How do you prioritize your gun purchases?


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GunnerShotz
May 16, 2012, 01:15 AM
You may be an IDPA shooter, or a Trap shooter, or Skeet, or Cowboy Action, or a Hunter, or only interested in personal defense, or home defense, etc...

But I want to make it clear that this is a more generalized question based primarily on practicality and budget consciousness. If you're on a budget (which I most certainly am, like many others) and you want to enjoy your 2nd Amendment rights, how do You prioritize your purchases?

I realize this is a multifaceted question, and that different people will have different reasons for why they bought their first gun... and why they bought/buy their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, etc :) I'm just sincerely curious as to whether or not there is a common thread ....

How do you prioritize your gun purchases?

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OARNGESI
May 16, 2012, 01:21 AM
my first gun was a handgun bought it for range fun. now if i see something i like and have the money ill buy it doesnt matter if its a pistol revolver shotgun or rifle.

DesertFox
May 16, 2012, 01:32 AM
I keep my eyes peeled for pieces I have not seen before and buy them when I do.

firesky101
May 16, 2012, 01:45 AM
I am cheap, and want one of just about everything. I keep my eyes peeled and buy when I find a good deal.

forindooruseonly
May 16, 2012, 01:45 AM
I have a running list of things I'm interested in. Sometimes it's a specific gun - like right now I'm looking for a Savage 99 EG, or sometimes it's just features - like pinned and recessed S&Ws. Then whatever I happen to stumble upon gets bought first.

I realize this is a bit different from most since I buy almost exclusively older guns. I don't prioritize for needs - I've got needs covered a long time ago. I just roll with it and when I find something that strikes me and I have some play money, I'll buy it. The chase never ends, if I buy something and miss out on something else, well then there's always next time.

Rail Driver
May 16, 2012, 02:00 AM
Priorities? What are those?

Really, I just buy whatever strikes my fancy that I have enough cash for when I decide it's time to get another gun, unless there's something specific I think I need (such as the time I swapped one of my two 1911s for a snubnose revolver, a pump shotgun and a .22 rifle)

Bullnettles
May 16, 2012, 02:01 AM
No priorities because, like above, those are covered. I buy it if I like it or have it on a running list.

Bobson
May 16, 2012, 02:07 AM
I'm starting my collection, whereas it seems like most people here already have impressive collections, so my answer is likely to differ.

I purchase by category; for example:

1) HD shotgun
2) Hunting rifle
3) Handgun for CC
4) Dedicated backup HD weapon (Handgun)

Etc.

Once those four niche slots are filled, I'll change my approach by prioritizing my "wants." Those first four firearms are my "needs." So far, two down, two to go. Hoping to have #3 filled before the end of the Summer.

Waywatcher
May 16, 2012, 02:08 AM
First, I got guns that I use the most, in order of use. CCW/IDPA, target, hunting, trap, would equal Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun.

Next, after I had a working battery of a handful of guns that do most anything I want, I took note of my Grail Guns (you probably already know them by this point) and keep an eye out for them. It takes time and patience. I found my first Grail Gun a couple weeks ago, a 1969 Wingmaster 870 in fantastic, original condition, choked mod with no rib. I have been looking for at least 5 years and probably looked at fifty of them; but they weren't quite right because of the length, the choke, the neglected finish, etc. Another Grail Gun of mine that I'm still keeping an eye out for is a nice Post-War S&W in .357 Magnum; a Model 27. The more specific your Grail Gun requirement is the less likely you are to find it; but you'll know its perfect when you hold it. To quote from Harry Potter, "the wand chooses the Wizard."

blarby
May 16, 2012, 02:12 AM
I prioritized ( and am still prioritizing) by filling out "slots" if you will.

A training rifle for the wife, and general low cost per round, easy to stockpile plinker/survival gun - this was my bolt action marlin 22. My .30-30 lever could also fill this niche.... but isn't as cheap per round, nor as easy to stockpile as the .22. I can however get real rifle performance at short range, with a nigh infallible action- and a very reasonable cost per round with reloading.

Shotguns for sport and hunting. One for each of us...two mossy 500's.

Pistols for defense and sport. One for each of us- A kimber for the wife, a 44 mag for me.

Rifles for hunting and sport. One for each of us. A ruger .308 match for me, a 7mm-08 for my wife.

Next will be semi-auto battle rifles. I'm leaning towards an FAL, she's leaning towards an AK... probably of polish make.

After that, its pretty much fill the rafters with bullets.

We like all the guns we have, and shoot them all regularly. We've covered a lot of ground in ammo and weapon types, and have a lot of areas of overlap in usefulness. As a result, it would be hard to get jammed up in a shortage of any type that would compromise either our entertainment, our safety, or if necessary our food supply. From entertainment to defense, at just about every range and convenience necessary- we have whats needed.

Some might argue that you need more, some less. But you can't really go wrong with having a marksmanship training rifle, a shotgun, a sidearm, a long-range hunting rifle, and a "battle" rifle as important "slots" in any reasonable assemblage of firearms for household use.

carbuncle
May 16, 2012, 02:30 AM
I have a couple of lists, one is a big list with a wide variety of firearms on it which I may or may not ever actually get around to buying and the other is a shorter list which I would like to actually complete within the next few years. anything is fair game if I see a good deal and have the cash, but I try to focus on the short-listed items first. Also, I'm trying to avoid getting into certain calibers before I start reloading so I'm focusing on .22, 9mm & .40 right now since I already own guns in those calibers.

Teachu2
May 16, 2012, 03:38 AM
Here in CA, I prioritize handguns by what I want that's available, with priority going to new guns that are going to fall off the CA DoJ approved list and never return. Glock made the decision to not submit G4 guns for testing, so I decided which Glocks were of interest to me and bought G3 versions. I'm avoiding the SSE dance around the loophole, as eventually someone may notice and close it - in a rather nasty way. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see a liberal judge ruling that if a gun was modified to comply with CA requirements for SSE with the express intent of importing off-list guns, those guns must remain in SSE condition within the state. Great - a long-barrelled single-shot Gen4 G26.....

I buy rifles and shotguns whenever I find a great deal (like a Remington 1100 LT-20 in excellent condition for $150) or even a good deal on a Grail gun. Fortunately, I don't have a lot of Grail guns on my wish list.

And, like many others, sometimes I get an itch for something that doesn't make a whole lot of sense - but I usually end up with one anyway...

Dr.Rob
May 16, 2012, 03:54 AM
I have a short list of things I 'want' vs. things I 'need'. Occasionally a good bargain comes up or a gun show find I can't walk away from.

Most of my 'needs' are filled. Can't see 'needing' another shotgun for instance.

I have a few mild wants. A BHP, another Vaquero in 44 mag. A number of always on the look out for: ie pre-war Colts.

Thing I can't quantify is the 'wow thats a hell of a deal' or the 'buddy needs to sell a few items' kind of deals that come along.

SANDRAT
May 16, 2012, 04:45 AM
I try to keep my collection to what I think I need for hunting and self defense.Occasionally I find something "I never knew I needed until now":) That's how I wound up with a STG58,Calico M100,Beretta P9.............

Where I live,we don't have much crime.Biggest danger in my neighborhood is coming face to face with a Brown Bear,Black Bear,or,big maybe,a Momma Moose with calf.I do a lot of hunting and fishing and would rather have fewer guns and put my money into top notch optics,GPS,varmint caller,range finder,Clothing and gear.Best gun in the world is useless to me if it doesn't have quality sights,and I'm wet and miserable out on the Tundra or in the muskeg.

Here's the short list,

S&W 629 DX Classic,goes with me everywhere,would love a 460V or 500

Ruger 10/22,customized w/Silencer,goes with me,killed lots of small game and varmints.No plans to replace it.

Custom AR15 in 6X45 with ACOG,my main Coyote/Wolf/Lynx gun.Had it for years,think I'm very happy with it.

Remmy 870 Super Magnum and Mossy 835,My Waterfowl cannons,only thing I hunt with a shotgun,use the 10/22 for grouse and Ptarmigan.Would truly love to have one of those new Benelli semi-auto's !

Custom 338 EDGE w/ Lawton action,custom 22" bbl,brake,trigger,stock,Sightron SIII tactical scope...........accurate,heavy hitter that does less meat damage to smaller critters than a lot of smaller carts do.Keeps evolving.Every time I cuss the 10# weight with optics,nothing else I look at matches up to it,think I'll Keep It !!!

I've been looking at lightweight mountain rifles in a smaller,flat shooting caliber for hunting Sheep and Goats,but still big enough if I tangle with a Grizz,thinking a Remmy 700KS might do the trick,then I gotta buy optics :(

captain awesome
May 16, 2012, 05:26 AM
well these are the thoughts that initially enter my considerations;
Laws; what is the most likely to be infringed upon next? Fire arms with 11+ round capacity mags, and this may just be foolishness, but handguns come to mind also.
Need; if I have a purpose for it, such as hunting, SD, CC, HD, SHTF, ect.
Fun; just for the hell of it, or range toys. this is based solely on wants and likes
Collectible; This one can be tricky, you have to move this one to the high priority and then to the back burner based on what politics and the economy is doing. And needs to be opportunistic in nature.

I went heavy on the handguns to start with, and there are really only 3 more handguns that are real high up on my want list(yes I keep a physical list that gets updated frequently)even though I factor all those points in when making my list, What usually wins out are impulse buys or deals to good to pass up.I have needed a varmint rifle for a very long time but still don't have one. Instead, I just bought 338 lapua, and I don't even shoot competitively. maybe I can try to use it for ultra long range coyote hunting.

So ultimately its wants that win out over the more wise purchases.

scchokedaddy
May 16, 2012, 05:52 AM
Only priority here is can I find 2 of them? I finally have all I need, now buying for grand kids. Oh I forgot any A5 I can afford I will buy fer sure.

Havok7416
May 16, 2012, 06:32 AM
I keep what has turned into a pretty detailed spreadsheet detailing the finishes, prices and other sundry options of various firearms I want down to a "T". As it stands now, I am working on the last seven guns on the list then the collection will be complete!:)

bannockburn
May 16, 2012, 07:26 AM
When I first started buying guns it was those that I really wanted: a SAA, a Colt Government or Combat Commander, and a S&W J frame snubbie, a Remington 870, and a Colt AR-15. What I could actually afford was a different matter. Eventually I obtained those that I really desired and began to look for those that were of interest to me but didn't necessarily had a specific purpose in mind for them.

Lately I would have to say CCW and HD guns have priority as to my selection process for purchasing.

bracer
May 16, 2012, 08:43 AM
I was given my first rimfire rifle in 1948 and purchases my first center fire big game rifle in 1952. A varmint rifle, shot gun was gotten in 1956 and hand gun in 1957. I then had all the firearms hunting tools I would ever need to hunt small game, varmints, big game, and birds. But there were times when after paying off bills, saving for a car, house, and retitrment I had some money left. There has ben a bunch of new cartridges and firearm models come out since 1957 some sounded good to me so I would get it but I dident need it. But it has ben fun trying out the different firearms . Nevered had a plan to get a collection it just happened.

Sgt_R
May 16, 2012, 09:14 AM
Needs before wants, with the definition of each term to be interpreted by the individual.

My primary interest in firearms is for self/home defense, so my first 2 firearms purchases were a Mossberg and a Glock. Someone else's primary interest in firearms may be for hunting, in which case they might prefer to spend their money on a Model 700 with good glass. There is no 'one size fits all' answer.

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Agsalaska
May 16, 2012, 10:46 AM
I satisfied all of the needs long ago. Now I just buy what I want whenever I get the itch. Usually it is when I see a good deal on something. Last gun was a model 10 from Buds for $269. Nowadays thats a good deal. I dont even shoot that much. I probably haven't shot the last four or five guns I have bought. So why do I buy them? I dont know. :)

mdauben
May 16, 2012, 10:46 AM
Whatever I want the most, at the time I have the money to buy it! :D

22-rimfire
May 16, 2012, 10:49 AM
It has been a while since I had a prioritized list of firearm needs. But my approach was pretty practical and use oriented. At the beginning, I did not necessarily buy the best or the worst, but I always tried to buy well made firearms based on my knowledge level.

For me the priority went this way:
(1) 22 rifle for hunting, plinking, and target shooting. I chose a semi-auto 22 rifle the first time because I wanted the gun to be fun to shoot.

(2) Centerfire rifle for deer hunting. I chose a Mossberg 243 for both deer and varmint shooting. I later went with separate rifles for these purposes.

(3) Handgun for self defense (home, plinking, and hunting). I initially chose an H&R 22 revolver. Then, I chose a Colt Diamondback in 22 and purchased a Colt Python as my home defense and potential hunting handgun. Times have changed as have the prices. So, I would probably not choose either at the beginning now if I were on a strict budget. Probably Ruger Mark II/III to start and then a used S&W Model 10 or 15. In a semi-auto, a Glock would be my choice to start with if they feel good in your hand. I feel you just can't go wrong with a Glock.

(3a) I would be very interested in a small handgun for carry and discreet transport now but that was not a priority when I first became interested in such things.

(4) Shotgun for hunting and potential home defense. I chose a 20ga Remington M870 to start with. Home defense was a low priority when I already had handguns that filled that niche for me. Now I would buy a 12ga Remington M870. Not much difference.

(5) If I were younger, undoubtedly, I would purchase a SKS or similar rifle for fun and potential defensive use. Not much a fan of the Mosin Nagant rifles even though they are inexpensive. I tend to want a US caliber or a very common military caliber. I lean toward the Ruger Mini 14.

Make a mental list and keep some cash around for gun purchases. Hit the gun shows to see what is available both new and used and the pricing. Then research pricing a bit more as you need to be aware of what a fair price is for the guns you are interested in. When you find it and you have the money, buy gun. Simple.

Wants.... those are for unbudgeted purchases (but you have the money available) that generally are bargains or something that fits into your general future accumulation. It's fun to be a bit spontaneous.

HGUNHNTR
May 16, 2012, 10:53 AM
When I was young I wanted one of everything. THe older I get the more discerning I am. I look for quality guns that look like they would be fun to own and shoot. That might be an old Smith revolver, it might be a new auto pistol or rifle. Whenever something trips my trigger I buy it, and if I end up not being too in love with the gun I'll give it away or sell it off and buy something else. It's a good way to keep the inventory fresh, exciting, and full of guns you enjoy owning.

CountryUgly
May 16, 2012, 11:27 AM
I buy based strictly on what I like. I don't even pay attention to the price to start with. Like recently I was looking for my first 1911. I read a bunch of comments and reviews online and narrowed my choices by that down to 3 guns. A mil-spec SA, RIA 1911A1, and a Colt. Next I figured my budget to about 800-1k. All fell inside my budget so that was a non issue. Next I went and shot them. I bought the one I shot the best and that I liked the feel of the best. It was the RIA. It grouped better for me and was the only one that functioned 100% with the 3 different rounds I fired. That's how I do it. First personal attraction, second how well it fits in my budget, third how well I shoot with it. The one that fits all 3 the best gets a new home.

Driftertank
May 16, 2012, 12:17 PM
Had a .22 when i was a teenager (think every decently adjusted kid should), but on moving out on my own, i decided i needed something more powerful. Got a Rem 870 Express Magnum Security. Couple years later, wanted something with a bit more range. Got a Mosin M44 carbine for $79. Little later, wanted something with better follow-up ability. Got a Norinco SKS at a local pawn shop. After being randomly assaulted outside a fast-food restaurant, and having wanted a 1911 since i was a kid, i decided it was time to get something to carry. Saved my pennies and used my tax return to buy my Kimber Stainless TLE II. Ultimately decided i wanted a spare-no-expense do-all rifle that could take any game animal in north america, deliver accurate aimed fire out to 800 yds, and have sufficient ammo capacity for a firefight...whether i ever need it or not. So again, saved pennies and tax return, PTR-91F. Then i picked up a "Walther" P22, because 45's are getting expensive to shoot and i wanted a backup/hideaway gun.

Zach S
May 16, 2012, 02:44 PM
Most of mine were impulse buys when I was young, single, had no kids, and plenty of disposable income. If I liked it, and had the money, I bought it. I think I made good choices, as I still own most of them.

Several years later, purchases are more budget oriented, but not cheap as in hi-points and rossis. The last gun I bought was a 9mm 1911, its my preferred platform in a centerfire caliber I can afford to shoot more often. My next gun may be an AR15 in 5.45 for the same reason.

The_Armed_Therapist
May 16, 2012, 02:57 PM
Like many, my family doesn't have the ability to buy for fun very often. But, I was also fortunate enough to have a few guns given to me, from which I could start. I was given, by my Father, a Ruger 10/22 when I turned 18, a Norinco SKS by a friend when I got married, and a Ruger Old Army by the same friend when I turned 21.

Every purchase/trade I make has the primary goal of fulfilling what I deem to be my greatest need. Yes, that is very subjective; it's up to every person to determine. For me, needs are, in order:

1) Something my wife will carry with her everywhere.
2) Something I will carry with me everywhere.
3) A "battle-type rifle"* that my wife can and will use.
4) A "battle-type rifle"* that I can and will use.
5) A primary carry gun for my wife.
6) A primary carry gun for me.
7) A longer-range hunting-type rifle.

*For "battle-type rifle", I refer to a "go-to" gun for anything from plinking to worst-case scenario situations. Anything semi-auto, high capacity, easy reload, etc.

For us, we currently have a Kel-Tec P32 (mine) and a Kahr P380 (wife's) for #s 1 & 2, a Ruger 10/22 (wife's) and a Norinco SKS (mine) for #s 3 & 4, and a Taurus 24/7 (wife's) and a Glock 22 (mine) for #s 5 & 6. Our "longer-range hunting" rifle is presently (far from ideal) a Marlin 1894 .44mag.

Now, for all future purposes, the first consideration that we make is what needs to be upgraded. For example, while I love the 10/22 and the SKS, they are not as good as, say, AR-15s and AK-47s. Eventually, we would like to upgrade these. Additionally, while my Kel-Tec performs reliably, I would welcome an upgrade there. Perhaps the biggest need for upgrade is our long-range option since the Marlin isn't really much good past 200 yards.

Every transaction we make is with a secondary goal of "fun." However, we don't place fun above need. For example, I don't consider a shotgun a need, so while I'd LOVE to have one, it's going to have to wait.

I know this was long, but I just wanted to share my thought process. :)

Teachu2
May 16, 2012, 03:29 PM
1) Something my wife will carry with her everywhere.
2) Something I will carry with me everywhere.
3) A "battle-type rifle"* that my wife can and will use.
4) A "battle-type rifle"* that I can and will use.
5) A primary carry gun for my wife.
6) A primary carry gun for me.
7) A longer-range hunting-type rifle.


I had the same list - somehow it took 24 guns (so far!) to ALMOST complete the list....

8-9) rimfire varmint rifles
10-12) centerfire varmint rifles
13-14) .22LR target pistols
15-16) 9mm target pistols
17-18) .38/.357 revolvers
19) .22LR revolver (training)
20-21) .45acp 1911s
22) HD 12ga pump
23) 12ga skeet semi
24) 20ga skeet semi

Some categories have multiple guns, some guns cover multiple categories. I have been buying a lot (for me, anyway) of guns in the last year, as I left another hobby behind and returned to shooting. As I sold off the other hobby, I used that cash for guns - thus going much deeper into my list than would have happened if I hadn't had the "extra" cash.

Telekinesis
May 16, 2012, 04:09 PM
I had the unfortunate (or fortunate depending on how you look it it) opportunity to restart my collection a few years ago...

My first collection was focused more on quantity and getting good deals than quality. I started with a desire to get a defensive pistol (which I did get) but then went in all sorts of directions that weren't that useful to me. I had things from Mosins, to hunting rifles, small carry guns to full sized duty guns and reloading gear for it all, but the common denominator was that each weapon was relatively cheap.

My second (and current) collection still has that first defensive pistol, but is very focused around defensive shooting/practical uses - both CCW and more combative shooting. I have a subcompact (which will be going up for sale soon), a "compact" Sig 228 that is my carry gun, and a full sized pistol, a Glock 17 which is currently being sold so I can transition to a Sig 226. Rifle wise I have a good AK which is just about all I need (at least for right now).

Further gun purchases have been put on hold for the time being as I start to get into NFA weapons, namely suppressors for my pistols (all 9mm). I decided now that I have sufficient weaponry to protect myself, I should try and protect my hearing a bit as well.

Warp
May 16, 2012, 04:30 PM
I don't prioritize very well. I don't have the patience. I get to where I have enough to buy a good handgun ($400-$500 or so) and end up just just having to get this or that handgun. So I do. I'm up to 5. Everything else was even less expensive. A 10/22, an 870, and some milsurp rifles.

I don't have the patience to save until I can afford something more expensive than about $550 (for the gun itself).

I need to find a way to save up/wait to buy until I can afford an M1A next time.

Warp
May 16, 2012, 04:46 PM
Priority lists...okay, I see...

1) Every Day Carry for me (doubles as nightstand gun)
2) "Carry" for my wife (only in the vehicle so far)
3) Home Defense pistol for my wife
4) Home Defense shotgun for me
5) .22lr for plinking and introducing new shooters
6) More carry choices for me (full size for OWB/open carry, BUGs, two is one, one is one, different calibers, etc...)
7) Combat capable centerfire rifle for the home/serious travels
8) Home Defense shotgun for my wife
9) Combat capable centerfire rifle as a 'trunk gun'
10) Easy to use, effective defensive firearms for friends/family/neighbors in an emergency


I keep getting stuck on #6, though.

Arkansas Paul
May 16, 2012, 04:52 PM
I have my needs covered now. My last purchase pretty much filled the last one.

I have a couple of good rifles for hunting, though I guess I only really need one. There's a muzzleloader for BP season. I have a .22 rifle for small game and plinking, a Ruger Blackhawk because I want to handgun hunt, and a pump 20 gauge if a shotty is needed. My last purchase was a Sig 2022 in .40 and between that and the 20 gauge, they take care of my HD needs. The only other I could think of that I really need is maybe a smaller handgun for CC.

My budget allows 1-2 gun purchases a year, so from here on it will be a matter of wants now that the bases are covered. There are plenty of guns that I want. Unfortunately my champagne tastes are accompanied by a Busch Light budget. :)

Sam1911
May 16, 2012, 05:42 PM
My philosophy:

1) What gun do I need to do the kind of shooting I'm interested in?
2) Range membership and match fees.
3) Ammo and reloading components.
4) Ammo and reloading components.
5) Ammo and reloading components.
6) Ammo and reloading components.
7) Ammo and reloading components.
etc...

Can't really enjoy the benefits of the 2nd Amendment without shooting. A gun you can't shoot well is not of much value. Shooting is a skill that requires development and practice. If you're spending more on guns than ammo, you've got priorities a bit reversed.

So...

8) Ammo and reloading components.
9) Ammo and reloading components.
etc! :)

Manny
May 16, 2012, 07:36 PM
I've gone through all kinds of guns over the years, buying often on a whim something that struck my fancy or as I wanted to try a different shooting activity. My "collection" was fairly large but truely had little rhyme or reason. I also had little ammo for all those guns and seemed to be shooting less and less as my collection grew.

Finally about 5 years or so ago a poster at a forum I frequented posted a scenario of picking your ultimate battery of 30 guns in 4 catagories, 9 handguns, 9 centerfire rifles, 6 rimfire rifles and 6 shotguns to cover all your shooting needs and interests plus hunting and defensive use and list which gun you'd use for what purpose, which I gleefully did. Then he added a twist, day by day he'd say to eliminate one or two guns from each of the 4 catagories in that "ultimate" collection and then share your thoughts as to what and why. The final number I won't post in case we play the game, but the thought involved in deciding what to keep and what to discard was very valuable to me.

For some reason that excercise really struck my fancy and was the first time I actually gave serious consideration as to what I had, why I had it, and what my true shooting needs and interests were. It was the first time I actually made a list of what I had and looked objectively at how useful it was. The exercise also worked to show me what holes I had in my collection. It really opened my eyes and I remade my "ultimate" list with this new insight. It turned out my collection shrunk noticeably as I got rid of the safe queens and redundant guns. I also reduced the number of calibers I had too, allowing me to stock up on more ammo.

My interests these days are primarily personal & home defense and target shooting, mostly informal but some regular shooting events. I also still have the thought of getting back to a bit of hunting, mainly varmints but deer, pigs and possibly some other game as well. My collection now reflects those defined interests and I'm pretty well equipped. There are a few guns I may upgrade yet and an additional slot or two I may fill someday, but I really have no true deficiencies based on what my needs and interests are at this point. I also find I shoot more, shoot better and enjoy it much more this way. It's also far easier to avoid the temptation of a new gun that really isn't suitable now that I've thought through my needs, interests and shooting opportunities.

Warp
May 16, 2012, 09:07 PM
Manny: Would you be interested in starting a thread just like that here? That sounds like a great exercise. I'm already starting to think of what I would put in the 20, and why...and reading other people's lists and thoughts will only help.

And it's an exercise I need, same as you did, I think. (though I don't probably have near as many in my collection as you did)

Manny
May 16, 2012, 10:19 PM
Manny: Would you be interested in starting a thread just like that here? That sounds like a great exercise. I'm already starting to think of what I would put in the 20, and why...and reading other people's lists and thoughts will only help.

And it's an exercise I need, same as you did, I think. (though I don't probably have near as many in my collection as you did)
Warp,

I mis-remembered some of the details of that excercise, which I corrected in my previous post. The initial number of guns was 30 not 20, in 4 catagories, handgun (9), centerfire rifle (9), rimfire rifle (6) and shotgun(6). I think the initial high number was to let folks imaginations run wild and to stock their dream collections.

I sent a note to the originator to see if he'd be interested or if he'd mind me copying. If he's OK with it, I'd love to see what the folks here would do with the exercise. .

EvilGenius
May 16, 2012, 10:46 PM
I'm still fairly new to all this, but my theory behind it is responsibility/practicality/utility first and pretty/fun second.

I believe that we have a basic responsibilty to be reasonably well armed at least at home if not out in public. First and foremost for our own safety, but also incase of SHTF however unlikely it may be.

So I started with a common 1911 style pistol in common .45acp caliber.

Then I needed a long gun, so I got a shotgun. Proven defensive weapon, has reasonable combat use (as a would be civilian in a SHTF situation, I can't see any reason to engage any target beyond 75-100yds instead of evading retreating) and ofcourse the wide range of sporting/hunting capabilities.

I could use a rifle too, but I don't feel it falls under the "responsibility" aspect for me.

Now it's time to just start shooting and get good, but i also have my eye out for the pretty and life long want guns. First on the list is going to a repro Schofield in .45lc with a nice holster and bandolier belt. *drool*

22-rimfire
May 17, 2012, 12:05 AM
The one thing I really have trouble doing is selling guns. I used to buy and sell a good bit, but I had little attachment to those firearms. I'd buy one this week and sell it a month later after shooting it a couple times. Kind of like trying out a record album in the old days... just because I wanted to hear it or in the case of a gun, shoot it.

I say I will sell just about every gun I own eventually except for a couple guns that are useful to me at that time in my life and my interests. So when people say they upgraded a gun... well I did that too, but unless it was beat up (80% condition or something), I upgraded but kept the guns I had. I just didn't shoot them anymore. Frequently the upgrades were collector grade and they stayed safe queens unfired.

I have settled down now and just buy what catches my fancy as I already own just about everything I will ever need times-2. So I don't really prioritize purchases any more. The new Ruger LCR-22 and SR-22 came out... bought them at the first gunshop I saw them because I wanted to shoot them. No other reason. I certainly didn't need two new 22 handguns. But both are fun.

Added: But this is not how I started out. That's important.

Serenity
May 17, 2012, 12:36 AM
My next gun will be a S&W 357 to trade my son for the 38 special that I REALLY want to keep when he moves on in a couple of years (I bought it for my first gun and it is waiting for him to grow up). Meanwhile I have learned that I LOVE the 38 and don't want to part with it (it's my first gun!).

I also need a carry gun: hopefully I can avoid spiraling down into the carry-gun grail search. :eek:

I guess my priority is keeping the guns I have: so I need to get another one to give to my son when he turns 18.

B!ngo
May 17, 2012, 12:53 AM
I shot .22's as a kid, and for years wanted to get back to shooting. I was always fascinated by the quality of the machinery, how a fine gun felt in the hand, and becoming an expert shooter is high on my list of things a guy should have on their list of accomplishments.
I've been at it slowly for 15 years now, but have recently had the time to ramp up my investment and activities. I've surely learned that becoming expert will be a very long road, but well worth my time.
So I've been pretty picky in choosing a next gun. I'd rather go with quality than quality, have less to choose from because I want to cater to my left-hand/left-eye genetics, and like to pick based on function and design.
So, here's my thought process and resulting purchases so far:
1. A high-quality accurate handgun - P7M13 and then a P7M8 (9mm) (ambi)
2. A target-quality 22LR pistol - Benelli M95E Atlanta (ambi)
3. A full-sized do-everything handgun - H&K USP V2 (that left hand thing)
4. An AR - because I thought I should (and now I'm not so sure) - Stag Arms 3GL (.223/5.56) (left hand)
5. A do-everything carbine (which I don't think an AR is) and to satisfy my lust for an H&K MP5 - AT94 9mm (oh well, never saw a LH MP5, eh?)
Now looking for a .308 bolt rifle (anyone have some advice?) in LH
And a home-defense shotgun (perhaps a Browning BPS all-weather) ambi or LH
I'm sure I'll think of more, but that's how I've worked through it. I can't imagine owning more than a dozen, which sounds to me like a very big number. But in THR context, it doesn't seem as large as many other collections.
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GunnerShotz
May 17, 2012, 02:03 AM
Wow!!! This is why I love The High Road :)

There are just too many candid, appropriate, and just plain awesome responses to reply to directly.

I'll tell you the reason I started this thread... a coworker and I were talking about the the 2nd amendement and how (like pretty much everything else) it depends on whether or not you can afford the "right". So, if you choose to spend your hard earned money on the right to bare arms and protect yourself (and others), provide for yourself (and others), or just plain have some fun, then "how do You prioritize"?

Sincere and humble thanks to the responses!

GunnerShotz
May 17, 2012, 02:11 AM
I'm thinking distance...

1) Close up and personal defensive engagement.
2) Medium (50-100 yards) defense and game.
3) Long range game and target.

A spreadsheet will definitely be neccessary for all of the options available within just those three categories... but then I guess I'll follow the most common theme of "buy what I have the money for when I find it" ;)

Shoot66
May 17, 2012, 02:43 AM
"When I was young I wanted one of everything. THe older I get the more discerning I am. I look for quality guns that look like they would be fun to own and shoot"

This +1

Generally: First purpose, then quality within the class. Then I listen carefully which one speaks up to me.

larryh1108
May 17, 2012, 09:35 AM
A lot of it has to do with what your needs are versus what your wants are.
A lot of people like to stick with as few cartridge sizes as possible. Others like to have something in each common cartridge available. If you boil it down to must haves versus like to have then it can be easier. A short list can include: a .22LR, a 9mm, a .38 Special or a .357 Mag, something in .45ACP, a 12ga, a 30-30 or .308, etc. That covers plinking, range, hunting, HD and if you get something easy to carry then CC/SD. Toss is a few "want" guns and you have the beginning of a nice, diversified collection. Some are happy with a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun. Whatever works for you is all that counts.

Coyote3855
May 17, 2012, 02:11 PM
I have a decent collection with all my "needs" covered. I have firearms for hunting, varmint control, competition, concealed carry, home defense. So now I look for deals, or particular firearms that catch my attention. I recently bought a couple of Mosins because they were cheap. This week I picked up my first Swedish Mauser, a m96 Gustafs made in 1902. I'm currently looking for a Husqvarna m38. I'm fortunate that my financial situation allows me indulge my whims.

timhernandez
May 17, 2012, 02:34 PM
I am a need before want purchaser. I have a list and work through it as things come and go.

I have said more than once, "its' not on the list" in the face of some decent deals. The current incarnation of the list is below.

flintlock blackpowder rifle .50 cal
1940-1945 manu. M-1 Carbine .30 cal
1911 full size .45 acp
Bond Arms Derringer .38/357
M-1 Garand 30-06
M-1a .308
H&K MP5 A5 .22 .22

Bushpilot
May 18, 2012, 12:52 PM
At this point all of my “needs” and many if not most of my “wants” in terms of guns have been met. So, the guns that I now purchase first are those remaining that I run across that I have either always wanted or always found interesting. Second, are those that I like that are uncommon to find. Third, those that interest me that are a good deal. And lastly, I purchase those guns that all of a sudden catch my eye for some reason or that until now I may have never really paid much attention to or saw in person before. Sometimes that last type of purchase can be the most fun.

Skribs
May 18, 2012, 01:17 PM
My first purchase was a handgun. I figured, I can get a shotgun and leave it at home, or I can buy a handgun for both home and carry. I went with the later.

After that, I got a shotgun. Because long guns are better if you have them.

From there, I got a few handguns trying to see if there was a difference in comfort or concealment, and have been trying to find the right holster.

Recently my shotgun broke, so I bought a second until I can get the first one fixed.

I want a rifle eventually, but I don't really like any of the rifle ranges nearby, so I haven't purchased a rifle yet (why buy what you can't function test or practice with?). For now, I'll be buying to fill out my HD/carry options.

AOK
May 18, 2012, 01:21 PM
For me when it comes to firearms it's more of an as need basis rather than want. Majority of my money goes toward ammo, training, and miscellaneous things like magazines. My budget is a little tighter over the past year for firearms because I got into the H2H side of self defense.

788Ham
May 18, 2012, 01:30 PM
I think I'm pretty well covered with wants vs needs, oh I definitely want a couple more firearms, but the needs keep me grounded in that respect. Over the years I've bought and sold quite a few, wishing my brain was functioning then like it does now! Varmint, HD, CCW, all covered, but that "itch" is still there to find that one gun I sure wish I had, its still there, but do I truly need it? Forindooruseonly, I know your feelings and wants about these rifles, there is a pawn about 10 miles North of me that has 2 of them on the shelf, not priced too high, but fortunately for me, my Pop left me his .300 in '99, and a .250 in '99, I don't need 2 of them in those calibers.

I want to buy more, but I think at this stage in life, I want to have what I have, more than I need to buy more! Hope this makes sense.

Old judge creek
May 20, 2012, 12:46 AM
... My "collection" was fairly large but truely had little rhyme or reason. I also had little ammo for all those guns and seemed to be shooting less and less as my collection grew.

Finally about 5 years or so ago a poster at a forum I frequented posted a scenario of picking your ultimate battery of 30 guns in 4 catagories, 9 handguns, 9 centerfire rifles, 6 rimfire rifles and 6 shotguns to cover all your shooting needs and interests plus hunting and defensive use and list which gun you'd use for what purpose, which I gleefully did. Then he added a twist, day by day he'd say to eliminate one or two guns from each of the 4 catagories in that "ultimate" collection and then share your thoughts as to what and why. The final number I won't post in case we play the game, but the thought involved in deciding what to keep and what to discard was very valuable to me.

For some reason that excercise really struck my fancy and was the first time I actually gave serious consideration as to what I had, why I had it, and what my true shooting needs and interests were. It was the first time I actually made a list of what I had and looked objectively at how useful it was. The exercise also worked to show me what holes I had in my collection. It really opened my eyes and I remade my "ultimate" list with this new insight. It turned out my collection shrunk noticeably as I got rid of the safe queens and redundant guns. I also reduced the number of calibers I had too, allowing me to stock up on more ammo.

My interests these days are primarily personal & home defense and target shooting, mostly informal but some regular shooting events. I also still have the thought of getting back to a bit of hunting, mainly varmints but deer, pigs and possibly some other game as well. My collection now reflects those defined interests and I'm pretty well equipped. There are a few guns I may upgrade yet and an additional slot or two I may fill someday, but I really have no true deficiencies based on what my needs and interests are at this point. I also find I shoot more, shoot better and enjoy it much more this way. It's also far easier to avoid the temptation of a new gun that really isn't suitable now that I've thought through my needs, interests and shooting opportunities.




I was the OP of the "game" Manny is talking about. The beauty of the game is that it attrits the original "pool of guns" over a controlled time period and almost everyone who's ever participated as confessed having learned something about his "real" preferences that he hand not expected.

Manny,
Have at it, Pard. I'll even play.

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