How many airguns is too many

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    Macloaded
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    I now own three springers and three pcp airguns, having previously thinned the herd to just three before Christmas a spending spree has undone all my good work. I now have to buy new scopes to match which is getting expensive…. Luckily the wife can't tell the difference between a rapid seven and Wolverine R.

    I am currently shooting my airguns in a rota to avoid any being left in the cabinet, however if I am honest with myself my 22 Wolverine R and prosport are the two I always turn to. My question to fellow airhead is accordingly how many guns is a reasonable amount?

    My own view is everyone needs at least one 177,22 and 25 in the collection and a decent springer, although having said this I am interested in.30 cal and have been looking at a Crown to fill this spot. I have a problem…… Funnily enough I have lived with the same two shotguns for years, an over under 12g and a silenced single shot 410. I think the appeal of airguns is the inventiveness of the industry, every year something new and improved to buy, the shotgun industry not quite so dynamic. 

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    nervoustrig
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    Really I think it becomes too many when it adversely affects your finances or relationships.

    So…what are you buying next?

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    bandg
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    Might get a pretty good range of responses with that one.  Reasonable?  Probably zero (considering the cost and headaches many have with their air guns) or 1 (if you need to hunt to feed yourself).   You seem relatively reasonable at 6.  I just had to stop and count.  3 gas rams, 5 springers,  5 PCP's, 4 SSP's, and 5 MSP's.  Completely unreasonable?

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    jwrabbit123
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    ha Never can have too many , I rotate all my guns as well , and like them all , and I got a new one coming in .22 and i have about 12 total  between all calibers , but 90% of mine are .22 caliber

     

    LOU

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    Smitty911
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    Easy Answer;  The Next one.

    Smitty

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    bandg
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    jwrabbit123

    ha Never can have too many , I rotate all my guns as well , and like them all , and I got a new one coming in .22 and i have about 12 total  between all calibers , but 90% of mine are .22 caliber

     

    LOU

    90% of mine are .177 caliber.  Good thing there are lots of pellets in both calibers out there.

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    HuntMac
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    There is a formula to figure that out.

    X+1

    X=how many guns you currently have

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    boscoebrea
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    I am not going to be an enabler ! The answer is when you forget what you have.

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    wyshadow
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    I also try to rotate through my guns but the problem with rotating through too many guns is you will never master any of your guns. I have this problem with three of my guns right now. When I only had one gun at the beginning, a .25 mrod, I knew everything about that gun. How to hold it,  What 4 of the best pellets, what the starting pressure needed to be, I knew the pellet's trajectory at any angle at any distance without looking at my drop chart. I have not gotten to this level with any of my guns right now. Sometimes one gun is all you need.

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    L.Leon
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     I learned my lesson from a safe full of unused, good quality powder burners. I have a Beeman R7, HWK77 and a P1 all three at least 15 years old. I currently own two PCPs air rifles both acquired within the last year and half. Which I have sent more pellets through than all three springers combined. I know I want to add a PCP pistol to the stable. After that I’m set for a while. I rather have a few guns I shoot a lot over a safe full of guns I don’t.

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    davecole
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    i'm thinking like wyshadow. 

    But as to the question, my thinking is, if you have guns you don't shoot on a regular basis, (say, 6 months to a year) then you have "too many". (Come to think of it, I need to list a few for sale :)

    And I've had dozens and dozens pass through my hands. However, I don't "need" but a few.

    One for my disciplined shooting (Crosman Challenger), FT (BSA R10 se) and 2 for hunting (.25 FX Impact and Vulcan. My son goes with me) 

    All of those types of shooting I've owned different guns. 

    I've also been known to buy a gun at a show and turn around and sell it. I'm not attached to any of them. 

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    Yarddog
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    The only person you need to justify your herd to is…you.

    Unless you're one of those who brings your spouse or partner into the equation.

    I don't.  But if it works otherwise,  it's all good. 

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    Macloaded
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    A variety of responses. I think I am content with six, two at fac (unrestricted power) and four sub 12ftlb, three of these springers: a good variety and all rifles I know well enough to shoot accurately, although granted I have my favourites. Now if I could only have one it would probably be the fac Wolverine R in 22 but then were is the fun in that. 

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    Clancy
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    I have 4.  2 x Springer rifles, 2 x pistols.  There are another 3 or 4 I would like to get, but money is the limiting factor.  Patience, and I will eventually acquire them.

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    Jonah
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    I agree with smitty, the next one. Easy to keep just getting them   My last count was over sixty.

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    Brislee
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    That answer could be different for each person you ask. Depends on people's financial situation, (what's expensive for one might not be for another ) reason they buy ( to collect, to shoot, to review, to speculate – this one rarely works out) I find that I use 2 or 3 of the guns I own most of the time and I probably could get by with just owning those three. I have 7 HW30'S and R7's  ( how that happened is still a mystery ) but I love shooting them for fun. I could get rid of a few but looks like this spring my daughter and some of her friends are going to come out and try shooting and maybe even compete. So I might even buy another. I know a guy that has one spring gun. Sez that's all he needs. He shot on the U.S. Worlds team in Wales. 

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    tscktran
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    Too many …… when you can't remember what you have.

    : )

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    intenseaty22
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    I think it’s personal to the individual. As for me, I don’t really see it as a number, but as stated above, how many fulfil the need or want of the individual. My primary goal is to pest/hunt, so depending on power level (small/large game close/far) I will own enough to meet those needs as long as I can afford them. Except for the ones I may get as a functional trophy if you will. I really don’t need a TX200, but it’s a work of art, so may get one anyway sometime down the line. 

    I will summarize by saying: as little as possible to fill the need or want (for me) 

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    bandg
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    I enjoy the shooting also but I am a hopeless tinkerer.  Recently bought a Gladius.  Test fired to make sure it functioned properly then proceeded to remove the auto safety function, deburred some sharp edges on the cocking mechanism, and modified the trigger linkage.   As noted by many, it depends on your interests, needs, and finances.

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    Uglyjohn
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    I have an AG safe. My limit is determined by the capacity of that safe.  Yesterday I took a hard look at the interior design and discovered a way to safely store 2 more air rifles!!  Happiest I've been in 2 weeks!!          Uj

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