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just took a little time and wrote this, don't make too much fun of me now..........

Diary of a sick, sick man

Hello,
My name is David, and I have a problem. I am a man who loves too much---guns that is……………
I have been sitting here thinking about how I got started in all this mess and how I got into this position. So I might as well start at the beginning.

I was raised on a small farm. Life was good or so I thought running all around that little farm taking care of business. The firearms we had on hand were few growing up. What were available to me were an old Iver-Johnson single shot 20 ga (grandpa’s) and an old Stevens 22 rifle. Daddy kept the browning sweet 16 behind the seat of the pickup all the time. As for handguns, we had an RG snub .22 that belonged to momma and that was it. That RG stayed in her car all the time whenever she went somewhere. At this time, I cold not for the life of me see any further need or requirement for other guns as these were getting the job done quite nicely. That ole’ 20 ga took care of all the bird huntin’ from dove to duck to turkey. And that ole’ Stevens took care of coyotes, rabbits, skunks, snakes, turtles, and just about anything else.

Fast forward a few years and I’m married and out on my own. The guns stayed on the farm and at this time I was not a “certified” gun nut so I thought I would do a bit of reading of the gun rags and see what the “experts” had to say about guns and buy my own. This is where I believe my down-fall from grace began………..

I thought I would get the basic general purpose gun battery as that topic seemed to be prevalent back then. The articles seemed to make sense about a basic “general purpose” battery so I bought into it. My first general do-all battery of guns was a 30-06 bolt action, a 12 ga pump, a 22 semi-auto rifle, and a 357 revolver. If I would have just quit buying the gun rags, I would have been all-right. But between the rags and some trips to the local gun range (away from the farm I could not believe I would have to pay money to shoot somewhere) things started to change in my way of thinking. Suddenly I was introduced to a world of different firearms, actions, calibers, and gauges. Along with this “appreciation” came a desire to start collecting a few more as suddenly the concept of “jack of all trades” guns did not seem to be as quite appealing as “specialty-dedicated” guns. Oh yes, I bought it hook, line, and sinker.

It started going down hill when I saw my first hunter pistol match and decided to enter with my 357. Did not take long to get hooked so I quickly got a browning challenger for the rim fire portion. That led to disgust with my Blackhawk 357 for the big bore, so I got a T/C contender, which I will blame for my 1st addiction in a particular brand/style of guns. Suddenly I had to have more contender barrels in different calibers and lengths as each had a “special purpose”. A rim fire barrel for small bore, a 357 for big bore, a 222 for varmints, a 22 hornet for turkey hunting, 44 for deer hunting, a 30/30 for black bear hunting (never mind the fact I don’t bear hunt) and on and on. It was not like I was buying guns, I was just buying barrels on the used market so in my mind, I was saving money and geting new calibers to shoot---or so I thought. I had to have a separate suitcase for the barrels. And of course i also had to have spare frames as well----talk about all your eggs in one basket, if your frames goes down, you suddenly have a dozen barrels/calibers you can't shoot unless you have a spare frame. And of course I had to reload for some of these like the 7mm TCU so I got started down the slippery slope of reloading as well. Life was good---or so I thought…………

Then the addiction spread out from contenders to other areas. When meeting the good ole’ boys at these gun ranges, it seems that they love to show their guns and will literally twist your arm to get you to hold and shoot their guns if you show any interest in them. Suddenly I see the 30-06 jack of all trades just does not seem to be the right path. Why own just one gun to do a bunch of things well when you can own several guns to do things super duper excellent. Now I need a 257 Roberts for white tail deer hunting, a 22-250 for varmints, a 270 for mule deer, a 444 marlin for black bear (still ain’t been bear hunting) and a 35 Whelan for elk hunting.

And it all made perfect sense as the “logic” seemed sound. Along with the little voice in my head that said “hey, this is a good investment”---sort of………………………..

Shotguns kind of went south as well. The 12 ga generic pump just no longer seemed attractive. I had to have a dedicated duck gun—though I rarely went duck hunting. A dedicated 12 ga for sitting when dove hunting, a light 20 ga for walking when dove hunting, a 16 ga for just because it’s a 16 ga, a 410 for varmints around the house, a dedicated riot gun for defense, another dedicated 12 ga for pheasant and so on and so on………

Handguns???? That is such a train wreck that it would take pages to go into my justification as to what I have owned, collected and the whys there but lets just says is mirrors the rifle and shotgun collecting.

And last but by no means lest, the “concept” buying. At one time the majority of my guns were pump action rifles and shotguns, till I got into Blackhawks and then it went to levers and sxs or single shots.
Yep, the all Remington kick, the browning kick, the s&w “N” frame kick, the Blackhawk kick, the savage 99 kick----the key work in all of this is “kick” as I was getting kicked in the a** with all of this “necessary upgrades” buying, selling, trading, and collecting. And to make matters worse, I was not made out of money. There was a lot of over-time pay that went to fuel this addiction as well as a whole lot of gun trading. At that time, the gun shops must have loved me as it seems I was always trading something in for something else quite frequently----and as we all know by now, we never seem to get the better end on any trade with a gun shop because they are in business to feed their families—not break even. But still there was that little voice in my head that said "this is an investment"………...........

So here I am, years later, flat broke and back to square one with the general purpose battery of jack of all trades guns. Strange that the majority of what I own is Ruger firearms---besides good quality I guess its still a symptom of my earlier days of collecting so I guess I’m on a Ruger “kick”.

Oh no!.............why do I have these cheap single shot shotguns as well?????????????????????
 

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But wasn't it fun?!?! :mrgreen:

I just keep buying and refuse to trade. If I want something I find a way to buy it and my collection in less than a year has gone from 0 guns, to 12. I did sell one and trade in one last year. I won't anymore though.

Very good post deputy! Thank you. :)
 

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Sounds like seduction to me...gun oil works better than any perfume I ever smelled....and if a woman had the personality of a good firearm there'd be a heckuva lot less divorces.....the comparison could go on and on....your treatment should include regular insertions of a new gun into your gun cabinet....we stand ready to prescribe if you wish, but no free samples.....
 

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i keep tellin' the wife if she would just put a dab of hoppe's #9 behind each ear and a short spray of G96 gun treatment on her wrists, she might get a little more attention!!!!!!! :lol:
 

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Look on the bright side...tuna fish ain't fattening!!! She'll forgive you about November!!!
 

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I intend to copy, paste and print this one. My other half needs to read this. He's gonna laugh as well as sympathize.
 

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When I switched insurance agents I went to their office and a young lady was gathering information about our home, auto's, etc and I asked her what the limit was on firearms. She said is was something like $1,500 so I asked what it would take to increase it. She started questioning me and asked how many firearms I owned. I avoided the question and she asked again and I again dodged it. Finally she got insistent so I said "I'd have to count them to be sure but use 30 for your purposes". I have never seen a jaw drop as fast as hers and then she looked at me like I was some kind of whacko gun nut which I am. She told me I would have to provide her a list with serial #'s if I wanted coverage beyong $3,000 so I told her to go with the $3,000 and got additional insurance thru the NRA.
 
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