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Wed Oct 26, 2016, 03:16 AM

New estimate of number of guns in US civilian hands

Includes some interesting background information about the BATF process as well.

http://weaponsman.com/?p=33875

My estimates were around 450M. Turns out I may have been low.

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Reply New estimate of number of guns in US civilian hands (Original post)
His Daughter Oct 2016 OP
RATFINK_5.0 Oct 2016 #1
Ax Crazy Oct 2016 #2
Muddling Through Oct 2016 #3
fools_gold Oct 2016 #4
His Daughter Oct 2016 #5
Muddling Through Oct 2016 #6

Response to His Daughter (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 04:41 AM

1. Oh GOD ! Not Another Mexican Standoff !/!

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Response to His Daughter (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 06:21 AM

2. Some people have sarcastically asked "how many guns is enough?"

The high end of that range, at this time, seems like about enough to satisfy our current population. It's enough that those of us who actually want to use guns can own the necessary variety to get a rich shooting experience, with the utility offered by a handgun, a shotgun, and a small and a large caliber rifle.

There's definitely room for the number to rise as the shooting sports become more popular and as more people embrace responsibility for their own safety, but this seems like a healthy progression.

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Response to His Daughter (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 08:13 AM

3. I just added one more.

The agency transitioned from .40 to 9mm; I bought back my old issue firearm.

Seems like a pretty good deal.

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Response to His Daughter (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 09:11 AM

4. I've been selling off some of mine

as I just don't shoot that much anymore. I think I am down to 8 handguns and 15 long guns (if my quick head count is correct.) I've built 5 rifles in the last few years and probably only shot each one a couple of times to verify functionality and accuracy. (I just like building things.)

To the point of the article, at least 9 of my firearms are from that pre-1999 era before the ATF's system starts tracking. I have a very early S&W .22 revolver from the 1920's or so that doesn't even have a serial number as it wasn't required at the time. And I still have the Remington Nylon 66 that I bought in 1964 at the age of 16, before the gun control act of 1968 even began keeping track.

Yeah, I also think 450M is probably low.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:30 AM

5. People throw away old clothes and old cars. They don't throw away old guns

They accumulate in basements, closets, and the back of safes. They rarely go unfunctional

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Response to His Daughter (Original post)

Thu Oct 27, 2016, 06:16 PM

6. At least two of the firearms I own

have no trail as the were "inherited", one other was an intrastate purchase in 1988.

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