Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rockrivr1, Jul 13, 2016.
Where do you stand in this?
Every firearm I've acquired, though, has been so with the intention of being shot. It's just that many have not yet been, even some I've had for two years or so.
collector, but in truth I am an accumulator. I add things to the pile... (there are some nice things in the pile)
I have guns I use for hunting and I have guns I use for CC. The last category would be caretaker as I have a few of Dad's guns that I'm holding for my children when I pass.
I have no desire to collect something merely for the sake of finding it and possessing it.
I buy guns that I want to shoot. I don't think of my guns as a collection because they have no specific feature, manufacturer, time period of manufacturer, historic link, etc.
They're simply available for me to use when I want to shoot them, so I guess that puts me in the "shooter" category.
For example, I think it's awesome when someone takes one specific caliber and then amasses a collection of firearms chambered in that caliber that yield an entirely different user experience. Like having a bolt-action scoped .22 rifle designed for serious precision, a cheap single-shot .22 rifle with iron sights, a semi-automatic .22 rifle, an AR-based .22 platform, an automatic .22 (if one is so lucky enough to find one), a semi-automatic .22 H-bar/long barreled target pistol, a .22 SA/DA revolver, a .22 SA-only revolver, and a .22 semi-automatic compact pistol.
It's perhaps worth noting that a reason I think that is awesome is related to how my own mind works in a screwy way of taking something similar and pursuing different outcomes. Like some days I get a kick to cook a chicken or a fish, but making several different dishes at the same time to use the same chicken in different ways.
Would it be OK to be both?
In all fairness, that's easy because I own far fewer than many of you probably do. So I'm not exactly bragging haha. All that said, my next purchase will be the one that fills the last legitimate "role." It's a weird feeling.
I hope so because that's what I am.
In my view most antiques shouldn't be fired because of the risk of damaging or destroying something that's once gone may not be replaceable. The out-of-sight and increasing prices have an affect too.
On the other hand more modern pieces made during the 20th century and later that have been fired previously can still be used without any serious reduction in value, and are often a lot of fun. Those that have not been may be another matter. Discretion is advised.
None of them are what 'I' would consider 'collectables' in the traditional sense. I don't buy them for that reason.
I appreciate the guns for their own sake, and for their historical and investment significance.
I COLLECT S&W revolvers from the 1910s - 1930s - and 1903 Colts
I ACCUMULATE and SHOOT a bunch of other stuff - old and modern
Both, but with a tendency towards 1860s-1960s designs, mostly in walnut and blued steel. With two exceptions, a CZ 527 Carbine and a Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle (psuedo-Mausers!), anything in my safe that I find interesting was designed and made in that 100 year span...
When a 50-lb box from MidwayUSA arrives tomorrow evening, I'll become a reloader, too.
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