From scratch

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by BeyondTheBox, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    If you had it to do all over again, from first gun on, with the knowledge and understanding you have now, would you change your selections and would it change what you currently have at all?

    For me absolutely, the first 7 or so I would exchange for 3. I'd never have bought the majority of guns I've had actually. All the DAO and striker fire, never would've touched. Took me a while to understand that I'm a hammer man.

    - 1st gun would've been a more compact 9mm, Sig P938
    - 2nd a full size 9mm, Taurus PT92
    - 3rd an officer 1911, RIA probably
    - 4th I already have, a good compact 22lr plinker, the Phoenix HP22A &
    - 5th I already have a deep conceal 22, 25 or 32, like my Beretta Jetfire

    What I have now is good and I won't be trading or adding any time soon, but they don't quite fit what I now know I would've wanted had I known. Eg...

    - 1st is a compact 9mm, twice the weight and over an inch in overall size larger than the P938
    - 2nd the same gun in 45 which is awesome and I love and 1911 like enough is good for me
    - 3rd my Phoenix
    - 4th my Beretta Jetfire

    So I'm close, close enough I'm happy with my collection, but took a lot of losers to get here.
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I can not say that I have learned my lesson yet, but I have regretted every "cheap" gun I have purchased. It is better to invest in quality.
     

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I would've kept that little snubbie Rossi .357 magnum and my mossberg 500. Beyond that, I probably would've done everything else the same.
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I am glad of the route my "collecting" has taken me.

    I've gotten to know so many different firearms over the time.
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I feel like Danf_fl.

    I am a shade tree gunsmith simply because of necessity.
     
  6. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

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    I've been lucky with my firearms collection with the exception of a Jennings that if memory serves me I didn't spend a whole lot on.
     
  7. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I was lucky in that my father was a gun person, and I grew up around "quality" guns, so from the start my basic collection was pretty solid. This is not to say that I haven't frequently kicked myself for selling, or not buying, a certain gun. Not too long ago I briefly considered selling some of my guns in order to buy others to re-configure my collection, but I realized that there wasn't one in my current collection that I had any inclination to get rid of.
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    My problem want with quality, I've always been lucky getting a quality gun even with the cheapo junkers I bought. My lessons learned came in the form of trigger action and what comes along with the difference.
     
  9. Bob Wright

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    I bought guns simply to learn how they work, and how they shoot. In that I got quite an education.

    I do not regret buying the guns I now have. I don't regret the guns I got rid of as I replaced them with better guns.

    Bob Wright
     
  10. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    Only sold about 10 guns over the years. Regret selling all but a couple that were junk.
    Most regretted:

    Ruger Mini 14, folding stock, five 30 rd mags sold about 4 yrs ago for $475. If I only knew what it would be worth in 2013!

    Colt Combat Commander 1991A1. Sold to buy engagement ring (young dumb). Divorced 2yrs later.

    Colt King Cobra sold after putting one box of 50 rds through it and having it set untouched for a couple years. Wanted a G27 to carry since I didn't use the Cobra, sold it for $375.00 (big money for a 22 yr old) and bought the Glock. Found out months later Colt would stop producing the Cobra. Just my luck.

    I've got every gun I "need" now. Recent and future purchases will be based in "want". I think long and hard when I consider selling a firearm now. Then usually decide against it.
     
  11. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I regret buying only one gun. A Glock 17 back in 1990 (?).
     
  12. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I don't regret the guns I have now what I do regret almost everyday is selling the guns I no longer have because of hard times its like I lost a pet I've had for years. Now times are better and I'm buying again I am going to try an require what I have lost.
     
  13. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    You only have one gun?
     
  14. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I have owned many handguns. That was in the states. I sold all my handguns when I returned to Germany. In Germany, a hunter can own only two handguns. I wanted the best German guns I could find. Right now I own a Sig P226r and HK USP .40. I love both guns and have no regrets. They are the best I ever had. Most of the Germans in my class have HK or Walther. Sig is most expensive, so I do not see many. The Americans mostly have Barettas and Glock. Well, back on topic, third best gun I owned was a colt 1911 model 80 Mark IV. I regret selling that gun. The worst gun I ever owned was that plastic piece of..oh never mind.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    True wisdom there!

    If I hadn't bought that ugly 22wmr rifle, I would've bought something similarly stupid later, and it was cheap at least. If I hadn't given my Bersa Thunder380 to my sister, I wouldn't have ended up with a Bersa Thunder9UCP (which I freakin LOVE).
     
  16. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    QFT, don't regret any firearms I've purchased but I regret the loss of everyone that I had to sell.

    1. L1A1
    2. SKS
    3. S&W M1917
    4. Colt Combat Commander Series 70 (2 different ones at different times)
    5. Taurus PT92
    6. Savage FP10
    7. Ruger 10/22

    Someday I might get some of them back
     
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  17. glockcj

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    I haven't sold many because I'm a sort of gun horder!! The one I did regret selling is my S&W 686. That was the gun I went to the academy with and two years later got my first glock 17. Can't stop buying know many makes and models. My wife just shakes her head now when I walk in with a box.
     
  18. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I don't even wanna name the ones I've had to sell guess I will though since I'm still buzzin from my mp5

    1. Ak47
    2. Mossberg 500
    3. Metro arms 1911 commander
    4. Baretta 92fs
    5. Ruger Sr9c
    6. Mossberg 835 ultimag
     
  19. Bob Wright

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    When I was very young I bought those $1.50~$2.00 top breaks from junk shops. After I learned how they worked they were easy to restore to shooting condition. I once bought an expensive ($10.00) Belgian double action revolver that sort of mimicked a Colt Single Action Army/Colt Lightning 1877 Self Cocker. Kept that thing for a long time and sold it as a wall hanger for $50.00.

    And a Colt M1917 revolver that I traded for an Officers Model Match .22. Traded a Colt Python for a Single Action Army that had some sentimental value. Never missed the Python after the S&W 586 came out.

    Right now I'm sitting on a Hy Hunter .357 Magnum Western Six Shooter, already have put on brass grip straps and trigger guard, replaced the cylinder bushing to remove endshake, and made a pair of one-piece style walnut grips.

    And looking to replace my double actions with single actions.

    Its a never ending journey!

    Bob Wright
     
  20. Jstrong

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    Id have a collection of about half a dozen 1911's by now instead of the others if I went back knowing then what I know now.