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Old February 18, 2013, 02:50 PM   #51
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I don't really baby my guns, but I do take care of them. Only guns I baby are my 1943 95% Lend-Lease Colt 1911A1 and my '43 Garand. The other weapons I own are tools and they get used.
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:05 PM   #52
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NOPE. Use and Abuse. Clean then oil. and Repeat
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:08 PM   #53
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Re: Do you baby your guns?

The only guns I baby are my Arsenal SLR-101S, 1962 Seneca Green Nylon 66 and my Dragunov Tiger. The rest I still take good care of but don't mind if they get dirty or rained on. Don't want scratches on any of them. I want them all to be nice for when my Son inherits them and for his kids to inherit them.
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:33 PM   #54
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I wouldn't say I baby them. I find the grey area between the 'tools, not treasure' and 'I busted my ass to build/buy these, I want them to last me a long, long time' mindsets.
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Old February 18, 2013, 04:16 PM   #55
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Some get "babied", others do not.

The tale of two duck guns...

My Grandpa's Sportsman 58, which according to my Gun Trader's Guide is worth about $700 bucks gets used very gently, and the one time it actually went in a duck swamp, I was very careful with it, and cleaned it very well when I got back.

My Benelli Super Black Eagle II, worth about a $1000 or so, gets beat around hard, it is a working gun.

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Old February 18, 2013, 07:17 PM   #56
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I have "safe" guns and "truck" guns. The "safe" guns mainly get left in the safe and the "truck" guns get treated like the tools that they are.
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Old February 20, 2013, 01:03 AM   #57
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I do baby my scoped bolt guns, but that's mostly because of the scopes! I am more casual with my iron sight guns and very relaxed in fact with the SKS (no eggshells to worry about, it can take it).
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Old February 21, 2013, 01:19 AM   #58
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use / not abuse

I hunt, therefore the use can be harsh, I live in Western Washington, that means rain, snow, dirt & dust etc..
Then when we get home, they get the spa treatment and put in the safe happy, knowing they gave their all and were rewarded for their deeds.
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Old February 21, 2013, 02:59 AM   #59
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Yep, I baby my guns to an extent. I'm not OCD on cleaning them after each range use, but I do maintain them and make sure they are lubed and in good working order.
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:41 AM   #60
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Sort of like a new car. Until that first door ding in a parking lot, I am so concerned of a scratch or dent on my new firearms that taking them to the range is almost cause for anti anxiety medication! After the first time they get a hickey on them, the anxiety is gone, and I have progressively less and less of an issue just using them.
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Old February 22, 2013, 04:42 PM   #61
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Do I baby them, absolutely! Do I use them, of course and they are well taken care of. Never bought a gun I wouldn't use. No safe queens at my house, but no abused ones either. Half the fun is using them and then taking care of them.
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Old March 11, 2013, 01:11 AM   #62
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Yes especially when my dad is pushing my .22's on my baby stroller

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Old March 11, 2013, 07:21 AM   #63
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Do you baby your guns?

^^^ that's awesome. Pops took it to a whole new level lol.
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Old March 11, 2013, 07:53 AM   #64
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They're tools not treasures.
Though mine are tools, I treat them better than some of of my other tools.

"Some tools are more equal than others."
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Old March 11, 2013, 09:49 AM   #65
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I keep my nice guns looking nice but I do shoot them. Sort of depends on what and where I'm hunting on what I decide to take.

Heck, I take care of my synthetic guns but I use them harder than my wood stocked counterparts. Things last longer and have better resale when they are taken care of.
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Old March 11, 2013, 08:38 PM   #66
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'Babying' is such a relative term. I shoot once a week (usually 2 guns) and field strip and clean the guns within a day or two every time. Now, detail strip cleaning is another matter, that I very seldom do; just don't have the patience for it, so from that standpoint, I'd have to say no, I don't baby 'em. ymmv
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Old March 11, 2013, 11:55 PM   #67
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After serving in the 82nd Airborne and doing fifteen years in the service...No. I take them out in the rain, the snow, the sand and surf. They get thrown in with other guns in the trunk.

I DO baby the bores and internals, cleaning is one of the fun things I do with them (besides shooting, 'natch.)
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Old March 12, 2013, 12:05 AM   #68
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I baby my guns. I may take them out into rough conditions and beat them up a bit, but when I'm through I give them the equivalent of a bubble bath. And once a month I do the same whether I've shot them or not.
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Old March 12, 2013, 02:25 AM   #69
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Mine are almost all ex service rifles, and as such are treated with the respect a seasoned veteran deserves. I do however shoot every one of them, except this one..... unfired from the factory proof Yes, it gets very babied!
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Old March 12, 2013, 02:26 AM   #70
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Do you baby your guns?

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They're tools not treasures.
I don't abuse them, but yes, I'll shoot in the rain, magazines get ejected onto the marching surface.
While I do have a couple of family antique pieces that have infinite sentimental value but very little real street value, the rest of them are just tools like you say.

Sure, I don't purposely abuse them them. Sure, I clean them properly and take care of them. But I use them as designed, and I expect them to do their job.

I have a hard hat hanging in my office with a big gash in the side that was my "favorite" hard hat for 20 years. Until one day it did its job. My head doesn't have a gash in the side. I was upset about losing my favorite hard hat for about 15 minutes, but I figured out that it's a tool.

Tools have a job. Treasures have a place as well, but it's a different place.
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Old March 12, 2013, 09:17 AM   #71
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I had a springfield armory m14 once that I was afraid to scratch. I didn't keep it very long. If I have to worry about putting a scratch on my gun I don't need it.
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