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What are your true interests in regards to firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Exposure, Dec 26, 2005.

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  1. Exposure

    Exposure Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    The wilds of Maine
    While many people put "guns" as part of their interests in their profiles I am curious if we can narrow it down a little bit from there.

    For me it can be broken down into three groups:

    1. NFA goodies. I just love the machine guns. Shoot an MP5, Thompson, or MP40 once and you too will be hooked for life!

    2. Historic rifles. I am a HUGE fan of all surplus rifles with a wooden stock. However, Mauser actions in particular make me grin. Although the Swiss K31 is rapidly rising to the top of my favorites list due to its extreme accuracy and very light recoil.

    3. Long distance shooting. I am more and more interested with rifles that have scopes and bipods attached. It really is darn fun to shoot at a distance. I have recently developed an affinity for scoped HK rifles. Uggghhh, my wallet hurts already.

    So how about everyone else? I know there are lots and lots of pistol people here. I have a fair amount of pistols, and I like them, but at this point in my life, automatic weapons, and scoped rifles are taking the spotlight.

    Any links you guys/gals would like to share would be interesting as well. I know you hang out at other websites beside THR.org! :D


    Apr 5, 2005
    Anchorage, Alaska
    I love an AK-47 for obvious reasons.... Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam.... I bought one on my 18th birthday....

    But I also love my Remington 700 LV SF in 22-250, for those 500 yard shots at little tiny moving targets... LOL

    As far as pistols go I have a Browning Buckmark .22 that gets more action than anything I own....

    I just love guns... :D I didn't think one needed a reason... :neener:

    - Clint
  3. mbs357

    mbs357 Member

    Dec 14, 2004
    Vienna, VA
    I like handguns, mostly, of all types.
    I do fancy some long guns, but handguns are my favorite. ;D
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I'm first and last a bullseye target shooter, although I devote plenty of time, money, and effort to carrying, as well.
  5. txgho1911

    txgho1911 Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Everything I can afford

    I am not wonderfully succsesfull in every venture I am part of. I may very well close down here sell all and move closer to my folks and work for myself.
    In the mean time I have a few arms and I am reloading most of them. Looking for the best mix for every combination. If I could afford the class3 weapons and the patience needed for the red tape in my way I would certainly partake. If I could aquire the arms I would quadruple my reloading skills in other calibers.
    With resources I would reach into historical arms in addition to the historic calibers. I would test myself and grade my progress on distance and accuracy. If anyone wants to "will me" a large collection I might find myself a lil closer to spending all my time shooting and loading.
  6. Herself

    Herself member

    May 14, 2004
    First and foremost, self-defense. "You can't beat an armed woman" might be a bumper sticker but its true!

    I enjoy target-shooting with handguns and rifles, but anything over .22 in long guns is difficult to get time for: the "real rifle" range is a 90-min trip away. :cuss:

    And somehow I have ended up collecting Spanish handguns, especially Stars. They suit me as carry guns and they're not very expensive, so that works out well.

  7. f4t9r

    f4t9r Member

    May 27, 2005
    I am a semi auto fan
    and really like building the AR15
  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    Pre-war Colts, hunting, competitive shooting: formal or otherwise.

    Old guns have style and character that modern weapons (no matter how well they work) just can't compare.

    That doesn't mean I don't own a few modern guns, or modern reproductions of older designs.

    But older firearms intrigue me.
  9. Kodiaz

    Kodiaz member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Palm Beach County
    Hunting used to be my main gun activity but then I moved to FL. The ducks taste bad and the deer are too small. Now I target shoot a lot I usually use my pistols. After Katrina I picked up a second shotgun 870 P pistol grip stock side saddle shell holder, my first non hunting long gun. I'm getting ready to get a Kimber 1911. After that an EBR.
  10. rust collector

    rust collector Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Pierre, SD USA
    1. accurate centerfire rifles of all persuasions, for paper or game
    2. shotguns for trap and upland hunting
    3. rimfires short and long for fun with kids and relearning fundamentals

    I have really enjoyed military surplus rifles acquired in the last few years. They can't quite talk, but their design speaks volumes about the societies they served, and the finish reflects the conditions under which they were employed. Unravelling their mysteries is great fun, and becoming proficient with them is a new and enjoyable challenge. They're obsolete but still serviceable, and I like to think it's a status we share.
  11. cz75bdneos22

    cz75bdneos22 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    brownsville texas
    i wanted to have one each of "fighting" calibers. 9 mm, .357, .40, .45 GAP, .44spl, .45 colt, 10mm
    a lever-action in .30-.30 and a .22LR...
    now, i am minimalizing my stash...i'll be keeping..
    .22LR Beretta Neos-practice etc...
    Glock G20 10mm-insurance...
    all others will go...:what:
    and will accessorize these two with the add-ons i want...
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2005
  12. joab

    joab Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    Ocoee, Fla
    I like guns.
  13. Sulaco

    Sulaco Member

    Mar 21, 2003
    South Carolina
    I am a single action, pump and lever kind of guy. I guess since I grew up playing cowboys and indians and I always had some cap gun six shooters, cowboy boots I never took off and a Red Ryder BB gun, it stuck. Now I am ruined for life. :D

    I would love to have lots and lots of guns but I can't afford it so I stick to the basics which, for me is enough to do the kind of hunting I want. I also keep a Glock around for concealed carry. I am quite certain had Gaston Glock been born 100 years earlier, he would have been making SAA's. :neener:
  14. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Central Kentucky
    I've always been most interested guns that are useful as combat tools, not sure why. I enjoy rifles and pistols of military origin the most. I think the ruggedness and reliability and simplicity are what attract me most.

    Mostly, I stick to trying to master the defensive pistol as a focus. Becoming or maintaining the skills to be a rifleman is an important second.

    If I had money, I'd also get into long-range rifle shooting, and those steel ram matches with the sharps rifles, seems like fun to me.
  15. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    In order of priority:

    1. Hunting
    2. Self-defense
    3. Targets
    4. 2nd Amendment

    I'm a shooter rather than a collector. Obviously, more rounds go down range on point #3 than any others. But a gun that doesn't see use, at least occasionally, isn't one I'll keep long. Wish I had time for some league shooting. I'd be really interested in IDPA or somesuch, but family and professional responsibilities mean I don't have the time I'd like to sink into this hobby.
  16. GRB

    GRB member

    Feb 25, 2005
    1) I like shooting whatever firearm I can lay my hands on for the sheer enjoyment it brings to me. In that regard I like pistol, shotgun and rifle shooting; I like new guns, old guns, small bore and larger bore.

    2) I enjoy shooting in relation to my job both as an agent and as an instructor. I loved having collateral duties as a firearms instructor for 14 years but then I apparently pissed someone off and am not doing that any more. Nothing to do with how I instructed as far as I am aware, but then they will not tell me why they don't let me instruct anymore. My guess is just because I pissed someone off over something not even related to the range (I have a big mouth and it is often directed at a boss), otherwise I would have gotten some lecture about my instruction technique from the range master. Oh well, I can only hope I will one day be back at the range as an instructor because I took great satisfaction in helping shooters improve themselves for possible armed confrontations and, they often told me how much they appreciated the effort I put into it (as did the range master).
    I enjoy shooting my service issue pistol, shotgun and MP5. Tactical shooting is a blast.

    3) I love to hunt (game animals) when I can which is sadly not anywhere near as often as I would like. I have found a certain satisfaction as a man hunter too - but the idea there is to capture them for arrest and not to shoot them unless they are jeopardizing my life or limb.

    4) I enjoy refinishing stocks on occasion.

    5) Just recently, my son and I started shooting trap every now and then. Lots of fun. If I save up enough maybe I'll get a decent over/under for trap shooting; right now we use a Remington 870 Express.

    6) I enjoy .22LR firearms very much - I guess most of all - but; I also have a small variety of larger bore caliber firearms for work, hunting and self defense.

    All the best,
    Glenn B
  17. IndianaDean

    IndianaDean Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Self defense, target shooting, 2nd Amendment rights
  18. History Nut

    History Nut Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    So Cal Desert
    My Interests

    Primarily anything related to the U.S. Military. Secondarily, any countries' rifles from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century. I have heard this referred to as "The Age of the Rifle". I do sometimes find a modern oddity that I pick up just because it interests me. Everything I own, I shoot so I don't seek "collectors" prizes but just representative pieces even if well used. I add the accourterments appropriate to the piece. Some are reproductions but most are originals. I do have odd favorites like an FN-FAL, 'just for fun' and an AKS for the same reason. Unfortunately, since I live in the PRK, those two reside with relatives out-of-state and I get to visit them once in awhile.
  19. spooney

    spooney Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    My interest in guns basically grew out of my interest in history, I don't think there as been anything as historically significant in the past 500 years as the development and proliferation of firearms. As such I first became interested in military and then moved onto other kinds of guns. My favorite guns to shoot are .22's, they were my first guns and the ones I still shoot the most.
  20. kjeff50cal

    kjeff50cal Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    I'm primarilly a hunter, I gather (take that Preacherman:D ) and I like historic firearms (milsurp naturally). I like to see what milsurp (or blackpowder) gun I can bring into the deer camp to the dismay of the Remchesterby group:p I share land with (family land). I have won a few converts and have entertained... bbbbuying a nnnew in the box (I had a hard time typing that) bolt action (leaning toward a Stevens or a Mossberg ATR, NO REM 710:barf: , in tried and true .308 Win). All my handguns are pistols of late, from .22LR to .32 ACP, 7.62X25 on up to a .50 BP Plains pistol. I have had revolvers in the past (have one on layaway) and the next will be at least .357. I'm also a shooting range regular (Baileys). This is my second collection AD:rolleyes: . The first was very TC-Remchester centered with a strong large bore revolver presence (3 .44 Mags, the Elmer Keith trinity, Super Blackhawk, Redhawk & M-29). I built a number of 1911 clones frame-up and still dabble in shade-tree gunsmithing. I love to bring back a basket-case back from the scrap-heap to shooter status.

  21. Beetle Bailey

    Beetle Bailey Member

    Sep 14, 2003
    I really enjoy shooting rifles so that would be first on the list. It's a very rewarding discipline.

    Second would be collecting milsurps, which kinda overlaps with #1 since all my current milsurps are rifles. I enjoy maintaining them and keeping them looking good as well as studying the engineering and learning the history that goes along with them. But most of all I like to shoot them and I wouldn't keep a milsurp that wasn't also a shooter.

    Third is the neglected step-child, handgun target shooting. I only own a few handguns and I don't exactly wow anyone with my handgun shooting. I used to put all my energy into my rifle shooting until I was exhausted, and then finish the day off with some handgun shooting :uhoh: . However, I have been seeing some improvement lately and I did try a practice run for a Bianchi Cup match. It was fun and challenging so I might try more formal competition handgun shooting.

    However, I have only been shooting regularly for a little over two years, so I'm still learning the lay of the land. Who knows where I could be headed? :)
  22. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Long Range Handgun

    I have a "thing" for long range handgunning (100 yards) with iron sights. I can get on paper usually by the 3rd shot with my Ruger P345 as long as it is not Wolf ammo. I can also hit a 9" gong 5 out of 6 with my $100 Arminius .44 single action. Have not tried the Steyr S9 but with how accurate that lil 3" barrel is I'm looking forward to trying.
  23. robert garner

    robert garner Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    columbus georgia
    heh heh heh

    I never met a gun i didnt like!
    sns or ebr all have their place.
    My rifles cover most of the USA's history from
    Valley Forge to Iwo Jima
    with rep samples of our Allies and Foes just for measure.
    Pistols from Kentucky single and double revs and autos
    if i've missed sumptin
    its commin
  24. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
  25. Kurt_M

    Kurt_M Member

    Jul 6, 2005
    In order of importance:

    1. Handguns (especially John Browning designs)
    2. Revolvers, mostly big bores and magnums
    3. Bolt action rifles of all varieties
    4. SD shotguns
    5. All other things that go bang :D

    I like most guns, but the 1911 has a special place. It just shoots right for me. Big bore revolvers are just plain cool.
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