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Op-Ed: 7 handguns I was happy to get rid of

Smith & Wesson SD9 VE handgun. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
November 13, 2018

Guns are not meant to be a “one size fits all” mechanical tool. They are as individual as the owners themselves. I have experienced guns that reviewed well, my friends loved, and were highly recommended, only to hate the gun after firing it at the range. This is not uncommon. For example, there are thousands of people who love Glock handguns and confidently claim that Glock makes the best handguns on earth. However, there are also thousands of people who do not care for Glock handguns and say Glocks are thick and ugly with an unbalanced grip angle. How can a handgun be so adored yet so hated at the same time?

Every time I get a new firearm, excitement overcomes me. The thrill of a new gun is special. It comes with a vision of how accurate it will shoot, how comfortable it is to carry and/or how the features will enhance our experiences with that gun. We take that gun home, send pictures to our friends, disassemble it a couple times and admire its fit, feel and finish.

However, as time passes and new firearms catch your eye, the thrill is gone. Nobody I know gets married expecting to get divorced or gets a job expecting to get fired — but hey, it happens. I guess the old saying rings true — all good things must come to an end. Gun ownership is no different. Perhaps the gun didn’t perform as accurate as you hoped or it didn’t carry as well as you planned. When you head out to your local gun store and see a gun you can’t live without, the first thing you consider is what gun you can sell to free up some cash to make this new purchase. In the past, I have put guns on layaway while expecting to sell a gun to make the payments.

In the video below, I featured seven guns I was happy to get rid of. I explained why I bought them and why I sold or traded them.

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