Quoting Finn C-Q
I am just thinking of the years of sets missed and gone forever. Have you bought any custom products from BrickArms or BrickForge? Considering you cut a Lego shotgun and some other.
The pistol was also one of those rifles. Heres my philosophy on cutting: Only small peices used with/ for minifigs, and only if I have plenty of them or won't use them in their original state. I have a few rifles and don't use them very often, so I was ok with cutting two.