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Hello everyone. I have a dilemma on my hands and I wanted some advice. I've never owned an HK before and after shooting a USP on a lark at a range years ago, I always wanted one, but never really came across a good opportunity to buy one. A few days ago, my Dad went to an estate auction and they had an Elite .45 ACP as one of the items. I didn't think much of it, but I told him that if he could get it for a decent price, to buy it and I gave him a lowball number as his bid limit with no expectation that it would be successful. To my surprise, he ended up winning it. So now I have a dilemma.

I feel weird about STARTING with a USP Elite. Frankly, I'm afraid that I won't really appreciate it, not having owned a regular USP before. To me, it's a bit like starting to drive with a Ferrari. Frankly, I know that I could probably resell it for a decent price, but what would any of you think about that? Should I sell it and perhaps buy a Compact? I'd almost rather the Elite be in the hands of someone who would appreciate it and use to its full potential rather than sitting in my safe.

I do realize that I sound a bit like a whiner ("Oh, poor me, I got an Elite"), but from reading your forum, I was impressed by how much all of you appreciate HK firearms, so I thought I'd at least ask your advice.
 

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If I were in your situation, I would sell the Elite 45 (Since you got a great price on it) and get the HK I wanted.

Be sure to post pictures when you get it.
 

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If you want, I will generously allow you to *store* it at my place. My only requirements are that I be allowed to *verify* that it is in working order about once a month(by month I really mean week). ;-)
 

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yea man, after you shoot it you will appreciate it, and also a great story you have about acquiring a fine pistol with your dad.
 

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Thank you for the replies everyone. I will definitely post pictures here once the Elite comes in (should be next week). For now, here is a picture that my Dad sent me:



If you want, I will generously allow you to *store* it at my place. My only requirements are that I be allowed to *verify* that it is in working order about once a month(by month I really mean week). ;-)
How generous of you! :wink:

Don't feel bad my first pistol was an HK Mark 23 in FDE.
Now that's a heck of a start!

Welcome to the site--- sell the USP Elite 45 and acquire a USP45FS!!! :wink:
That actually may be what ends up happening. Getting either a full size or a tactical is a possibility. Either way, I'll be part of the HK family.
 

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My first "new" pistol was a Mark 23 because HK only warranties the original owner. I had bought a used one and loved it. Most every firearm I have purchased, I've bought used at a good price. It is hard to really know what you like without actually shooting it. Putting a box of shells through the Elite should not really effect the value, since it is used already. So shoot it. If you like it, keep it. If you don't like it, sell it for market value and put the money toward something else you might like. YMMV.

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My first "new" pistol was a Mark 23 because HK only warranties the original owner. I had bought a used one and loved it. Most every firearm I have purchased, I've bought used at a good price. It is hard to really know what you like without actually shooting it. Putting a box of shells through the Elite should not really effect the value, since it is used already. So shoot it. If you like it, keep it. If you don't like it, sell it for market value and put the money toward something else you might like. YMMV.
That's kind of how I built my small albeit interesting collection. A few firearms were new, but most were used. When I asked my Dad about the condition of the USP in question, he said that from looking at the feed ramp, it looked brand new and unfired, but obviously I won't know that until I actually get it in my hands.
 

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It is always easier to learn to do something well if the equipment you use, be it bicycle or electric guitar or firearm, is good enough that you don't need to wonder if you're being held back by your gear-- I've seen the proof of this time and time again. I say shoot the pins out of it, and buy a non-Elite when you can afford it to compare the two. :wink:
 

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It is always easier to learn to do something well if the equipment you use, be it bicycle or electric guitar or firearm, is good enough that you don't need to wonder if you're being held back by your gear-- I've seen the proof of this time and time again. I say shoot the pins out of it, and buy a non-Elite when you can afford it to compare the two. :wink:
^ what he said.
 

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Congrats! And welcome to the fold...you certainly started with a 'bang'...ha!
 

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My first "pistol" was an SL8-1/G36 conversion. I say pistol because Michigan made me register it as one. Hehe.

Welcome to the board and congratulations on your new pistol! I hope to have my first real pistol within the next 6 months. I want a USP .45 full size.
 
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