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5 Overrated Guns You Probably Should Never Buy

5 Overrated Guns You Probably Should Never Buy

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If you love firearms and everything about them, it can be hard to not justify a new gun purchase. However, there are quite a few that are of limited use, unsound design or just pure novelties or range toys.

That is not to say that there is no use at all for that particular firearm or that it brings no fun or it is not something to fill a void in a collection. But for a self-defense or survival battery, there are better options.

Let’s take a look at five guns you should avoid:

1. Desert Eagle in 50 AE. Arguably, it is the most powerful semiautomatic pistol ever made. The Desert Eagle has it all in the looks department, too, and the manufacturer offers them in a number of attractive finishes. The power and look made it a natural for placement in movies and video games, as well. Realistically, however, this is a special purpose handgun designed for hunting and silhouette shooting sports. It is a heavy pistol with a large grip that makes it impractical for self-defense for most people.

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If you must have one, do so after you have enough “real guns” to fill your needs.

2. S&W 500 or S&W 460. These revolvers leave the Desert Eagle far behind in the power game. What they really did was put the rifle caliber bolt-action and single shot pistols out of business. Why grab a Remington XP-100 chambered in 7mm BR or 308 Winchester when you can duplicate the ballistics in an easier shooting revolver?

Still, the recoil is extremely harsh, and most new shooters who try one seldom make it through a box of 20 rounds before trading it in or selling it at a loss.

5 Overrated Guns You Probably Should Never Buy

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3. Sphinx SDP. Many shooters have never heard of these fine pistols from Switzerland that are renowned for their perfect craftsmanship. Holding a Sphinx is like holding an engineering marvel in your hands. You will find no flaws or machining marks on one of these pistols. Almost as if it were created by magic.

Why is it on the list? Craftsmanship of this nature comes at a price, and $1,200 for a CZ75 clone, no matter how well it works, is a bit much. We have never found these pistols to be more accurate than a CZ or Tanfoglio offering. Save the money and buy more ammunition.

4. Winchester 1911. No, not a 1911 pistol, but a semiauto shotgun that was made that very same year. In an effort to bring a semiautomatic shotgun to market without infringing on John Browning’s patents, Winchester came up with the most dangerous design in the world.

The recoiling barrel means that once it is loaded, the only way to unload it is to push the barrel rearward. More than one gunowner did this by placing the butt on the ground and pushing downward with their head in front of the muzzle.

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This had catastrophic consequences, earning the Winchester 1911 the nickname “Widow Maker.”

5. TEC-9, DC-9 or MAC clones in semiautomatic. As full auto machineguns with stocks, these guns are fun and actually pretty useful. In semiautomatic with no stock, you end up with a heavy awkward clunker that is not very good at anything apart from looking cool in a photo op. Why shoot an awkward and heavy 9mm when you can do better with any real semiautomatic handgun, such as a Glock 19 with a 32-round magazine?

There are others out there, but these seem to be the ones we see new people drawn to that end up being rather expensive mistakes. If the world is your oyster and you have money to spend and a battery of dependable firearms to defend yourself and your loved ones, then by all means seek one of these out if it is on your short list.

But if it is going to be one of your first firearms purchases, know that you can do better.

What would you add to this list? Share your additions in the section below:

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  1. I came to the same conclusion about a HK SP-89 I have had for 22 years. Beautiful, well-made and accurate but lets face the facts it was very very heavy handgun. I sold it for 2.5x what I paid for it in 1989 to a dealer who was going to convert it into a MP-5 for someone who can afford selective fire.

  2. i still have my blueprints for the mac-10. i no longer have the firearm but can build one any time i decide to, but in 45 acp never understood why anyone would buy anything in 9mm to begin with unless super cheep. pre 1975 i bought a browning high power in 9mm for $25 and a friend was very proud of his colt comander in 9mm.

  3. Much has been said about pump shotguns however, keep in mind they have to be used in most cases like you want to tear them apart or they may jam. It is also necessary to become completely familiar with them.

    In a real life self protection situation sometimes a novice will mishandle a pump. Furthermore, for the inexperienced (most are in real defense) user a pump loses it advantage after the first shot unless the user has the expertise of an expert. Consequently for in home use I would rather have a double greener 12 with a three fifty seven backup. Nothing to concerned with about jams. Make no mistake jams do happen when in a defense situation unless very well trained. Most do not do the necessary training.

  4. I own several S&W revolvers, including two S&W .500’s and two .460’s…..the 4″ .500 and the 3.5″.460 are a bit snappy (yet I have no issue going through a box or two…or five) but the 8.38″ barreled BIG BORES are balanced really well and are a pleasure to shoot.
    Their only downfall is ammo prices for the average Joe. I handload so it’s a non-issue.

  5. you forgot any gun made by high point! while I haven’t heard bad about their rifles I don’t know anyone who owns one so I cannot comment on their rifles but their hand guns are junk, everyone I know that thought they were getting a good deal had nothing but problems and ended up getting rid of them quickly

    • I’ve heard just the opposite about their handguns. Dead simple design, not really anything to go wrong. The main people who have a problem with them are the people that haven’t had one, and insist that more complex, more expensive designs are the only way to go.

  6. Really, any gun that’s more expensive or troublesome than it needs to be to get the job done. Is there any reason to have a 1911 instead of a Glock 22, other than “it’s cooler”? Is the new $2000 deer rifle going to get you more deer than the old one you inherited from your grandfather? Buy guns the way you buy shoes – to perform a needed task as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

    • Ain’t that the truth. I’ve shot a Kimber 45, and yes, they are like a work of art. But, it’s not going to kill someone any deader than my Glock 21 is.

  7. I believe the often repeaten comment that “pulling the trigger on a empty weapon causes harm” is mostly false. I’d like to hear from others about this though.

    • On older firearms (very old), yes, it likely causes harm, because of the lower quality metals involved. Today’s currently manufactured firearms handle dry firing just fine.

  8. I also had a HK SR9(was very big on HKs but reality finally caught up with me) safe queen that was 100% virgin. I was afraid to take to out in the big bad world where it might get marred and lose value. In 2005 traded it for new PTR 91 SC and new Glock 30, both of these guns I use instead of having another gun that just sits in the gun safe.

  9. 1. Desert Eagle in .50 AE is perfect fine for someone with large hands. While I personally prefer a nice revolver, I wouldn’t disparage this gun just because your hands aren’t big enough to handle it.

    2. SW 500 and SW 460 makes the list because the recoil is too harsh for new shooters? What about old experienced shooters? Don’t we count?

    3. Sphinx SDP is an expensive gun. So what? CZ and its clones use a sound design. Just because you can’t afford a Sphinx doesn’t mean someone who can shouldn’t buy it.

    4. Winchester 1911? Really? When was the last time anyone saw one for sale? If you are going to put a discontinued gun on this list try picking one that was discontinued in the last 75 years.

    5. Macs and Tecs. Agreed. They do make good paper weights.

    • Jason, Well you just have an answer for everything don’t you. I was surprised to see you agreed with anything in this article. We all have our lists of good and not so good, but I have to say that your response adds nothing to this article. Effin knowitall

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