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I don't have a lot of guns these days. After I get two out of layaway I'll have a grand total of 10. A bit down from the late 80s/early 90s when I ran closer to 40-50 at any given time.

I listed them out and realized something. Out of 10 guns, 6 of them are anywhere from 25 - 45 years old. Even the Colt Series 70 MKIV I carry on duty is from the late 70s/early 80s.

Of the remaining 4, two are Ruger single actions (which are just updates on a nearly 140 year old design): one a 1999 made Single-Six and the other (just put in layway) is a "50 Years of the .44 Magnum" Blackhawk that is a repro, with NM lockwork, of the original Flattop. Of the remaining two one is a barely, post 96 Mossberg 500 that is a design that fits in the old codger time-frame of my other guns. The other is a 900 series Marlin .22 Mag that also is just a more recent update of a much older design. The Marlin has a synthetic stock, but I've contemplated swapping that out for a walnut one.

I've had plenty of plastic guns, even like the XD and S&W M&P series. Oh, one of my guns is a 1962 made Remington Nlyon 66, so I do still have at least one plastic gun. :biglaugh: I've had a few .40 S&W guns, but got rid of them.

I'm not sure if it's just that I am more comfortable with guns that are more of what I grew up around or if I'm just a cranky old coot who isn't overly impressed with something just because it's the latest, coolest, thingyest thing out there. Heck, I even replaced the synthetic stocks on that M500 house gun with wood that I swapped with a fellow on here.

Even the calibers (and gauge) are old: .30-30 Winchester, .22lr, .357 Magnum, .45ACP, .44 Special, 12 gauge. Heck even the .22 WMR and the .44 Magnums are from the 50s. Even my favorite calibers that I don't have are old, .270 Winchester being one in a bolt gun.

Heck. Even most all of my knives are old school. I have a couple of black, lock blades, one even assisted opening. My most tatty-black sheath knife is a Cold Steel SRK I got sometime in the early 90s. I do have a KA-BAR TDI I carry on duty, but that's about as truly modern as I get. Even the knives I have in D2 steel are in the form of a Queen folding hunter and a special run (Bladeforums Traditional folder annual knife) Canal Street Canittler (three bladed canoe pattern).

Not sure what that says about me, if anything, but I like it. I just kind of found it a rather interesting self-observation.
 

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I hear ya. While I once had many more guns than I do now (ah, the stupidity of youth), what I have left seem to be of somewhat antiquated design. An M1911A1 (obviously), A nagant M95, a ruger MKIII (not that I care for some of the features of the MKIII), and a K-frame S&W.

I've owned numerous firearms over the past 3 years, among them poly-framed autos and some other modern pieces. I'm certainly not saying that they didn't perform as promised, but there's something about "old-school" steel that just works better for me.

If it ain't broke...
 

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Man. YOUR OLD. :biglaugh:
 

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Man. YOUR OLD. :biglaugh:
Realizing that you are probably having fun with RO, but...

I also just realized that none of my current guns are older than I am! :eek: I think the 1962 Nylon 66 is the oldest and I was born in 57 (same as the Harley Sportster and the 57 Chevy! Oh well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad.)
 

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I just looked in the mirror. Guess I'm old too. :biglaugh: Dang it.
 

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Well, I keep listening to 80's music so I guess it just figures with everything else out there as well. I also prefer older cars like the ones I worked on as a teenager to the new ones.
 

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Well let's see, 3-45s Mitchell, Champion, BP Ten II Pro Carry, 2-9mm Sig 228, H&K P& M13, 3-22s 10-22, Remington bolt action rifle,and Norton TP-70 2-30-06s Remington P-17 & Steyr Mark III Pro, 1-41 Mag S&W 657, 2-12 gauges both Ithaca 1 bird gun and 1 7 shot riot gun. The newest caliber is the 41 Mag. I guess that makes me old school also.
 

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Somebody here recently said that a Glock has about as much emotional appeal as a quality stapler. I can certainly appreciate the new guns for their light weight, large magazine capacity, and durability, but except as tools they do nothing for me. I even hazard to say it that if plastic guns were all that existed I probably wouldn't be a gun enthusiast. I'd simply have a gun or two in my possession for home and self defense and leave it at that. What got me into this hobby was the appreciation and enjoyment of precision machined, blued steel handguns and rifles. Looking at a nice early Colt 1911, Single Action Army or Pocket Hammerless is like admiring a fine Swiss watch. Admiring a Glock is like fondling my Makita cordless drill.
 

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+1 For DSK. No plastic in my sandbox. :)
 

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There's nothing wrong with a certain taste. I have found out the older I get the better firearms I want (not necessarily the newest fad). I had quite a few several years ago of moderate quality. I have never been down the Lorcin, Davis, or Hi Point road. But, I find myself now wanting to consolidate some and sell some of the ones I have for higher quality pistols and rifles. One absolutely great thing about the ones you have is they will make great heirlooms to pass down to kids and grandchildren.
 

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Somebody here recently said that a Glock has about as much emotional appeal as a quality stapler.
I don't know. I still have the metal Swingline desk stapler I got from SSSC back in the Army. They were getting in those new plastic staplers and the darn things jammed and jacked around more than that heavy metal piece. I used to threaten Article 15s and all sorts of retribution to any of my soldiers who took my stapler, or failed to return it after borrowing it. :biglaugh: I carried that stapler from post to post and across the years in civilian wife. My wife knows well the wrath of wandering off with it and failing to immediately return it to its proper location. (Now resides in a range bag for posting targets.) Guess I can be a bit anal about some things. :biglaugh:

I've never had that attachment to a Glock though. :D
 

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Looking at a nice early Colt 1911, Single Action Army or Pocket Hammerless is like admiring a fine Swiss watch. Admiring a Glock is like fondling my Makita cordless drill.
Count me in on the over-60-finally-learned-to-appreciate-good-stuff and throw away everything else! You can't take it with you, so make sure you've got the time to enjoy what's really good - mostly old and well made and crafted with love.
 

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Well, I keep listening to 80's music so I guess it just figures with everything else out there as well. I also prefer older cars like the ones I worked on as a teenager to the new ones.
Culture Club or Flock of Seagulls? :biglaugh: We had some good music in the 80's but the bad stuff was really bad. My kids laugh at me when VH1 has a best of the 80's show on.
I remember in HS wanting to by a low mileage, minty 67 Firebird Conv. for $4700 and having to settle for a nice 71 Monte Carlo for $2600. I quit working on cars after HS.
 

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I've found unless its a hand made gun only the older ones seem to have any personality. my breech .410 from the 50s does, my stoeger luger .22 from the 70s does. my sig P6 from 1980 has a bit. the rem1100 from I think 1991 or something similar has stories but no innate personality.

my 1911 is well a 1911 but doesn't have a personality just everything I need to be reasonably assured I'll go to sleep alive tonight.

My ruger P90 is an old design and I trust it like its a tank, something I usually reserve for older weapons, I think thats my only new one I revere.

I don't blame you for liking the ones you do, but why sell 20 guns thats absurd! Good on you for keeping the ones that matter though. Only rifles I've bought in the last year were all from WWII. and I have a few more to purchase before I start buying ones from WWI.
 

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Favorite handgun=1911, fav rifle= Marlin Lever action in .35 rem. Fav shotgun= Winchecter 1897, Fav car=1957 Ford (not Chevy), fav airplane= 1946 Arenoca Champ 7AC, Fav motorcycle= any Harley, guess that makes me an old crumudgeon!!:biglaugh:
 

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Somebody here recently said that a Glock has about as much emotional appeal as a quality stapler. I can certainly appreciate the new guns for their light weight, large magazine capacity, and durability, but except as tools they do nothing for me. I even hazard to say it that if plastic guns were all that existed I probably wouldn't be a gun enthusiast. I'd simply have a gun or two in my possession for home and self defense and leave it at that. What got me into this hobby was the appreciation and enjoyment of precision machined, blued steel handguns and rifles. Looking at a nice early Colt 1911, Single Action Army or Pocket Hammerless is like admiring a fine Swiss watch. Admiring a Glock is like fondling my Makita cordless drill.
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I don't own a Glock but I do want or have the guns you mentioned, i have a 1911 from around 1942 and a fairly new Colt SAA that I bought new a few years ago when I lived in N.Y. I wanted and older one but there aren't many gun show in N.Y. where I could find an older one but now that I an living down south I'll have a better chance at finding an older one. And a nice older hamerless pocket gun would be nice to fill out my collection. If a person likes guns living down south sure makes finding and buying guns easier.
 

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This may have something to do with it.

I guess in way of providing perspective this photo of the Iron Wolf in one of his natural environments might work. Suppose it might offer a clue into my firearms preferences.

I think I may have successfully become that old fart I told a fellow years ago that I always wanted to be when asked why I was hanging around them when I was mid-thirties (younger than they by 25-40 yrs). I told him they were the best place to learn. I hope I did 'em proud. :biglaugh:



As you can tell by my dress, I do not adhere to the socialist agenda.

P.S. Taken on a trip the wife and I made to Texas Jacks in Fredricksburg, Texas. That was how I was dressed going there. Though I did get a new pair of boots, suspenders, and pants. :)

I just noticed the post number of this post! Now I really wonder about myself. :hrm:
 

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I also prefer "older" platform; 1911's, double action revolvers, and mauser type bolt action rifles. BUT, I prefer them newly manufactured benefiting from the modern metallurgy and CNC/CAD computer design techniques.

Its similar to my preference for the B1-Bomber, the B2 Bomber, the SR-71, even the Saturn V Booster Rockets---- all are " older " in design. BUT I want them newly made and benefiting from the new generation of computer hardware/software for easier and more efficient control.
 

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I don't have a lot of guns these days. After I get two out of layaway I'll have a grand total of 10. A bit down from the late 80s/early 90s when I ran closer to 40-50 at any given time.

I listed them out and realized something. Out of 10 guns, 6 of them are anywhere from 25 - 45 years old. Even the Colt Series 70 MKIV I carry on duty is from the late 70s/early 80s.

Of the remaining 4, two are Ruger single actions (which are just updates on a nearly 140 year old design): one a 1999 made Single-Six and the other (just put in layway) is a "50 Years of the .44 Magnum" Blackhawk that is a repro, with NM lockwork, of the original Flattop. Of the remaining two one is a barely, post 96 Mossberg 500 that is a design that fits in the old codger time-frame of my other guns. The other is a 900 series Marlin .22 Mag that also is just a more recent update of a much older design. The Marlin has a synthetic stock, but I've contemplated swapping that out for a walnut one.

I've had plenty of plastic guns, even like the XD and S&W M&P series. Oh, one of my guns is a 1962 made Remington Nlyon 66, so I do still have at least one plastic gun. :biglaugh: I've had a few .40 S&W guns, but got rid of them.

I'm not sure if it's just that I am more comfortable with guns that are more of what I grew up around or if I'm just a cranky old coot who isn't overly impressed with something just because it's the latest, coolest, thingyest thing out there. Heck, I even replaced the synthetic stocks on that M500 house gun with wood that I swapped with a fellow on here.

Even the calibers (and gauge) are old: .30-30 Winchester, .22lr, .357 Magnum, .45ACP, .44 Special, 12 gauge. Heck even the .22 WMR and the .44 Magnums are from the 50s. Even my favorite calibers that I don't have are old, .270 Winchester being one in a bolt gun.

Heck. Even most all of my knives are old school. I have a couple of black, lock blades, one even assisted opening. My most tatty-black sheath knife is a Cold Steel SRK I got sometime in the early 90s. I do have a KA-BAR TDI I carry on duty, but that's about as truly modern as I get. Even the knives I have in D2 steel are in the form of a Queen folding hunter and a special run (Bladeforums Traditional folder annual knife) Canal Street Canittler (three bladed canoe pattern).

Not sure what that says about me, if anything, but I like it. I just kind of found it a rather interesting self-observation.
I'd say you are very well set up Amos, those are great firearms. :rock:

But maybe you should add a Block just for fun. :biglaugh:

ETA

You made me realize how old some of my handguns are; 1968 & 1974 BHP's, 1965 Colt NMGC, 1979 4" Python, 1989 & 1990 Beretta 92, 92 FS.
It's amazing how time passes so darn fast!
 
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