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When I was younger I remember my dad telling me to never sell a firearm unless it's unreliable because you'll just regret it.
Well, against his philosophy, I sold off almost every cheap gun I own. I just felt like I had too many cheap guns that I had purchased over the years because I didn't posses the finances at the time to purchase what I really wanted. This has particularly been the case with a lot of my handguns.

In total, I had 16 handguns and now only own 7. The handguns I kept are a Ruger Blackhawlk 357mag, an NAA 22mag, a Remington RM-380, a CZ-p01, a Glock 43, a Ruger mark 2, and a Uberti 44 cal black powder revolver.

the guns that I liquidated would include a Kel-tec pF-9, a Kel-tec p-32, a Ruger LCP, A Ruger p-95, a Kimber 1911, a Sig mosquito, A couple heritage arms 22 revolvers, and a Taurus model 66 357mag.

My reasoning for the Kimber 1911 and the little Sig mosquito was that they were simply unreliable firearms. That was an easy decision; however, the other firearms were all very reliable. I just felt that they were of low quality. I felt that these guns were more of a liability than assets. I really just wanted to clean house and now that I'm financially in a place to start purchasing more top end firearms, I plan on never purchasing a cheap entry level gun again.

Am I nuts for doing this? Has anyone else on here ever done this after they started making real money? All my new purchases have been rifles other than the CZ p01 I purchased a few months ago, but I plan on buying nothing but high quality guns for now on.
 

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Some people (like me) are permanently poor, So those guns you sold, except for the Kimber, are my cup of tea. If I got rich, why would I need to sell my cheap guns? It's not like I'd need the money. As for liability, you mean like if they got stole? The thief will take your high end guns before they take your cheap guns. I don't like selling anything, sometimes I have to.
 

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I would rather own a few guns of high quality then 3 safes full of cheap crap - I will be thinning mine out - handguns, rifles and shotguns all have a few that can go down the road. Nothing wrong with them, but if I no longer shoot/hunt with them, there is no reason to keep them.
 

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I never sold a gun.
I have never bought a cheap, unreliable gun either.
I have always saved up for what i wanted, and researched and shot rental guns while waiting for the funds to grow.
I don't think anyone knowingly buys an unreliable gun unless it's for collecting purposes. Cheap and unreliable are two different things IMO. The only unreliable guns I've ever owned were a Kimber and a Sig. I find the cheap guns to not be durable. That's why I tossed a lot of them. I reload, and the idea of an accident with a Kel-tec or Taurus seems a lot scarier than with a CZ or Glock despite the fact that they' have been very reliable firearms for me.
 

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I hear about the Kimber 1911's having issues often. What is it with them. They are a nice looking gun. I have often thought about an micro 9. But hearing all these stories i held off. I hear of more problems with Kimber than other brands from actual owners not the brand bashers.
 

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Nice looking and well made are not necessarily the same thing. When Cohen ran Kimber, it was get them out the door as fast as possible.

He has always been a bit shady:

CEO of N.H. Gun Maker Facing Five Years in German Prison for Alleged Arms Dealhttps://www.nhpr.org/post/ceo-nh-gun-maker-facing-five-years-german-prison-alleged-arms-deal#stream/0

A friend and fellow gun nut lived 3 blocks from Kimber's Yonkers facility when he was a FDNY EMT and had friends who worked there. THEY wouldn't buy the guns they made.
 

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Sigs are, Cohen is something else altogether; I love my P365s - own 2 and have been perfect
 

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I used to be one who would never get rid of a gun unless it was a problem child, and those have been few and far between because I do my homework before I buy any firearm. Over the years I have been more inclined to sell a firearm that I do not really use for some reason. I have less big bore revolvers these days, because I have less appreciation for the recoil. But I typically only sell in order to buy something else as I find more enjoyment in other guns as I get older. I used to own more handguns, but nowadays I have become more of a rifleman. I do not view very many guns as keepers no matter what, but a few have sentimental value. There is nothing sacred about the rest, they are just tools, and when I want a different tool I do not need to clutter things keeping the older unused ones. That said, I am anal about maintenance and care of all my firearms, so when I do sell, I get good money in return.
 

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Your definition of 'cheap' and mine are considerably different.

I am not a fan of Kimber but every one of them that came into the shop with 'reliability problems', was quickly, and often inexpensively, made 'reliable'. Kimber's finish problems (rust), on the other hand...
 

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Your definition of 'cheap' and mine are considerably different.

I am not a fan of Kimber but every one of them that came into the shop with 'reliability problems', was quickly, and often inexpensively, made 'reliable'. Kimber's finish problems (rust), on the other hand...
I don't consider Kimbers to be cheap or of low quality.
I got rid of mine because it was a unreliable and extremely ammo picky even after taking it to a smith.
 

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I’ve sold some of my guns and just about every time I’ve regretted it except for a few problem guns. I sold a Jennings J.22 simply because it was too small and I felt that it could have been mistaken for a toy. It fun perfectly but was a real POS. I sold a Browning grade 2 lever 22 because it jammed a few times and it just pissed me off. I sold a Citori because the safety/ barrel selector would get hung up on a flush and I’d be too late to get a good shot. Any others I have sold I kick myself all the time. I sold my M1 carbine for $500 and realized a month or two later it was worth at least twice that. Stupid me, not to mention that I loved shooting it but it’s illegal to own in NJ.
 

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I don't consider Kimbers to be cheap or of low quality.
I got rid of mine because it was a unreliable and extremely ammo picky even after taking it to a smith.
Unreliable would be of low quality then.............
 

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1911 ammo 'pickiness' can usually be remedied with a fluff and buff and a MAGAZINE CHANGE. More extreme cases are fixed with a ramp and throat job. All are considerably less expensive than a different firearm of similar quality.
 

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I have always been poor. Which is the reason I learned to make them. I only have what I make, made the way I like it, and I really don't mind working for $.11 an hour. When I am working for me.

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I don't consider Kimbers to be cheap or of low quality.
I got rid of mine because it was a unreliable and extremely ammo picky even after taking it to a smith.
Unreliable would be of low quality then.............
What I'm saying is that I don't think kimber's in general are of low quality or unreliable.
I think that mine was a lemon. As another poster pointed out 1911 can usually be remedied pretty easily. This particular 1911 had a problem with light strikes as well as ejection issues.
 

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The only gun I've ever sold I deeply regret selling to this day.

About 30 years ago, I had to put food on the table and I sold my Winchester Model 94 lever action in 30-30. I've since bought another one but I still think of that first one.

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Every gun (and tool) I’ve sold I regretted selling at some point. Even though at the time it was the right thing to do.
 
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