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riflenut
December 30, 2009, 01:41 AM
I thought about the post on only owning 4 or 5 guns at one time.My reply to that is , own as many as you want at any givin time.I myself being 51 yrs old have owned numerous quanities all my life since I was 12yrs old.I never gave it any thought that I better stop buying any more guns because I HAD ENOUGH! look most of you on this board are like me, you have a passion for firearms whether it be rifles or handguns. Its a great hobby that I will take to my grave. chris:D:D

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12131
December 30, 2009, 01:43 AM
Is there a question, here?:p

Maverick223
December 30, 2009, 01:46 AM
I can't fathom wanting to own more than a thousand or two. :D

dmazur
December 30, 2009, 01:48 AM
Well, in the interest of safety one should probably consider flooring/joist load limits, unless one is lucky enough to have one's safe bolted down to concrete.

What this means is that, when one safe is full, put the second safe in another room... :)

Maverick223
December 30, 2009, 01:53 AM
Well, in the interest of safety one should probably consider flooring/joist load limits, unless one is lucky enough to have one's safe bolted down to concrete.

What this means is that, when one safe is full, put the second safe in another room...Have the plans for my new house already drawn up for a built-in vault...gotta plan ahead.

:)

David E
December 30, 2009, 01:54 AM
I've been told that anything less than 100 is "a good start."

TIMC
December 30, 2009, 02:01 AM
I've been told that anything less than 100 is "a good start."

So then I'm done? :D

Nugilum
December 30, 2009, 02:02 AM
If your not on the BATFE watch list, you don't have enough. ;)

redman900
December 30, 2009, 06:19 AM
alot has to do with your wallet.if you haven't awife or kids..supplament with guns. I like big familys. :)

hatchetbearer
December 30, 2009, 06:52 AM
as many as your means allow, without interfering with the rest of your life. I love guns as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to the money, i can think of a lot of things i need first. but if you got the extra dough, then by all means.

jn1965
December 30, 2009, 07:02 AM
Also you have the have opportunity...
So far I have only had a few orphans call out to me for adoption.
I have to start hitting those pawn shops where all the good stuff gets found :D

madcratebuilder
December 30, 2009, 08:44 AM
I've always looked at buying firearms as a form of a savings account. Many of the guns I have bought have gone up four or five times the buying price, better than interest on a CD and more fun than the stock market. I've reached the point of converting a large walk-in closet to a gun vault. I'll have two safes to sell and more gun funds.

HisDivineShadow
December 30, 2009, 09:29 AM
I want to own as many guns as I can shoot regularly, I think that is about 10-12. I am at 8 now and I can see myself owning three more guns before I have well and truly filled all my niches.

huntershooter
December 30, 2009, 10:20 AM
A guy can never own too many guns, guitars and Japanese swords.......

Shadow Man
December 30, 2009, 10:30 AM
If your not on the BATFE watch list, you don't have enough.

Looks like I'm good then!

WoofersInc
December 30, 2009, 02:54 PM
Quote:
If your not on the BATFE watch list, you don't have enough.

Looks like I'm good then!

Me too..

Jonah71
December 30, 2009, 03:05 PM
I've always looked at buying firearms as a form of a savings account. Many of the guns I have bought have gone up four or five times the buying price, better than interest on a CD and more fun than the stock market. I've reached the point of converting a large walk-in closet to a gun vault. I'll have two safes to sell and more gun funds.
I've been telling myself that's a good idea for about a year now. The potential income is much better than what cd's are paying! Plus I have this nagging (possibly paranoid and unreasonable) fear that the "FDIC" is only as good as the government that's backing it. For some reason that concerns me a bit. Guess I just don't understand how the financial world works. But I don't have a single gun I'd have to sell at a loss right now.

Mr. T
December 30, 2009, 03:44 PM
17 guns and not a loser amongst them. I take my time before selecting the gun I want. Sometimes it takes me months to pull the trigger on a new purchase....I try to do my homework on the weapon. Now when I come across a deal... a real deal on something I've been known to buy on the spot; but that's only happened twice. All of my guns are considered multi-functional -- there are no specialists amongst them. These are your meat and potatos type guns. No special calibers:

9mm
.45 ACP
.357 mag
.22 LR
5.56 NATO/.223 AR-15
.270 Win
30.06
12 guage
20 guage

even have (3) .177 pellet guns

If SHTF, I think common weapon calibers will have a quality all their own.

Ed4032
December 30, 2009, 04:04 PM
Just don't sell any. At some point you will regret it for sure. I do.

hoppes-no9
December 30, 2009, 04:18 PM
Step 1: Buy just one more.
Step 2: Return to step 1.

jimmyraythomason
December 30, 2009, 04:19 PM
what hoppes-no9 said +1

Quentin
December 30, 2009, 04:32 PM
How many firearms to own

I'd say start with the calibers you need to own then go from there.

For example:

Handguns:
22LR
357Mag
9MM
45ACP

Rifles:
22LR
30-30
5.56/.223
308
30-06
7.62x39

Shotguns:
12 Gauge

That's 11 without even trying and I missed some good ones so overall I'd say 20 guns is a good round number! Now if you need two of each caliber, well you can see where that's going!

panrobercik
December 30, 2009, 04:38 PM
I will own only as many as I can safely store out of the reach of my kid. Just started filling second gun cabinet.

MMCSRET
December 30, 2009, 04:45 PM
I want to own all of them, I refuse to rent or lease!!!!!!!!!!

Maverick223
December 30, 2009, 05:20 PM
Step 1: Buy just one more.
Step 2: Return to step 1.Yep. :cool:

nwilliams
December 30, 2009, 05:27 PM
There's no such thing as too many guns.

I've owned over a hundred in the course of my life and my collection seems to always hoover around 25-30 at any given time.

benzy2
December 30, 2009, 05:52 PM
All of them would be my answer, or at least all of them I can manage.

DeepSouth
December 30, 2009, 05:53 PM
One more than I have.

RP88
December 30, 2009, 08:23 PM
let's see...

for practicality:

a good bird-getter/shotgun
a good deer-getter/.308, 30-06, 30-30
a good varminter/a nice, accurized rifle in an HMR caliber or in .223, etc.
a good HD gun/another shotgun
a good handgun, preferably for carry
a good ol' .22 for plinking
...and maybe a handy, basic all-round gun, like a good lever-action that is for ranching

for having:

an AK-47 (or two)
a zombie-ready AR
an M1911 of some flavor

for collecting:
at least 5 Garands
at least 3 M1 Carbines
at least one paratroop carbine
at least 2 91/30s (round and hex receivers)
at least 3 Finnish 91/30s and related rifles
at least 3 M44s
at least 5 SKSs
at least one SVT
at least 10 Mausers
a couple of K31 and K11 Swiss rifles
a couple more AKs and A1 and A2-styled ARs
some Walthers, CZs, Tokarevs, and A1 1911s
a carcano to throw in there
blackpowders are still out there, too...
what about a good 1903 springfield?
Lee Enfields?
mannlicher carbines?
Colt and S&W revolvers?
some of browning's old guns?
Don't forget a Hi-Power, either

...and on and on and on

so, depending on which niches you want, it can be anywhere between five, and five hundred...

Hud
December 30, 2009, 08:47 PM
I would like to have one for every year I have been alive.
I'm 65 & only have a little more that a third of that goal covered.
But come to think about it, that won't work 'cause once I reach the goal I could only buy one gun a year, unless buying more than one a year would make me a year younger for each gun. :)

CnRnut
December 30, 2009, 09:13 PM
I would like to have one for every year I have been alive.

I'm going to live a LOOONG TIME!!! :D:D:D

Boris Barowski
December 30, 2009, 09:20 PM
e^pi -pi + e^(i pi) is a good start :p

SteveCase
December 30, 2009, 09:21 PM
As many as you can afford

lpd843
December 31, 2009, 08:18 AM
At some point I will have have to get proffessional help, is their Gun ANON meetings anywhere?

Stainlessbutcher
December 31, 2009, 08:37 AM
Currently, I've got (in my possession) an old remmy -06 Game Master pump, an '09 colt .41 LC army special, a s&w 22A semi auto pistol and an italian import brass frame cap and ball .44 remington clone. That's not Nearly enough! However, being of modest means, I have to barter, trade, cajole and generally pester the owners of fun toys into parting with them in exchange for whatever small skill I may have. This makes for some VERY slow collecting.

Butch.

Schutzen
December 31, 2009, 12:43 PM
lpd843,
At some point I will have have to get proffessional help, is their Gun ANON meetings anywhere?

The next meeting nearest you is February 20-21 at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center,
South Wing C, Louisville, KY 9AM -5PM.

I may see you there!

wishin
December 31, 2009, 01:19 PM
Step 1: Buy just one more.
Step 2: Return to step 1.

Good words to live by, along with:

"I'm thankful for the right to bear arms".

Maverick223
December 31, 2009, 05:46 PM
The next [gun anonomous] meeting nearest you is February 20-21 at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, South Wing C, Louisville, KY 9AM -5PM.Yeah I have to wait over a month as well (actually the same dates here)...I sure hope I don't slip and have another break-down (I recently fell back down to my 1mo. chip). :D

Big Bill
December 31, 2009, 07:11 PM
I'm 60 and have owned lots of guns all my life. But sadly, their does come a time when you start thinking that you should whittle down your collection. And, I'm just about there. This past January, I got really sick and almost died of blood clots. Right after that, I sold off or gave away about half of my collection. And, now I'm missing some of those guns and wish I hadn't sold them. But deep down, I know that most of them would never get used by me again.

I just can't do everything now that I could when I was younger. Hunting, in any real way, is over for me. I can't get out and walk and hunt like I used to. And, without my sons with me, if I shot an animal down in a ravine, I'd probably have another heart attack trying to get it out.

So, I've almost decided to carefully weigh which guns I can actually use and which I can't. I gave my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 mag to one of my SILs in February this year. And, I also had about 15 boxes of assorted .44 ammo that I gave him. The weight of that gun loaded and carrying ammo with it is just too much for me.

This year I will probably sell most of my big game rifles and the ammo that goes with them. I have a few guns I'll keep no matter what. I guess my wife will just have to dispose of them after I'm gone.

I've already sold off bunches of my knives. (I also had and still have a big knife collection.) I'm to the point that I don't dream of going on some big hunting trip or safari. Those days are just gone for me forever. But, thank goodness, I do have loads of great memories; because, when I was able, I did everything I could squeeze in, between my job, church duties and raising my family of 12 kids. I’m glad I had some time for myself and live in a part of the country that makes going to the mountains inexpensive and exciting. Thank goodness I never lived in a huge population center. I don’t think I could have survived that.

So, you see, for me I DO have too many firearms.

cpy911
December 31, 2009, 07:59 PM
I'm 60 and have owned lots of guns all my life. But sadly, their does come a time when you start thinking that you should whittle down your collection. And, I'm just about there. This past January, I got really sick and almost died of blood clots. Right after that, I sold off or gave away about half of my collection. And, now I'm missing some of those guns and wish I hadn't sold them. But deep down, I know that most of them would never get used by me again.

I just can't do everything now that I could when I was younger. Hunting, in any real way, is over for me. I can't get out and walk and hunt like I used to. And, without my sons with me, if I shot an animal down in a ravine, I'd probably have another heart attack trying to get it out.

So, I've almost decided to carefully weigh which guns I can actually use and which I can't. I gave my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 mag to one of my SILs in February this year. And, I also had about 15 boxes of assorted .44 ammo that I gave him. The weight of that gun loaded and carrying ammo with it is just too much for me.

This year I will probably sell most of my big game rifles and the ammo that goes with them. I have a few guns I'll keep no matter what. I guess my wife will just have to dispose of them after I'm gone.

I've already sold off bunches of my knives. (I also had and still have a big knife collection.) I'm to the point that I don't dream of going on some big hunting trip or safari. Those days are just gone for me forever. But, thank goodness, I do have loads of great memories; because, when I was able, I did everything I could squeeze in, between my job, church duties and raising my family of 12 kids. Iím glad I had some time for myself and live in a part of the country that makes going to the mountains inexpensive and exciting. Thank goodness I never lived in a huge population center. I donít think I could have survived that.

So, you see, for me I DO have too many firearms.

Big Bill,

We only live a finite amount of time on the earth. When we leave, we can't take anything with us. If you think of being a curator of your guns, the time will come when someone else will need to take care of them.

My Grandpa's 30-30 got handed to me, then my Dad's M-1 1942 all original Garand eventually got handed to me, and these will get handed to my sons. Grandpa and Dad have passed on, but their rifles are in my possession for a while. At some point they will go into my sons' possession.

If you need the money, try selling them to your sons, daughters, etc maybe with a little family discount. Keep them in the family if possible. Otherwise, just give 'em to your grand kids. Let the younger whipper snappers have their go at it now. You will get a kick out of their newly found appreciation of fine firearms and will extend your involvement in guns.

What do you think?

Regards,
cpy911

XxWINxX94
December 31, 2009, 10:28 PM
Buy as many as you can. Get extra clips for whatever ones require them. Buy as much ammo as you can. Be sure to have some ammo for every gun you own, you never know when a caliber could die out or lose alot of popularity and then nobody makes it. Look for the unique guns that nobody else has. Create the most massive collection you can, so you can pass it down generations and generations. The guns will increase in value and continue to do so. Your new Glock will later be seen as a relic in the future, the way Civil War or WWII weapons are today. Buy guns, shoot often.

rocky branch
January 1, 2010, 03:50 AM
As a lifelong accumulator, I have about decided I have enough.

I'm 62 and have other interests where cash is handy to have.
My eyesight is failing.
I would actually like to sell most of them off, but my inner hoarder keeps me at shows and checking gunbroker.

Keep zeroing in on pieces I have not owned.

zstephens13
January 1, 2010, 04:16 AM
Every gun I own has a purpose, ie concealed carry, hunting, home protection, backpacking rifle..
I don't have any "extras"
Maybe that will change when I'm not a young newly wed in college...
Hopefully anyway...

Dr.Mall Ninja
January 1, 2010, 05:16 AM
im 22 and plan on buying 3 a year by the time im 50 i should have 84 or so.. it sounds like a good plan to me =)

BULLSI
January 1, 2010, 06:56 AM
Well for me I think that two of everything I need to do what I want to do is going to be enough and that total is about 25 total guns then I am done buying. If I cant do it by then there is something wrong.

CZguy
January 1, 2010, 12:07 PM
Well for me I think that two of everything I need to do what I want to do is going to be enough and that total is about 25 total guns then I am done buying. If I cant do it by then there is something wrong.

Well thought out and logical..................and when you get to be my age and have way more than that, you'll understand. ;)

rogertc1
January 1, 2010, 01:47 PM
I am 58 and have over 200 firearms. All that will go to my son one of these days. Still plan on getting more.

azyogi
January 1, 2010, 01:54 PM
It's simple really, one of each unless it's a matched pair. Some exception can be made for having a back up for each purpose you need a gun for.

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