The 10 Guns You Should Never Sell No Matter What

The old adage is, never sell a gun. No matter how basic or utilitarian it may be, you’ll inevitably regret it down the road.

That’s easy to say, but sometimes you need to raise some cash. Maybe you’re selling one gun to finance the purchase of another.

Whatever your situation, there are some guns you should simply never let get away. Period. Here’s our list of the ten guns you should never sell under any circumstances.


  1. avatar Dcj says:

    How about a list, not a video. Please!?!?

    1. avatar Noishkel says:

      Yeah gotta force all of us rubes to watch this crap so they can farm some of that sweet advertising revenue somehow. But you don’t get it from me, I block everything from ‘Wide Open Spaces’ with Privacy Badger by default. So when I see the blank spot on the page I know not to bother.

      1. avatar Anonymous says:

        Omg – you might watch an ad – the horror.

        I watched the video. It was really easy to do so – just had to click the mouse once.

        Didn’t know you guys hated supporting TTAG so much.

        1. avatar Swarf says:

          It’s more about the narrator’s voice. And eyebrows.

        2. avatar uncommon_sense says:


          I would cheerfully support seeing two or three static advertisements (meaning a simple, small .jpg photo with an associated hyperlink) in the background or perhaps a 15 second video commercial during a 5:30 video.

          What I refuse to support is any website’s attempt to load 79 advertisements (actual number of blocked ads) after I opened this article in a new tab, watched a 5:30 video, and typed for five minutes. And what I utterly despise are how all those advertisements suck up ginormous amounts of computer resources (especially CPU cycles) and make a webpage take 30+ seconds to load rather than 0.5 seconds.

      2. avatar Arc says:

        Not dropping my adblocker and noscript for a video.

    2. avatar Chris says:

      #1: Colt single action army model 1873 – valued between $1,500 – $30,000

      #2: Walther P38 (Pronounced val-tha’, not “walther”) – valued between $800 – $3000

      #3: M1 Garant – valued between $1000 – $6000, something to do with Obama.

      #4: FM Browning Hi-Power – valued between $800 – $3000

      #5: Colt Detective Special, .38 Caliber – valued between $650 – $1,800

      #6: S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum – valued between $800 – $3,000

      #7 Pre WW2 to WW2 Colt/Remington 1911 – valued between $600 – $3,000

      #8 Russian SKS – valued between $600 – $1,200, value rising every year.

      #9 Russian Dragunov – valued between $1,500 – $10,000

      #10 Sig Sauer P210 – valued between $2,700 – $15,000

      1. avatar Shotgun Sam says:

        Thanks Chris. I wish I could send my eyeball advertising revenue your way. No joy on the video. I’m in a snow covered mountain cabin with slow cell internet.

        My do-not-sell list contains any Savage over/under with a rifle caliber on top and a shotgun below.

        1. avatar Manny A says:

          Agree with Shotgun Sam. Got my Savage 24 40 years ago. Load my 357 to rifle specs. Keep a backpack in the truck with assorted 357 and 38 and assorted 20ga. Throw in a telescoping pole and assorted tackle/lures. All fits in their nicely with Savage disassembled. Has come in handy when the occasion arises for an unexpected opportunity. Best investment I ever made for the money.

        2. avatar ironicatbest says:

          We never had guns when I was a kid, house fire burnt dad’s and he never replaced them. When I started buying guns, Dad said that Savage 24 c was his favorite. And that’s from a guy that saw guns like he saw a tools…….. Them old timers, save, save, save. 410 uses less powder, 22 shorts, 16 gauge all to save money. They was more interested in post holes then they were pistols

      2. avatar Omer says:

        Thanks also.

      3. avatar Mark N. says:

        Very hard to argue with that list, but an engraved 1851 Colt would be nice, especially with original ivory grips. I know someone who has a Richards-Mason conversion with ivory grips that he picked up for $20,000.

      4. avatar Jim says:

        Number 2 should be a Python, or any other in the Snake series.

      5. avatar Kendahl says:

        I agree with you about the single action Army, P38, Garand (not Garant), Hi Power and, maybe, the Detective Special. I’d rather have a model 27 (.357) than a 29 and a Gold Cup instead of an old 1911. (I already have a series 70 Gold Cup so that’s handled.) Forget the Dragunov. You can get a better American made rifle for the same money. I’m not into Sigs. I would like a Luger and a Mauser C96.

        I’ve sold just one gun, a crappy .22 LR blowback that looked like a Luger. (No, it wasn’t an Erma.) It was a trade in on a High Standard Sharpshooter which I will keep forever. I have an S&W model 19 which is too big for me to shoot double action but light enough that .357 is uncomfortable. Since I shoot it single action, I might as well have the weight of a model 27 or 686 to dampen recoil.

        1. avatar Mark Disilvestro says:

          It was probably a US-made Stoeger. Some call those, and the German Erma version ‘the Jam-O-Matic’! All blowback 22s with a toggle, many with cheap alloy frames. The irony is that many years ago, Stoeger bought the rights to use the Luger name in the US. so they could legally call them Lugers. Saw one at a show recently for $500!

          Happy Motoring, Mark

      6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Thanks for the list Chris. For some odd reason, nothing from wide open spaces appears on my iPad.

        Had to sell off a sizable collection a couple of decades ago due to a pending divorce.
        It included a full auto Steyr AUG with the 9mm conversion kit.
        I made the mistake a couple months ago of going online and seeing what it would be worth today. 😢

      7. avatar tmm says:

        Thank you for the list. fwiw, Germans pronounce “th” like a “t”, so the original pronunciation should be more like “val-ter”. For me, I just pronounce it like “Walter”. But that’s just me.

    3. avatar David Deplorable says:

      +1 to list, no video.

  2. avatar G says:

    Me no like videos. Cant watch them at work.

  3. avatar Hoodlum says:

    If I want to watch a video I will go to YouTube

  4. avatar Timao Theos says:

    Sell a firearm? lol.

  5. avatar Mike says:

    No list or video, wtf

    1. avatar Bob says:

      wideopenspaces and now Dan Zimmerman do not know the correct way to post a video.

      When will Robert teach them how to do it right? Soon, I hope. But I expect, never.

  6. avatar Shawn says:

    I’m going to STOP reading your blog if TTAG keeps on with this silly video BS.

  7. avatar Cadeyrn says:

    Guns not to sell:

    Accurate, reliable guns.

    Guns to dump ASAP:

    Guns that don’t feed, fire or hit reliably.

  8. avatar BLoving says:

    I’ve gotten rid of a number of guns over the years: a 1942 Inland M1 Carbine, it threw brass at my head and was less useful than merely entertaining. An early model S&W Sigma in .40, nah – don’t miss it. A M1927 Colt Sistema from Argentina, needed more work to restore it than I was willing to put into it. But the one I miss most may surprise y’all- a 4″Taurus Model 80 (tapered barrel version), I still dream of replacing it one day; the only thing that might dispell that dream might be getting my hands on a S&W Model 10-5.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      My model 10-6 is one of my never sell guns.

    2. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

      My Grandfather left me a 10-5. I traded a Kel-Tec PF-9 for 200 rounds of .38 spl for it. Score!

  9. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Just say no to videos when a list would do fine.

  10. avatar Darkman says:

    Never sold a gun in my life. Wore a few out but would never sell one.

  11. avatar Aven says:

    When it’s a video, I delete.

  12. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Videos do annoy me, but it’s mainly because I can read and process information in a hell of a lot less time than 99% of video hosts take getting to their point. I always dread having to look up a how-to guide online and only finding YouTube clips, because the guy doing the video invariably spends 15 minutes talking about stupid, irrelevant bullshit before reaching the 30 seconds I actually needed to see.

    As far as selling guns, every now and then I end up with one that I don’t mind parting with, and if there’s a scenario where I just had to have that Wanad P-83 or Taurus 85 when I already own well over a dozen very reliable pistols, then someone else will just have to picture it for me, because I’m coming up with bubkes on my end.

    1. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

      Agree; video seems to be the preferred instructional format for those who can’t be bothered to write an article or a script.

      1. avatar billy-bob says:

        “…video seems to be the preferred instructional format for those that can’t write…”


        1. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

          A Ruger MarkII takedown video is damn helpful…

  13. avatar Mark N. says:

    I’ve never sold a gun, and my Mosquito was the only one I tried to get rid of. But I’ve given away a few to my kids. Then again, I bought my first firearm only 15 years ago.

  14. avatar mark40sw says:

    SKS on list & Colt Python isn’t.
    yeah, ok

    1. avatar G says:

      And $600!?!? I see them selling around here for like $300

      1. avatar Art out West says:

        The key point was “Russian SKS”.

        The Norinco, Yugo, and Albanian SKS are cheaper than the Russian one.

        My SKS is a Chinese Norinco.

        Like everyone else, I wanted a list.

        1. avatar Charles says:

          I had a Russian SKS. No scope mount available, fixed mag, and it’s an antique. So big deal.


  15. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    The gun content equivalent of cotton candy. Just babble miscellaneous opinions at the camera. Wow, no.

  16. avatar BLAMMO says:

    I don’t own a Colt Python but I can’t believe it’s not on the list.

    1. avatar Mercury says:

      I sold my Python. Guy paid me more than twice what it was worth, and I still regret it. I got a custom GP-100 from the 80s that shoots like a dream for a fraction of the net, but I still miss that Python.

  17. avatar Timothy V Noecker says:

    Smith&Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum Revolver!!!

    1. avatar Mike says:

      I sold my Model 29. Had not shot it in years, made a good profit. Bought something that I would use

  18. avatar Jimmy James says:

    Bought and sold many garands. They just never did anything for me. Sold an SKS one time for $75. Can not imagine anyone paying $600 for one. Horrible ergonomics.

  19. avatar ed says:

    Why show a Smith & Wesson revolver when you’re talking about the Colt Detective Special??

  20. avatar Charlie says:

    OK. Here we go!

    I have owned five of the 10 “Guns you never want to sell”, and I don’t regret selling a single one of them! This guy is rating guns by their market value. Not their usefulness!

    I don’t want any safe queens, and I don’t give a flying flip about “Collector Prices”. All of my firearms are working guns, and they fill a niche. And that niche is subject to being filled by a better qualified candidate on a moment’s notice!

    So keep your Colt SAA, your BHP, and your Garand. I have better equipment, thank you very much!


    1. avatar Lupinsea says:


      The idea of selling a firearm used to be completely alien to me. Until I realized that there were a few pieces that were collecting dust that I just never shot any more (for whatever reason). So I put them to better use by selling them and rolling the proceeds over into something I do shoot more.

      I’m still reluctant to sell a gun but I’d rather sell it and get something I’m more interested in shooting rather than let them sit there.

  21. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    Not to sell list should probably include all those Mosins, SKS, Carcanos, Garands, and SMLEs guys sold for like 80 bucks back in the day. Bet those guys are kickin themselves now. Next up all those Colt snake series guns, pre 64 model 70s, and pretty much anything else that either went outta production, changed, or sky rocketed in value due to artificial scarcity.

  22. avatar former water walker says:

    So the consensus is we hate video’s. Irrelevant as I exceeded my highspeed phone GB for the month. Barely works when I get 4G…thanks for the list Chris.

  23. avatar Evan says:

    And here we are AGAIN. NO LIST. NO VIDEO. Why do I bother

  24. avatar anonymoose says:

    I agree with the Dragunov/Tigr, P210, SAA, and Detective Special, but the PSL shouldn’t be worth crap especially considering the “quality” of most of the builds. I would also have added pre-hole Smith & Wessons and Colt double-actions in general instead of naming the M29 and DS, and Chinese AKs and now probably Saigas (unless they ever lift that embargo) would have been a better choice than the Russian SKS. I wish the guys who have dozens of Garands WOULD sell their Garands because those old jerks are the ones making the market prices high. All the rich guys with clout just say “I got mine, so screw you guys,” which is the same reason the machinegun registry will never be reopened.

  25. avatar MLee says:

    I’ve had three guns that I let get away from me. One of them was that Walther P38 that my idiot mom lost at the Canadian border because they denied having it.
    Second was my Galil ARM 308 and lastly my Colt Python Nickle.
    Lot of money in those three guns today.

  26. avatar Seizure doc says:

    H & K Mark 23. Nothing like it.

  27. avatar Nanashi says:

    Any 80% build.

    1. avatar mark40sw says:

      ha ha!

  28. avatar strych9 says:

    A note and a question about the SKS.

    I’m assuming that when they say “Russian SKS” they mean with all Russian parts and matching numbers sans a force match is what generates such a price?

    Generally speaking, unless you’re buying one that’s being sold as described above I’m not sure how you would know what exactly you are buying. I’ve never seen a store, including LGSs that would allow a prospective buyer to disassemble a gun.

    Why exactly that is I don’t know (kinda assume they’re afraid the buyer can’t actually reassemble the thing) but I’ve walked away from at least a dozen purchases in my life because they wouldn’t let me actually inspect the item.

    1. avatar Wedge259 says:

      I think they’re worried about people who dont know what theyre doing damaging it. I cruise the used gun cabinets at Cabelas frequently, and they dont like me field stripping stuff to inspect. I looked at a Beretta 92 once and had it stripped apart and back together in about 15 seconds. The clerk frowned at me the whole time but then shrugged when I was done and said “it looks like you know what you’re doing, most dont”. If I get a clerk who says I can’t field strip ill tell them I wont buy it unless I can expect it and they’ll usually cave. The only recent exception is a S&W m1917 I put on layaway, they wouldnt let me dry fire it because it has a hammer mounted firing pin, and I didnt push the issue.

  29. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I don’t sell guns, I take them to the sidewalk and bash them with hammer , everyone cheers and pats me on the back. I feel so good I did a small part to stop the violence in Antarctica.

  30. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

    I can read 5x as fast as a New Yawkah can talk. Videos are, quite literally, a massive waste of time.

  31. avatar Wedge259 says:

    I have a Tula made all matching Russian SKS, made in 1951. My dad bought it in the mid or late 90’s when they were coming into the country ridiculously cheap, I think he paid $99 for it, and it was in new condition at the time. I have personally seen it kill many deer! Now that dad is gone it is definitely a “never sell” gun more for the sentimental value, as a few of his guns are all that myself and three brothers have left from him, as well as his 64.5 Mustang. Unfortunately the rifle was stored poorly for a number of years and the finish is in rough shape now. Since I will never part with it I’m highly tempted to send it off to be refinished somewhere.
    Ive also bought and sold two Garands this year. Both I paid too much for and took a loss on because I didnt know what to look for. Both had loose stock fits. For now I have a Springfield 1903a3 that I bought in like new condition with a mirror bright barrel for only $450!

  32. avatar Attagreader says:

    The guns never to sell are the ones that work well and you obtained legally without an FFL check because you live or lived in a non-registration state. Double that for handguns with mags over 10 rounds and triple it for evil black rifles.

  33. avatar Will says:

    Please shut off autoplay on your video player

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