difference between collecting and having an array of guns is, collections are designed to find rare pieces and increase value of the collection.
having a selection of guns usually is the result of a need that builds over time. many refer to guns as tools. fine. so youre out in the garage and one night yourealize you need a engine hoist, so, you get one to pull an engine, and then it sits over in the corner for that next job needing a hoist. you throw a carpet over it because odds are, itll be some time. but...you have one.
so, next job comes along and you need a drill press.
and so on.
after many years, you look at your shop and you realize that your shop is pretty well equipped and your tools reflect the kind of work you do.
chain stores completely fill each garage with every possible tool for any possible task based on customers needs nationwide. so, now you have this garage with a mech who doesnt know what 1/2 the tools are for, but by golly, he has them!
guns are the same way. you show me your collection or selection, and i'll tell you who you are.
i can walk into a cabin and see trophy heads mounted and a 30-30 marlin on a rack and figure he's a hunter.
if all his guns have scopes on bolt actions in montana, odds are hes a gopher or elk hunter.
show me a single shot 12ga leaning in a grain barn and i know its for rat control.
take me to a skeet range and the guys all have 40,000.00 krieghoffs, i can tell they are rich kids with nothing else to do but buy fancy guns to show off amongst their friends, who are doing the same thing back trying to out do each other....and they all still miss.
if the purpose of your selection of guns is the result of a need, fine. youre collecting tools as you need them. but to buy guns and just hoard them to say, you have one....has no purpose other than it being an attempt to feed a desire based solely on pleasing the senses or the pleasure of spending money because you can.
by looking at this thread topic...i get the impression im the only one thats cautioning you. as the old saying goes, a fool and his money shall soon part.
and with all this hype over shtf, its gonna be funny watching some of you carry an entire armory out of the battle zone on your backs! aint happening. so what happens? youre stuck defending your armory. immobile? ahhh yes, ask the french about that.
you end up abandoning all of it save for a few. congrats, you just gave your collection away to a mob.
choose wisely, take care of them, you may have something later on. buy to just buy?....maybe moms right.
and for gods sake bro, if your mom is involved in voicing opinions.....what the heck are you doing? wheres your apartment or your own home where moms dont get to say anything about what you do?
so tell us, what do those 6 guns represent? what do we see when we see your guns? someone just spending money on cool guns or someone who is using them to build up a tool box for real use someday?
just trying to give you insight. its not a rag on ya.
the whole world wants in your pocket. make em work for it.
im going to share a valuable tip with you. if you can say to yourself, "there will always be another," and walk away from a gun you really like, you are in control.
but, if you treat every gun you see like its the last one on earth, youre addicted and have enough.