Contemplating the gun collection...


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Nightcrawler
March 21, 2005, 05:00 AM
Well, folks, I only have a hundred and...eight, I think, days left before I return to the US. So close to the end of my contract, I've stopped looking for a new job and am focusing on just going back to college and trying to pick up my life where I left it off.

Anyway, I've been contemplating my gun collection at home. Soon I will transition from money-to-spare defense contractor to broke-@$$ college student again, and will have to make my choices wisely.

I have a love of firearms of nearly all types. However, I must be careful in what I acquire. I don't want "redundant" copies of weapons (say, two identical rifles differing only in barrel length), as I won't shoot boh of them enough to justify having both of them.

I have four handguns, a shotgun, and a rifle now. (I don't count the Boomstick, as it was so inexpensive to begin with that it doesn't matter).

My FAL rifle, my DSA STG58A 21", I'm going to either convert or trade in for a DSA 16" carbine. 16" is enough ballistics for what I'm likely to use my rifle for, and will certainly be handier (43" long and 10 pounds is a little unweildy at times). Plus, I can use all of the FAL magazines and accessories I've already acquired.

That leaves a gap for something longer ranged and more accurate. I'd prefer an autoloader for this, hence my interest in the Molot Super Vepr .308. The DPMS .308 Panther would suffice, too, though I'm not overly fond of the AR system (it is accurate as all get out, though).

Bolt guns would be okay, too, but nobody makes the bolt gun I'd want (left handed, 5/10 round detachable mags, picatinny sight base).

Shotguns...my Norinco 870 clone is alright, but I'm not particularly attached to it. I'm tempted to just keep is, as I'm not much of a shotgunner, but after spending a year over here I'm equally tempted to treat myself to something nicer. I'd like to keep the overall length as short as is reasonable (thinking 18" barrel and short stock), as a short 38" long rifle and a long, 41" shotgun make no sense to me. I'm open to recommendations on the shotgun front. The Benelli Nova is out as the controls are lefty-unfriendly.

Handguns...this is where it gets tricky. Whereas I'm happy with rugged, utilitarian rifles, like the FAL and the AK, in handguns I prefer guns with style, class, and soul. Revolvers, Colt autoloaders, and CZs.

I shoot my Government Model more than my CZ-97B, but I like the Czech pistol too much to part with. (I do have to remember to lock-tite that screw in, though, lest the thing fly apart on me.) The Government model needs only an Ambi safety (meusch...munch...what was that good non-extended one folks were recommending?).

My revolvers....a 6" S&W Model 25 and a 5" 625, in .45 Colt and .45ACP respectively. I want to change the sights on the 625 to something more functional. (Maybe those fixed sights I was looking at.) This pistol, despite the longer-than-4"-barrel, is a working gun for me and is the one that I will use to hone my revolver shooting skills.

The Model 25...I dunno. I've thought of selling it, giving it to someone that will give it a better home than me, as with the acquisition of my 625 I probably won't shoot it too much. With a refinish and some nice grips, it'd make an excellent barbecue gun, but I have no use for one of those, really.

On the other hand, it won't cost me anything to keep it, and I do have ammo and speedloaders for it. I just don't like having guns that I don't shoot.

I wonder if I shouldn't have gotten a 4" .357 instead of a 625. I admit, I've been repeatedly tempted by a working .357, and a lot of people insist that if you're only going to have one revolver, it ought to be a .357.

Still, though, the big bores have always enamored me, even if the .45ACP 625 is technically less powerful than a .357 Magnum.

On the other other hand, a Colt Government Model .45 and a S&W 686 .357 would make a nice two hanguns, if you were going to only have two.

Well, basically, to have such a nice, neat handgun collection, I'd have to sell three of the guns I have and start over. What a waste of money! Screw that, I can handle three or four handgun cartidges, even if I don't shoot them as much.

Trying too hard to be utilitarian, I think.

Sorry for the long post. I'm mostly thinking out loud and am just musing. This is the first day off I've had in a while and with the bombing the other day, things are going to get colorful here...

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Onmilo
March 21, 2005, 12:47 PM
I have found that buying everything I can afford and then selling the weapons that, in reality, aren't that appealing after all, is the most enjoyable way of dealing with my gun collecting addiction.

In time you will begin to understand what is good, what is fair, and what is downright ridiculous.

You will also come to realize why John Moses Browning was the true gift of good gun designers sent by God hisself. :D

P95Carry
March 21, 2005, 01:07 PM
Hey NC .... :)

I doubt really there is a solid answer to your vacillations! I would say tho - never sell a gun you are ambivalent over - it'll usually turn out to be a regret. To move on a piece does IMO require that you feel zero liking or need - a definite knowledge that the gap it leaves will be inconsequential - with something else being highly desirable.

As to other purchases in future - well again ........ about best you can do is maybe search THR and read up on all ''Best gun ...'' type threads and digest the opinions.

Red Tornado
March 21, 2005, 01:34 PM
After reading the whole post, what IS the Boomstick? :confused: Inquiring minds want to know. I count cheap guns, too.
RT

loose cannon
March 21, 2005, 01:48 PM
nc;let me realy mess u up.the boltgun you seek can be arranged,just buy a rem m700lh bdl and get a extended magazine from sarco in nj.and get a section of steel pica rail from brownells and have your gunsmith mount it.
presto instant lefty bolter with highcap and picarail made to order.06s carry farrrrrrrr

for mr shotty i recomend what i use for hd;a rem870lh moded with speedfeed butt,pachmeyer fore,tacstar 2rd extender,sidesaddle(fits perfect on what poor righty slobs call the wrongside)throw in a orange follower.for the barrel have your smith cut it in such a way that welding a polychoke on makes it 18.25" i love mine it aint for sale.

my rec on revos is a 681 l frame smith taylor the fixed sight to your fave bullet weight and youre good to go! i agree with you on the stonercrap
you couldnt give me one unless i could sell it.

above all watch your six and come home so you can build your ideal collection.

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