It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

I sold two of my collection in a private sale.  My Romanian SKS, and a CM-11, both to my friend Jason.   The CM-11 I never shoot.  To tell the truth, I aquired it back when I first started buying guns because I thought it looked scary enough that it might eventually get banned, in which case I could cash in.  Maybe I sold it too soon, but I could no longer justify the room it was taking up in my safe, for something I never shot.  Jason has a full auto M-11, and the uppers on the full auto and semi-auto versions are interchangeable, so he can use it.

This is the first time I’ve sold part of my collection.  I plan to aquire a new SKS with my C&R license.  The CM-11 sale was just making room in my safe.  The one complication is that the SKS is C&R eligible, and although I acquired it before licensing, I’m selling it post licensing, so I’m not sure whether I record it in my bound book.  I have to call the ATF to find out for sure.  I have seven days to find out.  I’m pretty sure the answer is no, I just have to record the disposition in my personal firearms record.

Either way, my current plan is to get a Yugoslavian SKS, and a Nagant revolver.  Later, hopefully, I can get an M1 Carbine, and M1 Garand.

9 thoughts on “It’s Hard to Say Goodbye”

  1. I asked that very question before getting my C&R.

    Here’s what I was told.

    Since, at the time of the purchase, you were not licensed, You do not need to enter firearms you already have in your collection to your bound book when you become licensed, however you SHOULD keep a separate record of them (not required but a good idea…at least a list of make, model and serial number).

    If the rifle you sold is still a C&R (meaning, unmodified from it’s original configuration), when you sell, since you are required by the ATF to record all purchases AND dispositions, you must enter it into your bound book in order to record the sale.

    If you can’t remember specifically where you got it, (some of mine I bought from private individuals and do not have names and addresses), I would use “purchased prior to licensing” or something to that effect.

    ANY time you sell a firearm, it is a good idea to have the information on whom you sold it to (signed bills of sale work nicely). 5 years from now, when the FBI comes knocking and says “we traced a crime gun back to you…what did you do with it” it would be a good idea to have a better answer than “I sold it to some guy 5 years ago”.

  2. Thanks for the info! I entered it into my private collection record and recorded the sale. If the FBI shows up at my door having traced the gun, I think I’ll have to have to talk with Jason :)

  3. I really should pick a Nagant – I’m just not thrilled at the concept of paying $40 for a box of ammo.

  4. Century sells Nagant ammo for 22 bucks for a 50 round box. Expensive, yeah…. but I don’t plan to shoot it that often.

  5. Sage advise Earl. I’ve meant to get into that. The problem is, I’m overflowing as it is with tools and such. I really need a house with a basement or garage.

  6. If the FBI shows up at my door having traced the gun, I think I’ll have to have to talk with Jason

    I know that you were just being humorous but someone reading this might not get it.

    Jason could sell it to someone else who could sell it to someone else etc etc etc. It could get stolen from Jason or a subsequent owner. The trace may even be based on an inaccurate serial number.

    And, hey…how well do we REALLY know anyone?

  7. I keep meaning to start reloading, and every time I mention it with Mrs. Ahab, she mentions my predilection for accidentally setting household items on fire, and thusly (and probably a good idea) vetoes the concept of keeping 5lbs of smokeless powder in the house.

  8. Sebastian,

    A reloading press isn’t all that big and for pistol ammo you can get by with clamping it to the kitchen table. That doesn’t work so well for resizing rifle brass which needs a bit more ummmph behind it.


    Oh dear! I will say if you keep gasoline around for garden tools a pound of powder is no worse.

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