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I sold a Mark XIX because I was literally starving. I bought some food and a Playstation.
I sold my Glenfield .30-30 lever action to buy a Rem. 700 .30-06. Never regretted that as I really had no use for the .30-30 (anything it can do the '06 can do better).
When I moved to Alaska I sold my Blackhawk 4 5/8 barrel .357 Mag to get a 6 1/2" barrel .41 Mag Blackhawk. I wanted to make sure if a bear got me that shot to my head would be fatal! The .357 wasn't particularly accurrate (for me anyhow) and a lot of bang. The .41 Mag was dead on accurate and more boom than bang. There was no comparison between the two, and no regrets.
If I have a need or use for a gun, I keep it. If not, there's another somewhere that I do need or can use. Guns are useless unless used for shooting or barter.
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Sold most of my long guns back when the kids were small and money was tight. Kept the ones that I couldn't replace. Never sold a pistol.
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I let go of 3 guns over the years. One I gave (at a great discount) my brother to get him started in shooting. It was an excellent SA1911 officers model. Loved it but wanted him to have quality for his 1st experience. Then I traded my SA long slide 6" ported 1911. Regret that one but used it in trade along with third gun. My H&k USP. They both went towards my Les Baer 5" stainless 1911.
Hate to let go of any gun but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
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I have sold a few guns when money was needed.I also sold a few that were junk, but I was honest and told the guy I sold them to what was wrong with every one. I hope he was just as honest when he sold them.
Once I start "neglecting" a firearm, I'll trade it in for a new one. It's been a very long time since I've bought a new one outright. I can't bring myself to collecting beyond more than a "few". :)
I regret selling various .22 revolvers of mine many years ago but I had to. Ever since then, I've never sold another gun and I more than likely never will.
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I've traded some guns for other guns I wanted more. The one gun I regret getting rid of was a beautiful Legend AKS paratrooper package with a forged receiver, 3-30rd mags, bayonet and sling..only because I lived in Connecticut at the time when they instituted their "assault weapons" ban. I could have grandfathered in my ownership if I registered it with the state database. I thought it ridiculous to "register" a rifle that I owned for over 4 years just because of a pen stroke of some idiots in Hartford. I ended up trading it to avoid the registration scheme. I'm still pissed that I knuckled under that easy...I should have kept it under wraps as now I live in PA. where I would have been able to own it. The only good thing to come out of it is, that I traded the AKS in on my Colt Python 6" bright stainless...I still think I came out on the better end of the deal!
I currently have 4 rifles, 1 shotgun and 8 handguns. I have bought, sold and traded 3 times that over the last 40 years for various reasons. The only ones I regret losing are 5 handguns ( Colt 1911, S&W m65, S&W, M38 and a Ruger Security Six) that were stolen in a burglary in '04.
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I've gotten rid of 3 different Glocks at different times. I never liked them, never shot them well and the only reason I bought numbers 2 and 3 was because Glock phanboiz would convince me that they just didn't suck as bad as I remembered.
I usually only sell a gun when I am looking to upgrade or change. i just sold an off brand 1911 that I bought 20 years ago to purchase a .22 handgun for my wife and kids to shoot (well, for dad to shoot a little too )
As my needs (and my tastes) have changed over the years I have bought and sold dozens of guns. I haven't lost any sleep over any of them but I understand that some folks do.