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Am I a 'gun collector'? When did I become one?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by critter, May 24, 2011.

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  1. critter

    critter Member

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    I can remember 'wanting A gun'-I was VERY young!
    Then, I wanted a 'bunch of guns'.
    I wanted a gun to fit every hunting need.
    I wanted a gun to fit ever shooting situation.
    Then I guess I wanted 'all the guns'!
    Later, I just wanted guns due to their beauty, engineering, fit & finish, etc.
    I got guns that I would never shoot.
    I began to get multiple copies of guns of the types I liked.
    I started to buy beautiful, old, classic guns.
    I began to 'trade up' by getting rid of guns I never shot or really
    thought of as 'pretty' or 'desirable' for 'pretty, old, classic' guns.

    Did I REALLY (without thinking about it) become a "gun collector"? Ok, ok, I know the answer. When did I cross the line?

    BTW, I don't think I ever thought along the lines of guns for investing although it has been at least ok in that department.

    Anybody else experience a similar 'catastrophe'?
     
  2. forindooruseonly

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    Yep. I hear you. It didn't help that my dad is a "collector" too. Funny how "collector" is a dirty word around here...

    I think I crossed that line when I sold off all my "black" guns - both long guns and handguns - and realized I didn't miss them a bit.
     
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    "Collector"? Nope, "Cumilator" Yes~! :D

    I'm not tied to a particular brand or model ~! :scrutiny: ;)
     
  4. forindooruseonly

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    I'm more of a accumulator too, assuming a strict definition of collector. But considering the OP's criteria of chasing "old, classic and pretty", I definitely fall into that category!
     
  5. LibShooter

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  6. RX-178

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    Amen. I don't know when it happened, but I'm certainly an accumulator now.
     
  7. effengee

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    I wish I could be a collector

    I just don't have the money for it...

    If/when I hit the lottery, I'll be a collector.
     
  8. RX-178

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    I don't know, I think being a collector is more about mindset than money, effengee.

    Although if you go by that definition I became a collector at around age 12...
     
  9. SSchmidt

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    It's frightening how we've come from "just one gun" to "just one more" to "I have to have another" to "why not, i've got so many already."
     
  10. jiminhobesound

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    Is a Collector not defined as collecting a Type of gun( over/under,sxs,lever ), or Era(WWII) , or Manufacturer, or Purpose (skeet, long range rifle)?
     
  11. MachIVshooter

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    I'd say it starts when you begin picking up certain types of firearms that you have no particular use for. Like mil-surps: There's certainly no usefulness justification for having 30 or more rifles that are so similar in size, design and ballistics.
     
  12. Single Action Six

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    Just Don't Let The Wife Hear You Talk That Way.. (wink)

    "For indoor use only" said in part..

    Now y'all wouldn't be ah-talk'en about yor misses that way now.. would ya..!!..? :D
     
  13. Jonah71

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    Sometimes it's possible to just wake up one morning and realize you're a collector and you didn't even see it comming. It just kinda snuck up on you.
     
  14. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I admit to being an accumulator. I'm probably going to need a pretty fair-sized wheelbarrow when I die, because I doubt I could carry them all past the pearly gates.
     
  15. Lex Luthier

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    That is a great question.

    I think one becomes a collector of something when they move past the glancing interest and begin to appreciate the uniquely nuanced individual examples that pique their fancy. I have collected musical instruments and equipment, antique and practical tools, books and firearms. My interest of late is assembling a complete D-Day paratrooper uniform. A nominal amount of experience is enough for some people, but when hobby finds you, you're hooked.

    We are all just kids in the treehouse.
     
  16. wally

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    I'd say once you have more than you can carry, you are a collector.

    :)
     
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    When you buy guns for no particular reason, no immediate need, or duplicates, or "just to have" it then I think you are an accumulator.

    When you go looking for specific makes or models (say all Colt Peacemakers or Mosin Nagant variants) then you are a collector.

    I'm both :)
     
  18. Gordon_Freeman

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    Now that I have kids I'm beginning to pick up duplicate guns (different brands of each) so that my kids will each get one and not have to fight over them.
     
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    I own guns because I like to own guns, so I guess that make me a gun collector.
     
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    I don't know when it started, but I realized I had crossed the line when I started saying, 'No, I'll pass. It doesn't have the box and papers."
     
  22. RX-178

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    Wow, I don't think I've ever done that one, CajunBass.

    I HAVE made a note to keep an eye out for a 'in box with papers' one later on...
     
  23. FROGO207

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    The heck with the guns. I have some and want them all!:D The truth is you have to get at least one of each caliber/variation AND the reloading setup for each one to truly qualify for that. BTW I have this sickness, it is curbed by eating/breathing/sleeping firearms related activities.:cool:
     
  24. critter

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    Jonah71: you sure nailed it. It DID sneak up on me as I was completely unaware! Also, it appears that I am in good company here! The addiction has spread worse than MERSA! Sorry guys, I am a carrier.
     
  25. arflattop

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    I couldn't have said it better, except I haven't culled any of my previous purchases. I realized what a "problem" I had when I began building a new home and all my gun money began going for lights, faucets and cabinets.
     
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