Top 5 Guns I Regret Buying

Well, we can’t always pick a winner. In this video, Alex talks about five firearms that delivered a healthy dose of buyers remorse later on down the line. While not every firearm on the list is an inherently bad gun, each possesses a quality that may one day bless them with a “for sale” tag.

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– [Voiceover] Hey guys it’s Alex C with TFB TV.

Today on TFB TV, I’m going to talk about five firearms that I regret buying.

For whatever reason, at the time of purchase I thought acquiring these would be a good idea but some factor later on down the road led to a severe case of buyer’s remorse.

So let’s have a look.

First, is the Smith & Wesson 61.

This is a 61-3, which means it has an aluminum frame and these were made for only about three years.

Perhaps for good reason.

These little.22 caliber semi-automatics were called ‘escorts’ and hold 5 rounds in the magazine.

First off, .22 out of a gun with such a short barrel isn’t exactly ballistically ideal, but at least it meets the important criteria of ‘is a gun.’ That said, the 61s are horribly unreliable guns and I don’t think I ‘ve ever gotten through an entire magazine.

Even when using CCI or other premium ammo.

I saw this gun for a low price in a small, rural gunshop and recognized it as the gun that Robert DeNiro used in “Taxi Driver.” Which is a great movie, by the way.

DeNiro mounts one on a sliding mechanism to conceal in his shirt sleeves so he can quickly deploy it.

And it’s actually the gun he used in the famous “You talkin’ to me?” scene where he draws it in front of a mirror.

Anyways, the gun doesn’t work.

It isn’t reliable, accurate, comfortable or really useful in any way.

That said, it sure is a good looking pistol.

Next we have my semi-automatic Suomi M31, built by TNW.

The famous M31 subamchine guns from Finland helped the small nation curb-stomp the Soviet Union during the winter war.

I’ve always been a little weary of buying any firearm originally designed to fire from an open bolt, being redesigned to fire from a closed bolt due to the added complexity.

But I went ahead and got the M31 because it’s the closest I will probably ever get to a real one.

Also, at the time, magazines were cheap.

Both the stick and drum mags, and I thought it would be a fun little 9 mm plinker.

I was wrong.

The gun is so heavy that holding it up for any period of time is a real chore.

Especially with a loaded drum.

The handling is awkward and the trigger pull is among the heaviest of any gun that I own.

Reliability is also sub-par, and I wouldn’t ever consider using this gun for anything serious based on that alone.

I bought the M31 because of its historical significance and cool factor associated with vintage SMGs, but the lack of reliability, weight, and heavy trigger pull, have almost made this a wall hanger.

Third, we have the Kel Tec PMR-30.

Having 30 rounds of.22 WMR on tap is one hell of a selling point and to be honest, that’s what did me in here.

However on the first trip out, the rear sight broke off.

So, that sucks.

It also was unable to make it through a magazine which also sucks.

Not long after I bought it, there was a recall as well due to issues with keyholing if I recall correctly.

And as some of you know, it’s always a pain when your new firearm is recalled.

Fast-forward, and the pistol still won’t get through a magazine without some kind of malfunction.

Shame, too, because this would be a truly spectacular pistol if it functioned properly and didn’t chuck parts.

As such, I do regret buying it and I would trade capacity for reliability any day.

Up next, we have a Generation I MasterPiece Arms MPAR.

The MPAR is a Charles St. George design that shares a lot in common with the old Leader Dynamics guns.

As a result, I thought it would be a real winner especially at the price point of $535.

The gun feels like it was constructed in the most half-assed way possible.

Everything wobbles and it feels like it’s about to fall apart in your hands.

It’s also heavy and bulky and it feels unnatural to shoulder and shoot.

This gun fills no hole in my collection, really, but I thought for just over $500, a unique 5.56 caliber rifle with a folding stock would be a great knock-around piece.

However the old saying, “You get what you pay for,” reigns true here.

And I feel like if I knocked this gun around a bit it would start shedding parts like crazy.

Lastly, we have a gun that is exceptionally well-made but certainly obsolete.

This is a Browning BPS 10-gauge that I bought when I didn’t know that 3.5-inch 12-gauge Magnum shells get the job done all the same and are exponentially easier to find.

When I bought this gun in 2009, I just kind of assumed that 10-gauge was cock of the walk when it came to goose guns.

The recoil is harsh as hell but when it’s cold out and you’re bundled up with a nice heavy, thick coat you don’t notice as much as you would think.

Of course, with a thin t-shirt it will leave a nice bruise on your shoulder but that isn’t the point.

The BPS shotguns are extremely well-made guns and both feed and eject from the bottom which is great for lefties.

They’re reliable, point-able, and really offer everything I want in a pump shotgun, but I do regret buying a 10-gauge version.

10-gauge shells are expensive as hell and you can’t ever find them in stores.

As stated previously, 12-gauge Magnum shells are nearly as good and much more prolific.

In hindsight, I should’ve gotten a nice 12-gauge Magnum pump but live and learn, I suppose.

So these are five firearms I regret buying.

Is there a gun that you have that you wish you never bought? If so, drop a comment below.

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Until next time.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • DrewN

    Oh yeah. I bought an ASI Mini-30 converted to 6.5 Grendel,DESPITE knowing full well that no effective magazines existed AND after Carl told me himself on the phone that it would likely have feeding issues.

  • Lance@yahoo.com

    Run and gun with your S-31 Alex!!!!!!!

  • Mick Finn

    Bersa Thunder .22. Bought it to have a little pistol to plink with; not as accurate as I had naively hoped. About two months after I bought it the gun scare happened and I haven’t seen CCI Mini-Mags available locally in over two years, which is about the only thing that will reliably cycle through it (knew about needing CCI or equivalent when purchased). Have never fed it a whole mag without malfunction.

    Should have bought the 3AT or p-32 I was considering.

  • A.WChuck

    Thanks Alex, you likely saved me a lot of money. I was pondering a Kel-Tec PMR-30, but unless the new ones are much more reliable, I’ll pass.

    • Porty1119

      Try handling one first. It feels like the grip is made of Legos.

      • J Hat

        Slip a sleeve on it. That made a world of difference with mine.

    • Jaun Arc

      Have a new one that has so far (200ish rounds) been perfectly reliable. It feels cheap, however, and Alex didn’t mention it so maybe it wasn’t an issue for him, but in my case it spits unburnt powder and other stuff basically everywhere. So be sure to wear eye pro and gloves.

      That said, it’s accurate and surprisingly fun (if you’re wearing gloves or don’t mind feeling like your hands are getting stung by ants.

      • smartacus

        that .22 Mag is a dirty-firing little rimfire alright

    • smartacus

      i may have found a rare good one
      runs like a sewing machine
      No idea how or why i lucked out

      • A.WChuck

        That seems to be the Way of Keltec. Some work fantastically while some are troublesome. Maybe I will luck into finding a used one someday at a good price. I won’t mind working on it to make it reliable if the deal is good enough.

  • HH

    The M31 as a top 5 regrets? Wow. I dont own one. Have shot a couple posties. Heavy as crap. Definitely.

    Interestingly , the Suomi drums made 50+ years ago are still the best drums ever to hit the market…even today. They are superior to Betas and all the plastic crap.

    • Have you not watched the video?

      • HH

        Yep. I did. I’m just disappointed that the Suomi isn’t a “good” gun like their drum mags are. Kinda unusual that the gun would be so-so and the mags absolutely fantastic.

        • screwtape2713

          The original Finnish military full-auto Suomi is a great gun. It’s the “redesigned to fire semi-auto only for the American consumer market” version that’s not.

  • Tassiebush

    My firearm i regret buying is my IAC leveraction shotgun which is a Winchester 1887clone. It seems that either every shell is too long once fired and if that isn’t wrong then the case head won’t cooperate with the extractors. The cylinder bore rounds off the disappointment with ridiculously open patterns. I wish I’d spent the money on a double.

    • Porty1119

      I think the 1887 is designed for 2-1/2″ shells, not 2-3/4″. The design never really took off for a good reason. The IAC pump guns are fantastic, but I could also see Norinco’s utilitarian build tolerances and machining being an issue in something so finicky and mechanically intricate as a lever-action shotgun.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah I think action size is a huge factor. That rolling block repeating action is quite amazing but compared to a normal linear moving action it just is flawed. It is completely possible to fire while not fully closed. The action stays closed but the headspace is way out of normal spec leaving cases warped (base is diagonal rather than at a right angle from the case) and stuck and it can’t be good for extractors.

  • Gambler X

    PMR-30, and somewhere a FiveSeveN haters head exploded

    • Evil_Bonsai

      I regret trading my Five Seven (even stopped spelling it the other way). Still have over 1000 once-fire brass I will someday reload. For now, the 22TCM will do.

  • Mike Nims

    The Accu-Tek 380 AT was a big disappointment for me. Other Excel Arms firearms have been great so I thought, why not. won’t do that again.

  • Nocternus

    I regret buying anything made by Taurus.

    • Nocternus

      And I regret buying my AMT Automag Mark II. Another 22 mag pistol that really had the potential to be awesome if it would just feed and extract reliably. And would eat whatever you fed it. I could only ever get it to feed somewhat reliably with Winchester Super X ammo. Never did it extract reliably and it had several trips to the gunsmith for all kinds of sharpening and polishing.

      • Blackhawk

        I had an AMT Backup in .22LR that worked flawlessly and I carried it for a number of years. A buddy had an AMT Backup in .380 and it never worked right.

        • Dave D

          Had the AMT Backup 380 and mine worked great. It was my first carry gun as I thought it was easy to conceal and liked the long double action pull for safety reasons. In the end decided 380 wasn’t the best carry round for me. Having to remove a roll pin to clean the thing was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Still mine was a good little gun that did what it advertised.

        • Gunner4guy

          I still have my AMT Backup(single-action version). Carried it as primary, backup or hideout piece ever since it came out. Accurate within it’s limits and with CorBon or the new ARX ammo is pure hell on rabid coons and putting down roadkill deer I get called out on.
          Only problem I’ve ever had was losing a spring when I completely disassembled it w/o paying attention to the instructions.
          I don’t subscribe to the ‘gun-of-the-week’ craze so it being heavier than a Ruger or other newer .380’s doesn’t bother me.

      • Ned Weatherby

        I second that. Couldn’t fire a fill mag, ever.

      • Leigh Rich

        My SS AMT 22Mag auto mag has always been 100% reliable for me. Just touchy to assemble so you don’t bend the trigger spring. I got it in the early 90’s and still have it.

    • marathag

      tried one of their 7 shot 357s when they first came out.
      Terrible accuracy, barrel was trash, brand new,
      Sent back to Taurus, replaced without comment.

      Traded that replacement off for what I had in it, and swore off revolvers for awhile

    • TC

      The Taurus PT92 is a fine handgun, probably because it was originally a Beretta, built on Beretta machinery.

      • ToddsMonster

        I once tried to make Eggs Benedict in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen. It didn’t turn out nearly as good as his.

  • Porty1119

    10ga is superior to 3.5″ 12ga in virtually every way, if you’re looking to increase the shot weight. 10 is more efficient and patterns better. Not finding 10ga? Order it online or load your own. Shotshell loading is very easy to pick up.
    Additionally, there is no reason to use steel shot when other “non-toxic” options such as bismuth are out there, meaning that 3.5″ has no real point anymore. You won’t be firing too many rounds when waterfowl hunting, so cost won’t be a real issue, especially for someone who can already afford that many fun NFA toys!!

    • Dan

      I know way too many 10ga die hards to even step into this debate. They love em, they swear by them and I can’t argue with their passion. When it’s all day of shooting snow geese i’ll stick with my 12ga.

    • Nocternus

      I used to hunt geese with a guy that shot 10ga 3.5″ shells. Every time we would call in geese he would swear that he killed everyone of them. If you disagreed he would belittle your pewny 12ga 3″ shells. So if you want to hunt geese by yourself all the time I would fully recommend a 10ga.

  • El Duderino

    Wish I had never bought all 3 of my Kel-Tecs. Really tried to like ’em but they all sucked. And I’m even willing to give an RDB a chance, if I stumble across one. Glutton for punishment I am.

    S&W 5906 police trade-in. Way too heavy for a 9mm, monster high bore axis, slide mounted safety, minute-of-barn door accuracy. I laugh when I read about 3rd Gen fans wanting S&W to bring ’em back, then go shoot my M&Ps and older S&W revolvers — their guns that are actually worth a darn.

    CZ-52. Ergonomic nightmare, those shifty clipped-in grips, infamously crappy internals (firing pin in particular). If not for the range cool factor with hot Tok ammo it would be completely useless. I don’t have the slightest clue as to why some people convert them to 9×19.

    • ozzallos .

      At least you can get your money out of the keltec rifles. Pistols, on the other hand, you may be SOL.

      • Blackhawk

        Traded a PT-11 straight up for a Glock 26. Nothing wrong with the PT-11 (except that my wife didn’t like it.) I guess I don’t know if that constitutes “getting your money” or not.

        • JoelM

          PT-11 is a Taurus not a Keltec.

    • derpmaster

      My single experience with Kel Tec (PF9) made me never want to own one again. They are throwaway guns in my opinion. Mine developed rust spots on the barrel within two months of ownership, most of which was spent sitting in a drawer.

      • El Duderino

        I rust spotted mine by having my hand in the same pocket for about 10 minutes.

    • Miguel B.

      Definitely agree with you on the CZ-52. The ergonomics were inexcusably bad in my opinion. The 52 was the first gun I ever bought online. I got it and found that I hated even holding it. I bought surplus and sold it to a dealer for less than half what I paid. I was happy to be rid of it.

      The magazine base plates on mine were prone to popping off. Nothing quite so humbling as showering the ground with live ammo while shooting with your friends. I was really keen on 7.62X25 Tokarev.

      I loved that round but hated that gun. Sold the uber-rare hollow point ammo I had and a year later discovered the Zastava new manufacture Tokarev’s. Now, I regret selling my ammo.

      The one thing it did do for me was make me wish there were more guns offered in 7.62X25. I’m one of those who wish FN made the PS-90 in that caliber. (Sigh.)

      • El Duderino

        It’s just one of those rounds that just doesn’t work well with American NFA. It’s too much (when loaded right) for a handgun and in a 16″ barrel you might as well go 7.62×39. But it would be awesome from a 8-12″ barrel carbine, particularly full auto. Y’know, like a PPSh-41.

    • Spencerhut

      I got the nicest CZ-52, no import marks, damn near perfect condition. I loved how different and cool it was . . .. right until I shot it. The trigger guard bit me something fierce on every shot. The magazines have some sort of weird “auto-disassemble” feature. The rollers wear far too quickly, in my opinion. I reload and even with mild loads and a stiff aftermarket spring it pitches brand new Starline brass into the next county. That was the last straw. Sold it. Good riddance.

    • Michael

      Buddy of mine has a ksg and it works fine. Wish I could afford one myself.

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        You can afford one.
        It only cost a couple of fingers.

        • El Duderino

          Baaaa-ZING!

    • plingr2

      First cz prototypes (čz 481) were double stack sa/da handguns. But then came SSSR with standardized ammunition for handgun (7,62). So they had to upgrade handgun for that ammo and had to change sa/da to SA. With that came problem with slide durability. That weapon is piece of s..t and we know it. 9mm barrel came after end of comunism in Czechoslovakia .

    • Cymond

      I wanted a CZ-52 back when the market was flooded with imports circa 2009. They were cheap and the internet was awash with praise, calling then a ‘Soviet 1911’.

      And then I held one in a gun store.

    • JoelM

      Yeah I felt the same about my CZ52 but a set of walnut “wide” grips made it better. Not M&P9 better, but at least tolerable.

  • The_Champ

    I pondered pretty hard about that M31. The appeal is definitely that of historic interest, and the fact that no other WWII sub-gun, and only 1 or 2 modern semi auto sub-guns are available here in Canada.

    Couldn’t find any really positive things said about this semi auto, closed bolt version. And your opinion only adds to the chorus, Alex. Considering how much you seem to love all things military surplus, I might have to stay clear of buying that one.

  • ozzallos .

    Hmm. The PMR30 and MPAR were definitely second glance guns for me too. Thanks for taking one (or several) for the team.

  • ozzallos .

    Alright, since we’re playing the game of regrets, your next should be the top five guns you should have never sold.

    • Uhh, how would I film them?

      • Richard

        You could use internet pictures or someone else’s photos

      • Austin

        If you ask I’m sure you can find volunteers to help.

        • ozzallos .

          This. Can’t be too hard.

          • Tassiebush

            Bear in mind Alex is a collector so his regrets may well be that an obscure good example left his grasp. The likes of which is hard to come by.

      • iksnilol

    • n0truscotsman

      Lets not talk about that. Depressing subject 😉

  • Scott Tuttle

    calico 9mm carbine. felt great in the hand but fell apart at the range. luckily I sold it for what I had in it after the great assault rifle ban kicked in.

  • TexianPatriot

    Shocker on number 3. You must be the first person ever to regret buying a keltec. Still laughing.

  • janklow

    going to be honest… i’m still going to buy a S&W 61 one of these days

  • derpmaster

    The BPS is the best sporting pump on the market, and is totally slept on by most shooters. The only flaw (as you mentioned) was the chambering.

  • Renegade

    Pietta LeMat repro.

    I traded a Sharps carbine straight across for this pain. 5 pounds fully loaded, needs some serious meat hooks to really hold, 61 individual parts, annoying to reload, a pain to disassemble and clean, and a cleaning rod that seems like it’s going to fall off at any moment.

    That said, it was reliable, fun firing that many shots before needing to reload, and cool looking.

  • Tim U

    Regretted the Taurus TCP, but I thankfully rectified that by selling it.

  • CharlesH

    Just FYI, You have a first gen PMR-30 which has since been redesigned. Not defending the initial failure, but I’ve only heard good things about the remodeled PMR. You can tell the difference by the barrel, the new models don’t have the fluted barrel.

    • smartacus

      i got the redesigned barrel then. it works like an H-1B Visa holder

    • J Hat

      Doesn’t Kel-Tec just ship you a replacement revised barrel if you have the original fluted one? It’s not even a recall, in the sense of having to send your gun away and wait for it to return.

      While you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them to send along a replacement for the broken rear sight.

      • CharlesH

        My understanding is that there were more changes than just the barrel, if that’s true, they might not be able to simply replace the barrel and fix the problems.

    • Gunner4guy

      Not sure if mine is just a pistol with a new barrel or a Gen 2 but other than being heavy like the video mentioned I’ve never had any problems(yet). It’s light years better than the AMT in .22 Mag or roughly the same thing in .30 Carbine – had both and could NOT get them to run. Sent into the factory 3 or 4 times each and both were STILL jam-a-matics. Stovepipe or FTE and have to stop, do an immediate-action drill to get 2, maybe 3 shots off before it’d jam again.
      Sold them off to a guy who thought the ‘cool factor’ over-rode the problems. They don’t work for him either……

  • DaveP.

    The list of guns I wish I had bought is in fact longer, but here goes:
    Ruger P90. Lousy ergonomics and every edge was razor sharp. For a little more more at the time I could’ve got a wide variety of better guns, from one of the first generation Glocks to one of the last Colt KIng Cobras.
    EAA Witness in .45 ACP. The thing would jam at least once a magazine, no matter what I fed it (everything from GI ball to Cor-Bon +P and a bunch of other stuff besides). Tried different mags in case it was a mag problem, handed it over to the guy who ran the range to try so I could be sure it wasn’t me, sent it back to the factory three times… no dice. Eventually I traded it in on a 4″ Ruger GP100 and that was the end of that.
    1911 clone from a company whose name I forget and which is gone now anyway. Two words: “Proprietary Magazines”. Yes, in a 1911. No, regular mags wouldn’t work, the grip was a fraction too short. Yes, the company said they intended it that way: this way were forced to to buy their magazines. Sold it at a loss and don’t regret it.
    Cimarron Mason Conversion single-action in .45LC. Not a thing wrong with it, beautiful gun, but it was one of those impulse buys where 24 hours later you end up looking at it and going, “Now what the devil did I think I was going to do with this thing?” and you just can’t come up with an answer. Sold it on consignment when I had unexpected house repairs and thinned out my safe to pay for them. Never did figure out what I was thinking.
    Ruger Mini-14, just before the ban hit. Overpayed for it and just never did like it. Eventually I traded it for a AR.

  • cwp

    No Tavor? Or — and there’s no way to say this without sounding snarky, but I swear I don’t mean it that way — did you figure out you didn’t care for it without buying one?

    • I dont regret it because it works and wont go down in value long term.

  • Steve Martinovich

    About two years ago I almost bought a TNW Suomi M31 thinking that it was just a cool looking sub gun. I’m glad I didn’t because I’ve only rarely heard someone say it wasn’t a piece of garbage.

  • Austin

    Have you considered 10ga slugs for hog hunting?

    • Devil_Doc

      Have you ever shot a 10ga slug? Lol.. There are infinitely better, and less painful, options.

      • Austin

        Just trying to find a valid use for it.

        • Devil_Doc

          The gun that you hand your loudmouth friend at the range…

          • Austin

            If you reload it with #9 and a light powder charge it could be a decent skeet gun.

          • Bullphrog855

            Alex must not have a lot of loudmouth friends because I imagine that would be well worth it.

    • No.

  • Dickie

    I regret buying my glock 34. Because now i own 7glocks and want more.

    • Weird. Do you daily a Camry and have a different color Camry as a weekend cruiser?

      • somedingus

        Sick burn on that pleb Mr Esoteric Gun Guy! You are worthy!

      • Bill

        Do you have a back-up means of transportation? 😉

      • CanineCo

        One can never own enough Glocks. They come is so many sizes and calibers, plus they never break.

        • Mikial

          So true. Glocks digest any ammunition and perform under any conditions.

      • JoelM

        What, you only own one tupperware container? Weird.

    • smartacus

      i bought 4 Glocks and definitely want more.

  • FarmerB

    I would have answered Mini-30, except that the Australian govt bought it back from me some years later at full retail price – so I made a profit on it. But otherwise – yukk…

  • Robert Powell

    Mini Draco. It was unreliable and uncomfortable. It didn’t fulfill my need for a good backpack gun very well.

    • n0truscotsman

      Someone else I know bought one and regretted it. When we went to the range, testing its ergonomics, the muzzle flash was ridiculous. Nice idea in theory. Actual execution? meh…

      I’d rather buy a tavor or build a ‘pistol’ for a backpack gun.

    • iksnilol

      Yeah, when the barrel gets that short I’d just go for hot pistol ammo. Besides, you can live with 6.35 cm (2.5 inch) longer barrel if you need the rifle performance.

    • Nocternus

      For backpacking I have my eye on either a Glock G20 or perhaps a G40.

  • Blackhawk

    Taurus PT738 .380. Never could find a second factory magazine and aftermarket mags wouldn’t feed it. Also, Kel-Tec Su-16. But only because the retaining pins weren’t captive and I was afraid I’d lose one when I really needed it.

    • DW

      Find a nut and bolt that fits.

    • J Hat

      Are you talking about the pin for folding the SU-16? The “swap in a 1/4″ quick release pin” trick has served me well. The ring really makes it easier to break down the gun for cleaning. Pictures are available on McMaster-Carr and they should be available at any good hardware store.

  • KestrelBike

    Henry AR-7. Absolute finicky garbage.

    • lurpy

      Really? Mine’s been great, apart from the mediocre sights.

    • Spencerhut

      Henry made AR-7’s are usually good. The Charter Arms guns usually don’t work well. No amount of tinkering or cleaning will get them working.

  • Chris laliberte

    Sig Mosquito. Fed ammo fairly reliably, but the sights were impossible. At 5 yards, it shot 3 inches low, shot bullseye at 7 yards, and out at 10 yards it was 4-5 inches high, and it just kept gettting higher as you went out further. The line of the sights was just way to high off the bore or something. I’ve never had an issue like this with a pistol, honestly not sure how you can get the sights so wonky. Just couldn’t have any fun with it unless you only shot at the one distance it was zeroed for. Boring.

    • Amanofdragons

      I just recently got one in at the store. My gosh, the trigger is HORRIBLE. Surplus rifles are better. Definitely worst I’ve felt. Double action, the only gun I’ve felt with a heavier pull was a Taurus 22 mag revolver. At least that gun had a decent single action pull.

  • Dan Atwater

    CZ-75 compact. Great gun but I bought it for my girlfriend at the time. Ain’t my girlfriend anymore so I wish I could get my $500 back.

    • uisconfruzed

      I hope you at least got your $550 worth from her.

    • SineNomine

      Good judgment in guns, less so in women, eh? Happens to us all.

      • Mikial

        So true, I have an ex that ended up with half my freaking collection. No worries though, got a younger, better wife now and even more guns, so I traded up.

  • marathag

    The gun is so heavy that holding it up for any period of time is a real chore.
    Especially with a loaded drum

    Try a Thompson.

    • I have. I own one and alluded to it in my “overrated guns” video.

  • BearSlayer338

    This is my top 5 guns I will never buy again.This list is entirely by my own experience with these weapons your mileage may vary.

    1: Mosin Nagant,bought one for $105 from Big5 sporting goods as soon as I turned 18,I couldn’t hit anything very accurately with the Mosin even with match grade 7.62x54R,on top of that the action is very gritty,on the plus side I was able to trade it for a Charter Arms Undercover .38 special 2″,which brings me to number 2 on the list….

    2: Charter Arms Undercover,not sure of when it was made but the grips were not fitted well and double action got light strikes every so often on top of that I couldn’t get any accuracy out of it,in comparison my S&W 638 I can shoot very accurately out to 50 feet.

    3: Detonics Pocket 9,awesome looking gun(what I bought the gun based on),terrible and most likely the heaviest and worst Double Action trigger pull in any modern handgun,many people think a Nagant Revolver has the worst but they haven’t pulled a the trigger on a Detonics Pocket 9 which actually has a much worse trigger pull. This guns trigger was so bad even a gunsmith couldn’t get it lower than 20lbs,the trigger pull on the Detonics actually caused me to have nightmares where I’d draw my gun and not be able to pull the trigger in time to save myself because of the weight of the trigger pull.
    On top of the terrible trigger it is a blowback operated 9mm so the gun is wide for a 9mm and harder to rack than other 9mm’s this also makes it a pain in the butt to field strip it for cleaning.

    4: Walther P99 QA,this gun is mostly bad for me because I didn’t research it before I bought it,I thought all P99’s were Da/Sa. This gun for me didn’t feel safe for me to carry,I mean even a Glock at least has that little tab in the middle of the trigger. Speaking of Glocks …..

    5: Glock 42 I bought this to replace my P99 QA,thinking the lighter weight and slightly more safe pistol would make me carry it more often,I was wrong. I ended up not liking the trigger or the safety being on the trigger,I also thought the gun was rather larger for being a .380 that only held 6+1 rounds. Ended up getting replaced by a Sig 938 which has much better dimensions for the size and capacity.

    • Patrick J

      Not sure if you know this already, but the P99 AS is the Da/Sa version of the P99. It has a decocker instead of a safety too.

    • iksnilol

      C’mon, everybody knows that a crappy milsurp bolt action is the easiest way to learn how to accurize a rifle.

      Counterboring the muzzle to get rid of bad rifling, recrowning, corking the barrel. polishing and smoothing up internals.

      Man, I wish I had a crappy Mosin now.

    • Nocternus

      I just keep my booger hook off the bang switch then I don’t have to worry about safeties.

      • BearSlayer338

        Maybe while you don’t have any stress,under stress it is much harder to maintain trigger discipline,there is a reason more negligent discharges happen with safety-less striker fired pistols than any other kind of pistol. I prefer safeties,not guns you can grab while sleeping and blast a hole in your walls or self with because it didn’t have a safety or a heavy trigger pull. It is easy to use a frame mounted safety before the gun clears the leather if needed,or it can be left on if just the presence of the weapon is enough.

        • Nocternus

          Don’t present the weapon unless your life is in danger. If your life is in danger use the weapon before your life is over. Not putting your finger on the trigger is simply a matter of training. Stress or no stress if your finger doesn’t pull the trigger the gun will not go boom. When I worked in Law Enforcement we trained endlessly to keep your finger on the frame of the weapon until you were ready to fire. We trained under stress as well. Safeties fail as well. I have seen my fair share of weapons with broken safeties that still went boom when the trigger was pulled with them on. Foolproof method is to just not put your finger on the trigger.

          • BearSlayer338

            Well duh you don’t draw unless it is necessary that one is pretty damn obvious. I don’t put my finger on the trigger until ready to fire,another false assumption from you. Safeties very rarely fail,I’ve seen more guns Kaboom than have a safety fail that wasn’t user induced,only guns I’ve seen fire with the safety on were Jennings,lorcins,and other SNS guns. I operate an indoor shooting range and I’ve personally seen more responsible gun use and less ND’s with pistols that have a manual safety whether they were SAO,DAO,or Da/Sa.

          • Nocternus

            When I said “YOUR” I wasn’t referring to you. I was referring to people in general. You speak of pointing a weapon at someone “when the presence of the weapon is enough” that tells me that YOU (this time I am talking about you specifically) plan on drawing a weapon and pointing it at people that YOU wouldn’t be justified in killing. Other wise if your life was in jeopardy for the life of me I can’t figure out why you would leave the safety engaged while pointing a firearm at someone that is trying to kill you. You either train to disengage the safety on the draw or when under stress you will pull the trigger against a safety that is engaged when you really needed the firearm to go bang. Granted most of the firearms I have seen failures on safeties have been POS guns. Plenty of people carry POS guns and rely on them for self defense. I would wager plenty of people have been killed by POS guns. I wonder under stress how many people died from people carrying POS guns with the safety engaged while pointing them at people hoping the presence of the weapon was enough to discourage them from trying to hurt them but resting assured that the firearm wouldn’t discharge because they had poor training and a manual safety?

    • Leigh Rich

      I have the heavy Detonics Pocket 9. (Circa 1985) It kicks like a bear however has always worked for me. This was the first stainless and smallest in its time. Only problems I had was the bottom plates on the magazine would fall off. I welded them on and fixed that issue. Compared to small 9MM nowadays it has been made obsolete. Did I say I got mine in 1985…LOL

    • Mike Poiner

      Think your Detonics trigger pull was bad, Try a Jimenez JA-9, The pull is so hard you think the safety is on. Fortunately it is not my gun so I don’t have to put it on my regret list

  • Marcus B

    Long time reader first time commenter. I wish it wasn’t so but the PMR30 is bad. I purchased one today as in at 1100 saturday April 30 and had a major malfunction at 21 rounds using cci ammo . Still not sure what happened but Slide won’t budge and the slide release popped off after the mini explosion.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    LC9 for me. I know they’ve got their fans but I couldn’t shoot the damned thing to save my life. My then girlfriend every day carried it and could run it like she invented the damned thing. I don’t know WTH was wrong me and that gun but I hated it minutes into the first trip to the range with it.

  • Josh

    Walther P22 only for the fact that I could have gotten at least a pk 380 for about the same cost and gone up to a 9mm for a little more. Great little gun though. My only other “regret” was my first gun I bought a Ruger sr556 in 6.8 spc. The only reason I say this is I should have got it in 556 first and then upgraded to 6.8. That said it is still my favorite and go to gun.

  • lurpy

    I kind of regret my current carry gun. It’s a Hungarian Makarov in .380. The ammo is more expensive than the 9×18 for my friend’s Makarov, the grip is too small so I’m constantly getting slide bite, and it has feeding issues with everything except expensive ammo (which would be fine if it were an expensive gun). On the upside, it’s easy to carry and it cost me $180. Probably should have held out till I saved an extra hundred bucks and could get a used revolver of reasonable quality.

  • uisconfruzed

    My first S&W was a SS semi similar to the one shown, sold it within a year for the same reasons.
    My second S&W was the SS 45 similar to a 1911. The rifling looked like it was made with a hammer and chisel, the copper fouling was amazing. About the same time S&W got in bed with the Clinton gun banners.
    Unless it’s a revolver, you couldn’t give me a S&W.
    I WISH someone other than the ‘no QA KelTec’ would make a 22WM 30 round reliable pistol!!!
    Ruger, are you paying attention???

  • VF 1777

    1) Taurus Judge 3″ Magnum – Totally inaccurate (lousy rifling, chewed up by .410). Can’t even shoot hot 45 LC rounds. Now relegated to Birdshot only, just for fun.
    2) M92 N PAP – Guess I got a bad one. Misaligned trunion, canted rear sights, cycled like a spoon in a garbage disposal – Sold. Not worth trying to SBR a POS.
    3) Ruger LCP – First one blew. No sights, trigger finally broke somewhere halfway inside the mag well (or so it felt). Wanted to jump out of my hand. Years later I discovered the LCP custom = Love it. Trigger’s awesome, good sights and with a hogue LCP grip, pinky extension and Recluse holster, it’s quite a little EDC package.
    4) Savage M42. Plasticky POS. Trigger is awful. Sights are a joke. Paid way too much. But, it’s my PA legal squirrel rifle now, after I put a red dot on a rail. And it pairs up nice with the Judge as a fun little ‘youth’ set for small game/trail walking (not hunting with the Judge though of course).
    5) My First AR – A nice RRA actually. But once I actually learned about AR’s, I wish I had just learned everything before buying one, so I could have skipped the first one and started with the 2nd one – a DD M4V7 (FF’d, CL’d 4150 CHF barrel, MPI BCG + SSA, MRO.. you get the picture).

    • Cymond

      Ouch, hate to hear about the PAP M92, I’ve dreamed about a SBR since they were only available as parts kits.

  • Wolfgar

    The Microtech Aug clone. It now functions OK but I had to send it back 2 times to get repaired and they are now out of business. If I had known at the time that the Aug would have made a come back I would have waited. I trusted a certain gun writers review from SOF magazine who moved to SGN that missed this one by a long margin. Any gun lover is bound to get some lemons and even some of the best gun writers can make some mistakes along the way. I think this is how gun smiths are created so it does have some positive attributes LOL.

  • MRHapla

    How about the inverse ? Which gun/s do you regret parting with? all of them, (seller’s remorse?) most? SW 39-2.

  • Jim Drickamer

    I bought a Kel-Tec PMR30 about a year ago. No problems with it. Feeds reliably. Accurate. Like the 30 rounds. Lightweight. And I like the way shooters at an indoor range react to the fireball.

  • ToddsMonster

    Do a “Run & Gun” with each of your 5 regrets.

  • Martin M

    Browning BDM.
    Loved my Hi-Power and though I’d give the BDM a go. Nothing but regrets.

    • Torrorojo

      I own a BDM and a Charles Daily High Power clone. The BDM is a different cat but I got it cheep so….

  • Pete M

    S&W Sigma.

    Not just no. But hell no.

    Great video.

  • SineNomine

    I regret NOTHING!!!

    • JoelM

      That’s how it’s done.

  • Special Weapons 760. I still want a Swedish M/45 or S&W M76, but this wasn’t a good example of one.

  • Jack

    I well never buy firearms from Century Arms they look good are affordable but made out cheap crap keep on breaking there quality control still down right sucks at best on most there firearms, Second on my list EEA Arm customer control that down right sucks if have issue with any there firearms good luck getting fixed in your life time lower price firearms have issues higher price firearms well made cost about much ever body else firearms plus only get one magazine with any of there firearms. Inter Ordnance Inc maker of world worst American made Ak47 in world. Mine looked good worked like crap so many thing wrong with when I sent my back Inter Ordnance Inc gave me new one sold that firearm bought some thing else that did work. So some company I avoid own because there hard deal with or quality piss poor.

    • Leigh Rich

      90% OF ALL IMPORTED INTO THE USA CAME THROUGH CAI. I HAVE A GOOD 100 FIREARMS THAT CAME THROUGH CENTURY,.

  • smartacus

    the ULTIMATE worst gun i ever owned was the
    DIAMONDBACK DB320
    i truly do love and believe in the .32NAA round almost as much as my .327 Federal.

    But Diamondback was such troosh!!
    i even took the long drove over to Cocoa Beach … multiple times.
    Instead of fixing the gun, they just shelfed it till i drove down to pick it up, then they would quickly fire a couple of shots out of it and say they have been repairing it all this time and now it’s fixed.

    i wish someone made a .32NAA barrel for a P3AT

    • LJG

      Yes! Diamondback DB9 was the worst POS I ever owned. And that includes a Taurus PT99 (I liked), multiple Keltecs (liked them all and only sold the Sub2000 so that I could get a 9mm model that used Glock mags), and a Hipoint 995 (liked it fine).

      I sold it at a LGS. Actually felt guilty thinking about the poor sucker who was going to end up with it. Nasty gun.

  • smartacus

    my other 4 worst guns ever include:
    -MPA Protector .380 from Masterpiece-o-sumtn Arms had a quick disconnect trigger bar.
    Oh boy! That was a better gag than the dribble glass…Disassembly required after every shot

    -the old Bernadelli .25 baby: no such thing as a magazine that fires all 5 shots
    -1920’s Harrington & Richards Victor 7-shot .22Long had smaller springs than an iPhone,

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    -and finally; the infamous RG10 that i bought from a trusted friend many many years ago who assured me as a friend she would never steer me wrong.

    • itsmefool

      “Dribble glass…” nice one!

  • smartacus

    i actually LOVE my PMR30.
    i must have gotten a rare good one.
    *wish they made a .17HMR barrel for it just to say i have

    • Nocternus

      I really love the 17hmr. And I thought a pistol in 17 hmr would be an excellet addition to my collection. It is my understanding though that the performance of 17 hmr out of a short pistol barrel is pretty lack luster.

  • smartacus

    Ironically; my pot-metal .45 Hi-Point is quite reliable
    go figure

  • Steve

    1. S&W Governor – owned the Judge and sold it to buy the Governor. Judge’s accuracy was not great, I wanted the additional round, and thought S&W’s build quality would be better. Seemed so. Bought one. At the range, first one would fire 45LC perfectly but dimpled 4 or 5 out of 6 .410 in the cylinder. Tried 3 different .410 brands (PDX, Hornady Critical, and LE) with same results. Sent it back to S&W, 3 weeks later they said they couldn’t fix and would replace. 3-MONTHS LATER I finally got my replacement that soft-strikes only 2 or 3 rounds out of a cylinder of .410. Now it is back with S&W (only 2 weeks) so we’ll see if they can send me a reliable gun this time, hope it doesn’t take 4-MONTHS!! But yeah, I kinda regret that one.

    2. IWI licensed Walther Mini-Uzi in .22LR – heavy bolt carrier so only reliably cycles with high-velocity.22LR. And I bought it for a 11- (now 12-) year old kid who’s hands aren’t big enough to comfortably hold the heavy pistol and keep the grip-safety sufficiently squeezed to enjoy shooting it. So I bought him a Ruger SR22 and he loves that.

    That’s it. I really only have 2 regrets in the firearms category. I love my other guns!

    But I’ve seen a few people on here talking about guns they wish were made in other calibers, so I wanted to chime in my $.02 on that…..

    Sig Sauer P230 (or P232) in 9mm!! I mean now that ultra small concealable 9s are the rage, how about a high-quality iconic (James Bond) gun with a super accurate fixed barrel in a higher power caliber (9mm) to compete with the Kimber Solo? I can’t be the only one who would rush out to buy one?

    • BigFED

      SIG never made the 230/232 in 9mm Luger. It was made in .32ACP. .380ACP (9mm Kurz) and 9mm POLICE, not to be confused with 9mm Luger! It was similar to a 9mm MAKAROV, but never widely adopted.

      • Steve

        I know. That’s why I started out that third paragraph with “But I’ve seen a few people on here talking about guns they wish were made in other calibers, so I wanted to chime in my $.02 on that…..” I wish they WOULD make the P230 or P232 in 924mm Luger. I would buy one!

  • Dave

    Walther PPS 9mm. Unreliable. Trigger would not reset. Went back to Walther. Came back the same. I suppose I might have tinkered with it some more and sent it back yet again…. But I did not. At least a recall indicates good company customer service…

  • Cmex

    I don’t have anything I regret buying. I credit that to being a very careful researcher and customer. Now, there were a few guns I did consider buying until I tried them out for myself. I thought the UTS-15 was the coolest thing, then I borrowed some trigger time on it. I saved the money and forewent it. I tried a S&W Sigma. Never again. I once tried a Type 38 Arisaka. I don’t know what was with that one, but ugh. Just nasty.

  • Just say’n

    Only have two I regret buying:

    1. Beretta .22 Manx (.22 short) auto. At least 2 failures every mag, no matter what (hard-to-find) ammo I ran through it. Traded it straight across for a single-shot NEF shotgun for my truck gun. No regrets.
    2. Tanfolgio .22 LR/Mag revolver. Loose barrel (!), evil sights that shot 12″ high and right. Sold it for $125.

  • Kafir1911

    Do not want to be snide but seems if you bought guns for all the wrong reasons.

  • Leigh Rich

    Never have regretted anything I have collected. As a collection they do not have to work because I have a very large collection. I have a semi-automatic Suomi M31, Cole Fire, Tommy gun, CAI UZI, MPA 71 Franken rifle, and a couple PPS 43C’s. All in all I am glad I have them as they are the closest to a machine gun I can ever own. I even have 2 Rogaks pistols I tried to get to work.

  • Kurt Hargarten

    Two guns I regret buying are a Smith and Wesson. 460 Mag and a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull. Great guns that absolutely suck to shoot.

    • Leigh Rich

      I have a 4″ S&W 500 and a 454 ALASKAN. THE ALASKAN WILL SHOOT A 45c. tHEES GUNS ERE MADE TO SHOOT BIG ROUNDS SO RECOIL SHOULD BE EXPECTED. ALL IN ALL THEY HAVE BEEN PERFECT REVOLVERS.

      • 2ThinkN_Do2

        I have a 460V as well, nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than shooting the 200r Hornady FTX through it . . . . wow! It’s a breeze with 45LC and the others, well . . . it’s not a plinker, it’s a purpose built cannon.

  • AR-PRO

    I would say anything made by Jennings, Raven, or Davis is complete garbage. Owned a few when I was much younger and learned my lesson. I see younger folks falling for the ” it’s only $100″ sales pitch and want to scream “nooo,don’t waste your money!! Save and buy a real pistol!!” Instead I just chuckle and walk away so they can comment on this thread in a few weeks.

  • Hanville Ortiz Paco

    I bought a sig p250 .45 handgun a few years back . It was a steal at $450 I thought ! Then I went to the range and had several failure to fire, due to light hammer strike. I also could hit much for accuracy due to the extremely long trigger pull. My two buddies tried it too, with the same results. I sent it in to Sig for warranty work on the FTF issue. They said they didn’t fix anything and had shot 50 rounds with no issue. I returned to the range with four different ammo choices and all four continues to have the FTF due to light hammer strikes and piss poor accuracy . I sold the gun that week and will never buy another gun that I don’t shoot first.

  • DM

    I had a TNW SUOMI M31. Shot a few 100 rds thru it. I showed it off just so people could feel the insane weight of it. It was really curio and relic feeling though not actually c&r. I sold it off the tailgate at the range during the panic. It was useless, and I made a profit, but I kind of regret selling it. It was so bad it was almost good and I think other guns were drawn to it just by its massive gravity.

  • Alex Jay

    My PMR 30 functions just fine with the exception of the front sight fell off once but I tightened it up and no problems. Wasn’t a first generation. I also have Lionheart Industries compact 9mm that I was really excited to get but the excitement wore off after I received it. No RAGERTS! other than that. (I was eating Milky Way, spelling nazi)

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    If I had to pick 5 . . . Sig P290RS (traded in) too many re-strike issues and it really wasn’t that comfortable in the hand (like the P938 better). Sig P232, too many re-strike issues, weird mag release, too expensive for a 380 (feels great in the hand though). S&W Shield 40, its not the recoil, it’s just not what I expected it to be and don’t like the extended mag sleeve that isn’t locked in place (prefer my Kahr MK40 anyway of the week). S&W M&P Vtac 40, neither set of sights works very good indoors at the range; otherwise it’s fine. North American Arms Earl 4″ barrel, a fun little pocket piece, but the Black Widow is much nicer for real world mini backup.

  • BDUB

    XDs 45 : I bought it because i wanted a small carry gun that had the same ergos as my beloved XD 45. It had a great trigger, the pierce grip extension made it more comfortable to hold and shoot….then the recall happened, now the trigger feels like dragging a long fingernail through dried bird-shit and sand. I will be replacing it with a Mod 2 shortly.

    UTAS-15 : I bought it frankly because I loved the design aesthetic, and the idea of having 14 rounds of 12 gauge in a short pump. Its not well made, and feeds unreliably – an expensive range toy. Would much rather have the KSG (having now fired both of them).

    • itsmefool

      You will love, love, love the Mod. 2! It’s so different from shooting the XDS (I own two in .45ACP, one in each barrel length), it ain’t even funny. I’d say wait for Springfield to do it’s seemingly annual “free gear” promo…that way, you could get three free mags like I did awhile back, but you may not be able to wait! The Mod. 2 is that fun to shoot.

      • BDUB

        Thanks for the heads up.

    • John

      Hmm my XDs 9mm came back fine. I just wish they would tune them at the factory in their custom shop.

  • itsmefool

    So glad the transcript was posted…I would’ve hated watching the video.

  • Navy Davy

    Revolvers too are a POS, like my free from Pops Iver Johnson 5 round that shot high and wide BY SIX FEET! at 25 feet! Sheds slivers of lead out the sides.
    Rangemaster said put it in a sock and put it in a drawer forever.

    • Torrorojo

      Iver Johnson? How old and how many rounds has that been through?

      • Navy Davy

        Unknown, but, it was given to my father by his brothers, for his 21st birthday, which would have been 1931, and I still have it. Took a Dremel tool to the sights which brought it to point of aim finally, and I put only a couple dozen rounds thru it myself. He never shot it at all, preferred rifles and shotguns not shortguns. No serial number visible. I do keep it clean, whenever I clean others, maybe every year or two or so. It is light at 13 ounces. Still a POS. Why do you ask, Grasshopper Torrorojo?

  • Mikial

    1. The Walther PPX. It felt nice in my hand at the gun show, but it was essentially a still life portrait of a gun. Couldn’t seem to get through a full magazine of anything.

    Sold it at a pawn shop for a loss just to get rid of it.

    2. A Chiappa M1-22. I bought it because it was an excellent looking replica of an M1 Carbine in .22 for lots of fun shooting. Unfortunately, it never once got through a single full magazine of any brand of .22LR I ever tried running through it.

    Sold it. Glad I did.

    • Cymond

      See, I can’t do that, pass a crap gun off to an unsuspecting buyer. Sure, maybe you told the pawn shop, but they’re going to mark it up 50%-100% and not say anything to the buyer.

  • CanineCo

    French MAS 49/56 “upgraded” by Century to 7.62 x 51 (i.e. .308). Total POS.

    • Mikial

      No dis intended, sincerely. But anything with the word “French” associated with the name is bound to be a problem child.

      • CanineCo

        I collect milsurps and have no overwhelming affection for any particular country’s equipment. In the case of the MAS 49/56, it was a very workmanlike semiautomatic MBR in the original 7.5 French caliber. Just didn’t work well with the bubba rechambering job by Century Arms to 7.62 x 51 NATO. Likewise and all French jokes aside, the MAS M1936 was one of the finer pre-war bolt action rifles of WW II. The French actually have some good contemporary gear as well.

  • John

    I also bought a Kel Tec PMR-30…:(
    Then there was the Cattleman 44mag that shaved off lead..YIKES!
    The Ruger Pistol LCP 380, too small for recoil.
    A pistol in 41 magnum, hard to get ammo

    I have more than 5 I regret NOT buying…

  • Bob

    I bought an auto ordinance (before they were kahr) 1928 version of the thompson sub gun in 45 ACP. It came with the 50 round drum and one 30 round stick magazine. It was SEMI auto only. It worked and everytime you pulled the trigger it went bang with accuracy.
    My problems were: 1) it was heavy, 2) the trigger pull on that sucker must have been 20 pounds, 3) it had a real long stock on it. you’d have to make a concious effort to EXTEND your arms way out in front of you to shoulder the weapon and the stock would hit you in the armpit. It was designed for someone who was 6 foot 6 and had a 36 inch or longer SLEEVE length. and 4) it was a real TURD to clean. you needed TOOLS and lots of time.
    Yeh… it looked cool and all.
    I sold it, and if you count inflation between 1993 (when I bought it) to about 2009 or so I almost broke even.

    2nd up is a full auto open bolt type “grease gun” in 45 ACP. It is a “spitfire” brand and cost me $3200 plus the $200 tax stamp. yes, its FUN when it works, BUT…. it is a real CHORE to clean it, and it seemingly will malfunction sporadically. I still have it and am debating selling it. I have about 5K into it now. I should have bought an M-16 or an M-16 auto sear!!

    3rd one up. I bought it as I was going to get into “cowboy action shooting”, so I bought a norinco model 97 shotgun. I’m not really sensitive to recoil, I can shoot my 870 all day or a 30-06 bolt gun all day. But this ’97” KICCKS like a MULE and the trigger guard RAPS your knuckles. The slide on it is RAZOR sharp. I traded it off just recently at a gun shop and got a mossberg 930. (jury is still out on the 930, haven’t had enough time to “test it”)

    4th up. an HK USP 45. I bought it after the klinton gun law so it came with only 10 round magazines. It shoots good, does everything you’d want. It is just TOO BIG.

    Thankfully, I don’t have a 5th gun that was a regret.

  • stu gotz

    Prove mileage may vary. I have a Kel-Tec PMR-30 and it’s one of my favorite guns and literally a blast to shoot. Jams now and then but the trick is to load the mag properly. Over 1,000 rounds down the pipe and only 3 misfires. That’s better than most pistols.

  • Zebra Dun

    A Small Llama .22 lr pistol that was a miniature look a like for a 1911A1.
    It had a Vent rib.
    It would fire one shot fine, the second shot and it would go full auto.
    I traded it for a Guitar.

  • Torrorojo

    Walther P22 I had now idea that it had a zinc alloy frame and a to many protuberances for a pocket sized gun. Also at the risk of being burned as a heretic my circa 2000 Ruger Mini 14. Lacking in accuracy and I spent fortune trying to find reliable 10 round mags. For the money I spent I could have purchased an AR with available mags. Strangely no hate for my Keltec p11 or Sub 200 they work like a top.

  • joe

    how about a ZIP .22? What a piece of S##T!

  • tony patric

    sears jc higgins 583.22 bolt action 12 gauge shotgun. i thought i got a real deal for one in great condition for $75. then i found they were recalled for receiver failures. was too scared to shot it and it became the first and only gun i ever sold. Some said it was safe to shoot, but to me it was just not worth it. sold it to a guy that collected higgins shotguns for the same amount i paid for it.

  • tony patric

    i have a 10 gauge single shot H&R model 176, full choke, 3.5″ chamber and 36″ barrel. I bought for one reason, i wanted to say i have something that nobody else had haha. kicks like a mule. reaches out further than my 3″ 12 gauge shotgun does. It sits in the gun safe and gets pulled out when someone is curious about it lol

  • JoelM

    TNW really screwed up selling those Suomi’s as built guns. Their homebuilders kit was 100% top notch and I used it to build a perfectly reliable semi auto Suomi. The design of their kit was good, the machine work was good… where they completely screwed up was parkerizing everything. They won’t run with a rough parkerized finish on the internals and the only way to get one of those guns to shoot reliably is to polish the rough coating till it’s smooth on all the contact surfaces, including all the trigger pack internals.

    The Suomi drums are another story. They can be temperamental unless you tune them properly. I never had a jam with a 36rd stick magazine though.

  • JoelM

    Guns that I regretted buying…. Hmm.

    Keltec P40 (my first pistol). 14oz pistol in .40S&W. They should give these to our enemies so their hands will be too bruised and numb to fight. Absolutely brutal recoil. Sold it.

    Keltec Sub2000 .40S&W glock model. Cool design but too weak. Plastic rear sight broke, plastic front sight broke and fell off (it’s only glued to the barrel!). No means to mount a red dot or any better sights. Charging handle under stock reciprocates and shooting around cover can put you in positions where it will hit you in the chin. Sold it.

    Walther/IWI Uzi .22 pistol. Cool range toy, and a great suppressor host but it’s poorly executed. The AR style front sight is horrid and loose. I had to use plumbers tape to deal with the poor thread fit. Grip is usual Uzi… an ergonomic mess (but I can hardly fault them, it is a replica). They took the liberty, however, of making the grip frame out of plastic instead of steel, which is grossly inadequate for a gun with a solid aluminum upper that weighs about 3 pounds. One slight drop and it will break off around the top of the grip. The grip frame was actually cracked in half as such when I got it new in the foam lined hardcase from the distributor. I had to send it back to Walther for a new grip frame. Luckily the grip frame is not the serialized part. The barrel is a tiny tube that tensions with a tension nut. You have to be really careful tigtening a suppressor on it, because you can break the threads off the end of the barrel if you monkey it. I still have this gun though because it’s a lot of fun with a suppressor on it and I can’t afford a real Micro Uzi.