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The Rationality Of Hanging Onto Gear You Don't Use..

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by cloverleaf, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Around a year ago my personal circumstances changed and I took the opportunity to slim down the gear I own. I sold maybe 15-20% of my guns; trimming stuff that I'd acquired for whatever reason but never really used or felt a connection with.

    Thankfully I don't regret this decision at all - none of the guns are missed, I have a bit more space and feel a little mentally lighter too.

    I still have a fair bit of gear left and am again feeling the need to purge. Tbh I'm not in a great place at the moment, have fewer ties to the industry than I did and tbh am only becoming more bitter and jaded towards it (mainly because of all the politics and hypocrisy as it continues to slide into the sea).

    I still enjoy shooting and hope to continue with repair and tuning work, but have really lost my mojo for airguns and am starting to feel like the not insignificant amount in my possession is becoming more of a burden to endure than a privilege to enjoy.

    I'd still wish to hang onto some gear for reasons other than practicality (sentimentality, rarity, quality, uniqueness etc) so the simple "when did you last use it" argument doesn't apply so much, however I do still have stuff that I've barely (if ever) used, which leads me to question whether it's worth hanging onto at all.

    While typically soft as sh*te I think I'm becoming less sentimental in my old age. I've sold most stuff that was acquired in my first few years of shooting, although do still have three Webley pistols from back on the day - one of which was my late fathers. I'm still tempted to flog them though tbh as they probably haven't been used for 15 years.

    While the last thing I want is to sell stuff I'll later regret getting rid of, I can't help but think it's pointless having it sat there doing nowt. In addition I'm tending increasingly to a minimalist lifestyle, which really doesn't mesh well with the piles of crap I have everywhere..

    What do we reckon?
     
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    I know exactly what you mean Mike and had a purge over the last year or so ... I made myself sit down and write a list of everything I had gun wise and then scored them on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being 'definitely' keep. Surprising about the amount of things that went and I certainly don't miss them. Only things I do regret moving on was an old HW35 and my S410 ... to the point that I bought the latter back for more than I sold it for :facepalm:

    I had thought that I'd not bother buying any new kit, but must admit that I am now trying to convince a mate to sell me his Rapid and have my eyes open for something boingy in .20 - I think inherently, we all like 'stuff' and begin to miss the thrill of accumulation.

    Magpies, the lot of us :rolleyes:
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    If it’s not useful or aesthetically pleasing,

    It gets the bin:)
     
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    brent Engaging Member

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    My moto is if you don't use it flog it
     
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    john79 Keyboard Hero

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    first dibs on your steyr please :p
     
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    You're a hard man Mr Darling ... just like your young ladies who get kicked out after a month ;):D
     
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    Jeffsy Busy Member

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    Your getting old and increasingly grumpy.
    I will take one for the team and buy your Skan’s and Steyr’s thus unburdening your mental self and making you happier, unless they are set up for weirdo lefty types in which case you stay grumpy and unhinged!
    :p
     
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    P'raps I should have ended my first post ... 'Vultures, the lot of us' :p
     
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    I was always one for hanging onto gear that will be useful for certain situations- mostly fly fishing gear, but also power tools etc. What I found was the situations arise quite rarely, and when they do you won’t have the gear on you anyway so make do with what I have.
    I’ve cleared loads out, on the basis that if I ever decide to explore that particular avenue then, and I need a specific item best suited to it, I’ll get one then.
    A good clear out that tops up the funds is quite liberating.
     
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    Sky Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    I'm with you Mike - I intend to get rid of everything instead of one lightweight PCP.

    I'm doing the same with my carp fishing and older camera gear too - I'm only going to keep what I'm actually using.

    My kids say I'm a hoarder as I don't use most of it - that's really what made my decision for me. Besides, the house will get bigger as a result. ;)
     
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    Spray1Mark Big Poster

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    On the flipside an object deserves to be enjoyed, if you aren't enjoying it even if enjoying means not using it, then allow someone else to and utilise the money for something you will enjoy.

    With the amount of stuff I buy I would need an aircraft hanger to keep it all and I hold no emotional tie to anything, especially women, if you ain't using them get rid of them I say!
     
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    Sorry to hear of your troubles,I have a small collection of airguns ,everything is a keeper I like what I’ve got,my firearms had to go ,I go on the basis of if I sold would I get more than I paid ,haven’t seen some airguns in a year,but I enjoy collecting them ,hope things pick up for you ,you are a funny chap,with your free adds ,keep them coming.mike
     
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  13. EastmidsHD

    EastmidsHD Keep pullin' that trigger..

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    I completely agree with you, I had at one point a good selection of quality rifles and handguns, then came my shotguns and eventually my firearms..

    I sold all my air rifles and handguns except for my Ultimate Sporter which is all I ever need, but truth be told that's not been used properly since last year.

    I've sold a few shotguns and kept my Gold E which is a keeper, I still have a lanber rough gun but that's never really used.

    My firearms have seen light action but that's due to a change in circumstances I'm hoping things will change and I'll get back into the sport again??

    For me I enjoy going out claying with a few mates but they have their own s**t going on, so it makes it not as much fun.

    Throw in my motorbikes and the weather picking up a bit along with rallies and shows and I fear more dust gathering on the guns??
     
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    My view is, if I am not using it for its intended purpose then it's getting in my way. It has to go.
    Maybe you are overthinking things at the moment, when that occurs with me I let things bother me that really shouldn't.
    Enjoy what you like doing and let things that you have no control over bother the people who think they have control.
    The simple life is the best, go and plant a tree and watch it grow. That's what I do :)
     
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    Spray1Mark Big Poster

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    As above, sadly the realities of life all too often get in the way of hobbies!

    "Work is the scourge of the drinking classes" as they say!
     
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    landymick Keyboard Hero

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    I know what you mean Mike,i've thinned down in the past but I always end up getting more than I had in the first place.I do try & justify new purchases now though more than I used too.
    I mean look at some of my stash:confused::)
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    Spray1Mark Big Poster

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    WOW, that pile of junk would really be worth something to a collector Landymick.

    Can I ask do you have a pile of lightweight panels or series bits in your garage?
     
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    GMballistic Donator

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    What I tend to do with my possessions (not just airguns) is sell stuff I don't need or use anymore to buy other things that I want.

    For example: I like R/c vehicles so earlier this year started getting back into that more deciding that I'd like to get a new 1/8th scale buggy which isn't cheap so I had a purge of lots of knives and a few airguns I wasn't using to buy it.

    That way I got something new and interesting to use as well as cleared up some items I wasn't using & wouldn't miss.
     
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    Spray1Mark Big Poster

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    What you need is a 1/5th scale Losi GM!
     
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    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    I end up clearing loads and then buying even more :facepalm:
    I’ve always said “if I don’t use it move it” but with airguns and accessories I can never make my mind up.
    Just make sure your happy with your choices @cloverleaf :thumb:
     
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