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Selling or trading first rifle - REGRETS?!

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Tylervang10, May 27, 2016.

  1. Tylervang10

    Tylervang10 Bellevue Member

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    Hi community,

    I would like some advice.

    To give a little background:
    1) I am 23 years old, 2 years out of college and work full time and make good money
    2) Although I make good money, I'm paying my wedding, honeymoon and saving to buy a house next year.
    3) I have a 16'' AR15, o/u 28'' shotgun & my first purchase: The IO Inc AK47
    4) My objective: Diversify my gun types to have 1 of each (future wife is a stickler to this limit): home defense shotgun, Aerial shotgun, medium range carbine, long range AR15/AR10 style rifle

    My first gun i've ever purchased was a brand new IO Inc AK47 while I was a junior in college. I've loved it to death and i've put some money into the rifle for upgrades to make it tacticool. Now that my AK47 "project" is complete with all essential upgrades I've ever wanted, it doesn't seem as exciting to me anymore now that i have bigger ambitions of upgrading to better firearms and I'm making good money.

    I know the answer to this question is "it depends" or "it's all up to you". Have any of you felt regret when selling/trading away your first gun for something much better?
     
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  2. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Selling my first gun doesn't bother me anymore, but it was over 50 years ago:D
     
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  3. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    If you are making good money, keep it, put it away and buy another project gun and start over. It's addictive and before too long you have a respectable collection.
     
  4. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Sold a rifle I wish I hadn't..... Only two of them I regret.
     
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  5. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have bought and sold many firearms through the years.
    Interests change you see something shinny so you sell
    this to by that. I use to be into Magnum revolvers. Now
    I am into military rifles. Looking back I kick myself over some
    of the handguns and rifles I have sold. Others I do not
    regret. Sometimes you sell something to buy a improved
    or upgraded model of the same.:)
    One criteria I consider now before selling a firearm. Can
    I purchase one in the future for a reasonable price? I have sold
    some rifles that would now bring 3 or 4 times what I sold it for.:(
    But it is not just a $$$ thing. What are you into?? Shooter??
    and/or Collector??o_O
     
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  6. Tylervang10

    Tylervang10 Bellevue Member

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    I'm more of a shooter rather than a collector. That will probably change in 20-30 years when I'm in my 40's & 50's but for now, I like to diversify my rifles/calibers/barrel lengths to accommodate for short/medium and long range shooting (Keeps shooting interesting). I'm thinking about possibly trading my AK away for a 20'' stock AR that I would plan on making into a 6.5 Grendel or another unique caliber (I like UNIQUE calibers/guns)
     
  7. tikkahunter

    tikkahunter dundee Member

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    I sold my first .22 but I didn't care for it much. With the money I bought a 10-22 I like better.
    I would be more worried about the future wife already setting limits on the number of guns you can buy. :(
     
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  8. mikeybuck

    mikeybuck Clark county Active Member

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    What he said
     
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  9. Tylervang10

    Tylervang10 Bellevue Member

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    We're buying a home soon and need money for a down payment and my safe is a flimsy $80 8-gun safe from walmart. The "limit" is temporary since I don't have a bigger safe to store them in right now:)
     
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  10. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    My first rifle was a norinco sks. I don't regret selling it one bit because my 2nd rifle was an arsenal slr 95 ak. My first gun though was a glock 21sf and that's been by my side for 10 years.
     
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  11. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I would never sell the gun I bought at 18 or heirlooms.

    Everything else is fair game, no matter how badly I like it.
     
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  12. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My focus the last few years has been on shuffling my collection around the types of guns that may be difficult to obtain in the future, depending on how the political tides flow. So, that means gathering up things like AK's, AR's and double stack pistols as well as gathering up the standard capacity magazines to go with them. Things like bolt guns, lever guns, revolvers and single stack pistols kind of took a back seat for awhile.

    So, my theory is hold on to those things that politicians may make it harder to acquire in the future. At the very least, acquire some lowers and magazines, you can build them later. Otherwise the only AR you may be able to purchase may be one with 10-round mags, a bullet button and one of these ridonculous funky-a$$ NY Safe Act compliant stocks:

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  13. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Sell, if your have lost interest especially in an AR or an AK, I would sell them in a heartbeat.
    Heirloom type of firearms, even if they are not your cup of tea right now. They might interest you in a few years.
    Just getting married I would make sure you have a good roof over your head!
     
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  14. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Its easy to sell, but its harder to buy.

    I weigh my firearms out, I figure if I have something similar or two of one thing then Ill sell it if I need quick cash or a trade item.

    If you're into firearms and know that it'll be a hobby of yours, Id advise keeping what you currently have. Not to drag politics into this but I doubt we'll have the ability to buy certain firearms in the future. Yes, I know thats been said in the past.. But seriously.. It is going to happen if the wrong people are put in charge or if another big shooting happens. The AK and AR15 being two that will surely have restrictions on them down the road.

    Keep what you have, save for what you want.

    Everyone should have at least one AK and one AR.. Which you have. That right there is the start of a great collection. I get bored of some of my firearms as well, so I rotate what I shoot for a few months then go back to it down the road.
     
  15. Tylervang10

    Tylervang10 Bellevue Member

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    Thank you for this great advice. I've never thought about both AK's and AR's being staples.
     
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  16. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Only advise I can add is to keep all your guns. Save money and get eloped. Then buy more guns and ammo!

    Serious note though, I'm a little weird as is my wife. We went cheap on our wedding. They are s huge BS market full of crap for one day. If you love her, and her you, talk it over. Selling your guns or anything for that matter for a day of anxiety isn't worth it. If she doesn't understand, maybe that's a sign.
     
  17. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    A friend told me about a family that the bride's dad offered to give them $50k cash instead of for the wedding.
    She said no
    I would have left
    Anyway,back on topic:rolleyes:,I have sold too many guns it would take a while to remember what my first rifle was.( not including my dads 94).
    I understand why some say to keep the ARs and AKs but, I'm like velzy and can sell them easily.
    I think it will be a while before they outlaw them. Keep the mags though. They'll outlaw those first
     
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  18. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was thinking how many guns I would have now if I hadn't sold any:eek:
     
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  19. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I sold the first rifle, a Remington 788 in .22-250, with no big regrets. I do wish I had it now because it was one of the top 2 or 3 accurate rifles I've ever owned.
    Now, we come to the second gun I bought and sold, a High Standard .22lr pistol. Over fifty years ago and I still feel sick about it!
    I don't sell my guns anymore! My trading days are done. I like my collection, I chose it carefully, every piece fills a niche. I've got the future possibilities covered except magazines, never have enough! I like the ones that hold LOT'S of boolits!:cool:
    I recommend that you keep the basics that you have now, it sounds the perfect start for this day and age. Don't get too caught up in the "shiny and new" mind set! Take a break, shoot your guns, concentrate on home and family and save a little bit for your gun fund. As you achieve your home, etc funds will open up for hobbies!
    Not my business, buuut.....a word about weddings! My wife and I had a do it your self wedding, we didn't incur one red cent of debt! We rented the church and pastor, had the reception at my folks house, catered by us! Honeymoon was on the Oregon coast. It was beautiful, fun and a splendid time was had by all (both)! All I can add is I've been married for 45yrs.:D
     
  20. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Congrats on 45 years! My wife and I are on #23 this year.