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Old March 18, 2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Considering selling all the AR stuff...

I was in the military and got my jollies there shooting M16/M4 and M249 so I don't really "get a kick" out of shooting the AR. It's certainly nice and I've nothing against it but I'm kind of "over it".

Thinking about selling it, the ammo, the mags, the spare parts.

Anyone here go through this? Should I sell it all together or try and part it out? I know...I'm thinking of selling about 2 months too late!

Thinking about reinvesting the money into some combination of a 22 suppressor, some handgun sights, a 308 mag fed rifle, a shotgun, fixing up a 22 rifle...that sort of thing.

What do you think?

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Old March 18, 2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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When I no longer "get a kick" out of shooting a particular firearm I sell it to someone that will.
I sold off all of my AR stuff (Colt and Bushmaster) in 2001 for that very reason.

Prices are trending down from the last panic and parting out instead
of a pkg. deal does help recoup more of your total investment.


I did end up buying one replacement AR in 2011... it's a piston driven pre-ban Daewoo.







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Old March 18, 2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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I was in your shoes years and years ago, bought one of the first colt ar-15, and a colt 45 gov along with many other guns. Wanted other guns so I sold and traded for years. And while I have a dozen guns, I miss the ones I had. My advise, keep every gun you have and save for what you want. By the time you re-want what you had it will cost you 3 to four times as much. My ar-15 was around 400.00 now a colt ar-15 is big bucks.
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Old March 18, 2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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If it's a Colt...

I once was told by an old gunshop owner to never sell a Colt....I did several years ago and really regret it ! Put it in the back of the safe or in storage and I'm betting you'll want to take it out again someday and renew the experience !
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Old March 18, 2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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^^^^^^^ What he said.

Unless you are in dire straits money wise, put the rifle in the back of the safe and forget about it. In a year or two or three, that light will come on and you will most likely bring it out and shoot it.
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Old March 18, 2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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My first rifle was an M16 (back in '72). When I got back into guns again I didn't mess with the .223 because to me it only made sense as an automatic not as a semi.

My first rifle I bought as a civilian was POF 308 with a 20" barrel. It was similar enough to an M16 to stay within my comfort zone, but had enough mass to reach out.

Now I'm hooked on precision long range shooting still using the .308 but with a bolt action.
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Old March 18, 2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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No, don't sell it! Donate it to Spats McGee's Home for Wayward Rifles, and take a tax deduction. . .
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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My advice is to hold on to it. I've sold firearms that I was 'over' shooting and I regret it.

Somewhere out there is a Winchester 70 in .223 with a varmint contour barrel that could shoot one ragged hole when I did my part. Sold it to buy some drum stuff and I miss it terribly.
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:48 PM   #9
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I'm with you. I have 2 AR's and really like them. The are fun, nice to own, but I wonder if a better optic on my LR rifle and a nice over/under 12 ga would be better in my home...not to mention that the girls need a 20 ga soon to get going with...
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Old March 18, 2013, 08:51 PM   #10
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This thread is almost unanimous! I wish I had kept every gun I ever sold. I've also never regretted changing something I already had, like a re-barrel job, new stock or upgrade.

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Old March 18, 2013, 11:22 PM   #11
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Quote:
I once was told by an old gunshop owner to never sell a Colt
It...is...a...Colt!
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Old March 19, 2013, 07:31 AM   #12
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Quote:
It...is...a...Colt!
You should have said that in your first post. That fact changes the situation a lot.

I would not keep it either. Send me a PM and I can help you unload it

All kidding aside. . .KEEP THE GUN!
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Old March 19, 2013, 03:47 PM   #13
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Alright, I've regained my composure. Will be keeping it. Nice to have, even if I don't shoot it. Plus if the radical left doesn't want me to have it...all the more reason to keep it. Thanks y'all!
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Old March 19, 2013, 05:39 PM   #14
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I have only sold one gun and it was to help pay for a Colt AR! It is up to you as the owner whether or not to sell it. If you think you won't miss it in few years, then now is still the time to get rid of it. All together or as parts is up to you. It will sell a lot faster as a complete rifle. If you have a MagPul CTR for a Mil-Spec sized buffer tube, I might take it off your hands.
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Old March 19, 2013, 05:40 PM   #15
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for the right price--everything is for sale.
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Old March 19, 2013, 06:00 PM   #16
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Looks like the AR market will continue to cool. January may of been the peak.
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Old March 19, 2013, 06:22 PM   #17
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It's going to cool off quite a bit after today's news about the AWB in the Senate.
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Old March 19, 2013, 07:51 PM   #18
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Re: Considering selling all the AR stuff...

Agreed. Looks like supplies are trickling back in and prices are falling. Not sure if the AWB as an amendment stands much of a chance. High cap ban...who knows. I think I'm going to view it as a standard slot gun everyone should have. Like a semi auto centerfire pistol, 22 rifle or 12 gauge shotgun.
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Old March 20, 2013, 07:06 AM   #19
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Keep it. I share your lack of enthusiasm most of the time. I was active duty for 10 years from 99-09, and was a Cavalry Scout in the 82nd from 06-09, and shot thousands of rounds out of M16 and M4 rifles, among other things (Ma-Deuce, 240B, M60, MK19, etc), I got rid of my Armalite in 2010, and ended up getting another last year. I don't give much of a hoot for "modding" it, I did put Bushnell's version of the M68 on it since I can't justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a real Aimpoint, and once in a while it's fun to "get back to the basics" of shooting what I really learned the fundamentals on. I even picked up 25 meter alt-c qualification targets from LETargets so I can make sure I can still shoot under a time clock

Oh and you'd be amazed how much all those "ready up" drills help when rabbit hunting.. so I do them with my M4 again now LOL.
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Old March 20, 2013, 04:04 PM   #20
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I sold my 6721 several years ago now. Regretted it every day since. Now I have a 6920 and balance has been restored to my life.
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Old March 20, 2013, 06:23 PM   #21
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Re: Considering selling all the AR stuff...

Glad to see some other military folks understand what I was trying to express. I suppose if it isn't exciting and fun but it is familiar, that's OK. Its like a long term relationship versus a fling I suppose.
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Old March 23, 2013, 07:01 AM   #22
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I had a Colt Anaconda in 45 LC, sold it with no regrets. Even with that being said there are a few other ones that I let go that I regret doing so. Now I save until I can get the one that I want never to sell another one.
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Old March 23, 2013, 08:11 AM   #23
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I was forced to sell a few guns back in the 70's, I have regretted it ever since. I have replaced a couple of them and still looking for others including a Ruger Bearcat at a reasonable price, the one with the brass trigger guard.
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Old March 23, 2013, 11:18 AM   #24
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If you need to sell, it's a no brainer. The price is right...

If the weapon no longer suits your hobby-oriented use, and you're not a "collector", the price is right...

No reason to have them collecting dust in the cabinet/safe when the $$ can be put to better use.

Owners sell weapons all the time to fund the next build, or the next "gotta have" gun...or pay the mortgage.
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Old March 24, 2013, 12:04 PM   #25
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Glad you decided to keep it. I also do not find my AR all that exciting after using the M16/M4 in the military. However, I am extremely familiar with it and keep if because I am confident in my abilities with it. I only shoot it every now and then. But if SHTF it will be the rifle I turn to in a hearbeat.

I shoot other guns for fun and pleasure. My AR is now what I consider to be a work rifle.
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