Is Your Collection Pretty Diverse or More Specialized?


February 23, 2011, 11:04 AM
I was wondering of your collections would be considered diverse (with a little bit of many types of guns) OR more specialized (focused mainly on a certain style, historic era, brand or type of firearm)?

Personally, I would say mine is pretty diverse. I own a sampling of everything from cowboy revolvers to modern black rifles with no real emphasis on any particular type of weapon (such as mainly 1911s, large frame revolvers or guns of a certain era like WWII.)

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February 23, 2011, 11:05 AM
I wouldn't yet call what I have a "collection" but I am in the stage where I'm striving for diversity - I want one of everything! :D

February 23, 2011, 11:28 AM
You don't have to own a museum full of guns to have "a collection."

Honestly, I don't want to have a HUGE collection of guns. I just want to own certain ones that I always desired throughout my life. Basically, I would like to have an "example" of different IMHO "quintessential types" of guns and just get my particular favorite version of each of those types.

For Example (Category Type: Prefered Gun)

Snubnose Revolver: S&W 442
Polymer Duty Pistol: XD9
Cowboy Revolver: New Vaquero
Modern Miltary Rifle: Sig 55x
"Must Have" 1911: SA Mil-Spec SS
Large Bore Revolver: Redhawk .44 mag
Pump Shotgun: Remington 870

You get the idea.....

February 23, 2011, 11:32 AM
Sometimes diversity is unity. I have two collection goals. My first love is antique cartridge pocket pistols. I would consider that group to be rather homogeneous. My second goal is to have all of the common action types in rifle, shotgun, and pistol. So for shotgun that would include breakopens (single, side-by-side, and over/under), pump, bolt, lever, and semiauto. ...and, No, my safe is not large enough.

February 23, 2011, 12:47 PM
My 'collection' consists of
1925 Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54r (excellent condition, matching serials, collection piece)
1953 Mosin Nagant M-44 - 7.62x54r
2009 Maverick 88 - 12gauge
year unknown Mossberg 500AT - 12 gauge
2009 Savage 64 - .22lr
2010 Hi-Point 995TS - 9mm
year unknown Traditions Buckskinner - .50 muzzle loader
1906 Arisaka type 38 - 6.5x50 Japanese (WWII bring back, collection piece)

Eventually, I plan on adding a 7.62x39 rifle of some sort, a 5.56 NATO/ .223 Rem rifle of some sort, a .45 ACP hand gun and a .357/.38 revolver. I'd also like to eventually get WWI-WWII era bolt actions from the US, Germany and England as collection pieces to complement the Mosin Nagant and the Arisaka.

February 23, 2011, 03:19 PM
Mine is more "themed" than anything else, so I'm not really sure how to answer that. >.<

Mine is based on "character" (read: has worn finish and polished actions by virtue of shooting) or "oddballity." (read: Who would own this when they could just...)

My main shooter is a Kahr E9, which has both character and is the red-heades stepchild of the Kahr family.
My main long rifle is a Mossberg 500 which can best be described as an old workhorse.

It goes along those lines.

February 23, 2011, 03:23 PM
My collection (though I've never viewed my self as a "collector", per se, more of a gatherer or an accumulator :)) is very diverse: everything from air guns and muzzleloaders to AR-15s and Merkels. My first gun gotten at the age of fourteen (which I still have, though is headed for a certain grandson next Christmas) was a Winchester Model 67, .22 rifle; my "last" one (haha, my wife would say) was a Weatherby Vanguard, chambered in .257 Weatherby Magnum, purchased last month. No rhyme or reason to my choices; just getting what I "needed" at the time.

February 23, 2011, 03:27 PM
Mine is diverse in a specialized way?

Pistols, shotguns, and a rifle that are each for a special role :)

Pistols and shotguns and the AR for defense

a .270 WSM also for defense....from the Great Hog Invasion of Texas ;)

February 23, 2011, 03:38 PM
Celebrate Diversity! :D

Loyalist Dave
February 23, 2011, 03:41 PM
does eclectic count? I bought what I think is cool, and shoots well for me, some is for plinking fun, some is for hunting, some I simply liked, and a few are for HD :cool:


Spec ops Grunt
February 23, 2011, 03:58 PM
Mine's pretty diverse:

Shotgun/HD longarm: Winchester 1300 20Gauge Youth
Milsurp Rifle: Mosin Nagant Model 38, Mosin Nagant 91/30
Military style rifle: Arsenal SGL21
HD Semi Auto: East German Makarov
Revolver: Ruger Speed Six
Plinker: Marlin 795

Probably going to make the Speed Six my HD handgun when I get some more trigger time with it. My most regretted purchase is the 91/30, not because it's a bad rifle, just because I don't really have a need for it, it's niche being filled by the superior M38. The Mak will probably end up being my CCW gun when I first get my license.

Things I want to get: 12 Gauge Riot gun for proper HD, probably will stick to the Winchester design.
Beretta 92: Want a high cap full size semi, plus it's America's (best) Service pistol. :neener:
Snub-nose revolver, preferably an old school Colt or S&W, probably for CCW/Fun

And the wishlist:
45-70 Gun of some sort: Big Bore's are Fun!

February 23, 2011, 03:59 PM
I buy what interests me. I may be interested in a gun next year that I wouldn't even consider or be interested in right now. So they are all pretty diverse.

February 23, 2011, 04:41 PM
Each firearm is specialized to the role I have it for.

The collection as a whole is quite diverse, although I dig semi-autos on every platform; pistols, shotguns, rifles.

February 23, 2011, 05:16 PM
Unless you have the means to just have a collection for entertainment, you better have an assortment of weapons for specific functions and an ammo stash to go along with it. I don't profess to be a doomsday preacher but I think things are going to get rocky here in the U.S. a lot sooner than later. How rocky I have no idea but with state budget cuts and fuel prices that have risen steadily, especially the last year, something has to give! It will at the expense of the average working drone in America. If you haven't made yours by now you proably never will:cuss:

February 23, 2011, 06:09 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Diversity rules.

But once you go over fifty there are some groups that stand out.
8 -.357s
7- Rem. 870s -4WM -1TAC -2EXP
14 -.22 rifles

Mainly I purchase firearms that catch my eye, have some history or are very reasonably priced. Hopefully all three !

Dates so far range from 1861-2009, firearms from several Wars, Domestic and Foreign, are proudly represented but are only a small treasured part.

My four most modern firearms are diverse as well.

S&W 442 .38+P (2007)
CZ75B, 40sw (2009)
Rem. 870 Tactical with Ghost ring sights, 12ga.(2009)
Saiga Izhmash AK-47, rem .223 (2009)

I like the oldies and goodies but these four are almost too sweet.

February 23, 2011, 06:15 PM
I refrained from voting because my collection is really a combination of the two. I have one of pretty much every category (pump & sxs shotgun, .22 rifles and pistol, revolver, automatic, BP handgun, high powered rifles, intermediate powered auto rifles, ultra-compact handgun, levergun, etc.)
But I've found myself taking a liking to old guns more than anything. More than that, I've found myself buying mil-surps more than anything else. I don't think it was ever an intentional decision, but mil-surps tend to be cheaper and more functional than anything else out there. But here's where the subconcious takes over I think; even if they're not cheaper, I can justify paying more because I know they will do everything I ask them to. I like all steel construction, wood, classic styled guns.

Straight mil-surp:
'42 IZZY Mosin Nagant
'43 IBM M1 Carbine

Close to mil-surp:
'47 S&W m&p .38 spl

Just plain old:
'53 1894 Winchester .30-30
Early '70s ASM 1851 clone

I had a '34 Colt PPS that was a columbian police gun that almost fits the mil-surp category, traded it away for the S&W M&P and a beretta jetfire. Which, predictably, is also quite a bit older than I am and predictably classically styled. The newest gun I own is a Mossberg 500 that I got for my 18th birthday, plastic, tacticool. I love it, but it don't fondle it with the same affection as my older guns. Which is strange, I thought all of us 20 year old college kids were supposed to be into glocks and submachine guns we see on those flimmidy flammidy call of duty video game box machines, eh? :neener:

Ala Dan
February 23, 2011, 06:32 PM
My collection is VERY diverse~! ;) :D

February 23, 2011, 09:28 PM
I would say it's pretty diverse, though there are definitely more handguns than long guns. And with the handguns there are more semi-autos than revolvers. But overall I would say my collection is diverse enough from my point of view.

February 23, 2011, 09:35 PM
I have a diverse accumulation, cowboy guns, military surplus and modern.. it's a semi-organized mess.

Arkansas Paul
February 23, 2011, 10:27 PM
I voted specialized, but I'm not sure how accurate it is.
I enjoy hunting and target shooting, so that's what my cabinet is full of. I'm not into the tactical stuff YET, but I do plan to eventually own an AR. I guess my Sigma is the only thing that isn't geared for hunting.

February 23, 2011, 10:50 PM
Does anyone remember the RIFLEMAN article about the Browning rifle collection. I think it was in the sixties that a Dentist went to Browning in Belgium and ordered a set of rifles. He ordered all calibers, all grades and they were in consecutive serial numbers. I think it amounted to 28 rifles and he would not reveal the cost. Browning said they would never repeat a similar project.

February 23, 2011, 11:39 PM
I don't have a collection. I have an ongoing accumulation.

February 24, 2011, 12:01 AM
Mine is specialized. I only buy firearms I like. ;)

February 24, 2011, 12:21 AM
Mine is currently diverse, but I'm planing on specializing a bit more. Currently have an assorted of sporting rifles (single shot, lever, and bolt action), semi-auto battle rifles, old milsurp bolt actions, shotguns (single, pump, and semi), revolvers (cap and ball, SA, and DA), and semi-auto handguns.

What I've noticed for the most part: I use my shotguns for hunting. That's it. I absolutely need one for utility work but beyond one, I really have no use for more.

The rifles? Same. I want to keep some representative samples - I'm not getting rid of my AR15, and I need 1 or two centerfire sporting rifles for hunting. The others I just don't shoot much recreationally. I may keep a few, but I'd like to thin out a bunch of them, PARTICULARLY the milsurps. I bought them because, well, they didn't cost much, but I've noticed that for the most part they just sit there collecting dust. Haven't shot ANY milsurp rifle in at least 3 years now, and some of them I've never fired period.

My handguns are where I intend to do most of my acquisitions going forward, because I've noticed that that's simply what I prefer to shoot. Mostly semi's, but I still take out the revolvers fairly often too. Just about all of them get rotated into the range bag and shot at least a little bit.

February 24, 2011, 12:29 AM
You guys quit being so selfish. 1918 Colt 1924 Custom Colt by the late Austin Behlert Series 70 Custom by Ted Yost, Ed Brown(sold), Delta Elite Custom by Chuck Warner, and 1967 Colt LW Commander 38 Super.

February 24, 2011, 12:44 AM
I am mainly into long range Prairie Dog sniping and have six nicely scoped bolt action rifles. Shoot a lot of trap and have four suitable shotguns. I also have two 12ga HD shottys and six handguns in a variety of calibers. Two rimfire rifles plus a FUGLY Hipoint .45acp carbine. A good cross section.

February 24, 2011, 12:52 AM
I dont collect per se because all of mine are used for form and function. Some get used more than others, but I wont keep a non-shooter. :cool:

February 24, 2011, 09:18 PM
I'd say diverse ... I bought these both at the same show one day :)

February 24, 2011, 09:31 PM
My firearm accumulation is diverse and somewhat whatever caught my eye. But this group of firearms really is focused on 22 rimfire rifles and handguns. But that is not specialized in my book. My firearm collection is quite specialized. It is a labor of love and I will probably never complete it.

I separate the two because I shoot my accumulation and never shoot my collector stuff.

March 2, 2011, 01:07 PM
Somehow my 8 "favorites" ended up being 4 revolvers and 4 autoloads.... wasn't intentional. With the exception of most of my revolvers I tend to stay with guns I can use for daily carry.

March 2, 2011, 01:19 PM
I have a very pointed collection.

2 MSAR STG556's
2 CAI VZ2008s on the way
Subcompact summer carry 2075 RAMI
Fullsize open/winter carry 75 SP-01
USP40 Truck gun
10mm Witness Match Elite woods gun
FiveseveN novelty gun

captain awesome
March 2, 2011, 02:02 PM
I would go a little each way. I started out concentrating on revolvers, and for now that continues to be my main focus. I have several types of rifles and shotguns and a couple semi auto pistols as well. After the revolver collection seems to be satisfied, I'll move on to rifles, then semi auto pistols, then shotguns.I will probably always have more revolvers than anything else, as they are my first and true love.

March 2, 2011, 02:33 PM
mine 1911s and a ar

March 2, 2011, 02:38 PM
Short to medium range rifle, .308 Weatherby.
Short range rifle, .22 Marlin
Carry gun, .45 DW CBOB
Mouse/Zombie gun. 22 Buckmark
Shotgun 12ga Mossy 500

For short range, quiet work I have the Bear Truth II 28/60 w/ Victory V1 350's tipped with 125gr NAP Hellrazors. :)

March 3, 2011, 06:55 AM
It's Diverse in that I have rimfires, centerfires, shotguns, rifles, revolvers and semi-autos...but specialized in that I like older guns, 50s-60s in particular.

I like that era so much that I've went and made my bought new in 2010 marlin 60 look like a 50s target rifle would, down to the stock finish. Now all I need is to get a bolt lever made that's period correct and fill the front sight and dovetail to have it super clean.

I'm also restoring a 60s era Mossberg 500 ABR (with factory engraved reciever/bolt), but that one may get a little over the top as I'm talking to a stock maker overseas about making a rosewood stock set for it (will have to mail the factory stockset to him for proper sizing as shipping the gun is out of the question). I've already found a gold trigger/metal guard trigger group for I just have to spruce up the factory barrel (rib is loose). My goal there is to make it gorgeous on a $350-400 budget.

March 3, 2011, 04:17 PM
Somehow my 8 "favorites" ended up being 4 revolvers and 4 autoloads....

You seem to be a well balanced shooter. :) Jonah, I see you live near Whiteman AFB. Do you live in the town of Old Drum? The reason I ask is I graduated from Central Missouri State University back in 1970 (after my four year stint in the USAF) and I'm curious if Warrensburg is the same town it was when I left.

Philly Slim
March 3, 2011, 04:31 PM
Diverse in caliber or "style"?

Handgun calibers start at .22 and go up to .475 Wildey Magnum
Handgun "styles" go from Colt SAA to STI full blown race gun

Rifle calibers start at .22 and go up to .308
Rifle "styles" go from Winchester Model 1873 lever action to M1A

Shotguns are all .12 gauge, styles are Mossberg 500 and double barrels

Yeah, I guess you could call that diverse. :D

March 3, 2011, 04:55 PM
My collection tends to be specialized. I lean mostly towards what my training requirements are. High quality AR15s and Quality sidearms.

March 3, 2011, 05:00 PM
Mine is pretty specialized, I'm leaning more and more towards 1911 pistols and AR-pattern rifles. I want to be able to say that I hunt ONLY with AR-pattern rifles.

March 3, 2011, 05:21 PM
Voted specialized, but the reality is that it's transitioning from diverse to specialized.

Ignition Override
March 4, 2011, 01:52 AM
The only family here consists of five Enfields: two #5 "Jungle C's" and three #4s.

Otherwise, several military or -styled rifles (i.e. SKS, Yugo 48A). The objective is to have a second Garand, also from Camp Perry or Anniston.
Have no desire for a butchered (perm. altered) former milsurp, and my middle-aged buddies who are all highly experienced with milsurps never give them a second glance at shows.

March 4, 2011, 10:37 AM
Been reading a lot of the posts here. My take is that most of the posters have accumulations that are fairly diverse.

With regard to firearms....Define collection. Define accumulation. Define diverse. Define specialized. The OP basically has it right except he used "collection" in his thread header/title.

March 4, 2011, 10:48 AM
I am mostly into battle rifles.

I also have some .22s that simulate battle rifles, and handguns and shotguns for defense.

I don't have any guns specifically for hunting or recreation... so you could say my collection is specifically focused on guns made for killing 2-legged varmints. :)

March 4, 2011, 11:42 AM
Mine's diverse, I shoot black & smokeless powder, I have single, double and semi-auto handguns, pump, o/u and semi-auto shotguns, bolt, lever, single shot and semi-auto rifles, in black powder guns I have flint & percussion and rifles, shotguns and a pistol (single shot flint).

March 5, 2011, 02:43 PM
What, no air guns rugerman? And you call your collection diverse! :neener:

March 5, 2011, 11:30 PM
Mine all are a diverse lot. That said they all are the same in that they all were purchased for a really, really good price or they did not become mine. Everything from a .22 short, to a 500 S&W, to a MAC 10, BP, and pellet.:D

March 6, 2011, 12:24 AM
Handguns consist of a .22LR/.22 Mag revolver, a .25, a .32, & a .380 ACP, an OLD 38 revolver, and a .32-20 revolver. Rifles include 3 .22 rifles (1 - LR sa, 1 - LR bolt, 1 - Mag bolt), a .243 bolt, and an AK clone. Last are 2 shotties, both 12 ga., a pump and a SxS double trigger.
The oldest gun is almost 100, another is about 90, a couple more are 40-50, the SxS is 40+, and the rest are less, some less than a year.
Haven't figured out what will be the next "acquisition". :D

March 6, 2011, 10:11 AM
U.S. military weapons, with the further condition that everything must be shootable. In practice this means that the muzzleloaders are replicas, since I wouldn't want to shoot an original muzzleloader. On occasion I've ventured further afield. I've been at this long enough so that the big problem now is storage space. Buying stuff in the 60's, 70's, and 80's was a different game than what it is now. I feel sorry for young people just starting out to assemble a collection. To be a gun collector these days, you have to either be rich or be an old coot like me.

March 6, 2011, 10:21 AM
lets see I think this is fairly diverse
mosberg 44 - .22 military trainer
m1 garand - milsurp
cva optima elite - break action
.308 barrel
50 cal muzzle loader barrel
20 ga shotgun barrel
coast to coast model 843 in .30-30 - old hunting rifle, bolt action
browning hp - solid sd/semi auto (prewar with 90% bluing so it's a collector as well)
rossi m68 - reliable small .38sp revolver
ruger six single in .32 mag - out of production, good for teaching new shooters
heritage arms rough rider - the token .22 hand gun.

oh, and a couple of bows... On fred bear hunting bow of modern parallel limb compound design. One that ceme into the family via freds daughter as a gift, also a compouund from the early 80's or late 70's

March 6, 2011, 10:47 AM
Sounds diverse but when you look at the calibers, it's very specialized. I start at .17 and go up to 7mm mag, with pretty much everything in between. I guess I just like the smaller, hotter calibers.

Redneck with a 40
March 6, 2011, 01:27 PM
I have to say my collection would be called diverse:

SKS 7.62x39
Remmy 700 SPS Tac in .308
Marlin 22 mag bolt action
Mini-14 .223
Remmy Nylon 66 22 LR


SA-XD 40 4" barrel
Ruger 22/45

I would love to buy more guns, but bills are calling, gas prices are high, and the economy sucks, so I'll have to wait awhile.:( My wish list right now is a Ruger SR9-C.

March 6, 2011, 03:40 PM

March 10, 2011, 06:58 PM
You seem to be a well balanced shooter. :) Jonah, I see you live near Whiteman AFB. Do you live in the town of Old Drum? The reason I ask is I graduated from Central Missouri State University back in 1970 (after my four year stint in the USAF) and I'm curious if Warrensburg is the same town it was when I left.
Moved from the Burg in '97 but only about 30 miles. It hasn't changed much, except the bars on Pine St. have had to do without my money for about 13 years. I miss shooting pool but not the booze. I do a lot of shooting about 10 miles west of Whiteman, but will soon have to find another place. My favorite revolvers are the '58 Combat master 4", the '72 3 screw Ruger .357 6 1/2", my '72 Security Six, and the S&W '74 Mod. 36. As for the bottom feeders, I like my CZ 75B, Glocks 23, 26, and the old Kimber .45 BP Pro II. Kinda looking around for a 1911, and I'm always in the market for '70's or older wheel guns.

March 10, 2011, 07:45 PM
I like a very diverse collection personally.

I like having guns of different makes, styles and calibers. No two guns in my collection are the same model, although I do own two DWM Lugers but they are different calibers.

Celebrate gun diversity!

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