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Old 01-19-2017, 12:08 PM   #1
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Downsizing: Help Me Decide!

Friends, hello -

My marriage is ending. For those who've been through this, no explanation is necessary. For those who have not, everything you've heard about divorce is true...

One of the unfortunate outcomes is that I need to downsize my collection, and (along with so much else to worry about) I struggle moment to moment with the decision of which pistol(s) to keep and which to let go If it helps, I am a casual handgun shooter; I do not compete; and I do not carry aside from to/from the range.

I am quite sure that I will retain my all-matching P.38 (AC43). What remains:

- Walther PPK (.380ACP) stainless finish, mfd. 2011 by S&W. Like new.

- Walther P-1 (9mm) black grips, cerakote, fat slide/hex pin, mfd. Germany 1980. Great bore, moderate wear.

- HK USP (9mm) Variant 1, mfd. 1999. Excellent condition, minor wear.

- DWM Luger P-08 (9mm), heavily sanitized "shooter-grade". Frame/barrel and section of toggle date to 1910 (Bulgarian contract); other parts mix-and-matched. Bore very good; replacement wooden grip panels and aluminum magazine.

I may need to let go of ALL BUT ONE of the above. When the time comes I'll take as much $$$ as I can get for them, obviously, but I am REALLY struggling with which to keep for practical and recreational purposes.

What would you do?
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:36 PM   #2
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As much as it pains me to say so, the S&W PPK seems like the best candidate to sell out of your collection, seeing as it isn't rare, expensive, or provides anything that the other pistols on your list don't provide.
That said, if you're hurting for money, then it actually makes more sense to part with one of your older pistols since the S&W PPK doesn't command a high price.

That said, sorry for your loss. I've never been married, but I was engaged once and it ended so badly that it ultimately resulted in my decision to live a life of celibacy, so I'm no stranger to the many emotions that manifest themselves in the wake of a failed long-term relationship.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:59 PM   #3
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If it were me I'd keep the Luger. Although I prefer shooting the P.38/P1 it's getting harder to find shooter grade Lugers for under $1,200. Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:51 PM   #4
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I would keep the HK USP. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:28 PM   #5
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I'll second that. Do not sell the HK USP9.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:56 PM   #6
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I would keep the PPK and sell the rest.
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Old 01-20-2017, 12:16 AM   #7
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Don't get rid of the USP....and good luck with your situation.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:33 AM   #8
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I've been through two divorces. Why sell anything? Do you need money for the lawyer?
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Old 01-21-2017, 12:38 PM   #9
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Thank you for the responses. Fascinating to get some input on this...

Austin Powers: I am with you there, brother! Thanks for sharing.
MistWolf: It is a matter of cash, but also storage, etc.

The HK USP got the most votes. She's definitely the most practical of the group, and if I need to rely on a handgun -- heavens forbid -- that's the one least likely to fail me.

You may have noticed that all my handguns represent those issued (in some form) to the German armed forces. This was a self-imposed limitation to give my collecting some reasonable parameters; firearms, like deer antlers, beer steins, knives and girlfriends (LOL) are one of the things I cannot seem to have enough of! I just may wind up hanging on to all five. Time will tell. And if my circumstances improve (hard to fathom at present) I would like to add a Mauser HSc, a Browning Hi-Power...

Thanks again -- Shoot straight and be safe.
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Of the ones you mentioned I would get rid of the PPK first ... I own one and it was definitely made for .32 and not .380.
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