Please help with my Soccer Mom, SUV Driving wife!


July 27, 2007, 07:09 PM
Okay, I know men and women think different. But consider the following:

I really, really want an M1A.
308 is a common caliber--useful for all manner of things, work or pleasure.
I'm the wage earner--she handles the hard work of the household, granted. But that don't put cash in the pocket and my job does.
I served in the infantry, the cool gun that us grunts lusted over was the M-21.

Now, my wife is giving me grief--she'd rather I get a PSL in 7.62x54r. I'm like, a romak over an M1A???

I don't know what to do, I thought better of her than this. Should I tell her to deal with it and go enjoy her own rifles and leave me alone, or should I capitulate?

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July 27, 2007, 07:16 PM

Argueing with the Mrs over what gun to buy.... based on the title of the thread I expect to see "she said pick one, Me or the guns."

But to answer your question:
Get her what she wants, and let her know that. Then you can get what you want.

Remember......... Ladies First.

July 27, 2007, 07:18 PM
step 1: retrieve reproductive organs from wife's purse and reattach.

step 2: buy what YOU want with YOUR money.

just kiddin' man, BUt if you're the one paying for it and shooting it, the choice is yours.


July 27, 2007, 07:20 PM
Get both :evil:
If you can't do that tell her you get to pick this time and she can pick the next one.
The M1A is as American as they come. Be a patriot! :p

July 27, 2007, 07:24 PM
You can exercise the strategy I employed while buying a hi-power without prior consent from the wife last week.

Step 1) Make sure the wife is gone somewhere for the day

Step 2) Buy gun

Step 3) buy $20 worth of grocery store flowers, and make dinner

Step 4) explain it was a "deal you couldn't pass up"

Step 5) If all else fails, flee.

July 27, 2007, 07:41 PM
-Beg ( I do mean on bended knee)
-Send flowers to the house one day
-Send lots of chocolate the next
-Never be late getting the trash taken out
-Toilet lid goes down
-Hand her $100, tell her to go out to eat with her GFs
and then clean house like a mad-man

Then -


July 27, 2007, 07:45 PM
PSL in 7.62x54r
Milled receiver?

Relative cost?

If the PSL is significantly less, then I'd get that first.

Accompany with flowers. And dinner.

Get the M1A later. You should have her blessing by then.

If my wife wanted me to get her gun first, I would most definitely do that.

Actually, I did. I got her both of hers.

And then I got mine, and didn't even have to argue. It only cost me a few months.

Domestic harmony actually can be purchased.

lee n. field
July 27, 2007, 07:46 PM
Now, my wife is giving me grief--she'd rather I get a PSL in 7.62x54r. I'm like, a romak over an M1A???[

I don't know what to do

Count your blessings.

July 27, 2007, 07:48 PM
A PSL still sounds like fun to me ;)

July 27, 2007, 08:25 PM
Is there no way to get both, even if it takes time?

With my wife and I, we each let the other have their hobbies and toys, as long as the bills are paid.

And count your blessings. Most guys here would give their left whatever to have a significant other who is interested in guns and shooting, not just anti or accepting.

July 27, 2007, 08:37 PM
From the subject line I thought that she didn't want you to have any gun at all, not that she wanted you to get one particular type. Frankly, a PSL sounds pretty cool to me.

July 27, 2007, 09:09 PM
You could get 2 or 3 PSL's for the price of an M21;)

Anyhow, depends on your budget. PSL is cheaper, cheaper to shoot.

July 27, 2007, 09:32 PM
I saw and lusted over my first M1A about 10 days before my 40th birthday. As luck (as it turned out;)) would have it, my mother in law was visting.

Me: I just saw this really cool gun. I really want to buy it. It's a great deal at $1000.

Wife: Are you out of your mind?

Me: I know, it's a chunk of change. We can afford it. I work hard, make a very good living, and it's not going to hurt our finances one bit. If I ever need to get out of it, I'll even make a little.

Wife: That's such a waste of money.

Me: Hey, it's almost my 40th birthday. I can afford this, and I'm tired of pissing and moaning over every little gun thing. If this is my mid-life crisis, it's a helluva lot cheaper than a car or a girlfriend.

Mother in law: Buy it! Honey, it will be fine.:D

ETA- This was all in jest with my wife. It was just fun tugging on granny.

July 27, 2007, 09:56 PM
Hope she does not read this thread, your attitude and statements , Son what were you thinking of?

July 27, 2007, 10:04 PM
Argue from the quality and value standpoint--that's the right track.

Also, how does the m1a/m14 serve the childrens' best interests?

July 27, 2007, 10:27 PM
When the missus is happy, then everybody's happy. And when she isn't....

Well, you know the story.

July 27, 2007, 10:30 PM
Get Boston's Gun Bible and show her the light.

July 27, 2007, 10:52 PM
Well, what kind of deal are you getting on the Springer? The PSL is a good (but not great) rifle, if you're getting one in the under $800 range with optic included. The better the optic, the better the deal, and the giant dollars and cents bargain is in ammo (calculated over the probable life of the rifle) if you buy in case lots right now.

To get the maximum bargain out of a PSL right at this moment, you're going to spend maybe $750 on the rifle with one magazine and the 4x Roumanian optic, and let's say another $180 on a higher magnification Russian optic at bargain prices, and then two to three cases of 147 grain (corrosive) surplus Czech ammo...

The greatest bargain out of an M1A right now is pretty much just the rifle. Ammo and optics are both more expensive, and you probably don't get a factory optic shipped with the rifle, but hey; shoot an M1A against a PSL with factory irons. I love my PSL, but it won't keep up with iron sights. The optic is part of the PSL equation, and without it I can't make the rifle shoot up to Grandpa's Winchester '54. You don't get that problem with the M1A.

July 28, 2007, 12:11 AM
I have a PSL with 5 magazines and the stock russian optics and two crates of ammunition I'd be willing to sell. It's one of the actual imported whole ones, not a parts kit one. PM me if you want more details.

July 28, 2007, 01:00 AM
Bring her down to New Braunfels and I'll let her shoot my M-21. If that doesn't do it for you the always remember.. "It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission!"

I just got mine, the wife was pretty good about me getting it but I did have to make a deal with the devil. I had to sell a rifle to help finance it but it was worth it.

July 28, 2007, 01:03 AM
Get the M1A wrap it with a bow and let her shoot it. After that hif she still doesn't like it cave in and buy her what she wants.

July 28, 2007, 01:25 AM
My friend, I wish I had your dilemma... :rolleyes:

Honestly, take the $800 you'd be spending right now on the Romak, set it aside, and then tell her you'd rather save up some additional money to buy the M-1a later if that's the gun you really want. If you don't want the Romak, don't get it, cause every time you shoot it you'll be thinking about that M-1 you don't own.

Now if she wants it for herself, well, that's another story...

she handles the hard work of the household, granted. But that don't put cash in the pocket and my job does...

Technically correct. However, how much would it cost you to hire someone else to do all the work your wife is currently doing for free? I'm pretty sure you'd have no money left in your pocket to buy guns and ammo after all was said and done. Something to think about, eh? ;)

10 Ring Tao
July 28, 2007, 03:03 AM
Haha, good one, you had me.

The M1A is definitely the higher quality and better shooting rifle.

And only because TIMC did it... (

July 28, 2007, 06:14 AM
I suggest that the both of you peruse . A super website by a women, for women and those connected to them and guns. The lady knows whereof she speaks. I am a curmudgeonly old bachelor and I love her site too.

July 28, 2007, 09:19 AM
Lol! My wife was actually and surprisingly opposite. I just wanted to buy a plinker gun and when I showed her the choice she said..."Don't you ever think of me? Maybe I'd like to shoot it too and if you're going to buy a rifle Danny, buy something...."manly"....

July 28, 2007, 10:38 AM
Did you mention the Beta is releasing a new C-Mag in .308?

July 28, 2007, 02:16 PM
Thanks for the advice and encouragement, I think we've got it worked out.

As she puts it "Birthdays are coming up, so I'm sure we can both be happy."


July 28, 2007, 04:02 PM
The lady sounds to me like a keeper!

July 28, 2007, 04:30 PM
Sell the SUV and get her a VW :eek:Take money and buy what you want. If she doesn't like get a lawyer :fire:You make money you take high ground. Wifes are like cars and guns alway a better one down road.

July 29, 2007, 01:57 AM
How about, "Commie surplus ammo causes cancer."


"The bulk of available ammo for the PSL is going to be commi block surplus ammo, which features Hour-of-Angle accuracy. If I want to hit anything at long range with 7.62x54R ammo, I'm going to need to load my own ammunition. Now if THAT's okay with you, Honey, then I'm also going to need a good reloading station, like a Dillon, in an air-conditioned shed in the backyard."


"I suppose a PSL would be okay. That's like owning Cubic Zerconia. Cubic Zerconia is just fine, right Honey?"

Dr. Peter Venkman
July 29, 2007, 02:37 AM
Get both.

July 30, 2007, 06:49 AM
Marriage is all about compromise.

What about a .308 saiga with dragunov style furniture?

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