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Posted: 6/8/2009 9:43:26 PM EST
I do. I know, I know, guns are tools and all that. But I can't help but feel anguish when I see I have put a blemish on my guns somehow. Anyone feel the same way?
Link Posted: 6/8/2009 9:46:32 PM EST
The first one is the worst, once that is behind you then it doesn't matter.
Link Posted: 6/8/2009 9:48:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chickenspigscows:
The first one is the worst, once that is behind you then it doesn't matter.


With a Glock, it doesn't pain me to get blemishes on it.
Link Posted: 6/8/2009 9:52:48 PM EST
Here is a link to a discussion we had on this before.
Link Posted: 6/8/2009 10:27:08 PM EST
On my custom pistols, yes. Doesn't effect my training though. ARs? I don't give a shit.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 12:02:11 AM EST
It used to. But not anymore. Besides, I have the tools to refinish any of my firearms, so even if they do get scratched, I can fix it.

Link Posted: 6/9/2009 12:17:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By Hebrew_Battle_Rifle:
It used to. But not anymore. Besides, I have the tools to refinish any of my firearms, so even if they do get scratched, I can fix it.

Dude, your avatar is spooky. I love the FAL/L1A1. But that mask! The only thing that would scare me further is if you had a chainsaw mounted to the end of it!

Link Posted: 6/9/2009 12:29:33 AM EST
Not any more. They're tools. Didn't used to be that way though.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 3:05:48 AM EST
depends on which gun we're talking about really

but for the most part I don't really give a shit
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 3:26:29 AM EST
Not at all....I bought mine to use.. Not to sit in a gun safe,or cabinet so I can say look at the neat gun I just got to my buddies.. I try to not get them dinged.. But if they do get a ding... Its oh well as long as it doesn't affect their functioning...
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 3:33:06 AM EST
I cringe when i see the first scratch but all the ones that come after i'm not so worried about.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 3:58:23 AM EST
I don't have any "show" guns.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 4:02:57 AM EST

go take a good tactical/urban rifle class. you'll either be "cured", or have a heat-attack...

Link Posted: 6/9/2009 4:18:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 5:36:44 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 5:58:44 AM EST
Nope, all the guns I currently own were bought to be shooters, I take them hunting and shooting and use them as often as I can. I fully expect them to wear.

Now in the future I plan to purchase some collector pieces and those I would not want to see abused even though they may get shoot.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 8:28:46 AM EST
Only my nice shotties.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 9:26:10 AM EST
Not really. I have seen guns that have ridden around in pick ups for decades, been left in barns even longer, etc. etc. and most of them look just fine. I figure most gun marks are essentially self healing, left for long enough. Plus I don't have safe queens. If it comes out to be shot, the risk is that it will get blemished. ALl my guns get shot, even the closest thing I have to what I consider a 'special' gun...for lack of a better term. It's a Winchester 9410 - nothing crazy, but more than doubled in value since I bought it, and I really like it - very classic gun, a caliber I wanted but had little purpose for. I waited and wanted a long time for one, found that setup just before they closed down, bought it and shot it on the way home (stopped at the range - not out the window or anything).
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 1:01:57 PM EST

They get used...........
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 1:06:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/9/2009 1:06:48 PM EST by HiredHitman]
The first one is a knife in the chest. All the rest afterwards don't bother me.
Link Posted: 6/9/2009 1:18:48 PM EST
There is an old saying in the military:

"Don't trust any person or thing that doesn't have a few scars."

Link Posted: 6/9/2009 7:28:24 PM EST
On some of my guns, yes. On some others its such not a big deal. But, I don't like to see any of my guns get dinged up.
Link Posted: 6/10/2009 2:16:39 PM EST
Depends if I can cover it up with aluminum black.
Link Posted: 6/10/2009 4:29:43 PM EST
Scratched the barrel of my Stag the day I got it. Really pissed me off cause it cost $900.

Now I don't really care.
Link Posted: 6/10/2009 6:35:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/10/2009 6:35:48 PM EST by ColdCoffee]
Only the big ones. Little scratches are just wearing it in. The big ones are mistake marks I wish I didn't do.

Link Posted: 6/10/2009 9:50:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/10/2009 9:52:00 PM EST by MrMONEYman]
NO......after the first scratch on my first gun, it hasn't hurt me any bit. I kind of like the used look - gives it character

Link Posted: 6/11/2009 11:33:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/11/2009 11:33:29 AM EST by DCN1982]
Only on something I'm buying to try out and possibly sell if I don't like it.

Otherwise, I stopped caring about 87 character marks ago.
Link Posted: 6/11/2009 12:14:53 PM EST
As a student at Pennsylvania gunsmithing school, I spend almost 9 hours a day working to remove any and all blemishes from firearms. but, when im done, I only care if it gets scratched before it gets graded. after its graded, well,... i don't have safe queens.

of course if its some one Else's gun, it gets treated like royalty.
Link Posted: 6/11/2009 1:09:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chris_1522:
I have two "classes" of firearms. Those that I consider to be "working" guns and those I consider to be collector/historical interest (that for the most part I still shoot).

Class 1 working would be things like my CZ-75, AK-74, AR-15, or FAL.

Class 2 collector would be things like my Garand, Norinco Type-56, Enfeilds, and K31s.

I shoot them both, but the appearance of the "class 2" firearms is more important to me. Those I would get upset over. The other ones, nicks and scratches are unavoidable (but usually correctable should you want to).


I collect C&R as well. Although some already have a healthy share of character marks, I still would still cringe if I were to drop an M1 or K98.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:28:42 PM EST
If the scratch is done by doing something stupid, I feel bad. If it is from normal use, I don't sweat it.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 10:15:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By K1rodeoboater:
depends on which gun we're talking about really

but for the most part I don't really give a shit

Link Posted: 6/15/2009 7:36:09 AM EST
The Army was kind enough to give me an M-4 to rough up. Still looks pretty damn good after 10 months. I havn't really had to use any of my guns to such an extreme, but I think I would be ok with it as long as it held up as well as my issue weapon. I shoot them all, but I think I will choose a thrash weapon for the hard training.
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