WHAT DO YOU COLLECT OTHER THEN TOBACCO & PIPES

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I used to collect match books/ boxes, mostly from bars that I have been to but when they quit allowing smoking in bars most stopped carrying matches. Tried collecting Zippos for a while but just kept losing them. Currently coffee and coffee accessories and really anything Star Trek.
 

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But in the last decade only one guest has ever said "Show me your coin collection" so it's hard to get motivated with nobody to share an interest with. Yeah, I've tried coin clubs but my particular niche is rather rare it seems. Happy to keep on with the pipes and baccy!
Know the feeling. My last two pipe buddies have quit smoking or passed away. Aside from the forums, no body to share my interest. Non-pipers see my (80+ collection) and just go, "Ummm, well, that's alot!" Couldn't care squat t'wixt a Dunhill and a Kaywoodie. I'm getting sad just typing this.
 

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Know the feeling. My last two pipe buddies have quit smoking or passed away. Aside from the forums, no body to share my interest. Non-pipers see my (80+ collection) and just go, "Ummm, well, that's alot!" Couldn't care squat t'wixt a Dunhill and a Kaywoodie. I'm getting sad just typing this.
Yeah, I get some reactions too. It seems people with large wine cellars are considered cool, while having lots of pipes on display is considered obsessive. My two oldest friends both smoke pipes but they live in California and Arizona so I only get out to visit every other year. We always have a great time lighting our pipes and having some good drink. But participation on BoB seems to keep me satisfied; I learned new things and it keeps the excitement and interest going. :)
 

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Prior to retiring I collected WW1 and WW2 bolt action rifles (mainly British Enfields; No 1's, 2's and 5's). At one time I pretty much had an Enfield from every factory to inlude Canada, India, the US, Australia, New Zealand and all the British factories. I even scored one of the last No4Mk2 rifles manufacured. They went to Ireland and put into storage and were never issued. I also have a couple Swedish, Finish, French, German, US and Russian rifles. I also got into 45-90 model 1885 single shot buffalo rifles.
 

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Prior to retiring I collected WW1 and WW2 bolt action rifles (mainly British Enfields; No 1's, 2's and 5's). At one time I pretty much had an Enfield from every factory to inlude Canada, India, the US, Australia, New Zealand and all the British factories. I even scored one of the last No4Mk2 rifles manufacured. They went to Ireland and put into storage and were never issued. I also have a couple Swedish, Finish, French, German, US and Russian rifles. I also got into 45-90 model 1885 single shot buffalo rifles.
Wow, nice addiction. Ever get into any shooting matches with those? When I was RSO at the Ojai gun club in cali we had a match set up for
 

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Dang hit the wrong button again because of my fat fingers. Anyway, we had a group that shot competition with mostly old military rifles. Enfields, Garands, mosin nagants, mausers, etc. Only criteria was the rifle had to have been a military issue and used in a time of war. Fun watching those guys. Some of the older rifles like the german mauser were incredibly accurate.
 

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Well. Lysander, I DO collect high end side by side British shotguns, and a few double rifles as well. But lets not forget the really arcane, expensive side by side Black Powder British shotguns as well. And now I'm old (66) and my wife is after me to sell my guns, as well as my vintage keyboards I used to use in my younger days, and I see her eyeing my huge collection of pipes and don't get me started on the immense amount of tobacco I'll never get to smoke.......................Oh yeah, there's my collection of vintage Pendleton shirts, at least 75 of those babies........................there's more stuff, but I fear I'm already being branded as a hoarder!
 

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Wow, nice addiction. Ever get into any shooting matches with those? When I was RSO at the Ojai gun club in cali we had a match set up for
No but along time ago I belonged to a group of guys with the same interests who had collections of rifles larger than mine. We had an area set up in the middle of nowhere in Arizona that we would go out and compete against each other. One of the group even had a class 3 license and would bring out his Vickors water cooled machine gun which shot the same British 303 round. Another had a French Label machine gun which shot 8mm. I met them one day shooting at the Ben Avery rifle range.
 

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Dang hit the wrong button again because of my fat fingers. Anyway, we had a group that shot competition with mostly old military rifles. Enfields, Garands, mosin nagants, mausers, etc. Only criteria was the rifle had to have been a military issue and used in a time of war. Fun watching those guys. Some of the older rifles like the german mauser were incredibly accurate.
One of the most accurate rifles I have is a Polish M44 Moisant Nagent rifle that was unissued that I found in all places at Big5 Sporting Goods. Another rifle I find that is very accurate are my 6.5mm Swedish Mausers.
 

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No but along time ago I belonged to a group of guys with the same interests who had collections of rifles larger than mine. We had an area set up in the middle of nowhere in Arizona that we would go out and compete against each other. One of the group even had a class 3 license and would bring out his Vickors water cooled machine gun which shot the same British 303 round. Another had a French Label machine gun which shot 8mm. I met them one day shooting at the Ben Avery rifle range.
Interesting. When I worked for Tucson Aero in Marana the owner, Gary Abrahms, had a class 3 license and 3 WW II 50 cal machine guns. Used to go shoot out at his ranch outside Tucson. We would go through a couple thousand rounds in an afternoon of shooting. Good thing he had the money, lol.
 

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One of the most accurate rifles I have is a Polish M44 Moisant Nagent rifle that was unissued that I found in all places at Big5 Sporting Goods. Another rifle I find that is very accurate are my 6.5mm Swedish Mausers.
Yeah, a few years ago Turners in cali was selling surplus nagents for around $150. Should have picked one up then.
 

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I believe the 6.5 mauser was the inspiration for the current 6.5 Creedmore. One of my ranger buds has the Ruger Precision in 6.5 Creed. He let me shoot it last time we were at the range. 5 shots at 100 yds. Single hole you could have covered with a quarter. Extremely accurate.
 

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Interesting. When I worked for Tucson Aero in Marana the owner, Gary Abrahms, had a class 3 license and 3 WW II 50 cal machine guns. Used to go shoot out at his ranch outside Tucson. We would go through a couple thousand rounds in an afternoon of shooting. Good thing he had the money, lol.
Funny in 1980 when I came back from overseas the first time I worked for Sierra Pacific Airlines out of Marana/Evergreen Airpark. When we would shoot the Vickers you had to bring your own ammo and hand load the cloth belts.
 

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Ironic how paths potentially cross. I was offered a job at the air park in 2002 with Evergreen but the pay sucked so I went to Cali instead. Nice thing about shooting the 50 cals is the ammo was already loaded ready to go. Can't imagine how much the ammo cost for our little outings and never wanted to ask, lol.
 

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One of the most accurate rifles I have is a Polish M44 Moisant Nagent rifle that was unissued that I found in all places at Big5 Sporting Goods. Another rifle I find that is very accurate are my 6.5mm Swedish Mausers.
Wow, now THAT's cool! As well as those Swedish Mausers. Nothing like a 6.5 round for accuracy, and through one of those beauties......whew! I had a 1909 Argentine Mauser in great shape, but alas, let it go along with a LOT of other wonderful arms when things were not going so well. Nothing like an original Mauser action!
 

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Straight razors I use to clean and sharpen them to flip.. Now just collect. Also Alox SAKs
 

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Straight razors I use to clean and sharpen them to flip.. Now just collect. Also Alox SAKs
I always wanted to learn how to shave with a straight razor without cutting my throat. I'm shure its an art form when it comes to sharpening them to a proper edge.
 

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I always wanted to learn how to shave with a straight razor without cutting my throat. I'm shure its an art form when it comes to sharpening them to a proper edge.
Boy does that bring back memories. I can remember as a very young boy my dad getting a shave at the local barber shop. Can still remember the sound of the barber honing the straight razor on his "strop" that hung from the barber chair. Also the old black gentleman who shined shoes in the corner for a quarter. Kind of wish we could go back to those days.
 
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