Gun owner types

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NGIB, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    Casual to Committed is a scale from say 1 to 10 on what type a handgun owner you are.

    For casual (the 1 on the scale) I think a good definition is the person that buys a single gun and 1 box of ammo - and that's it. At most they shoot a half-box of said ammo and then they load the gun and put it away (probably didn't clean it first either). These folks may actually forget they have a gun tucked away or the reason they decided to get one. A "number 1" frequently does not ever want to "advance" on the scale. Incurs the minimum investment possible to satisfy their perceived need.

    The other end of the scale is the committed handgunner (the 10 on the scale). Probably owns a variety of types and puts a lot of rounds through them frequently. Very likely has a carry permit and is armed at all times. Does a lot of their own gunsmithing, probably reloads their own ammo, and quite possibly competes in some fashion. Brownell's, Numrich and Midway loves these types as they are always looking for the edge - and spend a lot of $$$ on their obsession. These folks know their stuff and can contribute in just about any handgun conversation.

    We all fall somewhere on this scale and it's important to understand that it exists. For example, I wouldn't recommend a 1911 to anyone at the low end of the scale. These guns perform only for folks willing to learn the platform and find the "sweet spot" in gun, ammo, mags, and accessories. Yes, I have 1911s that have been 100% reliable out of the box - but this is by no means a certainty. Given that most 1911 manufacturers include crap mags with new guns doesn't help at all.

    Many of us tend to evolve on the scale, moving from the 1 towards the 10 over time. Our tastes can and do change and many times we'll "rediscover" our favorites. Whenever I give advice, I always try to place the person I'm giving advice to on the scale as it makes a difference. Yes, I have recommended a Glock before...
  2. Yunus

    Yunus Active Member

    I would call myself a 4-5 but why don't you let me know where you think I fall to help others with the scale.

    I own 2 bolt rifles, 3 pistols, 1 shotgun, 1 AK style gun. I go shooting about twice a month in the spring, summer, fall, but don't go much in the winter because of the weather. I do not carry and probably would not carry very often even if I lived in a state that I could. I don't do much gun smithing on my own equipment, I would rather let the professionals handle that. I'm no expert on tactical knowledge but have my limited military training. I do clean my guns after I shoot them and own a 1911 and have never had a problem with it. I do go to gunshows when they come to town and have a respectable ammo supply. I buy accessories for my guns but try to get everything out of the box, I would rather pay a bit more and have it already the way I want it. I do have at least 1 gun in the house for self defense at any given time. I know a decent amount about the guns I own but don't learn much about guns I don't own or plan to own.

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Well, I can't be a ten, because I don't reload yet and I don't compete. I do some rudimentary gunsmithing, but nothing too technical, mostly simple stuff.

    I shoot as frequently as I can. I have several handguns and used to have many more, but finances forced me to sell most of them.

    I do have a carry permit, but it's a Utah non-resident permit as I live in the occupied state of California. I can carry in a bunch of states, just not where I live. :rolleyes:

    I think of myself as a fairly dedicated handgunner, but I love my rifles and tinker with them as well. I also tend to shoot handguns more frequently than my long guns.

    So, I don't know where that puts me on the scale, but it's a good description.
  4. ThorsHammer

    ThorsHammer New Member

    I suppose I would want to say I am a 4, but I'm more likely a 3. I only have the one pistol, but went to the range weekly all through Fall and Winter and fired at least 100 rounds each time. My pistol has about 1,500 rounds through it in less than a year. I take good care of my weapon and usually open carry when I am out and about. I am currently saving up for an AR and a Kimber.
  5. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    I'd put myself at a 4. I have not been into the working on my guns end as much as the shooting and caring for my guns end. I have several long guns, one black powder rifle and two pistols. I am getting my cash together to do an AR-15 build, then an AR-10!!

    I have been shooting since I was 6 or 7 years old. For me it has always been recreation until I moved to a State that allows me to protect myself. I took the required training and got my concealed carry permit. I am a member of the NRA and GOA. I have always believed it is the right, I would say a duty of an individual to defend themselves. In retirement, I have become politically active, supporting candidates that embrace the Constitution and the 2A.
  6. Brad

    Brad New Member

    I consider myself a 9. Hardcore runner and gunner. I participate in the Callaway Nuclear shoots and any other competition. I am a firearms instructor for State of Missouri. Teach at Academies and shoot almost everyday. I am in Law Enforcement. I own many many many guns and I am a Glock, Sig, XD, and AR Armorer. Any corner of my house you will find a minimum of a 38+p handgun and up to a Glock 21 with 50 GI conversion.

    Only thing I do not do is reload. I get my ammo for free.

    And I also own several 1911's. Im not prejudice towards any gun. Well almost.. :D
  7. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    I'd probably put myself at a 7 1/2 or so. If I ever decide to reload it would go up from there. I'm not a rifle or shotgun guy although I do have an AR and 2 O/U shotguns. I like to learn about all the handgun platforms and have worked on a number of different types. I'm very familiar with 1911s, pretty good with S&W revolvers, and Ruger .22s do not give me a headache. I love to compete and I use 1911s for that almost exclusively. While it's not really important where we each fit on the scale, it's important that we can place other folks on the scale so we can provide useful advice.

    I was chatting on a local forum today with an honest #1 on the scale. This fella wanted a single pistol that would go bang whenever. I recommended that he try an XD and a Glock and pick the one that fits him the best...
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  8. opaww

    opaww New Member

    I would like to say I was a 10 but in reality I only own 6 hand guns, 6 rifles and 2 shot guns, I reload and collect brass at the range, I buy from MidWay when I have the money, and I only spend every monday at the range unless weather is real bad, and some times I got a day or two through out the rest of the week. I also tinker with my guns for better preformance So I would guess I was a #2. I forgot I have a CCWP and carry all the time (even to the potty)
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  9. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

    I guess I'm somewhere between 6, 7 or 8. I own 6 handguns, 5 are semi auto and one is a revolver and I still want more. I also have some long guns, 2 shotguns and 5 rifles. I like to go shooting whenever I can afford the ammo, usually once a month or so.
    I work for a gunsmith, so naturally I can't stand a dirty gun.. I clean after every range session and I make sure I keep them well oiled.
    I don't do my own reloads, although I know how to reload and my dad has all the equipment if I ever want to do it. I do help my boss do his reloading, however.
    Never really cared for competition. I just like shooting for the fun of it.
    Also have a CWP and carry all the time.

    I don't know if I'm correct in the number range I gave myself, I might be a 5 or 4, but i'm far from the guy that buys one hi-point and one box of ammo:cool:
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  10. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Well, NGIB asked about handguns, so I'd say I'm a 5 in that area:

    I own six, but I've probably owned 25 in my lifetime.

    I have my CHL but don't carry very often.

    I'm a good shot, but I wouldn't say I'm a good shooter.

    I don't know how to double-tap; I want to learn.

    I grew up with long guns, I'm relatively new to the pistol (25 years or so).

    My Dad taught me to clean after every use, and I still do. I enjoy it.

    I'm a lifetime member of the NRA.
  11. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

    I'm around a 3, mostly due to the fact that I'm in a long-distance relationship with my guns. Was going to try to bump that up by getting a gunsmith apprenticeship this summer, but I got an offer for a pretty awesome internship, and I couldn't turn it down.
  12. Car54

    Car54 New Member

    Guessing about a 4. I don't reload, I try to shoot whenever possible and the guns get cleaned immediately afterwards.

    I have an AR, 12 ga., .380, .38, .45. Possibly looking for a .40 (because the .40 ammo is all over the place, and it kinda fits between the .38 and .45) and a .22 rifle for plinking.

    As far as readiness, the AR needs a lock & load, the shotgun a rack, the handguns are always ready to go.

    Being retired LEO, we are granted the right to CC in any state via HR.218.
  13. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    I'm about a 2.5 probably. I bought my first gun just 10 months ago, so my evolution has only begun. Experience? I'm about a "1.5". Interest and commitment? Maybe a "7".

    I now have 4 guns (as I just sold my 22-250)- A 9mm, 357sig/40sw, 12g, and an AR15. I shoot 300-500 rounds a month, most of which exit the AR or the CZ 75b. I've found them both to be really good learning platforms. The 22-250 was a little project to learn my way around bolt actions, choosing, mounting, and using optics, etc. Gained some experience and then was able to get all my money back out of it.

    I'm ambitiously attacking my lack of experience. I try to learn all I can about my firearms and always clean them after every shooting session. Have plans for a CHL, and a few too many "next guns" on the agenda. I'd like to work my way up to reloading at some point, but it's not a priority right now as I'm shooting mostly 9mm and .223. My skills are pretty limited at this point, but I'm shooting the CZ really well.

    I'll probably replace the 22-250 with a larger bolt rifle next. Or maybe a poly pistol. Or a 1911. Or...well, what I should do is pick up a Ruger or Henry 22lr rifle. I'm actually just waiting for the right sale on one of those.
  14. Wambli

    Wambli Member

    Based on your description of a 10... I'm a 22 :D
  15. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

    I'd go with a 7.5 to 9.
    I own 4 pistols, a 1911, Glock 30sf, Berreta Neos 22, break-top 38s&w caliber revolver. I own 2 shotguns a double barrel and a Mossberg 500 and an AK variant. Oh and an old single shot 22 Marlin bolt gun.
    My father owns a 357 mag revolver I'm fond of as well as his 12, 20, and 410 gauges.
    I try to own as much of a variety of guns as I can as long as I like them. My next gun will hopefully be in a 44 mag, seeing as my last one was put out of commision by me loosing a spring I cant replace.
    I do my own gunsmithing and will be seeking a certification in it when I finish my undergraduate degree. I want to be able to hang with the people at Springfield's custom workshop and know what they're talking about and be able to do it as well.
    I am in the process of filling out my CCW.
    Although all this is my passion, I havent joined the NRA or GOA :eek:
    I do plan on joining them pretty soon though, sometime in the next month when I have the actual cash to do it. Dont know why I havent, I've been sent plenty of forms just havent had the money when they come in.
  16. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    What is the rank of someone who no longer has any guns because of the FTF Cruise?

    Before that, I would say based on the ranking guidelines, I was like a 2. I had more than some, but less than alot. Maybe a 2.5 because I had a purpose for each one I had. They were basically centered around hunitng, defense and plinking. Ok, I am a 2.3.
  17. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I own 14 handguns. I shoot 22, 380, 9mm, 38, 357 mag, 40 S&W, 44 Mag, 45ACP and 45 Colt. I reload all of those except 22. I also reload 7.62x39, 30-30, 308 Win and 8mmx57. I pour my own lead bullets. I order from on a regular basis. They sent me the big catalog without me asking. I do minor gun smithing. I have a concealed weapoin permit. I am almost never unarmed. I shoot a minimum of once a week rain or shine. I have had to dig through the snow to recover my brass.

    I guess I am probably a 10.
  18. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    I refuse to be pigeon-holed! :D
  19. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    I own several handguns of different calibers, shoot atleast once a month,sometimes more. I have a carry permit and am armed most of the time.

    I don't reload, nor do I plan to. I only do minor gunsmithing. That's about it. :)