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B_RAD
09-23-2012, 15:36
I've had my No Name for about 2 mos and I've only shot a box of ammo thru it. Thought I'd shoot it more but it's sat in the bag it came in. With all the stuff I've got going on I don't know when I'll have time to shoot it. I've put it up for sale. Though, if I was smart I'd hold on to it cause I imagine GI prices are only going to go up. Anyone else sell a gun they lusted over for months after only having it for a short time?

M V Dell
09-23-2012, 16:04
I had Teddy Jacobson build me a Custom 1911. He had not built many. He has worked on 1000s.

I shot it about 10 times. It was superb.

I took it back to him to put back in brand new shape. It has sat in the safe since then. Oiled regularly and admired only.

Not sure when and if I will shoot it again. I will someday.

Maury

heliguy
09-23-2012, 16:21
I have 13 pistols I've only shot 3-4x, 2 of them 1911's. also a .308 AR type and bushy .223 never shot. But I love holding them every once in a while....

R0CKETMAN
09-23-2012, 16:47
O1911 & O1918 I haven't shot. Got a Python that hasn't been shot since leaving Colt

bac1023
09-23-2012, 16:53
Yeah, I've done it a few times. ;)

Quack
09-23-2012, 17:52
I have plenty that don't get shot much, not as many as bac1023, but only really shoot 3 of them regularly.

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faawrenchbndr
09-23-2012, 17:56
While I do not shoot as often as I would like,......
all mine get shot.

glock2740
09-23-2012, 18:37
While I do not shoot as often as I would like,......
all mine get shot.
Same here.

PawDog
09-23-2012, 18:37
1945 Remington Rand 1911a1, all original parts, 95% finish......I ran five 7 round mags through it after purchase, just to ensure it was 100% functional. It is, so it'll sit in the safe a few years before it's fired again.

bac1023
09-23-2012, 19:40
While I do not shoot as often as I would like,......
all mine get shot.

I only have a couple I don't shoot, but some others rarely get shot.

I just don't get to the range enough.

MikeG36
09-24-2012, 01:49
I only own shooters at this point with the only exception (non-1911) being an S&W M29 that belonged to my father. I do plan to shoot it someday in his honor.

faawrenchbndr
09-24-2012, 02:22
I only have a couple I don't shoot, but some others rarely get shot.

I just don't get to the range enough.

I completely understand your situation. Several of your's I would
not shoot.

R0CKETMAN
09-24-2012, 04:33
I have plenty that don't get shot much, not as many as bac1023

understatement:supergrin:

who does?

257 roberts
09-24-2012, 18:07
I have a Winchester 101 20ga Mag. , Browning A-5 LT (Japan )12GA, Winchester 24 16GA,Ruger ONE B 3006,Rem,760 3006, 1958 Win. 94 30-30,Ruger (tang safety) 77 270 Win,Rem 700 7x57, Colt 70 45acp,S&W 27, Browning Hi-power and a Colt Huntsman 22 that never gets shot!!!! somebody needs to buy these !

ronin.45
09-24-2012, 18:17
I don't shoot my 1911s at all. One customized SA and one full custom. I just don't care for thumb safeties.

ca survivor
09-25-2012, 17:03
While I do not shoot as often as I would like,......
all mine get shot.
same here.

bac1023
09-25-2012, 17:27
I completely understand your situation. Several of your's I would
not shoot.

Thanks Greg :)

PlasticGuy
09-25-2012, 20:07
I rarely shoot my Yost Signature. I have shot it though. If I didn't ever shoot it at all, I may as well save the money and just buy a picture of one.

bac1023
09-26-2012, 15:08
I rarely shoot my Yost Signature. I have shot it though. If I didn't ever shoot it at all, I may as well save the money and just buy a picture of one.

I shoot all my custom 1911s too.

I don't shoot my Valtro, 1967 Colt National Match, USFA, and my AMT Hardballer.

None have ever been shot and they will stay that way. The Hardballer isn't a collector's item, but it is the first stainless 1911.

Javelin
09-26-2012, 15:14
I only have a couple I don't shoot, but some others rarely get shot.

I just don't get to the range enough.

I probably wouldn't shoot half of your damn 1911's. I don't think I would have time to shoot half of your damn 1911's.

gocubs6
09-26-2012, 19:06
Well, I find my 1911 is the one that doesn't get shot. For one reason, the ammo prices. The second is that I really hate cleaning it. I know some love it. But, the simplicity of my CZ's and others just make it easier when you have to find 2 hours simply to shoot. The wife isn't too happy when I get home and say I have to clean all my guns after I've left her at home w/ the kids.

Rinspeed
09-28-2012, 06:11
I hope after I die they open up my gun safe and say "hey these guns are all worn out"

BOOSTED12A
09-28-2012, 06:32
i have 2. my fathers 10" 3 screw blackhawk and my step fathers 1918 colt 1911 that was rearsenaled at agusta arsenal. everything else get used often

BOOSTED12A
09-28-2012, 06:34
I shoot all my custom 1911s too.

I don't shoot my Valtro, 1967 Colt National Match, USFA, and my AMT Hardballer.

None have ever been shot and they will stay that way. The Hardballer isn't a collector's item, but it is the first stainless 1911.
after my G21 my hardballer gets the most use!

okie
09-28-2012, 07:07
If I bought it I guaran damn tee it's gonna get shot:supergrin:

MD357
09-28-2012, 12:37
I hope after I die they open up my gun safe and say "hey these guns are all worn out"

This.


Buying a No-name and not shooting it should be a crime.

B_RAD
09-28-2012, 17:15
This.


Buying a No-name and not shooting it should be a crime.

I agree.

Disregarded9-side
10-02-2012, 22:55
A guy I work with has several '11s, including a Nighthawk and a Wilson. He hasn't been shooting in 14 months.

We're going to remedy that next week. I really looking forward to shooting his pistols.

PhotoFeller
10-03-2012, 01:08
I bought my Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special 1911 about four years ago, and it has been to the range only one time to make sure it works. While I intended to shoot it often, it is just too good lookin' to risk scratching it up. I've got about $2,000 tied up in this pistol and I should sell it. So far I've convinced myself that just cleaning it and admiring it is enough.

My Les Baer is like money in the bank, as I see it. I'm not sure the Thunder Ranch Special is still built today, but it is a highly regarded semi-custom pistol that should easily sell. For now, I'd rather own it than have $2,000 in a savings account.

wrx04
10-03-2012, 11:51
No. Every gun i buy will be shot no matter how 'nice' it is. Life is too short......

prez1967
10-04-2012, 17:54
I mostly shoot my two 5" guns.... But all get out to the range from time to time.

FWIW: Baer still makes the TRS AFAIK

Rinspeed
10-04-2012, 18:24
I'm not sure the Thunder Ranch Special is still built today,




They are still building them now but I get the feeling their days are numbered.

Clutch Cargo
10-04-2012, 18:29
I've never bought a safe queen. Being a poor retired guy, I shoot all I have, except for a mint 1968 Browning BAR. That's a proper investment for me.

whatsupglock
10-05-2012, 09:44
I have a Springfield 1911 that went through the custom shop. I bought it new 10-15 years ago and have only shot it twice. The gun has had less than 20 rounds through it.

I shoot my STI Trojan all the time.

Jack23
10-05-2012, 12:55
I am Jonesing VERY BADLY for the new Ruger SR1911. But like a lot of folks these days I am having trouble scratching up the $$$ needed to make the deal. But I'll assure you that if I ever do get it it will have 250 rounds through it before the sun sets one more time. I mean it!

ilgunguygt
10-05-2012, 12:58
B-RAD you area sick, sick man.

Skeet732
10-05-2012, 13:08
I tend to shot my Sigs mostly, most of my shotguns are cooling their heels since I stopped shooting Skeet. Time to dial it up again

B_RAD
10-05-2012, 19:45
B-RAD you area sick, sick man.

Why is that?

ilgunguygt
10-05-2012, 20:08
Why is that?
For buying such an amazing firearm and not shooting it!:rofl:

cessnastud
10-06-2012, 16:50
I have a 1917 Colt Commercial that I've only put one mag through. I'd shoot it more, but it's in too good of condition. If I found out that it's worthless, that'd be a different story all together. It's not perfect, but I'm not going to pay for anything else in better shape. I'd love to get an old Colt 1911 or two in "shooter" condition.

collim1
10-08-2012, 23:58
Not me. I bought a Springfield GI, dumped the factory mags for Wilsons, changed the recoil spring to an 18lb, and put a healthy dollup of grease on the rails and fired away.

I bought it because I grew listening to my father talk about the 1911 he was issued in the military back in the day. I wanted one just for range fun.

tnhawk
10-09-2012, 10:17
All of my pistols get fired, some much more often than others. I've started taking several of the same caliber to the range together.

G schütze
10-09-2012, 11:05
I bought my Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special 1911 about four years ago, and it has been to the range only one time to make sure it works. While I intended to shoot it often, it is just too good lookin' to risk scratching it up. I've got about $2,000 tied up in this pistol and I should sell it. So far I've convinced myself that just cleaning it and admiring it is enough.

My Les Baer is like money in the bank, as I see it. I'm not sure the Thunder Ranch Special is still built today, but it is a highly regarded semi-custom pistol that should easily sell. For now, I'd rather own it than have $2,000 in a savings account.


Sorry to burst your bubble, while your Baer is a great gun, it's not a collector. They retail new for $1980, with the street price less than that.

mikeman223
10-19-2012, 14:13
i have an origional colt 1911 i had sent to a gun smith for a new set of sights and link and pin for a storm lake barrel any way i know its almost sackrilidge to change the origional gun for upgrade perpouses but i did it any way and the gun smiths at wolfs den in minnesota have had my gun for going on 8 months i wanted you to work on it not keep it so im pissed to say the least i miss my baby damn

broncobuddha1
10-19-2012, 14:57
Its like having a fine automobile that you never drive. A WASTE.

Cars are meant to be driven, guns are meant to be shot.

B_RAD
10-19-2012, 15:50
I've decided to keep it (for now) I plan on shooting it around Thanksgiving. Really running it thru the motions. Only a month away.

rahrah12
10-19-2012, 17:01
I only have own 3 guns but they all get shot...lately though it has only been my 1911...such a joy to shoot and carry...

JuneyBooney
10-19-2012, 22:33
I have 13 pistols I've only shot 3-4x, 2 of them 1911's. also a .308 AR type and bushy .223 never shot. But I love holding them every once in a while....

That is what a lot of us do.

bac1023
10-20-2012, 05:01
I've decided to keep it (for now) I plan on shooting it around Thanksgiving. Really running it thru the motions. Only a month away.

Very cool :cool:

bac1023
10-20-2012, 05:04
Its like having a fine automobile that you never drive. A WASTE.

Cars are meant to be driven, guns are meant to be shot.

It all depends on the car, the gun, and YOUR opinion.

I have several guns I will never shoot. People can collect guns like they can collect anything else. It's not a waste, in MY opinion.

faawrenchbndr
10-20-2012, 05:18
Its like having a fine automobile that you never drive. A WASTE.

Cars are meant to be driven, guns are meant to be shot.

Many will think that your post was a WASTE!

MD357
10-20-2012, 08:38
Its like having a fine automobile that you never drive. A WASTE.

Cars are meant to be driven, guns are meant to be shot.

Yep. Life is way too short to sit there and admire a gun in the safe or a car in the garage.

Unk
10-20-2012, 14:59
The one with the "green" dot will be shot when my son opens this Christmas present......Christmas morning.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii228/Schemer2/SR1911Pair003.jpg

Best.

BearZ061
10-20-2012, 19:48
Yep. Life is way too short to sit there and admire a gun in the safe or a car in the garage.

I agree 100%. No safe queen or garage queen here.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc178/1fstws6/TRP1.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc178/1fstws6/_DSC4509.jpg

bac1023
10-20-2012, 19:50
The one with the "green" dot will be shot when my son opens this Christmas present......Christmas morning.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii228/Schemer2/SR1911Pair003.jpg

Best.

Very nice

bac1023
10-20-2012, 19:53
I actually find pleasure in admiring some guns and pleasure in shooting others. I don't own any typical semi-customs that I don't shoot, but I do own several collectible 1911s and other handguns that I take pride in not shooting.

Everyone is different, I guess. :dunno:

faawrenchbndr
10-21-2012, 04:29
Who gives a **** if someone does not care to shoot a pistol?
What's the point in bustin their balls? They may be saving it
for a child, family member or a museum.

bac1023
10-21-2012, 05:26
Who gives a **** if someone does not care to shoot a pistol?
What's the point in bustin their balls? They may be saving it
for a child, family member or a museum.

I never understood it either, Greg.

People collect all sorts of things that just sit around. Why does every gun have to be shot. Believe me, I shoot probably over 90% of what I own, but I have a few pieces that don't and probably never will see the range.

I'm not talking your run of the mill semi custom, I'm talking items that you can't really find that I bought unfired.

faawrenchbndr
10-21-2012, 05:29
You are one of many private collectors. I applaud you & others
for preserving these rare firearms. :supergrin:

bac1023
10-21-2012, 05:42
You are one of many private collectors. I applaud you & others
for preserving these rare firearms. :supergrin:

Thanks Greg :wavey:

Like I said, its not many that I don't shoot. I'd say less than a 10th of my collection.

B_RAD
10-21-2012, 09:45
When I started this thread I wasn't really talking about not shooting a gun because it's a collector. There's nothing wrong with keeping collectors. If I had some of the guns that some here have (bac1023) I'd never shoot them. I have a Ruger No 1, 7X57, International that's never been fired. I also have a Colt .38 Super unfired. Neither are collectors but are the only guns I own that have not been fired. Both were my grandfathers and he never shot them. I suspect my Dad and I will shoot them one day but we're waiting for a good time when we're together. Until then I have no problem with these two sitting in the safe.

What I was asking originally was how many of you buy something like a semi-custom 1911, planing on shooting the crap out of it, but then never really shoot it very much for one reason or another? For me personally I hate having this No Name sitting there! I wish I could shoot it everyday. There's all ways a reason why I can't get out to shoot it. I'm going to have to fix that!