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How many have more guns than they can use and why?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Hokkmike, Nov 22, 2012.

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  1. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

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    First, let me say that I know it is your right to own as many guns as you like and I agree with and support that.

    I have a friend with 62 guns. He could not list them all and doesn't even know where some are stored. That is the most of anybody I know personally. In my way of thinking, often challenged by many, if a gun sits on the rack (I don't have a safe) for more than a year why is it up there? Unless of course it is just beautiful, rare, sentimental, or otherwise a collectors item.

    Just wondering how many of you have more guns than you can actually use?

    I do realize that some consider this private information and respect that.

    Currently, I have only 3 guns and use them all several times a year.
     
  2. parsimonious_instead

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    Yup... I sure do. Not a huge number. I had a "buying strategy" - a core group of centerfire and rimfire handguns and longarms. Along the way, a few opportunities arose for stuff that I thought would be neat to have. Some of them turned out to be stinkers, like the Taurus revolver with the gazillion pound trigger pull, and the Chiappa 1911-22 jam-o-matic. I'd receive such a pittance for them, that it's not even worth it to sell them.
    Luckily, the "wish list" stuff is taken care of.
    Some of my guns that I truly love, I can't shoot at my local range - it's simply too close to nearby homes - the blasts from centerfire rifles would trigger enough noise complaints to get us shut down for good - tis a pity, because our backstop are horseshoe-shaped high granite bluffs behind a high dirt berm - nothing's ever getting through that stuff...
     
  3. Rembrandt

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    Guilty.....didn't buy them because I needed them, acquired the collection as sort of a savings account and investment portfolio. It's done quite well too. Can be liquidated or passed on to family members without a trip to the courthouse to do a title change or pay taxes.


    Some people enjoy racing, boating, smoking, drinking, partying, exotic vacations, cars, etc......mine is guns.
     
  4. Carne Frio

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    I have more than I can carry. Certainly
    more than I "need". Life is good.:D
     
  5. hso

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    Sure, but I collect firearms so that's going to mean I have more than I "use".
     
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    what a great thread for Thanksgiving! :D

    I have way more revolvers than I need, because I just like them. And I don't have a shotgun yet. Pistols and rifles? I think I have a use for each rifle (but they overlap) and most of the pistols I have are "collectibles" but I do shoot most of them and the little Keltec makes a great BUG.

    I am thankful to have them.
     
  7. BigN

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    It's a hobby. Some collect baseball cards, I collect guns.
     
  8. flatlander937

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    Hey, you've gotta have enough guns to keep your safe(s) and racks from getting up and walking away:neener:
     
  9. 22-rimfire

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    I couldn't list all the firearms that I own if you asked me under oath. So I guess I own more than I use. Why? Just because.... it's the only reason I need. I enjoy firearms as an end onto themselves.
     
  10. Chevelle SS

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    Because I love guns :)
     
  11. Warp

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    I have at least one gun I have never fired. I've had it for maybe 5 years now.

    If I need it, or want it, I have it.

    Granted, it should be test fired at least once.
     
  12. K1500

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    Do you have more clothing than you can use? How about silverware? Tools? Bedding, books, etc. In America, we tend to have more of EVERYTHING than we can use. It is called economic prosperity, and it extends to firearms and other hobbies as well.
     
  13. 1911fan

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    Let's see...more than you can use:

    The general rule of thumb is one rifle, one shotgun and one pistol, right?

    What if you're going to teach someone else to shoot? Add .22's, rifle and pistol.

    Add semi-auto pistols where you have revolvers and vice versa. Double action where you have single action and vice versa.

    If your .22 rifle is a bolt, add a semi and vice versa.

    That's ten, right? Now, maybe a quarter bore to compliment that .30 caliber...oh, and you'll need another shotgun in a different gauge...

    Wait, you'll need lever actions! 30-30, .32 or .35; pistol caliber to match your single action revolver; and don't forget the .22.

    A nice foundation for a great collection...and may the good Lord above help you if you should get into Military Surplus!

    ed
     
  14. jmorris

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    Why? Why not.

    Why collect stamps? They are useless unless used. Same with collecting anything.
     
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    I don't exactly have more than I CAN use, but I have some that haven't been used in a long time, either because they need to be fixed, or they are heirlooms for which I have another gun which suits the purpose better.
     
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    But overall, I agree, I don't intent to have safe queens or duplicates that never get used. If it's something I don't shoot, I won't keep it. I'd LIKE to say I have become much more mature about lusting after new guns that I won't actually shoot. I learn in advance if it's what I need.
     
  17. browningguy

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    I have 70 now, perhaps more than I can use. But you never know. I like Pre-WWII semi auto pistols so I have quite a few of those that I don't really shoot. I would guess I have 6-8 pistols I shoot on a regular basis, shotguns for sporting clays, 3 gun and bird hunting that I shoot, and perhaps 6-8 rifles I shoot a bit. I could probably cut down to 15-20 and have all that I needed, but where's the fun in that.
     
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    Because I don't sell or trade em!
    Dan
     
  19. HadEmAll

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    When my state enacted the concealed handgun program back in '96, I acquired and carried many of the 23 handguns I currently own, just because I could.

    Now, close to 17 years later, and with my granfatherly phase upon me, my carry pistols have settled down to a relatively small number of compact, subcompact, and pocket types, and my full-sized handguns languish in the safe for the most part.

    I'm about to start doing something about that, like trying to turn several full-sized handguns into one high grade 1911, for example.

    I also have a few nice bolt-action 30-06's and don't hunt any more. Other than occasionally punching some holes in paper at 200 yards, they live in the safe also. Need to pare them down to one.
     
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    I have a few that I haven't fired in a couple of years but I don't have any that don't have a use. I don't hunt as much as I used to. if it comes down to it, yes, I do have more than I need.
     
  21. rszwieg

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    I own a couple I don't use much, two are heirlooms and two I may need someday.

    If someone wants to own 100+ guns, good for you :).
     
  22. GoWolfpack

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    I've thought about selling some, but the things I would be willing to sell aren't worth enough to make selling them worthwhile. I've filled my safe up with things that I want, but I'm not done yet. I'm in the accumulation phase of my life, and I refuse to apologize for that.
     
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    I've collected a lot of guns for my children.
     
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    There is your answer.

    Happy Thanksgiving.:)
     
  25. Walkalong

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    I use every one of mine, but many people just collect guns, or have safe queens they don't shoot. No big deal either way. Do you have more pairs of socks than you can wear in a week. I sure do. :)

    Yea, no fun at all. Heck, I load more calibers than that.
     
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