More handguns or long guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Finedges, Jun 10, 2011.

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More handguns or long guns in collection?

Poll closed Jul 10, 2011.
  1. Handguns

    87 vote(s)
    48.3%
  2. Long guns

    93 vote(s)
    51.7%
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  1. heeler

    heeler Member

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    I have far more long guns than handguns.
    Over the years I have owned handguns but mostly hunted and preferred long guns.
    Over the last couple of years I have started becoming more interested in handguns but I can honestly say they are not likely to ever out number or replace my long guns.
     
  2. 22-rimfire

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    Handguns. Didn't start that way. But they were easier to carry around from place to place.
     
  3. Justin Holder

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    The poll is at 50-50, kind of surprising.

    I have 3 long guns to every 1 handgun.
     
  4. Prorock

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    I am split 50/50 handguns to long guns. Guess I have to step it up on one or the other.
     
  5. Zach S

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    More handguns here. I only consider one a range toy, a .22lr 1911, the rest are for defense. Pistols get carried and used the most, and therefore vary in size. Although I will admit that I have one set of twins, and few I have only because I'd take too much of a hit selling them.

    As for defense long guns, I have one AR, one AK, and one shotgun. The rest are toys, a few PCCs are suitable for defense IMO, but not my first choice. I dont hunt or shoot at long distances, so if I'm using a long gun, its either going to be for home defense, SHTF, maybe some three-gun. I've got them covered.

    I dont have the disposable income I used to, if I ever do (HA!), I plan on buying a few more long guns to balance it out a little bit.
     
  6. Onmilo

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    I have about an equal mix of both handguns and long guns but own more rifles than shotguns and own more semi auto handguns than revolvers.
     
  7. Sooner1911

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    Like Heeler, I have way more long guns than handguns. Most of my recent purchases have been handguns (Kimber and S&W 1911 and Colt Trooper Mark III), but I will soon start back on more rifles. However, after these rifle purchases (Vanguard Deluxe 30-06 and Volquartsen 17 HMR), I think I am done. Well, maybe a bolt 22 if I don't think the 17 HMR cuts it. After that a couple more shotguns (custom OU and a nice side by side) and I am done with all shotgun purchases as well. Handguns, not so much. I dream of having a complete set of Colt snakes, but would settle for a nice 4" Royal Blue Python to shoot, not stare at.
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Handguns = collect 'em, shoot 'em, and enjoy 'em~! ;):D
     
  9. 12131

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    50/50
     
  10. RichBMW

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    I enjoy them both but handguns win by a nose (and I'm getting into 1911's, so that "nose" may soon resemble Pinocchio's.):D
     
  11. Smokey in PHX

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    I wish I had more handguns than long guns. Handguns are much easier to store. I have way more long guns than handguns.
     
  12. DM~

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    I find it MUCH smarter to buy better optics, and MUCH more ammo, and practice practice practise!!! Everyone here wants a truck load of guns, when practiseing with what you have would be much MUCH better.

    DM
     
  13. bannockburn

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    I have more handguns than long guns. Definitely have a use for rifles and shotguns; just something about semi-autos and revolvers that will always make them my favorites.
     
  14. az_imuth

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    16% Handguns
    84% Long guns

    I seem to trade/sell handguns more readily than the rifles. I kinda get attached to most of the rifles and find it hard to let them go for some strange reason. I also have a fondness for vintage edged weapons which outnumber the firearms by a wide margin.
     
  15. isc

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    I have about 4x as many rifles as I do handguns.
     
  16. hermannr

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    I have 1 more handgun than long gun, very happy with all of them. Wife has 50/50. I have always wanted a rifle in .257 Roberts...that would make it 50/50again for me too if I manage that.
     
  17. ColeK

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    Posted June 10, 2011, 09:59 PM; by chevyman097
    handguns are for fighting your way back to the rifle......

    i like my handguns but i like my rifles more.


    ++ on that and I'm never far from either!
     
  18. Aiko492

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    5 handguns (all AU). One shotguns just out the door, one AR hopefully incoming.
     
  19. mortablunt

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    Long guns, because I'm not old enough for handguns yet. I have more experience with assault rifles than I do with pistols.
     
  20. Erik M

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    I prefer handguns and have several models all over the price range , but I have a couple nice rifles, an AR15 and a Mossberg shotty.
     
  21. Rexster

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    I am not so sure how to define "collection," but either way, I have more handguns. The only firearms I own just to have them are single action revolvers, and a retired duty sixgun that is DA. I reckon I have indeed accumulated more "working" firearms than I really need, so collection or not, it is still more handguns than long weapons.

    Both of my shotguns are working guns. Either may be carried on police patrol, and either may be used for off-the-clock SD/HD.

    I was late getting started with rifles, except for an Uzi Carbine early on, which I saw as a glorified handgun that was legally a rifle. (Texas had no legal handgun carry system in place during my young adult days; a folding-stock Uzi carbine was about the most compact rifle that could be carried possessed in public places back then.)

    As I started acquiring rifles, I kept the numbers low for several reasons, chief among them being secure storage space, second being the humid climate where I live. Handguns can be kept in containers with desiccant, or in bags containing rust inhibitors, more easily.

    Another factor at work is that I have always been more of a pistolero, attracted to 1911s and sixguns more than other firearms.
     
  22. leadaddict

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    I have some handguns, but I loves my rifles...
     
  23. modifiedbrowning

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    I have about 5X as many hand guns as long guns.
     
  24. Maverick223

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    Rifles over handguns and scatterguns by a large margin.

    :)
     
  25. ripp

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    I can only carry one longarm, a gun you aint got with you can't help you. I can carry multiple pistols and they do diffeent jobs. For instance, everyone needs a pocket pistol, and might want a belt pistol, or a suppressed .22 for some applications, so handguns it will be. The rifle needs are well handled with an M4 and .22 conversion unit, in my book. If I needed to handle elephant with it, I'd do it like the native poachers do it with their AK's. Fire a short burst into 1 lung, from 10 yds away, and run like hell, or have some elephant proof hiding spot. Wait a day and look for circling buzzards. some of the rds are bound to slip between the ribs. The ruptured lung makes the tusker cough up blood, which he then inhales into the other lung, drowning himself in his own blood.

    For lesser sized critters, if I needed to take them, I would just get within bow and arrow range and brain them. Bears are easilly "baited in" with the guts and brains of some other kill, and you can put the bait where you can be safely esconced, 20 or more feet up in a big tree. You just gotta be smarter than the critter, that is all. Naturally, none of this is for anything but a "must do" sort of disaster scenario, as much of it is quite illegal in "normal times". Since sport hunting does not need to be done, I don't care that my 223 is a bit "short ranged, as compared, say, to a 338 Lapua, but hey, the bolt action can't match me for match shooting combat exercises, nor for self defense, nor for varmint shooting, or small game hunting, or back yard plinking (with the .22lr unit)
     
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