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What fascinates you about guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by natedog, Mar 29, 2003.

  1. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

    I am truly fascinated by guns. Especially repeaters. When I look at a diagram of one, or take one apart, I can see the complex simplicity of them. Let me explain. They seem so complex, the fact that they can be fired multiple times, yet once you get down to it it's very simple. It's a major "Doh! Why didn't I think of that!". Also, the fact that a little bit of activation energy starts a mechanical device which starts a chemical reaction. That little finger motion with hardly any force delivers hundreds, even thousands of pounds to bear on the target.
  2. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    I love to see the evolution of the gun, from the iron pipe on a stick all the way to the GE minigun. Each refinement built on top of the one before, a testament to the ingenuity of mankind. But most of all, I just like to make noise.
  3. DeltaElite

    DeltaElite Well-Known Member


    Honestly, I am fascinated by the evolution from the first percussion revolvers onward.
    I respect and admire the men who thought these firearms up and I enjoy studying and learning about the weapons. My interest is primarily handguns.
    My hobby of firearms is also about personal defense and later it became a part of my vocation.
  4. coonan357

    coonan357 Well-Known Member

    the amount of work that goe into making one , from the casting/forging of the frames to the machining and handfitting to make it work .
  5. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member


    The history of the gun and the effect of the gun on history.
  6. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    The history of guns fascinates me most. Especially the escapades of great white hunter Frederick Courtenay Selous and his adventures with the 4-bore long guns. Not a fan of recoil myself, these stories are both fascinating and humorous.
  7. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    For me, the most fascinating thing about guns is the difficulty of shooting them well and consistently. They're interesting as mechanical objects and sometimes works of art, but shooting them with precision is the endless challenge.
  8. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Fascination??? I guess primarily it is an ''engineering'' thing ....... close tolerances, good (mostly!) metallurgy .... and all that wrapped up in a precision device capable, broadly, of pretty impressive accuracy.

    With fascination also goes respect ... for a tool which is after all primarily designed as a life taker .... and thus needs competant and responsible handling. For us of course, for the greater part, it is both a means of self defence and also a means of putting food on the table ....... not forgetting also a recreational tool when it comes to squeezing the extremes of precision out of it - and the best of skills out of ourselves - whether at paper or bowling pins!.
  9. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

    They can reach out - and touch.

    A lot farther than I.
  10. bad_dad_brad

    bad_dad_brad Well-Known Member

    All of the above.

    But mostly, they make all men (and women) equal.

    The gun is the ultimate intellectual equalizer. Big or small, if we have a gun and know how to use it responsibly, we are equal. Brute physical force no longer rules man (or woman).

    I am 5'10" and 140 pounds. But with my gun I am the physical equal of a 250 pound 6'2" NFL linebacker. And of course this goes double for our sisters. A tiny woman with her equalizing revolver no longer is a victim to brutality.

    Guns are all about equality and freedom. That is why the ruling class wants to take them away. Our Founding Fathers new this and that is why we have the 2nd amendment. That is the most fascinating thing about guns to me.
  11. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I'm a gearhead, so I'm also interested in the mechanical aspect. Some are beautiful simplicity and others seem like Rube Goldberg contraptions. I guess that's why I like collecting a bunch of them and making comparisons of the designs, how effectively they work, asthetics, etc. If I could afford it, I would have a large varied collection of cars too and for the same reasons.

    The power is interesting too. Like the torque of a big V8 or the speed of a fast car, firing a big bore gun and feeling that recoil is exhilarating. Taming the beast to shoot accurately is an interesting challenge. Shooting small bore is fun too. It's kind of like a light little sports car or small motorcycle. Each has it's virtues.

    I love all machines in general, my interest in firearms is just a facet of that interest.
  12. Yohan

    Yohan Well-Known Member

  13. Griff

    Griff Well-Known Member

    I like that- reach out and touch something. Yep. Feels good.
    I could go on about all sorts of esoteric and philosophical things, but for me, they're most fun to make little green army men and their tanks go POOF! with.
  14. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    The sound, the feel, the look. Pretty much all of it. As far back as I can remember I've loved them.

    I can't REALLY say why. The same as I can't truely say why I prefer classic rock to anything else, despite having missed that generation.
  15. Griff

    Griff Well-Known Member

    Don't worry, Feanaro, for every Foghat there were 2 Captain and Tenilles to wade thru. Ever heard the one about Terrible Ted going to discos with his hair up in a bun to spray animal musk on the hot lights? :cool:
  16. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    It's a bit late here in the US so my mind isn't working too well and perhaps I'm a bit obtuse but I didn't understand what you just typed out. Specifically the Captain thingy...

    And no I never heard the one about Terrible Ted... should I have? :):eek:
  17. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    'nother gearhead here. Particularly method of function (different actions and derivatives of action) to get the same thing done.

    Also, much like golf or bowling or any other activity/hobby, but quicker, less walking, although more dangerous.

    Much more exciting than stamp or coin collecting.
  18. Butch

    Butch Well-Known Member

    As long as I have a gun , I need fear no man, nor depend on another for my ,or my families existence.

    Besides they make a loud noise :what: :neener: :D :D
  19. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    That smell, that... gasoline smell. It smells like... victory.
  20. justice4all

    justice4all Well-Known Member

    My fascination with freedom carries over to firearms, as the latter help guarantee the former.

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