What do you need to reach a "comfortable completion" to your collection?


June 11, 2010, 09:56 PM
Some people might never be happy with their collection and constantly change their inventory, and that's fine.

For the rest of us, I am asking about a comfortable, or realistic, completion to your collection. It does not mean that your collection/collecting is over, just asking about that point where you feel you have your basic needs met. "Basic needs" can include defensive needs, fun needs, thrill needs, aesthetic needs, safe-queen needs, etc. (yes, that term includes your "wants").
Also, this thread is not asking what every collection should include, but what do you need to get your collection to where you want it.

What guns would you like to own, which you do not already own now, that you think you might actually own some day?
If you don't yet have the perfect gun picked out yet for a certain category, what need/want do you expect to fill at some point?

The basics of my list to acquire:
HD semi-auto shotgun - Mossberg 930 SPX
Long-range bolt-action in .308 - Remington 700 SPS Tactical .308
Breakdown woods .22 - Marlin Papoose
.22 bolt-action - Marlin 981t
Fun semi-auto shotgun - Saiga 12
Range handgun - Sig Sauer 226 9mm
Intermediate, cheap rifle - SKS

P.S. If you want to list some categories or guns that you think are absolute must-haves, which are in your collection already, you can do that too.

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June 13, 2010, 04:27 PM
A cased pair of flintlock dueling pistols. Originals. With all accoutrements.

June 13, 2010, 04:36 PM

About 100K in today's dollars. All contributions to the fund cheerfully accepted! Even if they are stimulous reinvestment dollars. And I certainly think I should be eligible to further the economic recovery of small gun sho, er, business's in the area. I am an equal opportunistic reciever of funds also. Completely politically correct when depriving government studies of the sex life of Cambodian tree toads of dollars that will be going to me.


Hondo 60
June 13, 2010, 05:02 PM
Hmmm good question!

I have 2 M10-5s a 4" and a 2" To complete the collection maybe a 5 & 6.

June 13, 2010, 05:04 PM
Some people might never be happy with their collection and constantly change their inventory
There's my answer.:evil:

June 13, 2010, 05:32 PM
Four things:

I need to be able to hit targets from 1-1000 yards accurately and forcefully. Between my current collection of pistols, shotguns and AR's, I'm okay out to about 300 yards, but I need something beyond AR range, so I'm looking at getting a Savage left-handed rifle in .308 with a decent scope.
I need an auto-loading .22 for practice and plinking and just because. An S+W M22A will do nicely.
An autoloading shotgun for three gun, which will be (most likely) a Mossberg 930SPX with an extended tube.
A pistol in a larger caliber than 9mm, probably a 1911 of some sort. Never considered myself underarmed with a hi-cap 9mm, I just want to give USPSA Singe Stack a try.

*Special Bonus Extra Thing*

I forgot: I want to replace my current USPSA Production pistol, a pre-B CZ75, with an SP-01 Shadow.

Adding those guns into my current collection will get me to where I want to be, firearms-wise.

June 13, 2010, 05:38 PM
when i have all of these

M1A Scout Squad

mini-14 NRA

saiga 12

saiga 7.62x39

saiga 7.62x51

marlin 1894c 357 Mag. / 38 Spl

and maybe a few mosins.

Shadow 7D
June 13, 2010, 05:41 PM
You never reach an end, search here
listen either you get a gun that can do most of what you want
but then something fits the bill better
or something catches your attention

Me, I'm in the market for eary (1900's to 1950) pocket pistols and their quality clones
so if you have a Sauer or a Browning (or FN) or a Savage or a Mauser, cluttering up your closet, well you get the idea, PM me

Rail Driver
June 13, 2010, 05:43 PM
I'll have a comfortable completion to my collection when I own one (or more) of each. :)

Arkansas Paul
June 13, 2010, 06:02 PM
A decent shotgun, a nice 1911, a .22 pistol, a double action .357(just because everyone needs one), and I'd like to have at least one "black rifle". That would make it pretty well rounded, but it wouldn't satisfy me by any means. There's always the next one.

June 13, 2010, 06:19 PM
When I have a decent example of every type of firearm used by a belligerent in WW2.

June 13, 2010, 06:39 PM

Might I respectfully suggest that you take a good long look at the Tikka left hand bolt guns. I'm also shooting from the left shoulder, BTDT, searching for firearms to fit us portsiders. Essentially it's a Sako without the frills. Therefore the price is much closer to the Savage products, but it's made in the same factory on the same machinery as the Sako's.


June 13, 2010, 06:40 PM
As soon as I have everything I want I'm sure I'll start on duplicates and variations. There is no end is sight, not to mention the mountain of ammo I'll need to shoot them all.

June 13, 2010, 06:54 PM
Let's presume not unlimited funds, but a modest inheritance or small lotto win, then
my collection of military arms could stand to have
Johnson M-1941
BAR (Ohio Arms semi would be just fine)
M-1 Carbine in WWII fit (no bayonet lug)
"beater" Garand (to show off my collection of grenade launcher stuff)
M-1919A4 (semi good enough for that, too)
VN-era (upper at minimum) fitted AR-15

Would have to hit major powerball numbers to go ahead and add the bakelite BAR, the M-60 and Minimis, and an M-3A2 to really round things out.

When my employment gets squared away again, I'll be restoring a mid-size .270; probably a varmint piece and something for fowling to the collection. Would shop for some cool hand guns, too, SIG 220, USP, Walther P90 maybe. Hard to say.

Would never be quite enough--never is. <G>

Nine Lives
June 13, 2010, 07:03 PM
USPc .45
Beretta 92FS (italian)
Walther PPK .380
FN SLP 18" 12 guage
Lancaster AKM
Lee-Enfield Mk. 4 No. 1

M4, preferably piston
Mossberg 590
Jericho 941
Colt Series 70
Browning High Power
SIG P226/228/229

June 13, 2010, 07:05 PM
What do you need to reach a "comfortable completion" to your collection?

The last thing I buy before I run out of money.

Tim the student
June 13, 2010, 07:26 PM
I'd like a nice target .223 or .204 with some really nice glass on it.

I'd also like to find a correct 5 digit M1.

June 13, 2010, 07:28 PM
All the rest of the guns...?

June 13, 2010, 07:37 PM
I was actually thinking about this a couple of days ago, that I only "needed" a few more guns such as:

Marlin 39A- have been looking around but no one seems to have them currently
.22 SA revolver
High end semi-custom 1911-Leaning towards an Ed Brown(will require some saving)
Ruger LCP

After these 4 plus what I already have I should be set. though some other models I may need to aquire include an AR-15, Marlin guide gun, ruger vaquero(old heavier style)

June 13, 2010, 07:37 PM
When there is a room in my house that looks like Charlton Hestons Basement.

June 13, 2010, 07:40 PM
A pocket 380, leaning towards the Kahr
A lever action 30-30, most likely the Marlin
and a S&W .44 Spl from my birth year, 1956.

and this ashtray...and this chair.....

Rio Laxas
June 13, 2010, 07:41 PM
A nice 10mm carbine that is affordable, has good ergonomics, looks good, and has readily available parts. So it looks like I'll just have to keep buying other guns to fill the void.

June 13, 2010, 08:25 PM
I don't have a full-size 9mm, and it would be nice to have one someday (I'm thinking a Glock 17), so that's on the short list. And on the "long list", maybe a PS90 and a lever-action .357 someday, just because they're both interesting.

June 13, 2010, 08:38 PM
A maxim comes to mind:

"you rarely regret buying a gun... you always regret selling one."

Before owning firearms (I got off to a very late start), I used to think "oh, just a couple of longarms and handguns are enough for anyone.
But then I realized the tremendous variety in firearm functionality, ammo cost, look and feel.
I have a theoretical stopping point (my constraints are dollars and storage space), but at the moment my "wish list" has about seven guns.
If I received a sudden windfall, I suppose the wish list would grow about 30% above that, then I'd get into getting duplicates, possibly triplicates of each one.

June 13, 2010, 08:38 PM
I collect variations of bolt actions,

Right now a Ross, Carcano, Swiss Vetterli, Berthier, and Lebel would look nice in the safe

June 13, 2010, 08:57 PM
A select-fire BAR, a S&W 625, a Ruger #1, a Wilson 1911, a Rohrbaugh, a Krag in 6.5x55, an FN Tactical, an AR in 9mm...damn, I need to win the lottery...

Ky Larry
June 13, 2010, 08:57 PM
I've pretty well got basic needs filled:

Meat Chopper AK-47
Meat Getter CZ-550 .30-06
Small Pest Control Several rimfire rifles and pistols
Home Defense Win 1300 12ga w/18" barrel
Reach Out & Touch Something Savage Model 12BVSS in .243 Win
Pistols and Revolvers in About any Size and shape From .22 to.44 Mag
Lots of Fun Guns

What I really would like to have is more Snake Guns. The only one I have is a blued Python 6". I also would like to have a Colt Trooper. And a SXS L.C.Smith 12ga. And a Savage Weather Warrior in .308. And a CZ-550 in 6.5X55. And more barrels for my Contender. And a pre-WW2 Colt 1911. And a Gold Cup. And a 1911 in .38 Super.
The list could go on and on.:rolleyes:

June 13, 2010, 09:13 PM
I need a big bore woods gun, like a .454 Casull.

June 13, 2010, 09:25 PM
Where to start? I’m not now or ever have been a long gun person. With a fair amount of assistance from our range master, who just my just happened to be my F.T.O. MANY years ago, I always was able to pass my annual shotgun qualification, so to me long guns are a non-issue.

I currently own four (4) .357 Magnum revolvers, and have access to the “lovely and Charming’s M-60. So I’m really set there, YET I still do not have a M27 –2 3˝”, an N frame belly gun, nor an N frame B.B.Q. gun.

Of all the handguns I have sold, traded, or in one or two cases gave away the one I really want back is my 1970 Mfg. Browning P-35, ring hammer. Paid $118.00 for it in early 1972 and sold it a few years later for about $150.00. I really need to have my rear beat for that stunt. :banghead: :mad:

June 13, 2010, 09:31 PM
What I have, and feel are necessary:

1.) .22LR Rifle (Mine is a bolt gun, but anything would be accepted), for fun
2.) 12 or 20 gauge shotgun
a.)+20" Barrel w/screw chokes (Mine is a 12-Gauge Mossberg 500), for birds and home defense
b.) Rifled Barrel, for deer in areas I can't use a rifle

What I have to acquire still:
3.) .380 or larger pistol, a Personal Defense Weapon
4.) .30 or larger (so 30/30, .308, .30-06) rifle, for anything beyond 100 yards.

What I may say that I need but I don't:
-An AR-10 or equivalent semi-auto 7.62x54 rifle.
-A .45ACP Semi-Auto Pistol
-A Semi-Auto .22lr Rifle such as a 10/22 or Savage 64.

Still 2 Many Choices!?
June 13, 2010, 09:35 PM
.22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, new series Glock 23, Glock 27, .357 revolver, AR10-type rifle, bolt-action in .308 or greater... That should just about do it, or atleast until I find a bullpup that can change calibers from 5.56X45, to 7.62X39, to .308, and takes AR, AK, and FAL mags respectively!

June 13, 2010, 09:57 PM


1) Savage mark II, bull barrel, accu-trigger, boyd's thumbhole stock, good glass.
2) Kel-Tec PLR 16 with all the trimmings + Eotech
3) 1911 (Oddly enough I wouldn't mind having a RIA, and just putting a ton of work into it.)
4) Savage 10, .308, Bull barrel, Boss Brake, McMillan stock, great glass


1) Crates of Mosins
2) AMD-65
3) RRA M-4
4) Glock 22, and 17
5) Kel-Tec Sub 2000, 9mm, glock mags
6) Winchester Model 1887 Replica (I grew up watching Terminator 2)
7) Serbu Super Shorty, with Serbu Holster
8) Street Sweeper
9) Saiga 12, fully converted with all the fixins.
10) Tons and tons of full auto stuff that i really dont see the need in listing because it is so doubtful that I will ever get it.
11) Lever .357
12) Security Six

Ill stop there

June 13, 2010, 10:09 PM
Bushmaster M4A3 w/ EOTech 511
Mosin Nagant 91/30
Ruger 10/22
2 Maverick 88's one field and one security model
Winchester 1300 Defender
Ithaca M37 7+1
FNP40 (I'll have it soon!)
Beretta 92FS including a 22LR Conversion Kit for it
Taurus PT145 Pro
2 Kel-Tec P-3AT's

S&W Mdl. 29, 6.5in barrel, wood grips (Do I feel lucky?)
Scope for the Mosin Nagant

A MOUNTAIN of ammunition, and some loyal followers to reload all the brass for me. :D

June 13, 2010, 11:26 PM
I think about $40,000 would do it! I'm not hard to please! :D


June 14, 2010, 12:37 AM
Hmmmmmmm. Well, the one thing that REALLY jumps out is a Barrett .50 BMG. I've been drooling for one of those bad boys for a long, long time. Although, I do know where one is collecting dust............:D

Problem is, HOW do I "allocate" $4K-ish, to begin with, without the wife realizing something is amiss? She's a shooter (a damn good one too), has her own collection, and tolerates my insatiable thirst for "things that go bang" quite well. But, even she has her "line-in-the-sand" limits. I wonder if they do long-term layaway?

Beyond that, nothing really jumps out at me. Of course, I wasn't "looking" for anything last week when I walked in to chat with a gun-shop buddy, and walked out with a nice Chiappa .22 plinker for cheap 1911 practice either.

So, I guess I'm "satisfied", until I go to a gun show or gun shop, again. :evil:

June 14, 2010, 12:38 AM
Ruger No. 1 Stainless in in .45/70 and I'm done. Picked up a Marlin 336C in .35 Remington this weekend. I have stuff and not enough time to enjoy them.
Oh yeah, maybe a Beretta over/under in 20 gauge... haven't really made a firm decision on that yet...;)
Sometimes when you have to start thinking about swapping stuff out, you're getting close.

June 14, 2010, 12:48 AM
Just one more...............

Thanx, Russ

June 14, 2010, 01:28 AM
M1 Garand
M1 Carbine
Auto Ordnance Thompson (semi)
Ohio Ord. BAR
2 Colt 1911s
Wather PPS .40
SA XDm 9mm with veridian laser
C96 Broomhandle
Marlin XL7 .270
Marlin .308 XLR
Mosin M27
Henry Big Boy .44mag
Remington Spartan 12 ga coach gun
Mossberg 590 12 ga
S&W 642
Colt New Agent .45
Ruger Vaquero .45LC
Ruger .44 Mag Redhawk

1903 A3 Springfield
Colt SAA
AR 15
Ruger Security 6 *

* I Sold mine by mistake ( the mistake was listening to my wife when she said" I think you should sell that gun now that we have a baby in the house" 1975

June 14, 2010, 01:45 AM
Needs are few & wants are many, but if I had to prioritize:

1911 45 ACP
Winchester Model 12
1903 Springfield

A decent SxS coach gun

I've apparently developed a keen interest in US combat arms recently....

June 14, 2010, 06:54 AM
Looking to get an AK74 soon in 5.45x39. Would like to pick up a Mosin soon thereafter. I have almost no experience with open sights on a rifle yet, so depending on how well I like them I might look to pick up a cheaper AK47 in 7.62x39 after the Mosin.

Mostly the stuff on my wish list right now though is optics for the rifles I already have.

June 14, 2010, 07:00 AM
well, there are always a few on the short wish list (some of which come and go on the list without ever having been bought)
but I have been "comfortable" for a long time in having "everything" I really really want (but it took me 40 years to get "there")

I don't do gun shows much, because when I do, I find myself hardly ever pausing to look seriously at anything, except what I already have

then again... day ain't over with, yet

June 14, 2010, 07:14 AM
My short list that I would be pretty satisfied with.

1) AK-47
2) Good dependable high capacity handgun of medium caliber (.40, .45, 357 sig, 10mm, whatever is your poison) It will be a Glock 22 or 23 for me.
3) Remington 870, cause it just doesn't stop, change out the trim and you can have a HD gun, a bird gun, or a slug gun.
4) A quality .22 rifle, whatever floats your boat.
5) A quality .22 pistol, I like the Sig Mosquito.
6) A large caliber rifle, I'm partial to a .270.

Of course this isn't the list of "What would you buy if you hit the lotto?" This is pretty much my list of "If I had a collection and had to sell, these are the guns that absolutely would not go." Sign of the times I suppose.

June 14, 2010, 08:03 AM
are constantly changing so I have no idea.:evil:

Ty 357
June 14, 2010, 09:00 AM
...wish in one hand, right?

I wish I had a 5" registered magnum.

June 14, 2010, 09:02 AM
M-1 Garand...

June 14, 2010, 09:14 AM
So much, so very very much!
I could durn near equal the national debt with my want list.

Roger :)

June 14, 2010, 10:50 AM
I still need a:

Sharps, 32-34", vernier sight, .45-120/140
Single Action Army
Mare's Leg (sawed off 1892)
Thompson M1927 with drum and mags
M1 Garand

June 14, 2010, 12:25 PM
I'm three pistols short of a full boat of Walthers at the moment, though that could change in the event that better examples pop up that could be used to upgrade the current herd. I still would like to get a GSP, and OSP, and a representative Olympic model.

Guns and more
June 14, 2010, 12:31 PM
What do you need to reach a "comfortable completion" to your collection?
"Just one more."

June 14, 2010, 01:13 PM
I've more or less fallen out of love with the idea of having a tremendous collection of firearms.

In the last couple of years, my purchasing patterns have shifted from one of buying guns that just seem neat or cool to buying and modifying guns to fit specific niches.

So, the result is that I have guns that I'm much more likely to use on a regular basis, be it a shotgun set up for shooting 3gun, a pistol for shooting Bullseye, or a shotgun for home defense.

I just don't much see the point of amassing a huge collection of guns, especially when the money could be put to better use buying ammo and components, so I can really learn how to be as proficient as possible with the guns I've already got.

Of course, I do have a list, and if money were no impediment, the first two purchases would be a concealable pocket pistol along the lines of a Kahr PM9, and a purpose-built long-range sporting gun chambered in a caliber like 6xc or .260 Remington. After that, the closest I could come to having a legitimate reason for buying more guns would be to build redundancy into what I've already got, e.g. duplicates of my rifle, pistol, and shotgun for 3Gun.

Andrew Wyatt
June 14, 2010, 01:21 PM
I need to finish my rolling block rifle project.

June 14, 2010, 04:03 PM
I need these to complete my collection

cz kadet
sig 522
remington 20g
mossberg 20g
sig 556
m&p 9, 40, 45 all c's
2 ar 15 most likely one will be a LMT the other ?
and one long range target acquisition rifle with a sweet scope
and ammo for each stashed away.

June 14, 2010, 04:28 PM
one of each, unless it's a matched pair

Claude Clay
June 14, 2010, 04:43 PM
at the moment i'm in a dis-accumulating state--on the table are a S&W 617 & Colt Double Eagle

but if a 41 Colt were to cross my path.......

June 14, 2010, 05:12 PM
Off the top of my head, I still want/need...

Glock 27 for carry
.22 LR conversion kit for my Glock 22
.357 Sig barrel for my Glock 22
.22 LR DA revolver
4" large frame revolver in .357 Mag
Something in 9mm (probably a Sig)
Something in .45 ACP (probably another Sig)
1911 pattern handgun (because everyone should have one in their collection somewhere)
Kel-Tec Sub 2000 in .40 S&W for Glock mags (for fun)
.22 LR target rifle (probably a Marlin, would love a CZ though)
16" .223 AR15 pattern CQB rifle
20" or 22" AR15 pattern rifle w/ good glass
18" .308 FAL pattern battle rifle (probably DSA)
Springfield M1A rifle (SOCOM or Scout, can't make up my mind)
AK47 pattern rifle (not a junker, something high quality with nice wood)
.308 precision rifle
.338 Lapua precision rifle
.50 BMG precision rifle
Serbu Super Shorty
Silencers for most of the above

So yeah, I still have some collecting to do...


June 14, 2010, 09:06 PM
Just need 2 colt diamondbacks one 4" and one 6"

June 14, 2010, 10:10 PM
I have accumulated all the guns I need. I still buy more from time to time.

My collection is incomplete and likely to stay that way unless I win a multi-million dollar lottery. I want a 1st Gen Colt Single Action in 22LR. Not likely to happen due to cost and availability. I need a few others that are not so costly, but still priced in the thousands rather 100's. 30 or 40K would likely get me to where the 1st gen was mostly what I needed. Then I would broaden my collection focus and I would be starting all over again. It never stops and I am not very concerned about completing a collection as the hunt is as much fun as the ownership.

I've always wanted a very nice Colt Lightning rifle in 22LR as a wall hanger. The last one I looked at was 20K, but it was a special piece. However, I would be afraid to display a rifle like that. You can see my problem.

June 14, 2010, 10:18 PM
What does a Ordanince Museum Certification cost?

June 15, 2010, 07:05 AM
Just one more. ;)

June 15, 2010, 12:30 PM
I've sold off quite a few guns in the past few months because I didn't shoot them very often and they were just taking up space in my safe. I also lowered the number of ammo calibers I need to stock. The only major gun purchase I want right now is a Nightforce scope for my (as yet unfired) Remington 700 so I can shoot it.

June 15, 2010, 12:34 PM
a .22lr pistol and rifle.
9mm pistol & rifle
.45 pistol

June 15, 2010, 12:36 PM
Dan Wesson .10 Bobtail. Or even a .45.

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