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The Gun You Won’t Sell

by James Tarr   |  July 24th, 2012 116

I attended a local USPSA match this past weekend at one of my local clubs, the Detroit Sportsman’s Congress.  I arrived a little late, and ended up squadded with some people whom I’d never shot before.

There were nine of us on the squad.  I knew Chris, the FBI agent, and Arlan, the recently retired UPS driver, but everybody else was a stranger.  I wasn’t sure if they were new shooters to the sport or not, but I like to think of every shooting match as an opportunity to have fun, so I was looking forward to shooting with some new people.

Three of the shooters I didn’t know seemed to know each other.  The men were all of recent retiree age, and not bad shots.  I noticed that one of them was shooting an old Browning Hi-Power, possibly an Inglis.  It had a round hammer and an adjustable rear sight—not the kind of pistol you see often, especially at an IPSC match.

Conversation revealed that the three older gentlemen were all Vietnam veterans.  The owner of the Hi-Power had been a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and flown all sorts of missions in Vietnam and Cambodia.  He’d even been shot down a time or two.  I also learned that the Browning Hi-Power was the pistol he’d carried while flying those helicopters.

If there is one thing to bind a gun to a man’s heart, it’s carrying it in combat.  I commented that he probably wouldn’t sell that gun, ever, for any amount of money.  It could be considered a family heirloom.  This made me think about my own collection of guns.  Did I own a pistol that I just would not sell for any amount of money?

My father didn’t pass down any guns to me, and I haven’t carried any of the pistols I own in combat.  I have had to point pistols at a few people over the years, but I never had to pull the trigger, and ironically I don’t own any of those guns anymore.  So which gun is nearest and dearest to my heart?

It was easy to narrow it down to two choices.  The first pistol I thought of was my Springfield Armory .45.  I bought it used sometime in the mid-nineties for $350.  I bought a used pistol because I planned to have a lot of work done on it, and figured the extra money for a new gun would just be wasted.

This wouldn’t be the first 1911 I’d owned, but it was the first one I was having customized where I really knew exactly what I wanted.  My local gunsmith, Russ Carniak, was really good, having first learned the trade behind the front lines in Korea, getting damaged guns back into service.  I gave Russ the gun, and about $1000, and what he produced was a 1911 that never jammed on me (except because of bad ammo or a bad magazine).

Russ checkered the front strap by hand, and cut off the rounded trigger guard to weld back on a square one, the front of which he checkered also.  He tightened it up, but not so tight that it had to be broken in, because he knew I was going to carry it.  I picked the parts for him to put on it—the thumb safety is a King’s which I filed down to the size and shape that I wanted, and he installed it.  He contoured the frame to fit the Ed Brown beavertail, which I then adjusted so that it stuck out as far as possible and required only a slight amount of movement to disengage, as I have issues deactivating most grip safeties due to thin hands.

I carried that Springfield every day for five years or so, and made Master Class in USPSA with it.  It has needed refinishing for years, because it was simply blued, and I carried it in a Kramer horsehide holster.  If you look closely at the picture you can see the bluing worn off on the front strap checkering in the shape of fingers, that’s how much I carried and shot it.  The tritium insert in the front sight is so old that it doesn’t glow enough to be visible to the naked eye.  Currently it has fancy G10 grips on it and a TechWell magwell, but for most of its life it wore traditional cocobolo wood grips and a bolt-on Wilson magwell.

Russ Carniak, “The Accurizer”, passed away about ten years ago, making this pistol something that can never be duplicated.  I love my Springfield, and trusted my life to it, but the fact is that I haven’t carried it for years.  For the last 6 years I’ve been carrying a Glock 34.

Even though they are ugly, simple, and inelegant, I can shoot Glocks better than I ever could 1911s.  I shoot a Glock 34 9mm in competition, and carry one every day.  Currently I only own one, and would never sell it, just because I shoot it so well and trust it completely.  Even though my Glock has been lightly customized (trigger job, aftermarket sights, steel recoil spring guide rod and reduced power recoil spring), there is nothing special about it.  In fact, it is rather battered.  A customized Glock to me is nothing like a custom 1911, and I have a lot more nostalgia and emotion invested in my Springfield than I do my Glock. If I had a second Glock set up right I would have no qualms selling the one I have.  I love the design, but not this specific handgun.

So I guess my Springfield Armory .45, even though I haven’t carried it in years, is the pistol that I just wouldn’t sell.  I know I’m not the only gunowner who has such a piece.

Do you have a handgun that you just wouldn’t sell, for any amount of money?

  • Bobby D'Incecco

    Walther P99, first pistol.

    • teraplanez

      RUGER 3-Screw Single-Six Convertible .22Mag./LR
      This was my Dad's gun and it's the first handgun I shot as a kid. It STILL feels like it's new when I cock it. It's STILL extremely accurate. I used it for the "test" to get my C.C.W. Permit. I have a newer .357 Blackhawk 3-Screw and the Single-Six is just as tight. These are HIGH QUALITY, LOW COST Firearms. I only wish Ruger still made them like this ! They are true Heirlooms.

    • Pat

      Would be my Baby Eagle .45 if I hadn't had to sell it years ago. Best .45 I've ever fired/owned. I'd Never sell my Ruger 1978 commemorative .38 police special. The second pistol dad ever gave me. The S&W .22 Mag. I shot as a kid which was his would be second. Still waiting for him to come off of his Bulgarian .380 ACP Makarov, the most sought after concealed carry pistol, which I'd only sell for 20 times it's worth.

  • Dan McNally

    The pistol I'll never sell? All thirteen of them, from my S&W No.1 to my CZ P06. Same for my long guns . . . My heirs will get them all, Just like I got Dad's and Grandpa's.

  • Wolvie


    I still have the Daisy BB gun I got when I was 10.

    I won't even sell that…

  • Martin

    My first hand gun. My S&W M&P9L

  • bradbrad

    My hi point 40 first handgun

    • Bill

      I hear that, my first gun was a Hi Point 9mm and I would never sell it. They are fantastic guns which are very well made (completely in the USA) and sold at amazing prices. I also love how firmly Hi Point stands behind their products. I had to send mine in for repairs a year or two ago and I am fairly sure they sent a brand new one back! I am guessing because they determined that my original one was beyond repair. They also sent a spare mag and a trigger lock with it, now that is great customer service! Yea, I love my Hi Point too, especially since it was my first handgun. Have a good one!

      • Wayne

        If it was a new firearm with a new Ser#…it would have had to been shipped to your FFL and you have to do the paperwork all over again…unless you are one? Same thing happened to me…have a Hi Point .45 and sent in in …they couldn't fix it so they called my FFL on the receipt for his info…voilà…new gun!

  • Andrew Marcella

    all my guns…..

  • Bringoursonicsback44

    Colt python handed down from my gpa

    • MITCH


  • ^^^^

    My Star 9mm my dad carried while he was an MP in the SADF

    • JMB

      My first is a Colt SAA. Gave it to my son a couple of years ago, thought my gun phase had come and gone; Wrong. I got it back and told him I was borrowing it about 18 mos. ago. It will be in the will. Every handgun I have acquired since then with the exception of Baby Eagle, is an heirloom Now guns are my favorite hobby.

  • CDR_Glock

    Colt Python 8" and 4" Royal Blue.

    Coonan 1911 357 Magnum.

    Guncrafter No Name 1911.

    Smith and Wesson Performance Center Model 627 8 round 357 Magnum 5".

    Ruger GP100 SS 6" 357 Magnum.

  • ASh

    I will NEVER part with my S&W 500 MAG. NEVER

  • Bob

    The Colt Commander, I won in a poker game in the early 70's!

    • Bruce Hinkley

      Same here love my colt commander 9mm

  • seanx40

    Hmmm…unfortunately, 3 of the ones I would never sell got stolen. As for the ones I still have that I wouldn't sell…Grandpa's Savage 99. And his Colt 1911. My S&W 19 will never go. Probably my CZ75. Which sounds odd to me as well. Just feels right in my hand and I shoot it well. I have no great love for anything else in the safe. They are replaceable.

    • John

      Same here my 45 year old S&W 19-5 Love my 1911's but not as much.

  • Wayne

    I'm selling a lot of mine due to this lousy economy…I've been under employed for over 7 months now…don't want to sell any of them…but I now have no choice. Need a land surveyor…let me know… I'm in central New Mexico…a beautifull firearm or three…let me know…

    • Timothy

      I know how you feel, I sold mine to a friend, I thaught, he wont sell them back to me.

      • Wayne

        Well…I have a LOT for sale…don't expect to ever see them again although…
        but then it will put food on the table which we REALLY need right now…Would MUCH rather see my surveying business revived so I don't have to sell off about 10 of my best.
        I am keeping my 1951 Colt 1911, Para SSP 1911, 1962 Savage 110 in .308…. and a few others….
        Like I said…Need/want a few firearms??? Let me know…I have some beauties… LOL!!!

        • Neil

          I'm interested. do you have colt .45 or glock handgun?

  • Rick

    If I could only keep one, it would be the stainless Dan Wesson 41 magnum that I have shot for nearly 20 years. Although it's a little big for easy concealed cary, it will do everything else very well.

  • sgt yuma

    I carried a 45 in korea..and was an expert marksman with it..i still have it. If i had to sell everyone except one…..((that would hurt) id keep the chiefs special 38 spcl. it goes bang everytime…then the 45 if i had a second choice..

  • Walter Julius Kuleck

    My first gun: a 1918 Rem-UMC M1911 via the DCM. I've had it for over a half-century.



  • Pplaza

    Great story, since you asked, I'll keep my Springfield Operetor the best shooter ever and my Glock 29SF with the 10mm, 40 cal and the 9 x 25 all 3 calibers shoot excellent .

  • Praetorian27

    I have a few…my Glock 27 that I bought the day I graduated the academy. ..A Walther P38 with nazi markings that was a war bring back from my father's uncle…and an S&W 686 that was given to me by an old woman I know whose son had died. It was his gun, and she wanted it to go to a good home…someone who would appreciate it and shoot it.

    Can't get rid of any of them!

  • Big Jake

    My gun I would never sell is my Smith & Wesson 29-2 44 magnum, 1971 year

    • RETFED


      • 1911forlife

        Thats is just awesome that you have a weapon that has been passed down for 137 years definitely a keeper

  • Colonel Klink

    My Walther P-5. It has such elegant lines and it's all business.

  • ConnorLSR

    My '82 Ithaca Ultra FeatherLight in 20 gauge, bought for me just after I was born by my grandfather and given to me on my 18th birthday. It's light enough to kick twice as hard my 12 gauge 870 and it's the gun I grew up shooting. It's hands-down the quickest pointing shotgun I've ever shouldered, even after thousands of clays and and hundreds of quail, pheasants, ducks, and geese; I can still drop doubles better with it than my 1100. That being said, I have to switch to "southpaw" for post-shoot pints every time I take it to the trap range. There will never be another gun I'll cherish as much as that old pump.

  • Gilbert D. Wood

    Colt Woodsman, 22 cal. My Dad bought, back in the 60's. Still "Dead On". Rabbits don't have a chance

  • Gilbert D. Wood

    Been Deer Hunting with the same rifle, Remington 30-06 Model 700 LH, since 1980. Might be time for something new, any suggestions?

  • Carl

    Ruger Target Model (1951) that was given to me by a good friend that his Dad gave to him. It is still a great shooting gun and he told me that he knew how much I loved old Rugers, that's why he gave it to me. I promised him that I would pass it to my son and keep it in the family.

    The second would be my High Standard Supermatic Citation. I bought it years ago and it is such a sweet shooter.

    I would have a difficult time selling my Flatgates and Flattops as well.

  • Lopaka Kanaka

    My Springfield Armory 45AP in 5" and 6" would be my choice as "Not for Sale". And my son is ready to own these 45AP when it is pass on to him. He would like to have all my rifle's and pistols for his collection.

  • Jeepers Creepers

    I would not sell any of my 50 Caliber handguns (I own a few). I would never part with my baby it goes every where with me. It is my first J frame with DOA and a round grip (1991 model year). It can be hidden in any pants pocket and drawn fast. My other J frames Are 50/50 if I would sell them. If you see me on the street, you know baby is with me (always).

  • Guest

    Ruger Vaquero short barrel .45 Colt stainless birds head grip custom engraved is a keeper. Generic German-made .22LR single action I bought to teach handgun shooting to my late wife would probably be the last to go.

  • Gary

    I don't sell ANY of my guns, I love them all, from my ,22 HR to my Magnum Research .50 Cal Magnum

  • wardog

    Over the years I've sold ALL my cherished guns, ones I carried for duty, used for back-up, and ones I just liked the way they 'printed'. Slowly, I ended up realizing just how much I loved those special ones and have spent years replacing them. Wish I could have had the insight as some of you, I could have saved a lot of money. Now, I can say "I wouldn't sell any of them".

  • MBA

    I would not sell, My Model 66 S&W 357 Crome MAG Revolver.

  • neflresident

    I was able to get a Magnum Research, Desert Eagle, 25th Anniversary, .50 AE pistol. It is number 29 of 250 and the production number is on the slide. I had to wait for over a year for it to be produced but the wait was worth it.

  • DrEd

    Among the handguns my wife and I have, we would never sell my S&W 1911 and Beretta Model 70 32cal, nor her Walther PPS. The Beretta was issued to me too many years ago. The 1911 speaks for itself. She would never part with her Walther; it is almost part of her hand.

  • pt101afs

    Mine is a Srigfield Armory Micro Copact loaded. It is with me 24/7.

  • Jjcam77c2000

    My Colt Diamonback Subnose .38sp (2.5 inch barrel) has proven it self for the past 40 years since I got it for work , and it was made in 1968. I can still hit my target from 150 feet with it and never failed me. Now I got it a companion , the Tuuas Judge, .45LC & .410 Ga, witha 3 inch chamber and 3 inch barrel. That is for the Gators & Snakes that I may wncounter in life ( You can figrure out which Gators & Snakes I am reffering too or both) I can hit my targets from 150 feet with it too!!

    • Jjcam77c2000

      The Colt Diamonback Subnose .38sp cost me $125.00 used 40 yrs ago, Now you can not toough one for less than $1,600.00. The federal govorment had ordered 10,000 of them in 1973 and order Colt to destroy the moled after thier ordered was completed. Now no one knows what ever happened to the 10,000 or they are not talking! This one I well never sell, and it will go with me to the grave. So if I have the need to shoot my way out of hell ! Making every shot count. (I can still hit my target from 150 feet)

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  • pt101afs

    Of course my Taurus PT101AfS 40 S&W rans up there. I bought it the day after Clinton was elected. It was my first large cal pistol.

  • tuoni

    My Sig P226. It's my first gun, it's a workhorse that won't fail you, it's more reliable than a Swiss watch.

  • Timothy Reid

    I could never sell my grand father's Fulton DBL 12 ga. or my Taurus 357 that my wife gave me our first Christmas after we got married.

  • T.D. Honeycutt

    James, I love you, man, but we're gonna kick you outta the Glock Club if you keep referring to them as "ugly, simple, and inelegant." I have to admit, when I first saw a Glock I vowed never to own an ugly gun. Now, 14 years as my carry and sometime competition gun, I wouldn't part with any of my Glocks. By the way, you must have some unique concealment techniques to carry a Glock 34 everywhere you go. I'm happy to manage a Glock 36 most days.

    • Grandma74

      Agree. Have a Glock 23 .40 cal. with 9mm conversion barrel. Also a S&W .38 spcl K frame. Can hit 5" target at 30 & 40 feet and don't think there is anything ugly about that. Love "Das Furer" and "John Henry" and would never part with either one.

  • jyeates

    My sig sauer p220 super match, it would be like selling a body part, or a samurai giving up his sword. I trust it and i'd like to think that it trusts me.

  • Matty G

    My SIG P228–stock. Shoots amazing. I had a Kimber CDP I sold to a friend…wish I hadn't. Maybe some day it will come back.
    Couple Pythons I'll keep…really all my Colts will stay home.

  • dugiboy

    webley xocet .22 air rifle , birmingham made 14 years old , last in a long line of webleys , nothing fancy but irreplaceable .

  • Dad

    My Beretta 22 Bobcat – with CCI stinger it never leaves my pocket and acts as backup with I use my XDM 9mm compact.

  • dad

    My old Taurus PT-58 – I not sell it because I can't . . . .

  • Steve

    As much as I love my 1911 Frankenstein, my Ruger Super Blackhawk and my custom built .220 Swift on a M98 Mauser action, the last one I would turn lose of (give it to one of my sons or grandson) would be my father's Walther PP in .32ACP with Nazi proof markings. He never would tell me where he got it, but he was in the Pacific during WWII and not Europe.

  • JonnyA

    While I doubt I will ever sell any of my firearms, the one that I would never ever sell would be the Winchester 94 trapper that my Dad gave to me when I was 11.

  • BJC

    I have a few I would never consider selling, my first hand gun S&W 645, Kimber Gold Guardian 1 0f 300, & an old US arms 32 top break revolver that was my Gran dad's.

  • jpay

    My Ruger GP 100 6 inch Barrel, williams sights, Hogue grips and a custom trigger job…..

  • Alan_T

    My first wife talked me into getting rid of my collection back in the early ' 70 's because SHE didn't want firearms in the house with our boys . My mother told me it was a mistake and I'd be sorry . My mother was right !

    Unless the gun is an out right piece of junk or I have no other choice , I will NEVER sell another one that I own .

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  • Sheepdog1968

    For me, it is my Sig P220. I had wanted a Sig for a very long time but couldn't afford one and then I got very busy getting established in my career. Finally, 15+ years later I bought my Sig. It felt fantastic in my hand and the pent up desire I'm sure helped. I bought it about 4 years ago and I've got about 11,000 rounds through it. At the 5,000 round mark I sent it to Sig to get a short reset trigger installed and purchased their slim grips. Both were very nice additions. The only other alteration is that it has the XS Big Dot sights on it. At 11,000 rounds it's just starting to break in as far as I am concerned. Why sell it? At this point I know it's dependible.

  • Alan_T

    OH ! ……… And by the way guys , in the interest of public spiritedness , I am going to conduct my very own , GUN BUY BACK PROGRAM ! ! ! Isn't THAT exciting ? !

    That's right ! ! ! ………. why just send me your un – loved guns and I will send you a used DVD ( sorry , no choice in the DVD ) for each and every one you turn in ! ! ! Let's get those nasty old guns off our streets and make it safe for active shooters all across these 57 United States ! ! ! ( I thought there was only 50 , but Barry says 57 , so I must be wrong )

    • Guest

      To funny good luck with that Alan_T lol

    • guest666

      I own a old 1911 you can have. When can I get my DVD.

      • Alan_T

        Why guest666 , I'm glad you asked that !

        As soon as you ship your 1911 along with your $ 250.oo handeling fee ( to cover return postage ) and I receive it , I'll rush your DVD right out to you !

        ……. Uh ….. wait …. I meant to say $ 350.oo handeling fee ………

        • Guest666

          Sorry I only Have the $250 for the handling Fee. I can send the 1911 and $250 cash for my DVD.

          • Alan_T

            Hmmmmmmmm ……. Well ………………. ok Guest666 ……. but only because I like you .

            Since the response has been lower than I expected I'll let you have your choice of DVD's , you can choose between :

            Barry & Eric's Bogus Trip To Washington –

            Pelosi Does Dallas –

            Rosie O ' Donnell's Sweatin' To The Lesbo's Ultimate Work Out ( man …… that's a hot one ! she's all sweaty and only wearing a tiny bra and a thong ! HUBBA HUBBA ) –

            Please Don't Drink The Kool – Aid –

            Self Defense For Liberals ( this one's kindda short , comprised mostly of different ways of sticking your head in the sand or getting someone else to risk their life for you ) –


            My Little Pony Gets A Hemorrhoid ( a good choice if you have kids ! ) –

            Let me know which one you want and I'll rush it to you just as soon as I get your 1911 and $ 250 !

          • Griff

            Alan the T must stand for twisted, that was funny I'm still laughing.
            Rosie O'Donnall LOL

      • Belladonna

        which DVD do u want?

  • Kyle Eskelson

    My Ruger SR9

  • Paul

    Most of my guns are just tools or toys and I have no emotional attachment to them. However I do have an attachment to a Colt SAA with 7 1/2" barrel I bought in1975 that will get passed on. My wife bought me genuine elephant ivory grips for our 1st aniversary in 1979 and had Bob Munden did a trigger job some years later. The rest of my guns come and go but this one will be for my grandson.

    • Belladonna

      Paul send any or all Unemotional “tools/toys” to My Museum of Love and unconditional attachment! They will be honored and displayed for all

  • Tex

    My first gun is a 1918 Springfield 1911 that I inherited from by father. Needless to say I will keep it until I die.

  • George Blake

    I would never sell my H&R 922. It's my first revolver and it was made it 1954, just like me..LOL.

  • Rich

    Star PD .45 ACP.

  • Chuck Taylor

    My 9mm Star that I bought for $ 75.00 in 1974. I still carry it now and then when I'm not carring my Glock 19 Me and that old Star have been to hell and back together.

  • dgracing318

    I just got a Colt 1911 made in 1917. I got it from my father who had it for many many years. I think its the one I wouldnt sell. But in all honesty I hope I never HAVE to sell any of my 20+ guns.

  • Max Gantt

    I have a S&W .38 revolver that my grandfather carried in WWI. Promised my Mother that I would never sell it, and as I have no children, I will donate it to a museum when my time comes.

    • Belladonna

      Max! I will volunteer to be the caretaker of that weapon thru my museum! My grandfather also too was in the Great War as a Corporal in the Marines

  • Frank C. McLean, Jr.

    The curent administration is attempting to take all of our guns just like the national socialists did in pre WWII Germany. They always start with simplicity such as reducing magazine capacity and then they move on to things like huge taxes and gun fees; and finally, they will force law abiding citizens to turn in their guns. Better find a good place to hide your favorite guns now. I love shooting my AK47, Ruger Super Red Hawk Hawk .454 Casull, and Springfield 1911 A-1, but I would keep at all cost my Stevens 311a double barrel 12 ga I've had for over 50 years and my Winchester 9410 Lever Action shotgun that is a hoot to shoot.
    -Carlton, Chester, Va.

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Back when to I was young, in the days when you could pick up a Luger or a 1911 fro $35, many wonderful guns passed through my hands without a second thought. Looking back over nearly half a century of gun trading I regret the loss of each one. So, what gun won't I sell? I'll never sell another one.

  • GBGlock

    Funny how many mentions there are for Springfield Armory as I bought for my retirement present a Springfield 1911 stainless steel Fully Loaded and it was perfect out of the box.I love to shoot it – it's very accurate and has a very important sentimental value. I would not change a thing. A very handsome pistol and I need to find a good looking holster to match the looks.

  • J R Dock

    My Dan Wesson 1911 Guardian. An absolute work of art……I will never sell it. In fact I may take it with me.

  • Dale

    There's the old Military & Police .38 spl that was my Grandfathers, the S&W .32 snub that was my fathers, the 12ga double barrel that was my Grate Grandfather's, the Marlin 30-30 that was my fathers, and my S&W model 29. Would hate to have to part with any of the others but, these would be the lifetime "keepers".

  • Rick

    My sig p238 is getting very close to this status….carry it every day cocked and locked….

  • Indiana Oak

    Well, I'm like a lot of you fellas! Wouldn't part with any of mine. My kids and grandkids will have their picks
    of the litter some day. (hope it isn't real soon!)

  • Yavapai Pete

    My Dad's old Model 94 Wichester; I learned to hunt with that rifle. My pre-64 (way pre) Winchester that Mom & Dad gave me for Christmas when I was 15. Handguns?…most of them, but I have a great attachment to my SAA Colt in .44sp.

  • ARsrule

    Just about every one I own. I just like adding to the collection not subtracting from it. I did sell a couple of Winchester model 70's .223 WSSM and a .243 WSSM when it became evident that the prices for the ammo for them was going to be ridiclously priced so I got rid of them before I spent a fortune in ammo.
    My Dad never shot as far as I know (except while in AF in WW II) but I have two old .22's that my Grandfather left me that have probably killed thousands of Squirrels in their time. They are probably the most sentimental guns I own. I really don't want to let them go at all. Have too many AR's but I want more not less, and can you have too many 1911's, really? I can't!

  • Logan

    Great article. I have a Ruger Speed Six that's had some work done on it and it's not going anywhere – ever. I did find the last line of the opening paragraph of this article a little unnerving though: " I arrived a little late, and ended up squadded with some people whom I’d never shot before." I should hope the writer has never shot anyone at a competition before! Love the mag and website though so keep up the good work!

  • Chewy 0311

    S&W 686 CS-1 3"

  • james from fl

    desert eagle 1911 ,it goes every where with me only had it about a year but love it and it my favorite i will never ever sell it ! trust it with my life .

  • kdh1949

    My father always said he had never sold or traded away a gun he didn't later regret having done so. So I am unlikely to dispose of any of my collection. But, if forced to choose, it would between two handguns I inherited from my dad: a Colt Series 70 Govt model .45ACP nickel-finished which wears genuine ivory grips I gave him as a present back in the 70s (I'm not sure I would pay what ivory costs today, considering the quality of the imitation ivory available.) The second gun is dad's S&W Military & Police 5in early 1900s model which went to war with him and came back never used in anger. I'd hate to give up either of these two guns.

  • Starky

    Colt 1911 Government which made a lap through the custom shop. Couldn't afford to replace it.

  • FredC1968

    I had three: The first was my the first quality firearm I ever bought it was an early 1990's Colt 1991A1; the second was a Beretta 92F(Made in Italy); the third was a Lee Enfield (in beautiful condition). The Beretta and the Lee-Enfield where trashed in a fire; the Colt was stolen.

  • Aethir

    Sadly, Australian law makes handgun ownership an extreme ordeal – so I've never yet owned a /handgun/ that I wouldn't sell. Long guns I've lost over the years that I damn well want back include:
    an Underwood .30 Carbine
    a pristine 1941 Husqvarna 6.5mm Swede
    an 1898-stamped Carl Gustav
    a beat-up nondescript Slazenger .22LR that was the best of over 10 .22's I had
    a well-worn M1903 Springfield
    I could go on (and on, and on, lol)

    • Belladonna

      Buddy!!! Have you not heard “From My Cold-Dead Hands!” Ah…Fuck Austrailia!

  • Kathleen

    I have a single shot .22 that was gifted to my family over 100 years ago. Even though it's a "prostitute" gun, I still find it to be the cutest little thing, fairly novel, and hugely sentimental

  • SPK

    Few questions are truly "no brainers"…but this is one: Colt Python in Royal Blue, circa 1972. Cost me almost 3 weeks wages at the time.

    Still the Mercedes Benz of pistols in terms of fit, finish and performance.

  • P B McGeough

    The Ruger Vaquero 45 Colt that my Son and his Fiance' bought for me for Christmas.The first time I shot it, it felt like it was born in my Hand. It is very pleasant to shot for a big bore.My Ruger SR40 also feels like it was born to shoot.My Remington 1911-R1 and The 586 that they will have to pry from my cold, dead fingers!! These will all be family Hierlooms along with the loading equipment that makes for another great hobby!! Be safe all and enjoy the Sport!!

  • Kyle S

    I got an older RG 38 model 39 that dad gave me its like new and shoots great.and my highly modified s&w sigma 40 that i carry everyday.

  • David Miller

    My Remington Fieldmaster 572 .22 pump action rifle, my first gun, which was given to me by my father.

  • James Gartland

    The only 2 guns i would never sell are my S&W Model 25-7, Model of 1989. I shoot it better than any other handgun I have ever shot. The other is a custom made .62 caliber flintlock longrifle with a birds-eye maple stock. It is accurate, and an absolute beauty to behold. it is to me, at least, the epitome of the gunmaker's craft.

  • rory gibbons

    not one, rifle shotgun or pistol/revolver I would never sell one, not one, they where too hard to aqquire. they will go to my Son and Daughter's to be kept or distributed to their children when the time comes.

  • John Petraglia

    I'd never give away my Walther PP, (.380 cal). Blued finish with handmade wooden grips. You'd literally have to take it from my cold, dead hand.

  • Johnny

    Keeping all 24 guns…
    Modified Ruger Mini-14.
    M1 .30 cal. carbine.
    M1 Garand.
    FAL-308 assault.
    S&W 4006-40cal.
    Walther P1. 9mm.
    Remington 30-06 Woodmaster.
    Antique Break Open revolvers.
    Stainless Ruger 10-22.
    Win. Model 94-32
    Marlin 30-30.
    SAR 9mm semi-auto.
    and the rest 12 & 20 Gauge shotguns….I like the Mossberg 410 home defense shotgun as well….Like to buy em…have a hard time selling them. I am rebuilding my inventory after my Tax Lady told us we owed 11,000 in taxes last year.. I sold my Springfield 1911, My Remington Rand WWII pistol, Winchester 62A pump 22 rifle, and some other good collectibles, only to find out 6 weeks later she put my figures inn the wrong box, and instead of owing, we were getting 2500.00 back…

    • Belladonna

      isn’t it Tax Lady Season?…well what are u waiting for? LOL

  • chad

    '82 marlin model 60-1st gun my dad got me when i was 10——2004 walther ppk/s-1st pistol i bought for myself—also id say my sabre defense xr-15, only had it about 3 years, but my 1st ar-15 type. Ive got Nib carrier, Centurion free-float carbine length handguards, Aimpoint comp M3 with ADM 1/3 co-witness mount, yankee hill flip up rear sight and front integrated gas block with flip up sight, H-buffer, chrome silicone enhanced buffer spring and 5 coil ejecter spring, ergo grip,D-fender. But the marlin and the walther are the most dear to me

  • Michael Wallace

    My Tec-9. I will leave it to my son.

  • Belladonna

    Glock 22 (2nd gen) either goes with me or too my son

  • Rich Ohm

    I love the second line – 2 guns in my case, a ruger single six bicentennial which I inherited from my uncle, and the first gun I ever bought, a ruger 10-22.

  • DaveJ

    My Model 1903. And some others.
    But the 1903 has a back story. We came upon hard times and sold all of the
    guns. I always wanted to replace them, and started collecting again when
    solvency happened by. :-) The Ruger Mk II. Twelve gauge. Remington Pump .22,
    but never a model 1903. Then saw one with my buddy at a gun show, handled it,
    looked it over. It was a decent price, but really, did I need it? I decided I
    had outgrown it. Went home. Told the dear wife about it, and minutes later we
    were back in the car heading towards the gun show, at her insistance.

    While waiting for the bg check, I noticed that the butt pad had a funny notch
    taken out of it. The seller (redialing for the nth time) noticed me looking at
    it and said, “I can get you a new butt pad.”

    I said, “Not a problem, I had a gun like this a while ago, with a similar
    notch in the pad, but I had iron sights.”

    “Oh, I put that scope on when I took it in trade.”

    Same gun, 25 years later.

    Won’t sell it again.

  • Michael Gardiner

    Still have a birthday present, model 46c Sears , have to say its almost 90% like new-changed rear sight to a adjustable Lyman and front to a Marble and quick release sling post——looks a lot better than me after 50+ years

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