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I think I'm getting rid of my last "service" pistol

GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
My P226 is a great gun that I shoot accurately and pretty fast.  BUT it sits on my nightstand with a 20 round mag in it gathering dust with it's only duty being as my main HD pistol.  I do have holsters for it but I can't recall the last time that it hung off my belt.

I'm kind of thinking I really will not miss it if I get rid of it and replace it with something else.  Maybe a Sig P365 with a small light mounted on it?  This would make a nifty double duty rig that would live right on top of my nightstand but be ready to get stuffed into my pants AIWB for a quick run out the door too.

The 226 is my last "big" high cap gun, so I will kind'a of miss it, but I guess not so much that I'm not playing these mental games...

If later I decide I REALLY still want a high cap 9mm I can just pick up a 19 and be done with it, no?

Thoughts?



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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,772 Senior Member
    You'll be nostalgic for it in 5-10 years.
    It's not about need, it's about the history. 😁
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    My P229 will always remain in my home,  even though I replaced it with a FN 40/w a light a couple years ago.  If you don't want it on the nightstand anymore, clean it well, put in a sock and place it in the back of the safe. Once in a while take it out, hold it close for a bit, then put it away until the next time.  Your Grand Kids will love you for keeping it
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,461 Senior Member
    I would buy what you want & put the other away for about 10 years & see how you feel about it then . I have thought that way about a gun too but never seem to get around to selling it . Guns come in but few go out the door around here .
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    I don’t know.  My son already has a very nice P229 in 9mm so he doesn’t need it.  Too big for my daughter or wife to shoot well.  I’m not really interested in it anymore...
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,076 Senior Member
    A gun doesn’t have to be carried to be useful. 

    My nightstand gun is never carried. It has a purpose and does it well. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,671 Senior Member
    If you shoot it well, and it shoots well, then why get rid of it.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,706 Senior Member
    The nice thing about a dedicated HD gun that gets used for nothing else is that it's always in the place you expect it to be.

    EXAMPLE - One "selling point" of Remington 870's and Mossberg 500's is that you can turn your HD gun into a hunting gun with a barrel swap and a magazine plug.   Sooooo. . .on the night you actually need your HD shotgun, it's probably sitting on the living room floor unloaded in a gun case with a 28" barrel and a two shot plug in it because you got back late from your bird hunt and were going to clean it later.  SOLUTION - Own two shotguns, or in this case, dedicate your handguns.

    All that said, one less Sig in your world is always a good thing. Kick that clunker to the curb! :D
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    The thought of hanging on to it because of nostalgia does not appeal to me.  I get rid of guns all the time for different reasons, some of them financial because I do not like depreciating assets and unfortunately most gun in production today do not appreciate well, if at all.  I have owned 3 SIG P226s over the last 30 years and every time I buy one I get it cheaper than the last time.

    The idea that a dedicated nightstand gun is a good thing absolutely has merit and it's something I had not really ever taken the time to ponder deeply.  I know I am not averse to the concept because I've done that for years now.  I just thought that with the advent of high-cap compacts like the SIG P365 I could have one gun that could serve double duty well with little of no compromise.

    Does it change the game at all if I mention that nearby there is also an AR SBR which would be the preferred option if I need to go walkabout in the house?   My wife has her 43 handy so she can take care of herself if I need to exit the bedroom, and she is good with that gun, the 226 not so much.

    Just a mental exercise at this point and I really appreciate all input.  Thanks guys.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #10
    My wife has kind of established a rule about guns.  If it can be purchased without effecting the household income, it is fine. Once in the house it becomes part of the house, if you want another save $ and get it, do not sell one for another.  Just put it in the back of the safe for a rainy day

    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    My wife has kind of established a rule about guns.  If it can be purchased without effecting the household income, it is fine. Once in the house it becomes part of the house, if you want another save $ and get it, do not sell one for another.  Just put it in the back of the safe for a rainy day

    If I did that I'd need a second house...  :D

    When I was young I remember going into a bar with one girlfriend and walking out with another.  Now I don't do that with girls so I have the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel puppy with guns...

    I balance my need to own every gun in the world with my second need of upgrading my collection so it does not become a money pit.  Some guns have earned a permanent place (at least for now) in the safe, call it the ones I really love.  Others are purchases of opportunity that I play with for a while and then decide their future.  Some others are just great grabs that become toys for now and then move on to upgrade/trade stock. 
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,760 Senior Member
    Kind of have to agree with GunNut here, not much in current production that will ever attain collector status and as pointed out, some will offer diminished return. No real incentive to put them at the back of the safe.
    I have been working on thinning the herd of those that I don't think my kids will ever want. Not much point in burdening them with disposal at some point in the future.
    most recently though it's been more of a "one out for one in" kind of thing!!  

  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Colorado!Posts: 7,717 Senior Member
    I have a Glock 23 that is nightstand gun and carry gun. It will probably be one of the last I go out of this world with, not because I love it, but it has a job. It does that job very well. Nothing fancy, works every time, easily replaceable and serves a function. It’s all utilitarian and simply beautiful at that.    
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Elk creek said:
    I have a Glock 23 that is nightstand gun and carry gun. It will probably be one of the last I go out of this world with, not because I love it, but it has a job. It does that job very well. Nothing fancy, works every time, easily replaceable and serves a function. It’s all utilitarian and simply beautiful at that.    
    Actually I was thinking of taking advantage of the flood of super cheap .40 Glocks on the market and maybe spending some of the money from the Sig into a police trade in 22 or 23 and putting the balance in the gun fund.  I would loose nothing in capabilities and I could invest the rest into funding something in my bucket list.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Colorado!Posts: 7,717 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Elk creek said:
    I have a Glock 23 that is nightstand gun and carry gun. It will probably be one of the last I go out of this world with, not because I love it, but it has a job. It does that job very well. Nothing fancy, works every time, easily replaceable and serves a function. It’s all utilitarian and simply beautiful at that.    
    Actually I was thinking of taking advantage of the flood of super cheap .40 Glocks on the market and maybe spending some of the money from the Sig into a police trade in 22 or 23 and putting the balance in the gun fund.  I would loose nothing in capabilities and I could invest the rest into funding something in my bucket list.
    Could be a solid plan. I’d vote for a 23. Get a good supply of 22 mags, a one or two 23 mags. 23 mag for carry and 22 mags for reloads 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,223 Senior Member
    Let's not forget GunNut's ever on-going "thinning the herd"... >:);):D
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I figure I'll be in deep meditations in the water closet when I hear the glass break. A close by drawer with an extra service pistol might be a comforting asset. :)
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    edited October 2019 #18
    zorba said:
    Let's not forget GunNut's ever on-going "thinning the herd"... >:);):D
    Nowadays I’m “upgrading the quality of the stock.  Wife is happy. We just did a full inventory and she was an INSISTING participant in the process.  It was interesting to say the least.  

    But even she had to agree that it is absolutely down from the days when I could barely walk into my gun room.  

    Gone are my inventive “sub-collections” that I would convince myself I needed to put together like “US Battle Rifles of the 20th Century” or “non-Smith and Wesson .44 mags” (you’d be shocked how many there are), or “Mossberg .22 rifles of the 1930-1960s era”.  I sold or gave away a bunch of those but there are still a bunch of those around here because they are fun and they are amazing shooters.  Hell I bought 2 of them in the last 3 months just because.

    Now it’s more likely I’ll buy single uncommon guns like the Steyr Zephyr .22 and the limited Edition ‘73 my personal enabler found for me recently.   Most of what I own today would be tough to replace if sold it lost.  

    But even the uncommon are starting to be traded up.  Just sold a Detonics Combat Master because they are just not appreciating enough for my taste.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,223 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    ...absolutely down from the days when I could barely walk into my gun room. 
    Now, now - I seem to recall your moving a year or two back - the reason you can walk into your gun room is because you obviously have a BIGGER gun room! ;)

    But more seriously, lots of collectors "upgrade" as time goes on. Makes sense to me.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Between Ft Lauderdale and MiamiPosts: 12,565 Senior Member
    GunNuts floor plan

    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    GunNuts floor plan

    Yep, that! 🤣
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,076 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    GunNuts floor plan

    That’s what my wife thinks our house looks like now!

    😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Colorado!Posts: 7,717 Senior Member
    When my wife and I got married she accused me of having guns or gun parts in every room of the house. I responded “I don’t have any in the laundry room, wait that by the back door, never mind”🤣
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    EVERY room is a “gun room” 😁
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Western IdahoPosts: 2,460 Senior Member
    I love the 226. It would be hard to imagine another gun with more capability that the 226. Accurate and the first pistol I ever shot that needed NOTHING straight out of the box. So the real reason is that it's too heavy or too large?

    I'd leave it alone, it's there where it need it when it counts. Get something else to scratch that itch.

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • JKPJKP Senior Member North FloridaPosts: 2,678 Senior Member
    Doubt you will get much more for a used P226 than you will invest in a used Glock. Stop overthinking it and keep the Sig you are comfortable with...
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