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Old August 9, 2018, 01:54 PM   #26
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I agree. I have settled on Glocks to handle 95% of my concealed carry needs, so I have a duplicate of my usual carry gun (G26), and expand on the theme a bit with the G19, G23, G42, and G43.

Sometimes, I need to carry something a bit smaller, so I have a couple suitable mouse guns.

Beyond that, I find shooting different kinds of guns just plain fun.

I'm not a rich guy, but I have a decent collection of shooters which I accumulated over the years.

I guess my final answer is- first a little redundancy on the guns you "need", then as over time, as your budget allows, change it up and add stuff you want.
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Old August 9, 2018, 02:28 PM   #27
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Variety for me. What's the point of asking yourself, "Which G19 will I take to the range today?" If you have some other brands and other trigger systems in the mix, you have some choices.
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Old August 9, 2018, 02:50 PM   #28
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Variety vs. Redundancy

I buy to suit my needs, so in handguns it’s CC and I have a small .380acp (pocket) medium 9mm (IWB) large .40S&W (OWB) to address my carry desires.

I really don’t buy guns just to buy guns.

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Old August 10, 2018, 05:24 AM   #29
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With a limited budget, I would go variety. I went with a Sig P228 (9mm) that was suitable for concealed carry and could also serve as a home defense gun. While not a target gun, it was also very accurate and fun to shoot at the range. I added a Browning Buckmark (.22 LR) for target practice and for cheap target practice. After that, I moved to a Glock 26 for concealed carry as the Sig 228 was too big to carry based on what I normally wear.

I do have some redundancy now, but it was based on seeing a deal I could not refuse. Guns are so reliable these days that you will likely go broke on ammo before you can wear one out. If you are going to go redundant, do it for guns that are collectible and only shoot one of them. I have 4 variations of Sig P210s and have shot 2 of them. Prices are going through the roof on them (except for the latest re-release that is made in the US).
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Old August 10, 2018, 01:23 PM   #30
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On a limited budget, I would go for flexibility. a CF full size semiauto with a 22conversion, a Dan Wesson Pistol Pac.
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Old August 10, 2018, 04:36 PM   #31
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I do a little of both but for the most part I keep it unique.

I own a number of AR15s, but each one is a different caliber and configuration. depending on whether I am looking to do some cheap plinking at close range I can grab the 9mm carbine, or if I'm after quiet I can get the 223 and attach a supressor. if I am looking to hunt I go for the 6.5 grendel rifle build or if I'm wanting a little of all three I go for the 7.62x39mm carbine build.

for handguns nearly all are 9mm these days but most serve a different purpose. my compact 1911 in 9mm is my everyday carry. my Ruger SR9 compact is the model that I normally use to teach youngsters how to safety handle handguns. I have a pair of Canik TP9s, one SF and one SFX. the SFX does not reliably lock the slide after the last round with anything but the flush fit 18 round mags(which do not ship with the sfx), but the added sight radius and better sight picture are to my liking to the extent that I really can't bring myself to part with either one, both act as open carry pieces when in cougar, wolf, and blackbear country. the 22/45 is a nice, quiet option for grouse hunting and varmints, and if I'm in moose territory the full sized 1911 in non-blasphemous 45ACP is what goes on the hip.

I have a modest collection of early military bolt rifles, some in the same caliber, but all in different configurations/models. I've hunted with a couple of them but for the most part they are for enjoyment and on rare occasions competition.

budget and flexibility are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Ruger's new PC carbine has a variant that accepts standard Ruger SR9 mags. for a reasonably priced rifle (600ish depending) paired with a reasonably priced handgun(400 on a good day), that both shoot the same affordable cartridge(20 cents a round for 9mm these days), and use the same magazines, it's not a bad way to go, so long as you aren't planning on doing anything major like hunting grizzly bears or do 1000 yard shooting.
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Old August 10, 2018, 06:35 PM   #32
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The only answer to the OP's question is BOTH.

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Old August 10, 2018, 09:10 PM   #33
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I compare my firearms to a set of golf clubs.

Each one is intended for a specific purpose, and while there may be some overlapping capabilities, it's the differences that set one above another for each situation.

I do have 3 Sig P320s, but they're different sizes and configurations, so I wouldn't exactly call it redundancy, just familiarity. You wouldn't want your 5, 7, and 9 irons all with different grips and lengths, and the relationship between carry gun and competition gun is similar.
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Old August 10, 2018, 09:14 PM   #34
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Maybe a little of both?

Redundancy of calibers with a variety of models
9mm: CCW size + Mid Frame + full size (for example PM9 or Shield + glock 19 + CZ 75 or USP9)
.45: Mid Frame + FUll size
.357/.38: small frame + 4” full size

One thing I try to keep Away from is safety confusion. IF my pistol has an external safety it has to push down to fire. If I sweep a pistol with no safety it will still fire. If I try to mix pistils that have an up to fire and pistols with a down to fire, I worry I’d get into trouble.
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Old August 10, 2018, 11:23 PM   #35
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Unlike most I have real redundancy. No variations, same exact models.

4 S&W 745
2 Glock 19C Gen3
2 Ruger P89
2 Beretta 21A 25ACP
2 Walther P5
2 High Standard Victor 5"

Redundancy because I like what I like. Many are not readily replaceable because of being out of production or the popularity just wasn't that great. Also related to foseen usage, wear and tear. In terms of breakage, if I think or experience it with any piece I have, most likely won't keep that model in my collection.

I had 3 pieces of the Colt Gold Cup series 70 blue and reduced it down to one piece. That one piece I did my own mod and sent out to have the trigger guard squared and knurld. And the frame hardchromed. Overall cost in the 80s was about $1K. Pricey IMO. I like the 1911 but I find it to be a classic and not practical compared to the 745.
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Old August 10, 2018, 11:42 PM   #36
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Hi folks,

Given a limited budget, would you prefer to purchase a variety of handguns or rather have redundancy of handguns?

I know some gun owners prefer to keep just handguns that they shoot well and do not care about collecting firearms. Other gun owners are collectors and want to learn how to shoot and maintain a variety of gun models and technologies.

Which philosophy do you support or favor?

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Old August 11, 2018, 06:27 AM   #37
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I don't like loading a lot of different calibers so in that respect I'm all about redundancy. But, I do have a variety of guns in each caliber.
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Old August 13, 2018, 11:02 PM   #38
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I'm definitely a variety guy.

Variety is one of the things that keeps me going to the range on a weekly basis. I buy a new gun, shooting it until the fun wears off, sell it and buy something else. Just recently sold off a Taurus PT-22 that was a lot of fun to shoot, but the fun was done.

I do have a stable of carry guns, HD guns and hunting guns that stay in the safe. That's about half of my collection. The other half gets replaced on a regular basis. Great way to lean about a lot of different guns. I think my next purchase will be my first Glock.

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Old August 14, 2018, 08:27 PM   #39
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If you want the ultimate in variety AND "redundancy", get a Contender!

Same frame, grip and trigger pull every time, literally dozens of calibers to choose from. Different barrel lengths and styles too!

I have Contender barrels in 6", 10", and 14" lengths, some round, some "bull", some lovely tapered octagon profile. Calibers from .22LR to .45-70!!

It don't get much more diverse than that, and keeping the same frame means the redundancy factor is appeased, as well.
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Old August 14, 2018, 09:22 PM   #40
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Variety for me. What's the point of asking yourself, "Which G19 will I take to the range today?
Exactly! I must say though, that for me anyway, there is one caveat. My wife never gives up the 1911 so I might need another one just so I can shoot it a bit...
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Old August 14, 2018, 09:54 PM   #41
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Both is a great answer. I have never meant to be redundant in my gun buying. But it happened. I never meant to buy a verity of guns. but it happened. Buy the basics (9mm, 22, 357, and such) and they will be added too as time goes on.
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I've been on a limited budget all my life. But I'm 75 years old and over the years I have acquired a number of different types of handguns. I probably only need one, but what fun is that. I own and shoot single action and double action revolvers, 1911's and several different brands of polymer striker-fired semi-autos. I shoot one to two days a week and remain proficient will all of them. Do I need them? Heck no, but it sure is fun shooting them.
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