Firearms New Year's Resolutions


December 28, 2011, 11:26 PM
What gun stuff do you want to do this year that maybe you haven't done in the past, or have let slide? I've been hitting the range maybe once or twice a year, other than work quals. I'm going to try to hit the range at least once a month this year.
And I'm going to really grow the collection this year, too. A rifle, maybe a shotgun for the wife, and some new Mosins for me.

How 'bout y'all?

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December 29, 2011, 12:16 AM
No formal plans...but im considering joining a local nra affiliated range (very nice facility) which should allow me to do a lot more shooting than normal.

Also considering an upgrade to a progressive press which will allow me to take advantage of the new opportunity.

December 29, 2011, 01:39 AM
Going to break down and buy my daughter the pink/purple .22 she wants that is just like dads, Ruger 77/22 Mk II.

December 29, 2011, 03:14 AM
Big plans for me. Starting off with joining a local NRA affiliated range, I plan on trying out trap for the first time (my Dad used to and I hope to get him back into it with me). Finally as long as funds roll in I would like to pick up a nice revolver and get my CCW. Aside from that, more practice shooting, and maybe a some .22LR competitions that the club hosts.

December 29, 2011, 03:32 AM
Oh I have also been kicking around the idea of picking up a Mossan-Nagant, i love the look of them and the history attached. Plus i could use a larger caliber rifle for possible future large game hunting :D

December 29, 2011, 04:14 AM
For me? 2012 is going to be the year of all my brass loaded. Most likly I will not make it. But every little bit will help.


December 29, 2011, 05:29 AM
Oh I have also been kicking around the idea of picking up a Mossan-Nagant, i love the look of them and the history attached. Plus i could use a larger caliber rifle for possible future large game hunting :D
Don't do it! I hear tell they breed like field mice... :D

December 29, 2011, 09:46 AM
My resolution is to not buy any more firearms unless I sell one (or more) to fund the purchase. I already have more than I need. Rather, I am resolved to get more out of the ones I have. I need to reload all my fired brass, work up some accuracy loads for a couple of rifles, and fine tune my flintlocks. I have a couple of long guns I want to refinish, and I need to get my youngest kids through a hunter safety course.

December 29, 2011, 09:53 AM
1) Join a range / finding and shooting at gravel pits is getting old

2) TRY not to buy any new firearms

3) Spend the extra money on ammo/accessories for the guns that I do have

4) If I can make it one year without buying then I'll reward myself with my first 1911 on my birthday Jan. 2013. man that is a long time to wait!

December 29, 2011, 10:51 AM
I'd like to join a nice range or shooting club. It would be wonderful to get to shoot more.

As far as items, I feel like I have enough. Nice feeling, that. I've always kind of wanted a Makarov, and I wouldn't mind another shooter-grade .38 special (duty size is fine), but neither of those are anywhere near holy grail items.

December 29, 2011, 11:24 AM
**IF** I buy any more guns in 2012, It **SHOULD**be something I'll actually use: 12ga sporting clays gun; small caliber muzzle loader; better trap gun....(no more ccw stuff).

I'm going to finish my bullet trap project.

I have been contemplating the possibility of buying a new high-end handgun, and keeping it nib as an investment.

December 29, 2011, 11:28 AM
This year I'd like to start handloading. I figure I'll start with lead molds, Keith SWC's for .44mag, .357mag, and .45-70.
I figure that should pretty much cover everything. My grampa was big into handloads, so that's kinda my inspiration. I doubt I'll find the $ to get set up for all of the above this year, but I'm gonna try.
If only Pawp was still around to teach me how...

December 29, 2011, 11:41 AM
Gonna crank up the firearms instruction business, shoot more often, do some sort of handloading or gunsmithing activity every day, step up my hunting opportunities quest, and carry everywhere I'm legally allowed to.

December 29, 2011, 11:44 AM
I've been hitting the range maybe once or twice a year, other than work quals.
Are you LEO? If so then I'm glad you're coming around to taking your training and responsability as an armed enforcer of the law more seriously. You need to train and shoot much more than that IMO. Good for you.

December 29, 2011, 12:00 PM
I plan on buidling an AR in .223 for some long distance (300yd) shooting competitions that they do at my club. I tried it with my bolt action .308, but since its timed, I couldn't get off all the shots in time.

December 29, 2011, 12:01 PM
I need LOTS more range time so I can pick a CCW out of the 4 I have.....
2" Sp101.357, SW Chiefs Special in .40sw, CZ rami 9mm, or Para p12 in .45 ACP.....

Decisions, decisions!

December 29, 2011, 12:35 PM
maybe reloading, I bought a blackhawk in .45c/.45acp so I'm thinking about setting up for .45c first.

December 29, 2011, 12:40 PM
Get better at skeet shooting and practice my rifle shots past 100yds lol.

December 29, 2011, 01:00 PM
1. After more than 6 months of research and agonizing, actually purchase an AR platform rifle
2. Take safety, defensive handgun, and essentials of home defense classes offered by a local firearm training group
3. Make it to the range once a month

December 29, 2011, 01:13 PM
I am going to get a new upper, scope my mosin, and get a stoeger cougar compact and a 1911...maybe

December 29, 2011, 01:31 PM
I'm going to try to grab at least half of my short list.

Most of them aren't very expensive...

December 29, 2011, 06:45 PM
Oh...and I forgot to mention,

I intend to break 200x200 at Illinois state trapshoot in 2012. (198x200 last 2 times).

..maybe trade 2 crappy guns for 1 good one every so often.

Standing Wolf
December 29, 2011, 07:12 PM
I've resolved not to buy more than two or three guns a month unless I happen to run into any I really really like at real good prices. I mean it this time.

December 29, 2011, 07:21 PM
This year, I hope to.......

1) Add at least 4 to my collection.
2) Bring my boy (14) up to full-comfort level with handguns and shotguns.
3) Participate in at least 4 competitive handgun matches (or multi-gun).
4) Spend at least some time training to shoot long-gun offhand.

I won't call the next one a resolution, but if the finances go right, I would love to
5) Jump into the reloading thing for handguns at least.

Last but not least.....
6) Learn as much as I can about all areas of firearms
7) Enjoy the shooting sports at least as much as I have this year!

Squeaky Wheel
December 29, 2011, 07:59 PM
Get my CC license (recently took class & now need to mail paperwork)
Start CC once I get license
Start hand loading after I buy the gear (initially for .45 ACP)
Get some regular range time
Get a .45 LC lever rifle if I have a good year

December 29, 2011, 08:22 PM
1. I will shoot air pistol at least 20 rounds every day that I am not on travel or shooting firearms. Preferably thirty rounds.
2. I will write the article on percussion revolver shooting that I've been contemplating for the last five years.
3. I will medal at the World Muzzle-Loading Championships.

December 29, 2011, 08:31 PM
Shoot more.
Buy less (maybe).:evil:

December 29, 2011, 10:54 PM
I plan to join a club closer to my house so I don't need to travel an hour to the club I currently belong to so I can shoot, especially when they have specific hours for various types of shooting. I do plan to shoot more and get a few more guns to grow my small collection. Oh yeah, I also plan to follow through with the letter I submitted to my town council regarding the illegal application/requirements that has recently been implemented by my town's police chief considering the "shall issue" requirements of the PD to issue ccw permits instead of imposing non-refundable fees and requiring psychological testing and granting themselves discretion not afforded to them by law...

December 29, 2011, 11:05 PM
More range time. Join in a range activity; probably steel shooting.

December 29, 2011, 11:54 PM
One more thing to add:
Really get out and start my little ones shooting.

December 30, 2011, 12:09 AM
I'm going to shoot for buying one new gun a month for the whole year.

December 30, 2011, 09:57 AM
I am going to cut way back on new things. The few things left that I am looking at are pretty expensive (to me) and it looks like it may be a one gun a year for quite some time.

December 30, 2011, 10:18 AM
Join a gun club
Get to the range more
Put more hours on the reloading presses

December 31, 2011, 03:51 PM
More shooting and less purchasing guns, I have 3 calibers, 4 with my AR. So if anything perhaps a shotgun, but it must be Gas due to spinal problem. But I think it's time to do more shooting and less buying.I spent 37 years carrying and don't shoot nearlly as much as I should to keep up my skillset. i do however dryfire and handle guns everyday. Much can be said for practicing your draw and loading etc without firing the gun. And I don't enjoy the dirty indoor ranges that are in my area. Fortunatelly I just met a fellow who has 15 acres in my area, and invited me to come by and shoot there. I'm a little hesitant to call him, as we struck up a conversation at the ammo counter at Wallmart, but stranger things have happened.

December 31, 2011, 04:13 PM
More shooting. I took my boy out with his Henry .22 yesterday for the 1st time and he really enjoyed it while remembering the safety rules.

Will get him something in a deer caliber bolt action soon to work on and hope to pick up a second .41 Magnum this year for me. The Model 57 is a hoot.

December 31, 2011, 04:29 PM
Im gonna get one of those hi point carbines ......havent decided on caliber yet .... 9 would be cheapest to shoot, 40 would be fun, the 45 would be mean, gonna put a red dot on it, will be my poor mans AR

December 31, 2011, 04:48 PM
My resolution is to not buy any more firearms unless I sell one (or more) to fund the purchase. I already have more than I need.

What's that like? I've never been able to reach my limit.

January 1, 2012, 03:45 PM
Well, I'm a hunter/shooter rather than a collector. Even so, I have a couple in the safe that I've never shot. My numbers are modest compared to many. And I have several that I bought for range outings with family and friends. As my kids become independent, they'll take some of the "extras" with them, so there will be some natural attrition. You asked. :D

January 2, 2012, 12:21 AM
Well, I'll be 18 this summer. I hope to pick up an LR-308 with a 20in+ barrel. That way I can slap the SWFA 16x42 on something more potent than the CZ452 it is currently crushing ;)

January 2, 2012, 10:30 AM
Here's what I plan on doing.

1. Obtain a C&R FFL. I mailed in the paperwork on 12/31.
2. Purchase a lifetime membership to the NRA.
3. Obtain my concealed carry permit.
4. Finish my AR-15 build.
5. Buy a concealed carry handgun. Either buy the subcompact P250 9mm, or get a smaller pocket carry gun. Or, both! :)

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