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Are 'Gun Enthusiasts' also Packrats as a general rule?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow, Sep 2, 2009.


Gun Enthusiasts - Are you also a Packrat?

Poll closed Oct 2, 2009.
  1. Not at all - I'd throw out my own kids if they got in the way.

    30 vote(s)
  2. Not too much really - I can part with old items I won't need to save space

    64 vote(s)
  3. Fair to Midland

    41 vote(s)
  4. Yes, I keep most miscellaneous things around for years, just in case

    122 vote(s)
  5. Are you kidding? I have valentines cards I recieved in the 3rd grade, and I recycle my paper towels!

    18 vote(s)
  1. Bear with me on this one - A large chunk of the reasons for gun ownership, especially beyond hunting (but even to some extent collecting hunting guns) revolves around preparedness/ planning for unlikely scenarios - let's face it, realistically, most people (thankfully) will never have to use a gun in self-defense, let alone a Mad Max or Katrina or other (gawd help me) "SHTF" scenario. So as a group (at least among 'gun enthusiasts', not merely 'gun owners'), we are typically the boy scout / be prepared for all contingencies/ self-sufficient / think ahead and plan for a rainy day types. Realistically, most of us have way more firepower in the way of self-defense guns than we'd likely ever need (or our entire neighborhood or family for that matter).

    Well, packrats such as myself tend to keep a little of everything, and by dang, when we clean out the garage, we're not gonna chunk those jar of nails, screws and other fasteners we inherited from our grandpa's garage (yes I'm serious) because you just never know when they might be needed, and I could save .30 plus gasoline by not making a trip to Ace hardware. Besides, what if you need that screw during an ice storm or hurricane and Ace is closed!?! Then you'll not be able to hang the picture for the wife until the ice storm is over!!!!!!!!!!

    So it seems to me that packratting and gun ownership go hand in hand to a large extent. Therefore, please vote in the poll.
  2. Warhawk83

    Warhawk83 Well-Known Member

    I HATE CLUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, realize I have a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a pack rat for a wife so my house basically is clutter. My kids have more toys than I think I owned during my entire childhood. My wife has boxes of cassette tapes from high school, we have no cassette player. If i could drive a track-hoe with a snow plow through my house and just start over I would!!!
  3. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    One of the symptoms of compulsive hoarding is collecting things... ANYTHING, not just guns. You could make the same generalization about people who collect stuffed animals.
  4. True, but the possible NEED for guns is a bit more realistic than the possible NEED for a beanie baby collection.
  5. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    "Need" is a subjective thing. My Mom has no need for guns but she "needs" a mountain of junk in the spare room. When my parents moved a couple of years ago I threw out a dozen boxes full of washed and stacked margarine tubs and several 55 gallon garbage bags full of plastic grocery sacks. She was raised during The Depression and just can't bring her self to throw out a perfectly good jar, bottle or bag.
  6. KarenTOC

    KarenTOC Well-Known Member

    I have nothing to add to that. :)

    well, maybe I'll add that it's "fair to middling" - but you probably already knew that.
  7. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    I will usually disect something before I throw it away. I have a handfull of power cords( come in handy when making lights) and I just made some gator lights that plug into a cigarette lighter, the cords were left over from old radar detectors.
    A couple of coffee cans full of screws that were kept from jobs when I worked (I just used about 60 stainless screws that were free to me on my boat).
    Most of of the time if I need a spacer, I will get a steel casing that was picked up at the range cut it to the length that I need and use it.
  8. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    I don't think there is any cause and effect or direct corelationship.
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    One pack rat here.

    I purge things from time to time, but I part with them begrudgingly.

  10. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Pretty much a minimalist here. I need to have everything organized and not cluttered everywhere.
  11. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    As a rule I keep things forever. Has nothing to do with shooting, it's my character.

    Dr. Tad: I believe the phrase is "Fair to middling". Midland is a town in west Texas.
    Although I am intrigued by the metaphor implied by, "Fair to Midland." I guess we should all strive to be fair to Midland, since the people of that town do us no harm.

    Edit: See Karen's post above.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  12. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    You got me pegged

    My wife hates the fact that I will stop along the highway and pick up a plastic 5-gallon bucket when I see one that has separated itself from a vehicle. I have several in my garage; most are not being used... yet. But she and I both have been known to hop into a dumpster to retrieve something we thought we couldn't live without!

    I have a steel 20-gallon drum, that I cut the top off of, in my garage. I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for, but I couldn't pass it up.

    When my wife wrecked her car, years ago, I took the wheels and tires off to keep, before sending the junker to the scrap yard. They are still stacked in my garage.

    I think you get the idea. I have a three car garage that I can't park one car in. So, we are just about finished with an outbuilding that I erected out back of my house, to hold all my junk, and so we can actually park our cars in the garage.

    +1 on coffee cans full of random fasteners too.:D
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  13. Kindrox

    Kindrox Well-Known Member

    I have found that keeping junk actually costs me money. Because when I need something I know I have, I can't find it and I end up buying a new one. Plus junk detracts from the quality of my life, which is one of my priorites.

    So I keep things I know I'll need or use, but I get rid of most the rest. It is few and far between that I buy back some junk I got rid of.
  14. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Well-Known Member

    as pertains to me up to a point. and I have throwed 'stuff' I have set back into the trash when I realized I had no soon use for it.
  15. DHJenkins

    DHJenkins Well-Known Member

    All of my "clutter" is either tools or parts. Anything else I can toss out easily.
  16. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    Yes...I am guilty of being a pack rat.
    However at this very moment I am doing a remodel project at the home and have finally started chunking decades of clutter.
    Not easy at times to throw away things.
    I hate waste.
  17. Pweller

    Pweller Well-Known Member

    I try to evaluate things based on whether or not I've used them in the past 2 years or so. If something has not been used in that time, then I try and get rid of it.

    You might be interested in seeing this George Carlin video on 'stuff'. George was pretty perceptive, and makes you rethink all the junk you have, and why you have it. Plus, it's very funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac
  18. CapnMac

    CapnMac Well-Known Member

    Well "guns" tend to attract "clutter."
    You get a holster for a given weapon. It's ok, but not quite right. So you get another.
    If it's CC, you need three or four holsters before you find a good "right" one. And, even then, you might need more than one for different circumstances.

    Gee, go get a Garand. Easy, right? Well, you need en bloc clips. Cheap way to do that one task by itself is to get a bucketfull. Which means you need a bucket. Oh, and probably another to clean the 25ยข clips. But, while walking out of the show, you catch a great deal on ammo in en bloc clips in bandoliers. So, now you need a place to store the bandoliers; and the bucket; oh, and the metal ammo can the bandoliers came in. Oh, and the boxes of 30-06, and the weapon itself; oh, and the carrying case, too. Wit, and the combo tool, and the cleaning kit, and the front and rear sight protectors . . .

    Clutter, what clutter? <g>
  19. huntsman

    huntsman Well-Known Member

    but if it's a true need then you only really need one gun.

    I live by the 5 year rule for stuff (except inherited guns) if I haven't used it in 5 years get rid of it
  20. eatont9999

    eatont9999 Well-Known Member

    I keep some stuff, but I do not need 25 jars of the same screw. I try to keep it all in moderation. I have many hobbies so I have a lot of things, but most are not superfluous. I actually like throwing things away. It makes me feel cleaner.

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