Ever feel like you were out of sync?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Peter M. Eick, Feb 1, 2009.

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  1. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I was thinking this when I was reloading 38's today.

    When the bulk of folks were buying 45's, I bought a 40 when they were new. Seemed like a good idea but it took a while to be common place.

    When folks took to the 40, I started buying 10's because the 40 just did not have the punch I wanted.

    When folks were going Plastic guns, I bought S&W steel N frames.

    When folks seemed to be going IDPA/IPSC, I started buying Silhouette guns like the 357 Max Ruger and Dan Wessons.

    When folks were pushing the 454 and 480 ruger, I was buying 357 sigs and 38 supers.

    When folks were pushing the high capacity 9's etc I was picking up revolvers and and black powder.

    All in all I concluded that I have stayed about 10 years out of sync with the rest of the industry. Either I was way ahead or way behind. I never seemed to get in Sync with the advertisers desires.

    Anyone else feel that way?
  2. Little_Bigman

    Little_Bigman Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    To be perfectly honest, I don't keep tabs on the industry. I buy guns that I like and can afford . I try not to buy outside calibers that I currently own but that's really my only guideline. That and,of course, affordability.
  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    I don't make gun purchases based on trends or fads. ;)
  4. General Geoff

    General Geoff Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Agree. I purchase guns that I like, not guns that I see in advertisements.
  5. crebralfix

    crebralfix member

    Mar 7, 2004
    The classics are 'classic' for a reason. Human and critter anatomy hasn't changed at all.

    30-06 still can take anything in North America. 357 Magnum still has very good performance, as does 45 ACP. 9mm has improved a lot. 10mm is neat, but it just hasn't been able to replace 9mm, 357 Magnum and 45 ACP. People still want bolt action rifles with good scopes for precision shooting. Leverguns are fun and the 10/22 is still really popular. I personally love the eight round 357 Magnum revolver, though a nine shot revolver in 327 Federal would be neat.

    Gun manufacturers are iterating over the same basic design. Remember, there are laws limiting what they can do. Recently, we were into adjustable grips, hanging stuff off the gun, and large amounts of ammo onboard. From 1994-2004, the focus was shrinking guns around a 10 round limit or squeezing the largest diameter bullet possible into the design (50 GI in the 1911 comes to mind). Now we're seeing new life in 380 Auto and a new 32 caliber cartridge touted as the next 357 Magnum replacement. It won't happen--it's an interation on 32-20 (http://www.chuckhawks.com/327_federal.htm).

    Now everyone's freaking out and buying AR-15s, semi-automatic pistols, and anything that looks like it may be banned. I'm contemplating another precision long range rifle, something in 45-70, and a few more revolvers. I'm still waiting on an S&W N-Frame in 22 Long Rifle. A new competition SIG would be nice, but ammo may be more important.

    So, yeah, sometimes I feel out of sync.
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  6. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    I just bought a S&W model 10 with a 4" pencil barrel and a round butt, where does that put me...
  7. Dienekes

    Dienekes Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    All the time...by choice.
  8. colorado_handgunner

    colorado_handgunner Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Florence, SC
    Yeah, a good bit actually.
    - I don't really like 1911's or external hammer guns. :neener:
    - I don't really see the benefit of .45 ACP :scrutiny:
    - I like handgun caliber carbines
    - I prefer the .40S&W to any caliber
    - I like the ergonomics of the Beretta Neo
    - Shotgun is not my first choice for home defense :what: (Refuse to keep a loaded gun around and feel I can't load one fast enough to get it into action)
    - Will never ever buy a stainless or nickel gun of any type. :barf:
    - Think AR's are nice, but can never justify $1000 or more on one gun :eek:

    That's about it
  9. jc650

    jc650 Member

    May 19, 2008
    upstate ny
    I feel like that everyday in my neck of the woods. I like 9mm and most people I know think .40 is the magic caliber so its like Im 15 years behind(at least in there minds). Another thing is that I like revolvers and most people I shoot with dont like the "low capacity".
  10. WoofersInc

    WoofersInc Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Sometimes I do. Within the last year I added a 10mm and a 38 Super to the collection. Heck I even have an XD Tactical chambered in 45 Gap so who knows..
  11. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Member

    Dec 9, 2008
    Texas ~ Join the NRA & TSRA

    I understand not wanting to keep a loaded gun around (I do, but everyone's comfort level or situation is different), but do you keep loaded magazines around for your handguns or do you plan to load which ever weapon you use at the moment you need it? I'm assuming you mean the former and if that is the case may I suggest something like this for a HD shotgun: Valtro Shotgun
    Still a shotgun, still makes the classic shotgun scare the crap out of the BG noise, and allows for you to keep it unloaded. There are probably others out there, but this is the one I know of off the top of my head. Of course you could always get this ;) USAS. Make sure you pick up some of the grenade rounds :p

    Before the increase in certain firearms after the election, you could have picked up a new RRA Entry Tactical AR-15 for $800 at a gun show. Of course, you'll probably have so much fun looking at accessories, you'd make it to $1000 in no time :D
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
  13. Malamute

    Malamute Member

    May 12, 2004
    Rocky Mts
    Considering what most "gun people" seem to be interested in today, yes I'm out of sync.

    Just can't get excited about plastic guns, black guns, stainless guns, funny colored guns, autoloaders, Ruger DA's....

    Smith DA's, Colt SAA's, Colt type percussion pistols, 1886 and earlier 1894 Winchester levers, Springfield and Mauser classic style sporters, are all on my "interesting" list.
  14. MikePGS

    MikePGS Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    Metro Detroit, Michigan
    As much as I try to get excited about auto's, i can't seem to get revolvers out of my head. I think I'm going to buy a M&P Compact 9mm for CCW, but can't get a 442 (no lock!) out of my head for some reason.
  15. bgeddes

    bgeddes Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Thank Goodness for people incapable of making decisions for them self. My father-in-law makes his living rechambering rifles to the latest .279-06 AckleyMagnumSuperDuperWeatherbyWinchesterShortMagSporter. Most come from some magazine article explaining how the .30-06 is outdated for hunting, the 30-30 can't hit anything beyond 20 feet, .308 is too clumsy to be effective, what ever. There is a new one every year or so.

    The crowd that is 'In Sync' has been paying his bills for years.

    I'll stick to .45ACP, .223, .308, .22lr and .380, and 7.69x32.
  16. Hoxviii

    Hoxviii Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    I like being "out of sync" as well, as it has it's advantages. This weekend I picked up a set of factory S&W diamond target grips for an N frame for all of $30. Guy said everyone was looking at high capacity semi autos, no one was asking him about revolver stuff at all.

    As for out of sync;

    I don't like evil black rifles, I can't understand 20 round capacity pistols, and I'm looking to expand my revolver collection.

    For rapid fire, I pull out lever guns.

    The most "oddball" (and only metric) caliber I own is a 7.62x54R.

    Everything else is "american classic", all of which have roots all the way back to blackpowder except for .45 ACP and .243 Win

    Especially out of sync with seemingly most in my age group (18-25):
    I'm a firm believer that one man with a bolt action rifle and the skill to wield it can stop the advance of an army.

    So many other people my age that I talk to automatically think he who slings the most lead wins, so they have to have an AR, AK, or SKS and totally ignore the benefit of cartridges such as the 30-06 and ignore the benefit of shooting fundamentals thinking that their higher capacity will some how make up for their lack of practice.

    Do I want the guy next to me with something that holds 30 rounds and can be reloaded in seconds? Of course. Do I want cartridges designed to be most effective within 200 yards to be my first line of defense in the hands of a guy that thinks 3" 5 shot groups at 50 yards from a bench is good enough? Absolutely not.
  17. Duke of Doubt

    Duke of Doubt member

    Dec 29, 2008
    I, too am a contrarian, and have found it works to my advantage. These days I seem to be trading autoloaders for vintage revolvers. The reason is obvious -- the dealers will give high dollar value for autoloaders today, and they are taking in a lot of old revolvers in trade as people "up-gun" to autoloaders, and are having trouble moving them, other than really excellent examples online to collectors. A few years ago I'd not have gotten into vintage Colts -- too much money for what they are, right? No, not when your cheap shooters and fun-guns you can part with double and triple in value in a couple of months. That's the same economically as if the Colts were marked down 2/3 in price for me.
  18. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    36° 31' 47.1742" X -87° 21' 34.0301"
    Once, online, I said that I preferred 7.62X25 to .45ACP. I was informed by a crowd just how much I was out of synch. I often carry a Feg PA-63 (with new springs, of course.) What's "synch," anyway? :rolleyes:
  19. spyder1911

    spyder1911 Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    My current list includes an AR-15, Marlin 60, Mosin-Nagant, and a reproduction Colt Model 1861 Navy.
  20. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Appleton, WI
    Sure, I feel that way a lot, but not always. I don't read the gun rags so I don't always know what's the latest and greatest by I do try and keep up. Some of it is good stuff and I want it. Just so happens other folks want it too. I never feel out of sync then, though.
    It's always with talking to folks in person. I prefer sidelock muzzleloaders to in-lines. I think the M1 Garand is a fine rifle, but I only owned mine briefly, as it's just not for me. I may never own an AR(undecided as yet). I prefer handguns to rifles/shotguns, even for hunting. I don't think I need to beat up my shoulder/hand to kill a whitetail deer. I even prefer traditional bows.
  21. WVMountainBoy

    WVMountainBoy Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    West Virginia
    I've had phases, when I first got into having more than meat-getters around the house I wanted nothing but wood furnitured classic style weapons...then I went on a black plastic spell...then a cowboy kick...and now I'm to a sensible application run. If I come across a situation that none of my weapons quite fills the niche then I start looking. I stopped buying multiple weapons that essentially do the same thing. I don't need 4 12 gauges, so I sold 2 and bought an extra barrel for my 870. I got rid of 3 of my pistols because I don't need/want 4 full size autos. Now I won't let go of any of my .38's because I love them dearly for some darn reason...I don't pay attention to the trends because I'm usually off on one of my own.
  22. moooose102

    moooose102 Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    West Michigan
    +1, i buy what i want (and can afford). the rest of the world should do the same! besides, buying the way you do saves money! better prices on less popular items.
  23. CU74

    CU74 Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I'm not out of sync - have a whole case of the stuff stored away out in the barn.;)

    I favor tried and true over new and super-kewl. My revolvers are chambered in .22, .38 and .357; my bottom feeders are in 9mm, 45ACP and 7.62x25. Not much on plastic fantastic either, although I did buy a Beretta Cougar for my wife.
  24. jjohnson

    jjohnson Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    Rochester, Minnesoviet
    It's THEM, not YOU!

    I've always been "in synch" while it seems everybody else is out of it.

    I was the first guy in the state to buy an Aimpoint back in the 70's.

    I was a subscriber to both Soldier of Fortune and Varminthunter's in time for the Issue 1, Volume 1.

    I discovered that M16 (I spit) wasn't adequate as a weapon, and the best thing you could do for it was to hang the M203 40mm grenade launcher on it. (THIS made it actually a WEAPON)
    (Oh, no, you blackstick guys, don't start with me! :scrutiny:)

    I could go on and on with being into .45 cal revolvers when most folks didn't even know what a moon clip is....

    The point here is, just keep in synch with your own interests and needs. Don't busy yourself with the other folks that still think the world is flat.:evil:
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2009
  25. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    to the OP...

    while everyone is buying Glock 9mm's (or other polymer framed pistols ) and all the hi-cap mags they can, I bought an Uberti SAA and a Ruger Blackhawk (both single action revolvers)...

    while everyone is buying AR-15's, I put a deposit on a single shot .44 mag rifle...

    while everyone is buying tactical shotguns, I bought a normal Mossberg 500 with a 28" field barrel...

    while everyone is grabbing guns, ammo, and accessories at a fever pitch, I'm at the club shooting a meager compound bow...

    morale: to each his or her own
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