Most gun enthusiasts, if not all, can probably remember the first gun they bought. I remember mine. I spent my entire childhood looking forward to the day I was able to own my own guns. The day I turned 18, I took a few hundred bucks with me to my local gun shop and looked forward to walking out with my very own gun. As I walked into the center of the store, one gun in particular caught my eye. Sitting on the third rack, almost in the center, was the longest, most worn gun in the entire store. I walked up to the rack and picked up the gun. It was an old Steven's Springfield single shot, break open 12 gauge. The finish almost completely worn off but the wood was in perfect condition with no dings and the bluing on the metal was extremely worn leaving an amazing color. As I held the old shotgun I imagined all of it's previous owners and admired the feel and look of it. Several minutes later I was walking out of the store with my very first gun. I left the old shotgun in its original condition and bring it shooting occasionally. I would never have guessed that that shotgun would lead to an extensive collection and passion for guns.
To anyone interested in collecting firearms, collections don't form overnight. They take years of searching and research. A gun could be monetarily worthless but still find a place in any collection.
Exercising my rights.
6 years 49 weeks ago, 12:13 AM