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“Am I the Only One?” By Michael Allen

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

“Am I the Only One?”

By Michael Allen


Am I the only one?  Or do you walk into your firearms cave and wonder?  Where did they all come from? I look around and I can lay my hands on so many firearms my ancestors would cringe.  A gun is but a tool.  No need for more than three – tops!  A man needs a deer rifle, a shotgun, and a 22 rifle.  Anything more is just showing off.  I can’t discount the logic and the sentiment of that statement.  I can disagree, at least in part.  One doesn’t need to be a showoff to enjoy owning firearms for the sake of owning firearms.  They can also be a good place to park value.  The hard part is who wants to sell them?

When my current gun pile started, so did my pile o’ brass.  Now I have so much brass, so many primers, so many bullets, so much lead… some question my sanity.  Hey, it’s a great hobby.  And don’t forget the hardware – wow.  Presses, dies, priming tools, decapping tools, tumblers wet and dry, calipers, scales, melting pots, trimmers, and so much more, fill benches and shelves.  And who doesn’t like gunpowder?

I have, on occasion, reconsidered this hobby/addiction.  Do I need more than three guns?  Yes.  No really.  Do I hunt any longer?  Not right now.  Do I shoot enough to keep the number of guns I have?  Nope.  Many areas where I used to shoot are now full of cul-de-sacs and Cadillacs.  Depressing.  I used to be a country boy.  I could shoot in nearly any direction in complete safety.  Oh, for the good old days.  I do go to a shooting range semi-frequently.  The fun factor is lower than long range pinecone shooting but suffices for a fix.  So, what to do?

Sell everything, even nearly everything. I could pay some things off and put some money in the bank.  That makes sense. Then again, guns are like money in the bank, and more. The ability to use all the tools in the firearms cave is a great value. Making bullets from lead alloy and handloading rounds is fulfilling.  Teaching others those same skills, even more so. Holding onto traditional values of self-sufficiency, shooting skills, and the downright fun of firearms and the culture is huge.

Once upon a time I sold all my firearms and goodies that went along with them.  I needed the money more than the guns, or so I thought.  I owned no firearms for a few too many years. When I got back into the hobby, I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again.  And I got back in with abandon.  Now, if I sell anything it is after much thought and never will it be the last one again.

As I look at my family and the generations therein, I realize how important firearms were and remain.  My children and grandchildren are excited by firearms and their proper usage.  The history behind them is fun.  The unique American experience with firearms should be celebrated.  My guns and all the cool stuff that goes along with them aren’t going anywhere ‘til after I do.  I can’t be the only one.

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9/5/2023 2:57 PM

You aint by yourself brother.  Sounds exactly like me. The only gun I have ever sold was a Ruger 44 carbine...and I still regret it

wonder which one
9/5/2023 3:10 PM

With only a deer rifle, shotgun and a .22 rifle, wonder which one you carry ccw to protect yourself and family while out and about?

9/5/2023 5:12 PM

You are not ! I identify. I might sell some some day, but I’m not long enough in the tooth yet. I regret almost every firearm I have sold to this point. Just the way it is… it is LOVE….

9/5/2023 6:11 PM

been playing same game for 75 years the one thing i can still do is reload and shoot and buy the next perfect firearm

9/10/2023 8:08 AM

same story here as well

9/12/2023 7:20 PM

Wonder which one, that was way back in the country and my ancestor's thoughts about 3 guns:)  I'm with you, 3 will never do all that needs done with guns.

9/17/2023 12:22 AM

Sold one, last one I will ever sell. You are not alone

9/19/2023 1:43 PM

Boy does this sound so familiar. He might have well put my name in his description of his path with firearms including selling some off to pay bills. And like him I have recovered with a vengeance. I have three safes and the third one is almost full. I have started giving my Grandsons and Son-in-Law some that they fell in love with and can put them to good use-they are going to get them when I'm gone anyway -it's in my will to ensure they get them and my wife agrees. I can't hunt anymore due to bad knees but I do make it to the range regularly always trying new handloads. As the man says enjoy them while you can and pass them on to people who will continue the sport.  I have started my grandsons in reloading and they are enjoying it as much as I do. My dad passed it down to me and I am continuing the tradition.

10/4/2023 5:54 AM

Glad to hear I am not the only person who has your hobby/addiction. Only sold/traded a couple of guns that I just didn't like. If I like it I keep it. Been into loading my own ammo for 45+ years and I still enjoy doing it.

10/13/2023 1:27 AM

Are you the only one?
No, I don't think so,  whether it's a passion or an addition,  we're lucky to have it.

2/13/2024 10:17 AM

You are not sir. Cand identify with your story!

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