That one handgun........
.......that you wish you never sold or traded.
For the most part, I don't regret selling firearms. At least not long-term. But, there's been one that has been on my mind ever since I decided to sell it back in 2012 I think.
I bought it back in 2007 off of Gunbroker. The handgun I speak of is/was a S&W 629-2. Now you might think what was so very special about that S&W? Well, for one, it was still NIB with all papers.. It had a 2" bbl., and iron sights. And, the frame had been rounded and smoothed from the factory. It had an exposed hammer, but it was like 1/2 the normal size and width. The trigger was narrow and smooth.
I recall paying about $600.00 or so at the time for it. It had OEM S&W rubber grips on it that did nothing for it, looks wise. The dealer that handled the transfer for me was very surprised when he received it, in regards to the iron sights and frame smoothing. He was a long-time FFL and had never seen one before.
Anyways, after I finished prying it from his tightly clenched hands, I left with it, very happy with what I had bought. I pretty much set it aside and then forgot about it. At one time, I ordered some factory S&W round-butt, finger-grove, laminated grips for it. Those grips changed the whole personality of the gun. It went from a very unique gun, to a stunningly beautiful very unique handgun. It truly was one of the most visually stunning handguns I've ever owned........or seen.
I'm thinking it was 2012 that I decided to put it up for sale on GunBroker. I'm still not sure why I decided to do that. I had my wife take some pics of it, as she has a better eye for what looks good and what doesn't.
Within a few hours of it being listed, the bids started coming in. I had a rather high reserve price on it. I was wondering if and how long it would take for that price to be realized. It took less than 12 hrs.
I ended up selling it for $1375.00. The buyer was elated that he had won the auction. He wanted it shipped insured, certified / registered and didn't mind the fees at all.
To this very day, I've never seen another one like it for sale......anywhere. Looking back, that was one gun that I should never had sold. If there was ever a "keeper", it would have been one. I learned a lot by selling that gun. I really didn't need the money and learned again for the one millionth time, that money comes and goes. Other things......not so much.
I am sure that everybody has at lest one. That said mine was med-70's colt combat commander, duty weapon for many years. Sold it to my brother because my brother wanted a 1911. I miss it as it was also my carry gun also.
The one I regret was a rifle: A Krag-action deer rifle I sporterized in the early 1950s from a M1901, US Army Krag. I foolishly traded it to Dick Bard for a Manton percussion double-barrel shotgun that I could never learn to properly shoot.
Worse, in my youthful stupidity, I ruined the Manton gun and killed every bit of its collectors' value.
Colt detective special 38 revolver, made in 1954 if memory serves. It was part of my father's collection I inherited. I really didn't want, and still don't want, a big collection, so I picked a favorite and sold or gave away the rest. The favorite is a S&W model 66 made in 1972 that I deeply dig, and it filled the hole left by the loss of the Ruger security six my dad gave me in 1994. The Colt was a little rough, though better than you might expect for being 60+ years old, and had been re-blued at some point so the finish was inconsistent. He had some butt-ugly grips on it so it was a homely little thing. Still, I didn't realize what I had and I let it go for too little in a lot sale with the rest of the handguns. And now that I am nearing completion of my small collection, the only missing piece is a very small concealed carry gun, for which that would have been perfect. Live and learn.
I have never sold a gun, although I've traded a few for something I wanted and couldn't afford - none that I regret, though.
I did have one stolen about 40 years ago that I still miss - a Model 88 Winchester lever action in .308. It was the first center fire rifle I ever owned and would shoot 3/4" 5 shot groups at 100 yards. In the same burglary I lost a Winchester 'Long Tom' 12 gauge single shot with 3" chamber and 36" barrel. It would drop a crow at 70 yards, which was important to me because crows always seemed to know when they are out of 'normal' shotgun range.
A S&W 34-1. Bought it cheap, and sold it quickly for a tidy profit. But it was a real shooter, I should have kept it as I really didn't need the money.
I bought a S&W model 66 from our local sheriffs department maybe 20 years ago. My friend Frank was a deputy then and bought all three of them for the tidy sum of $450. There was one for Frank one for my friend Steve and one for me. Frank laid all three on the table and to be fair, we drew straws to see who got the first pick. I won and chose what was the tightest and newest of the group. I had the gun for a long time before I swapped it off towards the purchase of a varmint rifle. I should have kept that one.
I acquired my Model 66 in a similar way. I'm keeping it - very sweet shooter.
Originally Posted by goldwing
Not to sound like a smart ass, but at some time I have wished I had never sold every one of the ones I sold. The ones I traded, not so much.
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