Collection must haves


Brian Williams
December 29, 2002, 09:04 PM
What must a collection include to be a great collection

What is your collection

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George Hill
December 29, 2002, 09:09 PM
A Tom Clancy and a Jeff Cooper book.
A Cleaning Kit.
And a firearm of one sort or another. More if you can afford them.

December 29, 2002, 09:10 PM
First, have 100 million dollars...then start a collection...

In the meantime, I have a small selection of martial firearms (Garands, GI 1911's, Winchester '97). Everything else is more of a 'working' firearm than a collection (all the other 1911's, M14, AR's, CAS gear, etc.)

A friend of mine has a collection of military guns...his goal is to have one of each of the mass-fielded guns from the major WWII players. The hunt is fun :)


December 29, 2002, 09:14 PM
It is not a collection it is a work in progress!

December 29, 2002, 09:25 PM
All the semi-auto only military rifles issued since WW2.

December 29, 2002, 09:47 PM
Stuff ! Yeah,that's the ticket. Every collection should have lots of it. That, and books, gotta' have lots of those. ;)

December 29, 2002, 09:52 PM
"... to be a great collection" is a really open-ended question.

I'd say a 22 rimfire rifle and handgun, a 12 gauge pump, a bolt action centerfire rifle of with decent power topped with a scope, a 30-30, 44 Mag or 45 lever action, a 4" barrel 357 Mag revolver, a go anywhere carry gun, a 9mm pistol and a 1911A1 should be on almost everybodys list as should something that shoots .223, a 7.62x39 or a 7.62x54R.

And of course, everyone should have a Garand. A 1903, an Enfield, Nagant, a Thompson, M1 Carbine, a bunch more military rifles, a couple of Mausers, a Borwning HP, a P08, a P38, a Makarov, Webley and a few more will make a pretty good collection. Still not great...

December 29, 2002, 10:00 PM
You should have one of each of them if you're trying to collect the whol set.;) :D

December 29, 2002, 10:01 PM
If everyone had the same things in their collections, how boring would that be? Maybe as a guide line, I'd say a 1911, a S&W revolver, a couple of rifles, shotguns, to start and whatever else may tickle your fancy ;)

December 29, 2002, 10:15 PM
At least one from the major manufacturers in common calibers.

December 29, 2002, 10:22 PM
The Bare Basics include:

I want to be able to: shoot a squirrel, shoot an elk, defend my life. Shooting birds on-wing is a big plus.

If you can "shoot an elk," you can certainly shoot something - ahem - "better."

December 29, 2002, 10:40 PM
I'd like to add to my collection at some point:

M1 Carbine
Sistema Colt Modelo 1927, Caliber .45 ACP
and others.

December 29, 2002, 10:44 PM
My must haves that I don't have yet;
a quality 1911.
a single action.
an AR.

December 29, 2002, 11:01 PM
at least one example of every firearm ever made.
wow do i have a long way to go:)

December 29, 2002, 11:09 PM
A collection always needs something else to add to the collection.

December 29, 2002, 11:16 PM
I don't have a collection. I have a toolbox. So IMO, your assemblage of firearms should be geared to meet YOUR needs.

December 29, 2002, 11:21 PM
SA handguns: 1911, Beretta, Glock, HK, SIG
Wheelguns: a single action of some type, one each J-, K-, L-, and N-frame.
Rifles: Garand, Mauser, one FBPP of one type or another

Good start.

December 29, 2002, 11:22 PM
I don't consider firearms to be collectors items, but if I wanted to "round things out", my list would include:

1903 Springfield rifle
1911 Colt 45
M1 Garand
M1 Carbine
M14 (or M1A equivalent)
M16 (or AR15 equivalent)
Glock 17
Ithaca Model 37 shotgun
Remington 760 rifle
Remington 870 shotgun
Winchester model 70

I think each one of those has a special place in US history. There's more that would be nice to have, but this is a good start. So far I only have three items off the list, but I'm working on it. :cool:

December 30, 2002, 12:35 AM
Two words...."One More." That is all that is needed to round out the collection.

My personal choices would include lots of .22's.

And when you find a gun you like, you should always have multiples of said guns.

Politically Incorrect
December 30, 2002, 12:41 AM
HANDGUNS: At least one semi-auto and one revolver.
Bonus Magnum caliber
RIFLES: At least one bolt action, one lever action, one semi-auto
Bonus full auto
SHOTGUN: At least one auto, one pump, and one break open action.
Bonusshort barrel

December 30, 2002, 01:20 AM
Anything you can stuff in the safe.

Typically, you'd need a decent DA revolver in either .38/.357 or .44mag.

And a .45acp pistol.

And a 9mm pistol.

And a .22 pistol.

Then you need to fill the big part of the safe with longuns, first would be a decent .22lr.

And a Homeland Defense Rifle of the AR or AK sort.

And a .308 or .30-06.

And a 12 guage shotgun.

December 30, 2002, 02:34 AM
Good reference material
good cleaning kit and tools

guns: 1911 style, wheelguns (J, K,L, N) 22 rifle and handgun, shotgun(s) (model 12, 101, mod 23)

My collection is the poorest in my history...but I have fun and dream...gratful to have what I do

December 30, 2002, 03:00 AM
Swords. Every collection should a couple of these babies.

The older the better. :D

December 30, 2002, 04:04 AM
-1911 (I have one)
-CZ (I have one) or if you don't like them another high-cap 9mm
-a wheelgun or many (got em)
-something small for carry, if you're in a carry state or not- laws change people move, be prepared (got one)
-blackpowder revolver (have one)
-a .22 rifle or two (have 3)
-a .22 pistol (need)
-SAA clone or Vaquero (need)
-a bolt rifle with scope (need)
-mil-surplus bolt rifle (need)
-Semi auto commercial rifle (need)
-mil style semi rifle (got an SKS)
-lever rifle or 10 (I have one, more to come)
-blackpowder rifle (need)
-shotgun or several (had one but no more, need one bad)

December 30, 2002, 05:50 AM
Every collection must have....
1. .22 rifle
2. .22 pistol
3. 12 GA Shotgun

Also a .50 cal or two would be nice. Just my .02

December 30, 2002, 06:31 AM
And of course, the inevitable large box(es) of unused holster experiments.

Anybody need a PagerPal? :D


December 30, 2002, 03:07 PM

A good 45ACP, preferably in 1911-A1 format (Have Springfield Armory Champion, and a Ruger KP-90)

12Ga pump Mossy, Rem 870, etc (have Maverick/Mossy Mdl 88)

22LR semi-auto rifle (Have old Marlin 99 w/17-round tubular mag)

Semi-Auto Military Rifle (Have M-1 Garand, want a .223 format, maybe a Ruger Mini-14 or M-16/AR-15 variant)

Military Bolt Rifle (Have Mosin-Nagant M-44) want more old turn-bolt guns, like several Enfields, and Springfield 1903-A3's

357 Mag Revo (Have Sheriff's Model Vaquero, want 4"-6" GP-100)

Various 22LR pistols and revos, just for fun & cheap practice.

Truckloads of ammo & spare parts for empty firearm is only good for a throwing weapon

Mr. Hankey
December 30, 2002, 03:22 PM
.22LR pistol and rifle

2) 12 gauge, 1 tactical and 1 bird gun

9mm, .40 or .45 semi auto for CCW

Homeland defense rifle in .308, 762x39 or .223

That should cover the bare necessities

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 04:03 PM
An S&W M frame Ladysmith.

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