Non duty guns or fun guns.
So among the threads about duty Glocks, AR's, H&K's, S&W, Kimbers, Springfields, Remington 870's/700's, and so on, I figured it was time to have a thread about being a gun buff.
Do you have any particular interests when it comes to non-duty firearms? Are you into firearms or are they strictly tools of the trade for you?
I'll start with myself.
Among my collection I have four pieces that are my "duty" weapons. A G19, G26, S&W Model 49 and a Remington 870. All the rest are recreational pieces.
I'm very partial to revolvers, especially S&W revolvers. I have examples of N frames, L frames, K and J frames. I'm partial to .357 magnums and 38 special models. I have a Colt Detective Special (3rd generation. Mfd. 1974) and a Colt Official Police (mfd. 1953).
My pride and joy though is a Webley Mk VI revolver manufactured in 1921. In case you don't know it's a British break top revolver in the .455 Webley or Ely caliber. It took me years to finally find one that was in decent condition and it set me back almost six hundred dollars.
In rifles and shotguns I'm partial to Winchester, Marlin and Lee-Enfields. The Winchesters can be very spendy which is why I own exactly two. A very nice example of the Model 1895 rifle in 30-06 and a Model 12 shotgun Trap version in 12 gauge. Marlins ans Lee-Enfields are more affordable.
I don't hunt and I don't compete. For me it's all about the hunt for the older models. My collection is modest, but I'm proud of it.
At work I'm a firearms instructor and when .357/38 ammo has to be cleaned out of evidence guess who gets to "destroy" it? I own a Ruger GP100 and it's my "destroyer" of old ammo. It's built like a tank and if one day it should come across some bad ammo I won't be torn up by it's loss. There are advantages to being the only revolver nut in a department obsessed with semi-autos.
I'm looked upon as being something of an eccentric by my fellow officers, but in a good way.
In terms of calibers I have made an effort to not have too much variety. 45 acp, 357/38, 9mm, 22LR, 12 gauge, 30-06, .303 British and .455 Webley. I used to have a Swedish 96 Mauser in 6.5 Swede and a Spanish Mauser in 7mm but those are gone now.
So does anyone wish to add anything? Do you have any firearms that interest you beyond work? Or am I all alone?