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    Question What is a collection?

    What do you consider a gun collection? Occasionally I see where someone here will mention a collection or will say something about their gun collection. Well, what makes a pile (small or large) of guns a collection?

    Is it the number of guns? Is it particular guns of a certain model, manufacturer, or time period? Is it a collection due to sheer numbers? What about the person who has to save for every gun he buys and only has three or four guns. Is that a collection? What if a person has a number of guns and within that number he has 3 or 4 guns of a particularly interesting time period. Are those guns a collection? If they are then what are the other guns he owns.... are they an arsenal?

    A number of members list their guns on their signature line.... does that make a collection or is that an arsenal?

    I have a very eclectic taste when it comes to guns... does that define my guns simply as a pile, an arsenal, a collection, or multiple definitions within the pile as a whole.

    I am very interested in your opinions on this matter... we have all heard about your boating accident and I'm sure we were sorry to hear about the last 5 or 6 times. Please, serious contributions are welcome....

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    Collecting 1911s and having a bunch of different examples, or specific a design of shotgun again with different examples, or revolvers or a specific pattern of rifle is what I would call a collection.
    A random assortment of Guns is not what I would call a collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BangBang View Post
    What do you consider a gun collection? Occasionally I see where someone here will mention a collection or will say something about their gun collection. Well, what makes a pile (small or large) of guns a collection?

    Is it the number of guns?

    Don
    that's it exactly!
    anything above the number 273 is a collection, anything less is considered hoarding. if you have less than 24 its really a mild Addiction.
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    I often use the term "Collection" simply because it's nobody's business as to what or how many that i may have.

    I have in the past shared a few photos of individual pieces of my collection,but never a family portrait of all together.
    I have often heard that "Change is Good". If this is a fact, why does history tend to repeat itself so often. I'm guessing that it is so we can learn from our mistakes that change is good?

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    A collection is what they have upstairs in the NRA museum at Springfield, MO Bass Pro Shop or another nice collection can be found at the Rock Island Arsenal.

    I own a what I call a limited variety of collectible firearms.

    Smaller guns don't take up as much storage space. Here is a small sampling of a few compacts.
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    To paraphrase an old saying, wherever two or more are gathered together, a collection is present.

    I'd say if you use the term collection, you are probably trying to hide the exact number from your wife and/or you have a serious problem. I'll be interested to see your collection of answers on this one...
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    More than one is a collection! More than 1 of a particular brand, type, or vintage is a themed collection.
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    The biggest thing is...
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    Collections aren't random, they have a direction or theme.

    I know some serious Winchester, Colt and Smith and Wesson collectors but the coolest collection I've ever seen was also the cheapest.

    I know a guy that got a C&R just so he could collect Suicide Specials and other cheap Victorian era pocket guns. He was buying lots of parts cheap guns and making a functional example out of parts guns.
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    Definition of collection



    1 : the act or process of collecting the collection of data the collection of taxes

    2a : something collected especially : an accumulation of objects gathered for study, comparison,
    or exhibition or as a hobby a collection of poems a collection of photographs a baseball card collection
    b : group, aggregate a collection of symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and joint pain
    c : a set of apparel designed for sale usually in a particular season the designer's spring collection of dresses



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