I am a hobby hobo...mountain biking, woodworking, scuba diving, computer racing, hiking/backpacking, golf, etc...etc...
Anyway, all of these hobbies are expensive and I have just started getting back into shooting (haven't since I was a kid until a few months ago). Man, I could spend a TON of cash on this hobby if I had the funds. Since April I have bought two handguns (a colt python and a CZ 75B stainless) and that is all of the guns I have currently. I still need/want a 10mm pistol (Glock 20 or EAA Witness Elite), a 1911(Colt or Kimber), a 44 mag revolver (SW 29), .22 CZ kadet, .22 Colt Diamondaback, a .357 levergun (Win 94 or 92), a nice bolt action rifle (not sure yet), .22 rifle (Ruger 10/22 or CZ Varmit), an AR-15 (Haven't decided yet), and a Rem 870 Marine and that is just to start. Going to the range 1-2x/week and firing off 200-300 rounds + range fees starts to add up.
How much have you spent so far this year?
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September 14, 2006, 11:15 PM
How much have you spent so far this year?
I'd be ashamed to say. Plus my wife might read this.
Too much and not nearly enough.
September 14, 2006, 11:19 PM
flat range fee $10 x 1.5 times a month average is $180 per year.
this year so far added about $200 in reloading equip, and components... No guns bought yet this year, but an XD-45 coming up in a couple weeks, so add $500 for that.
September 14, 2006, 11:20 PM
Enough to stay sane, not enough to go crazy! :scrutiny: :cool: :neener:
September 14, 2006, 11:21 PM
This year I think I've spent around 1500$ on purchasing actual guns. Expect that to double in the ~3 months left.
I go to the range on average about every 1.5 weeks. With range fees, ammo I use and that which I keep, misc cleaning stuff, extra mags every now and then, 50 bucks a week is probably conservative.
I can think of worse hobbies.. at least I can sell my guns and make back a good portion of my money... if I wanted. I knew a guy many years back who spent 10x more on model trains of all things and all they did was go around this big panorama thing he had in his basement.... what fun is that lol.
September 14, 2006, 11:26 PM
trains are kinda fun... but not as much as shooting...
I'd still play with trains if I had a setup, but I don't... :)
September 14, 2006, 11:29 PM
I have never added it up*.
And I don't want to.
It is better for everyone concered (as in my wife) that the total remains unknown. ;)
*money is from my own "slush fund" and not involved with the home budget.
September 14, 2006, 11:33 PM
i was at the gun store the other week and had to change my mailing address in my account information. after the guy changes my address he turns the monitor toward me to show me my account info. he pointed to the number $6900 and says, that's your year to date total spending with us. that was before the $1100 AR i ordered from them yesterday. i also have $3000 spent at another gun shop this year. these numbers don't include my spending at midwayusa, brownells and cabelas.
i am single.
September 14, 2006, 11:38 PM
I don't keep track.
If I want it and have the money, I get it. I do not have a wife to nag me about it.
However, shooting is my only participatory sport, I don't expend time and money as a "hobby hobo."
September 14, 2006, 11:47 PM
Rarely more than half my annual salary.
September 15, 2006, 12:24 AM
im 22 year old college student. if i make 7k a year it'd be something. i max out my roth IRA first and foremost, put 1 k aside for spending money at college and then spend the rest on guns and reloading compenents.
thankfully my range offers family memberships for about 50 dollars a year. less if you donate your time, and you can attend as often as you like.
September 15, 2006, 12:24 AM
So far this year (starting Jan), I have only bought one gun. That, along with optics comes to around $500. Ammunition, I can only make a rough guess, but in the region of $600 or so. And I'm not even going to try counting the gas for shooting trips or the miscellaneous odd and ends associated with proper firearms maintenance.
In other words, not enough.
September 15, 2006, 12:26 AM
Er...no comment (Somebody may be watching!) :rolleyes:
September 15, 2006, 12:41 AM
I am a middle aged feller who is single with a good income. My hobbies are 4x4's, shooting, hunting, etc. It all blends together and is hard to separate. Actual buying of guns has gone down somewhat, because I have most of what I need, which is never as much as I want. I still seem to buy 4-5 guns per year whether I need them or not.
September 15, 2006, 12:55 AM
this year so far I've spent about 1100$ (ak, ammo)
worst part is I'm almost out of ammo for the AK =/
September 15, 2006, 01:04 AM
I'm not sure. I think I may be on the one gun a week plan. :D
I run thru about 200 rounds of ammo a week. The good news is my gun club dues are only about $60.00 a year.
September 15, 2006, 01:04 AM
Ha! I don't even want to calculate how much I've spent that is shooting related.
From this year:
Les Baer Custom Carry
Rock River 20" Stainless A4
Bruce Gray's Practical Shooting class + 1500 rds of .45 ACP
Regular Range sessions + ammo
USPSA Matches on Saturdays with the SIGforum group + .45 ACP
San Gabriel Shoots with the Socal groups on a regular basis + ammo
Random gear that just gets accumulated from B/S/T forums :D
And one BIG shoot coming up next month. + LOTS of ammo :evil:
Redneck with a 40
September 15, 2006, 01:12 AM
I've spent about $1500 on pistols over the last couple of years, Springfield XD 40, Taurus Mil-Pro 40 stainless, Taurus Tracker 357, and a Ruger 22/45. This year I've spent about $300 on ammo, mainly for my 40's. I find myself shooting my 22 more, since ammo prices are on the rise. I can shoot 100 rounds of 22 per week for $2-3.
September 15, 2006, 01:19 AM
considering it is my primary hobby I dont really keep track but I would say quite a bit between guns ammo and related stuffs
September 15, 2006, 01:40 AM
I've never kept track and it flucuates from year to year but probably averages about $3,000-$4,000 a year.
Since flying is a second hobby I can manage to spend a fair amount on toys.
September 15, 2006, 06:54 AM
It boggles the mind...unless you are my wife, then 50 bucks.
September 15, 2006, 07:17 AM
Last year I discovered I could claim shooting as "work related expenses" on my taxes. I'm active duty, but my current command doesn't provide ammo or weapons for training. I found that I'm "required to maintain profficiency in small arms" which leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
I claimed every single round I shot (and could provide a reciept for) on my taxes, and two "familiar weapons for training" as well.
If I add some other miscelaneous stuff, my deduction is somewhere around $12000, which of course is only $2k over the Standard Deduction, but worth it. I guess that means that my Sig 228 and AR-15, bought last year, plus ammo bought last year, is right around $10k. That is with reciepts to back it up. So, not too much, considering it is "work related".
September 15, 2006, 08:47 AM
I bought a box of ".22 shells" (as my wife calls them) at Wal Mart back in June.
And no one can prove otherwise, especially her :evil:
September 15, 2006, 09:07 AM
As for a dollar figure- wells it's easily in the thousands thinking about it.
September 15, 2006, 09:20 AM
Enough that I had to sell a couple of collector AR-15's to balance the ledger. I have some nice collector Pythons and a Model 27, but no more collector guns. If I was a millionaire I'd collect, but its hard to have guns you don't fire to preserve the value, they belong in museums not in our collections. That alone will save a fortune.
September 15, 2006, 10:01 AM
Much, much, more than I would have spent on golf!:evil:
September 15, 2006, 10:06 AM
Somewhere between not enough, and WAAY TOO MUCH. But it is cheaper than chasing women.
September 15, 2006, 10:30 AM
On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer that question on the grounds that my answer may tend to incriminate me. Answering the question would violate my rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth Amendments to the United States Constitution...:neener:
September 15, 2006, 10:38 AM
I don't keep track, but between firearms purchases, reloading supplies, and range fees... I probably average $3k+ per year.
September 15, 2006, 10:47 AM
Well, since the end of March of this year (when I stated collecting):
2985 - guns
1500 - ammo
850 - safe and cabinet
250 - range fees
or 1117 per month...
Good God man, what have I done? ;)
bill in IN
September 15, 2006, 10:49 AM
Spent about $1,200 this year including a trip to Camp Perry for a Garand.
September 15, 2006, 12:25 PM
Of course were just talking ammo, not the cost of the guns. I've been Firing three handguns, XD 40 SC, XD 45 .ACP tactical, and one Glock 17 9 mm once a week. I fire at least 100 to 150 rounds out of each of them each time I go to the Private Gun Club I'm a member of that costs about $200 dollars year to join. However, yesterday I picked up a 10 mm Glock 20 so I will be spending more getting use to that handgun as well. Thinking about it I might be obsessed with firing handguns. However, the end result is I'm getting very good with each of my handguns.
September 15, 2006, 12:39 PM
More than I should, Less than I'd Like to
Cato the Younger
September 15, 2006, 03:33 PM
Since the start of the school year, I have spent
$460 on guns
$45 on range fees
$6 per week (50 rounds of 9MM)
I am a student, so that is all I can afford.
I would like to spend more, but that is all that I can afford at this point in my life.
I also really only have time/$$ to shoot and feed a pistol or two.
A hunting rifle is pretty pointless, as I have no time to go hunting.
September 15, 2006, 07:59 PM
at least you guys with wives have limits on your spending.
My wife is as big a nut as me and probably (ok, definatley) a better shot than me.
hey honey can i buy this?
Quicken is a bad bad thing if you do this.
Last year I spent over 30% of my GROSS on guns/ammo/range fees/training.
That doesn't include gas.
This year will probably be the same or maybe a little more.
So figure 30% to the .gov, 1/2 of what remains to bills and the other half to gun stuff.
Sometimes having a wife into guns isn't such a good thing. :rolleyes:
On the plus side we have quite a collection.
ETA, oh yeah, i make good money (xxx,xxx.xx)
September 15, 2006, 08:11 PM
If I hadn't spent the money I've spent over the past 5 years on firearms/ammo/training/range fees/etc, I'd be driving this instead of a 6 year old V6 coupe.