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Is Your Collection Pretty Diverse or More Specialized?

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

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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)
    78.3%
  2. Specialized (Is more focused on a certain type, style, brand, etc of firearms)

    46 vote(s)
    21.7%
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  1. Blackrock

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    I am mainly into long range Prairie Dog sniping and have six nicely scoped bolt action rifles. Shoot a lot of trap and have four suitable shotguns. I also have two 12ga HD shottys and six handguns in a variety of calibers. Two rimfire rifles plus a FUGLY Hipoint .45acp carbine. A good cross section.
     
  2. doc2rn

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    I dont collect per se because all of mine are used for form and function. Some get used more than others, but I wont keep a non-shooter. :cool:
     
  3. kimberkid

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    I'd say diverse ... I bought these both at the same show one day :)

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  4. 22-rimfire

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    My firearm accumulation is diverse and somewhat whatever caught my eye. But this group of firearms really is focused on 22 rimfire rifles and handguns. But that is not specialized in my book. My firearm collection is quite specialized. It is a labor of love and I will probably never complete it.

    I separate the two because I shoot my accumulation and never shoot my collector stuff.
     
  5. Jonah71

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    Somehow my 8 "favorites" ended up being 4 revolvers and 4 autoloads.... wasn't intentional. With the exception of most of my revolvers I tend to stay with guns I can use for daily carry.
     
  6. SsevenN

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    I have a very pointed collection.

    2 MSAR STG556's
    2 CAI VZ2008s on the way
    Subcompact summer carry 2075 RAMI
    Fullsize open/winter carry 75 SP-01
    USP40 Truck gun
    10mm Witness Match Elite woods gun
    FiveseveN novelty gun
     
  7. captain awesome

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    I would go a little each way. I started out concentrating on revolvers, and for now that continues to be my main focus. I have several types of rifles and shotguns and a couple semi auto pistols as well. After the revolver collection seems to be satisfied, I'll move on to rifles, then semi auto pistols, then shotguns.I will probably always have more revolvers than anything else, as they are my first and true love.
     
  8. kyletx1911

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    mine 1911s and a ar
     
  9. Ske1etor

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    Short to medium range rifle, .308 Weatherby.
    Short range rifle, .22 Marlin
    Carry gun, .45 DW CBOB
    Mouse/Zombie gun. 22 Buckmark
    Shotgun 12ga Mossy 500

    For short range, quiet work I have the Bear Truth II 28/60 w/ Victory V1 350's tipped with 125gr NAP Hellrazors. :)
     
  10. mustang_steve

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    It's Diverse in that I have rimfires, centerfires, shotguns, rifles, revolvers and semi-autos...but specialized in that I like older guns, 50s-60s in particular.

    I like that era so much that I've went and made my bought new in 2010 marlin 60 look like a 50s target rifle would, down to the stock finish. Now all I need is to get a bolt lever made that's period correct and fill the front sight and dovetail to have it super clean.

    I'm also restoring a 60s era Mossberg 500 ABR (with factory engraved reciever/bolt), but that one may get a little over the top as I'm talking to a stock maker overseas about making a rosewood stock set for it (will have to mail the factory stockset to him for proper sizing as shipping the gun is out of the question). I've already found a gold trigger/metal guard trigger group for it...now I just have to spruce up the factory barrel (rib is loose). My goal there is to make it gorgeous on a $350-400 budget.
     
  11. SwampWolf

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    You seem to be a well balanced shooter. :) Jonah, I see you live near Whiteman AFB. Do you live in the town of Old Drum? The reason I ask is I graduated from Central Missouri State University back in 1970 (after my four year stint in the USAF) and I'm curious if Warrensburg is the same town it was when I left.
     
  12. Philly Slim

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    Diverse in caliber or "style"?

    Handgun calibers start at .22 and go up to .475 Wildey Magnum
    Handgun "styles" go from Colt SAA to STI full blown race gun

    Rifle calibers start at .22 and go up to .308
    Rifle "styles" go from Winchester Model 1873 lever action to M1A

    Shotguns are all .12 gauge, styles are Mossberg 500 and double barrels

    Yeah, I guess you could call that diverse. :D
     
  13. kwelz

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    My collection tends to be specialized. I lean mostly towards what my training requirements are. High quality AR15s and Quality sidearms.
     
  14. mljdeckard

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    Mine is pretty specialized, I'm leaning more and more towards 1911 pistols and AR-pattern rifles. I want to be able to say that I hunt ONLY with AR-pattern rifles.
     
  15. danprkr

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    Voted specialized, but the reality is that it's transitioning from diverse to specialized.
     
  16. Ignition Override

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    The only family here consists of five Enfields: two #5 "Jungle C's" and three #4s.

    Otherwise, several military or -styled rifles (i.e. SKS, Yugo 48A). The objective is to have a second Garand, also from Camp Perry or Anniston.
    Have no desire for a butchered (perm. altered) former milsurp, and my middle-aged buddies who are all highly experienced with milsurps never give them a second glance at shows.
     
  17. 22-rimfire

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    Been reading a lot of the posts here. My take is that most of the posters have accumulations that are fairly diverse.

    With regard to firearms....Define collection. Define accumulation. Define diverse. Define specialized. The OP basically has it right except he used "collection" in his thread header/title.
     
  18. henschman

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    I am mostly into battle rifles.

    I also have some .22s that simulate battle rifles, and handguns and shotguns for defense.

    I don't have any guns specifically for hunting or recreation... so you could say my collection is specifically focused on guns made for killing 2-legged varmints. :)
     
  19. rugerman

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    Mine's diverse, I shoot black & smokeless powder, I have single, double and semi-auto handguns, pump, o/u and semi-auto shotguns, bolt, lever, single shot and semi-auto rifles, in black powder guns I have flint & percussion and rifles, shotguns and a pistol (single shot flint).
     
  20. SwampWolf

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    What, no air guns rugerman? And you call your collection diverse! :neener:
     
  21. FROGO207

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    Mine all are a diverse lot. That said they all are the same in that they all were purchased for a really, really good price or they did not become mine. Everything from a .22 short, to a 500 S&W, to a MAC 10, BP, and pellet.:D
     
  22. JTHunter

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    Handguns consist of a .22LR/.22 Mag revolver, a .25, a .32, & a .380 ACP, an OLD 38 revolver, and a .32-20 revolver. Rifles include 3 .22 rifles (1 - LR sa, 1 - LR bolt, 1 - Mag bolt), a .243 bolt, and an AK clone. Last are 2 shotties, both 12 ga., a pump and a SxS double trigger.
    The oldest gun is almost 100, another is about 90, a couple more are 40-50, the SxS is 40+, and the rest are less, some less than a year.
    Haven't figured out what will be the next "acquisition". :D
     
  23. AlexanderA
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    U.S. military weapons, with the further condition that everything must be shootable. In practice this means that the muzzleloaders are replicas, since I wouldn't want to shoot an original muzzleloader. On occasion I've ventured further afield. I've been at this long enough so that the big problem now is storage space. Buying stuff in the 60's, 70's, and 80's was a different game than what it is now. I feel sorry for young people just starting out to assemble a collection. To be a gun collector these days, you have to either be rich or be an old coot like me.
     
  24. scythefwd

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    lets see I think this is fairly diverse
    mosberg 44 - .22 military trainer
    m1 garand - milsurp
    cva optima elite - break action
    .308 barrel
    50 cal muzzle loader barrel
    20 ga shotgun barrel
    coast to coast model 843 in .30-30 - old hunting rifle, bolt action
    browning hp - solid sd/semi auto (prewar with 90% bluing so it's a collector as well)
    rossi m68 - reliable small .38sp revolver
    ruger six single in .32 mag - out of production, good for teaching new shooters
    heritage arms rough rider - the token .22 hand gun.

    oh, and a couple of bows... On fred bear hunting bow of modern parallel limb compound design. One that ceme into the family via freds daughter as a gift, also a compouund from the early 80's or late 70's
     
  25. BigN

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    Sounds diverse but when you look at the calibers, it's very specialized. I start at .17 and go up to 7mm mag, with pretty much everything in between. I guess I just like the smaller, hotter calibers.
     
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