“Impressive” gun collection?

The Willamette Week is easily impressed (emphasis in the original):

In addition to the relatively small quantity of weed, the feds found an impressive gun collection in Barnes’ house.

Within the defendant’s bedroom agents found a loaded 9mm handgun on the floor, a loaded .410 Taurus revolver on the floor, a loaded double-barrel coach shotgun behind the bedroom door, and loaded .357 caliber pistol in his dresser. In total, agents found 14 various firearms within the residence and garage.

I know a guy who occasionally attends Boomershoot has 59 guns in just one safe.


8 thoughts on ““Impressive” gun collection?

  1. That’s the total contents of my folding stocked rifle cabinet. Also the same number as what’s in my handgun cabinet. And my collection is piddly compared to others I know.

  2. I know a guy who has a safe in almost every room, and they’re not small safes, and there’s not much room left in any of them. Sadly, this guy is not me.

  3. Feh. Not impressed by either the firearm count or the unsafe storage. At least the “journalists” weren’t wailing that it was an arsenal. Maybe there’s hope.

  4. I think there are a LOT of attendees to Boomershoot, and many other shooting sports, that if for some odd reason the cops raided their home, it make for a much more impressive photo layout in the news. I know of a fair number of folks that would have to think hard to be certain how many guns they have, and even then they’d likely miss a couple. Besides – how do you could the spare uppers, lowers, parts, barrels, stocks, non-functional “practice” guns, etc?

  5. I remember when I bought my first firearm, a lovely stainless Smith & Wesson police surplus .38 Special Model 10. I wish I still owned it. But the thing was, when I took it to the range I always felt undergunned, as it were.

    The semiauto 9mm gun owners could blaze away three times as much as I could before reloading. The .45ACP gun owners put bigger holes in the targets. Everyone’s pistols were newer than mine, more expensive than mine, higher tech than mine, and especially more numerous than mine.

    But I noticed that after several month’s practice at shooting, my groups were as small as most others’ and smaller than quite a few. So I quit worrying about the quality and quantity and price of everyone else’s guns and just enjoyed shooting my revolver.

    I have more firearms now, but I remember feeling that there were a LOT of guns around that weren’t mine, and that I was impressed by that. I would think the reporter feels the same way.

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