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Just made me think about how many firearms I own

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by tacticalgunner, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I know that the first words out of everyones mouth will be you never can have to much, but I have a question, and by the end of this post, maybe even a poll. Is it better to own 10 handguns your ok with, because trying to train for each and commit things to muscle memory would be time consuming, or do you own one that you are an expert with, you train with, you have all your techniques perfected with? Just a question and a bit of thought. I have safe queens that are there for collection and just to have, I shoot them, maybe 3 or 5 rounds a year, but not what I actually train with or been trained with.
     
  2. d2the3

    d2the3 Eugene, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting decent with my glock. Which translates well to my other glocks as far as muscle memory and techniques. So I say the more the I can get my hands on the better!
     
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  3. rutilate

    rutilate Vancouver and Surrounds Active Member

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    The deciding factor is the scenario. If I am buying guns for personal protection, ala a police officer, then having only one that I'm proficient with is the right answer. If I'm buying them for home defense, then having 2-3 strategically located is the right answer. If I'm buying them because I get a ton of satisfaction out of searching for, buying, repairing, shooting, reloading, then I can't see there ever being an upper limit.
     
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  4. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I am proficient with the one I carry everyday. That does not stop me from owning many more. I am proficient with two or three of the others, as I have carried them in the past and trained accordingly. The rest I can handle and shoot safely and acceptably accurately. That's all I need.
     
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  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Two types of handguns, revolvers and semi autos. Revolvers all the action of the fire arm takes place as you pull the trigger. Autos all the action takes place after you pull the trigger. Everything else is all the same, sites and trigger control. It's just machinery and what you are learning is how to get the most out of a machine.

    You could keep one good revolver and one good semi auto which would cover most of your bases. Just opinion of course but I don't play golf with two cubs and the Game of life is much more serious than golf.o_O
     
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  6. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I would rather have one per family member (and a ammo cache) that we we're all good with. Then work towards being real-good.

    I personally have never had a issue with picking up a "different" handgun and taking to it pretty quick though. I guess if switching from a wheel gun to a auto takes a little bit of though.
     
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  7. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    ''Beware of the man with one gun''.
     
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  8. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    I have eighteen, only two of which are handguns. My latest acquisition is a Uberti replica 1885 High Wall in .45-70 Govt, but I guess that's not what you guys call a serious firearm, just a fun gun.

    I have to admit that I'm quite good with all of them, considering that I've been shooting one of them for the last sixty-two years...

    tac
     
  9. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I have several also, but I thought it is a great question for debate. I will be honest, I have 2 I really train with, others sit.........and sit.......but i am not selling them, I am a collector at heart, at least that is what my wife thinks. I know if the SHTF, I know which ones are going to be used, which ones are going to be on stby.
     
  10. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I agree to a point, I can come out of the holster and be on target with only one of my guns that I practice with, if I pull any others, I have to adjust, and adjust to the weight so I am not looping out, or I am coming out too strong with the lighter pistols, either way, those are not committed to my muscle memory and I have to adjust, sometime more severly. I don't shoot wheel guns so I don't have to worry about action during or after trigger pull, I do have to worry about acquiring sight picture correctly in a moments notice.
     
  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I am an old f art:D so most of us old guys started out on wheel guns. They are more difficult to master double action because of keeping the sights on target while pressing a 9 pound trigger. The entire action moves against that nine pounds so essentially you are trying to control the weight with the first knuckle of the trigger finger.

    Autos you just press the trigger in a single action or knuckle the first shot on the double action autos. Keeping sights on target is much easier. Of course its all for shots at a distance that need target accuracy. Close up its a different story.

    I think men should familiarize themselves with weapons other than what they carry, what if you end up useing your buddies gun in a fight? Just opinion and it's worth what you are paying for it:D
     
  12. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Ive since sold all the pistols I dont shoot as well with as I do with my others.
     
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  13. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    A revolver and a semi handgun along with a good bolt gun plus a semi rifle and a pump shotgun should fill up the golf bag. Should cover most of the shooting you would do in your life. Again just opinion, not trying to sway people to my way of thinking.o_O
     
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    That's right, because the sneaky bugger's packin' one somewhere else!

    And, he knows how to use both!
     
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  15. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Pucky, beware of the old guy that shoots and has shot lots of guns!
    He knows how to shoot firearmS!;)
     
  16. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    How many guns should you have? The correct answer is "all of them" :D
     
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  17. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I can defend myself or my family with anyone of them I have. I can do other things too like waste ammo making holes in paper, hunt any number of critters and even sit and fondle some.

    Doesn't matter want to know why I also have over 40 model airplane engines? just as silly of question LOL
     
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  18. Soj1057

    Soj1057 Portland Active Member

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    I'm of the opinion that a person should have dedicated work horses and a stable of backups. I have 3 handguns that no matter what I will never sell or trade, I have 3 rifles that no matter what I will never trade / sell. beyond that I try to have a backup of each if for no other reason than parts cannibalization.

    The rest are all part of the collection bug and/or certain white buffalos I am seeking at the time.
     
  19. Legs

    Legs NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    To address the original post and poll... if owning just one handgun means to be proficient, than that's my vote.
    Of course, who doesn't want a stable full of fine, interesting, dependable, accurate handguns? I strive to be proficient with one of those.
     
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  20. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I own a few that I would never carry, but they are still fun to shoot. That is why I have them.
     
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