When i was young i had just a 10/22 and shotgun. I didnt see any need for a pistol. I went off to college and after several people were shot to death within 2 blocks of my apartment i went and bought a cheap but reliable handgun, a Makarov. Later an AR and a bolt action rifle. Then strangely enough, while i was in the military i wasnt really into buying guns or shooting. I guess shooting machine guns and M16/M4 several times a year on pop up target ranges was enough fun. After the time in the military i got back into guns. I was a Ruger fanboy. I thought they could do no wrong and i bought a lot of Rugers. I then sold most of them as i found out what i prefer in pistols and rifles. (still dont have shotgun preference figured out) So long story short...after buying and selling a lot of guns, ive mostly figured out what i like, need and want. I try to buy to keep now. I was big on having a backup for each gun but ive gotten away from that and basically have a gun for each "slot" or "need". Ive started keeping my guns long term which makes me more willing to get extra mags, parts and customize them a bit such as putting on better sights. So where are you at in your buying/collecting/owning?