Depends on your situation;
I traded away a spare-to-me $500.00 Garand for an AR in "CAR" config in the past.
I traded away a spare-to-me $700.00 Garand for a 100%-matching Polish U/F AK with orig barrel built on an NDS1P recvr back in the day when Polskis were very hard to find.
I still have a Garand to shoot.
In a victim nation, a classroom full of dead children is morally superior to a teacher holding a smoking gun knowing she just protected her students.