Uh oh- Wife wants to know how many guns I own?


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mwsfarm
June 27, 2009, 11:41 PM
I kinda dodged the question tonight- probably won't be able to for very long- got her out in the yard with the kids shooting tonight. She had fun, she was hitting spinning gopher target at 50 yards, her last 14 shots were dead on.

so maybe it won't be so bad when I actually have to tell her how many?

I updated my inventory list tonight, so at least I know now.........

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welldoya
June 27, 2009, 11:46 PM
Tell her only 10 but you move 'em around a lot.

SeanSw
June 28, 2009, 12:03 AM
Lock the safe. Go for a long fishing trip. Bring flowers upon return.

armoredman
June 28, 2009, 12:18 AM
Lots of flowers, and an expensive gift card to Dillards or Bloomingdales...

hso
June 28, 2009, 12:22 AM
Just tell her. As long as the bills are paid and the entertainment and retirement and college funds are on schedule neither of you have anything to complain about.

bigione
June 28, 2009, 12:23 AM
But I still need another!!

oneounceload
June 28, 2009, 12:26 AM
Whe she asks how many, just tell her...."not enough".....:D

springmom
June 28, 2009, 12:30 AM
Jeepers, I don't think either one of us knows how many. Unless we dig 'em all out and count them. There's his, mine, and ours, and I don't have a clue how many.

Just tell her "not enough, because we need to buy you one." :D

Jan

Oro
June 28, 2009, 12:31 AM
When I am confronted with this problem, I use several military principals to deal with it. With no small children around to create a safety issue, this works really well:

1) Camouflage: So many look alike at the casual glance. For example, Sistema Colt = Series '70 #1 = Series '70 #2 = Norinco 1911a1. I try to buy new guns that are either duplicates of ones I have, or very, very similar to the untutored eye.

2) Concealment: don't leave them all lying out at any one time.

3) Cover: Keep them in inaccessible places they won't be stumbled upon

4) Dispersion: keep them in multiple stashes so no more than four or five are discovered at a time. DO NOT put more than that in the same range bag or safe.

5) Deception: Be generic when talking about them. "My .30-30." Don't reveal there are three: XTR, pre-64, post-'64 - all the same. This works hand-in-hand with #1.

6) Psy-ops #1: If you ever sell a gun, be sure to mention it. Frequently.

7) Psy-ops #2: Buy her a gun every year or two. Make it a nice one. Let her know you'll take care of it for her.

8) The Nuclear Option/Mutual Assured Destruction: Find out where she hides all her shoes, dresses, and handbags. Hold that back as a trump card if the skirmish goes "hot."

If you use these things carefully, and for years, your life will be much easier. I swear I bet she thinks I only own about 12 guns. If the US Navy had been half as skilled as I am, the Japanese NEVER would have hit Pearl Harbor... ;)

crazy-mp
June 28, 2009, 12:36 AM
The couch is more comfortable after three or four nights, or so I hear.....

sm
June 28, 2009, 12:38 AM
Honey, how many guns do you have?

"Darlin' your eyes are prettier than the stars in the sky. Like the stars darlin' -you can't count 'em all, and you will always discover one more star you didn't count when you counted before".

Trust me on this, I gots two sets of divorce papers, and I ain't the only one professional enough to answer this question.


Use Enough Fertilizer

*wink*

kentucky bucky
June 28, 2009, 12:50 AM
Figure out how many you will probably buy and add that to the real number. She already knows you have a bunch, but not exactly how many. This way you can continue to add to the pile without a future problem. Remind her what a great "investment" they are. If she finds out how many you really have in the future, by counting them herself, say you traded some cheaper guns for the nice ones you have now. OR.....be completely honest and sneak them and hide them the rest of your natural life like me.;)

pharmer
June 28, 2009, 12:51 AM
If she doesn't know, tell her 7. CF rifle, pistol, revolver. RF rifle, pistol. Hd and sporting shotgun. Sounds more than reasonable no matter who you are. Joe

Rawb77
June 28, 2009, 12:54 AM
"Honey, how many guns do you have?"

"Sweety, how many pairs of shoes do you have?...Exactly, quit complainin'!"

scott5
June 28, 2009, 12:59 AM
Hey mws,
"Jeepers, I don't think either one of us knows how many. Unless we dig 'em all out and count them. There's his, mine, and ours, and I don't have a clue how many.

Just tell her "not enough, because we need to buy you one."

Jan "

I like that answer the best, afterall do you want her to lie to you?

Just my $0.02 worth.

KarenTOC
June 28, 2009, 01:10 AM
"Honey, how many guns do you have?"

"I don't know, but it would be interesting to find out. Since you need to know, why don't you count them for me? And as long as your doing that, take pictures, record serial numbers, and log them all for insurance purposes. Maybe make an excel spreadsheet with blue book prices. I've been meaning to do that for ages but I've been putting it off because it's such a painful task. Thanks for volunteering to do it for me."

10-Ring
June 28, 2009, 01:12 AM
+1 what hso said -- you'll be better off now if she just knows....esp if you're not needing for anything and everyone has a full belly ;) Now if the question changes and she wants a complete inventory, then you got a problem :scrutiny: But if it's a number she wants -- tell her

ArchAngelCD
June 28, 2009, 01:20 AM
That sounds like a question that's asked before the divorce papers are served. :uhoh:

PzGren
June 28, 2009, 01:21 AM
Flowers alone won't cut it, I always was into cooking and evaded the answer to a similiar question by appointing myself the family cook.

The flowers are just a nice touch, then:).

doc2rn
June 28, 2009, 02:34 AM
Loaded question my answer is always "Enuff for me, but I was thinkin you need one too"

stickhauler
June 28, 2009, 03:08 AM
"Math isn't my strong suit" (even if you hold an accounting degree). Or follow the accepted Ron White solution "Diamonds. That'll shut her up!"

I thank the Lord I have a wonderful woman who indulges my wishes to a fault, if I think I really need more guns, she simply asks "do you think that's enough yet?" To which I reply: "unless I get a helluva deal." And this dear woman accepts that lame line. God I love that woman!

ccsniper
June 28, 2009, 03:20 AM
RUN!!! as fast as you can and don't stop till you hit mexico. Then keep on the move so she never finds you. Remember take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints.

Sunray
June 28, 2009, 03:50 AM
It's a whole lot easier and less painful to let her claim one or two as her's. What's your's is her's anyway. You might get away with not having the kids claiming their's too.

loop
June 28, 2009, 06:32 AM
We moved recently and it became painfully obvious.

It took longer to move the guns than it took to move the horses.

I promised to sell at least 30 with the caveat that it would be 30 long guns that I sell and that I would reinvest in hand guns because they are much easier to move and take less room to store...

peyton
June 28, 2009, 07:12 AM
Did she call my wife? I got asked since my army retirement check is around $2,000 a month, why am I always broke?? My FFL has got 3 revolvers sitting in his safe, I will pick them up when I return from Iraq. I would tell your wife that you are trying to stimulate the ecomony, and conviently forget the safe combination. Oh, that does not work, my new safe has a digital combo and she can open it!!

Bill2e
June 28, 2009, 08:01 AM
"Honey, how many guns do you have?"

"Sweety, how many pairs of shoes do you have?...Exactly, quit complainin'!"

I used that one with fishing Rods a few years ago.

Personally I like Tom Greshams answer. "MORE THAN I NEED, NOT AS MANY AS I WANT"

danprkr
June 28, 2009, 08:14 AM
"Honey, how many guns do you have?"

"Sweety, how many pairs of shoes do you have?...Exactly, quit complainin'!"


Beat me to it with the exception that it would be earrings for my wife.

"Honey, how many guns do you have?"

"I don't know, but it would be interesting to find out. Since you need to know, why don't you count them for me? And as long as your doing that, take pictures, record serial numbers, and log them all for insurance purposes. Maybe make an excel spreadsheet with blue book prices. I've been meaning to do that for ages but I've been putting it off because it's such a painful task. Thanks for volunteering to do it for me."


This one would work for me. She won't even inventory her old college papers so that we can store them. :D

Sav .250
June 28, 2009, 08:18 AM
Sounds like the gig is up. Fess up and beg for mercy. :)

SCKimberFan
June 28, 2009, 08:22 AM
"not enough, because we need to buy you one."

Best post yet.

CYANIDEGENOCIDE
June 28, 2009, 08:52 AM
my response is usually, "well its a 28 gun safe and its not full yet so i think about 18 or 19" never mind the safe is pack so tight you couldn't put water between the guns and not all the guns are even in the safe

DeepSouth
June 28, 2009, 08:53 AM
Almost enough:D

That is what I say every time, cuz really, I just need/want 1 more, Always. And it somehow gives the incorrect impression that I am "almost" through with my 'collection' Which is kind of true, after all I just want 1 more. And as soon as I get that one, there will be that other 1 that I need.:evil:

shotgunjoel
June 28, 2009, 09:03 AM
RUN!!! as fast as you can and don't stop till you hit mexico. Then keep on the move so she never finds you. Remember take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints.

You mean leave the guns!?!?

Crash_Test_Dhimmi
June 28, 2009, 09:08 AM
Honey, last month, I was involved in a tragic boating accident....

Tinpig
June 28, 2009, 10:45 AM
It's not really her concern.... unless you're spending money on guns that should be spent on your household expenses, childrens' education, insurance, utilities, taxes, mortgages, vehicles, retirement, etc. :)


Tinpig

danprkr
June 28, 2009, 11:00 AM
Honey, last month, I was involved in a tragic boating accident....

I may try this one.

LibShooter
June 28, 2009, 11:08 AM
Didn't we learn anything from Watergate? The cover up is worse than the crime.

If my wife wants to know how many guns WE own she'll just count 'em. She's probably checking to make sure there's enough room for the 20 Gauge coach gun she has her eye on.

Don't keep secrets, there's trouble down that road.

DammitBoy
June 28, 2009, 11:16 AM
Women don't ask questions they don't already know the answer to - it's a trap!

donzi
June 28, 2009, 11:50 AM
Good luck.

SharpsDressedMan
June 28, 2009, 11:59 AM
Remember to at least add the ones that you INTEND to buy soon, as if you alreeady have them.........

Derek Zeanah
June 28, 2009, 12:00 PM
It's your wife - be honest. She's got a stake in how household income is spent too, you know.

Me? I don't spend more money on guns -- when I want a new one I sell/trade one off to fund it so the total money held in firearms is about constant. I like to think it's going up as I trade well, but who knows?

Honesty is the best policy here.

aka108
June 28, 2009, 12:11 PM
Tell her exactly how many. It never matteredto my my wife. Sometimes, when I would acquire a new addition I'd make some comment about it most likely being that last one I'd be buying. She just smile knowing I wasn't lying at that moment and that there you be more to come later on. Just don't buy stuff that has effects your normal household budget and don't ever say "whadya buy those new shoes for?"

bamawrx
June 28, 2009, 12:40 PM
Not saying this is your problem, BUT a friend of mine got asked that question. She was thinking about divorce.:what:

What she doesn't know can't hurt you.:D

kb2zya
June 28, 2009, 01:14 PM
just tell her!! i started back in shooting 2 years ago.i had a old 12g for deer to start.They opened deer to rifle.So i got a 30-06 for deer.The 30-06 cost a lot to shoot so i got a 22. buy trading my old 12g for plinking and that helped get my wife shooting too.Before last christmas i seen a real deal on a .17HMR that was my christmas from my wife for summer/fall small game woodchuch hunting.she will use the .22 when she goes hunting with me and i will use the .17HMR. WE needed a HD gun/trap shooting gun so i got a 12g pump.after small game hunting i going to try to get her to go deer hunting soo SHE may need a new .243 or maybe a <.204/223 for long range woodchucks>.I would never buy a gun with out the ok buy my wife.but she said 4 is plenty for till the end of the year or i find a realy good deal;)

danprkr
June 28, 2009, 01:25 PM
Honesty is the best policy here.

I just don't have the words for this one. Suffice it to say I heartily disagree.

danprkr
June 28, 2009, 01:27 PM
kb2zya

Thanks a lot. As I'm writing the other post she's reading yours over my shoulder, and now she expects me to listen to her. Just thanks, but stay off my side please. :p

kis2
June 28, 2009, 01:35 PM
gun laundering. havent had to use this method myself, but when my brother is asked by his wife, he says "well those two aren't mine, those are the kids'!"

U.S.SFC_RET
June 28, 2009, 01:57 PM
I actually overheard a woman saying she had 360 pairs of shoes.

Hk91-762mm
June 28, 2009, 02:05 PM
Shortly after My wife Arrived from china I returned home from work and she says-Do you know How many guns you have --I say NO - She says 140 -- AAhhhh I seee- What did you do count them -- YES se says -- OH Ok did you count the handguns in a cases -- Yes -! Oh dont forget the room full at mom and dads house back in NY I havent moved yet !!!!!
Oh Dont get any idea about selling them -- I tell her..You have stocks that go up and down in Value --My guns have never gone down in value and Most are worth 40% more that I have invested --! Its my retirement investment ..
Now shes real cool on buying guns -just buy at a good price and get investment guns that are sellable ...

Mags
June 28, 2009, 02:09 PM
Tell her registration is the first step for confiscation.

LibShooter
June 28, 2009, 02:21 PM
Quote:
Honesty is the best policy here.
I just don't have the words for this one. Suffice it to say I heartily disagree.

The words of a man destined to lose half his stuff and visit his kids every other weekend.

My wife suggests its better to tell your wife how many guns you own when she asks, rather than her lawyers as they're drawing up a settlement.;)

Rollis R. Karvellis
June 28, 2009, 02:27 PM
Back in the old day's, when I, still drank the way it would go is honey I'm going to buy this gun that cost $500.00. She would throw a fit, and I would not buy the gun. I would go down to Wheeling and spend $1000.00 on booze, gambeling, and dancer's. After we split up, for some strange reason I, stopped drinking, strange huh. When the new wife and I, were talking on the phone one day I, was comminting on the the nice Harley's in the back yard at a friends house, after a short pause my soon to be wife said to me that if I, never buy a bike, she would never complain about the gun's. Things have been smooth sailing ever since.;)

BlkHawk73
June 28, 2009, 02:40 PM
Ahhhh, the keys to a happy marriage are alive and well I see. :rolleyes: My wife neither asks nor really cares. I have my hobbies and interests and she has hers. I have guns she has shoes and now, guitars (just 3 thus far still still...) Our philosophy is simple...is we have the financial means why not. :) Maybe by her asking, she's wondering some might be getting added when that money should be going towards other things. :scrutiny:

buck460XVR
June 28, 2009, 02:41 PM
my wife told me the other day..."I don't remember seeing that little stainless rifle before, did you get ANOTHER new gun?".

"naw", says I, "it was just way in the back of the gun safe and I had forgotten about it till the other day. I thought it be a good idea to get it out and shoot it."


"Yeah, right........" says she.

Rosstradamus
June 28, 2009, 04:14 PM
Didn't we learn anything from Watergate? The cover up is worse than the crime.

The words of a man destined to lose half his stuff and visit his kids every other weekend.

200 proof wisdom being dispensed here. You guys who lie to your wives are digging your own graves. And keep your rationalizations to yourselves. They are pathetic.

Derek Zeanah
June 28, 2009, 04:30 PM
I've read that financial issues are the number one reason for divorce. This makes transparency with regard to finances very important in my mind.

Carlos Cabeza
June 28, 2009, 04:34 PM
Kinda puts a shine on those two little words, "I Do " .......:neener:
Prolly aught to just come clean and be truthful, then do what she wants to do for a few weeks. Maybe she will let you keep them............

My EXSO was into shooting when we got hitched and after many years came to resent my hobby so much it became a problem. The shoe argument doesn't work BTW.

onlymeself
June 28, 2009, 05:25 PM
From a woman prospective, we aren't all evil and looking to take your guns away. You took her out shooting and she enjoyed it. She seen how much you enjoyed it. She seen how much the kids enjoyed it. Who knows how the conversation would have went after you told her how many. Maybe she would have wanted to know which other ones that she could shoot. Maybe she wants to connect with you on your hobby. Maybe she's think of gift giving ideas.
I believe honesty is best. Probably don't have to give an exact number. My hubby ask me how many guns we have. I tell him. Of course we make sure to clear large purchases with one another. Personally money don't mean that much to me. As long as the priorities are taken care of, I'm good with spending money on fun.

zoom6zoom
June 28, 2009, 05:34 PM
Hmmm. It's somewhere near:
http://www.main.com/~anns/other/humor/equation.gif

Oh, you wanted an exact number?

danprkr
June 28, 2009, 05:44 PM
The words of a man destined to lose half his stuff and visit his kids every other weekend.

My wife suggests its better to tell your wife how many guns you own when she asks, rather than her lawyers as they're drawing up a settlement.

I meant to add an the ;) emoticon after that, but my wife distracted me. Anything I have posted thus far IN THIS THREAD is meant to be humorous. Some of it may be true, but it is meant to be humorous.

As to actually lying to my wife. If I have to do that I'll be the one calling the divorce lawyers. Suffice it to say that men aren't the only ones that have lied in a marriage, and I don't play that game from either bench. So I just avoid the situation.

In reality mostly so far it hasn't been an issue of guns. She could care less about the guns. It is as so many others have stated a money thing. As long as the money is there she's fine. She has actually told me she doesn't want to know, but that will last only as long as I don't go nuts which I've out grown so it's kind of a moot point.

The money thing is helped by the fact that we have no kids at home, and those expenses are now behind us. I never had any, and hers are grown and gone so we're just in it for the fun - hers, mine, and ours.

To bad, if it wasn't for the whole I don't like dishonesty thing I might try the motorcycle thing, but I also really really really want a bike so I'll have to avoid that one. :D

Ohio Gun Guy
June 28, 2009, 06:52 PM
Add 5 to the real number.....

Then your covered for a while. :evil:

Seriously, I quit justifying it to her.....we are more on the don't ask don't tell policy.

jkingrph
June 28, 2009, 07:06 PM
"I cannot count that high" Really she wants me to get another large safe for the overflow. A few years back when buying a nice Parker, wel filled out the ATF form in her name, that has smoothed over a lot of things.

ADKWOODSMAN
June 28, 2009, 07:10 PM
My wife found out about my "list" when we acquired her pistol permit and she added mine.

hobgob
June 28, 2009, 07:11 PM
I might be the first guy ever to quote Wayne's World on THR, but I love this quote and it is somewhat useful in this instance.
"If you spew and she bolts...it was never meant to be. If you hurl and she stays, shes yours!"
Just tell her.... Then buy her a pretty pink smith and wesson snubby. Ok maybe skip the pink snubby!

jon_in_wv
June 28, 2009, 07:25 PM
A few months ago I had to move my gun safe from one room to another and I took the opportunity to lay out my guns and take some photos for archiving purposes. When I laid them out my daughter counted them up then she ran up stairs saying, "Mommy, Mommy, Daddy has XX guns!" TO which she responded, "WHAT!?!?!? HOW MANY?!?!?" Then I had to explain to here that those were only the ones in the safe, there were actually a few more than that. oops. She took it pretty well though. She has even let me add to the collection a few times since then.

hirundo82
June 28, 2009, 07:56 PM
"More than I need, but not as many as I want."

TOTC
June 28, 2009, 07:57 PM
I kinda dodged the question tonight- probably won't be able to for very long- got her out in the yard with the kids shooting tonight. She had fun, she was hitting spinning gopher target at 50 yards, her last 14 shots were dead on.

so maybe it won't be so bad when I actually have to tell her how many?

I updated my inventory list tonight, so at least I know now.........

I see a large jewelry purchase in your future. :D

harrygunner
June 28, 2009, 09:37 PM
I told my wife the guns in the safe are loaded. She went "Ahhh" and never ventures near it.

Beside, she has several ugly Louis Vuitton purses that I can call her on. ;)

redranger1
June 28, 2009, 09:55 PM
Id say tell her more then you really have so you have a buffer zone to add more(discretely). Unless you dont think that she will care one way or another.

ArfinGreebly
June 28, 2009, 10:51 PM
My wife never asks me "how many," she only asks, "do we have enough for everything we need?"

I can remember one weekend, listening to Gun Talk (we take a drive in the country to get better AM reception), Tom Gresham and one of his guests were discussing some specific application (I forget what, exactly), and she turned to me and said, "are we covered for that?"

She doesn't have a great deal of interest in the details of what's in the safe, I tend to bore her with that stuff, but she recognizes the necessity and wants to know that we have adequate artillery for self defense, home defense, hunting big game, hunting small game, hunting varmints, practice, and teaching the kids and grandkids how to shoot. As you can see from this, none of the guns is there for "fun" ( :D ), every one of them has a serious purpose.

Consequently, I try to oblige her by having as little fun with them as possible.

:D

lionking
June 28, 2009, 10:54 PM
Oro that was too funny thanks!:evil:

mwsfarm
June 28, 2009, 11:23 PM
thanks for all the comments- she'll eventually remember she didn't get an answer- at least I'm safe for now!

money isn't a problem, so she shouldn't be too hard on me.

I just hope we can get through the "number of guns" thing quickly before she starts asking about how much ammunition/reloading stuff I have. :what::what::what:

Jorg Nysgerrig
June 28, 2009, 11:39 PM
Hey, you guys want to turn down the misogyny just a notch? Thanks!

federalfarmer
June 28, 2009, 11:44 PM
Honesty is your long term friend. After the first one............well it gets easier! :neener:

crazy-mp
June 28, 2009, 11:54 PM
I don't think anybody in this part of Missouri can count that high ;)

I was wondering that same thing the other day at the gun shop....

model of 1905
June 29, 2009, 12:40 AM
If my wife asked me this question, I would simply say "you know where to find them, go count em."

The fact of the matter is, even tho I love guns and would love to have countless more, all my guns are purpose oriented. I am not a collector, don't have the funds for that. All the purpose oriented guns that I really need and would like to have are fully automatic, belt fed guns that are not available/legal for me to own.:D

LeonCarr
June 29, 2009, 09:24 AM
I used to date a girl that owned over 200 pairs of shoes and over 50 handbags. She never said anything about the guns or asked how many I owned :).

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

AKElroy
June 29, 2009, 09:30 AM
I tell her the truth; I have absolutely no idea.

jhco
June 29, 2009, 09:36 AM
I'd say the best thing to do is, lie to her so that when she finds out later on that you have more than you said, you both can have a nice healthy fight about it.


IF YOU LOVE HER AND SHE WANTS TO KNOW..... TELL HER.

CleverNickname
June 29, 2009, 01:27 PM
You guys who keep your wives in the dark about the extent and value of your collection will be the ones whose widows will get ripped off when they sell your guns once you're dead.

JShirley
June 29, 2009, 01:28 PM
As Derek said, finances are a big deal.

I have looked back, and honestly, there have been quite a few times, if true freedom was my ultimate goal, when I have purchased firearms or gear, when the funds would have more profitably been allocated elsewhere. More than once, I have found myself without adequate choices, and cursed myself for having been a damn fool, and having been over-fixated on a single, false, solution.

And I'm sure that's true of many of you. I know someone who has a weapons collection that's probably (or, at least, was) worth around $40,000. But he hasn't had central AC in years, has a gaping hole in the floor of his kitchen, and has plants growing into his damn house. Instead of trying to achieve multiples of individual firearms (3 1911s, 4 N frames, etc), the man should have been taking care of his other business. And he hasn't been.

Look, firearms are not the single answer to independence. If you don't have transportation, your firearms won't be nearly as useful. If you don't have adequate housing, your firearms won't be very useful. If you don't have any financial resources, you will eventually have to SELL your firearms...etc.

Just think about it, guys.

John

Deltaboy
June 29, 2009, 01:46 PM
My wife hollars that I have too many she says I can only use 2 at a time.

SharpsDressedMan
June 29, 2009, 01:49 PM
Wow, we are getting into a lot of philosophy here, which is good. But not all philosophies of life apply to others. In a truly free society, my neighbor doesn't tell me how to live, how clean my house should be, or how many guns I might want to have. It goes both ways. Some peple hold their guns so dear they would die before you take them, because they feel with that last gun goes their freedom. They FEEL free when they own a gun. Others would quickly sell their last gun to keep the wife quiet about the fact they are out of work (albeit even TEMPORARILY out of work). My neighbor sold many nice guns for about half of what he paid for them. I felt sorry for him. He could have taken a lower paying job in the interim, but that's the way it goes. To each their own. As far as the wife and the guns, I guess it's just fine to tell her. I would tell her to shut up if she then made a stink about them to me. I also know one high school mate who's mother made the big demand of her husband (my friend's father), either the guns go or she goes (the two boys and the dad were great hunters). The father said he would sure miss her, but the guns were staying. She never said a word about the guns again.

JShirley
June 29, 2009, 02:09 PM
Now you're getting into relational dynamics, which is actually a bit different than philosophy. :) Every couple has to work those out. I was personally just addressing a false mindset some immature (being honest: I've often had it, too) gunowners have.

Really, if need is the issue, a battery of no more than 4 or 5 guns* will cover almost anyone's needs. I'm not talking about what people "should" have, I'm just saying that people shouldn't overfocus on just one aspect of preparation.

minimum:
*battle/disaster rifle
*concealed carry piece

nice, and still fairly important:
*deeper CCW
*hunting rifle or shotgun

*rimfire

John

inSight-NEO
June 29, 2009, 03:58 PM
Trust me on this one...be honest about the numbers. Lying about it will only make things much, much worse. I went through this and it developed into my own personal little hell.

Now that Im on the up and up regarding my weapons, my wife isnt so bothered when I inform her that Im saving up for the next one.

Should I encounter the "why do you need so many weapons" argument, then I would bring up the "why do you need so many shoes, purses and outfits" argument. Then, she would probably say, "Its a woman thing, you wouldnt understand"; to which I would respond, "Well, its a guy thing, you probably wouldnt understand." If this didnt work, I would use my old standby: "Well, look at Jay Leno...I mean, does he really need all of those cars?" ;)

Seriously though, the more honest I am, the further I get. Plus, as long as I develop a reasonable plan of saving for another weapon, Im usually golden.

Derek Zeanah
June 29, 2009, 04:21 PM
Well, if we're talking about need I think you could narrow that down to two: one pistol/revolver in a suitable caliber for defensive use, and a rifle in .308/30-06/30-30/7.62xwhatever/7mm/etc.

If you can defend yourself and kill reasonably sized mammals then you're covered. Need to get food? Covered. Range work? Covered. Civilization falls apart temporarily? Covered.

Now, most of us would like more, and you can argue for the role of the shotgun/carbine/.22 for practice/etc, but in the end I believe those two will do it.

Personally I'd be happy with just those two, provided they were each "perfect" in my mind. The 1911 is close (I'm a bigot, sorry) but not there as I'd miss revolvers, and I can't come up with a single rifle that I trust for everything.

You know, ignore me. This thread isn't about "how far can you strip your gun collection and still have "enough," it's "should you be honest with your wife about your hobby and its financial impact on the household. Or at least it seems that way to me.

JShirley
June 29, 2009, 04:23 PM
No, don't ignore you. We're saying exactly the same things, and we're right.

inSight-NEO
June 29, 2009, 04:30 PM
Yes...one could argue for one handgun and one shotgun (I have). Simple enough, in terms of need. But, in terms of want, well...a bit more complex.

Honesty is the best policy here, plain and simple. Speaking from experience, if the OP wants to keep his collection and add to it, best to be honest about it and make the wife a part of the decision making process.

springmom
June 29, 2009, 04:47 PM
:) I'd have put "hunting rifle" in the #1 spot. Or #2, after a good CCW.

Jan

yeti
June 29, 2009, 04:49 PM
But he hasn't had central AC in years
:what::what:

:eek: I have NEVER had central AC.:uhoh:

;):D:D

springmom
June 29, 2009, 05:03 PM
You don't live in Georgia, yeti....look where John and Derek are located.

Jan

yeti
June 29, 2009, 06:10 PM
You don't live in Georgia, yeti....look where John and Derek are located.


I know, but it was just too good an opportunity to use :what:&:eek: to just pass up. I knew it was the Southern equivalent to having decent snow tires, or a full wood shed before the end of August. I just couldn't help myself.:evil:

AKElroy
June 29, 2009, 09:00 PM
My wife generally supports my purchases, and I have pushed that notion this year, squeezing every penny of purchasing power out of the political wind. We do pretty good financially, so her main source of spousal gun frustration is based on the amount of time I spend in this site. I could easily leverage another purchase if I just promised to give her this laptop back. If I go dark for a month, then you can assume I got the Silver Pigeon.

ConstitutionCowboy
June 29, 2009, 09:26 PM
Did you ever consider she might be asking to see if there was room enough so SHE could get one too?

My wife bought the last three guns in our collection. The last one - her favorite for now - is a Mares Leg in 44-40. I pitty the fool who tries to break in. She can put 2 of 5 into the center of a silouette with the other 3 in the "9" ring, from the hip, at 5 yards in real short order.

Too bad she can't CCW with it. It's a pistol, but too long according to Oklahoma statute.

Woody

Ohio Gun Guy
June 29, 2009, 09:54 PM
Somewhere in there is the assumption that the firearm spending is reckless. :uhoh:

Mine is discretionary spending........ The bills are paid......:cool:

I think a lot of wives (Not all) don't understand or care about guns. Therefore, one dollar spent is to much if its on guns, but many more dollars get spent on LOTS of other things so sometimes you just have to get in line. It's a matter of interests. I'll concede that once the basic 2nd amendment / home defense bases are covered a mans additional collection firearms could be considered frivolous if his family is living in need.

Dont forget, guns usually maintain their value and can be sold if required (That wouldn't be my first choice:eek:)

MagnumWill
June 29, 2009, 09:56 PM
Ha! How i've avoided this dilemma:

There were a set of Pumas that she couldn't live without and had been coveting for weeks at one of the local malls, and she didn't have the money to get them. About $86.

"Sweetie, If I buy you these shoes, can I get the Ruger i've been eyeing?"

her eyes lit up. Best 86 bucks ive EVER spent :D

skwerl
June 29, 2009, 10:02 PM
The honest answer is....I don't know. Somewhere over 20 but I haven't checked in a few years. I was making CCW holsters for a couple of new revolvers last year when she came home early. We watched movies for a couple of hours and she never even commented on the guns, which resembled nothing else I own. She's a good woman, 18 year anniversary tomorrow!

alelks
June 29, 2009, 10:03 PM
I didn't read all the posts but the short answer is "All of them". :)

Dulvarian
July 1, 2009, 06:22 AM
I have to agree with the other posters who said to just tell the truth. There is also a huge difference in registration and keeping a good record for insurance purposes. You might actually benefit from a 'rider' on your homeowners/renters insurance. (I have one for electronics, and probably aught to think about one for the guns.)

But lying to your spouse is just wrong. Hell guys, I think I would have to feel a bit ashamed if I had to lie to my wife about something.

CCWB
July 1, 2009, 03:41 PM
Aww hell, tell her the truth. I lost count around 100. That way you can have as many as you can get.

SSN Vet
July 1, 2009, 03:45 PM
how many???

uh.... hand guns or long guns?

do I have to count shotguns??

what about air rifles and handguns???

it's complicated!

SSN Vet
July 1, 2009, 03:46 PM
short answer...

not enough :)

KenWP
July 1, 2009, 03:52 PM
If you don't tell her how many guns you have it's not lieing. I actually lost count of some of my guns and forgot where they even were put away at even. Found them moving couple of years ago.

Lou McGopher
July 1, 2009, 03:54 PM
Women don't ask questions they don't already know the answer to - it's a trap!

Came here to say that.

Take her out to a nice dinner. Consider it part of the price of proper firearm maintenance.

hso
July 1, 2009, 04:15 PM
Some of you are doomed to misery.

We were cleaning out the garage (more like shifting material around) just this week when my wife told me that there was a gun in a gun case I had on a shelf that we were putting empty knife and gun cases on.

"N'uhn", I intelligently responded. :scrutiny:

"Uh'huh", she rejoined. ;)

"Gotta be parts", I said with unfounded certainty. :confused:

"All together in one piece?", she asked with well-founded certainty. :p

"Lemme see!", me. :uhoh:

Grinning down at me she popped open the hard case and handed a rifle to me. :evil:

"Well, lookee there.", me. :eek:

"Looks like something worth keeping or is it something we should sell to pay for significant optional household expense?" she inquired. :cool:

"Ummm, hmmmm, uhhhh. It's an "X" and it is worth "Y" right now and it would be a good time to sell, but it uses "Z" so..." :scrutiny:

"Nope, that's a keeper. Let's see if there are any other "Christmas Presents" that you don't know about that are worth getting rid of.", she said teasing my absent mindedness. :neener:

Honesty is the best policy in maintaining a relationship, especially over issues of finance.

Dead
July 1, 2009, 06:54 PM
Just tell them. Secrets are not good. :x

6by45
July 1, 2009, 07:19 PM
"Honey, one less than what I'll have after you give me a new one for Christmas."

mwsfarm
July 1, 2009, 10:48 PM
Guess What! My wife is getting a new 10' x 12' hip-roofed garden shed! :)

danprkr
July 1, 2009, 10:51 PM
If you'll tell me how much jewelery you have....

Hardtarget
July 1, 2009, 11:32 PM
I really don't think she wants to know. I've told her the safe combination a dozen times...I don't think she has ever opened it. I bet she doesn't remember the numbers right now. She even asked if I needed a new gun the other day! :what: I said no...need to pay for that duck hunting boat first. My safe won't hold many more. My choices need careful consideration.

Mark

Cpt. America
July 2, 2009, 01:09 AM
Got lucky my wife is as big a gun nut as I am.

scott090278
July 2, 2009, 03:53 AM
When the wife wanted to know haow many I had, I played E&E like crazy. I finally told her how self satisfying it was to by a gun. I actually talked her into buying herself one and it worked. Now I am having a hard time paying for her purchases. She has bought 3 within the last 2 months and has another one on order. She's also telling me that she wants a black rifle now.

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