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When is it time to sell that firearm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Pietro Beretta, Jul 19, 2009.

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  1. Pietro Beretta

    Pietro Beretta Member

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    Aside from the gun your father gave you, or that unique gun that just is not around at all anymore:

    When is it finally time to sell the gun(s) that you just no longer use?

    How long can you justify keeping it, when you just don't use it anymore?
     
  2. jad0110

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    I don't shoot my S&W Model 14 much, but I'll never part with it. I do like it, and I know I'd regret it.

    If there is any chance, no matter how small that you'd regret selling, DON'T do it! I only sell guns I flat don't like these days, such as my Taurus Model 94 and my Springfield XD9. Didn't regret selling either. I respect AKs a ton, but the ergos just don't work for me; sold mine and bought an AR.

    OTH, I stupidly traded a Heritage Rough Rider that I liked for a gun I thought I'd like more. Stupid. Don't ever do that, just be patient. The gun I traded for was the aforementioned Taurus 94. I quickly ditched the 94, but the trade of that Heritage still irked me. I just replaced it not long ago, but I learned my lesson with that one.

    One other thing to consider is that even if you don't use it, your children (if you have them) may want them / want them one day.
     
  3. earlthegoat2

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    If I dont use it I sell it. Or if I am going to get something that I think is better that will fill the same niche then I will sell to fund that purchase. I have never owned more than 15 guns at one time. I sell all the time to buy other ones an I dont regret it. If I had a bunch of Pythons I would be selling them right now and buying up Smith 27s because they are next on the list of appreciating firearms. Then it will be Ruger Six Series. When one thing gets priced out of the market the next least expensive thing becomes in demand and the price skyrockets. It happened with AMCs when tall the GM, Ford, and Chrysler muscle cars all got bought up and it will happen with the guns too.
     
  4. 61chalk

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    Guns have come an gone, if you don't want it or need it, an you get a good price
    sell it....the person that gets it will most likely enjoy it. An you can enjoy the money, perhaps to spend someday on another gun that you will enjoy having.
     
  5. Slamfire

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    One lifetime. After that, I don't care.
     
  6. Cosmoline

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    It's just stuff. Apart from a few keepers in the core of my collection it all comes and goes. If it doesn't get used it gets gone. Shooting is a verb!
     
  7. KegCommando

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    I see your in CA.

    If it is a handgun, you better hate it, or it better be extremely popular, or else you won't ever see it again, and you'll regret it big time.
     
  8. David E

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    If I lived in an extremely anti-gun state, I'd never sell a THING.
     
  9. ironvic

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    I rotate my guns a lot because I enjoy shooting so many types, no gunsafe could possibly hold them all. The gun I wish I had kept was a sweet S&W Model-52. ...sigh...
     
  10. Mad Magyar

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    The pistols I've sold over the years were for the following reasons: needed the money or they were giving me problems that annoyed me.
    I regret the first reason since the money doesn't last and there are regrets.
    The only "safe-queens" I won't part with are those that seem to have an audience value-wise, like the S&W 547 still mint....Otherwise, if I don't fire it: I sell it....:)
     
  11. DeepSouth

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    If it will not fire or is totally unreliable, and would cost more to repair it than it would to replace it, then I might sell it.
     
  12. jackstinson

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    As long as I want. I don't need to justify anything either.
     
  13. Cosmoline

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    That's a good point. Up here they're exchanged almost like a form of currency.
     
  14. texas bulldog

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    i'd have to strongly dislike it. i can enjoy owning a gun even if i don't shoot it. like another poster said, maybe one of my kids would like it one day. or maybe another gun will break down and i'll start to use it again. you never know. even my wife, who is definitely pro-gun but not really as into guns as me, says i should never sell a gun.

    i guess that's all the justification i need...
     
  15. aka108

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    When you wake up one morning and realize you age now equals the average male longevity on the acturail tables, your kids don't have interest in your collection and you don't want to burden your wife with unloading the accumulated steel and wood. Then you cut it down to your real favorites and don't sweat the rest.
     
  16. KegCommando

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    I vote you never get rid of your wife. :)
     
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    OK, so not counting unusual guns / no longer made / collector pieces.....

    It's a good question, and the answer depends on handgun or defensive rifle vs. hunting longgun, and just simply how much room you have in your house / safe.

    First off, the values are ONLY going to go up, on ALL types of guns, so unless you need the money for a specific thing you need to pay for, or need the space they're taking up, there's no good financial practical reason to ever sell one. Similarly and relatedly, since we'll ALL presumably having more time to shoot them when we're retired than we do now (assuming you're not already retired), just not having time to shoot them is not a reason. You MAY just have plenty of time to shoot and enjoy all of them *someday*.

    Secondly, assume that you have plenty of room for all of them. Then I look at hunting longguns and defensive guns slightly differently. I want no more defensive guns that I absolutely really need to "cover my bases", because the fewer designs/manuals of arms, and the more familiarity, the better. So I pare down to necessities there. I've got essentially just 6 "serious" defensive arms: 1 standard/always/deep concealment CCW, 1 bedside handgun, 1 pickup truck handgun, 1 backup pickup truck & CCW handgun, 1 home defense shotgun, and 1 all-purpose SHTF/militia type rifle.

    As for longguns, there's always the "but this longgun is the perfect gun to hunt X species in Y state/country under Z conditions, or induct a noob into the shooting world, for me, my future wife, my friends & inlaws, or my nephews" syndrome, due to some little design quirk or caliber of the rifle. And I eventually want to hunt around the world. So I ain't selling these until my dreams are completely shattered and it becomes readily apparent (if ever) that that Africa trip, etc., just ain't never gonna happen. I'll just need one gun then, to Hunter Thompson myself.

    I like that! :)
     
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  18. texas bulldog

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    haha! thanks, keg commando. she's a keeper.
     
  19. RatDrall

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    About 6 months ago, when the price of just about any gun went way way up.

    Now isn't a bad time either.
     
  20. bad_company

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    I'm with earlthegoat2 :D
     
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    when I have no desire to shoot it any more. its not a particular amount of time, but just when I've lost interest. I don't sell often- but some do come and go.
     
  22. searcher451

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    I learned the hard way a long, long time to never, ever sell a gun because, somewhere along the way -- and likely sooner rather than later -- it will turn around to bite you and you'll spend a lot of time and money and effort trying to replace the one you let get away.

    That being said, the unreliable gun that has no collector's value is a good candidate to allow to leave the nest, so long as you point out clearly to the new buyer that the gun has been problematic for you.
     
  23. colorado_handgunner

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    Never sell, ever!
     
  24. xstuntman

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    Never fails. I sell one and years later regret the heck out of it. I don't sell anything now. X
     
  25. KegCommando

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    For those that sold and had regrets, why you sold in the first place might be helpful.

    If sold for money, then yeah, I can understand having later regrets.

    But if sold for some other reason, what significantly changed to make you wish you still had that piece?
     
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