If you won a semi-custom 1911, would you sell it or keep it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MCMXI, Mar 24, 2011.

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If you won a semi-custom 1911 valued at around $2,500 would you ....

Poll closed Apr 23, 2011.
  1. Keep it as a safe queen

    4.2%
  2. Keep it and shoot it

    65.8%
  3. Sell it because you'd rather have the money

    11.4%
  4. Sell it and buy a different pistol of equivalent value

    3.0%
  5. Sell it and buy a different pistol of greater value

    0.8%
  6. Sell it and buy two cheaper pistols

    4.6%
  7. Sell it and buy three cheaper pistols

    5.9%
  8. Sell it and buy four cheaper pistols

    4.2%
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  1. MCMXI
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    A simple question .....

    You win a semi-custom 1911. Let's say it retails for around $2,500 so it might be an Ed Brown Special Forces or Kobra, a Les Baer Premier II ST, a Wilson Combat CQB or a Nighthawk Custom GRP ... you get the idea. So do you keep it as a safe queen; keep it and shoot it; sell it because you'd rather have the money; sell it to finance a different pistol at the same price; sell it to buy a different pistol that is more expensive; or sell it to buy two, three or four cheaper pistols? I say "win" because it eliminates the possibility that you feel obligated to keep it if it was a gift.
     
  2. Smaug

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    I'd keep it, since >

    > it is one of those things I always like shooting, but cannot bear to spend that kind of dough on myself.

    I'd keep it and shoot it like crazy. I'd probably start to participate in bullseye competitions too.
     
  3. _JD_

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    It depends on what it was, I've got a Bear a Nighthawk and a Wilson so if it was a Brown or something that I don't have I'd probably keep it. If it were a Centennial Model from any of those makers I'd keep it.
     
  4. ohwell

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    I'd have a hard time convincing myself to spend that much on one handgun A good over/under might be a different story but if one fell in my lap I'd keep it and shoot it.
     
  5. aryfrosty

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    Keep it and shoot it.

    Heck...IF I won anything like that I would have to sit around and fondle it while giggling hysterically for about a week.
    Then I'd clean it for two or three days, (while fondling it and giggling).
    Then I buy mags and leather and ammo for it, ( while giggling crazily).THEN!! I'd take it to the range and shoot it while I giggled some more.
    Also I'd probably take it with me when I went to bed at night.
     
  6. Zerodefect

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    Keep it and shoot it.

    Scratch it up. Safe queens are ugly.
     
  7. rattletrap1970

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    That's a lot of fondling and giggling.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    I would definitely keep it and shoot it: that's what is was designed and built for.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    If I liked it, I would keep it and shoot it. If I did not, I would sell it and buy my choice of semi-custom 1911. :)
     
  10. rellascout

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    I won a super cool race gun in a raffle a few years back. It was a 1911 Caspian Frame in 40 S&W. Cool slide cuts... it was just not my cup of tea.

    I sold it to pay for my Les Baer and a lot of ammo etc... :)
     
  11. ghostwriter

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    Can we say CHA-CHING... I'd throw that sucker in the safe and forget about it for 10years. When I opened the safe then I'd consider selling it for 3x the initial value. Can we also say "INVESTMENT"? I have enough guns to go shoot without degrading that kind of pistols' value. So far I'm the only one to vote, 'safe queen'.
     
  12. fastbolt

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    I suppose it depends on the quality of the gun being discussed.

    Many years ago I won a custom 1911 made by a company.

    I kept it and shot it ... for a little while ... and then QC and general dissatisfaction issues prompted me to sell it to a gun store for enough money to buy 2 very good quality pistols made by another maker (not 1911's and not plastic, and both of which I still own). Never regretted getting rid of that particular gun.

    I'd have kept it if it had been a better gun.
     
  13. jeepguy

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    if it was a ed brown special forces govt. or carry i would keep it, if not i would sell it.
     
  14. RSVP2RIP

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    I'd sell it and use it to leap-frog to a better gun that I'd never be able to afford. $1000 pistol isn't unfathomable but a $3500 one is.
     
  15. yhtomit

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    I haven't shot 1911s much, but when I have, I've enjoyed it. I'm put off of buying one by the complaints I read about finicky problems, but if one fell in my lap (figuratively) like that, I think I'd keep it at *least* as a safe queen / heirloom, and perhaps as a shooter.

    timothy
     
  16. CZ57

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    I would sell it and buy a 1911 @ about $1500. Then buy another pistol @ $1000.;)
     
  17. Zerodefect

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    The problem with that is the Customs aren't like Colt or Early Clack Kimbers.

    The new ones are more advanced and usually better than the old ones. Every year they get more advanced. So an old Wilson wouldn't be ever worth ore than a new one. At least I haven't seen many examples of that.

    Sure a 1943 Colt is going to be worth something especially if it had legit combat experience. But I don't want a 15yr old Wilson.
     
  18. Onmilo

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    If the price is right,,,,
     
  19. willypete

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    Poor college student chiming in here :D

    I'd sell it and rest comfortable knowing that I could pay rent and buy gas and food for a while!
     
  20. Strahley

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    Sell it. The only $2k+ 1911 I care to have is a military issued one...not some fancy pants overpriced "custom" one

    Yes, the flame suit is on
     
  21. nwilliams

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    Depends on what it is and how much it's worth.

    If I like it I'd keep it, if I didn't like it I'd sell it.
     
  22. BossHogg

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    Shoot it ,shoot it and shoot it some more. I'd never spend that kind of money on one, but if I won one I'd shoot it and shoot it some more.
     
  23. E304life

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    In my current position, as a young firearms enthusiast, I don't have all the guns to fill all the roles that I really want to fill, so i'd probably sell it to fill some of these roles.

    If this opportunity came up after I was comfortable with the status of my collection, I would definitely keep it and shoot it, since I would never buy this gun on my own.
     
  24. chicharrones

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    I'd sell it to get a rifle with goodies.
     
  25. HOOfan_1

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    once something enters my possession, it never leaves my possession.
     
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