By Van Harl
By Major Van Harl
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- Firearms collectors and firearms owners I believe are two different groups of gun people who share a common interest in the same genre,,, that of privately owning firearms.
A firearms owner is a person who buys different rifles, shotguns and handguns to meet their shooting, hunting and self protection needs ( utilitarian ). I assume they want quality in their firearms, but they do not necessarily need pretty, special, or ostentatious. They need a firearm that works when called on to fulfill a specified mission.
Firearms collectors also want quality, but more importantly, they want something special. Special can mean rare, unique, one-of-a-kind, perhaps previously owned by someone famous, or has great history and provenance.
There are always collectors out there ready to pay top dollar for say Billy the Kid’s handgun, George Custer’s Little Big Horn handgun or Sergeant York’s rifle. Once these unique firearms are acquired and collected, the odds that they will ever be shot again are extremely rare.
For me, any gun I own has to work, and has to function as a tool to assist …Read the Rest