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straight-shooter
February 21, 2012, 08:39 AM
I have a brand new in the box blued Ruger Old Army with a manf date of 2006. It's so dang nice I can't stand it. I'm getting to the point that it's driving me nutz looking past it everytime I choose what to take to the range. More to the point, I can't bring myself to fire the first shot through it! :confused:

What you say ? Should i cherish it's beauty and respect my decision to keep it pristine or should I take her out and give her a good spanking! LOL ....

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/straightshooter44/05323604.jpg

rtpzwms
February 21, 2012, 08:46 AM
Buy another one and shoot the new copy!:D

deerslayer303
February 21, 2012, 09:21 AM
CHOOOOOOT IT!!! Just clean her up real nice when you are done. You won't hurt that ROA by firing her. Mine was manufactured in 1973, I bought it used and there is no telling how many balls have been fired out of it, ans she is still a beauty queen! smoke em if ya got em

Hawg
February 21, 2012, 09:53 AM
shoot tha thang.:D

Pahoo
February 21, 2012, 11:00 AM
shoot tha thang.
Absolutely and it won't hurt a thing. Ya know, there so many "collectibles" that folks are reluctant to shoot that I personally don't understand. We all have our share of Safe-Queens but all of mine have been shot, at least once. ... ;)


Be Safe !!!

Beagle333
February 21, 2012, 11:02 AM
I'm going with "Buy a used one and shoot the copy" also.
I like to shoot my pistols, but I like having one of the same model NIB too.

OutlawJoseyWales
February 21, 2012, 11:16 AM
"When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." Tuco :)

OJW

Wild Bill Bucks
February 21, 2012, 11:30 AM
Right now, it's just a shiny piece of metal that looks like a Ruger. It's only after it's fired that it becomes a pistol. Always "proof test" fire any purchase just to make sure it really is, what it looks like.:D

Skadoosh
February 21, 2012, 11:36 AM
It's just a Ruger. Shoot it.

TheGoldenState
February 21, 2012, 11:37 AM
It's not an heirloom or old historic piece with rarity.


It's nice.


Shoot it.

orangello
February 21, 2012, 11:52 AM
I just don't understand a regular, production model firearm being used as "art", but that is just my opinion. I won't keep a firearm that i won't shoot. I even put one through my first, childhood rifle once in a while (perhaps to the detriment of a treerat this weekend, hmmm :rolleyes: ). Why not take a few really nice, well-lit pictures of it in its virginal state & keep those for posterity. If they only made a handful, i guess i could see museum preservation, but i wouldn't want a museum piece in my safe hiding from public view.

Surely a good cleaning will keep it nice enough to be safe-worthy. Maybe some lube on the outside of the cylinder could limit the turn line?

No offense intended; i may just be ignorant.

straight-shooter
February 21, 2012, 12:22 PM
No offense taken :) Photography happens to be my 2nd hobby and sometimes i get carried away combining the two.

A lot of valid points given here and yes, this is not a heirloom nor a rare piece. As i don't intend on ever selling this gun i might as well get some enjoyment from it.

The ceremonial first round firing will take place soon! Then if I'm really disappointed I'll just blame it on you guys... LOL :p :D