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    I would say every gun enthusuast should own these:

    1. A 45acp
    2. A high capacity 9mm
    3. A 22 plinker
    4. A 357/38 six shooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotis View Post
    I would say every gun enthusuast should own these:

    1. A 45acp
    2. A high capacity 9mm
    3. A 22 plinker
    4. A 357/38 six shooter

    I've got that list covered......several times over.

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    I don't see a reason for a high cap 9 and an acp other than wanting it. Can't a full size 40 fill both roles?

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    Re: How Many Handguns Do You Need?

    Ballistics wise yes, but I don't think the 9's on the list for that reason. For a 40 and a 9, which ammo is more prevalent and available worldwide? Don't think its the 40...

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbird1 View Post
    As many as you want and can afford is how I see it.

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    Need? probably 3, one for plinking, one for home defense, and one for ccw/pocket carry. Want- all I can get/afford. LOL

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    That depends. When Obamasuits come to collect them how many cheapos do I have to give them before they think, "He must not have any more, lets go to the next house." Then I can turn around and get out my good ones.
    F those guys. Don't give anything to anybody. "From my cold dead hands!!!", Charlton Heston.

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    A .45 Semi-Auto, a .357 Magnum, a .38 Snub, and a .22LR Semi-Auto.

    These comprise 4 of the 5 that I used to own, before that bizzare smelting accident last week.

    Two big ones, and two little ones. Beyond that, give me a 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun and a .22 Rifle.

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    Right now I have all the handguns I need but if I visit a gunshop and see something that pushes my buttons, my needs will change

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    It's almost never a question of need but rather one of want. Gun people usually wind up owning a number of handguns because they are always looking for that elusive perfect gun.... or just want something because of its novelty or interest. So need rarely enters the picture with us. Need opens the door to a world of opinions and you know what they say about those.

    So think "want", not "need". Besides the word need feeds into the agenda of the anti's. How many times have you heard one of them say something like, "Do you really need all of those....?" or "Do you really need an assault....?" Do give them food. Think "want".

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    Thirty.

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    Don't know how many I need yet, so I guess I may need more...however, I have
    -Springfield 1911 .45
    -Springfield XDM .45
    -Sig Sauer 1911 .380
    -Walther PPK/s .380
    -Beretta 92FS 9mm
    I may buy a wheel gun next.
    BTW, anyone have an opinion on the quality (or lack thereof) of Walmart's ammo? The white box Winchester seems to be really dirty to shoot and my range guy says the last Federal he bought there was "poor quality". Hope this isn't to far off the subject, apologize if it is.

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    I use the WWB 'Personal Defense' in .45 ACP from Walmart as my carry ammo. A 50 round box costs about what 20 of the premium stuff costs, somewhere else. I've had zero failures to fire, or feed, and the accuracy is good in my carry pistols. Expansion tests I've seen show it to be comparable to the pricey stuff, but without the pretty' flower' design you see in the advertisements. The advantage is that I can afford to do more function testing and rotate my carry ammo more frequently. I tend to 'hoard' the pricey stuff and try to keep using it past a reasonable time, before shooting it up and buying a new box.

    I have had issues with the Winchester bird shot loads from Walmart being too low powered to cycle my recoil operated shotgun, and I've bought bulk packs of Remington .22's that the bullet would actually rotate in the cartridge case (they still shot OK), but the WWB in .45 has been OK, for several years.

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    Needing and wanting are two different things. We only need one good quality handgun that we are proficient with, but to have two or three is more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
    I use the WWB 'Personal Defense' in .45 ACP from Walmart as my carry ammo. A 50 round box costs about what 20 of the premium stuff costs, somewhere else. I've had zero failures to fire, or feed, and the accuracy is good in my carry pistols. Expansion tests I've seen show it to be comparable to the pricey stuff, but without the pretty' flower' design you see in the advertisements. The advantage is that I can afford to do more function testing and rotate my carry ammo more frequently. I tend to 'hoard' the pricey stuff and try to keep using it past a reasonable time, before shooting it up and buying a new box.

    I have had issues with the Winchester bird shot loads from Walmart being too low powered to cycle my recoil operated shotgun, and I've bought bulk packs of Remington .22's that the bullet would actually rotate in the cartridge case (they still shot OK), but the WWB in .45 has been OK, for several years.
    i get the impression that you consider ammunition to have an acceptable shelf life. how long is that, and why?

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    on the humourus side
    you need 8 for the SHTF scenario
    2 for each ankle holster
    2 for left and right pocket holster
    2 for left and right belt holster
    2 for left and right shoulder holster
    that's a well armed concealed carry citizen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broondog View Post
    i get the impression that you consider ammunition to have an acceptable shelf life. how long is that, and why?
    It has nothing to do with shelf life.

    Loading and unloading causes one round to be slammed into the chamber, which works approximately like an inertial bullet puller. Good ammo should probably not be affected by this. Still, there is a possibility that doing it enough times could unseat the bullet. I rotate the cartridges in the magazine, so the same one isn't being slammed into the chamber every time, but you lose track of that after a while, so I like to shoot those rounds and start over. It never hurts to function test your SD ammo occasionally, anyway.

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    To be honest, want and need are the same thing to me. That being said 60+ handguns and 20+ long guns and still looking for more that I don't have but need.
    Also, FROM MY COLD DEAD FINGERS should somebody try to take my firearms.
    If you have not yet, please write to Reps. in DC and your state and fight for your God given rights as confirmed by the constitution.

    And as always shoot safe and have fun doing it.
    JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
    It has nothing to do with shelf life.

    Loading and unloading causes one round to be slammed into the chamber, which works approximately like an inertial bullet puller. Good ammo should probably not be affected by this. Still, there is a possibility that doing it enough times could unseat the bullet. I rotate the cartridges in the magazine, so the same one isn't being slammed into the chamber every time, but you lose track of that after a while, so I like to shoot those rounds and start over. It never hurts to function test your SD ammo occasionally, anyway.
    i have heard that theory before but i personally don't hold much stock in it. i'm not saying that you are wrong but in my experience it has never happened. when i first heard about the potential for bullets to "work themselves loose" i non-scientifically tested the theory by mic'ing various rounds of my own. some had been chambered, some not, and using various brands and configurations (weight and/or bullet type) that i had on hand, even my own handloads, and nothing that I measured came up out of spec.

    does that mean it can't happen? no.
    does that mean it wont happen? no again.
    does that mean i am just lucky? unknown. (i'm not really that lucky in other things )

    it just means that it hasn't yet happened to me. besides, there are other reasons to burn ammo IMO....like it's just frickin' fun!

    and i was really hoping it wasn't a shelf life issue since i have some Nazi marked 8x56 Hungarian circa 1938, and some 7.65 Argie (date unknown, probably older) that both still go bang, and accurately to boot. in fact that older mil-surp stuff is loaded WAY hotter than any current production ammo and would like to take your shoulder off. ammo well stored will outlive us all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by claimbuster View Post
    You did say NEED and not WANT....is that correct?
    Yes, that is the key word. I hope my NEED is always ZERO, but WANT is a much larger number. It's no different than most things in life in that respect.

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