Most regretted gun purchase?

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  1. gbran

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  2. gbran

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    Several years ago, bought a Kahr PM9, liked everything about it, but could never get it to run reliable. Just recently bought a P380 thinking Kahr surely fixed things. This was a worse jam-o-matic than the PM9 and both are high dollar guns.
     
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    For me it was a Brazilian-built break-open .410 shotgun.

    I don't even remember the brand name.

    Shortly after I got it, the extractor/ejector wouldn't extract or eject. I started carrying a cleaning rod with me to eject the case after I fired it. I had bought it to go deer hunting using rifled slugs, but it was way too frustrating to use, so I got rid of it.

    Between what I bought it for and what I got from selling it, I must have lost about $40 on the deal. Since I was only making $3.65 an hour at the time, that really stung.
     
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    Beretta Pico. I love mouseguns, and I waited patiently for the two years that elapsed between the first announcement and actual guns appearing for sale. (That timeframe should have been a tip-off.) Then, when I finally got one, ouch! Terrible trigger that doesn't break until it's almost mashed up against the frame, sharp-edged magazine base that digs into the meat of your fingers, mag release that can't be operated with your strong hand, tight-tight-tight springing and smooth-sided slide that make the gun almost impossible to rack, promised .32 drop-in barrel that never materialized, absurdly large magazine extension that almost doubles the length of the grip ... Did I mention the stove-piping?

    I can't even talk about it on the Beretta forum anymore because I was starting to offend the fan base.

    But it's pretty. And it has nice sights. There, I said something nice.
     
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    When did you buy yours and who made it?

    I ask because I have a Charter Arms AR-7 that was bought around 1980. For the first seven rounds out of the factory magazine mine functions flawlessly. An after-market 25 round magazine works reliably for about the first ten to twelve rounds before it starts to have failure-to-extract problems. In the case of my rifle, it appears that the groove for the extractor heats up enough after about 10 rounds that the extractor claw can no longer grip the rim of the cartridge. Keep the number of rounds low so that barrel and chamber stays cool and mine is quite reliable. Shoot rapid fire and as the others described, it becomes a "jamomatic".

    Interestingly enough, when I moved to Texas, I left my AR-7 with my fiance. She was a gun-control advocate at the time. About 2:00 a.m one morning she calls me - after having already called the police - to ask how to assemble the rifle. Someone was trying to break into her back door. She got the rifle assembled about the time the police arrived. They determined it was a drunk who had gotten her house confused with his own. Still, it unnerved her that she sat up in bed the rest of the night clutching that AR-7 close to her.
     
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    First Generation LCP. I was on three lists, Academy never called back, the large local LGS took my wife's word for it that I didn't want it, the last source finally came thru at a great introductory price. But that's as far as it went, it had the worst trigger I've ever shot bar none, recoil was sharp, nobody who shot it cared to force themselves to shoot more than a magazine thru it. Then it got recalled do to Rugers excessively pro active safety program, came back no better, and I found it did the one thing everyone praised it for - carried in your pocket.

    That's not something a gun should be praised for. A heavy trigger, sights so rudimentary you can't practice with them, difficult to get back on target quickly for a follow up shot, and no idea it just cycled closed on an empty chamber, leaving you to find out when the hammer falls on nothing. This is a "Defensive" pistol?

    I sold it. And Ruger confirmed all my issues with the LCP II, correcting and eliminating every one of them. Fortunately I had already moved on and purchased a gun that was correctly designed - and on the market just as long, with ZERO issues or recalls. When Kahr offered it with a standard barrel and stamped rollmarking for hundreds less, I picked up the CW380.

    Don't buy beta designs, especially a copy of a second tier maker warmed over to sell to the masses. As for the Ruger still offering the LCP - it does one thing well, sit in your pocket.
     
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    Kimber Ultra Raptor II. Sold it to help fund my Ed Brown.
     
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    Haven't had one I regretted yet but I do regret all the ones I've sold!
     
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    My Vector Uzi. I am a kid of the 70s and early 80s and grew up watching action heroes fighting off the evil hordes with an Uzi. I studied, researched and finally bought my very own Vector 9mm Uzi Carbine. I also bought extra mags, mag pouches, sling, fake suppressor since we have to have it with a pinned or wood stock and 16" dorky barrel in California. Mine came with a wooden stock which looked pretty cool. But the bullet button we had to have to make it California compliant at the time was terrible, it took three hands to just eject a magazine. The thing weighed 11 lbs. The LOP was ridiculously short (I am 6' 1"). During the time I had it, I went to the Scottsdale Gun Club and rented a F/A real Uzi and it was a blast to shoot. But my huge, heavy, neutered, 16" barreled Uzi weighed a ton, the sights were hard to see, the trigger, even after getting a trigger job was awful. I shot it once and sold it. The guy who bought it was thrilled. I learned that subguns are awesome. Neutered, long barreled, semi-auto ones with a stupid mag release, not so much. I have never wanted a gun so badly and then was so disappointed once I got it.

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    I guess I have been pretty lucky over the years. I have purchased quite a few guns, new and used. The only one I actually got rid of because I couldn't trust it was a Taurus Millennium Pro PT145. Essentially it is a high capacity .45 ACP with a 3" barrel. It worked fine for about 50 rounds but then stopped shooting. I took it home and got it apart to find that the loaded chamber indicator/firing pin safety mechanism broke and a piece fell into the firing pin channel. I sent it off for repair and promptly traded it for a Mossberg 500 when it returned. I have never looked back since. Most any other time I have done quite a bit of research before committing to a purchase and that has served me well.
     
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    I bought a 12ga double barrel a while back - brand isn't really relevant here. I was told it was modified / improved - which is what I wanted. After purchasing it, I learned it was full / tight modified - which would probably make a good duck/goose gun but wasn't what I wanted. It was pretty but I had a heck of a time selling it.
     
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    A used Marlin Model 60 from my LGS late last spring. Barrel looks good, but it jams badly and often. I realized later that I could have got a new one for fifty bucks more from Davidsons. Not fifty bucks well saved.
     
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    S&W M&P .45 with the desert tan frame and thumb safety. Nice gun. Very comfortable to shoot. Pull the trigger? Sometimes? NOTHING. No click, no bang, no nothing. Tried all kinds of things. Sent it back. Seemed to be fixed. Then I noticed that the upper half of the trigger was cracked from the little pin all the way down. It was one good hard pull away from coming in two. Sent it back again. Entire trigger group replaced. Trigger problems corrected but the slide started closing when I inserted a new magazine. It did it correctly, stripped and fed a new round but that was it. I am a dyed in the wool S&W revolver man but that silly articulated trigger doesn't cut it for me. If they change that to the blade within the one-piece trigger like everybody else uses I believe I'd give them a chance. I wasn't supper keen on that little lever inside the mag well for takedown either but that wasn't, and would not be, a show stopper like their trigger.
     
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    I have had a few but never lost money on them. I tried a Sigma. Actually reliable but just a lousy trigger that I didn't want to mess with. Found a Kahr MK40 would nearly break my wrist it was so unpleasant to shoot. Had a Zastava carbine in 7.62x39 that came with a nearly unfinished stock. Sanded it and stained it and it looked great, blue mini mauser action. But I could not get it to shoot. Tried Lupua, reloads, russian. Just a 4 inch spread at 100 yards. Just sold a Turkish over and under that was a bit stiff and heavy. So many guns, so little time.
     
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    Beretta NEOS.
    Would never shoot twice in a row.
    Jammed every round.
    Fought with Beretta for over a month and they finally paid shipping to return it for repair.
    They repaired it and sent it back.
    I shot it and it worked OK but I hated that thing.
    Took it to a gun show and traded it off.
    I did tell the new owner the whole story and I did sell it at a loss.
     
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    That still looks incredibly awesome. :cool:
     
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    My most regretted purchase was an HK P2000SK V3. I just hated the top-heavy feel of it, the horridly heavy DA trigger, the short grip that can't accommodate the pinky finger despite the overall height of the gun, the low magazine capacity despite the overall height of the gun, and the Nerf-gun like plasticky sproinnnnggg when I dry fired it. It's probably a serviceable gun but I just couldn't find anything I liked about it.
     
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    My most regretted gun was my Colt Combat Commander. It was total garbage that should never have made it out of the factory. There were chatter marks all over the rails, and it jammed constantly. I sent it back to Colt who didn't fix it but managed to scratch it all up. My first, and last Colt gun and my second and last 1911. To this day, it's still the most expensive gun I've ever bought. I was offered a remarkably high price by some guy I knew for it, even though he was aware of all it's issues and I sold it to him. Good riddance.

    Almost all of my bad guns were bough new. Most all the problems I had with used guns have been simple stuff like clipped mainsprings, or broken hand or trigger return springs.
    Other regrettable guns:

    Taurus 83.
    AMT BackUp 45, and 380, Hardballer. Why it took so many to make me learn my lesson? Don't know.
    FTL Auto-9 extractor blowing dud. Yes, I used the exact ammo recommended.
    Erma Werk .22 and 380 PPK clones.
    Walther PPK. Almost as badly made as the Colt! It was a German one!
    Bernardelli p-018 Compact. Was great, then suddenly, it started jamming. You had to hold it in a death grip to get any kind of repeating shots through it.
    Actually, all the .22LR guns I bought for a BUG were worthless. I bought a .25 Beretta Jetfire 950 and end of problems.

    Last problem I had on a used gun was a Dan Wesson 15-2 with a broken trigger return spring. A minute of work had it shooting fine.
     
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    SP-101 4" 22LR. I had read a lot of negative feedback about it's DA trigger. Had to have it anyway. That was a mistake.
     
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    Ha! Another 2 votes for the P-22. Looked neat, felt good, but never quite what it should have been. Two votes because my first was only slightly bad, and was given to my son, who rarely shoots. Second one's bore was so rough the stripped off lead would protrude from the barrel. Feeding was an issue for the early models, and I suspect that longevity was never a consideration for Umarex, which acquired Walther in 1993.
    I'm sure there are some specimens that give no trouble, but that was not my experience.
     
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    The Sig Mosquito is a true piece of junk! I thought maybe mine was a fluke, but I guess it is universally hated!
     
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    Springfield Ultra Compact V10 .45. Never failed to fire, did have a few stovepipes easily corrected with a new extractor. My problem was it was unbearably painful to the ears to shoot without upper end hearing protection. It got me flinching. I damn near gave it away just to get rid of it.
     
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    A Hi Point C9. I shot the gun a good amount, and have never had a problem with it but I never shoot it. I always just shoot my other handguns. Should've put the money towards a different gun.
     
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