau

    Llew Taranau Member

    Feb 20, 2021
    Krag 1899 Carbine (NOT a chopped rifle) in .30-40
    1950s or 60s (?) S&W K-frame .38 Spl
    1960s (?) S&W 1006 in 10mm
    Remington 870 -- who knew they'd be discontinued?
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  11. American Finn

    American Finn Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Northern Michigan
    I have had to get rid of a few guns for one reason or another; here's the ones I most regret parting with:

    • Smith & Wesson Model 19; bought it in the late 90's; what a sweet shooter! Really kicking myself for that one.
    • 1903A3 Springfield; I sold this to purchase the above Model 19. One of the most accurate rifles I ever owned; it would put 5 rounds of my 180gr Hornady SP-BT's into 1/2 an inch at 100 yards with the open sights.
    • Ruger GP100 4inch blued; just an honest to goodness, hard hitting revolver.
    • M1 Garand that I bought from the CMP at Camp Perry; I loved that rifle. What a piece of American history and was it accurate.
    • No 4 MkII .303 Lee-Enfield; another smooth shooting rifle that was fun to shoot and rugged.
    There are many more but these are the 5 I wish I could have back. My wife told me a while back "you're never selling another gun; you piss and moan about it afterwards". ;)
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  12. Targa

    Targa Member

    Oct 22, 2019
    Kahr CM9......I might have to pick up another one. Just an outstanding little 9mm.
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  13. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    In a vacuum, I guess I could regret every one I ever sold. That would probably include nearly 100 firearms over the last 45 years or so.
    And I could easily say the same about most of the cars (probably 25-30) and motorcycles (approaching 100) that I have owned in the same time frame.

    But that would be incredibly short-sighted. If I had never sold the first 5-10, I'd have never owned most of the subsequent 90.

    We all have our limitations, whether those limitations are financial, space constraints or other (time and ability to use and enjoy, etc.)

    Jay Leno has a much larger garage and the ability to acquire, restore and maintain than I do, but even he has limits. I am not envious of his collection; mine, though modest, stretches my abilities to restore/maintain/enjoy.

    My firearms situation is similar. Compared to what I owned at age 20, my current collection is lavish. In fact, at age 64, it is more than I can actually shoot and enjoy, and i am slowly paring it down.

    That said, if I could have one or two back, probably one of the 8-9 HK P7s I owned over the years would be pretty high on the list--probably the P7M13. And then, at the other end of the financial spectrum, either one of the several S&W M469s or the original M37 I had for a while and then sold...

    But I can (and do) live just fine without them, and probably, without a few more before it's all said and done.
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  14. LightninST

    LightninST Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Sometimes friends are better than family!;) Just saying.
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  15. mrmike7189

    mrmike7189 Member

    Sep 18, 2018
    Just like AmericanFinn said : S&W Model 19 357 magnum"Combat masterpiece" deep blued finish 4 inch barrell.
    Kicking my self,paid $379 in 1995. I could sell it for $800 now IF I wanted to .
    (but I wouldnt)
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  16. armoredman

    armoredman Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Last year my wife incurred some serious medical bills and my favorite bolt action carbine left me. Actually left in the worst way, pawned for pennies of what it was worth, and when I would have gotten it back, she incurred more debtr that had to be taken care of...I hope the guy who got it loves it as much as I did. My 527M 7.62x39mm carbine with one of a kind custom stock. Still have the one of a kind 10 round mag.
    On the other hand, two guns went to my boy, and I don't regret that move one bit. :)
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  17. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

    Jan 19, 2010
    Galveston Bay is an Hour Away ©
    So far, every gun I've sold or given away has not been a long term regret. I had some short term regret in a couple instances, but the replacements were better than what I got rid of.

    Last example: I turned an NAA Guardian into a Charter Arms Pocket-Target nearly a year ago. That was a happy day. :cool:

    Goodbye . . .
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  18. drk1

    drk1 Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Here a few of the "regrets." Please forgive the quality of the pictures. I dumped everything on the folks at the auction house and then decided I wanted a picture. So I went to a nearby convenience store and picked up a disposable camera. Also please forgive me if they're not all handguns.

    Regret 1.jpeg Regret 3.jpeg Regret 4.jpeg

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  19. ThomasT

    ThomasT Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    I have sold or traded a lot of guns and gave away several to my sons. The only guns I wish I could get back are my first centerfire pistol, a model 19 6" barreled gun and a TC Seneca Black Powder rifle in 36 caliber that I really enjoyed shooting. I know where the guy lives that bought it and have thought about going by his house and asking if he still has it and would he sell it back?

    But I turn 64 next month and need to give thought to just how many more guns do I need? I have several guns I haven't even shot yet and wonder do I really need more?
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  20. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    North Central Ohio
    That might be true but at least guns have many uses (utilitarian and recreational) as time goes on; something that can't be said for coins, stamps and baseball cards (well, I guess you could put a Honus Wagner on the spokes of your bike).
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  21. LoonWulf
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    LoonWulf Contributing Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    I dont sell anything I like, and I dont sell anything for a substantial loss. In both cases Ill give away guns. As of yet, I regret nothing.
  22. JR24

    JR24 Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    I don't dump a gun until I'm sure it's not for me, so far zero regrets.

    The closest is my old W German 220 but I don't miss it, it's just I know it was such a good gun. New owner loves it and appreciates it, so it's in a good place.
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  23. Bama59

    Bama59 Member

    Dec 17, 2017
    Just one regret a S&W Model 581.357 mag bought from a neighbor having a drunk divorce sale. This was many years ago didn't know nothing about guns , got laid off from a job and sold it to a pawnshop.
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  24. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Central Arkansas
    I had a 4" GP100 that I traded for a Winchester auto 20 gauge.
    I was young and stupid.
    I was going on a dove hunt with coworkers and for some reason my Savage 20 gauge pump wasn't good enough. I'd always wanted an auto, so I made the trade.

    I also had a Revelation .30-30 made by Marlin that I sold and bought a NEF Handi Rifle in .280 Rem. Love the caliber, hated that blankety blank rifle.
    It went down the gun trade trail as well.

    The other few I've sold or traded haven't bothered me, but I wish I had those 2 back.

    I can say I've never sold a gun where the purpose wasn't to reinvest in some other shooting related item.
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  25. Redranger

    Redranger Member

    Mar 28, 2011
    S&W Model 14 K38 masterpiece. First handgun for me. Late 1970’s vintage. Thought I needed a magnum. Same era Colt Gold Cup. 1st semi-auto pistol for me. Had reliability issues. In hindsight, probably a magazine issue. Live and learn.
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