Should You Sell Off Your Guns?


That’s a scary question, isn’t it? Should you sell off your guns?

Now, before you think that I’ve gone off my rocker, I’m not suggesting that you should sell off all of your guns. I’m an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and having a gun and knowing how to use it is a smart thing in this crazy world that we live in these days.

But, it is a valid question to ask as to whether you should sell off some of your guns. Patrick R gives us his two cents:


Why am I selling my guns? Easy, I don’t have the money to be a serious collector and want to focus on firearms that I feel I can use to become a better shooter.

Don’t get me wrong, I envy those students of the gun that have the ability and time to track down that ultra rare thing and add it to their ever expanding collection. Sadly that is not in the cards for me as a poor blogger and new father. I guess I have made peace with the fact that I am never going to have a safe full of ultra rare things that others covet, but rather a safe full of well-used firearms that don’t get cleaned often enough and show good honest wear.

Patrick has a point. If you’re like many people, you may not have the money to be a serious collector, so maybe you should shift those funds into uses that can make you more effective in your shooting and that can make your shooting more enjoyable when you’re shooting for the sheer pleasure of it. Patrick gives us some good ideas of where we can use those funds:

So where I am going to spend that money? Good optics that will last the remainder of my life, a couple precision rifles, a ton of mags since they are consumables, some good range gear like holsters and a gun belt for competition, match entry fees, and maybe some classes from reputable trainers to help fix some of my bad habits.

If you’re competitive shooter, then all of Patrick’s suggestions are worth considering. If you’re not a competitive shooter, than some good quality gear and more training could be worth more to you than the weapon that you have stocked away which hasn’t seen any action in the last ten years.

It’s just a smart use of money, really. Use your money for what can make you better instead of using that money just to have more.



  1. I’ve come to the same conclusion, only from a slightly different route. Before the 2007-2008 crash, I had a number of antiques and collectibles that I was forced to sell to so that I could continue to live INSIDE of a house. I only kept stuff that had tactical or food-gathering value. I’m old, and its a safe bet that when I die, my guns will be sold by family members for a fraction of their value, anyway; and some are bound to find their way into the hands of other relatives who are career criminals. No point in leaving rarities and/or antiques around for that unhappy fate…

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