What's the greatest sacrifice you've made?


July 18, 2003, 02:10 PM
I'm kind of a acquirer and keeper at heart. That is, once I acquire something I tend never to get rid of it, because I can always think of SOME reason why I might want it in the future. Not so good for our storage & clutter situation, but I basically like having stuff.

Now, as I get back into guns & shooting after a few years away from shooting sports, I'm starting to see some priorities shifting. Financially, we're doing well but like many we don't have a lot of disposable income from month-to-month. This leads me to look for other options to get more cash to spend on my shooting hobby.

In the basement I've got a set of golf clubs that haven't seen use in several years. I enjoy golf, I have friends that enjoy golf, and I even bought my wife her own set of clubs a couple of years ago so we could enjoy the sport together (that set is still unused). However, right now I'd rather have the cash to spend on guns/ammo/range fees/etc. This may seem simple and/or silly, but it's kind of bittersweet because, as I said above, I like to hang on to my stuff.

Getting ready to sell these clubs has me thinking that there must be other shooters who have sold personal items that you wouldn't otherwise part with just to further your shooting hobby. I'm interested to hear what Items people have chosen to give up in favor of gun-related pursuits.

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Mike Irwin
July 18, 2003, 02:11 PM
I once sacrificed and gave the last martini olive to a friend, and took the pearl onion instead...

Does that count? :)

July 18, 2003, 04:00 PM
Just yesterday I used money that was going to be a deposit for a Bushmaster to buy a set of Aluminum wheels for "Project Moneypit" (my '81 El Camino). That counts doesn't it?

July 18, 2003, 04:13 PM
I once traded a car for a Freedom Arms revo.

July 18, 2003, 04:14 PM
Let's see...does selling a Glock to buy an HK count? I tend to sell or trade off stuff I no longer shoot to acquire something else I will use.

rick newland
July 18, 2003, 04:17 PM
Had money saved up for a Bushmaster and gave it to my wife to pay for stud fee for one of her dogs.


July 18, 2003, 04:27 PM
And I thought this was going to be one of those "what have you done for your [country/RKBA/family/etc]" threads ...

July 18, 2003, 04:52 PM
I gave a 1990 Ford F150 Supercab in great shape with a 2 year old paint job to a group called Teen Challenge. They are a Christian youth outreach program for teens and adults with drug problems, mostly homeless.

Does that count?

July 18, 2003, 05:02 PM
I sold an HK91, back before the ban, to upgrade my wifes computer. Knowing nothing about computers at the time I had no idea the upgrade was going to be worthless in another year.

Made BIG points with the wife though. :)

July 18, 2003, 05:41 PM
I gave up beer for a month (excluding weekends) the last time I had to "pinch the penny". For those on other boards that know me, that was alot to give up.

I will not give up or sell:

Any of my guns.
My 1992 Firebird
My 1988 GMC Truck
My Cable Modem

Other then that, the cat and dog do have something to worry about :D.


Ala Dan
July 18, 2003, 06:13 PM
Greeting's All-

A few year's ago, I traded a GLOCK 23 for a car!
That should count for something~:D :uhoh:

Nothing was wrong with the Glock, I just didn't need it.
It was complete with two post ban high-cap magazines;
with the "LE/Gov't Use Only" stamping. For those with
inquiring minds, it was traded to another full time LEO.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

July 18, 2003, 06:14 PM
I had to sacrifice my freedom of speech. Here in Canada, you can lose your firearms and your acquisition license to the federal government if you say or imply anything that anyone could remotely perceive as threatening or hostile. Want to keep you guns? Keep your face shut! The price we pay ...

Lord Grey Boots
July 18, 2003, 06:36 PM
Autolite. IIRC, you don't even have to be convicted of saying anything threatening, just charged with the offense.

And absolutely don't say it in English, if you are in Quebec....

July 18, 2003, 06:56 PM
My other 'big hobby' besides guns is playing the bass guitar. I've already sold 2 of my 5 basses to fund the gun hobby. Actually, some time this weekend, I'm putting my fretless bass on eBay to fund either a new pistol or rifle. :D

Normally, I'm also a pack rat. :uhoh: :)

July 18, 2003, 06:59 PM
I sold some mouse and beater guns I really never used or "needed" . Gave a bunch toward Innocents Betrayed and some other RKBA stuff.

Yes some went for private lessons and training, a desperatly needed holster and such, for myself. I also 'sold' one revolver to someone in need that didn't have funds. I took $50 for a well worn model 10 and managed to get her lessons and talk the guys into getting assistance for CCW -another business owner picked up that tab, he also helped her get settled here in a new town, and she got her name changed, custody of child and the like. Why--I didn't have any interest other than a classmate a victim of DV with a child whom had a real need. No romance, no hidden agenda, we survived a class together, and she was in danger. I was in a position to help someone less fortunate...so I did.

Just want to improve my firearm skills. I want to assure best can my 2A rights.

July 18, 2003, 07:30 PM
Kestryll wins. No good deed should go unnoticed. Good on you.

July 18, 2003, 07:45 PM
I sacrificed my wife, my house and my dog for service to my country. You be deployed for five of the last eight Christmases and see if you don't get some paperwork in the mail from a lawyer..... :fire:

Gun sacrifices? Well, my Dad once commented that he liked a pistol I had. My reply? "Here, it's yours." Felt good about that for a long time...

July 18, 2003, 08:05 PM
I traded a Hi-Point 9mm :rolleyes:, a Ruger P95DC and a Romanian SKS for the Vertec I have now. The only one I hated to get rid of was the SKS. It was my first old battle rifle and I had completely redone it myself after knowing nothing about them previously.

I was just getting started in collecting old battle rifles and missed it something awful. I was surprised with it as a christmas present a year later!:D

July 18, 2003, 08:08 PM
I once lent my sister a couple hundred bucks; it originally had "New Glock" written all over it.. I don't know if you could call that a "real" sacrifice or anything.. *shrug*

( She paid me back 2 months later.. ) ;)

July 18, 2003, 08:18 PM
I haven't fired a shot in competition in over a year, due to spending nearly all my free time working with my 14-year-old son to get him ready for International 3-P and NRA Smallbore Prone competitions.

Not really a sacrifice - I really enjoy working with him. :cool:

My pistol trigger finger has really gotten itchy lately, however...

July 18, 2003, 09:19 PM
to finance my collectors grade US Rifle Cal. 30 M1. The gun is a H&R through&through = Korean War issue from the date on the barrel.

Never could play that damn 5-string the way I wanted:banghead: LOVE the M1!:D

Ed Brunner
July 18, 2003, 09:31 PM
As a parent I have made at least two sacrifices worthy of mention. Both were made to finance some educational crisies for two of my children. The first quality gun I bought was a K-22 that really hurt to sell and then there was the 1971 240Z that hurt too.

July 18, 2003, 09:56 PM
I eBay'd a buch of SLR camera equipment to finance my Tanker Garand- I figured that since I'm not a professional photographer and I had already gone the digital camera route.

July 18, 2003, 09:58 PM
This outta count...

My birthday is next week and I had saved up money for my wife (ok, we're only engaged - but we've been engaged for 9 years) to buy me a Springfield Armory M1A to wrap up as her present to me... (kinda funny how that works).

So, this week she asked "what do you want for your birthday". (she knows it will always be another gun).. I told her that what I really wanted was a new gas stove for our kitchen (we have a great electric stove, but she hates cooking on electric). I've wanted that M1A for a couple of years... but even though it was my birthday, I love her and wanted to give her what would make her happy...

July 19, 2003, 09:06 AM
Let's see...I sacrifised my sanity by getting married.;) JK On a serious note, the gun hobby now shares funds with the Jeep hobby. New tires, new gun? New tires, new gun?:banghead:

July 19, 2003, 02:22 PM
I flew a sick child and her mother from NJ to North Carolina because the kid couldn't stand to travel all that long in a car.

July 19, 2003, 02:38 PM
Sold an hk-94 with retractable stock and a hk91 set up as a psg-1 so the wife could have a new kitchen two years ago.

This worked to my adavantage in the end though as when we needed the money I brought them downstairs and put them on the table. Said, "here's 5000.00, I'll have it converted to cash in a few days.

Sold em in a few and she now understands [ not that she had a problem to begin with ] that buying them means money in the bank, not something that needs storing in another safe.

I replaced them last year with 5 M1a's, three of which are prebans and 2000.00 more for extras like bolts, oprods, trigger groups, barrels, stocks, all of which are USGI surplus etc.

The parts will be worth 4x what I paid in a few years as USGI is drying up real fast and getting expensive as hell, it's only a matter of time and it won;t be that long either.

My wife says "great" and probably has plans for the money already:uhoh:


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