What, to you, constitutes a well rounded collection?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by BeyondTheBox, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    For me it would be about having a wide range of calibers to choose from, if it weren't for the cost of ammo. The guns are little problem, a one time purchase for years of service, but when I can pick up two or three completely different looking, feeling, and shooting guns of the same caliber, it just seems to make more sense, logically speaking.

    So I collect what looks good, and semi-automatics only, with exception of one lever action rifle. I've never held or shot a gun that felt wrong or uncomfortable, except for every single revolver I'e handled. They're big and ugly and poorly weighted and take forever to shoot... Truly the epitomization of self-defense suicide.

    So how do you collect?

    I could see addiding some rifles, some semi-autos, some revolvers, and within the first and last some black powders... But I'm just not that into it all.

    Maybe it's more of a brand thing for you, high end names to proclaim.

    Or collecting the "classics" or "iconics"...

    What drives your collection? Or maybe you don't consider yourself a collector. Perhaps you're a hobbyist.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Depends on what floats yer boat- if the key word there was collection.

    Some folks collect one particular make of firearm- I confess to having a soft spot (middle of my head I think) for older Mossberg and Remington .22 rifles.

    Some collect MILSURP firearms, some side by side shotguns. Knew one guy that collected rifles- but each rifle in his collection had the same serial number.

    You could build one heck of a collection of nothing but S&W .38 Specials. Or "Suicide Specials"- cheap handguns from the 1920s. My Best Man, who had more money than I ever will, collected Drillings.
     

  3. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Now that's an awesome way to collect. I love this. This is exactly why I started this thread... To hear the different kooky but kool kind of ways that make someone buy/collect.

    Very cool info man, thanks for participating.
     
  4. 97cobra

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    A guy I work with collects nothing but Remington 700 and marlin lever action rifles. He has 1 870 for hunting and trap shooting. He refuses to buy pistols and is constantly buying new rifles. He had a party at his house and he showed me his safe and he has a 64 gun safe full of rem 700s and another full of marlins.
     
  5. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    The perfect collection...........One of each. :D
     
  6. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I collect just about anything and everything. I'm particularly fond of military firearms especially Soviet Union/Russian and American firearms. One thing I would love to do, if I had the money, is to collect military firearms in the order they entered service. For example I would first buy a Springfield Trapdoor rifle then the Krag Jorgensen rifle, then the 1903 Springfield, and so on. Another thing I would love to do is collect variants of a particular firearm like the Mosin Nagant, AK47, and 1903 Springfield.
     
  7. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Wow. Hahahaha. I would think that absolutely boring, but I respect the self-assuredness it takes to know exactly what it is you like without any question or wavering in want.
     
  8. Chandler51

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    Drippings...now there's one that not everybody has. Or could even tell you what it is... :)

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    Drillings!!! Effing autocorrect!!!!
     
  9. WilliamTF

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    I used to be into firearms that I can hunt with but in the last few years I've really gotten into handguns and tactical(assault weapons I hate that term). Maybe its the uncertainty of the times we live in ? I don't know but I'm really into SD type weapons now. I just wish I had the $ to support my SD addiction. If $ were no object Id have a custom built single stack DAO in .357 Sig nobody frickn makes one that I've seen. A .50 BMG semi auto a Les Baer or LMT .308 & .556 semi a Magnum Research .22 mag with custom built 50 or 100 rnd mags in semi auto and I think it would be cool as $h## if someone like Ruger took there old .44 mag deerslayer or used their Mini 14/30 as a base and made a .454 Casull semi auto with a hi cap 30 or 50 rnd mag not my collection , but a man can dream right? Any thoughts?
     
  10. Phelenwolf

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    Here is a old picture of my collection of military rifle that I took about 8 yrs ago. I have added to it since and have not take any more but when I get time I will post some more. This is just my military rifles.

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    When I get the chance I will post some more pictures of the rest of my collection or you can look at what I have in my photo album.
     
  11. sweeper22

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    I buy anything that suits a "need", piques my interest, or is too good of a deal to let pass.

    I shoot it a bunch and decide whether I like it. If it isn't a keeper, I've still gained a great deal of knowledge from owning and maintaining it. I've never owned a Glock and don't particularly like their feel. Some day soon I will own one though (probably 10mm), if for no other reason than Glock being so common it's worth knowing inside and out. Some knowledge you can only gain by owning or least working with certain firearms, rather than simply running a few mags through someone else's gun at the range.

    There are certain guns that to me, are must haves if only for versatility and knowledge base. They would be:

    12g SG- semi or pump
    22lr rifle- any action
    AR15 or AK47- short to medium range hi-cap battle rifle
    30cal extended distance accurate rifle (preferably something common like 308 or 30-06)
    22lr pistol- any style
    9mm Hi-Cap pistol- take your pick, I prefer metal like BHP, CZ 75, P226
    Tiny carry pistol- small, comfortable and reliable
    Medium Carry pistol- probably polymer, caliber must be 9mm or greater
    45acp service pistol- 1911, P220, or XDm45/other polymer
    357 revolver- Medium frame, 4" barrel or greater, S&W or Ruger
     
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  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i tend to buy what usually catches my eye, but will buy something different if the price is right. my collection is an evolution at all times. mostly modern, but i am always on the prowl for the oddball firearm or caliber. some of my to add to the collection list are, a remington M700 or winchester M70 in 6.5mmx55, a winchester M94 in 32 win. sp., a single shot rifle in 45-70, a 20ga semi-auto shotgun, S-W in 357 mag., bolt action 22 mag., 1911 in 38 super, plus many more.
     
  13. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I've got my brother's Glock and I just don't understand what the huff and puff is all about. It's nice enough, I guess, but nothing I'd go out of the way to boast. My pocket pistols, on the other hand, I absolutely love. I've definitely narrowed my likes down to the smaller guns, mouse pieces if you will. I am looking forward to a nearing purchase of a 1911, but I fear, more and more, that I'll get it and be as indifferent to it as I am the Glock.
     
  14. Phelenwolf

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    Comparing a 1911 to a Glock is like comparing a Ford Mustang to a Honda Fit. They each have there purpose. I think that you will like your 1911 a whole lot more then you think you will.
     
  15. Shoobee

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    At the very least, you would want whatever you absolutely need --

    - 1 CCW handgun for yourself

    - 1 CCW handgun for your spouse

    - 1 defensive shotgun for yourself

    That would be the very least. In addition, the following would be prudent -

    - 1 backup CCW weapon smaller than the first

    - some people feel that an assault rifle is a necessity

    For hunting, if you hunt, one intermediate calibre that works for all your game seems good. Candidates for this round would be the .270 or 7mm mag or .30-06 or .300 mag.

    If you are hunting dangerous game in North America (wild boars or bears) then a .44 revolver as a backup is also prudent. These animals usually attack whenever they are shot.
     
  16. Shoobee

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    The Glock is a fad gun. Neophytes and novices like it because they know nothing about handguns.

    The 1911A1 is a proven weapon. Its only disadvantage is that with a round in the chamber, you really should put the half cock safety on if you are not shooting right away. And then with the half cock safety on, you need to cock the hammer with your thumb before you can shoot it.

    A double-action design also at half cock lets you pull the trigger through the half cock safety, which the Browining in 9mm allows you to do, and which the Ruger, Sig, and CZ also let you do in .45 ACP. This allows you to shoot quickly, faster than you could with a 1911A1.
     
  17. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    Fad gun? Neophytes and novices? REALLY dude?
     
  18. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I see your point, however you don't understand why I make the comparison. To me they're both large guns when compared to my LCP &LC9. It's the size that I'm worried will leave me with the feeling of "eh..."

    But I truly hope you're right.
     
  19. therewolf

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    I collect shooters, (not "collectibles" egad) and I like

    military pistols and milsurp rifles, mostly.

    A "well rounded" collection?

    At least one good .22 target pistol, one .22 rifle,

    and a shotgun, as well as whatever else you enjoy

    shooting...
     
  20. BlueTurf

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    I have both single-action and double-action semi-auto handguns. I have both single and double-action revolvers. I have bolt-action, semi-auto, lever-action and pump-action rifles. I think this counts as a well-rounded collection.