Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Evolution of a Gun Collector

I have loved guns since before I was ever old enough to touch one. I was held captivated by their power until I was finally entrusted to use them. In that time I amassed more knowledge on the subject than my school teachers and classmates thought acceptable. I developed more than mere curiosity but rather juvenile theories of weapons and tactics that were probably quite advanced for my age.

Over time the implementation of firearms lost its luster and I only wanted to know more about them. Pure facts and knowledge only about a certain firearm and then about all of them in general. One of my first obsessions was the M16 rifle. There are not many firearms enthusiasts or AR platform owners who know that the rifle was designed and developed by Eugene Stoner who at the time worked for a company called Armalite.

When I get around to talking with others about AR rifles I have to force myself to remain quiet while the others around me get their facts misarranged. This I have found is the best method for dealing with the uninformed. I cannot pass off as too much of a know it all because my personality is abrasive enough as it is.

The first gun that was ever entrusted into my possession was a 12 gauge Remington 870 Wingmaster smoothbore slug gun. It was for me to hunt with my first deer season. I continued to get a gun here and there for the next few years. At one time I had 10. This is the most I have ever had. That may not be that many for a collector but it is all I ever cared to have. It was soon there after that I sold a few to buy a new one. It was a 12 gauge Benelli Nova. At the time I liked it because it was cheap and very functional. Later in life physical beauty of guns became more important to me and the Benelli had to go.

I got to the point that I understood what a "cool" gun was. There were too many Mossberg 500s around and too many Remington 870s. There was too much black plastic and matte barrels on guns too. This, in my opinion is "blah" in the gun world. If you go to gun shows these days you will see what I mean. The shows are dominated by "blah". Every table has the same stuff. Mossbergs, Remingtons, synthetic stocks and nasty express finishes. I started to really like Browning guns after that because they have a higher proportion of their products finshed well.

Cool guns to me became guns with obscure options or finishes. The chambering of a guns has not meant too much to me. In handguns I like 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 9mm, and 45 ACP. I wont mess with the 40 because it is not common enough and has not been around as long. It is not chambered in any what I would call cool guns. No short magnums in rifles. I do like classic and somewhat unique calibers in rifles though. Nothing new like the incessantly stupid short magnums. I like the 243, 257 Roberts, 25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, 7mm-08, 30-30, and 45-70. In shotguns I have shunned the 12 gauge altogether. I have found in the used market you can find too many 12 gauges and that make them not too unique or cool. If you buy 20 gauges and 410s and you want to resell them later you will almost never lose money on them. I have taught myself to use the 20 gauge for everything including waterfowl. Sure I wont take as many shots but hunting within the limitations of my equipment I do just fine. Hunting for me is not about the harvesting of game so much as it is about using the tools that I have obsessed over for most of my life.

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