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Poll....to shoot, or not to shoot

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by franconialocal, Jul 14, 2009.

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To shoot or not to shoot

  1. Carry and use??

    71 vote(s)
    47.7%
  2. Find a display box for show??

    78 vote(s)
    52.3%
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  1. franconialocal

    franconialocal Member

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    Recently I bought a BEAUTIFUL Beretta 92 F/S 9mm. from a former Army friend of mine who was issued a M-9 in the service.

    The one I bought from him (for $500.00) is a "Operation Enduring Freedom M-9 U.S. Army Edition" commemorative unit (One of only 2,500). It's all gold-leaf lettered....very, very nice....flawless.

    My friend told me he only put three rounds down the pipe, and judging by my field stripping and inspection/cleaning I can't believe it's even had ONE down the pipe....this gun is immaculate....not a single scratch on it (SORRY!! No pic's yet).

    So...here's the poll

    1. Use, shoot, and proudly carry this gun as the fine sidearm it was meant to be?? OR
    2. Promptly find it's way into a nice red felt display case never to be touched, admired "from afar" to be held as the nice show piece that it could be??

    I'm very sided on this issue and I need YOUR help deciding!! I own several other sidearms so it's not like I "need" to use it. I think the decision would be clear if it was TRULY brand new (not 3 rds. down range) but now that it's been shot?? Just thinking out loud really......thoughts???
     
  2. happygeek

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    I voted for the display box. You said you already have plenty of pistols for carry and use. Personally, I'd display it. Besides, I already much prefer to shoot my 1911 over the Berretta 92FS I have.
     
  3. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

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    Draw it, shoot it, drop it...USE IT!!!

    Nothing like a well worn out M9. Guns are meant to be shot with:

    Ask Tony Montana:
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  4. Oro

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    It wasn't "meant" for that. It was built to be a gun, yes. But then the lettering and engraving was done for a collector to preserve it. That's what it was "meant" for. limited edition and collector edition guns are always meant to for collecting - you can always buy a pedestrian model to wear out shooting and carrying.

    Since he's already shot it, why not just put a mag or two through it once, detail it and clean it, then display it? It's not like it's going to be dramatically different than any of the tons of 92s out there, and it's NOT "unfired."

    Scratch your itch, then display it. Best of both worlds!
     
  5. Quilbilly

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    I say shoot it! Any not to change the subject but this is my 100th post:D.
     
  6. Cowboygunsmith

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    What real good is any gun if you cant shoot it or hit what you are shooting at. I would rather have a $50 gun that I can hit somthing with than a $5,000 gun I cant hit anything with. If you want to collet art that you cant use collet paintings or somthing else. I love a well engraved weapon as much as anyone else however a used weapon has stoires and memories that go with it.
     
  7. zombienerd

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    If you've already got pistols that fit the bill, put this one in a nice display case on your desk with a loaded mag displayed right next to it :)

    Don't shoot it unless it's an emergency, but I think that a limited edition like that should be a safe queen and only shot very sparingly.
     
  8. wankerjake

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    If you think you would love shooting it every time, then go for it. If not, then might as well hold its value.
     
  9. jaholder1971

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    I'm not into "Commemoratives", it's just a cheesy way of getting more money out of you. The idea behind them is that instead of buying one handgun, you buy 2; one to shoot and one to "ooh" and "ahhh".

    Buy it, shoot it, keep it in a rough holster so you wear off that graffiti faster.
     
  10. Ed4032

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    My Dad had a Remington Rand 1911 unfired in the original issue box. When I was 16 I asked if I could shoot it. After shooting it he told me that it was the first time it had been fired. I asked him why he let me shoot it and he said guns are made to shoot and I am glad you had fun. I still have the gun and the box. I am 51 now and I am thinking now that I may shoot it again. In sixty five years it has about 200 rounds thru it. But I think of that day with Dad every time I look at it.
     
  11. franconialocal

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    thanks for the input so far guys....keep it coming.....
     
  12. Guns and more

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    Carry it? Not a chance. What happens when some LEO stops you and decides that he will confiscate your weapon? Gone.
     
  13. texas bulldog

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    i don't have any "display" guns, but i think if i was in your shoes and had plenty of other guns that could fill the same role, i would probably not shoot it.

    i don't need to fire a gun to appreciate its value, but i also haven't had the funds to buy a gun i won't fire.
     
  14. Tim the student

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    I voted to shoot it. I might say differently if you said you bought it specifically for its "collector" value, but thats not what my impression was. (And if you bought it for its monetary value, why would you put it on the wall, and not in a safe?) I personally feel that guns are meant to be shot, and I won't ever own a gun I don't shoot. I might not shoot it that much, but it will get shot.

    So if you didn't buy it specifically because it might have collector value, and its not a sentimental gun, but just "cool" why would you not shoot it?
     
  15. Iggy

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    Take a real good picture of it. Frame it and admire the picture.

    Sell the gun and get one you will shoot!!:evil:
     
  16. Kernel

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    CountGlockula,

    That ain't a Berreta 92/M9. It's a M1951. (Membership renewed in nitpicker club).
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    I'd keep it an look into selling it in maybe five or ten years. Put it up on an American Legion/AmVet bulletin board.
     
  17. CountGlockula

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    Thanks for the correction Kernel. I did a Goggle Image search on a well worn out Beretta and that came up.
     
  18. Lightninstrike

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    50/50 split. Amazing.
     
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    Don't let the antis hear you say that.
     
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  21. MikkOwl

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    I say use it and shoot it. What good will that gun do in a display case to you in a hundred years anyway? :) If you like it so much, maybe you will like having it AND shooting it even more.

    That Tony Montana "Scarface" picture is not a Beretta 92, it's about 20-30 years older - a Beretta M951 : http://www.imfdb.org/index.php/Beretta_M951
     
  22. Mr. Bojangles

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    I voted what I would do if it were mine. I understand and agree with keeping it in a case and not firing it, but if it were mine I would in a moment of weakness take it out and shoot it, then put it back in the case. :uhoh:

    I know I'll get some flak for this, but it is what I would end up doing with the firearm. A helluva buy, by the way. :cool:
     
  23. danbrew

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    Shoot it - it's a marketing gimmick. It's a standard M9 type gun in every respect except for they printed some sappy thing on the side to make you go "oh oh, can't shoot it". The next commemorative special off the assembly line behind yours was for the Podunk Iowa 4H Club.

    IOW, there's nothing special about this gun. There were only 2500 made? Yes, of course, with the Enduring Freedom stamp/engraving/whatever. Then there's the several million other ones just like it that don't say Enduring Freedom.

    It would be special if your pal had been awarded that as a result of his service. Or if it was banged out in a shop in Kabul and he liberated it. But as is? It's an expensive M9 and they're hoping you'll buy two. Like somebody else said, one to shoot, one to drool.

    At the end of the day, it's your gun. You decided. But I'd shoot the heck out of it.
     
  24. oldgold

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    Did you get the box and paper work? If not it's just a shooter.Collectors have little interest in modern guns without the box.

    If you did it's either a safe queen or trade goods in my opinion. I don't keep what I can't shoot.
     
  25. DawgsFan_07

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    Put it up for display. Though I agree with danbrew, it ain't that special. My great-great uncle's 1903 that he fought the Japanese with in the Philippines, on the other hand, has some historical value.

    If you want to put up some kind of display or something related to OIF it would fit in nicely.
     
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