Why do you buy what you buy?


December 30, 2002, 03:33 AM
And I mean all your fun toys!

It seems that most all people who are into guns are into sharp things as well as other neat gadgets.

What sort of stuff do you like, and why? (If there is a real reason other than "just because its so da*n cool! :D )

Other than guns, I like knives and swords.

I really like Strider knives, automatics, and balisongs.

I have a Strider BT which I carry with me a lot (esp. lately since the weather is so bad!). In the pouch I carry an "old style" Inova X5.

I have a MT UT D/E serrated that I'm pretty smitten with.

I'm also pretty proud of this knife: http://www.extremaratio.com/en_harpoon.html I have the one with tiger stripes and spine serrations. :D

I have a BM 42s.

Next on my list is this: http://www.albionarmorers.com/swords/deltin/dt5154.htm

And a good katana.

Why? Uhhhh.....they're cool?! :cool: :D


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December 30, 2002, 03:43 AM
Extra money and too much time............

Jesse H
December 30, 2002, 03:46 AM
I really like racing and working on my cars, whenever time and funds permit.

December 30, 2002, 03:47 AM
I'm a military history nut and collect every type of weapon I can get my hands on. The majority are guns, but many knives, daggers, swords and medieval replicas. Someday I will add a suit of armor to my collection.

Somewhat along the same line, I collect action figures. Guess it is because they mostly are armed or very full figured females. Throw in a small fortune in NASCAR memorabilia and you know why I'm broke all the time! :) Add enough books to open a couple of libraries and you have pretty much included everything I own.

December 30, 2002, 03:49 AM
Other than guns I like to buy and collect pipes. I started smoking them (tobacco only wise guys) about 11 years ago (at 21). Why: some are real works of art that I really do like looking at and I like smoking them.

I'm starting to like knives- I have two that were meant as defensive tools when I first got them but I think I'm starting to NEED a few more. Not sure why this is creeping up on me.

I have more flashlights than I really need, including two maglites, (shrug) I don't know why.

I used to like to play with upgrading my computer myself and I am collecting pieces to build one myself. It is a fun and constructive way to spend one's time and money.

I used to replace my cars every two years or 30K miles (or less) but that ended with my current car, a '97 Sentra w/ 103K miles, which I've had since new and I'll probably run it into the ground. Why did I do that: I got bored with my cars after a little while, I love cars, I actually like the buying process (I sold cars for a little while and I once thought about writting a book about the car buying process), and well, I was stupid (how else can you explain such a huge waste of money).

I'm starting to think the next addition to the money burner catagory may be motorcycles (hopefully I'll get my first this year, at the latest it will be a present to myself when I finish my MA that I'm starting either next month or next summer). I've liked motorcycles since a neighbor kid had one when I was 4 or 5, then again when a friend got into motorcross motorcycles in elementary school and well, I've simply liked them as long as I can remember and I'm not sure why I've never found a way to come up with the money for one before (maybe cutting back on my gun purchases over the past two years or holding onto one of those cars would have helped ).

December 30, 2002, 04:18 AM
As for me, it's a German thing.

German cars, guns, knives, food, race car drivers (that should be fairly obvious), and on, and on.... (except the WW2 era Nazi crap) http://glocktalk.com/images/smilies/puke.gif

If it says, "Made in Germany" on it, I feel compelled to buy it. I really can't tell you why this is. Heck, I've never even been to Germany,or even Europe for that matter.

It's probably the German blood flowing through these veins. To tell you the truth, it's really getting out of hand. One of these days I'm going to get a blood transfusion,maybe that will help me.
That, or lock myself in a closet and throw away the key. :D :D

December 30, 2002, 05:34 AM
I guess I'm into LOUD things (would explain the constant ringing in my left ear). If I'm not spending money on new gun gear, I'm spending it on bass gear. Loud and low is the way to go.

December 30, 2002, 05:42 AM
I normally buy what I can create a reason for needing (no matter how far fetched......... ;) Hey, you never know when those pesky zombies will actually BE walking around. Like the Boy Scouts say "be prepared." http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/moreek.gif


December 30, 2002, 06:45 AM
Oh, let's see...

Guitars, both electric and acoustic (as with guns, I've got a heckuva lot more equipment than talent).

Astronomical equipment - telescopes, eyepieces, camera mounts, etc.

Cameras - currently trying to save for a new digital, but some little gun nicknack/doodad keeps getting in the way.

Most of my knife purchases have be impulse buys. I bought a Benchmade 940 Axis folder about 6 months ago and haven't carried any other knife since. It displaced a Benchmade 710 Axis.

And last, but not least, BOOKS. Simply can not have enough. Most of my library consists of non-fiction historical, biographical, reference, etc. I simply cannot walk by a bookstore without wandering in.


December 30, 2002, 07:13 AM
Zippo lighters.

Like guns, they've been around for a while, technology hasn't changed much and they do what they're supposed to do.

December 30, 2002, 07:31 AM

It's THAT easy!!! (within budgetary and legal limits of course :mad: :mad: :mad: )

December 30, 2002, 07:39 AM
Although I have a "thing" for neat looking flashlights:D Most of my extra money goes for C&R semi-auto rifles. Their is always something coming up that I can't pass up. Just ran into a Russian SKS for $200 of course I took it home with me. This means that while other people are eating T-bone steak for dinner, I'm eating hamburger steak. I always looked at it this way, I can only rent the steak but I can Keep the rifle.:)

December 30, 2002, 09:01 AM
Stellarpod, me too... I share your pain!!! Tamara's the same. We bookworms have it rough, don't we? - but then, we just curl up in a chair with a good book and forget about it! :D

David Scott
December 30, 2002, 09:09 AM
Aside from guns?

Books, motorcycle stuff, books, computer stuff, books, tools, books.

December 30, 2002, 09:18 AM
I took a semester off and spent time giving to others.Lot of family needs, some hospital volunteering Been cooking like I used to, nothing fancy just trying more recipes.

I had a collection of Case(tm) knives at one time, during last move I can't find some stuff, knives included. Avid reader, still read when went back to school had to take a break from some subjects. I spent a lot time once on competition, get a kick of helping new shooters. Weird, my collection(s) are at a personal low point--for some reason getting something out of giving -not getting.
Must be the water.

December 30, 2002, 09:49 AM
I get an urge to buy something that overwhelms my fear of my wife getting the jaws over it. The last time was my six month lay-away for my Bushmaster Shorty.

December 30, 2002, 10:08 AM

To make matters worse, I find the older I get the harder it is for me to stay awake past a few pages. :mad:

I remember poking fun at my dad when he'd come home in the evening, sit down in his recliner and immediately fall asleep.

In at least that respect, I have now become my father. Of course the upside is that it gives my 18-year old son something to poke fun at (like he needs an excuse...) :D


December 30, 2002, 10:26 AM
Guns & motorcycles - it doesn't get any better!

December 30, 2002, 10:32 AM
I'm really into US military stuff. Books on military history, war movies, and of course the AR (If the M1 is the finest battle implement ever designed, then the AR15 is God's gift to civilian shooters)

December 30, 2002, 10:39 AM
I have way too many expensive hobbies. My needs far exceed my finances.

Between gun collecting, Golf, Archery and restoring muscle cars I can hardly afford to eat. Gee, wonder why Im gaining weight after all. Must be the beer.;)

December 30, 2002, 10:47 AM
I have 2 hobbies/ passions to support, mine & my son's. Besides my guns, I have a music habit to feed. In the last 2 years, 4 guitars (one acoustic, one electric acoustic, one strat & one Les Paul), 3 amps, and a lot of misc. stuff :rolleyes:

2nd Amendment
December 30, 2002, 10:48 AM
I have a fine wine taste on a beer budget.

I can't stand things that don't fit, I hate plastic and I have never liked "little" things. So while right now I am pretty much "toyless" I buy military rifles, large handguns(yeah, I'm a DE fanatic), antique Caddys, expensive swords and knives(yeah, I'm a Hibben nut, too) and I enjoy trying to keep my comps on the cuting edge.

The draw back to this is that every financial hiccup leaves me selling off things and then trying to replace them later without losing my butt. I should have went ahead with that law degree and made some real money, I suppose. :D

December 30, 2002, 02:14 PM
I don't know how I could have possibly forgotten to mention my two biggest addictions (even bigger than guns, if it is okay to say that):

-Books: mostly history (I love military history, in fact this interest probably led to my getting into guns), politics, psychology, Judaism, cars and now guns. I don't think I've ever walked out of a bookstore without at least one.
Why, because I absolutely love to read and I am an information junkie.

-CDs, I have somewhere between 400-500. I love music and I have no musical talent (my brother, a great jazz and classical guitarist, got all those genes in this family- though I'm an ok singer) so I buy lots of music (just about all kinds).

December 30, 2002, 10:43 PM
Woodworker and fisherman when time permits. :(
Usually not enough to satisfy the soul.
I buy the guns I buy because each one fills a certain niche in the collection. :D


December 30, 2002, 11:26 PM
When time and money find me at the same time and my gun wish list is caught up ,I like working on old cars and trucks.(late 60's -early 70's,Chevy of course)The more I help my dad fix up old tractors the more I think about getting one.I think I could mount a gun rack on an old Ford 8N,Farmall,etc. for driving around the inlaws farm.:D

December 30, 2002, 11:49 PM
The short answer is similar to the one PATH gave above, except amended as follows:

a little extra money and a little free time............

December 31, 2002, 12:20 AM
I just can't stop!

Does that mean I have hoplomania?

Mike Irwin
December 31, 2002, 01:16 AM
People wonder why I'd rather have an old Smith & Wesson revolver, pocked with rust and missing most of its blue, over a newly manufactured one, pristine and in the box with all its paperwork...

Old Smith & Wesson revolvers aren't just pieces of metal. They speak to me. They tell me about their trials and accomplishments, and most of all their contributions to history.

A light-barrel Model 10 Military & Police with true holster wear tells me of cold winter days and sweltering summer nights spend on the hip of a beat police officer patroling the streets of New York, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles.

A virtually pristine Regulation Police or Terrier with wear on only one side tells me of the years it spent in a dresser or nightstand drawer, waiting to faithfully defend its owner and his family.

A Military and Police Hand Ejector in .380-200 tells me of its role in the desperate struggles in the Libyan Desert when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany.

A battered Schofield weaves tales of cattle drives, rustlers, shootouts in small, long-gone Western towns, and Wells Fargo men guarding gold shipments.

And a Model 1917 tells me of time spent on the hip of a nameless GI MP directing the first American troops to cross the Remagen Bridge for the final thrust into the heart of Nazi Germany.

Old Smith & Wesson revolves aren't just relics from history.

If you know how to listen, they'll tell you their history.

December 31, 2002, 06:50 AM
Nothin'; no more. Or at least NOT MUCH. Got over most of my "consumer" urges. Nowadays, it's gotta have a function.
Even if it's just therapeutic.:D

six 4 sure
December 31, 2002, 12:31 PM
I seem to like most anything that is expensive. Guns, cars, watches, sunglasses, knives, home theater, car audio, you name it and I've probabaly bought it.


December 31, 2002, 12:57 PM
I just love quality handguns

Why do I buy what I buy? No impulse control:banghead:

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