I saw a Barrett M82CQ for sale for six thousand something today. Had my credit card in hand before I came back to my senses and acknowledged that I couldn’t afford it, couldn’t afford to feed it, and didn’t need it.
Something I struggle with is finding the right balance of how many guns to own. I tend to go through a cyclic process of expanding my collection, then culling it. Buying stuff just because I want it or think it is cool, then later selling off stuff I don’t regularly use. I keep a log book, and I’ll find that there are guns I haven’t fired in over a year. I then decide if I should get rid of those.
One of the gun forums I frequent, one of the posters started a bragging thread, where people could post pictures of their huge gun collections. Needless to say it quickly escalated to people posting their collections of hundreds of guns. Then people who couldn’t afford that many came in and started whining and complaining, etc. But some good points were brought up.
I recall once while I was working as a Range Safety Officer, a shooter brought a friend to the range. The shooter uncased a dozen pistol and was letting the friend try each one. The friend commented, “It is so awesome that you have so many guns”. The owner responded, “Yea, but I suck with all of them.”
When I got to take a class taught my Massad Ayoob, he would demonstrate each course of fire before we shot them. For one course, he pulled out a customized Beretta 92 he had, and explained he hadn’t shot it in a long time. During the course of fire he pulled 2 shots from having a perfect score. He joked that it was the cost of being a “Gun Whore”.
There is nothing wrong having a bunch of guns, or collecting guns. But we need to keep a few things in mind. Collectibles need to be stored in a way that will preserve them. Countless collectible firearms are rendered worthless due to excessive rust each year. Fighting firearms are worthless with out ammo, mags, and the related support gear, etc.
Fear the man with one gun – he knows how to use it.Unknown, generally considered to be wrong.
I’ve read a golf saying, “Fear the man with one club, for he knows NOTHING about golf.” We gun nuts know that different guns are for different purposes and it makes sense to own several, or more.
But there is a point where you can’t reasonably use all of what you own. Where storing, cleaning, or moving a collection is a job in it self.
I’ve joked with friends that when the SHTF and it is the end of the world, I’d die standing in front of the safe trying to figure out which gun I want to use. There is a saying that goes something like, “You only truly own what you can carry at a dead sprint.”
You get the point. Do you own a collection or does your collection own you?
Anyways, the real reason I didn’t buy the 82CQ is that you not suppose to suppress them. The upgraded M107 is the one meant to be suppressible. Had it been a 107, I would have bought it and ordered a can for it. I suppose though that saying this kinda goes against the point of the article, but I had to be honest.