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Reduce, refine, and make a decision.

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

  1. George P

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    I understand, I have some floor renovations about to happen so in moving things around, wife and I have found things we forgot we had. I know I have things like a few anniversary issues of old gun mags and stuff (like how I keep it gun related?...:D) that just need to go on a table at a garage sale and then in the trash if not sold.............
     
  2. Aim1

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    Ha, I couldn't sell a gun just because I didn't shoot it in a year.....but they do say put all of your clothes on a hanger facing one way, if you haven't turned it over in a year meaning you haven't used it, then donate it.

    I have 3 muzzleloaders from when my friends and I all hunted a ton and got them on sale. Didn't use them for about 5 years because I had a great bow hunting spot.....but lost that spot and had to go back to muzzleloader hunting.....good I didn't sell those muzzleloaders. lol.
     
  3. bannockburn

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    When I was younger (and single), I went with mainly quantity over quality though in handguns I did have a certain preference for Rugers, S&Ws, and Colts; just not the really expensive ones! There were also the rifles and shotguns I used for hunting, though eventually I ran out of folks to go hunting with (as well as finding places to hunt on).

    When the time came to pay for school I sold off most of the guns I had for hunting along with some of the handguns that I had quite a few "extras" of (like three .357 Magnums that were pretty much the same in their 4" barrel configuration). Once I did get settled in with a nice paying job I started to acquire more guns, mostly handguns, and bought quality this time around instead of quantity.

    Now as I grow older I still enjoy looking at and reading about what the latest guns are without feeling the need to rush out and buy anything. I have a few favorites that I typically take to the range as well as several that I use primarily for concealed carry and home defense. The rest I will gift to my kids when the time comes and most likely sell off the rest to go into our retirement fund.
     
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  4. JR24

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    Yes, I've been downsizing and upgrading of late myself.

    After purchasing my EDC X9 I am highly considering dumping my Glocks and BHP for a second, backup, Wilson. Might even consider selling my Legion 226 SAO, but only if I get a ludicrous price for it (unlikely).

    Leave me with a couple Dan Wessons, a couple Wilson's and maybe one Glock and Sig.

    I'm also working on dumping a number of superfluous hunting rifles to consolidate on .308 and picking up a quality, lightweight, AR10 to go along with my heavier M1A.
     
  5. wagonburner

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    Every gun I have has a use ... to make me happy.

    If anybody has a nice European double they have no use for anymore, please throw it my way. They make me very happy. :rofl:
     
  6. MosinT53Hunter

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    Been thinking about it too. Most just sit in the safe 90% of the time, the other 10% is taking them out shooting, or just to look at them.
     
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  7. NapalmMan67

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    Been going through that "reduce/declutter" phase the last few years too. I always use to subscribe to the "Whoever has the most toys when they die wins" theory... now, not so much. And not just firearms and related stuff, my wife has lots of knick-knack collectible stuff too that's been packed away for years. I open boxes of things once in awhile and say to myself "Wow, I remember that from xxxxx. Cool." Then I think, if I never see that item again, what will it really matter?

    It doesn't help much for reduction though, as my father keeps giving us stuff as he's trying to downsize/reduce his Northern home and sell it off so he can move to his Swamp home permanently.


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  8. LoonWulf
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    I cycle stuff out.
    If I want a new rifle I have to sell, trade, or give away one or more to get it. I'm at that point with handguns as well, if I want another I'll have to give something up.

    honestly I don't own very many guns I won't well in heartbeat for the right offer, or give to a friend who asks.

    If I find myself bored with a gun, I'll rebuild it as something else, or sell it.
    That way it's not a rush when I decide I want something new.

    It works for me, and yes I lose money on pretty much every deal, but it's still cheaper than paintball or cars were.
     
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  9. 460Shooter

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    I think a big part of it for me is that I wasn’t raised around firearms. And so I only started shooting about 13 years ago if memory serves.

    I think it takes time and experimentation to figure out what you really like, and it takes time to advance your career so you can afford what you really want.
     
  10. TomJ
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    That was one of the groups I sold, and you're right that I don't miss them. In fact, other than the Glock 21 I don't remember what I sold. I did a second purge of two P365's and a P365XL after they came back from being repaired from Sig and I was comfortable that they were working but not comfortable enough to rely on them as carry guns (with full disclosure to the buyers) as well as P320's chambered in 45 and 40/357 Sig. The P320's were impulse buys and I didn't use them. Part of that money went to buy a Glock 26 and M&P 2.0 Subcompact 9mm, both of which I carry with the M&P being my primary carry gun and as I mentioned the remainder of the money going into my retirement fund.
     
  11. Steve S.

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    I think that the process of downsizing has a lot to do with the marketplace right now; deep down in our minds is the reality that (again, right now) we have a comfort with not having because we know that firearms and ammunition is in affordable grand abundance. Now turn that flowing with milk and honey marketplace upside down, make both firearms and ammo difficult if not impossible to get, the whole psychology of reducing that which cannot be had completely changes - supply and demand is a cold mathematics.
     
  12. George Dickel

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    I'm reducing the number of guns I own. Had two Remington 700 rifles I used for prairie dog shooting but the last hunt was the last one I'm going to do so I put them on consignment with my LGS. One has sold, waiting on the other to sell. I gave my S&W Shield to my grandson and have two other pistols on gunbroker.com right now. Have two more I'm going to sell as soon as the first two sell. That will still leave me with five hand guns and 7 rifles. I'm eyeing 1 and maybe two more rifles to let go. I'm closing in on 73 years old and my health isn't the best and it is getting worse so I don't want to burden the wife with a bunch of guns should I go sooner than I hope. The guns I have currently are ones that I regularly shoot in competition so I need to focus on practicing with them and not trying to stay competent with a number of other ones that for the most part just set around gathering dust.
     
  13. HB

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    I don’t understand the prepping/hoarding mentality which is somewhat related. People stash ammo for “just in case” but in reality the best thing to stack is American Dollars and a nice helping of 401k.

    I figure ammo is like your emergency savings... just enough to get your through the rough times but not so much as to burden you.
     
  14. bannockburn

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    Likewise I wasn't raised around guns either (there were no guns in the house), that is til my older brother and I started sneaking them in)! But I have always had a deep abiding passion for guns, starting with toy cap guns, BB guns, black powder revolvers, and of course, the real thing. I also had a lot of friends who were into guns and this led to an interest in hunting, lots of trips to the range, and the great times we had checking out what was happening at the local gun shows.

    For me the gun world has (and still is), primarily centered around handguns and it's two distinct subdivisions: revolvers and semi-autos. Started out with single action and then double action revolvers (S&W, Colt, and Ruger), til I was seduced by the inner workings of the magazine fed, semi-auto pistol! Here I have found great interest and enjoyment from the smallest .22 (Beretta Model 70S), to the largest .45 (J.M. Browning's crowning achievement the Model 1911), and all the .380s and 9mm.s in between (Colt, SIG, Browning, Ruger, Glock, and CZ, to name a few). Only recently have I been making up for lost time with a nostalgic step back to my revolver heritage with several new black powder revolvers.

    So I am long past the days where I probably spent more time at the local gun shop than I did at home (even went and bought a gun on my lunch hour!), and where I may have been wheeling and dealing at a rate of about two or three guns a month! Definitely was doing a lot more quantity than I do now but I can honestly say it was fun while it lasted!
    Looking forward to retirement (someday soon), consolidating things (or as Thoreau wrote: Simplify, simplify!), and enjoying my free time (with my family and friends, and of course my guns)!
     
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  15. MosinT53Hunter

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    You know what is funny? Of all the guns I own and use, its only the DeWalt impact and battery pack drills that get the most use. ;)
     
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  16. HB

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    Same for me. I kind of “peaked” when i got my first “real” job. I then quit that and sold guns/ammo/tackle/optics/soft goods etc for a couple years for a distributor. Poor pay but I got to shoot dealer samples and got all kinda of free schwag. Then I realized I didn’t need to own it to appreciate it.
     
  17. kidneyboy

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    I did the handgun downsize last year. The 4 gun pistol safe only has 4 pistols in it. This year will settle out the rifles, maybe.

    2 years ago was the guitar and amp purge. That freed up an entire room.
     
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  18. Armored farmer

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    I keep my gun purchases at only one per year. I do have one on consignment at my lgs and on thr trading post. I could sure stand to downsize my collection too. My hunting practices have change from quail to deer and now more waterfowl. I have a .410 870 quail gun that hasnt been shot in probably 10yrs. My 28ga o/u probably 5yrs. They dont take up too much room, and I dont have to scoop poop away from them so they can stay for now.
    I use the 'two year rule's on clutter for the most part. I constantly have to keep working on my accumulation because we have two large outbuildings that allow me room to save stuff.
    Another thing is that my family has been on this farm for generations, so my dad's clutter...lumber, old hand tools, machinery, spare parts.....my grandpa's machinery, axe, hunting coat, winchester 58, etc.
    You gotta keep moving stuff out if you're moving stuff in, or soon you'll be overwhelmed.
     
  19. bannockburn

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    I believe there is a direct correlation between having more available space and having an unconscious need to fill it up with even more clutter.
     
  20. Aim1

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    Completely agree.

    I am not like that but a lot of folks are. I actually like the look of empty space. Weird, I know. lol
     
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  21. 22250Rem

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    ...... Lots of folks, me included, eventually get to that point. Retired almost 4 years now and slowly downsizing by selling safe queens although I've also purchased stuff that I know can be used a lot. Like a Browning Citori for sporting clays.........Now that I have the time to do that a lot more with a bunch of older, mostly retired guys. Sold a nice Swedish Mauser on consignment at the LGS. A nice Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III at a local auction house that does gun auctions. Proceeds can go to my son for his IRA, as he would be selling them anyway as he'll inherit any guns I leave behind. Concentrating on fun guns that I use regularly and there's plenty that I don't.
     
  22. jmorris

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    Every time I try, I guess I don’t try hard enough and people don’t want to buy them, not sure if I have ever made a sale here, a few trades over the years though.

    Most firearms I sell are ones that other people shoot and want that particular one, not a new one or some other unknown. I understand that completely.

    I have stuff I have owned for many decades and never even shot, other stuff that I used to shoot a lot and haven’t in decades, some sit in a safe with a note to who they are to go to when I’m gone and a few piles of new stuff to play with, when I get a chance.

    Beats collecting stamps, porcelain dolls, candles, purses or shoes, at least for me.
     
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  23. jmorris

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    If it didn’t matter to him, it wouldn’t matter to him. It might not be the memory of the person but the memory itself.

    Years ago, both my Grandparents had passed and my Father took us through the house before the rest of the family came into town and asked us (oldest to youngest) if there was anything we would like. Writing the items down, before the rest of the family got there and “negotiating” started.

    I was shocked that my requests went uncontested, the tin match box by the fireplace, the hourglass my Grandmother wouldn’t let me play with as a child (and even bought me a copy of for Christmas as a young teen), a butter press she used, the adult domino’s and the ones I was allowed to play with and a cast iron, iron (not plug in type). I guess no one else thought any of the above had any value. I wonder what the TV’s, radios and refrigerator, freezer and other long obsolete items are worth to them, now? Zero, is the answer, then again I figure that’s what the memories were worth to them at the time.

    My Aunt moved into their house following and some years later we were there for Sunday dinner and talking in the kitchen after dishes, I recalled the jar in the cabinet, my Grandmother used to keep change in, where we could retrieve a penny, if we found a bone in her chicken soup. I opened the cabinet, in the house they had been living in for seven years or so, and reached around the corner and pulled out the jar, they didn’t realize was still there. It was full of rolled up dollars and eyes opened all around the kitchen. I held it by the bottom, turned it upside down dumping the contents out onto the counter top and walked out of the kitchen, uncontested, with the jar, that I too still have.

    It’s your Dad, there are lots of Dads that their kids don’t even think about, hats off to you dealing with his history when the time comes, in what ever way you feel.
     
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  24. 460Shooter

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    Tonight I cleaned up my HK45, oiled it so all the store has to do is put it under glass, found the three brand new magazines I had stashed to go along with the two it came with, and I rounded up the Safariland holster I have for it. all ready to be traded.

    I also pulled my a Ruger No 1 in 460 magnum out, oiled it found the scope rings and box and got it ready to go. I have put exactly 20 rounds through that gun, and haven’t shot it in 6 years or so. She’s ready to go too.

    I might see if I can swing trading them both towards a CZ Tactical Sport Orange. But I may only swing another Shadow 2.
     
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  25. Dibbs

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    I'm in the same "reduce/ refine" boat. Selling is slower than buying, between the low-ballers, and the folks I wouldn't sell a slingshot. I find myself reluctant to sell any pistols which might wind up in the wrong hands. Funny, how everybody wants to see a nice, shiny bore, matching serials, all original, and VGC or LNIB, then they want to pay non-matching sewer pipe prices. Sure am glad I'm not in any major rush to sell anything.
     
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