We’ve all been there. Something’s taking up space in the back of the safe that hasn’t been fired in a long time. It’s just collecting dust and could be used as trade fodder or liquidated for something better. Or you need the cash to fix the car or pay the kid’s tuition bill.
But in the end, no matter how little use it got, long after we’ve sold it or traded it…it’s inevitable always regret selling that gun. I’ve gone through this angst a number of times and I know you, dear reader probably have, too. So today, let’s look at what I’ve stupidly let go.
The first two items are a Norinco SKS carbine and an Egyptian Rasheed carbine, both in 7.62x39mm. The Norinco is your typical garden variety Chinese production SKS. Made at the Number /26\ Arsenal factory in 1968, it was one of the rarer Navy Arms imported guns.
The gun was marketed as a “Cowboy Companion” and I actually had the correct scope for it. I sold mine off along with a batch of Mosin-Nagants to a local Miami shop for cash. I was downsizing at the time and didn’t think much about SKS carbines as actually gaining value at some point. Boy was I wrong.
Finding the original scopes and mounts for these rifles is nearly impossible now due to the fact that they haven’t been imported into the US since the mid 1990s and that they were factory modifications in China for Navy Arms’ specific contract. But like an idiot…poof it disappeared from my collection.
The Egyptian Rasheed is another rare gun that I stupidly let go. The Rasheed was designed by the Swedish engineer Erik Eklund, who based it on his previous Hakim Rifle (8×57mm Mauser cartridge), which was itself a slightly modified version of the Swedish Ag m/42 rifle (6.5×55mm Swedish cartridge).
Only about 8,000 were made and most were destroyed as a result of the Six Day War with Israel in 1967. About 1,500 of them were imported into the US by Century Arms. Mine had a broken trigger connector that I had fixed by having a new one made. This was a common issue that plagued the Rasheeds, but I got mine to run like a top. I sold it due to an acute case of stupidity because I hadn’t shot it for a while.
Sadly, handguns aren’t immune to bouts of idiocy either. Over the years I’ve let some nicer guns go for reasons I now look at as clear cases of daftness.
This one was my Smith & Wesson Model 5926. A rare third generation production gun that only was made for a two-year period. All stainless like its cousins, the 5926 was different because it had a SIG-style de-cocker instead of the slide-mounted safety.
Very few were made and one of the largest buyers of them was actually Israel. The bottom gun is a mint condition Smith & Wesson Model 59. The first of America’s wonder nines, this one was made in 1971 and was a jewel of a pistol. I had the original box, grips, accessories…all of it.
Both were sold because at the time, I felt like I was done collecting S&W autos and wanted to get more into black powder shooting. Oh, how that proved to be fruitless for the most part. My black powder guns sit forever in the back of my safe since I hate cleaning them. And oh, what I’d do to get those two back.
I’m not the type of person who believes in never selling any gun. But I do believe that sometimes we have a lack of foresight and/or common sense and sell off the ones we really shouldn’t.
Some guns are good barter bait like a run-of-the-mill Gen 4 GLOCK or a modern lawyer locked S&W 642 J-Frame. But sometimes we get brain-addled and do stupid things we later come to regret.
I know I’m not the only one. Post your tales of woe in the comment section below.