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Do we really need all these guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Okiecruffler, Jan 10, 2003.

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  1. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Member

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    I just had the pleasure of spending the day with my oldest friend. Actually he's my friend by default, he and my grandfather shared a bunker in Europe back in the 40's. Apparently there was some kind of unpleasentness going on. So anyhow, over lunch I'm telling him about my 10/22 project and my new VZ24 and how I'm torn over what my next purchase will be. All the time he's just a grinning at me. Finally he says, "Son, what you need all them guns for?" You see, Bill only owns one gun, a Remington 870. He hunts quail, rabbit, and duck with 28'' barrel with choke tubes. For deer season, he has the rifled slug barrel. And for sitting behind his bedroom door, he has the original barrel that didn't have choke tubes. He cut it back to what he says is 18'', and I'm not going to be the one who measures it. Granted, he hunts deer in southeast oklahoma and has no desire to go after elk and the like. He did add a red dot of some type 2 seasons ago to make up for his 82 year old eyes, but that's as complex as he gets. So, what's my answer to ,"Son, what you need all them guns for?"
     
  2. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

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    a persons Hobby has nothing to do with Needs, just Wants.
     
  3. FPrice

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    spacemanspiff (I love that name - really miss C and H!) has it right. It's what you want...as long as it is legal and all that.

    But if he insists on an answer, "I need all these guns to satisfy my desire to tinker and practise the various disciplines that make up shooting and my participation therein."
     
  4. perry

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    To shoot!!:D
     
  5. PlayTheAces

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    Funny, my wife keeps asking me the same question. So far I haven't come up with a viable answer, other than I need to keep something in the safe.
     
  6. 2nd Amendment

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    I don't need all these guns

    I need more! :D
     
  7. Lennyjoe

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    Sure do. Variety is the spice of life:D
     
  8. triggertime

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    Son, what you need all them guns for?

    Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    Hey, I never told my ex-mother in law she had too many of those souvenir spoons, or college roommate he had too many stamps in his collection, or my son he has too many Pez dispensers, or a guy at work he has too much Green Bay Packer stuff. Dammit, it's a collection. Own as much as you can afford!
     
  10. redneck

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    Because they don't make an 870 that accepts a .22LR barrel and a .223 barrel and an '06 barrel and a .357 barrel, and a 50BMG barrel.....
    An even though changing barrels may be fun to those of us who really have it bad, its not as fun as shooting. :)
     
  11. PATH

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    Some people collect antiques. Some folks collects wines. Some folks collect stamps, coins, or other such things.

    I collect the instruments that have shaped the course of history over the last 600 or so years. They are works of art and bring priceless pleasure to the heart and the soul.

    The gun has raised and destroyed empires. It has brought about the rise of modern manufacturing. It can provide food and protection. A beautiful one has the ability to make most men drool over it.

    I need guns like flowers need the sun and the rain. I need guns like I need air to breathe. I must always have more of a wonderful thing.

    Does that sorta answer your question?
     
  12. beemerb

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    They are good investment.Corse that is only if you sell them which we will not do.But its sounds good!
    Bob
     
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    I can interpret what he is saying, I mean at his age things a bit differrent. You didn't buy until you had the money. No credit card, rarely did "credit" , unless the 'store in town' and they were paid off at the end of the month, when the harvest complete, or barter.

    Made do, did without, saved until could--folks his era did more with less.

    Do we really need all these guns? We can rationalize anything today.

    No we really don't, except the tools needed for a specific task. One each of a
    CCW, Shotgun ,rifle--could perform multiple duties. We buy because we want, and can. when times get tough, we keep the needs and sell off the wants.
     
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    You also only really need two pair of underwear. One to wash and one to wear.

    It just makes it very convenient to have extra.

    Good SHooting
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  16. 4v50 Gary

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    It's never about need. It's about want and helping support our wildlife by spending on sporting goods.
     
  17. Bostonterrier97

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    When I started buying Firearms. I made the Assumption that eventually and inevitably they would be outlawed. Having studied the Holocaust and met with Survivors and Survivors of Stalinist Russia. I thought about what would happen to my descendents if there was only ONE gun in the Family and people were being butchered like the Jews were.

    So..you could say..I bought more than ONE... :D
    They are not for me..but for my Grandchildren and their Grandchildren...maybe they would be a obsolete in the future..but they will still be just as deadly.
     
  18. sixgun_symphony

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    A shotgun will do for hunting and home defense. But it is not something you can use for concealed carry about town. Nor is it good for long range shooting.

    Basic kit: Rifle, Shotgun, & handgun
     
  19. denfoote

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    Just as there's no such thing as to much fun, there's no such thing as owning just one gun!!! :D ;)
     
  20. bobw

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    I figure it's good to have at least 2 (or 3) firearms for any caliber ammo you stock. That way, if one breaks the ammo won't go to waste.
     
  21. PATH

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    That blast from the past says it all. I especially lik eht elast on...because it really does annoy Clinton(although this time around it is Hillary)
     
  22. Sodbuster

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    :D I say a feller ought to be able to do his own measuring.
     
  23. a9mmfan

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    My response to "Why do you need ALL of those guns" is something like "Well I am just exercising my constitutional rights, and since you have chosen to give yours up, I am exercising yours for you as well." :D
     
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    Because I couldn't stuff my Howitzer collection in the safe and the bright glow of my various suitcase nukes was keeping me awake at night.
     
  25. cratz2

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    Well, by my reckonin' there are a few more reasons to have a bunch than to not have enough. :p

    Seriously, if I had to reduce my collection down to about 6, I could do it... Hold on - Dan Wesson 22, P32, Colt 1991A1, SA 1911A1, 700 Police in 223, Winchester Model 70 in 243, Winchester HBV in 308, 870 Wingmaster. Well, that's eight. That wouldn't be too bad. Let's just say I'm glad I don't have to make that decision.
     
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