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The gun you most regret selling

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by alemonkey, Feb 15, 2009.

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  1. alemonkey

    alemonkey Member

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    I've sold a few guns that I regret, and it's gotten to the point that I've pretty much decided I'll never sell again unless it's a real lemon. So, what is your biggest regret? Mine is the Ruger 77 varmint/target in .220 Swift, stainless steel with laminate stock. It was a beautiful gun and shot great too. Unfortunately when I graduated college I was flat broke and needed the rent money :mad: I should have lived in my car.
     
  2. Clipper

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    I sold a Remington M-11 in 16ga that my grandfather gave me when I was in my early 20s. Back then 16ga steel shot was almost impossible to find, I couldn't shoot it worth s*** because it didn't fit me, and I absolutely hated the long-recoil action. Now that I can afford to keep a clinker I never shoot, I wish I still had grandpa's gun.

    The only other gun I really regret selling is my Browning BL-22. I just might have to buy another...
     
  3. Dollar Bill

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    I was just thinking last night...Why did I sell that excellent condition Enfield #5 carbine? Then there was that M1A, AR-15 SP-1, Remington BDL 30-06. So many more...the horror!
     
  4. Gordon

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    Sharps .52 with a coffee grinder in the stock - sold for $500 in 1966 right before I went into active duty, to get married!
     
  5. Legionnaire
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    Since this is the rifle forum, I'll stay there. I've sold a number of long guns over the years, and mostly don't regret the departures. The only real exception was a Remington 700 VLS in .223. It was a great bench gun, but waaay to heavy to carry afield. I sold it to buy a walk-around rifle. Should have saved my pennies for the latter and kept the VLS. It was a very accurate rifle, easily sub-MOA with factory ammo. It should have stayed in the back of the safe until I had more available range time.

    Other regret is selling a true pre-ban Colt Match Hbar after the expiration of the Clinton ban. Had a couple of ARs at the time, so decided to sell the Colt, since I liked the setup of the other gun better. I'm beginning to think that was a mistake. Shouldn't have sold either of them.
     
  6. woof

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    Model 88 Win .308 that I got as a teen and sold when in college and desperate for cash. I still have the serial number and have dreams of somehow finding it again.
     
  7. pmbiker

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    A Marlin 1894c in .357mag. Sold it after I sold my only .357 revolver at the time, a Ruger GP100.

    I have redeemed myself now and have added a S&W 586 and an inbound 1894c, should be here middle of next week.
     
  8. pbearperry

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    I sold a mint Colt 1911 WW 2 issue for $50 so I could buy a .357 Highway Patrolmen.What the heck was I thinking?
     
  9. elmerfudd

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    I sold an Imbel receiver FAL to a friend of mine years ago for $450. They weren't worth nearly as much back then as they are now, but I still gave him a good deal.

    I did sell it with the provision however that if he ever decides he wants to sell it he has to offer it back to me for the same price first.
     
  10. Rexster

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    I regret selling an M1 Garand. Though "only" a Korean re-import that came in through, IIRC, Blue Sky, it was a particularly nice one of those.
     
  11. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Kickin' myself

    RWS model 45 air rifle in .177 pellet
    Smith & Wesson 3000 riot gun in 12 ga w/folding stock
    Henry H003 Pump .22
    Russian SKS
    Wilson KZ45
    Kimber CDP II compact

    I most regret the bolded one because it was the first gun I owned. Russian SKS 2nd biggest regret. RWS third biggest regret, because it was my first high quality gun, even if not a firearm. I miss the pristine 96/38 Swede and Finn Mosin, but can't say that they're big regrets, because I didn't shoot them that much.
     
  12. matrem

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    A Marlin model 60 that my dad bought for me when I was twelve.I traded it a few years later for an H&R .22 revolver. (BAD move on my part).That one still haunts me.
     
  13. coosbaycreep

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    I really regret selling a a ruger semi-auto .44 mag carbine. At the time I wanted the money to buy something more "tactical", and have been looking for another one at a sane price ever since.
     
  14. mattw

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    I have never sold any of my firearms and never will!
     
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    Like others, I've got a few that I let go and later regretted. The one that really sticks in my craw is the Remington 600 Magnum with laminated stock in 350 Rem mag that I bought as a salesman's gun when I worked at Remington Arms in Ilion, NY in the late 60's. I think I paid around $65 for it and sold it for $100 a few months later. Dumb!

    NCsmitty
     
  16. Bud Tugly

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    Two of them: my dad's sporterized 7.62 Swiss Schmidt-Rubin that was his deer rifle and a very nice .303 Enfield I had restored.
     
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    a Browning M-92 44 mag and an almost new jungle carbine picked out of a barrel of them for $32 ( that has been quite some time ago).
     
  18. levrluvr

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    My 9422M.
    It was sold at the same time as my BL-22 and Marlin 783 over 30 years ago so I could have funds to head off to college. The 1969 GTO Judge was sold at the same time.
    I'm still wondering if someone had accomplished a lobotomy on me prior to those sales without me knowing it................:eek:
     
  19. LTR shooter

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    Rifles? Well let's see:

    Weatherby MKXXII
    Rem 700VLS .223
    Rem Nylon 66
    Sako Finnfire Varmint

    Out of those I guess if I could have ONE back it would be the Sako.
     
  20. redneckrepairs

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    That i regret?? too many to mention . The one i regret most .. well lets see ..... most likely a sako finwolf ( short action and mannlicher style ) .243 from the 60s or 70s . Wonder full wood and it shot like a target rifle . iirc mid 80s i traded it for a colt python and a dick special , neither of which i still have .
     
  21. cal74

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    I bought one of the Repro Model 52B's when I was in college. Three digit serial no. that I still know.

    Couldn't really afford it when I bought it and I sold it a year later for a decent profit at the time. That was 12-13 years ago.

    This past year it was bothering me so bad that I tracked down the guy I sold it to and asked if he still had it. He'd just traded it off within the last year or so and said he would have sold it back to me :mad: I know if he still had it he would have just asked to get back out of it what I'd sold it to him for.

    Hopefully one of these days I'll find it?
     
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    I picked up a beautiful Imbel FAL back in 2002 at J&G for $399.

    I ended up trading it in on a Sig 2340 a few years ago:banghead::(:mad:
     
  23. Zach S

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    Mil-Spec Springer. I swapped the trigger, MSH, and grips out to my liking and planned on a few more bells and whistles (dovetailed night sight, yost retro rear, beavertail, light rail or 610R, triggerjob), but I just shot it. Never got around to having any work done. The more I shot it, the less I thought about it.

    Then I traded it. Dangit.

    Edit: Sorry, didnt realize I had got to the rifle forum.
     
  24. JWF III

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    Well not exactly rifles, but the only 2 guns I sold/traded were shotguns. One was a Rem 11-87, I'm glad that one's gone.The other was an Ithaca Model 37. It was beat to hell when I got it. A 20" riot gun, marked (engraved in receiver and painted on the stock) DKPD 037. The 037 was not for the model, each one the shop had had a different number, so it had to be a department id#. The DKPD stood for DeKalb (County) P.D. Dekalb, for those that don't know is right on the outskirts of the city of Atlanta. I lived in the next county over.

    I (read my dad-since I was still a minor) paid $100 for that gun, but I loved it. So anyway, my dad and I had a deal that as long as I came up with half of the cost of a gun, he'd cover the other half no matter what the gun was. Well one gun show rolled around and I found a rifle I just had to have (for deer hunting), but was just short of our deal of half. I received $80 credit on trade, at the time we thought that we did alright in the deal.

    Fast forward 15 years to 2005, I saw the same model of Ithaca 37 in a gun shop. It wasn't marked DKPD, or anything like that. But it was marked at $650. :what:I'm still kicking myself.

    Wyman

    BTW- over the 3-4 years I owned that gun, I never knew that 37s didn't have a disconnector (only 12-13 yo). Oh what fun I could've had.:banghead::banghead::banghead:
     
  25. HoosierQ

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    Since this is Rifle Country: I sold a Mini-14 Ranch rifle. Sure wish I still had that. It wasn't perfect but if was a good gun. It was before the days of finding a decent hi-cap mag so over the few years I had it, I found several of the 5 rounders. I sold it with one and I still have 7 5-round mags for the thing which I paid between $15 and $20 dollars for each...on at a time.

    Sure which I still had that. It wasn't perfect but it was mine and I liked it. It had one of those super duper rubber butt plates on it that fit both the mini and the 10/22...I think Bushmaster sells them. That was nice as it added about 1" to the length of pull which I need. Still have the original butt plate too.
     
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