How much did you spend on "The Hobby" last year?


May 12, 2003, 07:12 PM
I'm curious as to how much money people spend on the shooting arts. I was just thinking about how much I spent on the purchase of guns, holsters, ammo, range fees, and the fact that I just put a deposit on another pistol, I think I spend about $1500 - $2000 per year (more during other years depending on the number of guns I bought). I'm also thinking about adding stuff to other guns (ie. different sights, grips, magwells, etc.). I'm curious, how much do other THR members spend in a typical year? (and does your significant other mind?)

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May 12, 2003, 07:30 PM
I have spent a little over 4 grand in the past 12 mounths. And I am single so no one cares except my wallet.

May 12, 2003, 07:33 PM
I am too scared to add it up! However, I do know that it is LESS than I would have had to spend on a 'shrink' otherwise! So, see, it is a BARGIN!!!!

May 12, 2003, 07:47 PM
Set up a bracket poll so I can say anonymously, and not be shocked by having to spell it out.

May 12, 2003, 08:04 PM

doing math now



about 2 grand by my calculation.

I would expect to spend about the same over the course of the next year

If my company is monitoring this usage, I could really use that raise about now!


May 12, 2003, 08:10 PM
Somewhere around $6k between Jan-02 and the present. It's been a good year :)


May 12, 2003, 08:12 PM
I know exactly how much (plus a few cash expenditures). It was less than I wanted to and probably more than I should have. Over 3K, which included a couple of nice guns. Don't tell my wife.

Captain Scarlet
May 12, 2003, 08:17 PM
I sold more and spent less, I only bought about $100.00 worth of
ammo last year, this year I havent been buying much gun stuff.

May 12, 2003, 08:22 PM
Between guns, ammo, holsters, and range time, about 3K.

May 12, 2003, 09:07 PM
And I thought i was the only guy who spent thousands of dollars a year and not telling his wife. Thats the great thing about seperate bank accounts.

Standing Wolf
May 12, 2003, 09:22 PM
I don't keep a running tally, but I'd guess I spend at least $3,000 a year on shooting. That includes contributions to the N.R.A. and G.O.A.

May 12, 2003, 09:31 PM
Jeez, at this rate, thinking about it, it might be over even that.


And, I'm just getting started. LOL

May 12, 2003, 10:09 PM
Somewhere between fiva dolla and twenty large.

May 12, 2003, 11:22 PM
I'll just round it out to $2000 + gas. That doesn't include contributions. On my income that is definitely more than I should have spent. But I can justify it by considering that I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs, so I spend a heck of a lot less than if I did any of those things.

May 12, 2003, 11:27 PM
$2000 is about right.

May 13, 2003, 12:56 AM
If I added it up, I'd probably hang myself, so I won't.

"A whole frickin' lot" would be pretty accurate, if somewhat of an understatement. ;)

May 13, 2003, 04:01 AM
Not nearly enough.

May 13, 2003, 08:08 AM
Lets see. See I basically started from scratch. Has to be close to 10k. 2 AR's with optics, 1 Browning Citori, 8 Pistols, ammo, cleaning supplies, carry permit, new clothes for former.

Being single, priceless:D

This year so far, 9mm AR and a Kahr. DEFINATELY ALOT LESS!!


Dan Morris
May 13, 2003, 08:09 AM
Who's would scare me if I did!LOL

May 13, 2003, 08:14 AM
Hmm, are we talking just consumables or assets as well? I have the exact numbers (down to the penny pretty much), but I need a better definition of what to include as I have seperate accounts for assets, shooting supplies, reloading equipment and the like ;-).

Would one include match fees too?

Okay, I'm gonna guess between my wife and I, probably $5K.. And I don't have to hide it cause she's into it as much as I am ;-)

May 13, 2003, 08:30 AM
I only make $~15k each year and currently am in college.
I definitely should not have added that all up...

In my defense, that includes all gun related stuff such as hats, shirts, etc and about half the tooling in my shop as its used for WECSOG'ing (included was the price of digital readouts for my milling machine, talk about $$$). My parents also pay half my tuition, and the money I didnt spend (just barely) paid for my half and all my books and stuff.

Guns acquired over that period include a Sistema, CZ52, beater AK, FAL (including all the tools to assemble it, which cost about half as much as the rifle itself), two SKSs and all the ammo and accessories that go with the above (along with tooling and parts to customize another 1911). Another lame excuse is that I got my C&R during that time period. I'm not in debt, as I budget each paycheck accordingly and save the cash I need for each tuition bill, but I never sat down and added it all up.

I'm gonna show up at work early today. :eek:


May 13, 2003, 02:32 PM
I don't really want to know the total.

My largest purchase this year - $1936 for a safe.


May 13, 2003, 02:34 PM
I figure I shucked out about $5k. But, well, they were all good deals -- too good to pass up, in fact.

Of course, that is what the wife hears.

May 13, 2003, 03:16 PM
Way, way, way too much.

That's why we are not buying any more guns until Dec 2004. ;)

Now we just have to accessorize...

Those credit card people really love us. We did manage to charge interest-free for 9 months now, though, but it's all about to end.


May 13, 2003, 03:27 PM
I ain't about to start adding that kind of stuff up! :uhoh:

May 13, 2003, 03:59 PM
I've already spent about $500 dollars on powder, primers and bullets so far this year. I don't have a complete total for all the other expenses such as holsters, range fees, cleaning supplies, etc., but between that stuff and the Bushmaster AR-15 that is being saved for I figure my total for the year will come in around $3000 or so.

May 13, 2003, 04:28 PM
Last year was a "good" year .... thank G- I didn't save any receipts for the wife to find! 5K is probably way short, but I'm sticking to it.

May 13, 2003, 04:49 PM
This year, over $100K so far ...

considering that I bought a house with acreage where I can have my own shooting range.


("range" is currently a tin can setting on a stump)

May 13, 2003, 05:14 PM
Around $4500 last year. Only about $1200 so far this year--I'm slowing down or I finally realized that the secret to happiness is to "Want What You Have!"
But...I still want a SIG P245!!

May 13, 2003, 06:28 PM
Less than I paid for my pickup.
What I spent represents HUNDREDS of hours of overtime, possibly in the low thousands of hours.

May 13, 2003, 10:51 PM
Crap! Just a quick run through in my head:

Two handguns: $658
Extra mag for 9mm (15rd): $50
Decent holster: $35
Ammo: 3 bricks of .22lr and a buttload of 9mm thanks to Wally World's $10.96/100 and Bass Pro Shop's $3.88/50 sale. Let's see..... *grabs calculator*

......9 boxes from BPS = $34.92
...... approximately 16 boxes from Wally = $175.36
THEN add tax

*punches some numbers..........looks at calculator.........shakes head....adds it all up again.........looks at total again...............passes out*

Way too much money for 3 months. This sucks. I'm still planning on getting a shotgun, that will send me over the $1000 mark. :rolleyes:

Oh, wait, I'm single. It doesn't matter as long as the bills are paid! :D

May 13, 2003, 11:14 PM
Ok lets think.....

around 900 on just firearms.

1000 rounds at BPS 85 dollars
20 rounds for M44, 10 bucks
approx 800 rounds of .40 at approx 10 per 50, 160 dollars

Ouch, thats just around 3 months as well. Luckly single as well....all bills paid for every month, gas in car, food on table, one loan payment, and a touch back to savings.

:neener: no credit cards for me....ala Dave Ramsey :D

Oh, and I work at a non profit, so i dont profit....believe me

May 14, 2003, 12:21 AM
Bout' 400 in ammo. Too broke to buy guns.

OOOPS' You said "last year".

1200(in ammo) sounds about right.

May 14, 2003, 05:59 PM
Couple of hundred in ammo, new scope and new Savage deer rifle. About $600 all total. Call it eleven hundred counting sales tax, ammo tax, social security tax, medicare tax, state income tax and Federal income tax. We'll skip the gasoline tax for the trips to the range.

Schumer, Clinton and Kennedy should thank me for so generously supporting the welfare programs don't you think? Do you suppose they'd want me to buy a mini Uzi? For a $5000 gun that would be about $3500 in additional payroll deductions and sales taxes and the $200 transfer stamp so they could keep a single mother of five in the lap of luxury for nearly a month on it. :cool:

May 14, 2003, 06:04 PM
I'm jumping on the anonymous poll bandwagon, please.:)

Mike Irwin
May 14, 2003, 06:13 PM
I really think under $1,000, which is normal for me.

May 14, 2003, 08:24 PM
no credit cards for me....ala Dave Ramsey

Dave rules

Last year about $3500
This year i got the patch about $500 to date. I did buy an ak but "she" made me sell one to buy one.:fire: :cuss: :banghead:

May 14, 2003, 09:41 PM
Well according to Quicken


But I'm sure I left some stuff out that I didn't want the wife to see

May 14, 2003, 10:16 PM

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