Here's something I've never thought of before.

Here's something I've never thought of before.

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    Here's something I've never thought of before.

    Say you come into possession of an intact but unuseable and unrepairable firearm. You can't just throw it away because abandoning a firearm is a crime (at least in Texas). You don't possess any heavy metal grinders or acetylne torches or anything like that. You don't really want to use it for a novelty use or a training aid because it is technically still a real firearm.

    What do you do with it?


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    Send it to me..

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    What a friend of mine (criminal defense atty) has done (and what I would do) would be to turn it over to the firearms division of the Mass State Police for destruction.

    Said friend confiscated a real "Saturday Night Special" junk .22 revolver from a client (many years ago) who had threatened his Wife with it and we looked at it carefully. He wanted to try shooting it, but we wisely decided to load only 1 or 2 rounds and give it a try. First shot and the bullet in the cylinder next to the chamber fires beside the barrel. We then considered ourselves lucky (no injuries) and unloaded it and he said he'd turn it over for destruction!

    I would not turn it over to my local PD unless I had no practical way to make contact with the State Police firearms division.

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    Hacksaw? Dremel? Disassemble and bury all parts in various holes at least 5 miles apart?

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    Throw it in a bucket of salt water until it was a hopeless mess then put it in the trash can....
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    Wink

    Turn it in at an HCI buy back. YukYuk.
    Oh yeh? Well this was sent from the scary black electrical box under my desk, so there!
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    I'd cut the frame with a dremel or put it on the grinder.

    In several pieces, it's no longer a serviceable frame.
    Driver carries less than $45 worth of remorse.

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    Uncle Sam teaches a great course on weapons disposal
    Listen, Think and React.....Nuff Said.....

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    unuseable and unrepairable firearm
    Keywords there Euc - and if to those was added other factors like ground off sear, milled out or slot-cut barrel, same for cylinders if revo - in fact everything that would have it only just look like a firearm... but functionally not be ever again.

    If no SN and untraceable then deep six could work!
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    Rather than "unrepairable" let's substitute "Not worth repairing."

    These are good answers guys. I'm sure I'm going to have to deal with this at some point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumper
    Throw it in a bucket of salt water until it was a hopeless mess then put it in the trash can....
    I think this wins, especially when combined with the Dremel suggestion. I'd want to reduce the gun to ash if possible but turning all the metal into rust flakes and cutting the frame in a couple places would be sufficient and wouldn't take any special equipment.

    If I really had to do this, I'd have my brother turn it into a hunk of scrap metal with his welding equipment.

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    I'd have my brother turn it into a hunk of scrap metal with his welding equipment.
    Maybe best idea of all - just jump in your vehicle Euc and drop it up here - be done in 10 minutes - then we'll go to the range with some real guns!

    Oh - forgot - your brother can do it - oh well! Tad closer no doubt!
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    Refurbish it and offer it at a gun show. Some sucker is bound to pay you more than it is worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom357
    Refurbish it and offer it at a gun show. Some sucker is bound to pay you more than it is worth.
    Easier said than done in some cases. See if I could refurbish it, I'd keep it anyway!

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    if its repairable I would fix it and sell or trade it. Otherwise get some tools. Heck I could disable a gun in my home with the tools I have sitting around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky
    if its repairable I would fix it and sell or trade it. Otherwise get some tools. Heck I could disable a gun in my home with the tools I have sitting around.
    Disable is easy. Destroy utterly like I'd want to do it, not so much.

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