When does it become a "Collection"?


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Tamara
December 25, 2002, 10:19 AM
A certain number of guns? A focus on a certain kind or make of gun? When you start buying guns that you really don't need or even intend to shoot much?

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nine fingers
December 25, 2002, 10:22 AM
For me it is when I need to justify them to my wife.;)

Hkmp5sd
December 25, 2002, 10:27 AM
When you get a C&R and the government officially labels you a collector. For everyone else, it's an arsenal. :)

Rick R
December 25, 2002, 10:28 AM
I think of my guns as an "armory" where I can go to get tools to perform different chores. A "collection" consists of things you accumulate which are alike for a reason, and usually owned for the joy of ownership instead of for use.

I guess you could have a "collection" of one if you intend to "collect" an associated item in the future.

Rick

WilderBill
December 25, 2002, 10:32 AM
I think it's a point you reach in your own mind.

If the only firearm you own it he one your grandad left you, it is a collectors item to you, and thus a "collection" of one.

I have seen that some people have a theme to their collecting. Maybe military bolt actions or US weapons of WWII.
On the other hand I once visited a friend of a friend who showed me his collection that filled every bit of a large room. I looked around with wide eyes and open mouth and asked if there was a theme to his collection. His reply was "Yes, one of everything, unless I really like it, then I get more." :D

gburner
December 25, 2002, 10:36 AM
IIRC...Collection in the museum sense is used to define a grouping of exemplary artifacts which display the widest possible example of those artifacts. For firearms, that would be weapons with proveance of place of use, historical significance or intrinsic value...one of a kinds, etc.

In the burner household, collection most often refers to that pile of dirty clothes near the bed, the junk in boxes and otherwise under the stairs, etc.

My small group of weapons are referred to by individual names...
the boomstick, bucky, the duchess,
vlad, the mule, Capt. America and the smoker. All together I call them 'the kids' or 'my preciouses.':cool:

AR-10
December 25, 2002, 10:37 AM
Two is a couple.
Three to five is a few.

More than a few is either an assortment or a collection, depending on when you plan to stop aquiring.

You have your modest collection
growing collection
diverse collection
well rounded collection

And last,but most desireable the complete collection

I'm shooting for a bloated and grossly overpopulated collection.
:D

Stetson_CO
December 25, 2002, 10:55 AM
What if part of what you own is with you and another part is in a different state?

Is it a collection or just a motely bunch?

I have 3 here and, as of this morning, 39 in another place(bigger safe there).

Granted, with the variety, its a motely bunch, to me...:D

c):{

Standing Wolf
December 25, 2002, 10:55 AM
I'm not a collector. Honest. They just kind'a sort'a show up, more or less of their own free will, and devour closet and bank box space like cookies. Heck, I think some of them even reproduce when I'm not looking. I dunno where they all come from—but I'm definitely not a collector, I tell you!

Schuey2002
December 25, 2002, 10:57 AM
For me it's more of an "accumulation" than a collection..

When I have to build a room to store my guns in,then it will become a "collection".. ;)

10-Ring
December 25, 2002, 11:05 AM
After the first revo, semi auto, shotgun, rifle, and 2nd safe, it becomes a collection. It's all about the QUANTITY & QUALITY ;)

Brian D.
December 25, 2002, 11:10 AM
I started saying that right after I bought my first gun safe, before that it was just an assortment.

Col. Mustard
December 25, 2002, 11:13 AM
I think if you've got several (or more) guns stashed away in the safe in a corner of the basement, and you never bring them out (except maybe to count them once in a while), you're hoarding them.

If you have a bunch of guns that you shoot, fondle, or otherwise appreciate on a regular basis, you're accumulating them.

A true collection, on the other hand, involves diversity and redundancy of specimens; as well as some attempt to display them.

3 gun
December 25, 2002, 11:15 AM
When you start owning things you don't need. Like your 3rd Mossy 500 12ga shotgun. Or a CZ52 which isn't legal in any class of competition you shoot in. Or how about when you just buy stuff because the price is right, you like the look, or you don't have one yet. What a great country.

riverdog
December 25, 2002, 11:42 AM
If you have a bunch of guns that you shoot, fondle, or otherwise appreciate on a regular basis, you're accumulating them. Exactly, I'm an accumulator, not a collector. I have no intention of displaying them and they're all shooters. All I need now is another.41Mag, then a CQB ...

Edward429451
December 25, 2002, 11:49 AM
Methinks a collection is when you have more than you can carry.
A couple handguns isn't a collection, its just 'my pistol and my bug' unless of course they're too nice to carry...in which case it would be considered a collectable.

Guyon
December 25, 2002, 11:57 AM
It's a collection when you buy 'em just to look at 'em. Otherwise, it's a toolbox.

2nd Amendment
December 25, 2002, 12:00 PM
Guns? What guns? I don't collect no guns... :confused: ;)

Blackhawk
December 25, 2002, 12:01 PM
When you have more than one.

You, Tamara, are a collector!

(Come to think of it, so am I....)

Dan Morris
December 25, 2002, 12:02 PM
LOL, a tool box....gee, I bought my third tool box last month! Could be I have a problem.All are 1950's pre 64's Remintons and Smiths!
Actually, these tools are a legacy for my kiddos.......better than stocks...I'll keep a few for myself and give em to them in about 5 years.
Dan
:D

Gewehr98
December 25, 2002, 12:09 PM
Never intended to be. Wife asked for a guesstimate the other night, as I converted a Thomasville armoire' into an upright gun cabinet. Looks like a smidgen over 60 so far. The darned things are just like coat hangars, they breed in the darkness of the closet, when you open the door, there's even more of them! :D

Nevada
December 25, 2002, 12:50 PM
Is it a collection when you can't remember how many you have?

4v50 Gary
December 25, 2002, 12:54 PM
No Nevada, that's an arsenal. :D

I'm a hoarder. I'm getting my seventh Garand soon. This means I should get two more since it needs two companions to "stack arms" with.

Redlg155
December 25, 2002, 12:59 PM
I think it's the point where you have so many guns that you no longer have the time to routinely use them. I don't really include guns kept for sentimental value in this category, such as an inherited gun. I'd also consider it a collection if you were attempting to obtain weapons from a specific time period, such as Civil War weapons.

So I don't really have a collection yet. All my guns are "working" guns.

Good SHooting
RED

TexasVet
December 25, 2002, 01:40 PM
one is hapenstance,
two is coincidence,
3 is a collection!!!
:D

WAIT.. that's "3 is enemy action", nevermind!

I "collect" Picassos, of course I only have ONE, but someday....

C.R.Sam
December 25, 2002, 01:57 PM
For half a century or so...
I have had an accumulation of firearms.
Often encompassing collections.
Now I have few.
But it was indeed fun.

The senior Bannerman had it all.
Arsenals, accumulations and collections.

Sam

Glockster35
December 25, 2002, 01:59 PM
I would like to think, that it isn't a collection until one or more of them are "collecting" dust. Mine never collect dust...at least not until now.

When I return to the states in a year or so, I will clean the dust off my guns, shoot them everyday I am home, then re-package them up for storage, and seal them back in the safe, until I return for good.

I miss my collection pretty badly, and wish that I at least had pictures of them to show, my last harddrive crash solved that for me.

80fl
December 25, 2002, 03:03 PM
It really depends. If they are bolt action and/or revolvers it is a collection. If they are semi auto rifles with pistol grips it is an arsenal owned by a "survivalist nut job". This according to a recent Discovery or TLC show I was watching.

telewinz
December 25, 2002, 05:26 PM
When you show your co-workers your "gun room" and they begin to look and talk to you differently. Thats when you say its a 'collection', 'you inherited them from your uncles and father', 'most of them you have never shot', ' they are are dewatts and therefore harmless', 'They were in this secret room when you moved in and you just discovered them', "no I'm not employed by the postal service", and no you don't have to repay that money I lent you 6 months ago, RIGHT NOW! Tomorrow will do just fine.:D

laynlow
December 25, 2002, 05:58 PM
It just takes one. That way when you want another your adding to the collection.

"Why do you need that one? You already have one."

"I'm adding to the collection."

buttrap
December 25, 2002, 06:10 PM
I think once you get to the point the wife does not have a clue of whats all in your gun room. Works for me!:D

biere
December 25, 2002, 06:12 PM
When I moved to the sticks I got a simple education on where people stand with what is what for firearms accumalation.

Many out here have a shotgun and a centerfire rifle and maybe a rimfire rifle, that is all. They are all hunting and working guns.

If you carry for self defense, add in a handgun of some sort.
And I figure you might as well include a back up gun as well.

The shotgun does double duty for house and grounds protection, unless you like that centerfire rifle for the job.

Beyond those numbers, you wander into accumalations that if explained half way right are really a collection of some sort.

I have working guns. The others are just a collection since I keep them around for my enjoyment.

Will Fennell
December 25, 2002, 07:23 PM
More than youcan carry=collection;)

CAP
December 25, 2002, 07:31 PM
Mine will always be a 'collection'. :D
It's the other folks who have armories.

BogBabe
December 25, 2002, 07:44 PM
When I got my first handgun, it was purely for home defense.

My second, some years later, was strictly for carry.

My third, fourth and fifth were because, well, I wanted them.

So I consider that my "collection" started at #3.

BigG
December 25, 2002, 07:59 PM
Mine is an arsenal, no, a collection, no, an accumulation... doh! :o

RustyHammer
December 25, 2002, 08:09 PM
Guns .....

You mean this is a GUN forum?

Tim Burke
December 25, 2002, 08:22 PM
The strict definition is when it has a "theme."
I'd use a loose definition... when you have 2 of the same thing.

Greybeard
December 25, 2002, 08:26 PM
When you NEED to list them on a piece of paper that across the top includes column headings of "Handguns", "Rifles", "Shotguns", then start placing lines down the edge beginning with .17, .22, .222, .223 ... :)

King
December 25, 2002, 10:09 PM
It's a collection:

1) When you declare it so.

2) You have more than about 3 guns

3) When you acquire because you "want" rather than "need"

4) When you're explaining your passion to your wife because she doesn't understand otherwise.

5) When you don't want to scare others by declaring that you have an arsenal.

6) When you inherit a a bunch of guns

It isn't a collection:

1) When you say it ain't so

2) You don't have but one gun

3) You don't feel the need to justify having them to anyone.

Of course, I could be wrong............

Nathaniel Firethorn
December 25, 2002, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by Will Fennell
More than youcan carry=collection;) In that case, runt_ will never have a collection :D

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berettaman
December 26, 2002, 05:25 AM
I thought a collection was when they pass the hat at church.:D

Politically Incorrect
December 26, 2002, 11:28 AM
Tamara,

It's a collection when you are not physically able to carry all of your guns at once.

It's an arsenal when people you know say that they will head to your house in a time of crisis.

45R
December 26, 2002, 11:54 AM
Thats a great question. A collection various from one person to another. I would say that a collection begins with the first handgun or rifle. The majority of individuals have more then just one.

Sheslinger
December 26, 2002, 01:33 PM
My guess would be when you start buying ammo in calibers you do not own merely to justify the subsequent firearm purchase.

riverdog
December 26, 2002, 02:53 PM
... when you start buying ammo in calibers you do not own ... How about when you find a holster you like and then order a gun to fit it. BTDT

Jeff OTMG
December 26, 2002, 08:26 PM
It is only a collection if you buy specific firearms that you don't intend to shoot. If you are like me and buy just about everything in sight then go out and shoot it, you could not possibly be considered a collector.

Bainx
December 26, 2002, 08:43 PM
When you have so much that you are actually almost bored at a gun show!

Chugach
December 26, 2002, 09:00 PM
When you've bought #3 of a model, having forgotten that you've already bought #2 as "backup".

When you have to start an Excel spreadsheet so that you can list them all and sort them the way you want.

BogBabe
December 26, 2002, 09:07 PM
My "collection" is puny compared to what Tamara has, and a bunch of other folks here. (I consider it my "small but growing collection.")

But it's finally grown large enough that tonight I sat down and catalogued each firearm and its serial number, along with other info, like how many magazines I have for gun, when I acquired it, etc.

So my question to you folks with "real" collections: What information do you keep on your firearms?

George Hill
December 26, 2002, 09:38 PM
To quote 1776:
"One useless man is disgrace. Two become a lawfirm... and Three or more become a Congress!"
Taking things in that context:
1 gun is a weapon. Two, gives you a backup... and three or more give you a Collection.

Or an Armory as the case may be. :D

rock jock
December 26, 2002, 10:16 PM
When you start buying guns that you really don't need or even intend to shoot much?
That's it.

cratz2
December 26, 2002, 10:29 PM
I guess I have a collection. But I think the word conjures images of redundant rifles. If you have more than 3 .308 rifles, more than 5 1911s or more than 10 of any brand of rifle.

Also, lots of military stuff would make you a collector in my book.

Tamara
December 26, 2002, 10:37 PM
I guess I have an "accumulation". However within that accumulation are two "collections": Smith wheelguns (a dozen or so) and old milsurp bolt rifles (nine).

Nathaniel Firethorn
December 27, 2002, 07:05 PM
http://www.familyfriendsfirearms.com/cgi-bin/fff/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=21&t=000742&counterhit=yes
Have you ever reached into your Gun Safe or Gun Locker and pulled out something you totaly forgot that you owned? I believe that qualifies ;)

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thisaway
December 27, 2002, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Will Fennell
More than youcan carry=collection;)

Hell, I've got more than my truck can carry! :D

*8*
December 28, 2002, 04:20 AM
Originally posted by Hkmp5sd
When you get a C&R and the government officially labels you a collector. For everyone else, it's an arsenal. :)

YeP, with a type 03 (C&R) FFL, you are a bonafide collector :), else it's generally called an arsenal and the media will label you a wacko or nut.

waterdog
December 30, 2002, 01:33 AM
I guess it depends on where you live. If you live in AZ, it would take 50 or more weapons. If you lived in Kali or say DC , I guess 2 would do.

So, I guess I don't have a collection.

waterdog

GhostShooter
December 30, 2002, 06:07 AM
Gee.. and here I thought when you had more than one it was a dangerous arsenal? At least that's what I read in the paper.http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/roundeyes.gif

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Kahr carrier
January 3, 2003, 05:23 AM
Anything over 10 guns .:neener:

para.2
January 3, 2003, 02:13 PM
..,but I vote for "when you have guns you don't shoot much, if at all, and don't intend to .":scrutiny:

ball3006
January 3, 2003, 03:20 PM
and on and on. Mosins in one safe, USA in another safe, English, Swiss in another, domestic sporting arms in another. The French and Italian are just stacked in the closet because nobody will steal them. Yeah, I have a collection and an accumulation....chris3

JeepDriver
January 3, 2003, 06:39 PM
It's an arsenal when people you know say that they will head to your house in a time of crisis.

I guess mines an arsenal. I've been told by several guns owning friends they're comming to me in a SHTF situtation.

A collection is also what I have. Atleast that's how I get new guns past the wife. Those old mil surp rifles at gun show are to hard to pass up.

T.Stahl
January 4, 2003, 03:43 PM
In my opinion three or more guns that have something important in common can be called the "start of a collection." Positive examples:
- A Mauser G98, a Springfield 1903 and an SMLE - WW1 service rifles.
- An M1 Garand, a No.4 Mk.I and a K98 - WW2 service rifles
- A 1911, a P38 and a High Power - WW2 service pistols.
- A Glocks out of 26, 19, 17, 34 and 17L - 9mm Glocks.

Negative examples:
- A Swedish Mauser M96, an Enfield No.4 and an AR-15 - different countries, times and actions.
- A Luger 08, a BHP and an HK P7 - as above.

Al Thompson
January 4, 2003, 04:45 PM
Bog babe, I like to keep track of SNs, amount paid for the gun, modifications and accessories.

Several good friends track rounds shot, but I'm just not that detail oriented.

Strzelec
January 5, 2003, 12:14 AM
My collection (such as it is) is currently based on two central themes:

(1) collecting an example of each basic action and selected calibers (for example, in rifles - bolt action, lever action, pump, semi-auto; 308, 227, 357, etc.)

(2) getting today what I probably won't be able to buy in California tomorrow. :mad:

Later on, I'll concentrate on weapons of a particular era, probably WWI.

Mostly for insurance purposes, I keep track of make, type, serial number, magazines and major accessories. I also make and keep digital pics of each.

Butch
January 5, 2003, 10:10 AM
I ain't no collector! http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons/happy/050.gif
Dangit Ma, we got to get this gun safe outa here I cain't get to the coffee pot!:uhoh:

Marshall
January 5, 2003, 11:17 AM
When you can charge admission. :D

Cougar
January 5, 2003, 11:44 AM
It all depends on who is doing the defining. Ten guns to some could be called a collection, albeit a pretty small one. But get your ten gun collection depicted on the evening news and you have an 'arsenal' :banghead:

MLH
January 5, 2003, 12:40 PM
Yours is not a collection. It's an Armory.:what:

Uncle Ethan
January 5, 2003, 02:01 PM
I don't count or put a label on my weapons. Every weapon I have bought I "needed" at the time. Liberals don't count or pay attention to the number of insults they speak, labels they apply to those they disagree with, or anti-constitutional laws they want to enact- I don't count or pay attention to the number of weapons I may need to protect my rights.

MountainPeak
January 5, 2003, 02:07 PM
When you make sure you own at least a couple more than your age! I like getting older!:D

thumbtack
January 5, 2003, 02:54 PM
When you get a C&R and the government officially labels you a collector. For everyone else, it's an arsenal.

That is why I got mine.

Braz
January 5, 2003, 03:36 PM
Cool thread,

Man, am I envious of you folks with over 50 weapons! My passions are too varied for such a er, collection. :cool: Jay Leno calls his 100+ vehicles a collection, but runs 'em all. I hope to continue to add weapons each year for fun, but wanted to begin with all the basics. A carry pistol, full size pistol, combat shotgun, combat carbine and long range rifle.

I'll call it a collection when I add five more for SAS competition, heh. But if I won the lottery, .22 - .50 of every kind, heh.

hitman134
March 12, 2007, 08:11 PM
Its Not A Rule,Is More A Personal Point Of View.And Its Determined By The Owner If Is A Collection Or Whatever It Is.

Mr White
March 12, 2007, 08:51 PM
Its a collectoin if you have more than 1, or if you're talkin to fence sitters or uppity-type people. Otherwise they're just called 'some guns'.

Neo-Luddite
March 13, 2007, 10:03 AM
On that sad day, the day that you stop shooting them.:(

Gixerman1000
March 13, 2007, 11:11 AM
I would say you are starting a collection when you have all the main bases covered and then keep adding out of want rather than need.

For some people here adding firearms one after another is a sickness, these poor people just can’t help themselves from buying more and more and there is no help group for them. I just thank my lucky stars that I have never contracted this sickness and that I have been able to stay in control of my hobby, you see I can stop whenever I want,,,,,,
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I mean I would still need to pick up the 3 more I have coming but after that I could stop,,,,,,,
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and I did see this one gun that someone posted a few days ago and I just have to find one like it,,,,,
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and there are a few new ones that come out every year but after that no problem ,,,
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I could stop then,,,, I know I could then,, though it would be silly to stop then when I would be so close to having them all and I HAVE TO HAVE THEM ALL,,,,,, umm,, you guys agree right??

My modest Collection (http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=464805)

Leatherneck
March 13, 2007, 11:16 AM
"HI, I'm Gixerman, and I have a problem."

C'mon, Gix, you can do it. :neener:

TC

Mr White
March 13, 2007, 11:24 AM
Bulls**t, Gixerman! I've seen the pictures you post.

The only thing that's gonna stop you from buying more guns is the same thing that'll stop you from shooting them, eating and breathing...

The Eternal Nap!

outofbattery
March 13, 2007, 01:20 PM
I don't consider myself a collector as I don't actually collect,as in seek out to own,any particular firearm.Actually,I've only been into guns since 04 after having not even handled one in ~ 8 years.In that time span,I've ended up with 21 handguns ( the only ones that could construe in a loose sense a collection would be 5 SIG's) and ~ 21-23 longarms.I don't need that many and have threatened to sell some of them off but I always read that you'll regret it more later.:scrutiny:

CajunBass
March 13, 2007, 01:57 PM
When you get a C&R and the government officially labels you a collector.

WOOOO HOOOOOOO

I is a "collector" now. :neener:

Before last week, I was just a guy with a few guns. :evil:

mike101
March 13, 2007, 02:00 PM
When you're done. :D

3fgburner
March 13, 2007, 03:23 PM
... From accumulator to collector. It was when I picked up a Polish P64, hated the DA trigger pull, and bought it anyway. It's not a fun gun to shoot. The only reason I have it, is that it's a Cold War-era Eastern Bloc gun in 9x18mm. I still want to find a Wanad P83. Learned about CZ82s, and got one. Having broken the .380 barrier with a Kel-Tec, I'm now in the market for a Carpati.

Bazooka Joe71
March 13, 2007, 04:00 PM
I don't collect guns.....










They follow me home, and I adopt them.:D

CWL
March 13, 2007, 04:10 PM
I own alot of firearms.

I have a "collection" of 3 HK P7s

I also have a "collection" of 5 m1911s

22-rimfire
March 13, 2007, 04:28 PM
Wow old thread, but great theme. Tamara and I have had discussions on what constitutes "collecting". I think I fall into that catagory now. As was mentioned a couple of posts back, I know the exact time when the transition happened..... Colts were getting more expensive, I loved them, and certainly didn't need any more.... hence I started collecting, but within the bounds of a theme for the most part. I still buy stuff that would not qualify for part of the collection; I shoot those.

1BLINDREF
March 13, 2007, 04:30 PM
Bazooka -
LOL
Happens to me too :D

davera
March 13, 2007, 05:29 PM
I think that it became collecting for me when I had all the guns I needed for personal and home defense, for fun and entertainment and for any sort of hunting in the lower 48. Then I could start collecting guns I wanted.

Chuhhuniban
March 13, 2007, 05:35 PM
For some people here adding firearms one after another is a sickness, these poor people just can’t help themselves from buying more and more and there is no help group for them. I just thank my lucky stars that I have never contracted this sickness and that I have been able to stay in control of my hobby, you see I can stop whenever I want,,,,,,


Oh Lord, do I know that feeling. It comes on you about the third Delta Elite or when you find a S&W 4506 to go alongside the 1006's (note the "s") just 'cause you ought to have one of those too...

PrimaryB
March 13, 2007, 06:38 PM
LOL, a tool box....gee, I bought my third tool box last month! Could be I have a problem.All are 1950's pre 64's Remintons and Smiths!
Actually, these tools are a legacy for my kiddos.......better than stocks...I'll keep a few for myself and give em to them in about 5 years.
Dan

Hey dad. Remember me? I almost gave up finding you.:D Thank God I found you. Please PM me for shipping address.

PrimaryB

gezzer
March 13, 2007, 10:15 PM
When you have to ask, you are not yet a collector.:D

HuntCast
March 13, 2007, 10:51 PM
When the wife says........
"Get all these God D**mn guns out of here so I can clean!"

BothellBob
March 14, 2007, 06:10 PM
How to tell an arsenal from a collection (assuming they are mutually exclusive, not the soundest of assumptions):
1. How many guns do you own? (If you know the answer, it is not a collection)
2. So go to your safe and count them. (No safe? It is not a collection)
3. Go to the gun section of your home library and count the number of gun books. No library in your house? You NEED a few liberal friends! No gun book section? No gun books? A few books, but you can count them on one hand (and they are all about reloading)? It is not a collection.
4. If the ratio of guns to books is better than 4:1 then you are on your way to having a collection. If you own more gun books than guns, your liberal friends are under an obligation to not only approve of your hobby, but go shooting with you. They really want to anyway, but how could they hold their heads up with their other friends unless they can say, "Well, he is a collector, you should see his library, some of the specimens we shot were over a hundred years old." Your conservative friends without books are knuckle dragging Neanderthals (offer them a bath, take them shooting, and try to educate them).
5. Failing the above, if you actually look for and buy gun books (extra points for looking for specific gun books) then you are at least making an effort toward having a collection.

But more to the point, the distinction between a collection and an arsenal depends not so much on the count of the cache of weaponry, but in how that assemblage is perceived, not just by the owner, but more particularly by the rest of the world. A true collector must cultivate an attitude that lets the great unwashed know, however subtly and condescendingly, that they are in the presence of a connoisseur. To plagiarize shamelessly from a Penultimate collector who, on another board, shared some insight on the distinction between the gun nut and the collector:
I … would in general agree that it is a cultivated aroma, a dash of pretense, a certain savoir faire, that ultimately comes to distinguish the collector from a mere gun nut. But defining that certain je ne sais quoi that characterizes a collector takes a lot of words and still will be a mere cartoon that pales in comparison to the real thing.
If the goal is distinction, I suggest that reliance upon negative inference is both simpler and more sure. Just as ordering red wine with Dover sole, wearing a regimental tie with Harris tweed, or white sox with other than tennis attire (or putting catsup on anything) are sure signs of ill breeding, I believe that my "more than one truck gun" hypotheses is reliable proof that one is not a collector.
Since the only practical goal of a collector seems to be to become recognized as a collector by other collectors, I remind you that most people have long memories resistant to new impressions. In keeping with the old adage "It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt," to me this means that the aspiring collector should first and foremost avoid the kind of social gaffe that causes him to be labeled as an uncultured gun nut amongst the collector crowd. As to the wisdom of joining this cadre, I can only point to Groucho Marx: "I would not want to be a member of any club that would have me."
Gun nuts have arsenals; collectors have specimens.
And a final word: Once you have a collection, the rest of the world truly is unwashed. While another collector can fully appreciate a collection, you need to have a few simple arms that will impress the masses. A post 1950s S&W revolver collection has merit, but most people will see it as only a stash of handguns. If you are into modern guns, get a few examples of the historical precursors of your collection. Nothing humbles them quite like a few real antiques (pre-1899 and recognized as such by US law); even better if the ammunition is no longer made, and you keep the gun as an "example of its type". And best if you manufacture that ammunition and can let them shoot something that they will likely never lay their hands on again.
BothellBob

aaronrkelly
March 14, 2007, 11:13 PM
I have a "collection" of guns. Why a collection, because thats what Im doing...collecting. I have easily 10+ guns that have never seen a single round. I have a "gun room" where they are displayed, more than stored.

I keep all information in a program called GunSafe (free by the way if anyone is interested) and I keep it up to date to the minute. If I acquire a correct sling to replace an incorrect one I will change the info in the program and take a new photo as well.

I buy guns I have no intention of using.

This is the last picture of my "gun room" - it was taken in January. Since then I have added a nice K31, SAIGA .223, Savage clone of Browning A5 lightweight, Romanian TTC Tokarev, Polish P64, Mosin Nagant 38, Glock 19.....I know Im missing a few more........


http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w193/aaronsguns/Gun%20Room/rifles1.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w193/aaronsguns/Gun%20Room/rifles2.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w193/aaronsguns/Gun%20Room/handguns.jpg

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