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Love and Hate my new gun. 8)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nushif, Jul 25, 2011.

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  1. Nushif

    Nushif Member

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    I have had a Compact RIA for a little bit now and it still looks just like new, without a single dent in the parkerized finish.
    And that is the problem. I bought it as a working gun! Very specifically I bought it with a tough finish, oiled it up well for regular use and now I don't like stuffing it in a holster because of wear.

    Once a gun has some wear or a few scratches I have no problems like this, but the pristine ones give me this kind of trouble. What do you do to desanctify your gun and make it "handleable" in your own mind? I know ... Aside from buying used.
     
  2. kingpin008

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    I don't worry about it in the first place. :)
     
  3. CoRoMo

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    Give it time. You're bound to screw it up sooner or later.

    :D

    Actually, that's the truth. I try real hard to not baby my guns when they are new. It takes effort to not get heartbroken when you see that first scratch or blemish, but it has to happen. We can't go on worshiping things to the point that we don't use them for the reason we bought them.
     
  4. Seanpcola

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    Sounds like my Dad. Every time he bought a new car we would stare at it in the driveway while he mussed "Ought to take a hammer and knock a ding in it under the rocker panel. Go ahead and get the first dent out of the way".:D
     
  5. NMBrian

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    Shooting the piss out of it and carrying it up the side of a mountain out here in New Mexico usually takes care of any anxiety :)

    Around 11,000ft you stop caring about little things lol
     
  6. 30-30shooter

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    put some rounds through it, A LOT of rounds
     
  7. General Geoff

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    unload, lock the slide back, and drop it on a concrete patio. First ding taken care of :)
     
  8. MistWolf

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    I simply take care of it, shoot it and use it as intended. Over time, it will show honest wear, the best kind there is
     
  9. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Put it in a holster of your choice and carry it.
     
  10. cyclopsshooter

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    uh.. its a rock island... whos gonna seriously collect those?
     
  11. Nushif

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    But I do shoot it ... And I do carry it ... >.<

    I just end up sitting in my hobby chair afterwards restoring it to a condition as if that never happened. As a matter of fact, I have consided dropping it down our outside carpeted stairs ... Just to get it out of my system.
     
  12. M-Cameron

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    i run into this problem occasionally with my knives......

    ill buy a knife.....but then i never end up actually using it for fear of scratching it up.......

    theres only one solution.........you need to bit the bullet and actually use it...and you realize its far better to enjoy using it....than it is to enjoy looking at it.

    ..once you get one good scratch or ding.....you feel bad for about 20 min.......then you dont care and can finally start using it as intended.
     
  13. rellascout

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    Go some tactical magazine reloads with snap caps. Ram a few mags into that well a few hundred times at speed and you should be good to go...

    Also really we are talking about an RIA which a park finish. It was not a thing of beauty to start with. :neener:
     
  14. Zach S

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    I used intentionally put small idiot mark on the new or like new 1911s I bought, just to avoid the first scratch drama, then I just didn't care.
     
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    When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk! (Eli Wallach - Tuko)

    Just get it over with!

    (I have a NIB RIA GI and it's definitely built to be a shooter, not a safe queen).
     
  16. Furncliff

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    I have been testing handholds in my Ria T, recently. When I got to cleaning it I had a good look at it and the thought occurred to me that it was still in great shape (my wife gave it to me 3 years ago). I think you're going to be conflicted for a looong time:), they're pretty tough.
     
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    People collect Glocks...:confused:

    I'll never forget putting a scratch on my new to me '52 vintage S&W Model of 1950 Target. :eek:
     
  18. tbutera2112

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    beat it up with normal wear, once it gets ugly have it refinished and its like new all over again.....they can always be restored!

    my HE finish on my p2000sk was wearing down in some spots pretty heavily, so now its out getting hardchromed....problem solved

    i do have a horrible problem with knives though....i buy them and then i never carry them because theyre too pretty and i dont wanna tear them up or make them dull...so now i have like 20 knives and i dont even carry a knife daily
     
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    An unblemished gun is like a blank canvas or blank sheet of paper, it's only appealling because of the possiblities it represents. Every scratch and dent tells a story. So go out and shoot the heck out of it, carry around and let it get dinged up.
     
  20. Shooter57

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    Just unload it ,cock it put hammer lock on drop in driveway to check the safty holds and you get your idiot marks, case closed.
     
  21. bannockburn

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    I think most members here would tell you to use it but don't abuse it. You even stated that you bought it for the purpose of it being your working gun. I mean would you go out and buy a new car only to never drive it for fear of getting dings, dents, and stone chips on it. Take it, holster it, carry it, shoot it, clean it, enjoy it!
     
  22. hso

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    Use it
     
  23. Carter

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    Shoot it a lot.

    Carry it mexican style.

    Carry it mexican style and let it fall down your pants leg and bang on the floor (fiancee's brother did that with his RIA)

    Run it through a torture test.


    That should put your mind at ease.
     
  24. Nushif

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    I like the idea of a torture test.
    What do you propose? It would be pretty awesome to really put it through its paces.
     
  25. Carter

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    I've never actually done one, but I'm sure youtube would give you plenty of ideas. I've seen a video where a guy through his in to a pond/lake and a bucket of mud and it kept running.

    Dump some sand, mud, and whatever else you can think of on it and have fun.

    I am in no way responsible for the out of your firearm though. =D
     
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