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Hi everyone! Long time reader from way back, first time poster here. Allow me to indulge you in my backstory a bit and to ask the group's opinion on something (I know, I know, "buy what you like" and all that!). I first got into the gun/shooting hobby in the early 00's after college in my hometown of Las Vegas where gun ownership is a breeze and ranges are aplenty. Ran thru a ton of Glocks at that time before finally landing on my one and only- a sweet, sweet USP 9 Compact with a stainless slide. I remember thinking how badass it looked in the case and what a great shot it was. Then a 14 year stint in Los Angeles put the hobby to a bit of a rest and the USP became more or less a safe queen for over a decade. Fast forward to today where I am now living in Austin, Texas and this passion has been suddenly awoken. Late nights browsing the forums and pouring over sale posts like the old days while my wife rolls her eyes as I dive back into yet another hobby.

So here's my dilemma...I've got the itch BIG TIME for something new. Something I can take to the range, but will also double as a reliable nightstand gun. I know my compact 9 is more than suitable for both. But I'm thinking switching it up to a full size 45 could be cool. I remember how sweet my old Glock 21 was back in the day. The USP 45 and HK45 are bouncing around in my head. Handled a HK45 Tactical at the local gun store today. Man, that grip is nice! They also had a MK23 which had me drooling. Something about the all-black, severe look of these models has me rethinking the stainless. I got my hopes up on doing some kind of trade-in deal but those were dashed when they offered me peanuts for my compact 9.

So what do I do, remain content with what I have as these stainless models seem to be somewhat of a scarcity which is pretty cool (not to mention a total time capsule piece) or get to trading/buying/selling? How precious are these stainless models now? I keep reading how people are snatching them up two-three at a time just to sit on them. Do I take a closer look at what I consider to be some new product lines like the VP9 or P30? Although, my loyalty and comfort lies in the USP. I'm strictly one in, one out at this point so no building a collection for me.

Anyways, if you read this far thank you! It's a fun feeling picking up an old hobby and to get involved in what I've always considered to be a really great community. I'm looking forward to learning more and getting up to speed after a 10+ year slumber.

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Welcome! And congrats on moving to Austin. Great city. Keep your stainless compact and get a full size usp or expert. And start your collection!!!!
 

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I just bought a 9 mm USPc today to complement my P2000SK 40 and my VP9. It's a classic and bullet proof weapon. Put some new night sites on it and stock up on Federal HST 147 grain.
 

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Unless you are no kidding strapped for cash, as in, you need it for chemotherapy, never sell a quality gun. As you say, get to buying. It is like money in the bank.

There will be those who tell you guns will be worthless when they are outlawed. Tell them this is the time they are most valuable.

Keep what you have. Add to the collection.
 

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Keep it. Save for another. Rinse, repeat.

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The stainless is cool but Jack Bauer's was all hostile environment finish.
I'm just finishing Season 8 of 24! HE or Stainless, the USP Compact 9mm is an incredible fighting pistol!

Love mine!

Don't sell it! Save and get more!
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Don't sell that stainless. You'll be so sad. If you want something for the nightstand but can't keep that pistol and buy another, get yourself a threaded barrel to drop in for a couple hundo and buy a suppressor.
 

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I'm regretting selling my usp45c stainless so don't make the same mistake!! Keep it, save for what you want next. You have an amazing gun....shoot it a bunch to get back into the swing of things. If you want something different, put a lem trigger in it....or change it to a different version to see if you like it better. USP compacts have so many options! Then, when you want to start a collection, you can add that HK45....


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Let me make a suggestion...
 

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Thanks for the great feedback and responses so far, everyone! You all are right that I'd be a fool getting rid of the stainless and would undoubtedly regret it. That's said, she's a keeper! It's time I stop overthinking things and like Speedy2015 suggests I just need to shoot the damn thing! But pictures like the above from 2ndAmendmentMason aren't exactly helping ;)

For me, it's not the financials preventing me from adding a second gun like a full size 45, but rather me wanting to keep things in my life simple. I've put a lot of time and thought into minimizing my many "collections" in the recent years. My goal is to pare down to the single thing that gives me the most joy and pleasure- something I've accomplished in my other hobbies like with wristwatches and cameras. The goal is to truly enjoy and use the things I have versus focusing on what I don't have. Easier said than done when there are so many wonderful options out there and all the enablers on this forum. And a two gun collection isn't all that bad, right?!

In the meantime, I'm going to continue to learn from this great forum and see how things get along with my 9. Thanks again everyone!
 

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I have regretted every gun I ever sold. I also have a USPc 9 stainless and love it. To keep things simple save and buy a matching full size USP. The 9mm would be keeping things really simple in both pistol operations and ammo. The USP 45 is a verifiable classic though, and would be hard to decline. Just don't sell!


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I can say without a doubt, the sale of my stainless USP40c, is the one I regret the most. I've come to regret every sold firearm after the fact, but that one stings most.

Feed your 9 lots of bullets and let it make you both happy!
 
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