Milsurp collector age

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Got my first shotgun... a 1936 Browning A5 when I was 16, started building kit guns about the same time and have gathered quite a few since then. Just got a WW I Luger last week. I'm 58 now.

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I am hoping to see my generation gain some knowledge and respect and get into milsurps. But I have no hope for my genreration sadly:( I'm hoping something can turn them around. They need to get out of there safe space and collect some history 😂 or sell it all to me I'm good with that to as long as it's some steal of a deals ! Lol

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I started around nine years ago at age.....45. My Father didn't want guns near me. Been reading military history as soon as I started reading though. Its nice to own and shoot what you read about.

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72 usmc wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:09 pm
Here is a stupid question. :geek: Do most of the under 30 group go to gun shows or buy from on line sources? No time to hunt for a gun :?: For me half of the fun was the HUNT :arrow: searching, meeting fellow collectors, dickering & trading and all the fun that went with going to a show. The hunt and some of the stories associated with the find now seem more important than the actual gun.
I used to buy most stuff online but I have been burned many times on Gunbroker and on other forums. Now either its from a place like AIM or at gun shows. Granted, I should of had more astute to the history and specs of firearms before trying to buy them. It is why research is so important. :think:

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I bought my first milsurp in January of 2011, I was 44 and had been retired just 15 months at the time. I bought a beat up Turkish Mauser at my wife's insisting, and that started me collecting. I had always loved milsurps but was not aware they were as affordable and available as they are until we stumbled into a gun shop while exploring.

Just didn't know they were for sale at gun shops, gun shows, and pawn shops. Talk about being ignorant, after I bought two M91/30 Mosin Nagant's in March 2011 as my second and third milsurp, I started learning as much as I could and became addicted to milsurps and hunt for them.

Guess you can say I was a late bloomer with milsurp weapons, but I already had a collection of helmets, art work, and other militaria to include uniforms, shell casings from Desert Storm, Bosnia, Afghanistan, chunk of the Berlin Wall, chunk of marble from one of Saddam's palaces, etc etc.
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I'm 50, I got my first Enfield from my Dad at 18. He had traded a case of beer for it in the 60's and had never shot it. He said if it fired I could have it. I was hitting a metal ram target at 450 yards with it 10 min later. I bought and sold a few hunting rifles and pistols but kept the Enfield. In the mid 90's I picked up a 59$ 91/30, a 49$ No4 MK1 and an 89$ 59/66 from J&G. When I did the transfer the dealer suggested a C&R. Looked it up, applied and once I got it I never looked back. Picked up what ever was inexpensive and interested me till stuff started to dry up then I started hitting gun shops and gun shows looking for deals. I have found quite a few. My wife enjoys going to the gun show and shops and has a small collection of her own so she's always on the look out for interesting items. I've collected mostly Milsurp but along the way I've added some hunting rifles and civilian pistols. What collection would be complete with out a Mini14 or a Tec9? My interest have change a few times over the years and my collection shows it but I think that is the same for everyone. I hope I can keep it up for a long time to come.

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I got my first gun in October 2006. It's an M44 Mosin which I still have. Collecting has snowballed into an obsession which I made into a life work. I now own a firearm business which caters towards Milsurps.
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Phantomrig wrote:
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:00 pm
I got my first gun in October 2006. It's an M44 Mosin which I still have. Collecting has snowballed into an obsession which I made into a life work. I now own a firearm business which caters towards Milsurps.

I started when my uncle gave me a mosin nagant it ain't a beauty but the sentimental means everything to me. Now I went a little crazy and I have bought quite a few in the past few months. Also does your shop sell surplus firearms and gear. Do you have a website? Or do you list on here in classifieds ?

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with me, it started at age 12. i,was fascinated, with 22 cal single shot rifles. I, just always had to have one!! I, went on to use the 22 cal bolt action repeater for years.
As time went by, i, graduated, to the 22 cal semi-auto rifle. I, owned most all semi-autos on the market at that time. My dad was a hunter and i, was able to use his winchester
30-30 cal rifle. My Uncle, seeing my love of rifles, gave me his old Enfield sporterized 303 British rifle. At this point, I, was STRUCK, with Military weapons.Now,just what did this
old Enfield rifle look like in FULL Military configuration.-The start of a Military collector-. In my late teen years,my uncle was in the service and he helped my join the RCAF.
IN the Airforce. we were issued the # 4MK 1 rifle. This rifle had to be ready and with us at ALL times. we were trained to use the Canadian H.P pistol, the Bren, Sten and Sterling
and i, have these in my collection. In the service, I, was kept busy and traveled a lot. So little time was spent on my military collection. When i, was discharged from the service
I, can assure everyone, i, had all the time i, needed, to spend on my Collection. At this point and time I, am 87 years old and have a vast nation wide military collection, Going
strong and STILL collecting!!
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This one is 66 and first shot on my uncles farm when I was 8. Been shooting ever since

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I'm more of a hunter and gun nut than a collector--not enough funds to collect. That said, I started messing around a bit with an old Turk Mauser about 7 years ago.

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I'm 71 years old and have been accumulating firearms (milsurp and others) for quite some time.
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I've been accumulating military rifles and pistols for 10 years now. I'm currently 27 but all my friends and associates are older. It's nice to see some people in my age group on here interested in these old weapons. From my experience with most millennial's is they have no interest in anything historic or "old".

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I am 68 and retiring the end of this month. Been buying guns since I was fourteen and still buying guns. They will all go to my kids after I am gone, well some have already went. Last gifts were WWII General Motors M1 Carbine to my daughter and a M1 Garand to my son. Still have plenty left.

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I started when I was 13 or 14, 27 now. Honestly the rash of WWII era video games pushed it for me. The original Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, etc... It got me into military history and it just happened that at the same time most of the rifles in those games could be had pretty cheap. It used to be the primary focus of my gun collection, but after I joined the USMC I transitioned over to more modern precision rifles. Now I usually only buy milsurps by chance at pawn shops, local gun stores, etc.. if the price is right. I'm a lot pickier now, too, preferring to go after matching #'s, period correct furniture or whatever. I have at least one example from most major contributors to WWI and WWII now, but there's still a few "bucket list" guns out there to get.

I really do miss 50's Yugo surplus for $50/900, and the $75 800 round crates of Czech silvertip. I think my Mosin 91/30 PU is the first barrel I ever truly "shot out".

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