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THRers and their guns, what do you do with them

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Brian Williams, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    As a gun owner what do you do with or how do you use your guns? Are you a shooter or collector? Are you a hunter or target shooter? Is your focus SD/carry/personal protection or just shooting?

    If you are looking for a gun are you looking for a pristine NIB gun or a shooter?

    Let us know what you do with your guns. Also include what you would like to get into, like 3gun or Trap or Collecting Milsurps

    I will start it off
    I prefer to spend time at the range plinking and practicing SD. I like to hunt but do not get out as much as I would like to.
    I would like to get back into Skeet, I shot a lot while I was in the Marines I would like to get into 3 gun. but I would like a nice AR for that.

    So let us know what your guns are used for.
  2. Kalashnikov

    Kalashnikov Well-Known Member

    Hunting, plinking, HD/SD, collecting, 2A. I'd also love to get into three gun but I'm not currently aware of the rules of how those competitions work.
  3. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Nearly all of the above.....collecting, hunting, competitions, and recreational shooting. Although I have a CCW, not much crime where I live, personal protection isn't a real concern.
  4. VHinch

    VHinch Well-Known Member

    I'm more of a shooter than a collector. Most of my shooting is training related, though I do enjoy .22 plinking as a stress reliever.
  5. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Well-Known Member

    I'm a mixer. I'm not so much into antiques as just old ones. Having a nice one permanently on the wall is not as nice as having one with history that you can take to the range every week. I also like the newer designs. The contrast between the older and newer styles is fascinating to me.
    I do not hunt, but I like having the proficiency to shoot, just in case I might need it. I've been in a couple of local IDPA matches, but I haven't had time lately due to work. I'd like to get into 3-gun eventually.
  6. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    I would like to get back into 'shape' as a rifleman in terms of military (CMP) match shooting. In practice, this is hard having little kids and money and time constraints. I use my M-1's as backyard plinkers at ranges <100 yards.

    I have started hunting deer having never been raised to hunt as a kid. First time out was last year. I didn't get one but had a great time anyway. I'm giving it a go again this season.

    My wife and I are both NRA and ISRA members. We keep a pistol for home defense, but we live in pretty quiet area. I have a type 3 FFL, but can't afford many goodies. I also have a CWL not good in my own state.

    Although I am a passibly good shooter with rifle and pistol, I have never been worth a darn with a shotgun; I would like to teach myself to be a better clay shooter so it's something I can do with my girls when they are bigger as a sporting activity.

    I would like another (or five!) M-1's. I take fair to middling care of my weapons, and have a couple nice ones, but I don't fret over NIB status as that takes to fun out of it for me.

    And the most shooting I've done of late has been off my back deck w/ a second hand Crossman 1377 air pistol from a garage sale---and I enjoy the heck out of THAT, too.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2007
  7. chaim

    chaim Well-Known Member

    I first got into guns because I liked rifles (especially with a historical connection) and figured I'd also own a couple handguns.

    I've evolved into more a pistol shooter, and few of my guns have any historical connection (if you stretch, the modern S&W 1911SC, and Charles Daly have a connection because they are 1911s, and of course there are the 2 blackpowder replicas, the lever rifles, revolvers, and the SKS).

    For type of use, I don't hunt but I guess my guns are for a bit of everything else. Target shooting (plinking, no competition, but I may eventually get into one of the shooting sports), self defense and collecting. While few of my guns are collector items or in collector condition (some are), and there is little rhyme or reason behind what I have (I don't collect mil-surps, rare guns, all wheelguns, etc.), I do buy many of my guns without a needed niche to fill but just because I want them (a type of collecting).

    New or used, pristine or "shooters"? Yes:D. I've bought used collectable guns in collector condition, otherwise collectable guns in "shooter" condition, garden variety "work" guns used (like my SIGs) and I've bought plenty of new guns as well.
  8. rb8941

    rb8941 Member

    I'm primarily a collector and target shooter. While I have no problems with hunting or hunters, I'm not a hunter myself (don't believe in shooting anything with a face, except in self-defence).
  9. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Well-Known Member

    Collector, 2Aer, hunter, defender, plinker, and cleaner
  10. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Primary: handguns for CCW/SD
    Secondary: collecting
  11. Browning

    Browning Well-Known Member

    For me right now it kind of goes like this (in order of what I'm doing the most), .22 plinking, trap and skeet, long range target shooting (informal), hog hunting (just started that this year) and a little bit of pistol shooting just to keep my skills up. I also like WWI and WWII pistols (especially WWI as there were some funky designs back then) and I've collected a few of those.

    I'd like to get into 3 gun and high power rifle competition shooting. I'd also like to get back into IDPA. The 3 gun and high power rifle is something that I've always thought about doing, but it always seems like the locations are too far for me to go to regularly and I have no one to go with as no one I know is interested in either.
  12. wheelgunslinger

    wheelgunslinger Well-Known Member

    Self Defense and Home Defense
    Can't afford to be a collector, but would like to be one.
    I'm an avid bowhunter too.
  13. elenius

    elenius Active Member

    IPSC and other practical shooting matches, plus a 357 under my bed to keep me safe.

    Just got my first rifle, an M1A, and I'm leaving now for my first match with it :)
  14. Mr Weebles

    Mr Weebles Well-Known Member

    Self defense, home defense, 2A supporter, target shooter, plinker, hunter.

    I don't shoot trap or skeet but would like to try it.
  15. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Good Thread Brian, My Friend-

    Well, back in late 60's and early 70's I was just classified as an "informal
    shooter"; using my weapons [including high power rifles] for range use
    only, with shooting distances averaging from 50 ft. to 300 yards. Then,
    in the mid 70's I became a professional LEO; and the requirements then
    shifted a bit, shooting mostly handguns both informally and formally. As
    crime increased [starting in the late 70's for my area], I looked to the
    self loading semi-auto pistols as the weapon of choice. As the crime
    increased, I added a home 'D 12 gague shotgun to protect my family
    and assets. Now, with crime being at an all time high two years ago
    I added a .223 caliber Colt M4; to fend off possible multiple attackers
    or home invaders.

    Now retired, I still do a "fair amount" of shooting; trying to stay on top
    of my game; but also expecting the unexpected. Overly cautious? Most
    likely so, but up too the task of protecting myself and loved ones~! ;)
  16. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I'm a history buff. That's what got my interest in collecting guns started. I have a C&R and have collection guns from various times in history.

    I also keep a few guns for home defense of course. A shotgun and a couple carbines stand guard. There are some handguns available. I have a CCL so I do carry a concealed handgun on my person.

    However, my first gun was a 22LR Marlin when I was a teenager. It was used for shooting paper targets and that is what all my guns are used for. I love taking the old Mausers, Enfields and Springfields out and punching paper at 100 yards. I love ripping up the black at 50 yards with an AR and a reddot or an AK with a 30 round mag. I love punching big .45 cal holes at 15 yards with my CCWs. My various 22LRs still get the most use in the back yard 25 yard range.

    I've done some competition shooting in USPSA. It was loads of fun shooting cardboard tombstones or metal poppers in plywood shoot houses. I really loved it and want to get back into it, but gas and ammo prices interfered with the fun of the two hour drive and back every weekend.

    No hunting guns for me though. I do all my hunting at the local supermarket, armed mainly with a debit card.
  17. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    I"m a mall ninja. All my guns have gizmos and gadgets attatched to them, and are are in tactical black or stainless...no blued for me!

    However, I'm a hunter as well, and enjoy target shooting at least once a week, so my guns do see plenty of actual use!
  18. Rokyudai

    Rokyudai Well-Known Member

    I am from a Military/LEO upbringing. I have a respect for firearms and have been drilled from day 1 on safety which I continue to impart on all who know me. I enjoyed hunting when I lived in the country but most of my current enjoyment comes from the semi frequent trips to the range for target practice. I'm always running SD scenarios through my head. It annoys the soon to be wife. I thank my father for helping me develop my situational awareness from an early age. It is something I constantly work on as one can never be too aware. I shoot what I buy...no king's or queen's of the safe...its an 'autonomous collective' here.
  19. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    There is a long military tradition in my family. Nearly every member of the family (male and female) has either served in the military or was/ is married to one who served/s (although most served).

    Most of my interests are in military firearms for training, collecting, and just shooting for pleasure. This is a primary reason for ownership.

    Many of us hunt. The wife and I enjoy hunting and are passing it along to our kids. So we have a number of hunting rifles and shotguns as well. We do not hunt with handguns, although I tried it once, just didn't ''feel right''. We also bow hunt.

    Home defense/ self defense is entirely secondary to the above purposes although we are quite well prepared in that regard. This is something that just comes with the terroritory.

    There is a long history of defending civil rights in our family. My mother who recently passed was a big champion of civil rights before it became the ''cool'' thing to do. She learned this from my grandfather who was well known for treating blacks equally in the South during the 30s when it was very unpopular to do so. That is another of the primary reasons for gun ownership.

    Collecting. I am not much of a collector but a collection seems to have found me. The FIL is a big collector and it seems to have rubbed off a little. Like SD/HD I think it just comes with the terroritory. I don't really care about having a NIB 1892 .45-70. I just buy what I like and what I can afford and am patient enough to wait for a good price.
  20. simmonsguns

    simmonsguns Well-Known Member

    All of the above, i have a good supply of parts on hand to build all most anything. the guns i am building now are 1911's.
    I buy parts year round from retiring gunsmiths and current makers so i have something to do with my down time.
    The shop i work at is a restoration repair shop, so anything i find i practice on rebuilding everything i can. there's more time in them than money. I won't pay more than $100.00 for a project but when i am finished it is back to as new factory condtion or better. i shoot everyone of them i build or rebuild.

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