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

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  1. 460Shooter

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    I'm sorry..... I don't understand the question.

    Well, to be fair, if it isn't sentimental, a collectors item, or a shooter, it goes away. So I guess no I don't have more guns than I can use. Every gun I own gets shot. Currently, that is a total of 8 and soon to be 9.
     
  2. gym

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    It's a hobby to some, a profession to others, and a sport to many. Kind of like asking about anything else from model trains or model airplanes to boats or cars. It's all relative to what you can afford and what you enjoy doing with your money. I don't wear jewelry of fancy watches, some guys I know drop 10 grand on a watch, or 20 on a bike, or much more on boats or diving equiptment, same thing.
     
  3. shiftyer1

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    Because after I bought what I felt I needed I could be more choosy. Not counting the first 3 or 4......I can double my investment if I need the cash in under an hour. Im patient and cheap and tend to find bargins, I also enjoy shooting.
     
  4. coloradokevin

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    I'm a shooter, not a collector. I can't tell you an exact count of the guns I have around here, unless I sit down and think about it for a minute or two. I'm probably in the 15-16 range.

    A couple of the guns are ones I mostly keep around for sentimental attachment to them from growing up, a couple of guns see use on a nearly weekly basis, a couple of the guns only get used when I go hunting, or perhaps when teaching a new shooter. All of my guns have a purpose to me, and I don't generally just collect guns. I currently have one exception to that rule, which is a commemorative pistol that was sold through my department to celebrate my agency's 150 year anniversary. I've never shot that gun, but I'm sure I eventually will (again, I'm more into shooting than stockpiling).
     
  5. postalnut25

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    I'm in the neighborhood of 40 some odd guns. I also have 3 trucks. I'm actually thinking about downsizing both collections due to the time and expense needed to mainain both. I want to have less stuff that I can enjoy more often.
     
  6. Steel Talon

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    Not many at all here. I'm always up trading
     
  7. gym

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    That's another good point, 4 guns in the last 6 months were from trades, all were new. I was able to thade a fancy 40 EMP for a more functional shield, "same caliber, and enough cash to buy a fine shotgun for HD. I wasn't carrying the EMP anyhow, too delicate.I don't like guns that you need to be carefull with to a fault.
    Many beautiful guns just require to much in the way of being careful where you lay them down or perspire on that nice finish. I can't be that anal anymore.
    My guns are not banged around, but If I carry in the pocket, console or on my person, I don't want to worry abuot ware on the gun. Or if It slid off the bench, it's not a couple hundred dollars to fix that special sight or cracked burled wood grip.
     
  8. DammitBoy

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    I've reduced my collection by twenty in the last three weeks and I might sell three more. Still leaves me with around thirty to play with.

    I also traded to upgrade a few of those and that's my general plan - to upgrade my collection while reducing the overall size of it.
     
  9. Cdigman

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    Some of the ladies I know ask me why I have so many guns, and to try and make them understand, I ask them how many pairs of shoes they really need...I mean, one pair of sneakers will work for everything, right? And there's no need for two pairs of high heels, if they are similar, right? That usually gets the point across. I've taken a few of them shooting, and a couple of those have actually gone on to become gun-owners themselves.
     
  10. tubeshooter

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    A lot depends on if you're part of the "willing to trade up" camp or the "keep it at virtually all costs" camp.

    If you are part of the latter (like me), then things start to accumulate...



    Lately I do find myself starting to figure out which 2 or 3 would be first on deck to be sold if I decided to slim the collection down.
     
  11. Clark

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    More than buy how many guns I will ever use, I buy more broken guns than I will ever have time to fix.

    When my daughter was small, she made fun of me when she said, "I am going to have a gun, one that WORKS."
     
  12. Agsalaska

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    My problem is a rarely, very rarely, trade guns. If I get possession of a gun, it is mine until I die. There are a few exceptions, but not very many.
     
  13. doc2rn

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    I have mine slimmed down to the essentials and I am very happy with what I have on hand. Yes its more than I need but it will last myself and my family a lifetime.
     
  14. krupparms

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    I just can't help my self &it makes me feel good! ;)
     
  15. velojym

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    Too many? NEVAH!
     
  16. thump_rrr

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    I've only been shooting for 2 years now.
    I own 6 firearms 5 of which I bought and shoot regularly and a nice Italian 12ga which was my fathers'.
    I will never sell that shotgun as long as I live since it has sentimental value to me even if I never shoot it again which I will whenever I get around to it.
    There are many firearms that I would like to own which I currently don't.
    I can probably never have enough 1911's and HK's of any type.

    Some of us just like to buy stuff the same as with tools or cars or clothing.
    Would any woman say she has too many shoes?
     
  17. esq_stu

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    Impulse buys. I see a gun for sale, I get an urge, I buy it. Or I get on a kick for a certain gun type or caliber. I read up a little and then start buying.

    Current kicks:
    --switch EDC to 357 sig; bought 3, now gotta sell something;
    --cowboy action; bought a blackhawk, decided I need 2 Vaqueros, a lever action, and a coach gun.

    Uh-oh: I have to sell something. The deal with wifey is no increase in inventory. I'm up by 5.
     
  18. khegglie

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    esq_stu you should try to modify that deal bro.
     
  19. Boxhead

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    I honestly have no idea.
     
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    I'm a 4th generation collector. Until it burnt down in 1950 my family had the largest collection in the South. I guess it is in the blood. I have sold off all the non -shootable/"useable" stuff over the years to finance homes,buildings, college tuition, hard times, training, hunts,vacations and modern stuff. I think I mastered the sell at peak market strategies over the years. I have about 150+ guns left as I gave about 50 away to family and friends the last 5 years, always room for the odd .22 hornet or N frame still. Interestingly I just traded to my dentist friend a deluxe Remington 48 20 guage and a Winchester 75 target for a crown, a good deal for me and he was happy too!:D
     
  21. P5 Guy

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    Yeah, I'm guilty but working on rectifying a bad situation.
     
  22. EddieNFL

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    I have a friend who used to collect Rugers. About ten years ago he decided to thin the herd. Still has about 100.

    Know a guy own has more than 30 ARs alone.
     
  23. gondorian

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    Since I only have two hands the most I can really use at a time is two. Therefore I have a few extra but not a whole lot.
     
  24. armsmaster270

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    My collection is small

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  25. helitack32f1

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    How many is "More than you can use."?

    So, technically, if you collect guns, aren't all the guns you purchase or "Collect" being "used" as collectible items, thereby serving their purpose for which they were intended?

    I really don't understand questions like this. I guess the question needs to be asked, used for what?

    If you collect guns, all your guns are being used whether they have been shot or not.

    If you are not intentionally a collector for collecting purposes but just like guns and buy all those that tickle your fancy and they only get shot once a year, are they being "Used"?

    If you buy guns for self defense, you are not very likely going to use more than one gun at a time for any given self defense situation. Does this mean that if you own more than one gun, you have "More than you can use?

    I have more guns than I can use at one time, so yes, i have more guns than i can use. Why? Because I can (So far) and I want to.
     
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