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Old September 24, 2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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What are your personal rules when selling a gun?

It seems that when I want a new gun (right now its a Rem SPS 700 Sporter in 223 for a light weight knock-about woods gun), I find something else in my collection to sell...which happens to be my G30SF w five mags...

Why the G30? BC I have 3 other 45s (Kimber TLEs 3, 4 and 5 inch), and Glocks sell well. Plus G30 only has 48 rounds through it and hasnt left safe in 2 years...

Im hesitating though...My grandpa always said NEVER SELL A GUN...save up, and get what you want, but hold onto your guns...Im in a bad habit replacing old ones with new ones...

What are your thoughts...I want the 700...and have G26, G19, G27, G23...but just dont want to give up my higher cap G30 cannon...even though I have 4 other Glocks...

Ugh...so many guns, so little budget

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Old September 24, 2012, 12:52 AM   #2
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your grandpa is a wise man....

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Old September 24, 2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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From all your Glocks I would let the g30 go first. I don't see anything wrong with selling your guns to fund another gun. JUST DONT EVER SELL YOUR LAST GUN!!!
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Old September 24, 2012, 01:04 AM   #4
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Your grandpa is a wise man indeed, I would just save up and get the new firearm but you won't ever catch me selling one of my rifles (or my pistol). Just hold on to all of your weapons then you can pass them on to your children (or other family members) after you die.

My own personal rule is that I refuse to sell or buy guns unless from a dealer or a family member.

But that's just me...

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Old September 24, 2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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I would agree with your grandpa, save up and get the gun you want. we live in an impulse purchase society and this usually means spending money we don't have or squandering the money we do have. you have to weigh your needs versus your wants. you want a Rem 700 but you don't need it.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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I have regretted it every time I sold a gun.
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Old September 24, 2012, 09:14 AM   #7
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I have sold a fair number of guns. The heavens did not fall. The earth did not move. I was not struck dumb with inconsoleable grief.

I don't sell guns if I think it would be hard to replace them if I regretted the sale.

I don't get emotionally attached (at least, not much) to objects. I may like them a lot. I enjoy my guns, my Avalanche, my Triumph Rocket III... but they are things. I save my emotional attachments for family, friends, and my critters (dogs, horses). They love me back.

The right to keep and bear guns is priceless.

The guns themselves are just things.
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Old September 24, 2012, 09:27 AM   #8
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If a gun doesn't perform, it's definitely in jeopardy. In other words, it takes more than bang to cut the mustard around here.
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Old September 24, 2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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I have sold a few guns but not to buy new ones. Sometimes I'll buy guns just to try them out or out of curiosity. If I like them I keep them, if not they get sold.
I do get attached to my guns. Hell, I even name my hunting rifles. But if a firearm proves to be undesirable for any reason it is gone. One example was a Hi Point 45 Carbine. I ordered it new and after shooting it a few times with various sights I found it to be reliable but very inaccurate. That was all it took, I sold it and have never regreted it. If I can't hit a beer can with a long arm reliably at 50 yds then I consider it worthless.
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Old September 24, 2012, 11:14 AM   #10
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Old September 24, 2012, 11:25 AM   #11
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I can't agree with the never sell a gun crowd,,,

I've bought two revolvers in recent years that were flat-out disappointing,,,
Should I have kept those revolvers even though I didn't like them?

Heck no I say,,,

Why keep something you don't like?
Why keep something you don't shoot?
Why keep something that just isn't good?

The only reason would be as a collector piece.

I have on occasion regretted selling off a particular handgun,,,
But the need always overshadowed the want.

The guns I sold because I desperately needed money I do regret,,,
The ones I sold because I was disappointed I never regretted.

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Old September 24, 2012, 12:00 PM   #12
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I'm going to have to go with Grandpa also.
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Old September 24, 2012, 12:25 PM   #13
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I don't, and never have had a gun I wouldn't sell. I've never seen one I couldn't replace if I wanted to. I've never regreted selling one. They're just things, made to be bought and sold all day long.
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Old September 24, 2012, 01:46 PM   #14
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I agree with your Grandpa 100% and won't sell one unless I absolutely have to. I save up my beans and make a purchase when I have enough.
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Old September 24, 2012, 02:04 PM   #15
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If you sold your rifles (guns ). How would you ever go from a 6 gun cabinet to a 8 to a 10 to a 12 to ..... You get the picture
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Old September 24, 2012, 06:47 PM   #16
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I sell/trade guns if I have one like it that is similar or better.
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Old September 24, 2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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If you can't bring yourself to sell a gun then you are too emotionally attached to them. I just sold a S&W model 19 a week and a half ago, a Colt Trooper MK III .22 today and maybe a Colt Detective Special tomorrow. I have found that I have too much "stuff" and I am lightening the load. Now, if I can only sell that Cannondale touring bike.
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Old September 24, 2012, 07:27 PM   #18
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I recently wanted to buy some firearms. I had stuff in the safe I used on a regular basis and some stuff that had not seen the light of day in years. Money is tight these days. It was pretty easy to let things go that I didn't use on a regular basis to get something I wanted. I had three AR-15s two carbines and one mid length. I traded the AR-15 off for cash and a SIG 522 I wanted. I traded a Kimber 1911 ( I had 3 other 1911s) and a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Mag with a 10 1/2 inch barrel & Leopuld I had purchased in 1979 and the scope in 1981 for a FNP Tactical .45. Works for me.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:32 PM   #19
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I've sold guns and try not to think about it. Sometimes I regret it.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:40 PM   #20
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I agree w/grandpa. don't sell them....everybody goes on moneymaking trends at some point in their life. I made the mistake of selling a nice coin collection...now I can't get it back. that being said there are valid reasons to sell a gun andor sometimes the issue arises. my rule is get a bill of sale to track purchase just to save somewhere to show the weapon is no longer your possession as of such and such date.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:48 PM   #21
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I would generally agree with the "Don't ever sell" crowd, but a Glock is not exactly on the list of guns you'd have a hard time replacing if you ever did find a use for it, and if it hasn't left your safe in two years, I doubt you ever will.
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Old September 25, 2012, 12:57 AM   #22
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I would sell a weapon I felt was unreliable or defective/burdensome to me. however, I wouldn't try to 'get a deal' at someone's expense. I am all for doing that legally like with a car as one example(greg brady's first car in the classic sitcom), but when it comes to a firearm I couldn't do this to somebody. I guess a pawnshop wouldn't be offlimits to try but I have never sold a firearm. The only one I ever had an issue with was fixed via lifetime warranty in a jiffy which nullified the issue.
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Old September 25, 2012, 06:36 AM   #23
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I'll echo what others have already. Grandpa KNOWS what he's talking about.

I've only sold two guns in the last 40+ yrs. And I'm still kickin' myself for both of them.

Hopefully, I'll live long enough to be as wise as your grandpa. But, time's running out, so I kinda doubt it.
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Old September 25, 2012, 11:24 AM   #24
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You don't seem real attached to the Glock. But you have 5 mags, so you must shoot it. I'd choose one I don't shoot much and sell it. Guns are just things. Buy, sell, trade.... Glocks are easy to replace if you want to.
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Old September 25, 2012, 12:20 PM   #25
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The "don't ever sell" mantra makes me think of the "gun as talisman" school.

They are tools, guys, and nothing more.
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