Does it ever stop?


June 27, 2009, 12:21 PM
I've always had a thing for guns. Rifles, shotguns, revolvers, semi-autos, doesn't matter. I'll make a new purchase and before I put a box of ammo through, I'm already thinking about my next purchase. I don't feel like I can learn, shoot or own enough. I'm only 27, do you grow out of this or is it a sickness that stays with you forever? I don't know anybody that feels the same as I do. Sometimes I feel like a freak.

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June 27, 2009, 12:23 PM
LOL, welcome to the disease!

June 27, 2009, 12:26 PM
I'm 68 and can assure you there is not end to it, it is incurable. Just lay back and enjoy it!!:D:D

BP Hunter
June 27, 2009, 12:26 PM
Oh, man, I feel you! I bought 4 handguns and a shotgun in just 2 months. I am going to a local gunshow today. I promised myself not to buy anymore guns till I get rid of some debt. But I don't know. My justification is that these "toys" are investments. And I truly beleive that they are.

June 27, 2009, 12:27 PM
Nope, sometimes I feel like being a crack addict would be a cheaper habit! Best I can tell you is to become good with the guns you already have before jumping off into something else. It'll save you some money down the road.

June 27, 2009, 01:56 PM
I have moderated, but I went through that phase. Now, I just want one of everything instead of 4. :D

June 27, 2009, 02:18 PM
I think most folks reach a point where you have just about what you need, most of what you want, and everything you can reasonably expect to own.

I just got back from two hours walking the aisles of a gun show where I didn't see a blessed thing I don't already have or have any desire to get.

June 27, 2009, 02:19 PM
It's a disease? Oh yea, I knew that I'm just in denial. Hubby said the other night "I can't think of any more guns I really want." I said, "I can." Of course he's forgeting that he said he wanted to get a .357 revolver. And I'm thinking my next handgun will be a 1911 .45 acp. Cuz I don't have one yet. Also wanting a sub compact 9mm. Still wanting a couple more shotguns. And there's the fact that the boys don't have EBR's yet and won't leave ours alone.
Maybe therapy will help.
"Hi, my name is Only, and I'm a gun addict."

June 27, 2009, 02:25 PM
"Hi, my name is Only, and I'm a gun addict."

Yeah, and you only want... how many did you say, how many more?:what::D

June 27, 2009, 02:32 PM
Luckily my interest in guns [so far] only extends to military ones. My first was a 1911, though not milspec; it's a Sig GSR with a 4.25 inch barrel I use for target shooting and conceal carry. The second one I bought is a Berretta 92 FS. Then I got myself a Springfield National Match M1A and got the wife an AR chambered in 22 LR.

But now I want a Sig 556, and a nice Leopord scope for the M1A. And of course if I got a Sig 556 I'd need an Aimpoint with a 3x mag sight. The thing that sucks is I'm also itching to buy components to put together a new gaming desktop and that'll run me around $1,500. So now I'm at the sucky point of deciding if I want to do the Sig 556, the M1A scope, or the desktop first :(

I tell myself that if I had all three I'd be content, for awhile. I'm starting to develop a desire to have a M1 Garand, oh and maybe that 45 ACP revolver that saw limited use in WWII ...

June 27, 2009, 02:35 PM
With me, it has ebbed and flowed, but only because there are numerous other expensive, time-gobbling hobbies and temptations. So I will do guns for a while and then remember that there is some :cuss: book, CD, DVD, watch, pen, guitar, bass, keyboard, drum, amp, radio, motorcycle, sword or knife I don't have. :uhoh:

Ebb and flow period: 1964-present (adulthood).

June 27, 2009, 02:40 PM
......I'm 68 and can assure you there is not end to it, it is incurable.

There is one cure......become a felon.

June 27, 2009, 03:03 PM
but that really doesn't stop the addict from saying...

but I want it:D:D

June 27, 2009, 03:50 PM
Yeah, and you only want... how many did you say, how many more?

Hey, there was a guy, on here, that said (in another thread) .... "If all your guns fit in one pic you don't have enough." I'm taking that advice. I don't have enough. LOL
Therapy doesn't work for everyone. :neener:

June 27, 2009, 05:56 PM
Crawdaddy writes

I've always had a thing for guns. Rifles, shotguns, revolvers, semi-autos, doesn't matter. I'll make a new purchase and before I put a box of ammo through, I'm already thinking about my next purchase. I don't feel like I can learn, shoot or own enough. I'm only 27, do you grow out of this or is it a sickness that stays with you forever? I don't know anybody that feels the same as I do. Sometimes I feel like a freak.

There are MANY hobbies like this. It is called 'collecting'. The stamp collecter fresh off of a new purchase still wants more more more! Same with the coin collector or beanie baby collector.

Just like all these collectors, you must learn to temper your behavior, to show restraint. Create an actual gun budget, an account where you deposit money every paycheck for purchasing new firearms and accessories (not including ammo, cleaning components, or range fees!) Then you can enjoy a new purchase while daydreaming about what you will get next.

Second, go take a serious shooting class. Take a look at motorcycle guys or car guys. Yes, they may want MORE MORE MORE just like collectors, but they also get a TON of enjoyment out of being out driving/riding their possessions. Unfortunately many gun owners are like car drivers who are still on their learners permit, people afraid to get out on the road and really rip it up. Spend some serious money in place of a gun purchase or two and get some serious training. It will shift your goals, open your eyes, inform you, and open new doors.

Mainly, I think it will change you from wanting EVERYTHING to wanting a lot more specific things, as you will now know what works best for YOU. You will still generally want more than you can afford in a lifetime, but every new aquasition will be a lot more fundimental to your personal bodybuild and shooting style and personal defense/hunting ideas, so the new aquisition will mean a lot more to you.

June 27, 2009, 07:40 PM
I'm with BP Hunter, They are investments! And there is truth to that...the AK's and other semi-auto's I bought over the last few years have done much better than my other investments. But I really do need to shoot more last (4) rifles purchases were a Saiga 7.62x39, a CZ 527 .22 Hornet, a Saiga 12 and a Remington stainless .257 Weatherby. I have not shot any of these yet.

And "yes" crawdaddy...once the acquisition is made my mind starts to wander. When your wife asks you why you need so many guns all you have to ask her is "why do you need so many shoes"?

Extremely Pro Gun
June 27, 2009, 07:42 PM
Im 24 and I dont want to ever stop, guns are a good investment if you pick the right ones they hold their value very well!!!

chris in va
June 27, 2009, 07:44 PM
There's different levels of gun ownership. Just be careful your finances don't get depleted due to the 'obsession'. Ammo and guns are very expensive.

I think it's safe to say the guys that have been shooting a while see the value in a good 22 pistol and rifle.

June 27, 2009, 10:14 PM
Guns are power. Most guys who hoard guns don't realize they are trying to recapture lost liberty, lost power, lost independence, and lost privacy.

Not sure I agree with everything said in the post that quote came from, but I do agree that guns are power. Although I would use the word Freedom. If I am armed I may be able to be made dead, but I can't be forced to do anything else against my will.

June 27, 2009, 10:20 PM
It has finally ended for me. I was part of the "Gun of the Month" club for awhile. The craziness after the election let me step back and take another look at things and I realized that I didn't need one of everything. I have been able to save some money and I have regained my senses. I still look for good deals on used S&W revolvers, but those are few and far between.

June 27, 2009, 10:25 PM
I thought I had everything I needed or wanted. I haven't bought a gun in almost a year. Went to a gunshow today and saw two that I would really like to have - a Sig P238 and a Colt M4 .22 LR.
BUT, I am not going to buy them until I sell a couple of others.
Over the years your wants will change.

June 27, 2009, 10:26 PM
lol, it takes a lot for me to buy a new gun.

June 27, 2009, 10:34 PM
30 Here I buy way too many guns and I always need "Just one More." Luckily unlike other addictive habits guns still retain some sort of value and in recent times gain value. I know folks that gamble, do drugs etc.. If I have to have an addiction--and believe me I do---I'd rather it be guns than anything else. I figure if all else fails I'll sell them all before I croak and give the money to my daughter so she can spend it on whatever she's interested in. She's 2 1/2 so maybe she'll grow up to be a shooter and want to keep them who knows, hopefully I've got 50 to 60 years to figure it out.

June 27, 2009, 10:42 PM
I'm gonna slow down after this year... :uhoh:

June 27, 2009, 10:44 PM
I'm 63 and just starting to really get rolling. Been at it seriously for 15 years. My wife has been at it for nearly 40 years. Once bit as they say...


June 27, 2009, 10:50 PM
Everybody's different. I know some guys that have one gun and are as content as can be, yet I know a guy that has several thousand and he has to have every new variant of anything that catches his eye. In his case, it helps that he's mega rich. His gun room is bigger than my basement.

Go figure, I've purchased two different .45 revolvers in the last two months. And two different .44 mag revolvers in that same time period. Sheesh.

So... while everyone is different, sounds like most of us have a few things in common.


June 27, 2009, 10:56 PM
Yeah, it'll stop. Right after they put you in the box and throw dirt on ya.

June 27, 2009, 11:01 PM
I'm not addicted, I can stop whenever I want! I just don't want to. Seriously, this forum doesn't help at all either. I just buy a new gun, then within a few days some person posts pics of another gun that looks unique or awesome and then I say, "I want that."

July 6, 2009, 02:17 AM
seems to come in cycles for me. I feel it coming on again...

July 6, 2009, 10:49 AM
Be careful about feeding your addiction at rate of ''more than one handgun in 5 working days''. This has been shown to lead to unsolicited ''counseling sessions'' from the BATFE.

Ky Larry
July 6, 2009, 12:02 PM
Mark Twain said:"Stopping smoking is easy. I've done it dozens of times."
At one point, my 28 gun safe was full and I was chaining guns to the bed frame in my spare bed room. The boss lady said enough is enough. Now, when I bring home a new gun, one has to go. Now, I shoot every single gun I own. If I decide I wast a new gun, I will give it long, hard thought. I still buy guns, just not on impulse anymore. That is, unless I run into a Winchester Model-88 in .308, or a L.C. Smith SXS 16 gauge, or a Colt 1911 commercial model, or a Ruger Model-77 in 6.5X55 Swede, or a .............

July 6, 2009, 01:27 PM
You know that you are on the road to recovery when you buy a gun and dont shoot it within 72 hours.

July 6, 2009, 01:42 PM
I have been collecting old guns for half a century now. I'm 65 and my collecting has slowed down. Here's why.

I had a good job when I was in my early 20's (I was an officer in the Marine Corps.) so I had enough money to buy guns when they were cheap. I could by Jap rifles all day long for $25 each. Same for most WWII guns, however; there were no Garands about. Mint Springfield 03's cost $150. M-1 carbines were could get one for $20 that looked unfired. SMLE Jungle Carbines were $55. I bought Colt percussion pistols, some with 80% finish for $130 to $150. Winchester 73 rifles cost about the same. I bought a nearly mint 76 Winchester for $420, which was about the limit of my price point. Cases of unfired 73 Winchester muskets came in from South America for $400, each had its own bayonette, which they threw in. I bought Civil War rifles and muskets for between $120 and $225 each.

I ended up buying, over the years; 225 guns. My taste went through variations. As guns became expensive I got hooked on old .22 rifles and bought a bunch (a Remington model 35 NRA special). Then I bought 9mm pistols...a mint Artillery Lugar. Then old SxS shotguns, Lefevers and Sterlingworths, Brownings, Miroku's, Spanish guns. Today my guns are stuffed into three safes. I used to hang them on my wall, but was burglarized and lost a dozen mint CW carbines. Oh, well; life can be hard.

I no longer buy guns, except to hunt with. Collector pieces have become just too expensive. Today that 73 Winchester Musket would cost something like $3 - $4 grand. A 03 Springfield like mine; maybe $2,000...less? My percussion Colts would cost well over a grand. Sure, inflation; but not that much. My original Sharps rifles? Who knows what they'd cost today.

I have a problem selling my guns. My logic says that I should, but I've owned these guns since I was in my 20's or even before. I just can't part with them. I still own my Ruger Blackhawk that I bought while a college student for $67. My guns have become part of me. I guess my wife will have to deal with them after I've gone to that big gun show in the sky. Up there, I'll bet guns will be cheap again.

July 6, 2009, 02:01 PM
Twain also said, "Smoking more than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking."

July 6, 2009, 02:33 PM
I have found that it can stop Temporarily, While you sell them off to pay bills!
Darn Feds anyway!

July 6, 2009, 02:37 PM
I like to think that my tastes are purely practical, I like guns for how they fill a specific need more then their appearance, but at the same time, I can see myself moving on to getting a gun to fill every role for my kids as well, that could take a while.

July 6, 2009, 02:50 PM
Never stops. I just ordered a Ruger 10/22. That's 3 x .22lr rifles now.

July 6, 2009, 03:10 PM
welllll , yes it does , when you've grown up enough to realise you don't want or need it all.
i'm down to 1 pistol (40sw) , 1 revolver (22) , 1 shotgun (never fired) and 1 project rifle (to be sold this week) , and i will be very happy when the rifle is gone and the shotgun is replaced by the one they should have sent.
i haven't loaded any ammo since january and am wondering if i shouldn't just sell all the componets that have accumulated over all the years since they are currently at a premium...
i've been doing this for nigh on 40 years and finally reached burnout.
a friend of mine has been doing it for 70 years and finally swears hes gonna quit after buying , and keeping some 750+ :what: pieces over the last 7 decades. :eek:
only 2 guns to worry about and keep up with = nice. :neener:

July 6, 2009, 03:15 PM
I don't feel like I can ...own enough. I'm only 27, do you grow out of this or is it a sickness that stays with you forever?

Do you know that feeling of sickness when you've eaten waaaayy too much? It'll go away if you keep on eating.

There's only one cure... more guns.

July 6, 2009, 03:23 PM
No, it's never stopped for me. Also, the serious of the illness can be directly proportionate to income: the more I made / make the more I buy!

Have fun,

July 7, 2009, 12:26 AM
If you have the money to spend without hurting your lifestyle, then it will never stop. Once you take a shot to the wallet...Times will get tough and you will slow down.

July 7, 2009, 12:30 AM
Nope. Strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.

Savage Shooter
July 7, 2009, 12:47 AM
I started "investing" when I was about 14 or so with NO help from my parents I bought them with my own money that I worked hard for.

I see no cure other than to have at least one of every gun ever made.:rolleyes: ah but then I'd just have to start making new guns myself to feed my addiction.
Nope theres no hope just join the dark side we have milk and cookies:D

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