Ever Spent More on Accessories than the Gun?


May 3, 2003, 12:59 PM
Whether it be a holster, taclight, rail doodad, etc.

I can see where mouting a scope on an SKS or a taclight can cost more than the gun itself...how many of you openly admit to doing this? :p

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May 3, 2003, 01:34 PM
Geez. 10/22--Nuff said.

May 3, 2003, 01:49 PM
I can even count the number of "deals" I've passed up because I couldn't afford to accessorize :banghead:

May 3, 2003, 02:02 PM

Remington 700VS in .308: $595 plus shipping.


U. S. Optics ST-10 10X scope, 30mm tube, ERGO objective, std. knobs, 4" sunshade w/ ARD: $1055. Doesn't include the Badger Ordnance rings and base.

Yeah...guilty as charged.


May 3, 2003, 02:29 PM
Oh yeah; Bushmaster shorty carbine $700 in 1993

M4 barrel and A3 upper receiver about $400
KAC rail system w/vert. grip $400
ARMS #40 flip up rear sight
Giles Tac Sling
Aimpoint Comp ML
ARMS M68 throw lever mount for Aimpoint

Quilty also.

Standing Wolf
May 3, 2003, 02:36 PM
More than once or twice.

May 3, 2003, 02:51 PM
The Wife has dubbed my $100 Chinese SKS "The Money Pit". I've taken it to three gun shows to sell it, but each time just leave with more dodads to bolt on it. It has a little sister, a 10/22, that demands alot of gifts as well. And I'm about to jump into an M44 scout rifle project that just may test the limits of The Wife's patience. That's why I can't have an AR15 type rifle, at least all of mine start out cheap.

May 3, 2003, 03:15 PM
QBG:M4 barrel and A3 upper receiver about $400
KAC rail system w/vert. grip $400
ARMS #40 flip up rear sight
Giles Tac Sling
Aimpoint Comp ML
ARMS M68 throw lever mount for Aimpoint

Got any pics? :D

May 3, 2003, 03:39 PM
Full Caps.

May 3, 2003, 03:57 PM
Scope and mounts are supposed to cost at least as much as the gun, and then comes all the assesorises like bipods and iron sights.

May 3, 2003, 04:33 PM
Star PD - $225, Metalife finish - $150, 2 spare factory mags - $100, almost forgot - wood grips $15.00

May 3, 2003, 04:56 PM
All my 10/22's.

Coming close on an M1A. (No kidding)

And, if you include Magazines, the 10/22 mags are expensive, so are the M1A mags, So if Mags are included, I have spent more on accessories than the weapon for the M1A.

What about Smith charges? El Tejon could easily be charged and convicted several times.

May 3, 2003, 05:05 PM
Geez. 10/22--Nuff said.

True dat.

10/22 is the funnest money pit I got. I think my barrel cost more than the rifle. Ruger should just sell the receivers and bolts.

May 3, 2003, 05:16 PM

Bulgarian Makarov $139

Novak Sight job from Makarov.com $120
Pearce Grips $15 (and when I get an extra $50 I'm going to order a set of wood grips made from African Blackwood)
21# recoil spring $ 10
extra mags $12

Billy Sparks
May 3, 2003, 05:43 PM
I don't know if this counts but, I picked up a Washington State PD S&W model 28 trade in cheap. Then sent it out to the desert for a high tech finish....

May 3, 2003, 05:49 PM
NO AND I NEVER WILL! Thats why I'll never buy a Leopold or higher priced scope new. I have several Redfields and several Russian PSOP scopes plus a Leopold. All are good scopes with good optics and they hold their zero. Once ajusted, I can remove the Russian Scope from their side mounts and when I remount them they are still dead-on at 100 meters. The trick to buying a good economical scope is to buy a scope made by cheap skilled labor (just like your Nike shoes) . More bang for the buck, Its a no-brainer. Now if you are talking military specs, $1000 up will just get you started.:uhoh:

Other than scopes and mounts, I find I seldon use or need the "extras" they just stay in storage losing their value.

May 3, 2003, 05:50 PM
Happens all the time....buying a gun today is the equivelant to getting a stripped down no frills car or a home with no furnishings.

Bought a Colt-Sauer for $850 some years ago.....Swarovski scope and Control rings/bases ran about $1300.

Desert Eagle 6" .44mag new $900.....extra 14" barrel, 2 scopes, trigger work, checkering, 3 pair custom grips, black chrome refinishing, extra mags, (extras, another $1800)

Ruger 10/22 for $200......extras, another $900

....I'm starting to get depressed...

May 3, 2003, 06:24 PM
My Beretta. I've got all the receipts from the stuff I've gotten for/because of it but please don't make me go count them!:uhoh:

May 3, 2003, 07:34 PM
Yeah, my Ruger MKII hit that threshold with grips, mount, rings and a Leupold.

I think I've got an SKS that probably qualifies as well. Didn't like the relatively short stock, so put a synthetic on it. Then just had to have a bipod. Course, I bought it back when they were around $125 so that was an easy target to beat. Unfortunately, it still barely prints paper at 100 yards. It just isn't that accurate of a weapon.

May 3, 2003, 08:51 PM
Luckly I havent done that yet....yet....

Then again I did buy a CASE of ammo for a gun I dont even own yet....

Now that I think of it, other than a holster and cleaning kit, ive not bought any accessories for my gun.

bad bowlcut :(

May 3, 2003, 09:16 PM
Happens all the time....buying a gun today is the equivelant to getting a stripped down no frills car or a home with no furnishings.
I disagree. There really isn't anything I want to put on my rifle right now, because I'm happy with the iron sights and the standard sling. The only accesories I need for it are mags and ammo, and what I have comes nowhere near the cost of the rifle (although I could use a spotting scope, but I'm not sure if that counts).
However I could see your point in regards to civilian style rifles. I have yet to find good factory civilian iron sights on any plinker or sporter rifle, and a decent scope and mounts could definitely run up near the cost of the gun.

May 3, 2003, 11:11 PM
Winchester Left-hand Model 70 Sporter LT in .300 Win. Mag. - $611.

Swarovski AV4-12X50 Plex Scope - $745.



El Rojo
May 4, 2003, 10:40 AM
First thing that came to my mind was the $179 10/22 I bought when I couldn't buy an AR anymore in the PRK. I had to spend that money somewhere. Then I bought a $175 Volquartsen Trigger Guard 2000, $180 Volquartsen THM 16.5" barrel, $20 Volquartsen barrel mount, $65 Hogue Overmolded stock, and the final touch, a $310 Burris Compact 4-12 scope. I sold the factory stock and barrel on ebay.

Before that, I had a Remington 700 VS. Final price for the gun was $710. Scope was $638, rings and base were about $175, HS Precision PRT25 stock was $410.

I guess we could consider the Swiss K-31 I bought similar. I bought the gun for way too much money at like $198. The 500 brass cost about $210 and the dies were about $30-40. Thankfully I already load .308 and .30-06 so the bullets, primers, and powder is already in good supply.

May 4, 2003, 05:15 PM
As others have said. The 10/22.

I have 2 so far.

I don't think the term "money pit" is a harsh enough term.

My trigger cost more then the rifle. :confused: But it is a fun little rifle!

May 4, 2003, 07:15 PM
another 10/22 victim here , I am going to build my next one from scratch ( and gonna need alot of scratch parts list already 1G!)

May 4, 2003, 07:58 PM

Behold! The gadget rifle!



The Siamese in the background is not *officially* a rifle accessory, but is still expensive.

May 4, 2003, 08:01 PM
I think the most lopsided one I have is a 10/22 customized by D&J and scoped.

May 5, 2003, 12:40 PM
Yep, count me in as having been bitten by the 10/22 bug.

May 5, 2003, 04:12 PM
$699 -Sako Finnfire Hunter. A .22 for those not familiar with it.

$210 - Found a Jewell trigger for it after Jewell discontinued making them. Really should be $420 because the guy had two and I bought them both.

$45 - Lyman digital trigger guage to set the 1.5 ounce trigger.

$545 - Leupold 6.5-20x40EFR with a target dot.

$308 - Weaver T-36 with a dot. Needed a stronger scope.

$310 - Weaver T-36 with crosshairs. Wanted to try x-hairs.

$200 - Joe Cowan's front rest with windage top & speed screw.

$100 or more to try some different front and rear bags.

$50 - hard case.

$60 - 2-gun hard case (dern target turrets)

$20 - BKL scope mounts.

$15 - ring lapping kit from Sinclair.

$35 - .17 caliber cleaning rod to fit the tight barrel.

$10 - bore guide.

Hundreds of dollars in ammo. And that's just the $5 and $10 stuff. I also bought 2 cases of WolfMT and one of WolfME.

$1936 - The gun and the scopes wouldn't fit in my old safe so I bought a new one :)

Now I need a $300 drop-in barrel and $300 BR stock.


Navy joe
May 5, 2003, 04:49 PM
Yep, easy.

750 postban Bushie, add to that 40+ mags, 100 bucks worth of tools, a ACOG scope, some camo spray paint and such and I could buy the gun several times over. In my defense it's not the first or last AR family weapon I intend to have, just the current one.

$150 mystery rifle from local shop, turned out to be a Sporterized Arisaka( Timney trigger, nice wood, I'm still happy with the purchase) . Re-scoped with lightly used Leupold VXII that I got a great deal on, it only cost as much as the gun. Add some 1 buck a pop ammo, the eventual need to reload, the bedding, re-finishing, barrel modding, etc. projects and this gets ugly quick.

Glock 17/34. Have spent more than the cost of a third gun in fullsize mags, add to that a small army of 10 round mags, holsters, pouches, guiderods, griptape, and springs and I surpass the base cost of both guns.

250 buck Sistema. Ask me when I'm done with my project gun if I can stop softly weeping. Gonna be 'spensive.

May 5, 2003, 07:34 PM
Colt AR-15 SP1 plus additional Commando Upper and both types of stocks: $650 :neener:
M4 Upper with Bolt and Carrier: $450
Arms #45, #40, #22M68 for new upper: $600
Aimpoint Comp M2: $320
Arms #39, #39-SR, #15 for original upper: $330
Trijicon Reflex: $250
Harris bipod with Arms mount: $150
Arms #38S-EX that's not being used: $150
Extra Mags: $300

Remington 700 LTR .308: $750
Leupold VXIII 3.5-10x40 with BDC: $700
Mark 4 rings and bases: $250
Jewell Trigger: $200
H-S Precision Floorplate: $250*
Harris Bipod with Pod-Loc: $125
Pelican Case: $175
Extra Mags: $300

Remington 700 PSS .300WM: $800
Nightforce NSX 5.5-22x56: $1300
Nightforce rings and bases: $250
Jewell Trigger: $200
H-S Precision Floorplate: $250*
Harris Bipod with Pod-Loc: $125
Pelican Case: $175
Extra Mags: $200

Glock 23: $500
Mags: $400
Night Sights: $150
Lasermax: $300
Insight M3: $125
Holsters of all types that fit this gun: $500 (this is the gun I use to try new holsters)

Total for guns: $2700
Total for accessories: $8525+
Having cool guns: Priceless!!

This by no means is my complete collection, but these are the worst offenders in the gun/accessory cost ratios.

This was an interesting excersise on how much I've spent on just a few guns, though. I was starting to wonder why I didn't have more guns...

May 5, 2003, 09:54 PM
Couple times... not so much as some others. :p

Winchester Model 70 Coyote $560
Zeiss VM 2.5-10 Scope $700

Ruger M77 in 25-06 $110 (after selling the scope it came with)
Weaver 3-10x40 Grand Slam $240
Firelap kit $25

Marlin 882SSV 22 Magnum $200
Currently has a $250 Burris Compact
And I'm sure I've put a couple times more than $200 of ammo through that 22 Magnum

Don't think I've ever done that with a handgun though.

May 5, 2003, 10:35 PM
Does reloading equipment count? Man,that dillon bug bites hard.....

May 5, 2003, 10:56 PM
If you think about what you do once you build them back up from the stripped frames and slides. :(

QBGunner, you need more bling-bling:


You can go crazy with the Cheez-Whiz, Skunkabilly style:


May 5, 2003, 10:59 PM
Thats just not right.....

May 6, 2003, 12:05 AM

'enemy in the wire! Uhm, ok this button is for the taclight, and this one is for the laser...ok and this one is for the active IR...and this one is for the tactical espresso maker... is there a trigger on this thing?'

May 6, 2003, 01:53 AM
SKS $110
1,000rds 7.62 x 39 $105
flashhider $20
Chinese 20 rd mag $20...
and that was just the day I bought it!

The folding stock seemed like a great idea to get away from the short, splintery wooden stock.
About the time I got used to the folder it suddenly seemed that Slick willy was out to get me so I got a Monte Carlo to replace that.

Hey, at least I haven't put a scope on it...yet.

May 7, 2003, 01:49 AM
The bayonets for some of my C&R's are rarer and more costly than the guns are.:what:

May 7, 2003, 02:15 AM
It was a Remington 11-87 SPS deer gun
I put a tactical light forend on it extended mag tube, tritium sights, sidesaddle, Giles sling, new loading gate and a bright green follower:p

May 7, 2003, 05:15 AM
I got my Kobra sight yesterday - 180€.

Still waiting for the AK!

May 7, 2003, 08:23 AM

Marlin 99 (.22LR) from pawnshop $20

Tasco 3-9x20 scope & rings $25

Later Tasco 4x32 scope & hi-rise rings $40 (to compensate for my 50+year old very near-sighted tri-focal required eyes)

$350 (at the very conservative minimum) in various .22LR bricks.

Case 2:

Mosin-Nagant M-44 $50

M-N 'Dog-Collar' sling $30

Stripper Clips & leather ammo pouches $70

Mineral Spirits & heat gun (to clean out the Cosmo) $100

So, yes, guilty as charged on both counts.

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