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October 09, 2006

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do (With apologies to Neil Sedaka. Remember Neil Sadaka?)

One of the great truths about investing in stocks is that you should never get attached to one of them, because the sucker can lose all its value and cost you a bundle. (“Packard? Great car. So they’re in a little trouble. My dad gave me his stock, and I think I’ll hang on.”)

Same with guns. Once in a while you get one that is highly desirable, and you’ve invested a lot in it, financially or emotionally, and the thing just won’t work right. Nine times out of ten no amount of work or alteration will fix it. It's snakebit. There is only one thing to do: Bail out. Send it on down the road.

About a year ago I sold a gorgeous little 7x57 Mannlicher carbine that would not group much better than 2 inches, and was generally an erratic shooter, given to throwing shots. I shot it and shot it and could not cure it. So for once, I did the smart thing--I sold it. Now, I could have kept it just to admire, or I could have used it as a 100-yard deer rifle, for which it was plenty accurate enough, but I like accurate rifles, and if they ain’t, they go.

And when you sell a flawed rifle, make it plain to the dealer or the friend or whoever is buying it just what is wrong. Because if you don’t tell them, then you really have a problem. Play it straight, or regret it.


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Yes, be completely forward with the dealer who is not going to mention it to whoever he sells it to at an inflated price.

JA Demko

Caveat emptor seems to be the rule when one buys from a dealer. On a new gun, you have some recourse by returning it to the manufacturer. On a used gun like Petzal's, unless the dealer is someone you know for a fact is a stand up guy, you can end up stuck with a lemon.

craig j. curtis

play it straight i like that dave shows us youve got good soft side too? but with guns its always buyer beware with used guns anyway. the other gentelman was right your dealer doesnt always have are best interest at heart. although if we cant trust our gun shops lord have mercy who can we trust? i feel your pain dave ive only sold one gun in my sorted collection and its hard but sometimes nessicary . parting with our precious metals is not easy is it no matter what the problem. we can all be proud of our fearless blog leader as he sets an example for us yes? dont join G.G.G. ANNONYMOUS yet

Ralph the Rifleman

A friend of mine purchased a rifle from a co-worker in need of $$, and it shot no better then a 4 inch group at 100yds. He thought it "acceptable" as a camp gun, and being an 8MM chambering he was confident it would make a decent defense against bears. I agree as a defense weapon, a 4 inch group would not scare me off, either.

Duck Creek Dick


You could actually bring yourself to sell your Mannlicher carbine in 7X57? I've lusted for one of those for years and finally hit paydirt. It is a 1952 model, double-set triggers,ECHO sidemount and with a 4X Hensoldt. I admit it will put the first, clean barrel round about 1 1/2 inch high, but after that it shoots ragged little clusters, if I do my part. It doesn't seem too picky about bullet weight. I've shot 120 grain up to 154 grain Hornadys and it will group all of them well.
I think, Dave, this might be one of those gun deals you will rue. It's only a matter of time before you get your fill of synthetic-stocked, bean-field rifles and remember with bitterness and self-loathing the svelte Austrian jewel you cast away like a dirty sock.

Dr. Ralph

Dick if you don't already have one you need a job writing... your last sentence made me laugh and cry at the same time.

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