What surprised you the most about youself....


September 16, 2003, 10:06 AM
Gun wise,what surprised you about yourself.....
For me it's that I really like auto pistols.I thought I was a revolver only guy...I grew up w/ my Dad owning revos,so naturally I gravitated toward them.But after getting into IDPA,I bought my 1st centerfire auto....now my handguns are 2 to 1 in favor of autos....who knew I was an auto guy??:cool:

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September 16, 2003, 10:11 AM
That growing up I was a wondernine uberhighcapacity super black tactical gun kind of guy but once I starting getting a lot of practical shooting experience I found out that I love single stack semi autos. Sure double stacks give you more capacity and I like that aspect but single stacks are just so darn comfortable and have a air of class or simplicity to them. I dunno I just really like single stack autos.


September 16, 2003, 10:18 AM
How much history there is behind the Mil-Surp weapons, and how facsinated I am by them...

Started out with the US Rifle Cal 30 M-1...next came the Romainian Clone of the M-44 Mosin-Nagant, just to have something from the "other guys".

Now I want a "War Baby"..The M-1 Carbine...and several of the SMLE series, and a 1903 Springfiled...and an 1917 And a K-31. and some Mausers. and a Japanese Arisaka

Same with handguns...started with a Ruger .357 Blackhawk, then several other revo's and some autos. Now I have a current production Springfield 1911-A1. But I want a Luger, and a P-38. And some Makarovs. And maybe a Japanese "Nambu" (sp?) Not to mention the S&W's 1917, Victory Model, the M&P version. And a Webley or 2,3,4,5......

September 16, 2003, 10:28 AM
My love for battle rifles. I've probably passed by a hundred or more at pawn shops or gun shows and never thought twice about them. Then one day I just had to have one and learn all I could about it and it just snowballed from there.

September 16, 2003, 10:59 AM
That I am a more of a modern weapon type individual.

My first weapons were all "Cowboy" type guns. I grew up on a ranch and playing cowboy was only natural. I always loved western movies too. So I had Colt SA revolvers and WIn 94 leverguns. ANything else didn't hold much appeal.

As I got older I realized that the "Cowboys" owned the most modern weapon of the time that they could afford. SO I bought a 1911. Now I own a bunch of them. I parlayed my appreciation of auto-loader pistols into auto loader rifles and shotguns, I also bought more bolt-action rifles after this little epipheny.

Now I just have a very eclectic collection. Still like playing cowboy on occasion too.


September 16, 2003, 11:38 AM
To the person who said he wanted a Japenese Nambu: I worked on cleaning one up years ago. In my opinion it is the worst piece of junk I have ever come across, compared to that I would take a Jennings. If you do decide to get one several things, there was a way to fire it without touching the trigger, I forget exactly what it was though and the later models were made with inferior metals at the end of the war so buyer beware. I have read that the 8mm was a cartridge with horribly insuficient power.

September 16, 2003, 11:43 AM
How I can love a US M1911A1 and a German P08 Luger and detest a US Rifle 30M1 and a Mauser G98 militry weapons and most other milsurp rifles, not just these by the major powers. Also like a 30 US Carbine but think it's a toy compared to a real gun. Guess I got some contrary tastes. :uhoh:

September 16, 2003, 01:09 PM
That I loved to shoot. I learned for self-defense and once I started shooting I really loved it. I learned the .45 handgun first. Then I went to a mini 14 rifle, then I learned to shoot a shotgun. My husband joined a gunclub and we spend many hours shooting together. We now belong to two gunclubs. Since we are retired we enjoy having a hobby.

Mrs. Toro

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Sean Smith
September 16, 2003, 01:10 PM
I started with Glocks, but the only autoloaders I give a darn about now are 1911s and High Powers.

September 16, 2003, 01:12 PM
I would have to say that my unending desire to own every type of firearm has surprised me. I finally get enough saved up to buy what I thought was my ultimate desire to find out I want something else shortly after picking the one I was saving for. I started off with revolvers, moved to a semi-auto and capped it with a nice 1911. Then I moved my desires to rifles. Started with a few C&Rs, moved to evil black semi-autos to long range bolt rifles and now I'm getting a single shot 50 BMG. What will be next after that. A semi auto BMG or maybe I'll finally get that Class-3 Full auto licence and open up a whole new can of worms :rolleyes:

Jesse H
September 16, 2003, 01:16 PM
Originally was into plastic...now I'm more into steel.

September 16, 2003, 01:40 PM
One thing that surprises me is that I haven't gotten into serious high power target shooting. I really want to get good with a bolt gun (Rem 700), but I've never done it. Usually it's because the gun I want (700VS or PSS) is too expensive and I find other cool toys for less money (SAR1).

The other thing that surprises me is that I don't really shoot my rifles much any more. I knew that I'd prefer handguns, but I thought that I'd still shoot my semi-autos more than I do now.

September 16, 2003, 03:39 PM
How I swore I wouldn't get a Mosin-Nagant. Until someone at the range let me fire one, that is.

How I was always pretty inaccurate with my pistol until one day, I suddenly started putting almost all shots into the center of an FBI silhouette.

September 16, 2003, 03:49 PM
Until I became a handgun instructor, I never owned a single-action revolver. I had no interest in them and didn't understand folks who were interested in them.

I bought one only because I needed a classroom piece, and I got the cheapest one I could find that was a centerfire. I figured if I had to own one, why not get a centerfire and not a .22 rimfire?

Now, that Armi San Marco in .357 mag is one of the most-fired handguns I own.

I hardly ever go to the range without packing that revolver along.

There's just something satisifying about that old thumb-buster.


September 16, 2003, 03:51 PM
How I keep returning to traditional things -- old .357 magnum/.38 Special revolvers, 1911A1 semiautomatics, BHPs (and their clones), .45 “Long” Colts -- despite “trials” with new things -- .357 Sig and .40 S&W, Glocks, H&Ks, and so forth.

September 16, 2003, 04:24 PM
how little I like shotguns (I own one, because I know how useful they are, but I don't like them)

How much I like bolt-action rifles (always though semi-autos were the coolest, until I started shooting both)

Black Snowman
September 16, 2003, 04:30 PM
The amount of debt I was willing to accumulate in the name of toys :D
I was this >< close to taking out a lone to get a AR-50 and associated accessories. It would have been as much as my used Jeep Cherokee I picked up instead. As is a good $2000 or so of the nearly $5500 still on my credit cards is firearms related.

The rest is the fault of the Motorcycle Bug. :D

Standing Wolf
September 16, 2003, 04:36 PM
That I finally bought a .22 caliber rifle last winter.

4v50 Gary
September 16, 2003, 04:45 PM
That I genuinely have an interest in flintlocks.

Ala Dan
September 16, 2003, 04:48 PM
gun wise, that I got the patience to handload ammunition!:D :uhoh:

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

Andrew Rothman
September 16, 2003, 04:52 PM
That, growing up in a liberal gun-fearing household, I would come to realize that the RKBA was not just intended for the National Guard, that gun owners were not all nuts (a lot of them, but not all :) ), that I would own and carry one myself, and that I would become a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights and even agree with the evil NRA from time to time.


September 16, 2003, 04:53 PM
That as much as I try to be the M-14 and 1911 wielding all-American, it just doesn't fit me.

Futo Inu
September 16, 2003, 06:38 PM
"How much history there is behind the Mil-Surp weapons, and how facsinated I am by them..."


September 16, 2003, 06:55 PM
How really set in my tastes I really am. How really resistant to change I am.
1911 style, BHP, K frames...I'm really set on certain platforms be it handgun, shotgun, rifle or caliber. Oh prefer blue and wood...though some stainless do wander in...that was hard to accept. So I have a total of two stainless handguns...and...and one plastic...and try as I might and as reliable as its been, I actually just got off the phone in regard to getting rid of it...replace that plastic "niche" gun with-what else- blue/wood K frame. ( or J frame...thinking model 36, model 13, model 19, pre '80--anyone wanna swap one of these for a P-11....?:)

Honery...just didn't realize how bad. :p
Must be a CWG thingy.

September 16, 2003, 06:57 PM
How I originally thought just one of each type of weapon (a autoloader, a rifle, a revolver) would be enough for me.

How rolling your own ammo could be enjoyable.

How well I chose my wife! :D

September 16, 2003, 07:17 PM
How truly conservative I am, especially being a CA native :scrutiny: Oh, and how much I really enjoy shooting DA revolvers ;)

Chris Rhines
September 16, 2003, 07:33 PM
How few guns I really want. I used to want one of everything; now I'll settle for a few guns that I can shoot really well.

- Chris

September 16, 2003, 07:35 PM
That I couldn't stop at just one gun...honest, that was my intention!:rolleyes:

September 16, 2003, 07:40 PM
In the last year how much I'v gotten into blackpowder. Almost to
the exclusion of all my other guns.If you like history, try blackpowder.

I'v not tried flintlocks yet, but I can see that Kentucky rifle in my future.

September 16, 2003, 08:00 PM
That I have ended up using a 2" SP101 as my carry gun rather than a Series 70 .45 GM.

September 16, 2003, 08:44 PM
How small most gun people sound in reviews and articles. I'm only 5' 10'' and 130 lbs, but most of what gun reviews describe as "too large" (i.e. the M9 frame or AR15A2 buttstock) strikes me as just right.

September 16, 2003, 09:46 PM
Couldn't have imagined 10 years ago that I'd have a hankering for 1903 Colt 32.

Or that I'd be thinking about buying enough guns to play cowboy all over again.


Or that (gasp) it did occur to me that NO Colt collection is complete with out an AR type of rifle.:uhoh: That's about the only reason I'd buy one, is to get the little horsey on the rifle.

September 16, 2003, 09:50 PM
What surprised me?

How sensitive I am to loud noises. I LOVE shooting guns, but I can't take the noise of other shooters around me. Nothing screws me up at the range more than someone shooting anything other than a 22 or 38 next to me. Tough problem to have if you like guns...


September 16, 2003, 10:59 PM
...came when i considered how my shooting time has been cut back. I shot almost every other weekend ten years ago. My kids are grown and moved out. My wife and I have more time, but I get to shoot less! :(
Something just wrong about this situation!

September 16, 2003, 11:36 PM
my two (to me) major "gun interest" surprises are at what i'll call "opposites end of the spectrim"

first how i actually DID wind up having a hankering for an AR-15 (have none now but hope to have 3-4 as soon as i can) grew up looking at the AR/M-16 family as "neat guns bt not for me" most modern military type gun i had a yearning for untill about 4 years ago was an M-1A/M-14.

the other is how much Black powder arms intrigue me, both BP cartridge and muzzle stuffers, still want a BPCR silhouette "ready" Sharps, and a whitworth repro....

September 16, 2003, 11:59 PM
The two things that suprised me the most:
1. That I am more accurate with a auto than with a rifle. Granted, I can hit the target with a rifle, but my groups are smaller when shooting my BHP versus any of my rifles.
2. Found out that I would actually pull the trigger on another human being, if it came down to the bottom line, him or me. He drew the short straw. Enough said.


September 17, 2003, 12:04 AM
What continues to surprise me is how much I enjoy shooting rifles.

I shoot handguns more often, own more handguns, and am much more proficient with handguns. Most of my firearm accessories and reading material are handgun oriented.

But I have yet to finish a handgun range session with the glow I get after putting a couple of boxes downrange from my FAL, or after running a couple of hundred rounds through my CZ452.

September 17, 2003, 12:11 AM
What surprises me most about myself gun wise?... That I haven't shot my foot off yet!

{Gee, Master, if Gunslinger45 shoots his foot off, can I have it?}

{I think Gunslinger45 might want it reattached if he shoots it off, Igor.}

{Gee, Master, I do so want his foot.}

{Well, Igor, maybe if you ask him nicely he might give it to you.}

{Do you really think so, Master?}

{No, you silly hunchback! Now go play with your spiders.}

September 17, 2003, 12:19 AM
How, after 60 some years of playin with em, I still totally enjoy rifles, shotguns, handguns, machineguns and slingshots.

Horses, boats, mocycles, trick cars, airplanes etc have come, flaired and gone.

The pleasure of gunning has stayed.


September 17, 2003, 01:14 AM
That, growing up in a liberal gun-fearing household, I would come to realize that the RKBA was not just intended for the National Guard, that gun owners were not all nuts (a lot of them, but not all ), that I would own and carry one myself, and that I would become a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights and even agree with the evil NRA from time to time.
Ditto, minus the carry (I live in Maryland). However, I always had an interest in guns, figured I'd "probably" own a rifle or target pistol someday. I thought the 2nd was for the National Guard/organinzed militia (state sponsored), though I granted that there was a "defacto" "right" to guns based on our history and tradition. I considered myself for "moderate, sane controls" (yeah I know better now) and thought assult rifles shouldn't be in civilian hands (though I bought the common misconception that these weren't just normal semi-autos, I believed what the anti groups told us about how easy they were to convert to autos, and I thought that "assult rifles" modified to be impossible to make full-autos should be ok), handguns should be registered (but I was magnanimous enough to think they should be allowed) and rifles and shotguns should be registered and waitlisted as well. Thank G-d I grew out of that!

I'm also with those who originally thought he'd only own one handgun (a revolver). Then maybe one of each major type (pistol, revolver), then one of each major type redefinded (small concealable revolver, small concealable pistol, full-sized of each), then redefined again, redefined again, then finally giving up and figuring I'd buy what I want. Probably related to the first surprise.

Another big surprise is how much I like autos. At first I thought it would be revolver only. While as a class I do prefer revolvers, I sometimes have more autos, sometimes my favorite individual gun is an auto and I usually shoot them more.

The biggest surprise is how much I love handguns. I thought I'd be a rifle guy and own almost nothing but rifles. I still enjoy a centerfire rifle most, but I hardly ever get to the rifle range. It just isn't as convenient and I have really come to love my handguns.

September 17, 2003, 02:16 AM
I'm surprised how much of a cheap skate I am! I love to cast bullets and then shoot them! 95% of all of my shooting is with cast bullets. The only time I shoot jacketed bullets is in the 22 cal varmint rifles and some in my M1 and Ruger 30-06 deer Rifles. Also shoot jacketed only in my Old Model Ruger 44 Mag rifles. Haven't shot them in a couple of years now. :D About 99% of my handgun shooting and all the rest of my Rifle shooting is with the cast bullets! :D

September 17, 2003, 07:47 AM
Me? Hardly ANYTHNG surprises me anymore. I sort of edited surprise out of my personality.

Not wonder, mind you, but flabbergas, say.

For real, I'm a lot like 10ring. I'm pretty durn conservative for a Palo Alto whiteboy. Got me a liberal eddicashun 'n evrything, but overcame it. Mom wasn't anti-gun by any means, but she didn't approve of her kids PLAYING with toy guns. Now she kinda likes my hobby. My dad hated hunting with his dad, so he broke that cycle, I missed Grandpa's guns, and I don't hunt. He likes to go shooting with me though.

Like DA revo's, too. Not a surprise, there though. I like OLD stuff. Wheelguns exemplify that.

Considering my upbrining, I oughta be a virulent anti, or I shoulda bought a gun when I was 18. I bought my first rifle when I was 26, and didn't get a handgun until a year later, as gun #4. It's a surprise how much I like the silly things, thouygh. I started reading about 'em, and the more I learned, the more guns I needed. Now I have about 60, and I need at least 40 or 50 more. For now.

I like my Glock 32 a whole bunch. That's a lid flipper. Into blued steel and walnut, really, but that thang shoots like no tomorrow.

Found out I enjoy the ergonomics and feel of full-size S&W autos. That confuses some people, I know.

I love single-shots. Found out they never rn outta ammo. No stopping to load the durn thing up, just open, close, shoot, repeat.

Top of the list is I have NO USE for black rifles. Can't stand the ergonomics. Think they's ugly and not in a nice oddgun way. Think autoloaders are ammo-munchers. Only own the autos I have by accident, except my odd-as-nutz Remington M-81's, and my french MAS 49/56, which is my idea of a battle rifle since I can't afford an M-14 yet.

My preference for odd guns is easy. I'm a nonconformist. I like what's different BECAUSE it's different.

September 17, 2003, 08:36 AM
That I didn't start collecting old milspec 1911's from ww1 and ww2 earlier when they could be had for 400.00 dollars.


September 17, 2003, 08:58 AM
I've always liked military, tactical and class 3 firearms - handguns, MGs, ARs, AKs and FALs for me.

About 10 years ago I got into clay shooting - skeet, trap and sporting and now own 2 doubles and a semi shotgun - who would've thought?

September 17, 2003, 11:29 AM
I'm a left-handed person who is still relatively good with her right hand. I wasn't too surprised to find I can shoot rifles either way (though I am left-eyed).

But shooting pistols right-handed is HARD. And feels really wierd.

September 17, 2003, 12:51 PM
...try as I will, I find that shooting a revolver accurately seems beyond me.

...my wife is becoming more accepting of having firearms in the house.

...I haven't sold my soul for an M-1 Carbine or Browning 9MM...yet.

Snake Eyes
September 17, 2003, 02:12 PM
...that I really like auto pistols.I thought I was a revolver only guy...
I'm the exact opposite.

When I started shooting I couldn’t imagine ever owning a revo. They were old technology, slow to shoot, low capacity, slow to reload, bulky to conceal and just plain stodgy.

I now have over 20 revolvers in the safe. I'm carrying a 2 1/2" Python (No bulk there! Nope! :eek: :rolleyes: :o)

Also, I am constantly amazed at my ability to reconcile, rationalize and accept the dichotomy of my liberal social views with my rabid support of Second Amendment rights--and general Constitutionalist views. They live in harmony within me. Hoooda thunkit??


September 18, 2003, 01:12 AM
That after spending a good chunk of my life being a one pistol, one deer rifle and one shotgun man that I would end up spending 10 years collecting antique Brit rifles and then get one of those C&R licenses (hey, they were cheap!) and now be adding a WHOLE DEDICATED GUN ROOM onto the house!!!:what: Almost as surprised as finding out that real authors will actually PAY YOU MONEY for doing gun research!:D

November 6, 2003, 10:48 AM
I guess I've found that I like certain models of all types of guns. I guess that's surprising to me cuz I thought at one time that I was just a one type of gun person.

That as much as I try to be the M-14 and 1911 wielding all-American, it just doesn't fit me.

Skunk, an M14 is almost as big as you are. :neener:

Dave R
November 6, 2003, 11:40 AM
Surprised to learn that you never know what you can do until you try.

Hit a man-sized target at 100 yards with a tiny P-11? First try? Who woulda thunk it.

W Turner
November 6, 2003, 01:29 PM
.....My ever increasing interest in wheelguns of all types

.....My ever increasing interest in blued and wood versus polymer and uberfinishes

.....that after trying everything from a FS 1911 to a glock 27 I still carry a j-frame more than anyhting else.*

*my jframe may be replaced soon by a KT P3AT......


November 7, 2003, 07:02 AM
Just how much money I'm willing to spend on this hobby...


Oleg Volk
November 7, 2003, 07:26 AM
1. That 30cal recoil didn't kill me.
2. Minnesota went shall-issue.

November 7, 2003, 09:24 AM
I used to despise the 9mm based on it's reputation of being a poor performer in a fight and swore I'd never own one.
Then I picked up a FN made BHP for such a sweet deal I couldn't pass it up. It has quickly become my favorite carry pistol and now I wouldn't hesitate to use it in a fight. This has got a lot to do with improvements in ammo over the years also.

November 7, 2003, 09:29 AM
Me too ....I always put down the 9mm...until I owned one(2 actually)it is my favorite round now(although I carry a 357).....:cool:

November 7, 2003, 05:27 PM
What surprises me is that I didn't like FN-FAL's, HK 91's, 93's and other Euro black rifles when they were cheap.

November 7, 2003, 05:36 PM
That someone who received an "A" on a pro handgun control paper in college many years ago would become a "recovering liberal" and an absolute zealot for the 2nd A!!!!!

That one of my favorite guns would be a revolver-a 4" 686P rather than some "cooler", harder to get, more expensive, semi-auto!

Black Majik
November 7, 2003, 05:36 PM


... Im a 1911 nut... :neener:

Zeke Menuar
November 7, 2003, 05:58 PM
Shotguns.......There is something just very cool about lobbing a slug 3/4" in diameter at 1500fps. Last week it was one gallon jugs filled with water. It is hell on my shoulder but that is the price one pays for having fun.


November 7, 2003, 07:33 PM
Two things:

1) That I would spend four years on the frontlines in the Cold War and now love the AK far more than the AR.

2) That I found last year that for about three years running I have spent more on knives than on ammunition. I shoot a couple of times a week but use my knives everyday. You should see my kitchen, it looks like a who's who of top end kitchen cutlery. The "weapon" knife shelves in my safe are overpopulated too--Al Mar to William Henry.

November 7, 2003, 09:39 PM
That I even like guns at all. Didn't grow up with them, and now can't stop shopping around. Never thought I'd own an "actual bullet-firing AK-47" (it's an SAR-1). Makes ya wonder what else ya might be missing out on... :confused: :eek: :)

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