How many guns do you really need to own? This is a question that many gun owners ask themselves or ask others. Unfortunately, it’s a question that has no definitive general answer. Let’s analyze it in greater depth and see if we can find the right answer for you.
More Guns or Less Guns?
There are respectable arguments to own as many guns as you can. Guns are like tools in a toolbox, in that each tool and each fulfills a different role, so with more guns, you cover practically all of your bases you can think of. Owning more guns could also mean you’ll be owning more calibers, meaning you’re not limited in what you can pick up and use during an SHTF or ammo shortage situation. You also have backups in the event that you lose a gun or if any are damaged. And since you can always sell guns for higher prices later (depending on the model), you could be making a valuable investment.
On the other hand, there are solid arguments against owning multiple guns. Many would argue that it’s more important to pick only a handful of guns and train with them extensively, spending the money that you would have otherwise spent on more guns for ammunition instead. If you own a variety of guns in different calibers, you’ll have to stockpile far more ammo, and you’ll only end up having less ammo per caliber. Furthermore, if you have more guns, you won’t get as much training time in with each one and you’ll ultimately be less of an expert with your particular weapons of choice.
Regardless of which side you’re on, here’s something that most of us should agree on: simply owning more guns does not make you more armed. The old saying goes that you should beware of the one gun man, because he more than likely knows how to use it. In other words, you can be adequately armed with only two or three guns in your arsenal versus twenty or thirty, or even two hundred or three hundred (and really, you only need that many guns if you’re a collector or plan on outfitting your own personal army).
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