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Are you a shooter or collector?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rockrivr1, Jul 13, 2016.

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  1. CWL

    CWL Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Bit of both.

    There are guns I shoot all the time, and there are guns I've collected that I haven't fired in years.

    I no longer feel the need to shoot everthing I own because I don't want to clean them all.
  2. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Contributing Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    In my case, I am a collector in the sense of a shooter who keeps buying stuff with no good place to shoot. This has been happening over time.

    I am not a "collector" in the sense of trying to complete a set or certain theme, for example. I also do not collect guns for their value and whether or not it should increase. I don't have any NIB safe queens that are not intended to ever be fired.
  3. Rockrivr1

    Rockrivr1 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Case in point. I've been looking for a decent Enfield for some time now and finally found one I'm looking for. A very nice, numbers matching, low bolt face number No. 4 Mk 1 that I'll be picking up on Sunday. Do I need it? Not even slightly. Do I want it? Hell yes!
  4. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Northern KY
    AFAIK I don't own a gun that I haven't fired. I guess I'm a collector of S&W 10mm autos because I'm actively seeking one of each model, but I have also fired all of the ones I own multiple times.

    So I guess that make me a shooter.
  5. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    S.E. PA.
    I don't have any ''collector'' type firearms. Some classics, but nothing rare of real valuable.

    I shoot everything I have. Some more than others. I bought some classic S&W revolvers, that's about as far as my collecting goes.
  6. GBExpat

    GBExpat Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Rural, far beyond the beltway, Northern Virginia,
    A very nice, numbers matching, low bolt face number No. 4 Mk 1 ... that passes a proper headspace check?

    A dozen years ago a LOT of Nº4s came on the market, many of them nice-looking and with matching SNs ... many of them also sported #1 boltheads because the more valuable #3s (mostly) that the last armourers had installed were removed & replaced with cheap & available #1s.

    Just be sure to check the headspace on that rifle.

    You may already be aware of this. I am adding the info just in case you are not. ;)
  7. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    The Mid-South.
    Mostly for shooting-but my five Enfields (no. 4 & 5), have not been used in over a year. Woops, did not see the previous remarks:eek: Two of my Enfields (matching bolt\wrists) will be sold FTF, in west TN only.

    Recently sold three surplus handguns, four rifles to pay for a different type of Sport Utility Rifle;) and its cousins.

    As my grown son (with baby) told me that he has no interest in sports shooting, why keep All of the guns which are no longer used?
    Imagine how little cash my wife (who studied voice) would accept from pawn shops for what she knows Nothing about---
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016
  8. ojh

    ojh Member

    Jun 22, 2003
    Both. I collect rifles and pistols used in Finnish Civil War, Winter War and Continuation War. I'm a certified collector, which is required in my country in order to own certain types of guns, like pocket pistols.
  9. badkarmamib

    badkarmamib Member

    Mar 4, 2016
    Definitely a shooter. I don't own enough to qualify as a collector. I have a range of firearms, 1 firearm for each niche (although the lines are a little blurry). If I was a collector, I would not be down to roughly 1/4 of the firearms I have ever owned :D

    I collect knowledge about firearms, and their workings. I am nowhere near an expert, I simply enjoy learning about the history, differences, skills, and processes of this hobby.
  10. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    South of Hell....Michigan.
    I am both.

    I love to collect and I love to shoot. There is only one firearm in the picture I have never fired and don't intend to. I love my C and R license and the CMP North Store. Please ignore the spots on the carpet. It has since been torn up and was the reason I decided to take everything out and take the pic. These are just my C and R long guns. From left to right
    1903 Springfield 1919 Mark 1 (my grandfather's rifle)
    1927 1903 Springfield (my grandfather's rifle),
    1903A3 Springfield 1943 Remington manufactured, correct and purchased that way.
    M91/30 PU Mosin Nagant 1943 Izhevsk, one force matched part barrel bands Tula, scope is original to rifle and serial numbered to it as is the mount. Correct stock and all other markings including the serial number indicate a true PU. Not a faux rifle. Fun to shoot. :) Purchased from AIM a few years back. A Molot marked import
    1944 Springfield M1 Garand
    1945 Winchester M1 Garand, a WIN-13
    1954 International Harvester M1 Garand
    1955 Harrington Richardson M1 Garand, correct and unfired from what I can tell. The only rifle I don't shoot out of the bunch. Purchased that way a few years back.
    1944 Inland M1 Carbine

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    Last edited: Jul 18, 2016
  11. csa77

    csa77 Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    I collect and shoot.

    I own around 40 guns but I only shoot 1 gun. I only reload 1 caliber.

    my glock 17 limited minor gun. I put about 15,000 rounds though it every year in uspsa,steel challenge and gssf.
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