How big is your budget


July 7, 2006, 08:00 PM
This is my first thread Iíve started myself.

Iíve noticed the occasional comment about people not having enough money budgeted to get the gun(s) they want. I was just wondering roughly how much the rest of you were spending on this habit of ours. And, of course, Iím trying to have a little fun with the poll. :D

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July 7, 2006, 08:04 PM
Had a little trouble with the poll, but I think I got it.

July 7, 2006, 08:32 PM
I could have voted for several of you choices.
My budget always seems to become sort of elastic.
It goes like this...
I buy a gun. I like the gun but I still need ammo and mags.
I buy ammo and mags. I like the gun, the ammo, and the mags but something about the gun needs changed. Stock, grips, something like that.
I get the stock or grips and change them.
I make the gun into what I like.
All of this costs me more than I had budgeted.
That is how my gun budget works.

July 7, 2006, 08:52 PM
Did not vote. There is no, "All of the above" choice.

July 7, 2006, 08:55 PM
Fantasy: I spend every last penny on guns and ammo! :D

Reality: I spend more on guns/ammo than I spend on TV/electronics, which is a start I suppose! ;)

July 7, 2006, 08:56 PM
There's no none of the above either. much I have to spend on guns depends on what else I have to purchase, house, kids, car repairs (no car payment, but used cars take more maint.) everything takes it's cut before I get to spend on my desires. My gun budget is not a static item....and I have other intrests that need to be satisfied...

July 7, 2006, 08:56 PM
Hmm, no choices I can really pick. No budget really, if there's a gun I want out there and we have the money then I go into the "Whine & Temper Tantrum Mode" until I get it. Just worked a while back on a XD 45. Sweet. :D

July 7, 2006, 09:08 PM
I spend about the same on guns & ammo as I do on porn

So that's roughly a $0 budget in the internet age.
(Whether one is pious, or perverted, the zero dollar sum is still the same.)


July 7, 2006, 09:17 PM
I spend about the same on guns & ammo as I do on porn

So that's rougly a $0 budget in the internet age.
(Whether one is pious, or perverted, the zero dollar sum is still the same.)

What? So the have porn right on the internet now??? Whay will they think of next.

July 7, 2006, 09:17 PM
My gun habit is very limited at best. The only gun I have ever gone out and gotten was my HD 12 gauge. The rest of my guns have come along to me on chance...give you an the beginning of 2005...I had zero guns to my of next Sunday....I will have 5....all either Rifles or Shotguns. habit is a little bit peculiar. And between those guns...I have $475 invested in

July 7, 2006, 09:37 PM
I don't have a car payment so I'll pick that one. Its not a cheap hobby, but compared to buy camera lenses or being an alcoholic its not too terrible. People always talk about the cost of a gun, but to me the gun is the cheap part. The expense comes with buying a few extra mags, maybe a new grip, some leather, ammo...

July 7, 2006, 09:46 PM
I have a deal with my wife. I allowed to buy any gun with in reason that we have the money on hand for in the bank. However, I can never ever ever, under pain of having the Wrath of a Redhead upon me, ever reload my own ammo. She knows me too well.

Arthur's last words, "What Could a few more grains hurt?"

Although, I did catch her sideways the other day when I told her, "I think I'm gonna build my own AR." She kinda when white and said, "YOU WILL HAVE IT LOOKED AT BY A GUNSMITH AFTER! PERIOD!"

July 7, 2006, 10:02 PM
When I get a little money I buy guns and ammo; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.

Shamelessly "paraphrased" from an Erasmus quote.

M2 Carbine
July 7, 2006, 10:20 PM
I didn't see where I fit.
Don't have any payments because I began paying cash for everything in the early 1970's.
(It's surprising how much money you have when you aren't throwing much of your paycheck away in finance charges.:) )

I bought a couple aircraft in the last few years so my gun buying was second those years but normally my gun and gun related buying is the most money I spend a year.:)

July 7, 2006, 10:25 PM
Since my home is paid for and I'm way past the collage thing I have plenty of money to buy just about anything I want!!!:D I'm retired and making a little more than I did when I was working, and I have a working wife that is at the top of her pay scale as a teacher!!! :neener: I have just about every thing I've ever wanted to shoot!!! Just can't bring my self to spring for full auto though......... Had some of that about 36 years ago and don't need it any more.:p

But I still look around for "neat" things to buy and now and then I find something !!!:eek:

July 7, 2006, 10:55 PM
No you dont happen to be an alum of that University in the RP, no?

July 7, 2006, 11:47 PM
...On what I'm buying. Carry pistols, I look for dead-nuts reliable and inexpensive, so I have a KT .380 and a Taurus MilPro PT-145. If I ever have to use my carry gun, it will be seized, and no telling when I'll get it back, or what condition it will be in, so it makes no sense to spend $1200.00 on one. However, I just spent a pile of money on my Winchester M-70 Featherweight 25WSSM, as I don't cut corners on the 'always wanted one' weaponry. I held out for a M-12 shotgun, or I just wasn't gonna buy one. I've got more money into the sights on my 10" stainless Ruger MKII than I paid for the gun, but accuracy costs money...How tight do you want to group? ;) Fortunately, my wife has always been supportive of my weapon purchases, and has bought as many guns as I have, so it's all good. :D Lately I've wanted a cheap centerfire plinker, and think I'll get a Hi-Point carbine in 9mm. Strictly a price decision for a beater toy.

July 8, 2006, 01:16 AM
all my cars are paid for (old clunkers). All the electronics I could ever use are on the shelf. Kids are still in diapers. But I did spend over a $1000 in May on 4 rifles and a Ria 1911. Where do I vote?

July 8, 2006, 04:41 AM
I don't have a gun budget..... I have a credit card:evil:

I aim to buy at least 3 guns a year but I'm a bit behind schedule, I got 2 in 2004, 2 in 2005, and I already got 2 so far this year with another on the way:)

July 8, 2006, 11:41 AM


No you dont happen to be an alum of that University in the RP, no?

Sorry, I've visited the PI, but the Silliman college I went to was here in the states.

July 8, 2006, 12:26 PM
I don't drink or neighbor does.

I've got a modestly large collection....he's got a dozen guns, large beer gut, lung and liver problems. Life is full of choices.....

Chris Rhines
July 8, 2006, 12:40 PM
I spend more on shooting than I do on guns - reloader, ammo and reloading supplies, match fees, travel/food/motels during matches, training, etc.

No car payments, minimal rent considering where I live, student loans are not bad (will be paid off inside two years, which will be nice.) No other debts/major expenses. I brew my own beer, don't smoke, eat out maybe once a week at most, don't go to movies. The library, local park, and internet provide plenty of entertainment material.

I don't actually own that many guns. All the ones I own are pretty nice, though. I tend to save up and shop around when buying guns. I also do most of my own gunsmithing.

- Chris

July 8, 2006, 12:44 PM
Got no car payment myself as my Jeep's paid for. I'd say roughly $400 or so goes into the "gun fund" each month. A little out the general acount goes into gun related stuff now and then so I'll say on avaerage maybe $450 a month goes towrds gun related savings/purchases.

July 8, 2006, 01:15 PM
I keep a gun budget account and bought nothing until I reached $3,000.00 in the account. At that point I buy what I want and/or need for gun's, ammo, parts, etc. and whatever I spend on a purchase I again wait to buy anything until I get it back to $3,000.00 in the account while playing with the new toy I bought. Stocking up on ammo and buying in bulk helps this as well as looking for good deals on nice used holsters, mags, grips, other parts and such.

I spend from (if I'm stocked up) $2,000 to as much as $5,000 or more per year depending on what I want or need and what I buy. So hard to put a firm number on it.

July 8, 2006, 01:56 PM
Right now my "gun budget" IS...ABSOLUTELY....ZERO. (I'm even considering selling a couple guns to pay the bills.) Can't even afford some .22 ammo and the gas to make it to the range. My best shootin' buddy and I are both trying to live on Disability, right now, and we've only been to the range once in the last six months. I have a decent supply of ammo, but since I can't replace it, I don't wanna shoot it up. This REALLY SUCKS.

July 8, 2006, 05:22 PM
dfaugh, sorry to hear about your problems. A friend of mine had some unexpected medical bills. He's at the gun show this weekend, selling all of his guns. :(

Finances right now don't allow for guns. Now, if I were to give up smoking...

July 8, 2006, 09:13 PM
Dropped about eight thousand on guns so far this year. It's been a good year. Life as a single man.:cool: Custom flintlocks and Colt autos are not cheap.

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