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When I was a kid, I talked to an old Injun who's white man name was Dewey Beard. He and a bunch of Ogallas always came to Cheyenne Frontier days and I would visit with him. I din't know until about 10 years ago that his Injun name was Wooden Leg and he was there.
Iggy, I am sure ya know Dewey Beard lived to almost 100 (he passed around 1955) and was the last survivor of the dust-up at the Greasy Grass. You are fortunate to have met him.

It is an interesting custom among the Lakhota that people acquire different names at different times in their lives. This may have to do with an event, a waking vision, or a dream. So, Big Foot, the leader of the Minneconju band that Dewey was with at Wounded Knee, was also known as Spotted Elk. So too, with Dewey, he was known as Iron Hail. By the way, although he lived among the Ogallalas on Pine Ridge and then in Rapid most of his life, he was from Cheyenne River, as are most Minneconjus. He was one of the guys who modeled for the old Indian head nickels, proving that even old guys with big noses can have a certain rock-star quality. There's hope fer us old guys yet!.




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I apologize for gettin' off subject here a bit, but Bullseye and a few others might get kick out readin' this.

It talks a bit about changin' names etc.

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I am 59. I have a lot of older stuff. I am not against technology though and own a heavy barrel Rock River AR15 varmit rifle as well as a M&P 9mm.
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I'm 41 for a few more days. I have a few "plastic" guns. All were purchased for a specific purpose, and they do that well. However, if I want to get something out of the safe that looks pretty, it always has wood furniture and a blued finish. And I think the last time we had one of these threads, the average age was mid-50s, IIRC.
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Average age would be 55,IMO.I'm 66-what used to be "Never trust anyone over 30" has changed to "Never trust anyone under 60". And all my guns are not made of plastic.
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Pushing 66 here (though I prefer to think of it as pulling 65); I have no plastic in the safe and no interest in changing that situation. I'm not even that comfortable with guns new enough to have model numbers stamped on the frame under the yoke, though I admit to having a few of those. Basically, if it was made after I turned 12 I'll probably tolerate it, but I'm not likely to chase it.

My impression is that the mean age around here is in the early '50s.
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I apologize for gettin' off subject here a bit, but Bullseye and a few others might get kick out readin' this.

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Itchy's Name

Now keep in mind that Ol Iggy would tell you a story 3 differn't way afore he'd tell you a lie....
Pilamaya yelo, kola! What a great story. Icamaniwin, indeed. Just to keep this somewhat related to the thread, I'd like it if some of the young guys on here came up with stories as good as those Iggy, Keith44Special, and some of the other older sons of the West on this forum have to tell.


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70 and I carry in my front pocket a p3at; have 3 plastic and 5 steel handguns............to each his own.
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I'm 35, don't own a Glock, don't want a Glock or any other polymer framed gun unless I get a smashing deal on one. I came from the school of the .30-30, and I have owned just about every icon in firearms history. I have had a Smith Triple Lock, an original Winchester 73 and a Winchester 92, a slew of 1894's, and a 54 (to me finer than a Model 70). I find there is nothing like the look of a blued revolver with ivory or stag grips and ebony on brass. The finest smell in the world is the fresh scent of expended black powder. Gun leather trumps kydex, and a good Damascus blade beats any combat knife in the world. A double barreled coach gun while not as impressive in firepower as a pump, has the cool factor especially when it has hammers. A flintlock will always be cooler than an inline, and there is nothing like taking a deer with a gun designed before the first automobile was even thought of. Age means nothing, it is just proof that some of us were born in the time. Heck my cellphone has text, but I have no idea how to use it, I thought twitter was something you did before you faint, a blackberry went good on corn flakes and a blue tooth was a guy down the road who had no idea what a toothbrush was. My last video game was an Atari, I still write most of stuff down in a notebook, I believe books are more fun than Kindle and cars stopped being cool when carburetors went out. Heck I'm only 35, I think I might be old before my time.
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I'm 25 until Saturday.

I own 5 plastic handguns: Glock 27, M&P40, Kel Tec PF9, Ruger LCP, and Bodyguard .38. The Glock goes with me a very high percentage of the time.

The Glock is one of my favorites simply because of how dang well I shoot it. I'm going to toot my own horn here.. it's pretty ridiculous how accurate I am with that thing. The other plastic ones have their place... kind of.

However, the ones I really love are my revolvers (S&W of course). 14 of them. If I had to get rid of all but one gun, the one I'd keep would be my 681. I absolutely love that revolver.

My buddies laughed at me once when they came over to use my range. I brought a few revolvers, my open sight lever action .30-30 and a single shot break action 12 gauge. I guess I have a soft spot for more traditional guns. When I go for walks in the woods, there's no way I carry anything black or plastic. I think that would be illegal actually......

As far as the cranky old farts of the forum go, I personally enjoy them! I wouldn't want to spend much time on a forum filled with the young tactical crowd I've seen elsewhere. The folks here are top notch and I value their opinions.
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I am 60, past halfway to 61. I like the feel of nice walnut and the look of good bluing. Most of my stuff is in this catagory. Not to say that I don't have others but I like the traditional firearms better.
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I'm gonna skew the average toward older. Polymer guns work fine. Metal guns work fine. maybe finer. I like to carry light.
My age? I served in WW II. Can you count that high?
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I'm 54. I own a 28-2, 18-3, 625-2, G-22, 686-1 and a 21-4. The G-22 is as close to perfect as a semi-auto will get. The revolvers are Smith and Wessons! There is nothing better. One day I may possibly again pick up a 1911 of some sort... but the G-22 will do anything I need from a semi-auto. And the S&W's take care of everything else.
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I'm 58 and my collection is about 50/50 black/plastic guns and traditional wood and steel. I like the traditional guns much better but tend to use the others more for carry and daily use just because they're generally lighter with more capacity, and I don't care if I mess them up. They all have their good and bad points - I like 'most all of 'em!
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First off I want to second what Navy96 said and every word of it.

Second, I will say that I own both a Glock 17 and a Ruger LCR. The LCR is just setting in the safe because it was a sweet deal and nothing more. I bought it new at a used Kel Tec price tag. The Glock is Glock perfection to me. Why? Because it has functioned for thousands upon thousands of cheap soot filled WWB and any flavor of HP I wanted to waste at paper plates. And if I ever have to use it I am beyond confident that it will function then also. Lastly, when it is taken as evidence I won't be crying if it has to be gone for a while, comes back dented or dinged, or some commie lawyer gets it destroyed through litigation during the trial. If I used my Combat Magnum for the same purpose I would feel equally safe but would FREAK if it was treated bad. Glock Perfection.
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46 and like most all guns, but my heart is with the old smith &wessons !
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I'm 54 and have mostly semi autos in handguns, shotguns and rifles, I've got a single shot shotgun a pump and a semi auto Beretta all 12ga, got a Bushmaster m4 few years ago and that's very accurate weapon and has been fun customizing it... all my semi's are steel except my favorite .45acp a PX4 Storm like another fellow said "cause I shoot it so well" I just got my first revolver S&W 629 and I've had more trouble with that beautiful paper weight then any firearm I own, but S&W is replacing it sometime this week. The next few pistols I'll be buying will be revolvers cause they are really fun to shoot. I think this forum has a good blend of ages one of the better ones out there.
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I am alive, vigorous and still at the range once each week in my eighth decade. I am very grateful that I have had the enjoyment of handling so many different types of handguns throughout the years.

My three favorites for various reasons are the S&W stainless 4" 686, the blued Colt Commander and the ugly but very reliable and accurate Glock 21.
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Sigh, 61 and looking for an affordable SW 99 in 9mm.
I have no allergy to Plastic and alloy having grown up in the US Army with the M-16A1/M203 and M-60 GPMG.

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I'm pushing 50, and partial to wood and blue (or parkerized) steel. I do, however, have a few of the newer designs, and they serve their purpose. If I go rifle shooting, I might take a Garand, U.S. Enfield or Krag, but my AR is always always along too.
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I'm 57 and own two Glocks, one of which was a duty weapon I was given when I retired. Haven't shot either more than once a year since then. The rest are all S&W revolvers and all have pinned barrels except for my 642 and 638 that are newer (with locks) but great shooters!.
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I'm 59, all my handguns are either stainless steel, hard chromed steel, or ScTi mix.
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This thread has given this old man reason to pause,and look back on 72yrs. of the good life.

Let me borrow a bit from the "Sound of music". These are a few of my favorate things; In no particular order.

Winchester model 97,12 and52,Remington 40x, 700,Savage110,S&W N frames,combat masterpiece, Swedish Mausers,

Broom handles, Walther p38, p5, ppk,H&K p7, Sig 38H, p220, p225,

Jack Daniels,single malt scotch,Porsches,Harley Davidsons,

raw oysters, pocket watches, well made knives.

The ability to walk away under my own power after 30yrs. in the fire house.

My LORD and saviour Jesus Christ.

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Im 53 and one of the things that attracted me to S&W firearms is the superb craftsmanship that you can touch and feel when you handle them. I have respect for a well made tool and if I am going to spend my hard earned money on a firearm I want to be able to have that experience. Sorry, but plastic guns just don't do it for me, not bashing them, they have their market, I'm just not part of it!!!
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I'm LXIV. I have 2 Glockenshpeilinski bulletgeshooteners. G23 and G36. The couple of S&W's I have are pinned, .38 spec J's.
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Sure is nice being around so many young guys - I consider anything under 75 as young I'll be 77 for the next 30 days and with a little luck I'll turn 78 in early April.
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31, and owner of a "plastic" M&P 45C, M&P 15A, and a Model 37 Ithaca 12 Gauge.

I do like the look and feel of a old revolver, but for my practical use for a concealed carry, I choose to buy a "plastic" gun. I'm not at the point in my life where i have enough disposable income to collect many more firearms, but if i did, i would very much like to own some of the nice s&w revolvers of past generations.

I would like to say that some of the comments here are very interesting. I would say the avg age is closer to 50, and a previous comment is correct in that most of the younger crowd (myself included) are of the M&P background. And in most cases, much like mine, i think we "younger" guys tend to buy the "plastic" guns for the simple fact that we like to own the weapons we use on duty and become more proficient on our own time.

On another note...i know that when you use the term "plastic" you use it in a negative way, but i'd be careful with that. In some cases you may be painting yourselfs in a corner, and continuing the segregation of gun owners. It sounds a lot like you are turning your nose up at us younger guys. Most of us have thick skin, and can brush off comments like that, but you may be turning others away at the same time.

If you look at the average age (here and at your local club) you may notice something startling. The younger crowd is getting smaller. What is going to happen when the younger generation takes your place, are your guns going to go with you, or have you passed on the knowledge and appreciation that goes with it in order for those types of guns to stand the test of time?

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I am 29, but seem to collect the classics instead of the black plastic guns (in fact I only own 1 plastic gun). Among my favorites are my Mod 28 No Dash and my Mod 39 No Dash. I also have a real nice Mod C rifle in .234 Win.
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I hope Grandbaby grows up one day and has this conversation with you.
Congrats.....

51 here and I like good old American made guns the best.Not that I would rule out some of the Euro. guns.
Plastic has its place to be sure.Stainless and Alloy are great in Fla. for carry.
I just like guns that are well made and can be shot.
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52 here. My one and only plastic gun is my everyday Ruger LCP. It's small enough to be with me all the time. Otherwise I like wood and metal. I appreciate a good revolver but would never want the Ruger LCR. Asthetics means a lot to me and I think the LCR is ugly. My personal all time favorite would be the the 1911 as indicated by my recent purchase of a Les Baer P II.

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I'll chime in, 62 here. Prior to my move to Florida, I had 43 handguns, unk rifles, and 8 shotguns. Bought a "big" safe for both children and had them pick. I kind of feel I still own them. :-)

My last purchase to restock was a old S&W 29 and a 36. Yes 2 Colt revolvers too.
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Turning 65 later this year and I could not say it any better than NFrameFred. Glad to be retired and have time to shoot my collection of wood & steel revolvers. My only "plastic" gun is a Glock 23 that was retired with me in 1997. Fun to shoot but not something I would buy.
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Still in my 20's for 34 more days.
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32 here. Yes I believe age tends to direct a person on materials used in a pistol/rifle. Different strokes for different folks.
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44 until April. I love Glock and Sig. I have owned the M&P, Kel Tec so Plastic doesn't bother me at all. But I also love S&W J Frames and if I could only own one hand gun it would be my 442. Weight, capacity and concealability are very important to me and that is where the plastic guns earn favor with me.
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I'm 40 and own some of both types, enjoy shooting both types. My favorite, however, is my Python- bright stainless, beautiful, and heavy in my hand (good thing)
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First, this thread should of had a poll.

I'm 46 and have always felt I was dealing with an older group here, and from the responces so far, that seems to be true.

I only have stainless handguns and blue rifles.

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Over 50 here is as close as I'll tell...all are SS or blued except for 2 KelTec's I have for everyday use around the farm so if they get beat up I don't care about it.
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70 here. I collect WWII military rifles, have a few "black rifles" and an assortment of handguns. I have both bottom feeders and wheel guns, and will have to say my preference is with blued steel, walnut and double action revolvers.
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I'll hit the half century mark in November. As far as plastic on hunting guns goes, I own a Benelli SBE2, Remington 870, Mossberg 500, Browning BPS 10 Ga, CZ bolt gun in 308 and T/C Omega Z5. All of these were purposely bought wearing plastic as hunting season usually brings nasty weather and I wanted the extra protection a plastic, glass or carbon fiber stock adds from the mud, snow and rain of the duck blind or deer stand. As for handguns, I own two plastic guns. A Glock 26 and Kel-Tec P32. I much prefer blued or nickeled steel over stainless steel. And stainless steel is way above plastic.

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Edit: I forgot the "Fun Guns". 3x AR style EBR (2 Colt, 1 Oly) and a PolyTech AK47/S.

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I am actually 54 but I tell people that I am 18 with 36 years experience.

I have owned about every major brand of handgun over the years, revolvers and autos. In my old age I have settled on nothing but Smith & Wesson's and all of them are stainless steel.
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64 and all wheel guns except 1 1911 45, rifles all lever or bolt with wood, shotguns are pump or doubles. the new plastic guns don't even look or feel like guns to me.
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I'm not sure age has much to do with it. I 'm 77. I have 2 EBRs and 3 Glocks. But my three shotguns are a Darne, a Charlin and a Benelli (wish I could hit something with ANY One of them). I also have Smiths, Colts, Winchesters, Mausers and a bunch of weird stuff (doesn't everyone have a 6mm Winchester Lee Navy and a 6mm Winchester sporting rifle?). As the Sultan once said of his harem, I like 'em all. My only problem is making enough time to go shoting as much as I'd like.
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