Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Anyone happy with only a few guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by goon, Dec 30, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. goon

    goon Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2003
    Messages:
    7,251
    I am working on refining my collection and I think I could do just fine with about a half dozen or so guns. Don't get me wrong here: I love guns and I feel the impulse to buy another one every time I am in a gunstore. I overheard a guy today wheeling and dealing trying to trade a rifle toward an AR-15 and I wanted to offer him $50 more than the store would have given him when the manager wasn't listening. I have to try to stay out of those places...
    Anyhow, I am thinking I could do it with a couple rifles, a .22, a 12 gauge, and a couple handguns.
    Mine would be something like:
    Mossberg 500 12 gauge 18" barrel - maybe with a longer barrel for hunting
    Finnish M-39. I like it.
    FAL. I love it.
    CZ-452. I also love it.
    Kahr P-9. It is small and light and hits fairly hard.
    Either my SIG P-225 or the CZ-75 I have on the way. I don't need to decide between the two because I CAN have both.

    I have some others that can't ever really go because they were gifts or they were bought from family members with the caveat that they never leave the family. When I leave the area (I currently live about 50 miles from my parents), they can stay with my mom and dad and add to the family defenses. For my purposes though, I think those would work perfectly with a minimum of confusion.

    What say you?
     
  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2003
    Messages:
    6,985
    Location:
    Texas
    I was as happy with a GI 45, 38 S&W and a couple rifles as I am with a gun collection numbering in the three figures.:)
     
  3. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    4,616
    Location:
    MN
    Over the years of being up and down and everywhere between I have had as many as 30+ and as little as 1 firearm at one time. I've bought -sold-traded at least a couple of hundred guns over the years.

    When down to just one it was a 20 ga. Mossberg pump gun. Shotguns indeed do it all better than anything else I can think of for a firearm.

    I have been able to maintain 4 to 5 guns lately and for my present needs that is plenty. As far as wants - I suppose a hundred would not be enough.
     
  4. Alex45ACP

    Alex45ACP Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,464
    Location:
    USA
    I think a G17/CZ75/BHP, a CZ 452, an AR15 and a 590/870 would be perfectly fine to cover the basics.
     
  5. glockamolee

    glockamolee Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2005
    Messages:
    179
    Location:
    Mich
    A Few New and a Few Old

    My ideal collection would include a few new(er) designed rifles/pistols and a few older design rifles/pistols.

    The older design is cheap and easy, just look at all the old military surplus.

    The Luger... that will cost some money.
     
  6. crew590

    crew590 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    210
    Location:
    Morgantown, WV / Charlotte, NC
    I don't know about you guys and your colleting habits, but I am happy with my small number of guns. Currently I have a 12 gauge, a .22, and an SKS. I do plan on adding to these by mabey another shotgun and some pistols (when I turn 21)

    My personal thoughts are why would you spend money on a gun that will, more than likely, collect dust sitting in a safe? I feel that it is better to become proficent (sp) with a small number of guns than to have XX number of guns but have hardly any experience with any of them.

    YMMV,

    Jay

    (Any typoes, bad spelling, ect. is the result of staying up till 3 a.m.)
     
  7. AStone

    AStone Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    24,176
    Location:
    Far N, E coast
    Hey, Jay, my best creativity and writing occurs after 3 AM (after work for me, since I work nights mostly). ;)

    Anyway, I digress. What I really meant to say was, this thread feels like one home for a while. Nice to meet others that seem to feel the same as me re gun numbers and functionality.

    My list is similar to several of yours:

    Rem 870P (00, #1, 07, slugs): SD/HD, birds, squirrel, rabbit & possibly deer
    Kahr K9 (124 gr Golden Saber): SD, open carry & CCW (after permit acquisition; coming soon)
    SW 642 (135 gr): SD, CCW
    CZ452 (.22LR): small game (squirrel & rabbit), rifle technique practice

    I'm now exploring centerfire rifle options for larger game (whitetail, mule deer, antelope; elk on rare occasion should the need arise, as in SHTF & TEOTWAWKI). Top considerations: bolt action Rem, Savage, Ruger, Win, or Tikka in .308 or 7mm08.

    After that, I'll consider my tool kit to be adequate + for some long time period while I become proficient with said tool kit for SD & food acquisition, including maintenance.

    After all, I'm partly nomadic (even if my movement schedule is scaled in years, not months). Nomads don't haul around safes full of safe queens.

    Not to mention that I want to be proficient with these tools, and the only way to become proficient is to BA/UU/R. If I've only got 5, I'll do that much more than otherwise (given time limitations).

    I could add other reasons that I'm sure most of us have thought about, but I'll not do that now.

    :cool:

    Nem
     
  8. rfurtkamp

    rfurtkamp Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2005
    Messages:
    718
    Location:
    SE Idaho
    Who says you can't be proficient with a multitude of platforms?

    The basic operating principles for firearms are the same - with variations for sight types and individual weapon differences.

    The assumption that because you own (x) you can't be proficient with (y), (z), or (q) is a bit silly.

    I'm confident in my ability to do what I need to with any firearm I pick up at this point that's in good working order (and can probably restore it to that if there's a problem to boot), a confidence built up by the fact that I have examples of many dozens of guns to choose from when I want to.

    If I really love a particular model, I own several. One may break, it may wear out, or be in the shop - or you may discover that your old lady loves the same one. If it's not made any more, you're SOL. There are also variations on particular rifles. Do I need seven FAL variants? Nope. Do I like them all? Yep. Do some collect dust more than others? Yep. Can I shoot what I need to with any of 'em? Yep.

    When push comes to shove, though, I have enough to bring with when I invite friends to go shooting, in the event of serious civil breakdown, and enough that I'm in no fear of breaking something or problems with any one gun.
     
  9. LAK

    LAK Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2004
    Messages:
    2,487
    There is something to be said for having more serviceable guns than one actually uses. Afterall, they can always be passed on to those who do not have one in time of trouble.

    There is particular merit in having doubles or triples of particular guns; such as "two (or three) K98s". The most accurate or better example can be retained for business, a sort of insurance policy for a rainy day, and one can shoot the blazes out of the other(s) and repair as needed.

    I think a very basic battery for everyone should be a .22 rimfire handgun and rifle, and a medium caliber centerfire handgun, and a medium bore rifle - and a shotgun between 20 and 12 gauge. With these and the enormous variety of ammunition available one can do just about anything.
    ---------------------------------------

    http://ussliberty.org
    http://ssunitedstates.org
     
  10. Medusa

    Medusa Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    Messages:
    942
    Location:
    EE, Europe
    Must be, because of the law if i have more than 8 guns i must have special safe-like room for them (to where noone else has access, small windows etc).
     
  11. AStone

    AStone Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    24,176
    Location:
    Far N, E coast
    JFTR, I certainly do not.

    But I do say that, given my time, financial constraints & work schedule (YMMV), I cannot be.

    I'll do better shooting 5 than 25.

    But if that's not someone else's situation, then more power to them.

    Nem
     
  12. crew590

    crew590 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    210
    Location:
    Morgantown, WV / Charlotte, NC
    I guess what I'm trying to say is why buy a gun and then just let it sit around?

    Jay
     
  13. 461

    461 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    1,133
    Location:
    NE.
    I've gone round the block on this over the years from a point of only being able to afford one at a time to having so many I forgot about some. I'm now concentrating on what makes me happy and only buying guns I find are special to me for some reason. I've sold off everything I found collecting dust with no sentimental attachment and have about a dozen guns that I feel strongly about. The thing that kind of sucks is that my gun money is separate from household funds and I used to use guns as trading fodder for other guns, now I actually have to have the cash.
     
  14. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,648
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    I've never been comfortable having a lot of firearms at once. I prefer to buy and sell them to try out various combinations in a never-ending quest for the perfect small batch of firearms. I've probably owned several hundred firearms over the years, but I never have more than a few at any given time.

    My attitude is *VERY* different from other gun owners who seem to have a death grip on every oddball firearm that comes their way. But to each his own. I never have much problem ditching a firearm if it isn't in my plans. I just don't want the hassle of having to stow it and safeguard it.
     
  15. browningguy

    browningguy Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Messages:
    4,578
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    It might be possible for me to be happy with only a few firearms, but thankfully I don't have to try it.
     
  16. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2003
    Messages:
    3,819
    Location:
    At The Range
    I personally own 9 firearms, and they all get shot on a regular basis, usually every weekend. I think it is much better to have a few guns and be proficient with them all, than to have a vault full of safe queens that you never shoot. You never know when you might have to use one in a real situation.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  17. depicts

    depicts Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2005
    Messages:
    329
    Keep 'em all!

    When I was in my teens, I used to trade a gun for the next gun I wanted , or sell two to buy something really nice like my first Ithaca 37 20 Guae.

    Sooner or later I'd almost always start to miss the guns I traded or sold, so when I got to making a regular salary, I promised myself to never sell anything I owned. I've broken that rule a few times, still kicking myself for the NIB BHP Belgium model sold when I needed mortgage money during a lay off. Also another BHP from WWII that I sold because a friend convinced me I just had too many guns and didn't need it.

    Sure I have a few dusty guns in my safes, but once in awhile I'll break an old beater out to let a kid go shoooting, and I don't have to worry if they scratch my Cold Cup.

    I try to really think about it now when I buy a gun, but I start to get that "urge" and then I find myself window shopping at the local shops or on the net, and pretty soon I can't stop myself, I HAVE to have another gun! Most recently it was a S&W 640 .357 Mag in SS with 2 1/8 inch barrel. I love it. I'm so glad I bought it. I've been wanting one for so long. I've alredy got the itch for a 20 guage home defense Remington 870 now, but it will take me maybe 5 or 6 months to talk myself into really buying it.

    I love them all. Even the ones I never shoot. Some are special, Grandpa's '03, Dad's Savage 250-3000, my first .22 from when I was 6 (actually I shoot that more than any other gun).

    There are a few guns in the safe that aren't even worth selling, not to mention brand names, but clones of Ruger 10/22's that aren't worth much, and the few single shot break action 12 guage shoulder busters that just seem to collect around the house.

    I like .22's and .357 Mag's and it makes ammo buying easy, lots of .38, .357 and .22, and the other stuff not so much. Last night I applied for my C&R license, so we'll see what's next. I have a feeling I'll soon own more than one Mosin;) ;)
     
  18. middy

    middy Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,416
    Location:
    Texas
    I'm (almost) content with:

    9mm CCW handgun
    .22lr revolver
    .30-30 lever gun
    .22lr semi-auto rifle
    12ga pump
    AR-15

    Someday I'll replace the .30-30 with a bolt-action .308 and some nice glass. Other than that, I think I'm set. Well, I'll probably get another J-frame .38 someday, too. And maybe a single-action .357... :rolleyes:

    Now to buy more ammo and shoot more...
     
  19. armoredman

    armoredman Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    16,439
    Location:
    proud to be in AZ
    I have a CZ 75 PO1, and a Mosin M38 carbine. All I have. I can hit anything I aim at with either one, too....:)
     
  20. kage genin

    kage genin Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2004
    Messages:
    120
    Location:
    Kalifornistan
    Agree with you 100% on this one. I make it a point to put each of my guns through at least a few days of some training course before deciding if it's worth it's salt or not.
     
  21. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2004
    Messages:
    22,101
    except for what i've inherited, i don't own any guns i don't plan to shoot on a regular basis. i.e. i own guns to shoot, not to "collect"
     
  22. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2003
    Messages:
    6,985
    Location:
    Texas

    Some people just want to own a lot of guns.

    One friend has, I don't know how many hundred guns, including a FA UZI, MP-40 and FA Mac 10, and shoots a LOT.

    Another friend has about a hundred guns, including many NIB guns that have never been fired, but he shoots very little, even though he could shoot on my range, a 10 minute drive, any time he wants.

    I have something over a hundred guns and only have 2 unused/new Makarovs that I don't shoot, but will get around to it. The only reason I haven't shot them is I have 12 other Makarovs that I shoot.:D

    My 2nd friend, I'd consider a collector.
    But me, even owning more guns, I'd consider myself a shooter because I'm not really interested in owning collector type "Safe Queens" that aren't shot.
     
  23. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,213
    Location:
    FLORIDA
    I don't buy guns just to collect or to have them. I only like to keep guns that I actually shoot at the range, or have some sort of conceived use for.


    2 AR's, one with Aimpoint all tricked out, set up for short to medium range. The "high speed, low drag weapon", even though I'm high drag, low speed myself :D The other is a 20", with scope. This is the "sniper rig"...these are the SHTF rifles, they are of the highest quality I could get.


    Of course, I've got to have a weapon that shoots 7.62x39. That's mandatory. Have an SKS that takes AK mags (norinco). Works as a good range blaster, and can serve SHTF purposes.


    Have a nice HK pistol, that the main service pistol. It is the go to gun, along with the Colt 16" AR for home defense or w/e. Carry guns are a Kahr for main carry, and a Keltec for deep concealment.


    Fun guns include a 10/22 that is ulta light yet accurate thanks to Whistlepig barrel (I can't possibly recommened anything better), and a 17HMR. The 17 is the most useless of my firearms. No hunting use for it in Florida, but it does shoot sub-moa for a reasonable price, so for a cheap trouble-free 100 yard target gun, it's decent. However, the 10/22 is pretty accurate, and much cheaper to shoot. And lighter and works for small game.


    Don't have a need or a want for a shotgun. Don't like them for homedefense, don't like them for SHTF, and I don't hunt anything that requires a shotgun. Levergun catches my eye from time to time, but have no use for it whatsoever. I've been itching for a longslide XD. Has higher capacity than my HK, longer sight radius, and a better trigger. Would make a better combat pistol, but the HK has proven itself completely reliable and has never malfunctioned once in thousands of rounds. I don't feel like going through the testing process with new pistol and dealing with unknowns. If it ain't broke, don't fix it I say. That's why I never go through with the XD.


    Now, an accurate, long barreled 22 revolver might be in order. I need something cheap to shoot, low recoil and accurate in a handgun to build handgun skills and diagnose problems. I could care less about speed or self-loading for this purpose. I don't like shooting handguns as much as rifles, but I still would like to get better at it. I'm really turned off by the jam-o-matic 22LR target semi-auto world...


    My "collection" is complete for now..if I get anything new, it will most likely be a replacement for something I have (ie better system, like selling the SKS for an AK) From now on, I'll be spending my money on lots of ammunition and look into getting serious training from quality instructors. A good tactical carbine course, one of those 3-day, 2,000 round type classes might be good. Try to do those at least once a year (they get expensive!) Then I can figure out which holster I like, which sling config works best for me....figure out the gear then when put into some form of practice.


    Firearms are useless when you're useless. There's always things to learn, and skills to gain.
     
  24. ron8903

    ron8903 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2005
    Messages:
    75
    Location:
    South FL.
  25. rick_reno

    rick_reno member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    3,027
    Yep - I've got three and am happy. I'd like to add a semi-automatic rifle (SKS) to the collection but that's about it.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page