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Sould I let her shoot it.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dbro822, Apr 17, 2011.

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  1. dbro822

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    I was given today from my father a colt diamondback 4" 38 special ctg. new in the box never been fired. My wife has been showing a interest in shooting. A 22lr revolver has been fitting the bill, she made a comment that a larger handgun was on her mind, that is when my dad said, "I have a 38 that might be just right", today he handed me the colt. This is the firearm that brought the joy of shooting into my life, He had two matching colts, one we shot, and one that stayed in the safe. The shooter was taken in a robbery. Now should I pull the trigger or put it back in the safe? My father said, "It is doing no good just setting there." What do you guys think?
     
  2. Sniderman

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    IMHO
    "It's doing no good just sitting there"
     
  3. Colt Smith

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    It's up to you

    In the collector car arena the saying is "it's only original once". I suppose you can say "it's only unfired once" as well. While it's true that the gun is just a paper weight if you don't use it, it's also a very valuable paperweight. The condition should be considered before firing it. But just because you have an unfired gun doesn't necessarily make you a collector. If that isn't something that concerns you and since you have the blessings of your father who's unfired jewel this is, perhaps shooting it is the thing to do. But if it were me, I would only do it after I considered all the options. I wouldn't do it on a whim. If your wife wants to shoot a larger caliber handgun get her a nice used S&W model 10 heavy barrel 38. They are sweet shooters. Or get something else. The choices are endless. If you're conflicted about it, perhaps it's not the thing to do. Only you can say.
     
  4. mnrivrat

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    If truely unfired in its box the Diamondback has significant collector value. I would consider buying a different used gun and using that one for a investment, but all that depends on your circumstance.

    It will indeed loose several $100 from being fired. If you never plan on selling it, then who cares.
     
  5. InkEd

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    Shoot it! I cannot stand people who keep ordinary (sorry, Colt fanboys) production guns locked away lime they are a national treasure or something.

    Right now, they are somewhat collectible. In 20 years, they will just be old revolvers that people overpaid for on gunbroker during a surge in popularity. 40 years after that, they will be collectible (again) as antiques.

    I don't think I would give it to my wife throw in her purse or a newbie to mistreat it because it is a very nice revolver. I'm pretty sure there is one in the NRA museum already.
     
  6. rondog

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    I would have stopped at WalMart for ammo on the way home! Guns are for shootin', IMO.
     
  7. wcavasos

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    Maybe it meant more to your father to gift such a nice revolver for the daughter in law he loves so much than to have an unfired original colt. Taking away something that your father wanted to give to your wife is like not allowing him to give her a part of himself. It kind of sounds wrong to take that away from him. Not to make you feel guilty but I think that my father would prefer that the gift was thoughtfully recieved. I say shoot it. But like other people have said you have some things to think about. That is one heck of a pickle your in my friend. Best of luck to you.
     
  8. Sunray

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    "...Should I let her shoot it..." Hi. Not your choice. Your da giving it to you for her. However, the Diamondback has to fit your lady's hand.
    Not giving it to you before is a measure of his esteem for your lady. Not exactly a bad thing. You deciding she can't have it will cause you grief. Still has to fit her hand, of course, but don't be insulting/second guessing your da's judgement. He's already decided it shouldn't be a 'safe queen'.
     
  9. jgiehl

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    I'm not shy I'll shoot it.
     
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    If you're going to sell it, put it back in the safe. If you're seriously thinking about shooting it, shoot it.
     
  11. Revolver Ocelot

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    shoot it, I got my wife an unfired colt woodsman, with as much as I spent for that thing she better shoot it.
     
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    LET her shoot it?
    Do you like sleeping in a bed and eating home cooked meals?
    It's her choice not your's.

    Go to the range, hand her the gun and tell her it's up to her.

    AFS
     
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    Your father thought enough of the woman who chose you to give HER an unfired Colt Diamondback. It's not your decision. Maybe if you're lucky she'll let you shoot it too.

    Seriously, from a monitary value what have you got to lose? A few hundred bucks that you really don't have anyway. The gun cost you nothing. Anything you make if you were to sell it is pure profit. If you don't ever plan to sell it, big deal. You lose nothing at all.
     
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    Its not unfired... it was test fired at the factory.
    Your father WANTS her to shoot it... that says it all right there.
    Unless its a super rare, one of 3 ever made, enjoy it.
    If it IS a super rare, one of 3 ever made, shoot it anyway.


    Jim
     
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    I would have to agree with everyone who wrote that it's not your decision to make. Honor your father's bequest of his very gracious gift to your wife. It's hers, not yours.
     
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    DON'T SHOOT IT. KEEP IT UNFIRED! Of course you should shoot it. I used to wrestle with this issue myself when I picked up a nice piece. Why should my hard earned money go to buy a gun that some other SOB will enjoy after I'm gone?
     
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    If you aren't a collector, and by that I mean someone who looks for NIB unfired weapons that are no longer made, then by all means shoot that puppy. Goes without saying to thouroughly clean her first :D and afterwards ;)

    My wife inherited some NIB commemortives that I just can't bring myself to shoot :banghead: but I have enough toys to divert my attention downrange.

    Enjoy the experience :cool:
     
  18. Old Shooter

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    If your fathers intention by giving it to your wife was for her to shoot it, then so be it.

    I suspect his feelings may be hurt if you decide to lock it up in a safe and get your wife a Glock!

    It doesn't sound like his intention was for it to go from his safe to your safe.

    I'd let the wife shoot it today!
     
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    That's how I feel. I couldn't stand to spend a premium price on a premium firearm and NOT shoot it. With rare exception (Colt SAA serial #1 for example), no gun is too nice to shoot. It was Dad's Colt, so you're never gonna sell it, so who cares what some collector may think it's worth. Shoot it, enjoy it.
     
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    You should keep your father's unfired Colt Diamondback as a collector's piece and get something more practical, like a Korth Troja, for shooting. :D
     
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    your father handed the gun to to you, the gun that you both shot together was stolen, I think that the decision is yours to make. I also think that your father wants your wife to use this gun. I think that I would make my father & my wife happy. :)
     
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    You are pretty d**n lucky to have a wife who is interested in shooting. Now, the way a woman's mind works, if you don't let her shoot it, the message she gets is "He thinks I'm not good enough for the gun." If you want to live with that, remember divorces are more expensive than Colts, and she would wind up with it anyway.

    Seriously, your Father said, "It is doing no good sitting there." Let it do some good for a change. Get her and the Diamondback out to the range as quick as you can. Let her see what it is like to shoot a really fine revolver.

    I just put elk grips on mine, and it gets shot often.
     
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    Yes, you should let her shoot the gun. Then let her make your dinner, wash your clothes and let her sleep in your bed. Now if you don't have any knots in your head, give her a kiss, buy her some flowers, let her know that you are completely lost without her, and enjoy shooting with her.
    Mike
     
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    As a Bullseye shooter I look at it this way: The amount of ammo that I put through a gun eclipses the price of the gun pretty quickly.

    From what the other posters, who know collector's prices, a few hundred is not much to me. If she likes it and begins to shoot it, the ammo costs will quickly cover any couple of hundred in Value. However, it will be a gun that has a lineage that will mean more for the three of you overall.

    Then there is the Dad factor.

    I would shoot the heck out of it.
     
  25. 7.62 Nato

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    Take Dad, and the wife out to the range. He gets first shot.
     
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