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Is Your Collection Pretty Diverse or More Specialized?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by InkEd, Feb 23, 2011.


Is Your Collection Pretty Diverse or More Specialized?

Poll closed Mar 25, 2011.
  1. Diverse (Consists of a fairly wide range of different kinds of firearms)

    166 vote(s)
  2. Specialized (Is more focused on a certain type, style, brand, etc of firearms)

    46 vote(s)
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  1. InkEd

    InkEd Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    I was wondering of your collections would be considered diverse (with a little bit of many types of guns) OR more specialized (focused mainly on a certain style, historic era, brand or type of firearm)?

    Personally, I would say mine is pretty diverse. I own a sampling of everything from cowboy revolvers to modern black rifles with no real emphasis on any particular type of weapon (such as mainly 1911s, large frame revolvers or guns of a certain era like WWII.)
  2. john81276

    john81276 Member

    Sep 24, 2008
    I wouldn't yet call what I have a "collection" but I am in the stage where I'm striving for diversity - I want one of everything! :D
  3. InkEd

    InkEd Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    You don't have to own a museum full of guns to have "a collection."

    Honestly, I don't want to have a HUGE collection of guns. I just want to own certain ones that I always desired throughout my life. Basically, I would like to have an "example" of different IMHO "quintessential types" of guns and just get my particular favorite version of each of those types.

    For Example (Category Type: Prefered Gun)

    Snubnose Revolver: S&W 442
    Polymer Duty Pistol: XD9
    Cowboy Revolver: New Vaquero
    Modern Miltary Rifle: Sig 55x
    "Must Have" 1911: SA Mil-Spec SS
    Large Bore Revolver: Redhawk .44 mag
    Pump Shotgun: Remington 870

    You get the idea.....
  4. BothellBob

    BothellBob Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    Sometimes diversity is unity. I have two collection goals. My first love is antique cartridge pocket pistols. I would consider that group to be rather homogeneous. My second goal is to have all of the common action types in rifle, shotgun, and pistol. So for shotgun that would include breakopens (single, side-by-side, and over/under), pump, bolt, lever, and semiauto. ...and, No, my safe is not large enough.
  5. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hastings, Michigan
    My 'collection' consists of
    1925 Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54r (excellent condition, matching serials, collection piece)
    1953 Mosin Nagant M-44 - 7.62x54r
    2009 Maverick 88 - 12gauge
    year unknown Mossberg 500AT - 12 gauge
    2009 Savage 64 - .22lr
    2010 Hi-Point 995TS - 9mm
    year unknown Traditions Buckskinner - .50 muzzle loader
    1906 Arisaka type 38 - 6.5x50 Japanese (WWII bring back, collection piece)

    Eventually, I plan on adding a 7.62x39 rifle of some sort, a 5.56 NATO/ .223 Rem rifle of some sort, a .45 ACP hand gun and a .357/.38 revolver. I'd also like to eventually get WWI-WWII era bolt actions from the US, Germany and England as collection pieces to complement the Mosin Nagant and the Arisaka.
  6. Nushif

    Nushif Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Corvallis, OR
    Mine is more "themed" than anything else, so I'm not really sure how to answer that. >.<

    Mine is based on "character" (read: has worn finish and polished actions by virtue of shooting) or "oddballity." (read: Who would own this when they could just...)

    My main shooter is a Kahr E9, which has both character and is the red-heades stepchild of the Kahr family.
    My main long rifle is a Mossberg 500 which can best be described as an old workhorse.

    It goes along those lines.
  7. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    North Central Ohio
    My collection (though I've never viewed my self as a "collector", per se, more of a gatherer or an accumulator :)) is very diverse: everything from air guns and muzzleloaders to AR-15s and Merkels. My first gun gotten at the age of fourteen (which I still have, though is headed for a certain grandson next Christmas) was a Winchester Model 67, .22 rifle; my "last" one (haha, my wife would say) was a Weatherby Vanguard, chambered in .257 Weatherby Magnum, purchased last month. No rhyme or reason to my choices; just getting what I "needed" at the time.
  8. txhoghunter

    txhoghunter Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Mine is diverse in a specialized way?

    Pistols, shotguns, and a rifle that are each for a special role :)

    Pistols and shotguns and the AR for defense

    a .270 WSM also for defense....from the Great Hog Invasion of Texas ;)
  9. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Celebrate Diversity! :D
  10. Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave Member

    May 5, 2006
    People's Republic of Maryland
    does eclectic count? I bought what I think is cool, and shoots well for me, some is for plinking fun, some is for hunting, some I simply liked, and a few are for HD :cool:

  11. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Mine's pretty diverse:

    Shotgun/HD longarm: Winchester 1300 20Gauge Youth
    Milsurp Rifle: Mosin Nagant Model 38, Mosin Nagant 91/30
    Military style rifle: Arsenal SGL21
    HD Semi Auto: East German Makarov
    Revolver: Ruger Speed Six
    Plinker: Marlin 795

    Probably going to make the Speed Six my HD handgun when I get some more trigger time with it. My most regretted purchase is the 91/30, not because it's a bad rifle, just because I don't really have a need for it, it's niche being filled by the superior M38. The Mak will probably end up being my CCW gun when I first get my license.

    Things I want to get: 12 Gauge Riot gun for proper HD, probably will stick to the Winchester design.
    Beretta 92: Want a high cap full size semi, plus it's America's (best) Service pistol. :neener:
    Snub-nose revolver, preferably an old school Colt or S&W, probably for CCW/Fun

    And the wishlist:
    45-70 Gun of some sort: Big Bore's are Fun!
  12. swiftak

    swiftak Member

    Aug 10, 2008
    New Hampshire woods
    I buy what interests me. I may be interested in a gun next year that I wouldn't even consider or be interested in right now. So they are all pretty diverse.
  13. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    Each firearm is specialized to the role I have it for.

    The collection as a whole is quite diverse, although I dig semi-autos on every platform; pistols, shotguns, rifles.
  14. JTH

    JTH Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Unless you have the means to just have a collection for entertainment, you better have an assortment of weapons for specific functions and an ammo stash to go along with it. I don't profess to be a doomsday preacher but I think things are going to get rocky here in the U.S. a lot sooner than later. How rocky I have no idea but with state budget cuts and fuel prices that have risen steadily, especially the last year, something has to give! It will at the expense of the average working drone in America. If you haven't made yours by now you proably never will:cuss:
  15. content

    content Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    South Carolina, born in Valley Forge Pa.
    Hello friends and neighbors // Diversity rules.

    But once you go over fifty there are some groups that stand out.
    8 -.357s
    7- Rem. 870s -4WM -1TAC -2EXP
    14 -.22 rifles

    Mainly I purchase firearms that catch my eye, have some history or are very reasonably priced. Hopefully all three !

    Dates so far range from 1861-2009, firearms from several Wars, Domestic and Foreign, are proudly represented but are only a small treasured part.

    My four most modern firearms are diverse as well.

    S&W 442 .38+P (2007)
    CZ75B, 40sw (2009)
    Rem. 870 Tactical with Ghost ring sights, 12ga.(2009)
    Saiga Izhmash AK-47, rem .223 (2009)

    I like the oldies and goodies but these four are almost too sweet.
  16. il_10

    il_10 Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Martinsville, VA
    I refrained from voting because my collection is really a combination of the two. I have one of pretty much every category (pump & sxs shotgun, .22 rifles and pistol, revolver, automatic, BP handgun, high powered rifles, intermediate powered auto rifles, ultra-compact handgun, levergun, etc.)
    But I've found myself taking a liking to old guns more than anything. More than that, I've found myself buying mil-surps more than anything else. I don't think it was ever an intentional decision, but mil-surps tend to be cheaper and more functional than anything else out there. But here's where the subconcious takes over I think; even if they're not cheaper, I can justify paying more because I know they will do everything I ask them to. I like all steel construction, wood, classic styled guns.

    Straight mil-surp:
    '42 IZZY Mosin Nagant
    '43 IBM M1 Carbine

    Close to mil-surp:
    '47 S&W m&p .38 spl

    Just plain old:
    '53 1894 Winchester .30-30
    Early '70s ASM 1851 clone

    I had a '34 Colt PPS that was a columbian police gun that almost fits the mil-surp category, traded it away for the S&W M&P and a beretta jetfire. Which, predictably, is also quite a bit older than I am and predictably classically styled. The newest gun I own is a Mossberg 500 that I got for my 18th birthday, plastic, tacticool. I love it, but it don't fondle it with the same affection as my older guns. Which is strange, I thought all of us 20 year old college kids were supposed to be into glocks and submachine guns we see on those flimmidy flammidy call of duty video game box machines, eh? :neener:
  17. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    My collection is VERY diverse~! ;) :D
  18. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    I would say it's pretty diverse, though there are definitely more handguns than long guns. And with the handguns there are more semi-autos than revolvers. But overall I would say my collection is diverse enough from my point of view.
  19. stewart51

    stewart51 Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Huntsville Alabama
    I have a diverse accumulation, cowboy guns, military surplus and modern.. it's a semi-organized mess.
  20. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Central Arkansas
    I voted specialized, but I'm not sure how accurate it is.
    I enjoy hunting and target shooting, so that's what my cabinet is full of. I'm not into the tactical stuff YET, but I do plan to eventually own an AR. I guess my Sigma is the only thing that isn't geared for hunting.
  21. jiminhobesound

    jiminhobesound Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    Gun collection?

    Does anyone remember the RIFLEMAN article about the Browning rifle collection. I think it was in the sixties that a Dentist went to Browning in Belgium and ordered a set of rifles. He ordered all calibers, all grades and they were in consecutive serial numbers. I think it amounted to 28 rifles and he would not reveal the cost. Browning said they would never repeat a similar project.
  22. gbran

    gbran Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    I don't have a collection. I have an ongoing accumulation.
  23. Sport45

    Sport45 Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Mine is specialized. I only buy firearms I like. ;)
  24. mgmorden

    mgmorden Member

    May 22, 2009
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Mine is currently diverse, but I'm planing on specializing a bit more. Currently have an assorted of sporting rifles (single shot, lever, and bolt action), semi-auto battle rifles, old milsurp bolt actions, shotguns (single, pump, and semi), revolvers (cap and ball, SA, and DA), and semi-auto handguns.

    What I've noticed for the most part: I use my shotguns for hunting. That's it. I absolutely need one for utility work but beyond one, I really have no use for more.

    The rifles? Same. I want to keep some representative samples - I'm not getting rid of my AR15, and I need 1 or two centerfire sporting rifles for hunting. The others I just don't shoot much recreationally. I may keep a few, but I'd like to thin out a bunch of them, PARTICULARLY the milsurps. I bought them because, well, they didn't cost much, but I've noticed that for the most part they just sit there collecting dust. Haven't shot ANY milsurp rifle in at least 3 years now, and some of them I've never fired period.

    My handguns are where I intend to do most of my acquisitions going forward, because I've noticed that that's simply what I prefer to shoot. Mostly semi's, but I still take out the revolvers fairly often too. Just about all of them get rotated into the range bag and shot at least a little bit.
  25. surjimmy

    surjimmy Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    You guys quit being so selfish. 1918 Colt IMG_2731.gif 1924 Custom Colt by the late Austin Behlert IMG_2596.gif Series 70 Custom by Ted Yost, Ed Brown(sold), Delta Elite Custom by Chuck Warner, and 1967 Colt LW Commander 38 Super. IMG_2470.gif
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