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Did you hit a point where aquiring new guns wasn't that much of a priority anymore?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 460Shooter, Jan 31, 2018.

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  1. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

    Jan 19, 2010
    Galveston Bay is an Hour Away ©
    Not nice to tease us, BB. :evil:
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  2. commygun

    commygun Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Lewis County, WA
    At 57, I'm really feeling the tide of acquisition needs to be running the other way, so I'm selling a few, deciding which ones to give my sons as they enter young adulthood, and strongly resisting the impulse to buy anything new (though the PCC just may break my resolve).
    I volunteer doing chores for the elderly and disabled and the experience has really driven home to me the importance of keeping your possessions in direct and reasonable (and hygienic) proportion to the size of your living space and your physical ability to take care of them. I don't want to be an old guy holding on to a pile of stuff I don't need or use.
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  3. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    I have covered all the bases about 30 years ago but still find that odd one that follows me home.;) I am an accumulator at heart and for many years was a member of the "gun of the month" club. Approaching retirement and see no need to sell off anything yet. I also have duplicates of most my "bases" and then some in a second location along with a duplicate reloading setup to match. I still have multiple large safes full of assorted firearms at more than one location. These days I am more into reloading/casting than acquiring new firearms but still will jump on a good deal nonetheless.
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  4. Big7

    Big7 Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    Monroe, Georgia USA
    Got to a point where I had to many guns.

    The kicker' is when bummer' looked like he was going to win, I
    went on an ammo run.

    Some of the one's I'd like to sell, I have cases and cases of ammo
    worth more than the gun(s).

    In Georgia, you can only sell ammo face to face or at a show, face to face.
    Gun shops and pawn shops that look like gun shops can not legally buy

    Folks willing to buy the guns through FFL dealer. Just no way to get rid of the ammo.

    My personal collection, along with my Uncle's and late Father was well over a hundred at one time.
    (about three years ago)

    I'm planning on keeping 16. that will cover all my bases.
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  5. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    I haven't really bought anything new in quite awhile though I have received a couple as gifts the last few years. The thrill of the hunt isn't really there anymore, like stopping in at the LGS to see what's new in the Used Gun display case or waiting for the next gun show to come around so I could look for something that I wanted.

    Nowadays with so many other things to do with family and work there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to enjoy the guns that I have. I don't hunt anymore and nobody to go trap shooting with. Like someone else posted it seemed like I had more fun when I had fewer guns (but more free time), to do things with them.
  6. Duster340

    Duster340 Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Yep hit that point a few years ago. Realized I had guns I never/rarely took out and enjoyed. I am now actually shooting all the guns I have.
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    I like it. :)

    I have slowed way down, and have some I need to sell, simply because they are wasted here.
  8. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Central Fla
    As I go down the road (retired) I have a new ,to me, expression. Want and need. Certainly has saved me money.
    As some have noted, times changes a lot of things.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2018
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  9. kozak6

    kozak6 Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    I'm at that point right now.

    My current job is absolutely dreadful in many ways and doesn't really allow any time for shooting. I have ...at least one gun I haven't even shot yet. I'm finishing some schooling so I can get a better job, except that ensures that my day(s) off are completely killed. Except, my car is at the point where I need to replace it in a few months. Except, my current location is completely unsatisfactory and I need to move.

    I don't think I'll need to sell any guns, but gun buying is on hold unless I see an outrageous deal, in which case I will probably pass on it and feel annoyed about doing so.
  10. Berger.Fan222

    Berger.Fan222 Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    Yep. After three safes were full and I realized that shooting guns was more fun than just owning them and that owning did not really increase my skills as much as shooting.

    Another factor has been the decline in quality of most available new guns over the past 20 years.

    Yet another factor was the Obama bubble: when both guns and ammo are in short supply, ammo is the limiting factor once you already have three gun safes full. There's enough hardware for three generations of Berger fans, but only enough software for a couple years.

    But take any budget, say $1000 a year or so: spending it on ammo will build a lot more skill than putting new hardware in the fourth or fifth gun safe.
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  11. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    I started my married life eith just s few quality guns that my parents had given me in my youth.
    Browning BL22
    LCSmith 20ga sxs
    Rem 1100 12 ga
    Mod 12 win trsp gun.
    Ruger SSS .22 revolver.
    I spent the next 34yrs buying guns whenever i could afford them. I bought at least one per year, and acquired quite a collection. Some of which i never shoot.
    Now i am at a point where i want to thin and cull my possessions. I have a few that i really prefer over the others.
    Guess which ones?
    LC smith
    Rem 1100
    Mod 12 trap
    Ruger SSS
    (I have to add my Ruger SR1911cmd)
  12. DavidABQ

    DavidABQ Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have reached the point where I pretty much have what I want. There are a couple more guns I would like to have but if I don't get them that is ok.

    I prefer to have fewer firearms but more special firearms to me.
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  13. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Central Arkansas
    Yeah, it would have been hard to walk away from that. That's a good deal.
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  14. Jim NE

    Jim NE Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I have several guns, and could afford more, but have just closed my GunBroker and GunsAmerica accounts yesterday because I'm in danger of accumulating far too many firearms. Part of my reason for buying more than I need, however, was to convert some money into hard assets. Ammo, too. As others have said, though, over the last couple of years it would generally take a really great price for me to buy something.

    Now I have to make sure I don't transfer my lifelong collecting tendency into something else I like...like old cars. I once had four, and now I'm down to two, and I'd like to keep it that way.

    Here's one on EBAY I'd love to have. Fortunately, I won't buy it because it's WAY WAY out of my price range. :)

  15. Bigmike79

    Bigmike79 Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    I'm more about customizing the guns I have at this point
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  16. Shimitup

    Shimitup Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    I'm with commiegun (post53), I've got too much stuff. Not just guns, everything, can't take it with me. I'm kind of in the mode of identifying those things I really enjoy and eliminating the rest. I will certainly refine my collection by selling or trading some, sentimental inheritances of course are not negotiable.
  17. hdwhit

    hdwhit Member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Salem, AR
    Yes, about 20 years ago.

    Before I ever think about going to look for a gun, there has to be a reason - most often a "need" - for it. Well, once, I got the bases covered; semi-automatic rifle, hunting rifle, 22 rifle, shotgun, self-defense pistol, there just didn't seem to be an overriding need to spend a lot of money on more guns. And while I did buy a few "toys" along the way (like my AR-7 and 5.7mmJ Carbine), if what I had worked, and worked right, then I didn't see a lot of need to replace it or augment it.
  18. Demi-human

    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

    Dec 8, 2016
    The Haymarsh, MI (Aka, Paradise.)
    Not by a long shot!

    Though my taste is more expensive now.
  19. TomJ

    TomJ Contributing Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Illinois/SE Wisconsin
    I've accumulated a nice collection and can't think of a gun need that's not met. I thought I was done until I saw some of the new releases from Ruger, Dan Wesson, Sig and I stumbled across a Sig P220 stainless 10mm on Tuesday. I sold one of my safe queens to fund the Sig 10mm, which I'm picking up tomorrow. If I pick up any new guns, in trying to be financially responsible I have a self imposed rule that I need to sell one first.
  20. everydefense

    everydefense Member

    Nov 10, 2016
    I'm good. I don't come close to the collections a lot of folks have on here, but I am quite satisfied and more than happy with what I've got. My future plans mostly deal with replacing/upgrading the parts on firearms I already have, sending them to the gunsmith for TLC, etc.
  21. Deanimator

    Deanimator Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    North Olmsted, Ohio
    Yeah, when I got laid off during the recession in 2009 and didn't have a regular job for the next eight years.

    If things go according to plan, I'll be a full time employee next week.

    I probably will buy a gun to celebrate... of course working from 9:00pm to 5:30am, I'm not sure when I'll be able to shoot it.
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  22. Steve S.

    Steve S. Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    63 here, retired and slowed down quite a bit from my obsession days. I still love to hunt and shoot but now the urge comes less often. I have a small, nice gun collection that suits my tastes and I have no desire to sell (at least right now). I have a bug for a custom bolt build and have gotten some excellent guidance from members of this forum. I like to keep an active gun “iron in the fire” as it adds ongoing spice to my retirement. But as far as my heavier buying/ trading days, they are all but gone (the spark still exists but the action is minimal - OUCH - just dawned on me not limited just to new guns - note to young men, do not age if you can avoid it!!!! Good shooting.
  23. Bill50

    Bill50 Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I'm 30 and live in a small apartment in a large city in a gun friendly state. I bought my last gun about 2 years ago because I ran out of storage space.

    An M1 garand is the only thing left on the short list. Of course, I do want a modern semi auto handgun, a shotgun with a short enough barrel I could use for home defense, and a non-antique revolver for fun...
  24. Danoobie

    Danoobie Member

    May 31, 2017
    Now that I have many guns I want, I'm concentrating on accurizing them. Diopters, sight adjustments, new hardware, tweaking, to make the guns I already have shoot the way I want them to. Doesn't seem to make much sense, if the guns you do have don't shoot worth a tinker's damn.
  25. JR24

    JR24 Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    Pretty much there. I hit my list years ago and started pairing down the collection based on what I like and shoot best.

    Now I just want a backup for my carry gun and after that its time to start saving for a Wilson.
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