Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by DR505, Feb 25, 2021.
Must stop. Typing them out makes me sad now.
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."
Yes with the same guns,
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
1950s or 60s (?) S&W K-frame .38 Spl
1960s (?) S&W 1006 in 10mm
Remington 870 -- who knew they'd be discontinued?
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".
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.
Sometimes friends are better than family! Just saying.
Kicking my self,paid $379 in 1995. I could sell it for $800 now IF I wanted to .
(but I wouldnt)
On the other hand, two guns went to my boy, and I don't regret that move one bit.
Last example: I turned an NAA Guardian into a Charter Arms Pocket-Target nearly a year ago. That was a happy day.
Goodbye . . .
View attachment 981010
View attachment 981011
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?
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).
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.
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.
Separate names with a comma.