When do you become a firearms collector?


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datruth
July 12, 2009, 08:36 PM
I have about 12 firearms, I know a very small collection seriously and I want about another 3-4 that I feel would round out my collection, for now of course, (we know how that is):D;). But with a total of about including the ones I want that only equals about 15 to 16 firearms. Nothing really custom or super expensive, talking about weapons that start in the two grand range. Would I just be considered a firearms enthusiast. Im thinking a collector would have more elaborate or hard to find firearms , mine are more run of the mill stuff.

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B yond
July 12, 2009, 08:47 PM
You're a collector if you have more than you need.

If you need all your guns, then you're just prepared.

Mohawk
July 12, 2009, 09:03 PM
Lots of guys hunkered down in their crib with guns stashed in the closet, drawer, sofa, steel box, etc.but none of the guns are "collectibles" just guns. I wouldn't call them collectors. I'm not sure what I'd call them. Maybe just a guy with a lot of guns? Not sure.

2RCO
July 12, 2009, 09:11 PM
Sometimes I wonder if I'm a collector or an acquirer. I have several guns but my Collection has ADD I jump on to something different then Pop back. I have tried to specialize in one thing but then I see something "neat" that doesn't fit and buy it anyways.

Fat Boy
July 12, 2009, 09:15 PM
I think the term "collector" has always conjured the image of safe queens, classics, etc. that are not shot, or not shot much, but stored away, in theory appreciating in value. And, it seems the collection can be based on any variety of themes or formats, such as gun type, calibers, military or non, and so forth.

deadin
July 12, 2009, 09:40 PM
If you can describe them with a theme (other than "Guns I Like";)) and have more than three that fit the theme, I would call it a collection. :D

oneounceload
July 12, 2009, 09:51 PM
I think the term "collector" has always conjured the image of safe queens, classics, etc. that are not shot, or not shot much, but stored away, in theory appreciating in value. And, it seems the collection can be based on any variety of themes or formats, such as gun type, calibers, military or non, and so forth.

Bingo......

datruth
July 12, 2009, 09:57 PM
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk39/datruthab123/Picture267.jpg

from top to bottom:

Longuns

Mossburg 590A1
remington1100 Tac 2
LMT/w TA31F and surefire M600 light
DSA FN-FAL stg58 carbine
Norinco SAR1
mosin nagant 91/30
Savage 110/with chaote ultimate varmiter stock

Handguns

glock21SF
glock34
glock 19
Springfield mc operator 1911
glock30

Im looking to round out my collection, for lack of a better term with
FN ps90, s&w 642, marlin 1894 guide gun and a GSG5-SD always wanted a 22.

BMF500
July 12, 2009, 10:04 PM
Heck of a start I'd say...

oak1971
July 12, 2009, 10:07 PM
The answer to the question is "if you know how many you have, you don't have enough" I had upwards of 30 before "restructuring" my inventory. Now I have 18. But they are all guns I like and shoot often.

Mohawk
July 12, 2009, 10:09 PM
Well, it sure looks like you have a collection, datruth. I'd call it "Popular, Fun Guns Of The Early 21st Century," collection.

Martyk
July 12, 2009, 10:14 PM
How'd that brown one get in there... weak moment :D

datruth
July 12, 2009, 10:43 PM
It would not make sense to call myself a firearms enthusiast without a mosin, too cheap, fun and reliable to pass up, best 92 dollars I have ever spent.

22-rimfire
July 12, 2009, 10:55 PM
I use the word "accumulator" and most firearm enthusiast's are accumulators.

I believe a collection requires a theme. But that is just my opinion. Few people can collect everything. But when you're 70 and you have a room full of firearms that are often as old as you are, you're probably a collector.

I have no desire for a Mosin, but to each his own.

coloradokevin
July 12, 2009, 11:32 PM
I guess this all depends on your interpretation of the word "collector". I've never thought of myself as a "collector", though I do think of myself as a "gun guy" or a "shooter".

To me, a collector buys guns for a specific purpose that doesn't always involve shooting... Maybe they buy them in hopes of turning a profit later, or perhaps they collect them as a form of art (safe queens that don't get shot, etc).

For me, I shoot what I own, and I buy guns that I either: 1) Need for a specific purpose, or 2) Want to own and shoot.

The only "collector" gun I own is a commemorative pistol that my department offered for sale last year. I don't plan to spend much time on the range with that gun, as I bought it mostly for the sake of owning it, and someday passing it down to my children (assuming I have children some day, lest the dog inherits my gun collection).

bigione
July 13, 2009, 02:43 AM
When I can't find an excuse to buy another gun, then I'll become a collector so I have an excuse!

jobu07
July 13, 2009, 03:43 AM
You become a collector when you start trying to justify why you "need" to buy the gun you'r looking at ;)

loop
July 13, 2009, 06:23 AM
I realized I was a collector when I was searching for those last few models of a gun I already had in abundance just so I could say I had them all.

I did not quit obtaining other guns, but was constantly in search of the few of one model I'd never been able to acquire.

The other reason to be a collector is it can be hard to explain why you have 32 models of the same gun. If someone ever shows up at my door with a search warrant - I'm a collector!

AirForceShooter
July 13, 2009, 07:38 AM
If you only buy and never dell you're a collector.
If you buy and sell you're a trader.

AFS

ar10
July 13, 2009, 07:50 AM
When you buy your first gun is when you become a collector. :D

CajunBass
July 13, 2009, 11:04 AM
I guess I could say I have a "collection" of 22 rimfires. I've got about 20 now, and I certainly don't "need" that many. I probably have a "sub-catagory" shall we say, for Ruger 22's since about half of them are Rugers. None of them are special, just ones that caught my eye at the time.

I guess I turned the corner when I started buying them, "so the kids (and later grandkids) can have them" someday. This one is for son no 1, this one for no 2...this one for grandson...this one for grandaughter.....

doc2rn
July 13, 2009, 11:20 AM
Guess I just moved up into collecting 20g shotguns! I am trying to find the perfect sporting clay shotgun, but I just cant make myself let one go. I can shoot 20g all day long. I am up to 5 but what if another firing pin breaks I am gonna need that other one

wally
July 13, 2009, 12:27 PM
I'd say once you have more than you and your family can carry, you are a collector.

--wally.

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