What do you have and Why??


February 27, 2009, 11:13 PM
As with everything in life, there is a learning curve, a progression, and as obvious as that seems in retrospect, it's never that clear in the present. I think I need to patent that line, how insightful.

I thought it might be cool to start a thread that explained the categories (ie purpose) of guns you have &why, a categorical list of what item and it's need/purpose.
Home Defense Shotgun - Mossbeg 500
Home Defense Pistol - Kahr K40
Carry Pistol - Kahr PM9, LWS32, Glock 30
Target/Plinking Fun - Ruger target rifle
etc, etc, etc,

Obvioulsy, since it's your collection all reasons/categories are valid but I think it might help others and myself to re-evaluate what's in their collection and why. Recently, it started to become clear to me that the items in my collection needed to have a purpose to justify their existence. As I gained more knowledge and insight, I started to re-evalaute what I have & Why. Hindsight is sooo 20/20, ins'nt it?? I realized that in many ways I was contradicting myself and that forced me down a path where I had to think of things differently. The best way I can describe it is - I categorized their purposes. This process helped me identify areas that I have overlap and also other areas that I am lacking.

Example - I had a few pistols for carry but no HD weapon, ie shotgun/rifle/pistol. why is it that I just perceived the threat to appear while I was out and about? In the spirit of preparedness, why would'nt I be prepared while at home as well and is what I carry what I would want to defend my home with??

I thought it would be coole to creat a categorical list of what you have and why. I thought it would be cool to keep a format of category ---> Specific Item(s) like above. let's have at it!!

PS - If this is stupid then please delete, I'm a couple beers deep!

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February 27, 2009, 11:21 PM
I started with Colt 1911s and S&W wheel guns... Ran the gauntlet with other makes and models but ended up back home with Colt 1911s and S&W wheel guns... and that's where I will stay-

Just personal preference.


Home Defense Shotgun - Mossbeg 500 18 1/2" OO Buck and 6 bird
Home Defense Pistol - 1911 .45 or snubby Smith .38
Carry Pistol - 1911 .45 or snubby Smith .38
Target/Plinking Fun - 1911 .45 and .22 conversion, Marlin models 60 and 39A, 4" Smiths

February 27, 2009, 11:24 PM
Well, some of my guns fit exactly what i expect them to do, but some don't. I have a savage MKII, which works for its intended use of a accurate plinker, as does my walther P22, it is suppossed to be a learning tool sort of thing. About the only thing i would need to change is my AR, i am trying to get into compitition, but the predator rail system i ordered on it is a bit heavy for 3 gun, and it is not legal for high power....and wouldn't be even with a change in uppers. Other than taht, i love it for what i got it for, a easy to clean, accurate, reliable, and fun AR!:D

Hungry Seagull
February 27, 2009, 11:25 PM
Wife has Moss 500, her go to gun when the C2 Taser fails to do the job.

I have a Rem 870 mar mag and a M&P .45 to back it up. Wife has the option to get to it as well.

Also the Wife's taser is availible to me as well from time to time.

That is it. Not one more weapon is necessary. Enough.

Next I would be planting claymores at the walkway, A concrete firing position inside the house, and a command control tower onto the top of the house with a Geo-satellite rig capable of calling LEO's from Mars.


Enough is enough already in our home.

I was raised around enough guns to open a gunshop back in the day. That did not make me any more smarter than anyone about it. But I did realize that having tens of thousands of dollars worth of bang bang weighting down your house.... not too good in hard times.

February 27, 2009, 11:26 PM
can you pass me a beer?

February 27, 2009, 11:30 PM
Because I can :)

fireman 9731
February 27, 2009, 11:39 PM
Home defense:
Remington 870 (18 inch barrel, mag extension)
Why? you cant improve perfection :)

Personal Defense:
XD 40 subcompact
Why? Its ergonomics and rugged good looks

Remington 700 VTR 22-250
H&R Buffalo Classic 45-70
Why? They are the best of both worlds, at opposite ends of the spectrum.

to many to name....
Why? because thats what I enjoy the most.

February 27, 2009, 11:40 PM
primary carry: Colt 45
secondary and home carry: 38 special snub hammerless and/or 9mm daringer
bed: was Glock 22 .40, now is a H&K UPS .45ACP with tac light and green laser
Plinker: Ruger 10/22 with sniper stock and bull barrel
Hunting: Remington 742 .308
Carbine: CMMG/Bushmaster 16" AR-15
Benchrest: all Custom .308 based on a mauser yugo 48 receiver
Benchrest: Ar15 20 bull barrel Bushmaster
Clay Trap: Remington 1100
Thats about a 1/10 of my collection. the ones I use the most. here is a cool pic I made up for such a thread a few months ago.

February 27, 2009, 11:43 PM
1. Mossberg 930 stx: H.D.

2. USPc 40 Stainless: 16th B-day present from dad

3. FNP-45: like the 14 round mags, also for H.D.

4. AR-15: because everybody should have one

5. Pennsylvania Rifle: see "AR-15"

6. Diana Model 75 airgun: for kicks

Larry Ashcraft
February 27, 2009, 11:47 PM
I won't be listing my collection here, but the why? part has me stumped.

I didn't know I had to rationalize a reason I own a particular firearm. This is going down a road I don't think we want to take...

February 27, 2009, 11:52 PM
Zombie defense/SHTF- 2 WASR10s with enough ammo and mags to hold off a hoard of zombies for days

Home defense- Stoeger P350 18.5"barrel, full X choke, pistol grip, chambered for 3.5"magnums

Carry- SA XD.45(me) Bersa thunder.380(wife)

BUG- Beretta 21a .25acp

Plinking- Marlin mdl 60 .22

Camping/hunting/fun- Marlin 1894c .357, Taurus Tracker 7 shot .357 revolver, Remington 7600 pump action 30-06

Because I really love it- Beretta 90-Two .40(would love to carry it, but can't find a holster)

Kids- 410 tip up single shot, Marlin mdl 60 .22, Pink Cricket.22(daughter)

February 28, 2009, 12:00 AM
I have all kinds of stuff.


Because I can. :D

Jorg Nysgerrig
February 28, 2009, 12:01 AM
Recently, it started to become clear to me that the items in my collection needed to have a purpose to justify their existence.
I'm glad I'm not bound to that same rule. Sure sounds like it takes the fun out of things.

February 28, 2009, 12:02 AM
Why? It all started with the need for a good tool to hunt wild game.

Then it went from there

Remington model 700 .280
Browning BPS 20 ga
Remington 870 sp turkey 12 ga
Springfield Loaded (1911, .45 acp)
Ruger standard .22
Springfield micro compact
various air guns.

February 28, 2009, 12:21 AM
Really everything started as a US military collection, which has narrowed and defined down over the years.

So, the .30-40 Krag, which was fine was traded for an M1 Carbine (good deal). But, some items still need finding "right" (an M40 similcra would be spiffy). Once I make money again, a SCAR might be nice, but a SASS would be more appropos.

But, a military collection of arms has considerable collateral utility. like a Mossberg 590 with rifle sights, heat sheild and even a bayonet lug could have a use "around the house" if needs must. My wish list has an AR180B very high up there.

But, I have a good collection in .30-06 and .308, and even .30 carbine (and I find .30 carbine to be an excellent item for home defense, it teaches really well, and is handy for ad hoc light use, too).

Safe also has 7.62x39 and .22lr in it, too.

February 28, 2009, 12:50 AM
I have all kinds of stuff.


Because I can.

Its like we were seprated at birth.

Is it bad if your wife ask you how many guns you have on layaway, and you have to look at receipts in your wallet? I cant answer the panic buying question, I still buy guns at the same rate I always have. Just because I bought a couple after he was elected doesn’t mean I am panic buying, I have full gun safes to prove it :neener:

February 28, 2009, 06:40 AM
Because I need them, and if I need them, I want to own them, and if I want to own them, I must need them.

That pretty well justifies everything I own, and it's all I need, but not all I want.

February 28, 2009, 04:30 PM
Most of mine have some sentimental value -- gifts from dad or wife...

And I like using them....

February 28, 2009, 04:38 PM
It is all I have left from everything else being destroyed by tornado, flood, and fire.

I had duplicates of what works for me, and I had them in different off site locations.
Not just firearms and firearm related stuff either.

I can hold every firearm I have left, by one hand. Still I am armed, and I can run what I have.

I am the weapon, not the firearms.

February 28, 2009, 05:29 PM
Mauser 98 in 257 Ackley Improved - Rifle of the Century in Ackley's favorite ctg.
Savage 110 in 270 - In memory of Jack O'Connor. Versatile and accurate -
Howdah - It's fun and would most probably change an intruder's mind.
S&W 60 with 3 inch bbl. in .357 - compact and powerful and I can hit stuff

And a boatload more because I like them and they really piss the libs off!



February 28, 2009, 05:31 PM
I have what I need. No one needs to know what or why I have what I have.

February 28, 2009, 05:34 PM
I have the venerable 1911 in .45 ACP. Why? As the old saw goes, "There is no .46 ACP!".

February 28, 2009, 11:58 PM
Pocket Carry: Smith & Wesson 642 w/ Crimson Trace grips.
Conceal/Carry using side holster: Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II
Home/Vehicle Defense: Taurus Judge
Target Shooting: Smith & Wesson 625JM
Bird hunting and deer hunting when driving w/ dogs: Remington 1100 shotgun
Deer Hunting from a stand/blind: Browning 30 .06 A Bolt
Varmint hunting/plinking: Marlin .22 Model 60
Just for giggles: A couple of Mosin Nagant sniper rifles.

March 1, 2009, 12:47 AM
I have a few....


Cause I'm American!

March 1, 2009, 02:45 AM
I dont know where to start I own to many.
standard Carry either a Taurus 24/7 or a Sig 250 both 40 S&W
Home defense is my 870 Tactical and my S&W M&P 45.
target i have many choices usually go with one of my many AR's

March 1, 2009, 03:20 AM
I have all kinds of stuff.


Because I can.


#1- because I want them
#2- because I don't have to explain any rationale to own them
#3- because they feed my addiction
#4- because I don't have them all
#5- because I'm like the gov't, I want them all, and nobody else can have any:D:D:D


March 1, 2009, 08:21 AM
Defensive Handguns for home and Carry-G23, G32, PT1911

Backup guns-S&W 36, Ruger LCP and Berreta 21

Defensive shotguns- Remington 870 and Mossberg 590

Defensive rifles- Two AR-15s and a Saiga 7.62x 39

Target/Varmint rifles, 2 Savage BVSS's in 223, 2 Savage VLP's in 204, Savage BVSS in 22-250, Savage BVSS in 220 Swift, Savge BVSS in 25-06, Savage 12 F-Class in 6mmBR and Savage 9317BtVSS in 17hmr

Cowboy Guns -too many too list

Several 22 rifles

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