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Which camp do you fall into and why?

Do you pretty much keep all the guns you acquire, even if you don't carry them anymore (I would make an exception for inherited guns etc)?

Or...if they have fallen out of the rotation, or whatever, you part ways with them.

Big picture, I have no desire to be a collector. I am having trouble though wanting to hang on to pistols I don't shoot or carry. Obviously want/would always have more than one, but I'm sitting on 4 now and a couple are more or less collecting dust.

Don't need or have to, but also want to keep things simple overall. Not exactly, "Beware the man with only one gun...", but something like that LOL.
 

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I pretty much keep them. I don't buy many guns at all since retirement, but generally I think a lot more before buying anything. Believe it or not, I think more of how useful they will be to my kids, grand kids, and great grand kids one day than to myself. I think this is pretty much one of the most individual decisions any of us must make.
 

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Keep or say goodbye, that's up to you. In the last 4 decades I've never been without at least a dozen guns I don't shoot, a dozen more I shoot once in awhile and several I rotate in and out of.

I was "into" guns, so hundreds passed through my hands both as a collector and user since 1971. Guns are no more than a commodity to me. I've never been all that attached to any of them. There's still quite a few I never shoot that I'll never sell.
 

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I've had several and always traded them in towards the new carry gun. I have come to regret trading them in several times. I don't think I'll do it again unless I just don't like a certain gun. I'm keeping them from now on.

This is also the first time I'm going to have a "rotation". I've always had one and only one carry gun but I recently added a second carry gun.
 

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Which camp do you fall into and why?

Do you pretty much keep all the guns you acquire, even if you don't carry them anymore (I would make an exception for inherited guns etc)?

Or...if they have fallen out of the rotation, or whatever, you part ways with them.

Big picture, I have no desire to be a collector. I am having trouble though wanting to hang on to pistols I don't shoot or carry. Obviously want/would always have more than one, but I'm sitting on 4 now and a couple are more or less collecting dust.Exce

Don't need or have to, but also want to keep things simple overall. Not exactly, "Beware the man with only one gun...", but something like that LOL.
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Except for inherited I have gotten to the age that I am thinning the herd to those I use and need......some are sold and some are given to family and friends.
 

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I keep them...I don't get attached to carry guns...heck, it is a PITA to have to carry a gun. With that said, I still have never really seen a reason to part with them.

Now, my single action Colts and clones and some of the 1911's...well, I am pretty fond of them.
 

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I have bought and sold hundreds of guns since my first owned gun in 1962. I have sold the safe and all of my guns except two or three when we moved across country because I didn't want to move them. I limit myself to one safe because if I bought a second, the third and fourth would follow.

The safe is full and if I want another gun, I have to sell one. I like Colts and will sell or trade multiple other guns for a Colt. None of my Colts are for sale.
 

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I used to get rid of handguns back when i first started carrying but after gaining more experience
you learn more about what you like and don't like and what is a must feature on a gun and what is not.
Once you get all that narrowed down your choices become less and i tend to hang on to anything i buy now
providing it is reliable....The trade in game is like burning money so i avoid it if possible.

I still have a few i like for nothing other than shooting them from time to time but most of mine fill a specific role
 

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I do not face such a dilemma. I have never had more tha two guns at once. One was my new EDC and the other my old EDC just waiting to be sold. I like to simplify life.
 

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I look at guns as tools for a specific job , being it hunting etc.

If I find that the gun that I have for that job doesn't measure up I replace it with one that will ...
 

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Gramps has always traded or sold something he no longer uses or likes when he finds something else he thinks he will like. I've traded or sold guns I initially thought were "great" but once I got them, I hated them. I also got rid of guns I can no longer use for various reasons, mostly arthritis hand issues. We both keep a very few that are sentimental for one reason or other and try to use those "upon occasion."

I've had a couple guns I said I would never part with, but age and infirmities let me know it would be much kinder to those guns to sell them to someone who might love them at least close to as much as I did.

Other than that, the guns we have at present are ones we use either for carry or for range use.
 

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I do both. A few I've kept through the years, others i've sold or traded for something I thought I might like better. Some I regret having gotten rid of, others I have not. I'd say do whatever you feel at the moment.

I really don't worry about leaving firearms to relatives, grandchildren, etc. I've seen far too many possessions that were once treasured by one person be immediately sold the minute they became the property of a surviving relative, things the deceased wrongly thought the family member would keep forever.
 

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Years ago, I bought an M-1 Carbine and a case of .30 Carbine surplus ammo. I enjoyed shooting it and bought a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine. I shot them a lot and then they ended up in the back of the safe for awhile and I sold them. A few years later, I bought an M-1 Carbine and a Ruger Blackhawk and shot them until they ended up in the back of the safe. I have owned three sets of them over the years. I might buy another set. I think I paid $75 for my first M-1 Carbine in excellent condition.
 

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Usually, if I sell a gun, it is to fund an upgrade that is a similar style. For example, I sold a P64 and a kinda ratty Makarov to fund a 1961 PPK, or a 908 to fund a 3914.
 

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I normally keep my firearms however I had several rifles that I purchased 20 years ago that were investment pieces that I recently sold and made over $1000 on each of them. Also I now have a strong preference for DA+SA pistols so I did recently sell my SAO pistols (1911 & HiPower) as I no longer have a desire to use them.
 

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I have one of two criteria for keeping a firearm:

  • I carry it or shoot it regularly at the range
  • It holds specific and unambiguous intrinsic value beyond just being a serviceable firearm
I know there are folks that keep all they buy, I am not in that camp. I have purchased a LOT of firearms over the last decade and sold the majority and keep only what fits in my relatively small safe. I get that some want to keep all that they have acquired, but........having said that, I really am not sure I get it.

It's a hunk of metal and poly. You pull the trigger and it goes bang. It's a hammer. A tool. I don't collect hammers.
 
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