final decision


October 10, 2010, 01:58 PM
After going back and forth in my mind I've finally made a FINAL decision to downsize my firearm collection.I'm 74 years old and have had about every kind of pistol,revolver and rifle on the general market.Was in law enforcement for 35 of those years.I retired early at 55,moved to the mountains and built a cabin in the woods with my own rifle and pistol range.Thats when I really went nuts and bought and traded guns till I spent more time just trading rather than shooting.Now I'm setaling down with just one gun and and am having a ball with it.The only pistol I will now own is my ss ruger blackhawk in 45 colt /45 acp.I still have 4 rifles and will get down to one in the very near future.Once all my cheap 7.62x39 ammo is gone my colt AR and cz527 will be history.My cz 527 in 223 will be the one to stay.God willing I still have a few more years to enjoy my shooting and reloading.I'm very isolated on this mountain and just had to pass this on and what better place than the knowlageable shooters on THR forum.Regards....The hermit.

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October 10, 2010, 02:03 PM
Sir, if you're 74 years old and you're online, I commend you. You built your own cabin in the mountains with a range? Wow. I'm glad you enjoyed your life with guns and everything else along the way. Retired LEO, thank you for your service. I hope you spend the rest of your retirement enjoying the ones you have left and the wisdom that came along the way.

October 10, 2010, 02:07 PM
I support your choice of pistols. I too have a Ruger Vaquero in 45 ACP/45 Colt and can OM Ruger BH in 357/9mm. Between these two revolvers, I can dshoot approx. 80% of the CF ammo available out there. Enjoy life in the mountains my friend. :)

October 10, 2010, 02:14 PM
You're a young man. :) My father didn't have to stop shooting until he was 85. He'll be 89 in January and just doesn't have the hand strength and control anymore.

He surfs the web, and prefers reading to posting. That, and poker.


October 10, 2010, 05:57 PM
I thank you for your kind comments.It was a dream of mine to own a cabin and gun range in the mountains.I retired at age 55 from my primary job took a private security job for 5 years to build up my savings then went to the mountains.I'm in good health,very active and life is great.As the highway sign says "Welcome to Gods country"..Potter county Pa.

October 10, 2010, 06:10 PM
You did not mention if you had sons, daughters or grand kids to pass on arms to so that option is uncertain. It makes a difference. I don't have any of the above but I have a couple nephews that will own a gun or guns. Same for two sisters and a brother and brother in law. That is unless I need the money to survive.

I'd keep a self defense handgun, a plinker .22 pistol and rifle, a shot gun to hunt birds and one center fire rifle in case you want to go hunting one more time before you leave this world.


Ala Dan
October 10, 2010, 06:25 PM
on your achievements in life; both as a professional LEO and as a woodsman.
Something, that I have always wanted to do myself; but in the state of
Montana or Idaho. I'm also a retired LEO; but I will probably never be able
to realize my dreams~? Like other's have said, I would keep a standard
capacity, semi-auto in .45 ACP for defensive purposes; along with other
weapons that you like and enjoy. Have fun, and May GOD Bless You and
Yours~! ;) :D

October 10, 2010, 09:59 PM
Thank you for your LEO service!!! I have coffee with several city, county and federal LEO's on a weekly basis. We as citizens are very fortunate to have such dedicated people protecting us and enforcing our laws. To often they are not properly recognized for the job they do!! Living in southern Arizona makes me appreciate them all the drug runners and illegal immigration

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