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Having spent hours last week going through the Gun and ammo inventory and making things ship shape and ready (already was but did it again to stay busy) I was thinking of several guns that have passed through my hands that I would like to revisit when the opportunity arises.

Ruger Single Six. Preferably unconverted. Had one and traded it on something else. Not sure I could even tell you what but chances are it was a Smith revolver. (That will be a common theme). It was a lot of fun. It came with the LR cylinder but brother Jessie found me a Magnum cylinder. It needed a little fitting but it ended up working perfectly.

Browning Hi-Power. Had one briefly. Israeli surplus pistol. It was fine and functional but nothing pretty to look at. Sold it to buy a Smith revolver. Would love to find a nicer example and really put it through its paces.

Colt Woodsman Match Target. I picked one of these up because I knew a friend was looking for one. I had it for a couple of weeks. That thing was one of the sweetest shooting pistols I ever handled.

Glock 19. Sounds crazy. Had one for a year or so. Sold it for a Smith Revolver. Surprised, I know. Right about now, I’m really wishing I had kept it. The 3913 is a great pistol but a double stack would make me feel better right now.

Remington 721/722. Has one in .222 and I don’t really regret selling it because it went to someone who loves them and it allowed me to buy my Sako Mannlicher .222. I’ve come to see how great these rifles were and are and will likely pick one up in the future.

Let’s keep it going.


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Bought and sold a variety of guns over the years; only a few I regret: Ruger No.1 RSI in .243; traded a RWS air rifle for an Anschutz .22lr and then traded that away; passed on an Italian-made Ithaca trap single (turns out it was made by Perazzi); sold my Remington XP-100 in 7mmBR when I didn't have any access to a rifle range (now I do)
I did wind up getting another RWS of the same model
 
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Yes, I've gotten rid of some dandies in order to fund other purchases or my ability to eat and live indoors.
1964 Browning Superposed 12ga OU - a true bird-murdering machine. Traded it for much needed dinero.
1957 Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen - Absolutely beautiful with a 26" VR barrel. I couldn't hit a bull in the ass with it.
S&W 659 9mm - still don't know why I sold this one.
S&W 67 no dash - total brain cramp
S&W 12-2 4" nickel - another brain cramp. Sold it because I HAD to have a Ruger SP101 .22. Stupid, I absolutely HATE the Ruger.
There are more, but supper's ready!
 

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I had one that I really did regret and that was my Dan Wesson 15-2 in 357 mag. Sold it to fund another gun then after regretting and looking for about 5 years found a real beauty with 8 3/8 inch barrel in great shape and traded a GP 100 for it and have never looked back. I do not miss any I have traded or sold but the ones I have will be passed on. This thread does make you think.
 

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Model 63 4" I sold to a friend decades ago, his grandson now owns it. Tried a new 63 3" ... it just wasn't the same. I carried it squirrel hunting w/ my brother who declared handguns were cute toys but no real use. I got 1 more than he did that day w/ his shotgun.
 

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For a newbie I've done okay. I've only sold one gun, a DS, and that to a friend. I charged him what I paid for it. I have purchased three guns for too much money; a case of "if you want it bad you get it bad". That has backed me off of my on line purchases for a bit. I pretty much have every gun I want to get with the exception of another K22 or Model 17. And of course if I ever have a great year with my IRA distribution I might go crazy and look for a K-32 to give me that wonderful trifecta.

But that is the stuff of dreams.
 

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There are a few that I let get away, Model 625 Mountain Gun, 657 3", 657 7 1/2" but I did well enough on them that I can't really complain. The current accumulation includes a passel of newer guns that I shoot really well and some oldies that shoot as good as the new ones. I'm in a happy place : )
 

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I've let way too many get away over the years... many were unremarkable, but there were a few I wouldn't mind replacing. The ones that come immediately to mind are:

Colt 1903 .32 Pocket Hammerless I inherited from a great uncle, and traded off because I was young and dumb.

1933 Springfield NRA Sporting Rifle - basically a heavy barrel target version of the 1903. Mine shot under 1/2 MOA with careful loading, with iron sights! Last one I saw sold for ~$5k!

Walther/Manurhin PP in .32. Just a cheap police trade-in I bought in the 80s, but boy did it shoot!

S&W Model 18 in .22lr. Just a beautiful .22 K frame... values on these are a little nuts.
 

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The half dozen Colt 1903's all .32 acp.
And my Colt Combat Commander 9mm I bought after I got out of the Corps in '73.
Bells Gun Shop on Mannheim Rd in Schiller Pk didn't have one in 45 ACP.
Figured if 9mm was good enough for Adolf's boy's it was good enough me.
 

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Two that I should have never let go:

photo.jpg Browning Hi-Power

P26093812.jpg Custom Remington 870

"If your gonna be dumb you best be tough".
 

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Remington 700 in 22.250 Most accurate gun i ever had

Remington 700 BLD in .257 Roberts the best deer gun i ever shot in my life.

Winchester Model 70 Pre 64 in 7mm Magnum Great elk Caribou gun

Savage Fox BSE 16 gage Single Trigger Select barrels was stolen from my friends hunting cabin. best pheasnt and grouse gun I ever shot !!!

Winchester 100 Semi Auto in .243 Finest auto loading rifle I have ever shot.

Marlin Model 9 Camp Carbine in 9mm Just a plain fun little gun to shoot and own
 
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