As per the initial question, I am completely torn. I am unafraid of guns and weapons (my father would go hunting religiously every season back home - not rifles but over/under shotguns) and had spent two years in the army as a conscript. I even practice two sword related martial arts (albeit not with live blades). Would I collect guns? Well, yes and no. I severely dislike a lot of the common attitudes of "badassery" that seem to permeate the whole pro-gun lobby in the US. Gives me a feeling of disrespect towards the seriousness of a weapon for one (especially handguns and rifles, things designed to take out human beings). Now on the other hand, this is the sort of stuff that would appeal to someone like myself that has such a strong interest in history. Hell, if I could afford it I would probably have several nihonto, late 19th century bayonets etc etc. Plus I was a reasonably good shot with the assault rifles (and using the heavier stuff like LMGs can be a blast
). Shooting the stuff can definitely be entertaining. But I resist that due to my principles on the issue. Anyway, I am still a reserve; if I end up home permanently in the next few years I am sure I will get my fix of assault rifles (and probably go skeet-shooting with my dad). P.s. an Stg 44 and a PPSh-41 would both be things I would have owned if I were to collect, I must say - mainly for historical reasons. Anyway, that is my take on it
P.s. grenades can also be a blast (pun intended)
Edit: Sorry if I went off-topic there.