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Old 08-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #21
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By definition a collector would only seek or keep items of specific value. I have about 30+ myself that I wont ever sell but I only go for what I or my kids can/will shoot. My dad on the other hand has an unknown amount but I have seen him drop $10,000+ of a shot gun or riffle that he has no intent or real desire to ever shoot.
I am a hoarder, my dad is a collector.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:56 AM   #22
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When I buy any gun if it's a $100 mosin or my ar I ju get a rush outta it an have to run to my buddy's house and shoot the hell outta it
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I'm 18 too and my list is almost exactly the same just minus the handguns, haven't really found an interest in them as of yet....then again I still haven't ever used one....
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first off, i am not a collector. i have a collection of firearms, not a firearms collection. this means, all my firearms are shooters or have a distinct purpose when they were bought. some have almost a single purpose and are more for defence rather than pleasure. some get shot more than others. some people are eclectic in their buying of firearms, some buy them with a particular theme involved. but remember this when you look at buying one, is it something you really want to own and shoot or just to say you have one? then there are those firearms that are just moments of opportunity, such as at the right time and the right price. many of us make lists of those firearms that we want to own and shoot.

if or when there is a wife or girlfriend, you need to remember this important answer to the question they will at some point ask you, "don't you have enough guns?" and this is the answer you must use, "i am always two guns shy of enough!"

but get what makes you happy and don't just buy one just to own it. and above all else, enjoy them!
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To me, the purpose of collecting is the pure joy and pride of ownership that comes with owning and mastering quality guns.

Notice I said "quality" not "expensive". Though some quality guns are expensive, the terms are not mutually exclusive.

You have a fine list of quality arms and suggest starting with the one your heart desires most. And don't go to fast with the buying, takes the time to enjoy, tweak, and tune each to make it your own.

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My priority was collecting a home first to put them in. A good handgun and a good lomg gun for self protection then hunker down and devote yourself to college or learning a trade. Start working on a down payment for a home.

You do NOT want to wait until your in your mid twenties or later to think about that!! You need to have priorities in line first.

Just my advice heed it or not up to you.
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My priority was collecting a home first to put them in. A good handgun and a good lomg gun for self protection then hunker down and devote yourself to college or learning a trade. Start working on a down payment for a home.

You do NOT want to wait until your in your mid twenties or later to think about that!! You need to have priorities in line first.

Just my advice heed it or not up to you.
I agree with this but i would say one pistol one shotgun one 22 rifle and a good deer rifle
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I buy whatever catches my eye. Tacticool, Milsurp bolt actions, hunting pieces, you name it. I remember I went out and bought a .303 SMLE on my 18th birthday, that started the whole thing! I suggest starting out with some less expensive Milsurp stuff and then getting used to the trade. The gun traders guide is a very useful book.
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I buy whatever my heart desires first and most importantly, if my wallet allows me to.
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first off, i am not a collector. i have a collection of firearms, not a firearms collection. this means, all my firearms are shooters or have a distinct purpose when they were bought. some have almost a single purpose and are more for defence rather than pleasure. some get shot more than others.
I agree with this entirely. I never started out with the thought of "starting a collection". It just happened over time. I never really thought about adding this or that gun to "the collection". I bought what I wanted, and what spurred my interest at the time. I never bought a gun thinking I would make a killing on it later, because I've never sold a gun in my life. That will be my wife's job after I take a dirt nap.

Some guns will increase in value over time faster than others. Back in the 70's and 80's I got into big bore African rifle shooting. I purchased several of them in the big bore calibers. They were expensive then, but are all but unaffordable now. I didn't plan for that, it just happened. They best advise I can give anyone starting out is don't get into the habit of selling one gun to buy another. 99% of the time you'll regret it later. Keep what you have, and save for another.

I have a co-worker friend who constantly turns his gun collection over all the time. He's continually selling something to buy something else. It seems all he does is gripe about the guns "he used to have". He'll read about a gun in a magazine article. He'll get all hyped up over it and right away sell something to buy it. After a few months his interest weans off until he reads another article. Then..........you guessed it, he sells that gun to finance his next purchase. Buy what you like, and enjoy what you buy. The rest will take care of itself.
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