Are your guns changing as you age?


December 27, 2002, 12:22 PM
I find myself going back to the .22 again. Economy, accuracy, no noise, no reloading.

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December 27, 2002, 12:28 PM
Not really. I'm just better defining what I like. Rather than wanting a lot of everything, I am going after specific pieces that perform specific tasks.

December 27, 2002, 12:35 PM
Well its more as the income improves. Lately its class 3 firearms for me.

December 27, 2002, 12:39 PM
Absolutely. My interest in plastic combat-type autos
is waning, while my interest in blue steel and walnut is
waxing. I've sold a few autos and picked up 3 SA revolvers,
two lever actions and a single shot rifle in the last year or so.

J Miller
December 27, 2002, 12:41 PM
As I have gotten older I find myself wanting to reduce the number of guns I have, and concentrating on making those I keep exactly like I want them to be.

My goal is to eventually have one revolver / carbine set in .45 Colt. This I have, it's being fine tuned right now.

One revolver / carbine set in .22 RF, have that.

One carbine in 30-30 for hunting. Have this if you count a Trapper.

A Pump 12 guage . Need.

And maybe a 308 / 30-06 type for longer range hunting. Need.

I alread have two bolt action battle rifles.

And one home defence revolver. Currently have two.

I'm getting there, but I have a ways to go.

December 27, 2002, 12:45 PM
I find myself owning a lot more 1911s and revolvers.

At gun shows, I'll walk past rows of ARs and AKs without a second glance to look at a Kraggie Jorgie or a floptop Springfield.

Part of that is that I already have enough FBPPs. Seen one, seen 'em all.

December 27, 2002, 12:49 PM
I dunno if it's because I'm aging, but there is some change while I'm aging anyway.

As concealed carry comes to look more and more like a reasonable possibility, my guns have moved more towards carry guns and away from target guns.

I also find I'm shooting far less .22 than I used to. What I'm practicing is mostly getting back on target quickly for the next shot, and something with no recoil is useless for that.

I don't have optical sights on anything these days. I've just used my eyes as an excuse to not shoot at anything 25 yards away anymore. There isn't a sight-line that long in my house anywhere anyway.

December 27, 2002, 01:20 PM
Mine are getting to be higher quality as my income increases. I've gone from a Norinco AK-ripoff to a nice Bushmaster AR-15.

Ala Dan
December 27, 2002, 01:23 PM
Not really! I like the variety of guns that I have; and I
shoot 'em all. This has been my trait over all the year's
that I've been involved in the shooting sports.

Berst Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

December 27, 2002, 01:31 PM
Getting more into the "go faster" gear these days...started competing more than a decade ago with a P14 in .45 ACP. Now I'm running a radically lightened STI in 9 by 23 with a titanium compensator and a C-more.

Same with AR's. I started with an HBAR, now I'm running a flat top heavy fluted barrel monstrosity with Leupold/Optima/bipod/kitchen sink hanging off it.


Fun, though.


December 27, 2002, 02:12 PM
Guess so. My interest in rifles has waned considerably, but maybe that's partly because I don't really have a convenient place to shoot them.

I'm also more appreciative of the design and craftsmanship of the newer handguns and find myself enthusiastically anticipating new designs like the Rohrbaugh.

Besides with my LaserBlaster, I can practice drawing and "shooting" my CCW in the living room, which is admittedly a poor substitute for range time, but it's better than a poke in the eye.

December 27, 2002, 02:37 PM
I just keep getting more.

I have never sold a gun that I later didn't regret selling.


December 27, 2002, 02:39 PM
after 4 years of serious gunnin, i've defined and simplified. shotgun for hunting, snub .38 for pocket warm carry and glock .45 for winter carry.

December 27, 2002, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by theluckyone
Well its more as the income improves. Lately its class 3 firearms for me.

And hence the screen name? ;-)

December 27, 2002, 04:13 PM
I find myself switching to stainless wherever possible. It's easier to clean, seems to be a sturdier finish, and looks pretty good in my opinion. This year alone I bought three stainless handguns. I still don't have any stainless rifles, but that interests me too. I think the next rifle I buy is going to have a stainless barrel, like one of the Savages perhaps.

December 27, 2002, 04:40 PM
Are my guns changing as they age? Well, like master, like... Their beards are growing whiter, and the cylinders and slides now creak a bit when they're worked. The hammers have developed water on the sear, and there are varicose springs in many of them. The underlugs need plastic surgery, but that's just a cosmetic, vanity thing...

Well, you asked for it!!! :D :D :D

Mike Irwin
December 27, 2002, 04:41 PM
Not really. I've always been something of an ecclectic purchaser, but I've always favored revolvers over semi-autos.

Standing Wolf
December 27, 2002, 05:03 PM
I'm more interested these days in .22 caliber match pistols, Colt Pythons, concealable weapons, and optical sights to compensate for my aging eyes. I'm less interested in the big calibers, although I'm still thinking about a .41 magnum and a model 629 with a three-inch barrel.

December 27, 2002, 05:07 PM
Another "not really" here. My tastes have run the gamut from Evil Black rifles to pretty rifles and handguns to utilitarian handguns to antiques. The only difference now, thanks to so many of you, is that I'm determined not to sell any.

December 27, 2002, 05:36 PM
yes I think so

I used to like all synthetic now I appreciate the beauty of a nice wood stock and deeply blued metal. Mmmmm

December 27, 2002, 06:08 PM
A lot of the bores are a lot more worn than when I got them!

I did change my collecting from Victorian British to WW2, though.

December 27, 2002, 06:12 PM
Getting away from the high-speed, low-drag bullet hoses like the AK and AR, and doing more with Ruger #1's, Rolling Blocks, and maybe soon a Sharps. Deeply blued prewar S&W revolvers are finding their way into my safes, too. ;)

December 27, 2002, 06:19 PM
I tend to focus more on quality, no matter what shape it comes in.

Function gets a high grade, too. As in buying a weapon to fill a particular 'need'.

Needless to say, sometimes I have to save up before I can get what I want, but I've found I'm better off waiting than in compromising to get something sooner.

December 27, 2002, 07:12 PM
"Well its more as the income improves."
Oh yes, most definetly I never thought I could afford what I now own.
" Lately its class 3 firearms for me."
Oh no, Unfortunelty they are illeagle in the state I live in


December 27, 2002, 07:21 PM
...multiplying like friggin' rabbits! And I just sent in my paperwork for a C&R FFL, so it's only gonna get worse! :rolleyes:

December 27, 2002, 07:54 PM
Not really, I've always been into the weird, but quality guns. I have a four barreled .357 for CCW. I recently bought a Browning BDM, definately not a typical piece of combat tupperware. And I like the Hi-Powers and 1911's. Still hate plastic guns, although I find I have the longing for a Kahr PM9 more than an MK9. My next gun may be a CZ-52.

2nd Amendment
December 27, 2002, 07:56 PM
I buy better stuff now than I used to. Sadly things keep coming along making me clean out what I've managed to get. Hopefully with this last big chunk of change dropped that will stop and I'll have sold my last gun.

December 27, 2002, 08:14 PM
I find myself drawn to small large caliber guns that I can conceal. ;) Also, as my hips get worse, (the men of my family have a strong tendency toward osteo arthritis) I crave lighter weapons. Some days I cannot wear a strong side IWB holster because of the pressure it puts on my hip. I have to wear a belt scabbard!!! :eek:

December 27, 2002, 08:16 PM

December 27, 2002, 11:54 PM
I go along with the other guys that mentioned income. As I get older I am making more money. I am now buying stuff I dreamed about for the first 39 years of my life. And I am shooting them more because I can afford to.

December 27, 2002, 11:57 PM
I can grok that. 5 or 6 years ago, I used to wonder about folks who owned preban FBPPs, P7s, high-end 1911s and Performance Center Smiths. Now I are one... ;)

December 28, 2002, 12:06 AM
whats an FBPP?

December 28, 2002, 12:14 AM
Flat Black People-Popper

When I was younger, managing a gunstore, one of my good friends and good customers was a cop who was on the local SWAT team. When he'd come into the shop, I'd naturally want to show him the latest groovy "combat" pistol or "tactical" rifle that had come in. He, on the other hand, mostly wanted to look at old Smith & Colt wheelguns, trapdoor Springfields, leverguns and the like.

When I asked him why, he said "I have to be around FBPPs all day. When I get off work, I'd rather look at purty guns." :)

December 28, 2002, 12:23 AM
Are your guns changing as you age?

yes, I want more evil guns!!!!!!!!:D

December 28, 2002, 12:27 AM
your Laserblaster? I've been considering one. Is it really practical and does the practise transer to shooting with ammo? Any info appreciated.



(a bit OT, sorry.)

December 28, 2002, 12:29 AM
Not changing, just reproducing!

December 28, 2002, 12:29 AM
First it was Winchester's HAD to be Winchesters, then Colts,then Remingtons, then custom fiberglass Remingtons, then classic mausers, then high grade classic mausers, Then Savage and Marlin lever guns, no wait they were after Winchester and before Remingtons. All the while selling off the wheel locks and flint locks and percussion guns I Inherited. Now I got just 6 relic cased sets of firearms and 7 antique cased guns that are worth many times more than the 220 or so others. These are my retirement and my childrens prosperity Molone Labe!

December 28, 2002, 12:30 AM
No, not really.
Ok I did buy a Keltec P-11 (is that considered a FBPP?)
I've stuck with 1911 style
only 1 shotgun now

I haven't been serious about rifle shooting since I was a kid.
Shotguns and handguns are what I shoot most.

I actually have less firearms now than any other time in my life--Is there a doctor in the house?

December 28, 2002, 03:30 AM

When I was younger I wanted every new toy that hit the shelves or that I'd only just discovered. One year I had over 60 weapons. Today I have a half dozen higher quality pieces and taking my time to build a higher quality collection.

December 28, 2002, 03:35 AM
Figures there'd be a DR. in the house--you'll notice no free 'scripts.
Heck - my personal doc/friend/shootin' pardener, hits me up for a box of ammo from time to time.

I keep waitin' for "free samples"

December 28, 2002, 04:02 AM
Currently, I'm more into rifles - NFA/Preban/Postban Semi's and the occassional Bolt gun.

It may change when I grow older 30's/40's/50's and when I get married, Prolly I'd have to cut down on purchasing additional guns as well.

December 28, 2002, 05:06 AM
No, there just seem to be more of them.

December 28, 2002, 10:18 AM
"Are your guns changing as you age?"

Nope, I just looked. The Marlin Mountie I got in '63 looks the same and so does the Single-Six I got in '72.

The serious answer to the question is "No, not really. I can just afford more stuff now."


December 28, 2002, 11:09 AM
I find myself working more to standardise calibers than anything else these last count, I had 22/223/303/308/3006/8mm Mauser and 32S&W/38spl/9mm/45ACP and 12gauge/20gauge to feed and clothe. And I've been thinking of adding 300wsm to the family...

Now that I've a few bolt action guns and a bunch of other stuff, I find that gear to carry all this stuff is important. How many times have I been to the range and seen a guy with his AK or AR, a stack of mags and a cheesy nylon gym back to hold it all in? I know a lot of folks who have all the ammo and guns for their homeland defense rifles, the training and inclination to use it to protect the homeland and family, but have no way to carry anything else.

And I was just as guilty...a FAL and dozens of mags, but no way to carry them. So, I started selling gear.

But my next rifle I want to be an accurized, heavy barrel, synthetically stocked scoped piece in 308 or 300wsm. Oh, and my friend's father's Alex Henry falling block in 45-70. That is one sweet gun.

Some day. :D

December 28, 2002, 11:19 AM
Not sure if it's a function of age, or just a need to change but revolvers now seem more interesting to me than semi.

December 28, 2002, 12:17 PM
Actually I have drifted away from the 22s and favor my 1911's much more. That's what I carry and I like to be proficient with them. I still enjoy reloading. Maybe I haven't aged enough yet.

December 28, 2002, 12:40 PM
As my income goes up my taste is going up with it.

I started off with a bolt action 22 and a punp 12 ga when I was 18. At 28 the collection has grown by leaps and bounds. The 22 I stuggled to afford at 18 looks so cheap now.

I just bought 2 pistols in the last month, that is something I never thought I would be able to afford to do.

I hope my income keeps going up! I'd love to get into Class III !!

December 28, 2002, 01:41 PM
I'm definately migrating from big bore handguns towards 'sensible bolt action' rifles as I get older. Started out with 22 rifle, then 22 revolver. Then a 45 then 38s/357s/9mms etc. Went through a big 1911 stage in the past two or three years.

I've also been buying and selling guns lately. I go through phases where I'll buy up a bunch of stuff and end up with several redundant items so I sell off what I like the least. Usually make a buck or two in the process.

I think a 22 revolver, a 1911A1, a bolt action in 223 or 243 and one in 25-06 or 270 and a poop-load (technical term) of ammo would keep me happy for a long long time.

4v50 Gary
December 28, 2002, 01:53 PM
More blackpowder now but I still have a few rifles capable of sharpshooting.

December 28, 2002, 03:04 PM
Since I have gotten older, my collection has changed to revolvers. Mostly S&W. Lately a revived interest in .22 K frames.

Sean Smith
December 28, 2002, 04:12 PM
I've tried about everything, but now have a strong preference for basic-looking 1911s with good triggers. Doing lots of shooting with just ONE type of gun has made me a much, much better shooter.

December 28, 2002, 04:43 PM
Started young with revolvers.
Went to autos later.
Now back to revolvers.

Also, .22 to BIG to .22...:D

Has it been a century already?:p

December 28, 2002, 04:44 PM
I've always had a fondness for military rifles and I don't know if its my age or the political climate but the last 10 years I have focus my purchases towards semi-auto military type rifles. I still have scars from when I was got caught flatfooted when the "last" ban went into effect. It was great for sellers but poor on buyers.:eek:

December 28, 2002, 04:48 PM
I find that I am not really interested in Evil Black Rifles anymore..instead I am more interested in Bolt Action Hunting Rifles, Lever Action Rifles and Single Shot Rifles

For Handguns..I am more interested in Single Action Revolvers.

December 28, 2002, 05:05 PM
Tamara, thanks for the "FBPP" term. Got a chuckle out of that.

Jason Demond
December 28, 2002, 06:05 PM
I went from buying semi-auto handguns to revolvers. That's all I think about when I go gun shopping. Also I have got in to C&R guns.

Marko Kloos
December 28, 2002, 06:47 PM
When I was a wee pup, I was heavily into Wondernines and other high-speed, low-drag gear. Now I gravitate more towards wheelguns, specifically pre-1998 S&W, and 1911s. Next on my shopping list: another Browning HP.

Andrew Wyatt
December 28, 2002, 09:06 PM
I find myself owning fewer cap guns and more enfields.

December 28, 2002, 10:50 PM
My collection has changed from handguns to rifles. I still have the handguns.

I'm refining both handgun and rifle collection so when I retire, I would need anything except ammo.

December 28, 2002, 11:40 PM
I used to be a semi auto nut, before I knew anything about guns. I thought that a 45 auto was more powerful than a 44 magnum. I now am a revolver man.


December 28, 2002, 11:42 PM
With multiple heart attacks and being left handed,I have not fired a long gun or a shot gun for years.Shoot regular with 1911's and 9mm,along with .22 target pistol.Thinking of trying .22 rifle again.

December 29, 2002, 12:00 AM
.22LR rifle should be ok. Not much if any recoil. Sorry to hear about your heart attacks. How's it been going lately?

December 29, 2002, 01:59 AM
Been evolving since 1959 and continuing. Retired with a RBPP (round blued people popper) and despite dalliances with all the other stuff have found true happiness with good revolvers.

To paraphrase Townsend Whelen, a good .22 is never a mistake. Neither is a good .357--or an '06.

My military/LEO/ninja days are over so now it's CCW/fun time.

It's easy to get sidetracked. Expensive, too.

December 29, 2002, 02:04 AM
I've been drifting from brute force handgun cartridges such as the .454 Casull and hot .45 Colt to more subtle and effective rifle cartridges such as the 8x57 and 7x57. I like to hit what I'm aiming at and I don't like dislocating my shoulder to do it.

Turns out the modern spitzer bullet was a really good invention!

December 29, 2002, 02:08 AM
Like some of you, I'm finding I'm losing interest in semi-autos and gravitating back to revolvers. Preferably blued revolvers. Bought my first one almost thirty years ago and looks like I've bout come full circle. Also starting to wonder if I really need so many guns, or would it make sense to downsize to nice pieces I really want to keep. Maybe a dozen or so?

They keep saying with age comes wisdom. Got the first part - still waiting for the second part to kick in.

December 29, 2002, 10:47 AM
I have noticed myself leaving the auto pistols at home when I head for the range . I am buying more revolvers now and shoot them allot . My most favorite right now being a 586 and 686 S&W . I don't know if its age or just tired of picking up brass but it's sure nice to just dump the empties in my hand and reach for another six rounds . :D

December 29, 2002, 10:55 AM
Last couple of years there have been more lever actions turning up in my safes. ;)

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