I'm happy with all my guns and I hate it


April 10, 2005, 11:43 AM
Dear Abby,
I've probably bought, sold, and traded over a hundred guns over the last 15 years. I'm pretty happy with what I have now and have no burning desire to get a new one. It's a content, sick and twisted feeling,that I've never known. :uhoh:
If I do get a new one, a trade will probably be out of the picture, so real $ will be required Aggghhh! Has anyone else reached this stage......and how did you get out of it?

Threads like this one stir some of the old desire...perhaps more of the same would help. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=133996

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April 10, 2005, 11:47 AM
I've ALWAYS wanted MORE!!! :)

April 10, 2005, 11:55 AM
Can't have too many guns...


April 10, 2005, 12:43 PM
This is going to sound weird, but I'm pretty much happy with what I've got. I'm holding steady at around 20 probably. Buying any more would put a dent in my home down payment savings, and any less would really hurt me where it really counts. I've got a couple of Garands, a 1903A3, a Sig, Ruger GP100 and Belgian Hi-Power pistol, several German K98k's, a handful of Swedish and Persian mausers, a DSA FAL and an SLR-95 (thanks to WildAlaska), a Enfield 2A1, a half dozen Mosins, mostly M39's and I'm set for many years.

April 10, 2005, 12:47 PM
Tell me what you have, and I'll tell you hat you need :)

April 10, 2005, 12:48 PM
what's wrong with that? enjoy them, care for them, shoot them, and be happy you were able to get that many in the first place.


April 10, 2005, 02:11 PM
Start shooting in a discipline you haven't tried before.
You'll probably need a new gun or two shortly afterward.
I thought I was content with the .22 rifles I had, until I started shooting .22 rimfire benchrest matches.

Larry Ashcraft
April 10, 2005, 03:57 PM
Go hang out in shotguns for a while. I did, and those guys got me started on a whole new tangent. ;) I've shot maybe five rounds of skeet in my life, and ONE round of sporting clays (I'm 55).

Now these guys have gotten me to buy a 28 ga Wingmaster, and anticipating my next purchase.

On the other hand, to protect your wallet, don't hang around in shotguns. ;)

April 10, 2005, 07:37 PM
I was the same way untill I got into blackpowder,which is now my obsession. It drains my bank account and is 90% of my shooting time these days. I have never enjoyed myself so much. :D

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
April 10, 2005, 07:47 PM
I keep thinking I have enough to keep me happy for awhile...then last summer the bug bit me for a .22 autopistol, so I bought the Buck Mark. Then around Christmas I stumbled across a nice P220 (quite accidentally- I had been considering a CZ97B- just to go major on carry options). Then Alduro showed me his minty CZ75D PCR one day at the range and mentioned he'd like to move it, so I increased the carry group by another 9mm..dagnabbit. I'm such a sucker for slick compact Browning-style stuff.

Then last week I made the mistake of dropping into my Friendly Neighborhood Gunshop and Adult Daycare just as they were putting some new inventory out and found a 95% Virginian Dragoon stainless in .44 magnum. That gets me up to exactly 2 revolvers..both single actions- the other is a Blackhawk in .30 Carbine. At least with the Dragoon I don't have to buy a new rig because it's the same size and barrel length as the Blackhawk, I can use it for hog hunting, and I had been keeping plans for a BBQ gun on the back burner.

So, things will tend to find you when you least expect them to. Serendipity is a wonderful thing. Larry's new shotgun is a wonderful example of that. Of course, I think he should have bought the Model 12 instead of the 870 :D.

Just keep your eye peeled for lonely hardware that talks to you and tells you that it needs a new home. It works for me. It'll all work out in the end.


Larry Ashcraft
April 10, 2005, 08:13 PM
I think he should have bought the Model 12 instead of the 870 .
I'm not sure how happy Sandy would have been walking 630 miles home, carrying that Model 12, after I had sold her car to pay for it. :D

Standing Wolf
April 10, 2005, 08:54 PM
I doubt all my guns have ever been entirely functional and satisfactory at one time. If I ever find myself in that position, I'll have to find a clunker in need of T.L.C.

April 10, 2005, 08:59 PM
I have a hankerin' for wheel guns now thanks to DHart and all his stupid pics. I especially like his 686-4+ 2.5" and the 329-5 3". Guess I don't really need a .44 so I'll most likely start saving for another .357.


April 10, 2005, 09:49 PM
I'm done with buying guns, till the next time. And there always seems to be a next time.

April 11, 2005, 10:32 AM
I have a list that I made up. When I have purchased everything on the list I will be at the place you are now, happy and content.

April 11, 2005, 12:52 PM
I have to admit that I do have my Great Grandad's old Parker Double (Damascus barrels) that is crying out to be sleeved by Briley. That's about the only thing nagging at me these days.

Redneck Revolver
April 11, 2005, 12:55 PM
you could give me some of your collection...that way you'll need to replace the ones you've generouslly donated to my cause (the "get as many guns as i can before they are outlawed or i die" cause :evil: )

April 11, 2005, 03:26 PM
Yur not ALONE my friend...

I too am satisfied with my current collection as it pretty much serves all my needs.

I've got:

CZ-75B 9mm
CZ-75B .40 S&W
Sig P220 .45ACP
S&W 1911 Target .45ACP
S&W 686+ 5" .357 Mag w/Red Dot Scope
Taurus Raging Bull .44 Mag
2XRuger Vaquero .45 LC

Long Guns
SXS Coach Gun 20" bbl 12ga
Win M94 45LC
M-1 Garand
Saiga Rifle 7.62X39 w/Red Dot Scope
Marlin 25N .22LR w/4X Scope
CZ-550 .308 w/3-9X Scope

In the past two years I've traded away a Glock 22 and a Bushmaster XM15E2S. I don't miss either of them nor do I miss any of the other guns I've sold or traded over the years.

I've got a wide range of calibers that covers pretty much all the bases I can think of.

Maybe I'm not thinking hard enough. The gubmint graciously returned $3500 to me this year and I've been straining my brain trying to think of something to buy with it w/o much success. What else do I need? :confused:

Redneck Revolver
April 11, 2005, 03:46 PM
you need a 10mm in handguns for starters. i dont see many milsurp so a sks, mosin nagant, kar98, and k-31 are all in order too.

April 11, 2005, 04:07 PM
10mm - been there done that. .40S&W does the job and with a whole lot less fuss.

SKS=Crap IMO :barf:

Mosins = thought about it but the idea of buying a 70 year old rifle that may or may not shoot and might even blow up in my face puts the brakes on that :what:

WWII German Mausers = now that's an idea worth considering :)

April 11, 2005, 06:17 PM
10mm - been there done that

That's my problem as well. It's not that I currently own a bunch of guns....it's that I used to own them and don't miss most of them. I could stand to fill some caliber gaps (and a nice O/U Shotty and a medium bore rifle in .308 would be nice)....I just don't feel the need.

A list of what I have:
Handguns- CZ 75B 9mm, Norinco 1911 .45, S&W M37 .38, S&W 625 .460 Rowland, Ruger GP100 .357.
Shotties- Parker SXS 12g, Ithica M37 20g, Rem 870 12g
Rifles- CZ 375 H&H, CZ 452 .17hmr, Stevens .22, Marlin 57M levermatic 22mag, AR15 .223, Swiss K31, Thompson .50 ML.

Sharps Shooter
April 11, 2005, 07:56 PM
Sorry to hear of your condition Atticus. I know it doesn't help, but I have true empathy for you. There IS partial hope. You can get into different types of guns other than those you already have. I got into black powder cartridge rifles and it opened up a whole new world. :)

As to having to spent real money to buy new guns because you like the ones you already have so much you can't trade them off - I'm sorry, but that's chronic. :(

April 11, 2005, 08:02 PM
Start reloading?


Old Dog
April 11, 2005, 08:53 PM
Wish I could get to that point ... I can't see ever being satisfied with what I have ... no sooner than do I bring home the latest acquisition from the gunshop, I start planning my next purchase ... According to my spouse, I have way more guns than a normal man needs ("You never even shoot most of them!" "So what's your point, dear?")

I have a list that I made up. When I have purchased everything on the list I will be at the place you are now, happy and content.

That's what I thought ... once ... seems the list keeps gaining addition after addition ...

My list once contained: S&W .357.
Then, after getting the 4" S&W ... the list said "6-inch S&W .357." Got one. The list somehow added "3-inch S&W .357." You get the picture. The wife asks, "So what's the difference between the 2-and-a-half inch model and the 3-inch model?" (If you ever get asked this question, don't respond, "A half inch.") So now, I've recently picked up my first 5" .357. And slept in the guest bedroom for a couple nights after that ...

April 11, 2005, 08:53 PM
I do reload...at least I own a bunch of reloading equipment....don't use it enough though for sure.

Hmmmm....I just realized I have fifteen guns. Maybe I need to find a "Sweet 16" th.

April 11, 2005, 09:34 PM

Mosins = thought about it but the idea of buying a 70 year old rifle that may or may not shoot and might even blow up in my face puts the brakes on that

WWII German Mausers = now that's an idea worth considering

What is wrong with an SKS?

Get the 91/30 headspaced, and if it cheks out, shoot the crap out of it. It's a Russian gun, there is not much you can do to hurt it.

Mauser - I sceond that idea. Nothing like a finely tuned Mauser working.

April 12, 2005, 12:04 PM
I have only been into the whole gun thing for about four years. I have purchased 7 guns in that time, and I have no interest in buying another one. I love shooting what I have. I don't know when I would have time to shoot another one. So this year, instead of asking myself which gun I'll buy, I've decided to put the money into training classes so that I can enjoy the guns that I already own even more.

Besides, training stores well.

April 12, 2005, 12:21 PM
What is wrong with an SKS?Lots'a SKS' show up at the 3 ranges I tend to shoot at. I've seen some that look like they've been to war (and lost), some that have been taken care of and one with custom stock and high dollar scope. Not one of 'em could shoot worth a crap - not one. 50 yards and minute of pie plate was it. Even the SKS dropped into a custom synthetic stock with 4-12X Bushnell on it could only group in about 4" at 50 yards.

Maybe I've just been unlucky at the examples of SKS' I've happened across (most were owned by what I would describe as a bubba with the exception of that custom stock one which was owned by a 30 something lawyer type with more money than GOD - why he put bucks into that POS rifle I'll never know - he called it a neat project) so that might explain the poor performance but even at a measly $100 to $150 a pop for one I'd much rather spend those dollars on something a bit more utilitarian.

Besides I've got a Saiga Rifle in 7.62X39 that shoots just fine - even with my old eyes (aided by Red Dot) and unsteady hands I can get 4" groups at 100 yds with it.

Nope - don't need nor want an SKS...

April 12, 2005, 12:22 PM
I too was satisfied with the guns I had and then got into reloading then got good at that so now I have started building my own guns. Granted they are AR-15's and rather easy to build but it is fun taking the time to pick out all the pieces and put together what you really want in an AR. I am also playing with rebuilding a mosin nagant right now.

My sks will break 4 inch clay pidgeons at 100 yards. It is fun to play with. When I want accurate I go to my AR with an ultra match barrel.

April 12, 2005, 12:29 PM
in order to not spend all my money on guns and to be content, I have made a promise to myself. Only 7 long guns, and only 7 Handguns. That is it. So, once I meet the limit I can only trade. Need to simplify and be content. Save money for other things like house, wife, etc.... And for hunting trips where I can actually use my guns! So far the Long gun collection is complete (4 rifles, 1 muzzle loader, and 2 shotguns) the Handgun collection is at 5, so can buy 2 more (maybe another HKP7 and a custom 1911).

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