Why do I need “so many” guns?

While this always has been a question that some try to ask me, given the recent tragedy  in Conn, and the by many liberal politicians to institute stronger gun control laws, it is an answer I wish to once again answer this question clearly and openly.

Currently I own 5 firearms, 3 handguns and 2 rifles, and yet for me that is not enough.  “Not enough!?!?!?” You might say.  Yes, and let me explain.

There is no such thing as a “jack-of-all-trades” firearm.  Anyone who would tell you that just does not know anything about firearms.  There are models and calibers that are good at doing multiple tasks, but none can do anything/everything that may be needed.  As such, one would require several firearms in order to be well prepared.

Lets start with rifles (and shotguns).  It is my opinion that a “well stocked” gun cabinet would include at least one of the following.  A long rifle with enough power to take down big game (deer); a small caliber rifle for small game (rabbits, squirrels); a tactical rifle for home/property defense (like an AR-15); a shotgun for birds and defense (like a Mossberg 500).  Currently I have two of these four.  I own a Marlin XL-7 in .308 which is an entry level rifle good for deer hunting.  Eventually I would wish to either replace this or supplement it with something like a Remington 700 which is a higher quality rifle.  I also now have my DPMS made AR-15.

With handguns, this is more an issue of personal preference.  Indeed, for me handgun types are like women and shoes, I want one to go with any “outfit” I have.  Not all handguns are the same, they come in different sizes and calibers.  Some models would be too bulky for light summer clothing for instance, while conversely smaller handguns would get “lost” in several layers of winter clothing.  Currently I have a Glock 26 (sub-compact 9mm); a Ruger LCP (ultra-compact .380); and a Walther PPK (.380, though this has a feeding problem right now so I don’t carry it).  I carry both the Glock and Ruger in IWB holsters (Inside-the-Waist Band). These work well for me right now, but eventually my next handgun will be a .45, most likely a compact 1911 model (probably a Kimber) which will most likely go with a shoulder harness.  I also will likely get a full sized .40 S&W (most likely either a Glock 22) which will go with a traditional belt holster..  I also plan on getting at least two revolvers, one small concealed carrying, and a large frame for camping/wilderness protection (ie stop DA bears if they attack).

Now all of these are what I would consider “bare minimum”.  There are other types/models which I would be interested in getting; carbine chambered in a handgun round (like the Beretta Cx4 Storm or an AR-15 conversion kit in 9mm); a lever-action rifle (like a Winchester Model 94); ect.

Now bear in mind that this list does not include “backup” weapons, incase the first one breaks.  It would not do me, or anyone else, any good if one breaks, and we are in a political situation where I would be in able to get replacement weapons/parts would need to keep the “well stocked” gun cabinet stocked.

I hope this shows that not all “gun enthusiasts” are crazy psycos who lost touch with reality.  Who have dozens of guns for no reason.  I hope I articulated why it is good to have enough to cover your bases.