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New Member Marvin Gardens
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MARVIN GARDENS
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13 Feb 2010 09:10 PM
    Hello from a new member....with much more than you probably want to know.

    My name is Bob and I live in California (sorry). I am a peace officer with a couple of years left until retirement. My grandfather was a local police chief and he was the person who I guess who sparked my interest in firearms at a very early age. I've been shooting since I was eight and shooting competitively (Bullseye Pistol, Free Pistol, Service Rifle, and Palma Rifle since I was about twenty. I am a former Armory Officer and Armory Sergeant (lots of hands on experience with Mini 14's there), been to the Armorer Schools from Ruger, S&W, Remington, H&K, and Colt. My grandfather was a S&W man and I caught the collecting bug early. He gave me a Model 28 for my sixteenth birthday, which I still have. My first ""collector gun"" I bought was in about 79 and it is a S&W M&P Target in 32-20 that was sitting in the counter with a $150 price tag on it.

    I never missed an issue of Shooting Times and Guns & Ammo when I was in High School. I read everything that Skeeter Skelton and Jeff Cooper wrote and am really I suppose still influenced in my gun purchases by Skelton's writings. I later took a class from Jeff at Gunsite and have returned several times since, always enjoyed visiting with the Coopers at their home. I have elderly parents now that I look after which takes up much of my free time but still try to make it back to Gunsite once a year for a class and renew friendships with staff and other students I've met there.

    I got started collecting S&W's twenty-five years ago and still love them. I am still an accumulator. I try to specialize and fill holes but I always find something else I want. I've been most successful in my attempt to focus my collection on the pre-war magnum series, I now have six of the variations. I always try to buy quality and find pistols in boxes. I also have a weakness for K-22's and .44 Specials and have several examples of nice early guns in these calibers. I have some serious doubts as to whether or not I'll continue to chase as S&W's as I appear to just be getting priced out of the market. Retirement is coming and that overtime that has funded my more extravagant gun purchases won't be there. I was drawn to Rugers as I have always used and liked them, and they are something that I can hopefully still afford to collect. I love the hunt.

    The first Ruger I ever shot was a SA .22 with black checkered grips that some friend of my grandfather had. Later I got to shoot my shop teacher's 3 screw Super Blackhawk quite a bit. I like Rugers and like shooting them, but I also like collecting. I have two safes, one has guns that will never get shot and the other has guns that I use and shoot all the time. I enjoy both. I got something of an education in collecting guns from an old man who lived here in town many years ago. He owned a bunch of rentals and didn't have a regular job and spent every weekend with a table at a gun show and chasing down guns all week. If someone died in town that he knew owned guns, he would be at the widow's front step before the body was cold. He had this ""gift"" for making you believe what he had was gold and what you wanted to trade was total junk. I traded with him a lot when I was in my early twenties and got screwed every time I ever dealt with him. But I did watch and see what he accumulated for his personal collection (Winchester Levers from 66's on) and he always kept only the best and would sell one only to replace with a better one a model he already had.

    I've been looking at starting a Collection of Rugers for several years now. I haven't made a decision yet as to the direction I want to take. My reference books arrived this week and I am reading those. I took advantage of the RCA Life Membership offer and plan on being here for the duration.

    Thanks.
    Bob



    Thanks

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    bigbore45colt
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    13 Feb 2010 09:33 PM
    Bob,

    Welcome to the RCA and to our forum. Glad to have you. You will find some of the most knowledgable Ruger collectors on this forum and they will be able to answer most of your questions.

    Let us know if you have any questions, need any information, or are looking for anything specific.

    Kindest regards,

    BB45C
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    RugerNo1
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    14 Feb 2010 02:35 AM
    Welcome to the RCA and the forum. It is great to have an individual of your experience make such a leap into Ruger collecting. Thanks for your Life Membership. Long guns are kind of my thing, but there are several high level 'experts"" here in the Ruger handgun field.
    Any questions, just ask!!
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    flattop44
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    14 Feb 2010 05:02 AM
    Bob,
    I am really glad that you decided to get into Rugers and support our great hobby with your life membership! I enjoyed our earlier telephone conversations and do not hesitate to call again anytime.

    Bill/aka Flattop44
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    Hassel
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    14 Feb 2010 10:20 AM
    Howdy Bob and hello from across the big pond (from a Norwegian sitting in the netherlands)
    Enjoyed your intro and do not think it was too much :D

    Used to be a smith & Wesson man my self, until i traded off a Dan wesson revolver I had for a ruger SRH in .454 after that all my smiths had to go for rugers.
    It would be cool if more people got into collecting the other ruger handguns than the SA's (The 10 ruger singleactions we have are for use...) Collecting Ruger Sa's is paerently not a big point as flattop44 already have them all ;)
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    polo44
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    14 Feb 2010 05:23 PM
    Welcome aboard,
    I lived in So Cal in the seventies before it got real bad for gun owners. The new ammo purchase laws there are the stupidest laws I have ever seen and its going to get worse. You should move to Arizona where open carry is legal and CWP's are easy to get if you're a good guy.
    polo44
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    MARVIN GARDENS
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    15 Feb 2010 07:33 AM
    Thanks everyone for the welcomes.

    I worked some overtime this weekend so I didn't get to dive into my new books like I had hoped but that will come in time. I did get to spend a little time on this board and think I am really going to like it here.

    Yes, California is not a great state in which to be a gun enthusiast but here I am. I was born here and graduated from the same High School as did my parents. They are getting up in years now with some serious health issues. My wife has her parents (who need much less looking after than mine) and that is also a consideration for us. I've got twenty-three years in with my department and she has a catering business. Our daughter got married last year and my wife is now starting to tap her foot waiting for grandbabies. I went back to school several years ago and got an accounting degree and now have my CPA license issued by the state of California, that is my new career after retirement. I'm making a short story very long but as much as I'd like to pull up anchor and head to Prescott, it looks like we'll be staying here.

    As to a collecting field, I've started to form some ideas but nothing yet that is set in stone. I like Ruger's double actions but I've decided not to start a collection of something that will difficult to buy here in California. The single actions are exempt from California's ""safe gun list"" but the double actions are not. I've been lucky that due to my current occupation I am exempt from the ""list"" requirements but as soon as I retire, I'll be in the same boat as everyone else here. So, single actions and long guns make the most sense I believe for me to pursue. My current Ruger collection consists of a GB folder that was a duty gun (now an evil assault weapon here), two Lipsey's .44 specials, stainless Bisleys in .41 and .45, a .41 Bisley Hunter, and a NIB 32-20 Buckeye Special that I bought from Bill about ten years ago. I've got a lot of room to expand.

    Thanks again for the warm welcome.

    Bob
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