No, its one of the most expensive things in the world. Every generation must pay a dear price for it.
July 21, 2010, 07:07 AM
Joining the army real soon, need to finish college first though
Thank you, sir. Between USN/USNR, I spent 16 years wearing the uniform of this country and don't regret a moment of it.
July 21, 2010, 07:20 AM
Post #3 is a poignant reminder that it doesn't end when you fall.
July 21, 2010, 08:43 AM
I've seen the cost of freedom. It's devastating.
July 21, 2010, 09:29 AM
I suspect that this thread was a light-hearted effort to talk about gun budgets - not a thread about the politics of military service and/or policies. I've had to delete a bunch of posts that diverged too far from THR's mission, just to save what's left in this thread.
Let's stay on topic, or the thread will have to be closed as inappropriate for THR.
July 21, 2010, 01:05 PM
This year for me on guns/accessories...
Pocket holster, belt clip, magazines for a P-11.
Hogue grips, IWB holster for the Colt Commander.
A S&W model 36,(used, an oldie but a goodie), hogue grips, IWB holster for the 36.
Hogue grips for a S&W model 66.
Enough ammo to keep them all fed, don't forget the range fees.
CCW class and associated costs/fees.
Reloading dies for 32 Winchester special, also bullets/ powder primers.
several bricks of 22 ammo.
couple of boxes of ammo for the 32 Winchester special.
Rough total just a touch over $1,200 and the year ain't over yet!
July 21, 2010, 01:11 PM
With the election results looming a couple years ago, and a new better job, I spent nearly $28,000 on a few guns and ammo. Glad I did!
July 21, 2010, 01:15 PM
WOW I wish I had 28K to spend on guns and ammo! I would buy one of those dual mounted M2 setups!
July 21, 2010, 01:16 PM
It costs a buck o' five.
July 21, 2010, 01:17 PM
There are a lot of guys on here that spend a lot more than that on boats, cars, motorcylces, etc. Thats just not my thing. Its surprising how small a pile of ammo that is though. I just timed the market right, remember walmark bulk packs of 45acp for $19.97? Yeah, my brother in law and I bought a load of em!
July 21, 2010, 01:24 PM
love the Team America reference.
A and O
July 21, 2010, 02:38 PM
#3 brought a tear to my eyes. My position is the more you know about whats going on in our country the more guns and ammo you will have. True statement about freedom not being free. But the following is true also.
Slavery costs more than freedom. It just looks cheaper until you've bought it and realize the high price of lost dignity/honor/integrity.
July 21, 2010, 02:44 PM
I spent $870 for a new CZ 75 Compact in May, and will be waiting another 2 weeks before I can finally pick it up.
There is a lot to be said for the good ol' U.S. of A.
July 21, 2010, 02:55 PM
I meant this as a light hearted jab at how much time and money some of us spend on our favorite subject.
No slight to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms was intended.
July 21, 2010, 09:39 PM
So far in 2010
1 X AK74 $370
1 X case of 1080 rounds of 5.45x39 $130
1 X 500 round pack of Wolf 5.56 $130
unknown amount of 22LR, 9mm, 45ACP $150-200 estimated
1 X deployment
3 X Killed in Action from the unit
The guns and ammo are the cheap part.
July 21, 2010, 11:17 PM
Fine lets stay on topic, I spend around $10k a year on my hobby. When I can afford to I will spend a lot more, its still a lot cheaper than sailing.
I have met people at the range who seem to spend $30k-$40k a year on gun purchases and ammo, I look forward to being in that position.
That's all that I can remember off the top of my head. I buy, sell, trade continuously. It's cost me a few bucks but not bad for the fun that I've had doing it. :)
July 22, 2010, 04:31 AM
I remember just after my first deployment, I made a budget for the money I saved while deployed. I put X amount of money in a CD, some in savings, and then I went on a shopping spree that year. I believe I bought roughly 4 guns along with a gun safe. The following year bought 3 more. Must have spent at least $5000 in those two years on guns and the safe. That is not counting some of the ammunition I bought. Expensive? Yes. Fun? ABSOLUTELY!!
July 22, 2010, 06:27 AM
I spent $7,000 last year on guns and probably another $2,000 on ammunition, accessories, range fees, etc. This year I have cut back to restocking ammo and range fees. But there is still a sneaking desire for a S&W Model 1917 and the matching holster from El Paso Saddlery... or a Walther P99 to complete my set (P22, PK380, P99)... or finally breaking down and buying a real live, genuine SIG Sauer P226.
July 22, 2010, 06:25 PM
It seems, just based on watching the news, that Iraqis and Afghans have greater gun freedoms than we do. I get the impression that just about everyone owns a full auto AK. I don't just mean the guerillas, but everyday folks.
Is it true that full auto weapons are legal in those places for normal citizens, not just the bandits and ununiformed armies?
July 22, 2010, 06:36 PM
No freedom is not free, I've spent roughly $2,000.00 in the last 12 month on one new (to Me) revolver and ammo.
Don't forget that it takes much more than a weapon to be free.
July 22, 2010, 10:22 PM
Actually the thread began as a hijack.
It is a common one and always refers to military service and personla sacrifice.
Not the price of goods.
You guys who ducked it will never comprehend it.
I suggest a different approach.
October 17, 2010, 12:50 PM
Spent my deployment money on baby stuff....and a few Mosin m39, m9130, and a Remington 700, money well spent...
October 17, 2010, 12:53 PM
22 years old, no wife, finished with school, no bills, 2 jobs.
Gun budgets??!! I've never heard of such a phrase.
October 17, 2010, 03:47 PM
it seems that way but when i compare it to what i spent when i was jetskiing or motorcycleing its relativly inexspensive. for what i spent on my 2 jet ski's i could have every firearm i like. although im getting somewhat close to that anyway, maybe 10 more is the long list.
October 17, 2010, 11:11 PM
$2,000 spent... $3,500 more to go.... One good rifle... to finish the immediate collection... 1911 and AR15.
Budget.. We don have no stinkin budget... we need $$$$... Paraphased from my wife. She was more colorful than I when she saw the bill for the loopy 6.5x 24 -50mm.:eek:
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