Shoot/Don't Shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BillTell, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. BillTell

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    My former Fire Department is having Commemorative pistols made by Kimber, and they will personalize them with our badge numbers. I'm having one in .45 Cal with my Firefighters badge number on it, and one in 9mm with my Lt.'s badge number on it. There is a possibility that I will either get matching (because of different calibers) or consecutive serial numbers on the guns. These will be "legacy" guns to pass on to my children. My question is this: When I receive them, do I shoot them? Or just keep them as "Safe Queens", and never put any rounds through them? Thoughts are appreciated. I'm excited about these and can't think straight.
     
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  2. Atavar

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    Personally I would not own a firearm I couldn’t shoot. If my goal is financial gain precious metals or bonds are easier and more secure.
    As an heirloom the guns will be more meaningful and precious to your heirs if they have stories and lore bound bound to them. Get the guns and take them on adventures. Pass the stories down along with the guns.
    It’s not like we were discussing life changing generational wealth here. At most it would just be weekend in Vegas money anyway.
     
  3. JTQ

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    With your firefighter information on the gun, the only value, above a regular Kimber, is to your family. Shoot it or not, whatever you want to do.

    I'd probably shoot it, certainly enough early to make sure it works properly, and get problems fixed within the Kimber warrantee period.
     
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    Shoot!
     
  5. MikeInOr

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    I agree, take your heirs out with the pistols and shoot them with your heirs. Add some memories to the pistols to make them even more valuable to your heirs.

    "This is Great Grandpa Bill's 9mm 1911, he taught me how to shoot safely with this pistol. Now I am going to teach you what he taught me with his gun."
     
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    Seems simple to me. Two guns, two options.
    Shoot one, not the other.
     
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  7. bannockburn

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    BillTell

    I say take the kids and the guns out to the range and start building fond memories of what you did together.
     
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  9. md7

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    These pistols should work as hard as the people they honor.

    My humble opinion
     
  10. Riomouse911

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    I agree with the guys above, shoot them with the kids. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  11. Alllen Bundy

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    Both my grandfather and my father passed many years ago. I inherited their tools. Everytime I use those tools I remember the projects that we did together when I was a kid.
     
  12. Tallball

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    I wanted my grandfather's pistol because it was his and he used to shoot it.

    It wouldn't have meant so much if he'd never used it.
     
  13. Nature Boy
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    Shoot the pee out of it
     
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    My oldest was 7 when I purchased for him a 2011 Colt 100 Years of Service 1911. I’ve had it accurized, parts replaced, and tested for function/accuracy. He shoots it as well, but is not a “Gun guy” like me, though it’s his just the same.

    When the question arises to shoot or not shoot one; always opt to shoot.

    2011 Colt XSE by Alchemy Custom
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  15. BillTell

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    Well, Well, Well. This is exactly why I posted this. A little objective clarity to cut through my fog. I like the answers. I will shoot the pee out of them. Thanks
    P.S. I found out there won't be any matching or consecutive serial numbers.
     
  16. bannockburn

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    I did sort of the same thing when I bought this Colt Government in 2011!

    Had to have that "100 Years of Service" on the right side of the slide and it had to be chambered in .45 ACP!
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