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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 460Shooter, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. 460Shooter

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    I am trying to declutter all aspects of my life at home and at work. A lot of my possessions that I have accumulated over the years just feel burdensome. I mean if it's sitting in a box for 20 years, and I take it out and look at it and have no real pleasant memory associated with it, why do I still have it?

    That brings me to my shooting habits. I recently looked around at my guns, reloading equipment, and supplies of magazines and holsters. I used to always feel variety was the spice of life, but now I feel like I've thrown a lot of conflicting spices all into the same pot, and the ensuing meal is coming out mediocre. I also feel like the sauce pan has turned into a cauldron.

    I've got DA/SA revolvers, DA/SA semiautos, DAO semiautos, striker fired guns, SAO semiautos, and mixed in are decocker only guns, guns with safeties, and some with only passive safety mechanisms.

    That's kind of a lot of different guns to shoot, and I am starting to feel a little like I'm a jack of all trades, but a master of nothing.

    I've also been buying some nicer guns the last two years or so, as in nonstandard offerings, and honestly I feel like some of the older guns I used to care about and really enjoy having just lost their luster, and I have better tools to accomplish the same ends.

    Yesterday I went to the range and put 100 rounds through my XDs-45, 150 rounds through my HK 45, and 175 rounds through my Dan Wesson Classic Commander.

    I've been toying with ditching the XDs-45 for over a year now, but yesterday really solidified that I DON'T want to get rid of it. It serves a solid purpose as a hiking and biking beater gun, and I still shoot it accurately and quickly enough to fend off an attacker. So if I'll used it, it stays, and in that role, if it gets beat to crap, I don't care. It's a common, dime a dozen polymer gun, and not worth very much.

    My Dan Wesson was a pleasure to shoot, and that's really all there is to it. I tried a couple magazines of Gold Dots and HSTs also to ensure function, and it didn't disappoint. I did have one feed hiccup on a reloaded round. So I'll keep an eye on it.

    The HK45 though...…………. It shoots softer than a 1911 with the same ammo, but here's the thing. Last time I shot it I was riding the safety a little too hard, and I decocked it in a string of fire. :uhoh: I've just been shooting too many SAO guns lately and I went into that grip right away. So yesterday I made a conscious effort to keep my thumb off the safety lever. I guess at this point, I kind of feel like if it takes that much thought, maybe this isn't a gun I need to keep around any more. It should be instinctive. And yet again I ended up with a blister on my trigger finger due to the trigger trough. I know I could sand it down, but I'd rather not, as the previously mentioned issue just has me sort of realizing this is no longer a gun I need around. I've thought about converting it to LEM, but why? After delving into a CZ Shadow 2 last year, I find I greatly prefer CZ's and I'm more interested in a CZ 97B in the future. I can also get 8=1 rounds in my Dan Wesson, and use that as a HD gun if need be.

    I've got a Ruger No 1 in S&W 460 Magnum also that I'm wondering why I own. I haven't shot it in a few years as I really don't have a lot of use for rifles. And honestly it's not much fun to shoot due to the recoil.

    I only own 18 handguns I believe and 4 rifles, but I sometimes think about the vast collections some people have, and I realize I think I'm better off with fewer nice handguns that I really like and shoot often, and not gobs of guns. I don't need a safe full of plastic I need a small safe with the guns I actually shoot. I need a few guns I shoot well, not three different ones on the range at all times. I guess I'd like to focus on accessories also, like nice leather holsters for the ones I really want to keep.

    Are you downsizing and trading things in at all? Do you try to limit your inventory? Is refining your collection something you are doing?
     
  2. Aim1

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    I think age has a lot to do with it. If one is in their 70s to 80s probably more collecting than shooting now.

    I just completed my collection and do not plan on buying anymore guns until my kids require them. For my purpose driven collection all my purposes (hunting, self-defense, and plinking) have been met.

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  3. Chevelle SS

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    I've been "accumulating" good deals for the last 9 years or so. I'll buy almost anything I can get a really good deal on. While I like most all guns, ammo, and militaria I have finally started selling somethings off which I don't like as much or don't enjoy as much to finance the things I REALLY like. For instance selling my corrosive surplus ammo, modern "cheaper" hunting rifles and off-brand revolvers to enhance my prewar N frame collection.
     
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  4. Pat Riot
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    I would recommend that if you wish to get rid of some guns that you segregate them from your other guns but hang onto them for a time just to be sure you wish get rid of them. Maybe a month or two. Give yourself a deadline then when you meet the deadline reevaluate your choices.

    I say this because I did a reduction a couple of years ago and I dumped a couple of guns I really wish that I wouldn’t have.

    You rarely get out of them what you have in them and it seems trying to replace a gun you’ve sold will cost you half again what you paid for the first one.
     
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  5. TJ AK-74

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    Been reducing guns the last couple years. Need to reduce my cars too, but I drive much more than I have time to shoot. When I first started buying guns I was broke so I'd buy cheap guns. Now, I'm less broke but have less time to shoot so selling off a few cheapies to consolidate funds for a nice gun. Looking for a CZ75SP01. Sold off 5 cheap handguns a month or so ago. Want to sell a rifle or 2 before buying that CZ though. I am decently stocked on ammo but tempted to buy more since everything is so cheap now. Probably need to consolidate down on a couple calibers as well.
     
  6. 460Shooter

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    LOL! Oddly enough, that's a more concise way of describing exactly what I'm talking about. If I can't associate a memory with it, there is no reason to be attached. So away it's going. I look at the hording mentality of my family, and they are all miserable with managing all that crap. They are constantly reorganizing and shuffling things around to compress and efficiently store their stuff. But it's stuff they don't use, and just leave packed up...…….. Then they talk about needing bigger homes! Ah nope! That ain't the problem.

    I'm not saying someone should ditch all their stuff, or consolidate down to just a few guns, but hobbies turn into collections, and collections can turn into hoards. I am buying less stuff now, but higher quality stuff. And I will continue to do so. I'd prefer not to have to feel like I have to get rid of something everything I bring home a new knife or gun, or other item. It's also a more efficient use of money I believe.
     
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  7. Mauser lover

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    Bummer. I was really hoping this thread was going to lead to me being able to get a steel frame CZ in nicely used shape from you. I guess not.
     
  8. 460Shooter

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    Next month maybe.
     
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    My handgun goal is to own a couple of quality carry guns that I can shoot well and want to carry.

    I believe I’ve accomplished that but then I experience a questionable shooting session and the temptation to try that next one rises to the surface.

    by my very nature I’m a minimalist so I don’t like a lot of “clutter” in my life, on the other hand I hate losing money on selling guns.

    So when I do decide to part with a gun I let it go with the idea that the quest will end with the next purchase.
     
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  10. Olon

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    I have begun to feel similarly, and my collection isn't that big. I have some parts for an AR in my safe right now and I need to make a choice about what that build needs to be before I get anymore parts. Longish range rifle? My M70 fits that role just fine and I like that gun more. Short range plinker? My .357 Henry is more fun to shoot and less noisy. HD? My 870 fits that role perfectly. I've pretty much ran out of niches to fill and by getting more guns, I practice less and less with each. I may be shooting more, but each gun gets less of my attention. I'm beginning to realize that I value my guns more for my ability to use them well than just to have that particular gun. What I mean is I get more joy out of being able to shoot my Henry well than I do just owning it/looking at it. The more guns I have, the harder the choice is when I decide what to take out and shoot or what to reload some ammo for.

    I never thought I'd say it, but for me there IS a such thing as too many guns. And I just can't think of anything I want that much right now that would fill a role better than the guns currently taking those spots.
     
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  11. Olon

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  12. theotherwaldo

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    I'm simplifying my life as well.
    I gave away my 40-odd-year-old motor home to a co-worker to go on his hunting lease.
    I'm putting in newer, smaller, more efficient appliances throughout my home.
    Also, I'm setting up to install a solar back-up system to assist during our power outages.

    Guns?
    Well, I don't need to hunt anymore, so I don't need more modern hunting guns. Luckily, I only have a couple that were built in this century.
    Concealed carry? Maybe one more.
    Antiques and classic hunters? We'll see.
    Milsurps? Those I'll continue to pick up if they're reasonable.
    Pistols and revolvers? I'm pretty well covered, but again, we'll see.

    I'm negotiating with my local museum and the country's oldest dedicated American Legion Post to host my collection of issued firearms of the World Wars for long-term display.

    That would de-clutter things a bit... .
     
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  13. joseywales76

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    Wrong time to sell guns.

    If Trump doesn't win it will be a great time to sell.

    You might have to wait 5 years or so
     
  14. 460Shooter

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    At the same time, it might be a great time to traded unused or unwanted guns towards guns that may be harder to come by in the future if restrictions are put in place.

    I wouldn't mind picking up a second CZ Shadow 2. And since they have capacities of 17 rounds and higher, maybe trading a single shot rifle for one isn't a bad notion. Trading away 2-4 guns to bring home ones I really want may be a good strategy.
     
  15. joseywales76

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    Horse trading is always on the table.
     
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  16. TJ AK-74

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    Depends on what you're selling.... AR/AK/Hi-cap pistol, maybe wait until November to sell. Cheap Jennings/Bryco/Whatever? Doesn't matter. If elections lean towards a less capitalistic party, it could be better to sell Heirloom/Collector-Grade pieces now while the economy is great and prices are up.
     
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  17. redneck2

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    I had a LOT of guns. After a while I figured out that they were chunks of wood and steel that were taking up room in my gun safe, and I wasn’t shooting them. I had them just to have them

    I think when we’re younger we feel that more “stuff” equals happiness. No. It’s just more “stuff”

    They’ve almost all gone away. I have what I use, or keep for SD. Don’t miss them at all
     
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  18. TomJ
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    I recently went through the process of selling my unwanted guns. The money went to a couple of carry guns and my retirement account. I still have way more guns than I need, have every gun need met and barring the unforeseen I plan on keeping everything I have. The only 2 guns on my radar are the DWX compact and EDC X9S, and I'll see about those. They're wants, not needs so I'm not rushing to pick either one up.
     
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    As I noted in this thread, I'm pretty much at the same point. Just into my 6th decade of life and have all the guns I need for all applications I value. Wife and I downsized significantly at our last move, and we're still culling rather than adding stuff in general. My long guns all fit in one safe, my handguns likewise in a smaller safe. I could no doubt cut the modest collection in half and still have more than enough. As I approach retirement, I expect I will further cull toward what I really want to shoot regularly.

    But as @joseywales76 points out, horse trading is always a thing.
     
  20. sequins

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    All my guns have a purpose. I have some revolvers like my IWB SP101, my OWB 4.25" GP100, and my 6" range gun GP100. I have my 7.5" DA/SA Redhawk and my 7.5" SAO Super Blackhawk 44s. I have my LCP and LCR for pocket carry. I have my G26 for IWB and my G17 for OWB. I have my G20 for woods OWB. I have my 1911, 92FS, and P320 because I like having the US army sidearms (need an SAA though!)

    That's a fair few hand guns but they all serve a purpose. At one point I had a P226, CZ-75, HK P30, etc but they were all sold on to consolidate behind guns that serve a definite purpose. As long as the gun is specifically useful it gets a spot in my safe.
     
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  21. George P

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    Starting to do the same; I have hunting rifles I haven't used since I moved to Florida 17 years ago............no need to keep them, the dies, carrying cases, etc........After handling my mom's estate and all of the hassles that go with it, I think getting rid of a lot of guns and gear I no longer use is wise thing so my kids don't have to deal with it
     
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    If I had to go minimalist I could get by with my Sig 365 and Glock 29 in handguns. I'd keep my Winchester 70 EW in 308 and my Benelli M-1 shotgun along with a 10-22. Probably keep one AR as well.

    I have more guns than that, but over the last 15 years or so have thinned the herd a lot.
     
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  23. HB

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    I’m young and mobile and declutter constantly. Start with clothes. I found that outside of my work attire I only wear a couple combos of clothes.

    Hunting gear was harder since some is specialized... but whats the point of keeping it if you only use it once a year. Sell those goose deeks and go on a guided hunt once a year!

    Guns are similar. If I havent shot it in a year its gets sold.

    Life is more fun when you spend $500 on ammo instead of a new glock 17 because you think you need an upgrade from your glock 19.

    Consumerism leads to debt and jealously. Run what you brung and enjoy more free time and $.
     
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  24. George P

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    As to clothes, Every January1, I take all my hanging clothes and turn them hook-side out. If I wear something I hang it up the next time the regular way..............Come next january 1st, anything still hook-side out hasn't been worn in a year and in most cases, it gets donated..........
     
  25. 460Shooter

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    I remember you saying you sold a few guns to buy your EDC X9, and I bet you don't miss the guns you sold. I'm fortunate in that my local FFL holders know me well enough now that they are willing to accept trade ins as layaway payments on what I want. Yes, in the long run I'm losing money on value, but every hobby costs money.

    You know, that's actually part of this also. My grandparents all died like 9 years ago or longer, and my mom died not long after. As a result my dad was left with decades worth of inherited stuff from both families. I and my siblings have had to help him be a little brutal and push him to ditch stuff. However, a big part of the problem is he is highly sentimental and can't separate the notion that getting rid of stuff that doesn't actually matter to him is not the same thing as throwing away the memory of the person. Stuff does not equate to a person, and it isn't disrespectful. So he still has way too much stuff that he isn't willing to deal with. I'll have to deal with it when the day comes.

    I have no kids, and given my age, it's unlikely I ever will. In fact it's almost assured. But I might meet someone with kids, and I do have a niece and nephew. I don't want to leave them with a mess when I die. In fact if I die tomorrow, I don't want an ongoing mess for anyone to deal with either.

    So I've been purging for the last few winters, and this year is a heavy purge year. I found a box with freakin coloring books from when I was a toddler.............. What the hell am I going to do with that?

    Time to run through the guns too.
     
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