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When does it become a "Collection"?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tamara, Dec 25, 2002.

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  1. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

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    A certain number of guns? A focus on a certain kind or make of gun? When you start buying guns that you really don't need or even intend to shoot much?
     
  2. nine fingers

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    For me it is when I need to justify them to my wife.;)
     
  3. Hkmp5sd

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    When you get a C&R and the government officially labels you a collector. For everyone else, it's an arsenal. :)
     
  4. Rick R

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    I think of my guns as an "armory" where I can go to get tools to perform different chores. A "collection" consists of things you accumulate which are alike for a reason, and usually owned for the joy of ownership instead of for use.

    I guess you could have a "collection" of one if you intend to "collect" an associated item in the future.

    Rick
     
  5. WilderBill

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    I think it's a point you reach in your own mind.

    If the only firearm you own it he one your grandad left you, it is a collectors item to you, and thus a "collection" of one.

    I have seen that some people have a theme to their collecting. Maybe military bolt actions or US weapons of WWII.
    On the other hand I once visited a friend of a friend who showed me his collection that filled every bit of a large room. I looked around with wide eyes and open mouth and asked if there was a theme to his collection. His reply was "Yes, one of everything, unless I really like it, then I get more." :D
     
  6. gburner

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    IIRC...Collection in the museum sense is used to define a grouping of exemplary artifacts which display the widest possible example of those artifacts. For firearms, that would be weapons with proveance of place of use, historical significance or intrinsic value...one of a kinds, etc.

    In the burner household, collection most often refers to that pile of dirty clothes near the bed, the junk in boxes and otherwise under the stairs, etc.

    My small group of weapons are referred to by individual names...
    the boomstick, bucky, the duchess,
    vlad, the mule, Capt. America and the smoker. All together I call them 'the kids' or 'my preciouses.':cool:
     
  7. AR-10

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    Two is a couple.
    Three to five is a few.

    More than a few is either an assortment or a collection, depending on when you plan to stop aquiring.

    You have your modest collection
    growing collection
    diverse collection
    well rounded collection

    And last,but most desireable the complete collection

    I'm shooting for a bloated and grossly overpopulated collection.
    :D
     
  8. Stetson_CO

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    What if part of what you own is with you and another part is in a different state?

    Is it a collection or just a motely bunch?

    I have 3 here and, as of this morning, 39 in another place(bigger safe there).

    Granted, with the variety, its a motely bunch, to me...:D

    c):{
     
  9. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I'm not a collector. Honest. They just kind'a sort'a show up, more or less of their own free will, and devour closet and bank box space like cookies. Heck, I think some of them even reproduce when I'm not looking. I dunno where they all come from—but I'm definitely not a collector, I tell you!
     
  10. Schuey2002

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    For me it's more of an "accumulation" than a collection..

    When I have to build a room to store my guns in,then it will become a "collection".. ;)
     
  11. 10-Ring

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    After the first revo, semi auto, shotgun, rifle, and 2nd safe, it becomes a collection. It's all about the QUANTITY & QUALITY ;)
     
  12. Brian D.

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    Collection?

    I started saying that right after I bought my first gun safe, before that it was just an assortment.
     
  13. Col. Mustard

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    Collecting vs. accumulating vs. hoarding

    I think if you've got several (or more) guns stashed away in the safe in a corner of the basement, and you never bring them out (except maybe to count them once in a while), you're hoarding them.

    If you have a bunch of guns that you shoot, fondle, or otherwise appreciate on a regular basis, you're accumulating them.

    A true collection, on the other hand, involves diversity and redundancy of specimens; as well as some attempt to display them.
     
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    When you start owning things you don't need. Like your 3rd Mossy 500 12ga shotgun. Or a CZ52 which isn't legal in any class of competition you shoot in. Or how about when you just buy stuff because the price is right, you like the look, or you don't have one yet. What a great country.
     
  15. riverdog

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    Exactly, I'm an accumulator, not a collector. I have no intention of displaying them and they're all shooters. All I need now is another.41Mag, then a CQB ...
     
  16. Edward429451

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    Methinks a collection is when you have more than you can carry.
    A couple handguns isn't a collection, its just 'my pistol and my bug' unless of course they're too nice to carry...in which case it would be considered a collectable.
     
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    It's a collection when you buy 'em just to look at 'em. Otherwise, it's a toolbox.
     
  18. 2nd Amendment

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    Guns? What guns? I don't collect no guns... :confused: ;)
     
  19. Blackhawk

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    When you have more than one.

    You, Tamara, are a collector!

    (Come to think of it, so am I....)
     
  20. Dan Morris

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    LOL, a tool box....gee, I bought my third tool box last month! Could be I have a problem.All are 1950's pre 64's Remintons and Smiths!
    Actually, these tools are a legacy for my kiddos.......better than stocks...I'll keep a few for myself and give em to them in about 5 years.
    Dan
    :D
     
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    I guess I'm an accumulator.

    Never intended to be. Wife asked for a guesstimate the other night, as I converted a Thomasville armoire' into an upright gun cabinet. Looks like a smidgen over 60 so far. The darned things are just like coat hangars, they breed in the darkness of the closet, when you open the door, there's even more of them! :D
     
  22. Nevada

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    Is it a collection when you can't remember how many you have?
     
  23. 4v50 Gary

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    No Nevada, that's an arsenal. :D

    I'm a hoarder. I'm getting my seventh Garand soon. This means I should get two more since it needs two companions to "stack arms" with.
     
  24. Redlg155

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    I think it's the point where you have so many guns that you no longer have the time to routinely use them. I don't really include guns kept for sentimental value in this category, such as an inherited gun. I'd also consider it a collection if you were attempting to obtain weapons from a specific time period, such as Civil War weapons.

    So I don't really have a collection yet. All my guns are "working" guns.

    Good SHooting
    RED
     
  25. TexasVet

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    one is hapenstance,
    two is coincidence,
    3 is a collection!!!
    :D

    WAIT.. that's "3 is enemy action", nevermind!

    I "collect" Picassos, of course I only have ONE, but someday....
     
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