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Are you primarily a collector, shooter or both?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Handshaker, Jun 4, 2022.

  1. Handshaker

    Handshaker Member

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    It seems as time goes on and after moving to another state last year. I do more collecting than shooting. I know Covid had a lot to do with it but also, I am not able to just walk out back and shoot like i did on my previous property and have to find places to shoot. Sometimes I wonder if i am still as enthusiastic as i was before about shooting, although i love to, it takes a lot more effort to shoot these days. Ammo has never been an issue as i was hoarding for decades when on sale cheap, I dont think i will ever run out, lol.
     
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  2. MifflinKid

    MifflinKid Member

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    Shooter.

    But the state of Maryland considers me a 'collector' so that I can buy more than one gun every 30 days.
     
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  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    Shooter
     
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  4. NIGHTLORD40K

    NIGHTLORD40K Member

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    I collect shooters.
     
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  5. Shanvanvocht

    Shanvanvocht Member

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    Shooter
     
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  6. stillquietvoice

    stillquietvoice Contributing Member

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    I'm definitely a shooter, I love being behind the butt plate squeezing triggers, but I shoot with purpose, it culminates each fall during big game season.
     
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  7. Artg56

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    A shooter, but I never sell anything so I guess I’m a collector with nothing really collectible
     
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  8. I6turbo

    I6turbo Member

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    Like NIGHTLORD40K said, I collect guns that I like to shoot. AND that I admire from a machinery, craftsmanship, or historical (to me) perspective.
     
  9. CoalCrackerAl

    CoalCrackerAl Member

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    I shoot my collection. Some more than others.
     
  10. Hangingrock

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    Shooter!
     
  11. beag_nut

    beag_nut Member

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    Shooter. Own all I need, no more foreseeable.
     
  12. TarDevil

    TarDevil Member

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    Defender.
     
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  13. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Member

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    Shooter and accumulator lol. I do "collect" certain things, but my overall "collection" consists of everything from an early 19th century militia musket to an FN PS90.
     
  14. earlthegoat2

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    Hunter first. Shooter second.
     
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  15. Jimster

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    Hell, lately I don’t have enough money to be one and not enough time to be the other.
     
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  16. Bazoo

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    I’m a shooter, a hunter, and a gun trader. I’d have no problems with using a collector grade gun.
     
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  17. aaaaa

    aaaaa Member

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    Both but more collector than shooter. If I ever get a place out in the country, I want to set up my own outdoor range. Then I may become more of a shooter.
     
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  18. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    Collector! I buy (did, broke this year) because it’s pretty or cool
     
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  19. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    that’s my plan too! !
     
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  20. Ethan Verity

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    I'm a shooter... I recently sold off a few guns because I rarely ever shot those specific ones.
     
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  21. JTHunter

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    Ditto. I also like to combine handguns and rifles in identical calibers. I have them in .22LR, .22Mag, and .357 Magnum.
     
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  22. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Contributing Member

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    anybody likes to stroke and take apart their guns! Love oiling the insides and wiping down with a lite oil rage.
     
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  23. Archie

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    When I started I was a shooter. Now I'm old enough shooting is still interesting and fun, but I'm more of a collector in various items. Not that I don't shoot any more, but most of my rifle shooting is more research than having a specific goal.
    I still prefer firearms to other collectables. I did quit collecting ex-wives though.
     
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  24. LaneP

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    I shoot what I collect and collect what I shoot. I think.
     
  25. PzGren

    PzGren Member

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    I have reduced range time to once or twice a week but the number of guns has increased slightly this year. I own no gun that I haven't shot and guns that have not been shot for a few years are usually sold, making much needed place in the safes.
     
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