Gun Addict: How Many Guns Do You Own?

Gun Addict: How Many Guns Do You Own?

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  • 1 - "Why - How many do I need?"

    9 5.88%
  • 2 - "Just getting started on my armory"

    9 5.88%
  • 3 - "Keeping it real."

    5 3.27%
  • 4-9 - "A Gun for Every Occasion"

    45 29.41%
  • 10+ - "Addict? No. Realist."

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    Gun Addict: How Many Guns Do You Own?

    Hey there, I'm a new gun owner. It's day 20 of gun ownership, I shot round #800 today through my new gun, and I'm in love with it. I'm also far far exceeding my gun budget on ammo and range fees, so I'm also already about 7 days into my hunt for my next firearm purchase -- something cheaper to shoot with at the range.

    This begs the question: am I addicted? Is the Gun my new drug? How many guns do I need? etc.

    So I wanted to ask all of you:

    1. How long did it take you to get from Gun #1 to your next addition?
    2. How long have you been a gun owner?
    3. How many guns do you have now?

    I would ask more, like on average how many gun purchases do you make per year? etc., but then perhaps I'd be going overboard.

    Is this an illness I need to watch closely, or just happily a "sport" for which I am a new enthusiast?

    Thanks!

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    1. A few years, I think, because...
    2. Since I was 13, I think. First single-shot 12 guage for Christmas.
    3. Bought a couple more in my 20s and sold them for financial reasons.
    Now back up to "several"

    Finances are less of an issue for me now, I make more per hour, and am blessed with more over-time than I know what to do with. Plus, being divorced, there's no spouse to scold me.
    On average it's been less than one per year. Last year was different.

    A wonderful sport to enjoy, yes. Watch out for Glocks, and anything refered to as a "snubby" or "j-frame". Glocks are 3x as addictive as crack. I'm still kicking myself 10 years later for selling my G19.
    And you'll read about J-frames following people home like a lost puppy over and over and over.

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    After I bought my first, there was a period of time when I just enjoyed it and didn't think about more.

    A bit over a year later maybe, I decided I wanted to start CCing...that's when the real damage started. It has all been downhill from there

    So I needed something to CC, then I needed something smaller to CC, then I needed an AR, then I needed a shotgun, then I needed something smaller to CC in a better caliber.....................yeah. Good luck.
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    1.) 1 week
    2.) 2 years
    3.) 10+
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    1) Not long under 2 months
    2) 10 years
    3)10+
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    Owned guns since I was 9 years old.

    Have less guns than the govt. thinks I have.

    On this forum the poll should be in increments of ten or more.
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    1. 3 months(handgun) - just long enough to learn that my first was not what I needed.

    2. Long guns - many years. Handguns - 2 years.

    3. Currently - six, mostly handguns now. I liked the "gun for every occasion" bit. That is exactly the way I think about it. One gun does not "fit" every need. I have identified my various "needs" and have added the tool for the job. I am not a collector, but I have no problem buying a new tool if necessary.

    Unless you have unlimited funds and/or a VERY understanding spouse, get a handle on the "addiction" soon. It can get expensive!
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    1. Weeks

    2. 40+ years

    3. Have? or Have had?
    Have = 15+ (That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!) Have had = 50 - 75...lost count on sales and trades down through the years, could be even more.
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    1)4years.......bought first gun(shotgun) in 1974 to hunt with,bought a marlin 30-30 to deer hunt after dad realized my brother and a I were safe enough and into hunting for the long haul
    2) 36yrs.
    3) too many from the government's point of view,,,,
    Not nearly enough from mine,



    On this forum the poll should be in increments of ten or more.
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    1. How long did it take you to get from Gun #1 to your next addition?

    Between myself and my better half, about 5 years total going off and on.

    2. How long have you been a gun owner?

    About 25 years.

    3. How many guns do you have now?

    6 Total and I want just one more, I want to add my Ruger 30/06 All Weather Rifle back to the group. If I buy anymore after that, I'll sell one to replace one.

    I would ask more, like on average how many gun purchases do you make per year? etc., but then perhaps I'd be going overboard.

    Not at all, in the last 2 years, averaging 2 per year, usually 1.

    Is this an illness I need to watch closely, or just happily a "sport" for which I am a new enthusiast?

    The 2nd one.
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    1. I will go several months between gun purchases. I typically find a application for a gun that isn't suited to my current collection, do research, and purchase when I find the one I'm looking for. When I bought my Glock, I had been looking for it for a couple of years (23C is not a common model apparently).

    To answer the specific question, it was probably 6 months to a year between my first and second purchase.

    2. 10 years or so.

    3. 10 guns not including the wife's new custom AR-15. I have 3 rifles, 3 shotguns (one a gift for my sister that she never claimed, one is my dad's if he ever leaves CA), and 4 handguns.

    Further thoughts on the subject
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    I'm in the 4-9 group, hope to be adding to that total this year more. Used to be in the addict club until a few years ago when financial hard times forced me to lower my inventory...................

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    1. In handguns, it took me about 2 years. I just carried what I owned...
    2. About 5 years
    3. 10. Most of those have been bought since January 2009...I got the bug BAD this last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merischino View Post
    1. How long did it take you to get from Gun #1 to your next addition?
    2. How long have you been a gun owner?
    3. How many guns do you have now?
    1. So long ago, I can't remember...but it wasn't long.
    2. Since I was about 12...now in my 40s.
    3. Honestly, I don't know. 10 handguns and ? long guns. My Dad gave me his old long guns and I didn't count them.


    My Dad gave me my first gun. Handed down from my Grandfather, with a wooden stock he hand carved for it. A Savage Arms 410/22 O/U. Through my teenage years, I obtained several more 22 rifles and handguns. I used to shoot 500 rounds every Saturday. I got out of shooting after getting married, but I still had guns and loved guns. I picked up a .357 Magnum in my late 20s in one of those "too good of a deal to pass up" situations and owned it 12 years before ever shooting it. Just in the last few years, me and my buddies from work got back into shooting and I've picked up about 5 new handguns. It's been fun to get back into shooting, and it's coming back to me kind of like riding a bicycle. I OC'd in my car and truck for years, but not on my person. Now with my CC permit, I have one anytime it is legal.
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    1. How long did it take you to get from Gun #1 to your next addition?
    2. How long have you been a gun owner?
    3. How many guns do you have now?
    Gun one, to gun two (not counting the derringer I found moving into one place), was about 12 years.

    Most of my adult life.

    "Enough".

    At this point in my life, the collection shuffles every couple years.

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