Collecting firearems appears to be one of the more popular hobbies in the United States. While it is difficult to produce a precise estimate of the number of gun collectors in the United States, the activity is sufficiently widespread to support a very large number of publications, websites, and chat rooms. These communication outlets are organized in almost every conceivable fashion. While some publication, such as the National Rifle Association’s quarterly journal, Men at Arms, are intended for general audiences, other magazines and websites cater to much narrower clienteles. Some publications target readers interested in particular time periods, such as those of the Old West, the American Civil War, or World War II, while others focus attention on collection of specific brands of firearms, such as Browning, Winchester, Colt, or Smith & Wesson. Still others are organized around a geographical unit, such as the Dallas Arms Collectors’ Association or the New Mexico Gun Collectors’ Association.
Firearms; Firearms--Collectors and collecting; Firearms ownership
American Politics | Political Science
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Jelen, T. G.
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