“When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

If you are into firearms and have a decent collection, a non-firearm person that is family or a friend, may wonder why you have so many.

These types usually think anything more than one is too many. We tend to think that’s not enough! At first you may feel like you are “on the spot” and may struggle for an answer. So if you find yourself in that predicament, explain it like you would any other sport, such as golf or even fishing.

No golfer would walk around a course with just a five iron or a sand wedge in hand. For one thing, most golf clubs have rules about minimum numbers of clubs. The other is that the game would be a total disaster.

A Glock 20 handgun might seem sensible for home defense. It is an appropriate caliber (10 mm), easily operated, and holds 15 rounds in the magazine. It could serve as a competitive shooting pistol and can be used as a hunting handgun.

However, for concealed carry in the summer, it’s too big. Nor will it suffice in a long range shooting scenario or be able to take a duck or a goose from your blind. There are so many different firearms because they are for the most part “purpose driven”. They were designed for a particular role, but can be adapted to auxiliary roles as needed.

Take a look at the German MG-34; it was the most advanced machine gun in the world at the time of its deployment in 1934 and was in service for over a decade. It fired the 8mm Mauser round and weighed close to 30 pounds.

Is that what you would want to issue to a military policeman (MP) in a war zone or at a border check point?

Probably not and neither did the Czechs in the 1960s.

Would an 8 or even 15 round handgun work well for an MP? It most certainly would and the Czech service handgun from 1950 to 1975 was a CZ50 or its updated version the CZ70, both chambered in 32 ACP. In 1975 they adopted the CZ75, a semiauto in 9mm with a 15-round magazine.

However, our key statement is, “a military policeman (MP) in a war zone”. This usually means something a bit more than a pistol, yet not quite a rifle.

The Czechs rolled out the VZ-61 Scorpion for this role in 1961. With a short barrel, collapsible stock and 20-round magazine loaded this machine pistol could fire on full auto with very little recoil as an accommodation to female soldiers serving as MPs. It was chambered in 32 ACP, after all, just like their
side arms at the time.

Not only do these firearms that we have mentioned have different functions, each served a prominent role at some point in history. If your collection reflects a time period or a theme, would it not make sense to have as many representative pieces from the era in question?

Then again, we have never had to explain ourselves or our collection in order to justify it. Our simple answer is “What part of ‘Shall not be infringed’ do you not understand?”