what causes G.A.S.?


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MIgunguy
November 29, 2010, 12:21 PM
Gun Accumulation Syndrome. I certainly suffer from GAS and often wonder why (I do have a tendency to go overboard with things). But I've seen people on the net say they have or posted pictures of their 50+ collection of the same gun. I would ask why? but I think I already know most of the answers (and I know some people think more than one gun of a specific type is excessive and have to answer that some question about 3 or 4 1911s and Ruger MKIIs). Nonetheless, doesn't it get to be a little overwhelming at times? I don't know, just wondering what peoples' thoughts were.

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CraigC
November 29, 2010, 12:34 PM
The next one will always be, "The One". Then I'm happy with it for a while, sometimes a short while, sometimes a long while. Then the fever sets in for myriad reasons and I set out for the next "The One". In truth, it's a journey, not a destination. You just have to enjoy the process. I've been trying harder to enjoy what I have (not just guns), rather than lamenting what I don't. Because in the end, "things", even guns, are not what makes one happy.

medalguy
November 29, 2010, 01:26 PM
Blame it on the bumper sticker "The one who dies with the most guns....WINS"

Whatever it is, I suffer from a terminal case of it.

JellyJar
November 29, 2010, 02:45 PM
Thank goodness you don't suffer from ECAS ( Exotic Car Accumulation Syndrome )!:eek:

Can you imagine how much that would cost you!!! :evil:

sansone
November 29, 2010, 02:51 PM
whatever the item is, collectors have a slight mental disorder. At least ours go bang :D // I have a buddy who collects old wood boats. Many have sunk :what:

Tony50ae
November 29, 2010, 02:54 PM
The next one will always be, "The One". Then I'm happy with it for a while, sometimes a short while, sometimes a long while. Then the fever sets in for myriad reasons and I set out for the next "The One". In truth, it's a journey, not a destination. You just have to enjoy the process. I've been trying harder to enjoy what I have (not just guns), rather than lamenting what I don't. Because in the end, "things", even guns, are not what makes one happy.

That post describes me perfectly!

MonthOfAngle
November 29, 2010, 03:13 PM
Like someone said on tv... "if you know how many guns you have, you don't have enough"

Walkalong
November 29, 2010, 04:01 PM
The deep blues ones and the silver ones do it to me. Pretty wood gives me G.A.S. as well.

The next one will always be, "The One"After a time, you don't even make believe any more.

fireman5069
November 29, 2010, 04:06 PM
G.A.S.? B.E.A.N.S. Sorry, had to. One always has to look at the application of their collection, be it plinking, carry, home defense. I suffer from it and have one of each but it took a few to finally decide on which ones are keepers. My condition has leveled off somewhat for now. (Operative words-"for now").

Gaffer
November 29, 2010, 04:07 PM
Some people are collectors. They have a hobby that that please their sense of accomplishment. Be it tools of s specific type, glass insulators, ham radios or in our case guns. I see it as nothing more than an avocation,

thunder173
November 29, 2010, 04:28 PM
I buy firearms as tools for specific purposes. Unfortunately, after having let some go that I have regretted,..I have adopted the poilicy of once here,..they stay 'til til I die. As a result,..the stash just keeps growing. I cannot understand why.......

:-)

GCBurner
November 29, 2010, 04:37 PM
The same genetic factor that causes Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, I'm afraid.

cesarv
November 29, 2010, 06:34 PM
For me, it's always the one after the next one that will be the last.

thunder173
November 29, 2010, 07:04 PM
For me, it's always the one after the next one that will be the last.

This could explain things as well,...I too seem to follow that pattern.............

Liberty1776
November 29, 2010, 10:39 PM
See, the real problem is the syndrome makes you think there's something wrong with having the syndrome...:p

alemonkey
November 29, 2010, 11:06 PM
I think mine are breeding when I close the safe door. That's how I keep ending up with more. One day my AR15 and one of my Mosins are going to hook up and I'll open up the safe door to find this staring at me:

http://www.aww-kittah-aww.com/up/public/182239/holymosin2.jpg

Hatterasguy
November 29, 2010, 11:10 PM
Cause its fun.

Besides what are you communist? Their is no such thing as to many guns!:neener::D;)

mustang_steve
November 30, 2010, 12:18 AM
Simple, Guns are shiny and I like shiny objects. :)

JTW Jr.
November 30, 2010, 12:54 AM
what causes G.A.S.?

C'mon , that is simple , we all know that TACOS cause G.A.S !!



( Taking All Calibers Outside Shooting)

Nushif
November 30, 2010, 01:03 AM
I think it's the muzzle blast. All the AWESOMENESS escapes and when you drag it home and into your safe ... it breeds, like fungus spores.
Also, that's how gunshops get new weapons.

CeilingCat
November 30, 2010, 01:24 AM
What about H.A.S? (Hobby Accumulation Syndrome) I have more and more hobbies, guns being the newest. I race cars, motorcycles, trucks, photography, audio, metalworking, composites, and so on... I belong to more forums than I can count. But I can say that when the negative cash flow goes from a flood to a trickle I will add an CZ-SP01 and I'm sure a few more loud toys given time.

rozziboy18
November 30, 2010, 04:39 AM
my wifes enchalada's mmmmm so good

all joking aside.for me its having a gun for every day of the week to carry, and soon one for evey day of the month!:P

Babarsac
November 30, 2010, 09:21 AM
I've bee told it's healthy to get G.A.S while you're still single ;)

Right now my collection stands at lucky 13. I've got a little surplus left in the toy fund so I'm mulling over whether to pick up a new XD with 8 mags for $450. Honestly the reason it's become easier to pick up firearms are the gun trading websites popping up in different states. As long as you're able to say no to a deal when you don't really need to spend the money then I don't see there being any problem.

Dionysusigma
November 30, 2010, 02:26 PM
Because the One Gun That Does Everything And Does It Well will never exist.

22-rimfire
November 30, 2010, 02:31 PM
Bush beans, of course.... oh, gun accumulation syndrome.... GAS, new one... okay. How about liking to shoot and having more money than you need for day to day life.

Bovice
November 30, 2010, 02:31 PM
Because the One Gun That Does Everything And Does It Well will never exist.

False. Many on here can tell you that the gun that does everything and does it well is a GLOCK!!!

Just kidding.

Gas can be fun... I have over 70+ recordings of my best pieces

G.A.S. isn't too bad either. lol

84B20
November 30, 2010, 02:47 PM
I don't suffer from G.A.S. but do have symptoms from T.A.S. (tool accumulation syndrome) not to be confused with TSA (Transportation Security Administration or sometimes known as thousands standing around) from which we all suffer.

ZCORR Jay
November 30, 2010, 02:53 PM
My G.A.S. comes from wanting to have a diverse collection... even if some are just collectibles and never intend on shooting.

cougar1717
November 30, 2010, 03:15 PM
Kidding aside, G.A.S like any other shopaholism is derived from a mix of materialism + discontentment + being unthankful. Once your things own you, instead of the other way around, people can be enslaved and actually serve the very things they bought.

Spec ops Grunt
November 30, 2010, 03:44 PM
Because the One Gun That Does Everything And Does It Well will never exist.

Yes it does! It's called a 12 gauge pump, and even then people still get multiples of them!

therewolf
November 30, 2010, 03:58 PM
IMO, it's a HOBBY. Part of a hobby is collecting things which interest you.

You don't see people going "OOOH, STANLEY!! You collected TOO MANY coins"

You don't see people saying "Sarah! You collected 1700 Butterflies, YOU MUST
BE A RAVING INSECT LUNATIC!"

BUT, the second it's GUNS, there's a "syndrome", and society immediately wants to treat you like you're some sort of WEIRDO...

...personally, I'd worry a lot more about a gun user who only ever had 1 gun. :scrutiny:

Bovice
November 30, 2010, 04:06 PM
Kidding aside, G.A.S like any other shopaholism is derived from a mix of materialism + discontentment + being unthankful. Once your things own you, instead of the other way around, people can be enslaved and actually serve the very things they bought.

Thanks for the sermon, preacher.

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