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Do you see any reason why anyone would want to decommission or dispose of a firearm?

No
41 (47.7%)
Yes - Because it's unsafe to fire.
41 (47.7%)
Yes - Because it's no longer wanted/needed.
2 (2.3%)
Yes - Because it's an antique or keepsake.
2 (2.3%)
Yes - Because there are small children or someone unstable in the house.
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 86

Author Topic: Firearm Disposal?  (Read 1699 times)

Offline BigFishGuy

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Firearm Disposal?
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:44:19 PM »
I know we all love our firearms and many of us have family heirlooms, but I'm wondering if anyone thinks there is ever a reason for getting rid of one without selling it, or making it so it doesn't work anymore.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 02:26:52 PM »
Sure. Say I had an old damascus barrel shotty that someone wanted to buy just for decoration.  I'd pull the guts so some idiot with a lawyer on speed dial doesn't name me in a suit when the barrel blows up in his hand.
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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 11:25:52 AM »
Yep, I have an old .22 Sears rifle that is unsafe.  The safety doesn't always work and the trigger will go off if bumped.  Gunsmiths can't fix it and it just sits in my safe.  It does have sentimental value, but it is an old junky rifle that I can't ever safely shoot so I have been thinking of getting rid of it.  I don't want to sell it to someone who may use it and having it sit in the safe doesn't bring me joy.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 12:04:52 PM »
I cut up and old shotgun once -bolt action 20g - that someone had filed the trigger on so that it would go off sometimes just by closing the bolt.  Wasn't worth much to start with so I took a cutting torch to it and threw the pieces in the scrap metal tub.


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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 12:09:07 PM »
I suppose if there was no sentimental value perhaps... but i would likely try to fix it. It isnt easy to build metal back up but I would likely give it a try, or try making the part... pretty amazing what you can do with a grinder, file and sand paper. 2c

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 06:19:36 AM »
I have an old octagon barrel 44-40 Winchester left by my grandpa to me when I was about 12.  My dad took out the firing pin to make it safe to display over the fireplace


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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 07:55:49 AM »
I bought a brand new semi auto 22 for $25 bucks off a guy that was hanging out with a few buddies. I got home and had a feeling that it felt fishy so I called the police department and they said bring it in and they'll run the numbers but if it was stolen then I would need to produce a name and if I didn't name someone that I could be charged with a crime. I didn't know the guys name so I tossed it in the lake. My 18 year old self made questionable decisions.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 06:16:43 PM »
I called the police department and they said bring it in and they'll run the numbers but if it was stolen then I would need to produce a name and if I didn't name someone that I could be charged with a crime.

Charged with a crime?  For what?  You didn't do anything wrong.  I call B.S. on that.  You don't need to produce a name.  I was in a similar situation a few years ago and  I told the police I didn't remember who I bought it from and that was the end of that.  It was a private sale and none of the gov's business as far as I was concerned.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 06:21:46 PM »
I have an old octagon barrel 44-40 Winchester left by my grandpa to me when I was about 12.  My dad took out the firing pin to make it safe to display over the fireplace


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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 04:18:15 AM »
been thinking about taking the firing pin out of my late father in law's remington 760 and making a wall hanger out of it.  the chamber is so out of spec that brass is hard to eject after firing and the empties are visibly bulged :yike: kind of makes me sad, i would've liked to hunt with it, but just doesn't seem safe to use.
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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2017, 06:52:24 PM »
Yep, I have an old .22 Sears rifle that is unsafe.  The safety doesn't always work and the trigger will go off if bumped.  Gunsmiths can't fix it and it just sits in my safe.  It does have sentimental value, but it is an old junky rifle that I can't ever safely shoot so I have been thinking of getting rid of it.  I don't want to sell it to someone who may use it and having it sit in the safe doesn't bring me joy.

I had a similar situation (I think it was a Sears 22LR as well)... I tried my best to fix it, but in the end it wasn't worth the risk. I took a few parts out of the action and turned it into the city police station for disposal.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2017, 08:48:58 PM »
Bought a no name break action kids 22 at a garage sale for 20 bucks couple years ago.  Perfect for kids to shoot until something happened and a Shell fragment hit 10 year old in the forehead enough to draw blood.   Havenít shot since but just canít bring myself to cut it in half and throw away like I said I would.     Need to do something before i croak and someone else tryís to shoot er

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2017, 01:40:34 AM »
A customer brought me a 1911 to service that was given to him. He hadnít shot it because the plunger tube falls off and the grip safety didnít work.

Turned out that Bubba had done his best work on the pistol and the amount of work it needed would be equal to buying a new gun. The pistol will now become a wall hanger.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2017, 02:14:08 AM »
I called the police department and they said bring it in and they'll run the numbers but if it was stolen then I would need to produce a name and if I didn't name someone that I could be charged with a crime.

Charged with a crime?  For what?  You didn't do anything wrong.  I call B.S. on that.  You don't need to produce a name.  I was in a similar situation a few years ago and  I told the police I didn't remember who I bought it from and that was the end of that.  It was a private sale and none of the gov's business as far as I was concerned.

The Bill of Rights still applies today.  You are innocent unless the state can prove you guilty.  Hell, I didn't even bother with calling a lawyer.  The police didn't have a leg to stand on and they knew it.

It could be charged as possession of stolen property. It would be a stretch to charge it considering the person volintaraly brought the gun in to have it checked. Tecnically it's possable to be charged.

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Re: Firearm Disposal?
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2017, 05:57:07 AM »
I know of a few people that want to trash firearms and Iíve never understood why. If itís way to unsafe then yeah, bye bye firing pin and sheíll be a wall mount but most the parts can be stripped and sold or something. The throw away society of today sucks, but as a trash truck driver who still has to get out and load cans I canít wait to find a can full of guns! One guy found a can with 6-7 old bear and some other name longbows/recurves! The whole ones mans trash is another treasure was spot on that day.
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