Standardize or Stay Diverse?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Harleytoo, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. edwardware

    edwardware Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    In my opinion, the AR is the ideal low-training Home Defense weapon.
    - it's a long gun: hit probability is WAY up vs a sidearm.
    - the hits you get are much more effective than a handgun
    - you can load bullets that won't pinhole through the rest of the houses on the street but are still extremely effective
    - it's low recoil vs a shotgun
    - it's simple to operate: safety and trigger
    - it's trivial to add a flashlight
    - it provides 30 (or 28) shots. . . if you need a mag change. . .

    Other than being a little louder than a shotgun, it's perfect for your non-enthusiast wife. Shoot outside with plugs and muffs, and I think she'll warm up.
  2. Harleytoo

    Harleytoo Member

    Jun 28, 2015
    If only this were not the absolute worse time to try to buy one!
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  3. D.B. Cooper

    D.B. Cooper Member

    Oct 2, 2016
    I view this, in its base form, as a "to sell or not to sell" question. Unless you've got the gun used to kill Jimmy Hoffa, and paperwork to prove it, you're just not going to get that much from selling your guns. Seriously, how much will you realistically get for the guns you sell? (Look at gunbroker's completed sales for some ideas.)

    Now take that figure and think about how that would help you with your retirement. What would you use that money for? Would you even have anything to show for it after you spent it? Now compare that to the utility and enjoyment you have thus far received from those guns you would sell. Do you still want to sell?

    You've mentioned "standardize or diversify." If you sell off everything but 2-3 calibers, and then you can't get those calibers...then what. Thinking about standardizing for reloading? Okay. You narrow down to 3 primer sizes/types (sm pistol, sm rifle (9mm and 223) and lg rifle (pick any hunting rifle caliber) and 3 powder types. Will you always be able to get those? I already can't get the powder I need for some of my guns and primers are gone.

    I'll leave you with a final, parting thought. You have already purchased all of those guns and their associated supplies (ammo, mags, etc). You bought them with dollars that were worth more than they are now. Your only cost in keeping them is an opportunity cost. (What is the next best thing you could do with the money you spent on those guns?) It cost you nothing to keep them. On the other hand, as tough times get tougher, you may need those guns and supplies, and, even if you can replace them, it will cost you more to replace them that what you gained by selling them.

    I apologize for the lengthy post. "Wordiness" is a character flaw with which I am "blessed."
  4. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I faced this question a couple of years back and decided to standardize. I'm absolutely sticking to no more than 18 calibers! Well maybe no more than 20....well....
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  5. FFGColorado

    FFGColorado Member

    Mar 2, 2020
    Agree...NOT a collector..if I own a gun, I will shoot it, a lot. BUT with limited, fixed income, having guns with similar calibers is less expensive..PLUS I see no attraction for something 'odd', but expensive like a 300 blackout or .57 in a HG.
    So..2-9mm glocks.. for CCW, HD and range
    Glock 42 for CCW
    Bird's Head Uberti in 38 for range fun
    Mossberg MVP in 223/556 for range fun(don't hunt)
    Ruger 1022...just plain fun.
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  6. BearBrimstone

    BearBrimstone Member

    Jan 7, 2016
    I have a few guns that I keep more supplies on hand for, but I like variety. The way I see it is my ammunition is standardized since I always carry a 40 and as such I keep more 40 on hand. The other calibers are just there for fun and utility if I ever can’t find 40.
  7. Harleytoo

    Harleytoo Member

    Jun 28, 2015
    Even if I down size I will still have 9mm, 357 SIG, 38 Special/357 Magnum, 40 S&W and 45 ACP that I will shoot. I have components and brass for other calibers as well, but that I no longer own.

    The concern over the cost of some rounds, like 300 Blackout, are of some concern. However, I do have a pretty substantial reloading setup so I can mitigate that some.

    I think where I am right now is whether to get an AR style setup (which would be 300 BO) or just find a 9mm or 45 ACP carbine (leaning toward 45 ACP). I had one and sold it last year mainly because it was a custom setup that I was concerned about getting parts for later on. In fact I think it is now discontinued.

    I am leaning toward the 300 BO due to the versatility of the round. Problem right now is availability, stuff is just sold out all over.

    I started even looking at Ruger Mini 14’s....
  8. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Member

    Nov 29, 2019

    As you can see the arms advertised seem to all crowd the high end of the price scale for used arms.
    Used Ruger 10/22's for $260?
    Glock 20 gen4 $550
    Glock 29 $600
    Colt 6920 M4 5.56 $2500
    LMT AR-15 5.56 $2300
    Taurus G2C $250

    I see where they take a base model firearm and hang a bunch tactical attachments and inflate the cost that way.
    The $700 SKS is nuts!
  9. Harleytoo

    Harleytoo Member

    Jun 28, 2015
    Yea, the best bet right now is to sell off what I don’t need any more and just hold out till prices come down. I would prefer to build a 300 BO AR Pistol.
  10. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Standardizing doesn't necessarily mean lack of diversity. I've "standardized" handgun cartridges: .22LR, .22WMR., .380 ACP, 9mm, .40S&W, .357 Mag, .44 Spl., .44 Mag., .45 Colt. :) I hand load the last four.
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  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    I would agree with that.

    The only caliber I have divested myself of is 7.62X39, sold my AR upper and my AK, gave away my ammo, still have dies and components.
  12. bearcreek

    bearcreek Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    NE Ohio
    You should keep at least one nice 1911, just cause of the cool factor. I say that as somebody who still doesn't own one. ;)
  13. Swifty Morgan

    Swifty Morgan member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Having a lot of calibers is fun until you start stocking up on ammunition. Two thousand rounds of this, three thousand of that...it's not cheap.
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