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Roadkill
January 13, 2006, 11:36 AM
I've been saying this for years, but this time its for real. Within three weeks or so I'm dropping from fifty guns to about five. Too many security issues.
All will be face to face here in Alabama or through a rep at gunshows. I am not advertising. Just stating the facts. My middle son got my DSA FAL over Christmas, oldest wants the Colt AR, will put up an Inland M1 for daughter.
I'm keeping a Marlin 336 30-30 for hunting, an AK variant for home and camping, a Rossi 12ga stagecoach for home, a .40 Beretta, Colt Trooper .357 and a Walther PP. I really feel a sense of relief.

rk

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beaucoup ammo
January 13, 2006, 11:38 AM
Sounds like you have all bases covered with those you're keeping.

Take Care

Imaginos
January 13, 2006, 11:45 AM
I can currently conceal all of my handguns on my body and that leaves only the shottie visible, but I normally only carry 1 pistol when I venture out on daily business. I often wonder about the ones left behind in the event of some kind of disaster like a tornado.

It makes me think about thinning the herd significantly.

Henry Bowman
January 13, 2006, 12:42 PM
Think about the children!

You say "middle son," so I assume you have at least 3 children. 10 or 20 years from now, will you regret not having any of them to pass along to them or their spouse (or grandkids)?

Fred Fuller
January 13, 2006, 12:45 PM
What- no .22???

lpl/nc

nomadboi
January 13, 2006, 05:25 PM
As things stand now, I haven't been home in a long time, but my brother and mom tell me that my dad leaves guns and ammo all over the house... so my wife feels (and I kinda agree) that as it stands we can't go visit, since we have a toddler who just doesn't understand that some things aren't safe to play with. Dad's got more guns than he needs, and no interest in locking them up.

On the other hand, I only own a couple, keep them locked up and unloaded at all times, with ammo also locked up, and I'd sure love a couple more- don't own any long guns at all, for instance... but he hasn't passed any my way yet.

So let me just say - good on ya for spreading the joy amongst your family. He's a good guy for many other reasons, but I wish my dad did the same.

Lupinus
January 13, 2006, 05:27 PM
to bad you aren't doing this a month or two from now when I would have money saved up, any feelings twoards layaway? :neener:

...J/K

Sulaco
January 13, 2006, 05:34 PM
I only have 7 guns right now. I want to add two more and I am done. I will then have a nice collection covering all my uses (hunting, SHTF, plinking and collecting).

TexasRifleman
January 13, 2006, 05:36 PM
Not to argue, but why do you feel you have a security concern?

Sell 10 and buy a safe instead.....

Herself
January 13, 2006, 06:49 PM
If you own more than one gun and you don't have a safe, you either live very far from others, or you're more willing to take chances than I am.

On the other hand, if you own guns and you keep all of them unloaded and locked up except when hunting or going to the range, you're a lot more willing to take chances than I am.

...And if you'll leave guns out when toddlers are about, you're also taking chances -- and missing a chance to introduce folks to guns in a positive way. (The house I grew up in, my Dad's guns -- all long guns -- were kept put away but not locked up, and we all knew where they were. Ammunition, he kept elsewhere; we did live in the country and he had no need of keeping anything but his wits about him for self-defense. And yet, my siblings and I, about as messed up as any bunch of Baby Boomers, never, ever even thought of touching Dad's guns, not without him right there telling us to. He gun-proofed his kids, and he did so by teaching us and showing us what they were, what they could do, and what The Rules were as soon as we were old enough to handle a BB gun. Duh!).

There is a middle course. A lot of middle courses, in fact, and they're all about understanding and managing your specific risks.

--Herself

nfl1990
January 13, 2006, 08:25 PM
I grew up in, my Dad's guns -- all long guns -- were kept put away but not locked up, and we all knew where they were. Ammunition, he kept elsewhere; we did live in the country and he had no need of keeping anything but his wits about him for self-defense. And yet, my siblings and I, about as messed up as any bunch of Baby Boomers, never, ever even thought of touching Dad's guns, not without him right there telling us to. He gun-proofed his kids, and he did so by teaching us and showing us what they were, what they could do, and what The Rules were as soon as we were old enough to handle a BB gun. Duh!).


That's how I was.

308win
January 13, 2006, 08:35 PM
If you own more than one gun and you don't have a safe, you either live very far from others, or you're more willing to take chances than I am.

On the other hand, if you own guns and you keep all of them unloaded and locked up except when hunting or going to the range, you're a lot more willing to take chances than I am.

...And if you'll leave guns out when toddlers are about, you're also taking chances -- and missing a chance to introduce folks to guns in a positive way. (The house I grew up in, my Dad's guns -- all long guns -- were kept put away but not locked up, and we all knew where they were. Ammunition, he kept elsewhere; we did live in the country and he had no need of keeping anything but his wits about him for self-defense. And yet, my siblings and I, about as messed up as any bunch of Baby Boomers, never, ever even thought of touching Dad's guns, not without him right there telling us to. He gun-proofed his kids, and he did so by teaching us and showing us what they were, what they could do, and what The Rules were as soon as we were old enough to handle a BB gun. Duh!).

There is a middle course. A lot of middle courses, in fact, and they're all about understanding and managing your specific risks.

--Herself

I grew up with my own guns. Red Ryder BB gun when I was not quite 5; my own single shot .22 for Christmas when I was 6; Remington Sportsman 58 20ga when I was 11.

palerider1
January 13, 2006, 08:37 PM
Think about the children!

You say "middle son," so I assume you have at least 3 children. 10 or 20 years from now, will you regret not having any of them to pass along to them or their spouse (or grandkids)?

I agree with what Henry says.

palerider1
January 13, 2006, 08:44 PM
As things stand now, I haven't been home in a long time, but my brother and mom tell me that my dad leaves guns and ammo all over the house... so my wife feels (and I kinda agree) that as it stands we can't go visit, since we have a toddler who just doesn't understand that some things aren't safe to play with. Dad's got more guns than he needs, and no interest in locking them up.

On the other hand, I only own a couple, keep them locked up and unloaded at all times, with ammo also locked up, and I'd sure love a couple more- don't own any long guns at all, for instance... but he hasn't passed any my way yet.

So let me just say - good on ya for spreading the joy amongst your family. He's a good guy for many other reasons, but I wish my dad did the same.
I dont blame your wife.....I keep all of my handguns locked in a safe. i need a bigger safe for my rifles, but i keep them in the closet , unloaded, and all of the bolts and clips along with ammo are in the safe. i have a friend who is a terrible alcoholic. has to leave work to drink or he gets the shakes and cant function. i fel bad for him. i have known him for 20 years. he has over 200 guns locked and loaded hidden all over the house. under the couch cushions, behind the curtains,,,everywhere. i wont even go over there anymore.

Mainsail
January 13, 2006, 09:07 PM
DADDY!!!

BigFatKen
January 28, 2006, 02:01 PM
There will be a gun show March 4-5, 2006 in Florence, AL.
see http://www.vpigunshows.com/index.php?pageid=schedule

rangerruck
January 28, 2006, 02:10 PM
i didnot hear .22 long bbl pistol or rifle in there.

oneshooter
January 28, 2006, 03:17 PM
I guess I should be concirned about security. Concrete block walls w/ concrete fill, steel fire door, 5 (soon 6) safes bolted to the floor, alarm system, and overhead sprinklers. Should I get rid of some of mine?:evil:

Oneshooter
Livin in Texas

MechAg94
January 28, 2006, 03:40 PM
If you own more than one gun and you don't have a safe, you either live very far from others, or you're more willing to take chances than I am.

On the other hand, if you own guns and you keep all of them unloaded and locked up except when hunting or going to the range, you're a lot more willing to take chances than I am.

...And if you'll leave guns out when toddlers are about, you're also taking chances -- and missing a chance to introduce folks to guns in a positive way. (The house I grew up in, my Dad's guns -- all long guns -- were kept put away but not locked up, and we all knew where they were. Ammunition, he kept elsewhere; we did live in the country and he had no need of keeping anything but his wits about him for self-defense. And yet, my siblings and I, about as messed up as any bunch of Baby Boomers, never, ever even thought of touching Dad's guns, not without him right there telling us to. He gun-proofed his kids, and he did so by teaching us and showing us what they were, what they could do, and what The Rules were as soon as we were old enough to handle a BB gun. Duh!).

There is a middle course. A lot of middle courses, in fact, and they're all about understanding and managing your specific risks.

--Herself
+1
I was in the same boat except that my Dad always kept his semi-auto's loaded with empty chamber. I remember knowing where a loaded gun was at a very young age, but I knew what not to do and I wasn't going to disobey my Dad. My brother and I were close to the same age and ran around and got into some trouble when we were little, but we obeyed our Dad. He took us out shooting at an early age as well. I think having BB guns and pretty much all the BB's we wanted satisfied our ballistic needs just fine.

f4t9r
January 29, 2006, 10:35 PM
I say it , but has not happened yet
good luck letting go

Roadkill
January 30, 2006, 12:16 AM
Thanks for the comments, doing it was worse than I thought though. I'm down to fourteen but have about ten thousand dollars more in the bank.
Quality milsurps (garand, 03,03A3,AKs, lugers, P38s, BHPs,1911A1s, ect ) have a definite market. Going to a gunshow to drop about eight more within the next week or so.

rk

mack
January 30, 2006, 12:31 AM
Sell any of my guns - Oh my Lord - perish the thought - can't imagine any reason I'd ever sell any. Don't know what your security concerns are - I'd get insurance for fire or loss and a good quality safe or safes for general security - 2nd mortgage if I had too - the only reason for 2nd mortgage IMHO a drastic step.

I don't mean to come across as judgemental - they are your guns and you have your own reasons - none of my business - so I wish you well in your chosen course of action - hope you get a good price for them.

Man, I just can't imagine being forced, let alone choosing to sell my guns. Just the thought sends shivers up and down my spine. :confused:

Dragun
January 30, 2006, 12:34 AM
From 50 to 5 guns just like that!?! No no no, friend. Thats way too drastic and intense. I would maybe do this in phases like say 3 or 4 per phase. Wait 6 months to a year, then 3 or 4 more. 50... 46... 43... and so on. You'll reach your goal (in 20 to 30 years:D ) without all the possible (and probable) illnesses and side effects.

i suggest oneshooters 'peace of mind' measures as an additive to help smooth out your transition in the meantime.;)

Good luck, Sir. You're going to need it on this mission.


<hopes he will change his mind before they are all gone> Think of the children

thereisnospoon
January 30, 2006, 03:39 AM
doing it this weekend.

I sold all but the necessary firearms for survival, i.e. mine and so's carry weapons, one shotgun, one MBR, one trunk gun, one scoped intermediate rifle.

Oh, what a relief...

Now to go browse the For Sale section...

SecuritySixShooter
January 30, 2006, 06:47 PM
Im fairly new to owning firearms and feel the same way about security. I have two pistols, an Ak variant, and a old16 ga shotty. After i purchased the Ak and inherited the shotty did i feel that insecurity of having those types of firearms around. I live in an apartment and move around a lot so getting a security safe wouldnt be possible (also too expensive). Only thing i found to do was disable the Ak and disassemble the shotty when im not there. Also hide the pistols as best i can. Any ideas what else i could do to improve security. It should also be known that my neighbors are oblivious to my hobby...i prefer to keep it private.

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