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What was your dumbest firearms related purchase?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Feb 18, 2004.

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  1. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Member

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    Grendel P10

    As a handgun, it does an excellent job of keeping papers from being blown off the desk. Instead of calling it a semi-automatic, they should re-designate it a slide-action single shot.
     
  2. Iron Mike

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    I bought a Marlin camp gun in 9mm and a 40 cal. firestar, if I could fire a full magazine through either one I'd be a happy man
     
  3. 454c

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    Lorcin 9mm.The best it ever did was 2 or 3 jams a mag.
     
  4. chetrogers

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    My first Pistol i bought from a friend was a Jennings 9mm..I still have it and would never shoot it again to many problems with it.Jams,fail to feeds,clip falling out,and The safety not working..Im glad i bought it because it interested me in firearms but I wish i would of got something better for my first pistol.The only good thing about buying a Jennings is that what ever your next pistol is going to be its gonna be better..I love my rugger p97dc :)
     
  5. ExpatGator

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    Taurus PT-22 for the kids. Their assessment was that it was doo-doo, and I agreed. I have never owned a worse firearm. The little Brazilian nightmare was replaced by a Walther P-22 and we are all the better for it. We went from continuous FTF to never FTF. We now subscribe to the don't buy Taurus mindset.
     
  6. foghornl

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    Don't remember the brand, but it was an import knock-off of the Colt SAA in 22LR/22Mag. Called the "Buffalo Scout". Sold for about $69 new, in 1983-84 era....when you could buy handguns at SOME Wal-Marts. (Alvin, TX).

    This particular 22 had a little mechanical safety tab thingy that you flipped for safe or fire mode. It would keep the hammer from hitting the firing pin in safe mode. Was opposite the loading gate.
     
  7. JonnyB

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    I bought a Winchester Model 100 (.308 Semi-auto) at an uncle's estate sale. It was the first center-fire rifle I had ever fired; I was about 13, and he and I were hunting ground-squirrels with it.

    Anyway, it had (key word - *had*) some sentimental value 30 years later, after Uncle Albert had died, so I paid dearly for it. I believe I gave about $325 or so , pretty much sight-unseen. The internals were filthy and corroded and pitted. It wouldn't extract when fired, and needed a new bolt, with extractor and ejector. And, the firing pin had never been replaced after the recall. About a $110 repair bill.

    Of course it needed a 'scope, so I bought one, and mounts - another $200 (at least). By now, I have well over $600 in a rifle that's worth about $300 - as equipped.

    I sold it several months later - prety much unused, except for test-firing - for ~$250, complete.

    JB
     
  8. TerryBob

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    :uhoh: What is it about Jennings? So many of us has bought those little pieces of poop. I have a Jennings .22. I'm gonna tape a quarter to it so that when I throw it away, I will fell like I lost something.

    I'm also guilty on the subject of the Ramline 30 shot 10/22 clip. It went into a trash can at Knob Creek Range.

    TerryBob
     
  9. RepublicanMan

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    Desert Eagle MK-VII in .44mag......and a shoulder rig to go with it. Silly me thought it could be carried concealed.....ummmm NO.
     
  10. OEF_VET

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    Lorcin .22
    Hi-Point .380
    Davis .38 derringer
    Talon .380
    7 Ramline 30rnd AR mags (sand will jam them everytime)
    Intratec AB-10 (also the 50 rnd mag I bought for it)

    Darn, I've made a LOT of dumb gun purchases over the years. I've got to stop doing that.
     
  11. redneck2

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    Been pretty lucky..

    only one real stinker....Davis derringer in .38 sp. No trigger guard, so the trigger pull is realistically in the 15-20# range. Also, if you let the hammer down it rests on the firing pin which is tight against the primer

    Set a 5 gallon bucket 10 feet away and hit mebbe 50%. Still got about 80% of what I paid on trade.
     
  12. Atticus

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    There have been a few...but the one that stands out in my mind was a Baford Arms High Power clone. I was saving up for a Browning HP (and was close) when I ran across a Baford for a little less. The clerk was a good salesman, and I swallowed his BS hook, line and sinker. The gun was a real stinker. After coming back to the store twice with problems, the store owner felt bad, had a conscience, and gave me full trade in price which I applied to the HP. Learned a lesson about impulse buying and not doing research.
     
  13. Autolite

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    Back when I was in Walter Mitty mode ...

    I bought a Harris folding bi-pod for my Mini 14. The attaching mechanism was never tight and it always rattled when going through the bush. The fact is that a Mini 14 needs a bi-pod like my stock Ford Pinto needs racing slicks ...
     
  14. Tierhog

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    Clip on Bipod from Cheaperthandirt.com, looks cool, works like [email protected]
     
  15. Tamara

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    I once bought a Jennings 9mm. Don't tell anybody... :uhoh:
     
  16. vulcan

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    <head bowed>

    -RG14 .22lr revolver & a cobray single shot .410 shotgun......

    The RG14 when I was young & dumb

    The shotgun cuz I'm a sucker for a folding stock

    :eek:

    My impulsive gene gets the best of me, except for the M24 S&W from Tamara's N frame post.:D That one worked out !
     
  17. PromptCritical

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    Feather .22 takedown rifle. It's not that it doesn't shoot decently, it was an impulse buy, and cost way more than it's worth. Looks kinda neat though. Has a detachable stock and pistol grip, cheesy Chinese scope, can't believe it's legal in PRK. Can't sell it though. I've only sold one gun and regretted it ever since. Besides, a true gun nut NEVER sells a gun.
     
  18. cracked butt

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    A mosin nagant M44 that was on sale for $35- it had a questionable looking bore at the store, but when I cleaned it up, it was much worse than I thought.

    A "military style" Uncle Mike's sling- too flimsy and cheaply made to use as a shooting sling, too short to use as a carrying strap- $22 I'll never see again.

    A remington 597 when it first came out. The POS jammed every 3rd shot and wasn't impressively accurate. bought it for $139 instead of spending the extra $20 for a 10/22. Sold it a year later for $85. Haven't had an interest in buying anything from Remington since.
     
  19. artherd

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    Cheaping out on Rail-mount rings (ok and don't move, but whenever I loosen off the weaver quick-detatch rail, the scope itself goes loose in the rings. Kinda makes the whole idea of QUICK-DETATCH rings with zero-retention rail mounting useless...)

    They weren't even very cheap either, $70!

    I ate it and bought Badgers for about twice as much.
     
  20. Hutch

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    Am I the only one here that ever bought the Charter Explorer II .22LR "Pistol"???? For those unfamiliar, it has the action of the AR-7 rifle, in a tidy compact package only slightly larger, if somewhat lighter, than the family Bible. No holster ever made to fit it, about as accurate as a good knuckleball, and with a GRUESOME trigger. What WAS I thinking....
     
  21. BerettaNut92

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    1. An Uncle Mike's 9-shotshell loop sling :rolleyes:

    2. Beretta 92G. I've had so much luck with the gun, everything else since then that I've dabbled with has just been....disappointing :(
     
  22. hillbilly

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    NAA .22 mag mini-revolver.

    And, when I was a complete and total newb idiot, I got one of those Swedish Mausers sporterized by Kimber. Only I go the one that had been rebarreled to .308.

    Not only did I do that, I even picked up some .308 stripper clips to use for it, not having enough sense to realize that putting a scope on the rifle would kind of, sort of totally prevent the use of stripper clips.

    Oh to be 21 again...................No thanks.

    hillbilly
     
  23. TechBrute

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    Skunk... Your M1a didn't show up on this thread?
     
  24. Ktulu

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    Glock 19. It was my first pistol and I bought it because I didn't know any better. Looking back with perfect hindsight I think I would have been better served buying some Colt 1911 or something a little nicer. It's a fine gun (for what it is) and it shoots ok but it mostly gets shot by friends who want to try IDPA, etc.

    A close second...

    Mossberg 590. I wanted a 3-gun shottie that I could get fast and cheap. This gun is a lot cheaper then it is fast. Again, a fine gun (for what it is) but the $350 or whatever I paid for it would have been better spent as part of the cost of a Remmy 1100 Comp-Master, Benelli, an X2, or something.
     
  25. TechBrute

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    pfffft... :rolleyes: Autos are for people that can't work a pump. :D <ducks due to incoming flames>
     
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