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What do you have and Why??

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jwalker497, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. jwalker497

    jwalker497 Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    As with everything in life, there is a learning curve, a progression, and as obvious as that seems in retrospect, it's never that clear in the present. I think I need to patent that line, how insightful.

    I thought it might be cool to start a thread that explained the categories (ie purpose) of guns you have &why, a categorical list of what item and it's need/purpose.
    Home Defense Shotgun - Mossbeg 500
    Home Defense Pistol - Kahr K40
    Carry Pistol - Kahr PM9, LWS32, Glock 30
    Target/Plinking Fun - Ruger target rifle
    etc, etc, etc,

    Obvioulsy, since it's your collection all reasons/categories are valid but I think it might help others and myself to re-evaluate what's in their collection and why. Recently, it started to become clear to me that the items in my collection needed to have a purpose to justify their existence. As I gained more knowledge and insight, I started to re-evalaute what I have & Why. Hindsight is sooo 20/20, ins'nt it?? I realized that in many ways I was contradicting myself and that forced me down a path where I had to think of things differently. The best way I can describe it is - I categorized their purposes. This process helped me identify areas that I have overlap and also other areas that I am lacking.

    Example - I had a few pistols for carry but no HD weapon, ie shotgun/rifle/pistol. why is it that I just perceived the threat to appear while I was out and about? In the spirit of preparedness, why would'nt I be prepared while at home as well and is what I carry what I would want to defend my home with??

    I thought it would be coole to creat a categorical list of what you have and why. I thought it would be cool to keep a format of category ---> Specific Item(s) like above. let's have at it!!

    PS - If this is stupid then please delete, I'm a couple beers deep!
  2. wrc376

    wrc376 member

    Feb 25, 2009
    I started with Colt 1911s and S&W wheel guns... Ran the gauntlet with other makes and models but ended up back home with Colt 1911s and S&W wheel guns... and that's where I will stay-

    Just personal preference.


    Home Defense Shotgun - Mossbeg 500 18 1/2" OO Buck and 6 bird
    Home Defense Pistol - 1911 .45 or snubby Smith .38
    Carry Pistol - 1911 .45 or snubby Smith .38
    Target/Plinking Fun - 1911 .45 and .22 conversion, Marlin models 60 and 39A, 4" Smiths
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  3. gvnwst

    gvnwst Senior Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Well, some of my guns fit exactly what i expect them to do, but some don't. I have a savage MKII, which works for its intended use of a accurate plinker, as does my walther P22, it is suppossed to be a learning tool sort of thing. About the only thing i would need to change is my AR, i am trying to get into compitition, but the predator rail system i ordered on it is a bit heavy for 3 gun, and it is not legal for high power....and wouldn't be even with a change in uppers. Other than taht, i love it for what i got it for, a easy to clean, accurate, reliable, and fun AR!:D
  4. Hungry Seagull

    Hungry Seagull member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Wife has Moss 500, her go to gun when the C2 Taser fails to do the job.

    I have a Rem 870 mar mag and a M&P .45 to back it up. Wife has the option to get to it as well.

    Also the Wife's taser is availible to me as well from time to time.

    That is it. Not one more weapon is necessary. Enough.

    Next I would be planting claymores at the walkway, A concrete firing position inside the house, and a command control tower onto the top of the house with a Geo-satellite rig capable of calling LEO's from Mars.


    Enough is enough already in our home.

    I was raised around enough guns to open a gunshop back in the day. That did not make me any more smarter than anyone about it. But I did realize that having tens of thousands of dollars worth of bang bang weighting down your house.... not too good in hard times.
  5. wrc376

    wrc376 member

    Feb 25, 2009
    can you pass me a beer?
  6. Gamera

    Gamera Active Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Because I can :)
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  7. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Senior Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Home defense:
    Remington 870 (18 inch barrel, mag extension)
    Why? you cant improve perfection :)

    Personal Defense:
    XD 40 subcompact
    Why? Its ergonomics and rugged good looks

    Remington 700 VTR 22-250
    H&R Buffalo Classic 45-70
    Why? They are the best of both worlds, at opposite ends of the spectrum.

    to many to name....
    Why? because thats what I enjoy the most.
  8. helz_mcfugly

    helz_mcfugly Active Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    primary carry: Colt 45
    secondary and home carry: 38 special snub hammerless and/or 9mm daringer
    bed: was Glock 22 .40, now is a H&K UPS .45ACP with tac light and green laser
    Plinker: Ruger 10/22 with sniper stock and bull barrel
    Hunting: Remington 742 .308
    Carbine: CMMG/Bushmaster 16" AR-15
    Benchrest: all Custom .308 based on a mauser yugo 48 receiver
    Benchrest: Ar15 20 bull barrel Bushmaster
    Clay Trap: Remington 1100
    Thats about a 1/10 of my collection. the ones I use the most. here is a cool pic I made up for such a thread a few months ago.
  9. andcam

    andcam New Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Castle Rock, CO
    1. Mossberg 930 stx: H.D.

    2. USPc 40 Stainless: 16th B-day present from dad

    3. FNP-45: like the 14 round mags, also for H.D.

    4. AR-15: because everybody should have one

    5. Pennsylvania Rifle: see "AR-15"

    6. Diana Model 75 airgun: for kicks
  10. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home of Heroes, Pueblo, CO, USA
    I won't be listing my collection here, but the why? part has me stumped.

    I didn't know I had to rationalize a reason I own a particular firearm. This is going down a road I don't think we want to take...
  11. ThrottleJockey

    ThrottleJockey member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Zombie defense/SHTF- 2 WASR10s with enough ammo and mags to hold off a hoard of zombies for days

    Home defense- Stoeger P350 18.5"barrel, full X choke, pistol grip, chambered for 3.5"magnums

    Carry- SA XD.45(me) Bersa thunder.380(wife)

    BUG- Beretta 21a .25acp

    Plinking- Marlin mdl 60 .22

    Camping/hunting/fun- Marlin 1894c .357, Taurus Tracker 7 shot .357 revolver, Remington 7600 pump action 30-06

    Because I really love it- Beretta 90-Two .40(would love to carry it, but can't find a holster)

    Kids- 410 tip up single shot, Marlin mdl 60 .22, Pink Cricket.22(daughter)
  12. erict

    erict Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    Clarksville, TN
    I have all kinds of stuff.


    Because I can. :D
  13. Jorg Nysgerrig

    Jorg Nysgerrig Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    I'm glad I'm not bound to that same rule. Sure sounds like it takes the fun out of things.
  14. Grizfire

    Grizfire Active Member

    Nov 3, 2007
    Why? It all started with the need for a good tool to hunt wild game.

    Then it went from there

    Remington model 700 .280
    Browning BPS 20 ga
    Remington 870 sp turkey 12 ga
    Springfield Loaded (1911, .45 acp)
    Ruger standard .22
    Springfield micro compact
    various air guns.
  15. CapnMac

    CapnMac Participating Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    DFW (formerly Brazos County), Texas

    Really everything started as a US military collection, which has narrowed and defined down over the years.

    So, the .30-40 Krag, which was fine was traded for an M1 Carbine (good deal). But, some items still need finding "right" (an M40 similcra would be spiffy). Once I make money again, a SCAR might be nice, but a SASS would be more appropos.

    But, a military collection of arms has considerable collateral utility. like a Mossberg 590 with rifle sights, heat sheild and even a bayonet lug could have a use "around the house" if needs must. My wish list has an AR180B very high up there.

    But, I have a good collection in .30-06 and .308, and even .30 carbine (and I find .30 carbine to be an excellent item for home defense, it teaches really well, and is handy for ad hoc light use, too).

    Safe also has 7.62x39 and .22lr in it, too.
  16. crazy-mp

    crazy-mp Active Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Its like we were seprated at birth.

    Is it bad if your wife ask you how many guns you have on layaway, and you have to look at receipts in your wallet? I cant answer the panic buying question, I still buy guns at the same rate I always have. Just because I bought a couple after he was elected doesn’t mean I am panic buying, I have full gun safes to prove it :neener:
  17. yeti

    yeti Active Member

    May 11, 2006
    NEK, Vermont
    Because I need them, and if I need them, I want to own them, and if I want to own them, I must need them.

    That pretty well justifies everything I own, and it's all I need, but not all I want.
  18. pmeisel

    pmeisel Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    Most of mine have some sentimental value -- gifts from dad or wife...

    And I like using them....
  19. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    It is all I have left from everything else being destroyed by tornado, flood, and fire.

    I had duplicates of what works for me, and I had them in different off site locations.
    Not just firearms and firearm related stuff either.

    I can hold every firearm I have left, by one hand. Still I am armed, and I can run what I have.

    I am the weapon, not the firearms.
  20. higene

    higene Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Sunny Yacolt Washington
    What and Why

    Mauser 98 in 257 Ackley Improved - Rifle of the Century in Ackley's favorite ctg.
    Savage 110 in 270 - In memory of Jack O'Connor. Versatile and accurate -
    Howdah - It's fun and would most probably change an intruder's mind.
    S&W 60 with 3 inch bbl. in .357 - compact and powerful and I can hit stuff

    And a boatload more because I like them and they really piss the libs off!



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