Interest in guns fading.


Carl Levitian
June 9, 2011, 12:28 PM
Okay, I'm an old fart, and enjoying my retirement with the better half who is also retired. We both have been life long shooters, and we even met on a pistol range. Being married for 40 years this year, we've taught our children and grandchildren to shoot.


I had a startling conversation with my wife, and we both agreed that we seem to be having less enthusiasm for shooting than we used to have. We have a great deal of stuff we like to do, but it's a little bit of a shock to admit that shooting has fallen down the list. Karen and I had a little game, we each take a piece of paper in the morning, and write down three things we'd like to do that day, and compare lists to see what is something both of us want to do. Of late, shooting has not made the list. We'd rather go canoing or woods walking, or other things. We still enjoy going plinking with our .22's, but not as often as we used to. Interest in center fire has totally gone. We'd rather do our archery. But last weekend the grandkids were over, and our grandson brought his Crosman air rifle over, and we had a ball plinking in the woods in back of the house. Karen and I dug out the old Sheridan's that we taught our kids on and plinked away. It was nice to walk down through the woods to the creek, toss a little stick in and shoot. Go figure.

The post that was made here on what would you do if you had no guns made both of us think about it. Today is usually our range day, but we're going fishing this afternoon instead. It's quieter. We don't miss the guns we gave to the kids or sold off some years ago in a big downsize of our life. In the end, guns are just things. We kept only our old .22's that we had when we met, and I have my old .38 revolver beside my bed. But that's it. The fetish I had about having all those guns when I was young, seems to have vanished. I seem to care more now about re-varnishing the old hand made wood canoe than guns. Or tying some new flies.

I wonder if anyone else has had their gun love fade as they got older?


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Prince Yamato
June 9, 2011, 12:34 PM
You know, it's fine if you develop other interests and if guns aren't your top priority, that's fine too. I think it's more important to support the 2nd Amendment than to actually be an active shooter. So long as you support the right to keep and bear arms, it doesn't really matter if you go to the range every week. Most of us actively support the 1st Amendment as well... that doesn't mean we're all publishing scholarly papers on a daily basis. :)

June 9, 2011, 12:36 PM
People change over time. Interests change with them. I was a huge firearms enthusiast through-out my teen years only to lose interest in my twenties,replaced by muscle cars. My interest in guns returned a few years later and my interest in classic muscle cars waned. As long as you both are happy with how you are spending your time,don't worry about it and enjoy your lives.

June 9, 2011, 12:45 PM
I get on an automotive kick every three or four years that usually hangs about for a spell. Most recently with my jeep. In fact I'm coming back off one FAST right now (I just started posting back here again). A couple of not fun wheelin trips combined with the HOT weather has me flat jeeped out. Heck I don't even want to drive the thing to work. As a result guns comes back into prominence to fill my spare time vacuum, since when you think about it as a reloader and build hobbyist most of the hobby takes place in my nice air conditioned "gun room" and not outside.

But anyway rest assured when you're on a gun out cycle you cannot imagine being that interested again but TRUST ME you will be...YOU WILL BE.

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June 9, 2011, 12:59 PM
I am in the middle of a resurgence. Up until about 5 years ago, I had lost interest for the better part of a decade. Sometime in my 40's, I'm likely to lose interest.

At the moment, when I get bored with shooting or self defense drills start seeming more like work and less like fun...I break out the 22's and reactive targets.

The pellet rifles are fun. :) I keep a steel swinger in the back yard hidden at the base of a tree. I can step out on the steps and squeeze out a few rounds when I'm bored.

chris in va
June 9, 2011, 01:04 PM
Despite what sort of flames I'll get for saying this...

There's more to life than firearms.

I have a new AR that needs some range time. What takes up my weekends instead? Whitewater paddling. :cool:

June 9, 2011, 01:21 PM
While we have several centerfire rifles and pistols, shooting them a lot has never been very high on our priority list. Shoot them? Yes, a lot, (like we shoot .22) no. Even with electronic muffs most of our centerfire weapons are a bit on the loud side.

However, for the .22s, those we do shoot a lot, and love to. Wife asks probably 3 times a week if we are going to shoot (1/5 scale steel silhouettes). We shoot in our back yard so it is inexpensive fun, and something we can do together without wasting a lot of gas.

The big thing is, do something with your partner that you both love to do. We are both retired too, and like to hike, ski, go fishing, working the yard, see the grandkids etc. We haven't gone hunting is quite a few years, not strong enough to drag a big deer out anymore.

June 9, 2011, 01:24 PM
Being able to pursue the gun hobby is a function of money, time, and health. And other interests also vie for these same resources. You have to prioritize what you want to do.

June 9, 2011, 01:27 PM
I understand completely and I'm on a little down time with guns right now too. I guess I have too many hobbies: photography, computer programming, motorcycles, cars, 4x4s, guitars, guitar amps, metalworking, astronomy, and on and on and on. Plus, the family. Something has to give from time to time.

Plus, the summertime heat in Texas just doesn't help. Being out in the heat just doesn't seem very interesting right now.

June 9, 2011, 01:38 PM
I almost have to be forced to go shoot. Either a friend wants to drive to the range or go hunting; it seems unless there is a problem with some varmints I absolutely have to make myself go to the range! A mind set of kinda like having a job you do not really care for doing.

I wonder if it is because I am so cheap and don't like blowing money on ammo or the gas to drive to the range? Cleaning afterwards I do, but really do not whistle a happy tune while doing..... I am not broke just cheap and like you there are other things in life than popping caps or punching paper. Think the guys who get involved with 3 gun or other range activities stay motivated much better than just a plinker or hunter.

I purchased a new rifle a couple of months ago and have over a 1000 rounds for it. I have shot 40 rounds through the rifle to figure out the sighting for POI and cleaned it twice but in the safe she sits with her other sisters.

It has been rather hot, windy, and not enjoyable being outside around here but I really can not use the elements as a lack of motivation. I have always leaned toward shooting less and hitting more. If a rifle hits where I aim then I never feel like I need to get reinforcement from shooting hundreds of rounds through it.

When young and in the country it seems I always had a gun, a dog, and a horse and was always plinking or hunting when I had ammo. Maybe because we did not have money for a lot of expendable ammo I grew up frugal with when and why I would take a shot; I still remember going hunting with only 3 22lr (found in a drawer) rounds to my name. Big rabbit was cooked and 2 rounds were left. Maybe a slight psychosis has set in?? No I did not grow up in poverty and looking back I would not trade those years for anything....

Last time I was at the range a man had a 12 gage shot gun. He had walked down the range and was apparently checking a target he had been shooting at 40 yards. Then the next thing he starts shooting at a stick all of 10 feet in front of him. He hit the stick 5 times from 10 feet with the 12 gage; wow great shot!! Something I did with a BB gun at 5 years old. I had fun and it appeared he did too however not something I would enjoy doing today.

We all change as we grow older and some of the passionate things we did when younger no longer hold the same priorities as we learn and age.

Had a buddy who wanted to win the club championship at the country club in the annual golf tournament. Took him 6 years and he finally did it. He has not hit a golf ball since?? Like I said priorities change for some. I used to beat him like a drum and he paid for a few of my guns!! But golly gee he worked and spent a fortune on lessons and got down to being a scratch golfer but kinda sand bagged on the handicap; think he was carrying a 4 handicap when he won...I quit playing him for big bucks unless he was having a bad day and even then Lady luck had to smile on me or it was not good for my pocket book. Life has a habit of making us change.

Carl Levitian
June 9, 2011, 01:44 PM
I think I got overload on it all.

When I first met Karen, she had two .22 handguns and one .22 rifle that she competed in club competitions with. I had one .22 pistol and two .22 rifles that I did some target shooting with. I wasn't in her class though.

Over the years somehow more and more guns came into the house. First there was the home protection thing, then the survival thing, then some other thing would come. One day, Karen and I were looking in our stuffed gun safe, and she said to me, "Remember how simple it used to be?"

That was it. Sold off all kinds of stuff, and just went back to what we had when we got hitched. Maybe a few more. Now it seems like we hardly use them anymore. Easier to just go canoeing on the lake or over on the Potomac river. More relaxing, and if we're lucky, we catch dinner. Or if we just want to plink, we take the airguns out to the woods in back, and nobody is the wiser, and we shoot the heck out of pine cones, sticks in the creek, and the occasional beer can. After 40 years, I'm still not as good as my wife. So we still enjoy shooting, but if it gets too noisy or too much hastle, we'll pass and go do somethng else we enjoy. Weird.


June 9, 2011, 01:48 PM

June 9, 2011, 03:41 PM
great idea on starting this thread. I too have been faced with losing and gaining interest in guns, along with the idea that something is "wrong" with me because of my fascination with guns, and am happy to have some peace of mind in knowing that i am truly only human like the rest of you. Don't focus on just one hobby. I think it's better to have many hobbies that you will not get bored with, rather than one hobby that is the same thing day after day. That's just asking for trouble :rolleyes:

June 9, 2011, 03:50 PM
I know the feeling, except I lost interest in boating, not firearms.

The expense and time commitment needed to operate a twin engine cabin cruiser on Lake Michigan was just more than I was willing to spend.

Shooting is a much less expensive and time consuming hobby, and better still, my kids enjoy it much more than they do boating.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 9, 2011, 03:54 PM
That's OK, you can send them all to a good home, I will take extra good care of them and mail you a picture every year around New Years' of each gun, just to keep in touch with you in case you should lose interest in your Lincoln Town Car. :)

Hey, this is my 30-06th POST!
Lucky Day!

Oh, I will gladly take good boats, too!

June 9, 2011, 04:01 PM

I'm 68, my bride 67..

We've been marinated now for over four and a half decades.. There has never been a time when there was not at least one firearm in our home, and generally many more..

In younger years, with younger eyes and younger (more steady) hands, we enjoyed shooting our centerfire guns a lot.. Back then ammo was relatively inexpensive and we could both actually see well enough, and hold the gun steady enough to actually hit what we were aiming at, part of the time..

Fast forward 40+years, and all of a sudden it's "cataract" time for the eyes, and a lack of hand steadiness which equates to less overall accuracy.... Then multiply the prices of centerfire ammo many times, and shooting that stuff on a retirement income becomes less pleasurable all the time.

So, my wife and I don't shoot centerfire much any longer.. Just lost interest due to all of the above mentioned details..

But, we still have our small arsenal, we both still carry concealed, and if the "ball falls" and you need a gun, come see us, we'll loan ya one.. (We have plenty to spare.).

As my interest in shooting pistols and revolvers declined surprisingly my interest in shooting "good" rimfire rifles was rekindled....

I found I could still shoot pretty well with glasses and resting for stability, and recently I had double cataract surgery, and all of a sudden I'm 20/20 again, without glasses.

Rimfire ammo is still pretty reasonable.. Heck 550rds for less than $20.00..

I bought some 22 rifles (Marlin 39A & a couple of CL's, Browning SA22's, and a Winchester 63.) I love em' all..

But the one in particular that continually surprises me is one of my Century Limiteds.... This sucker was bought via GB from the original owner, who had put an all steel Redfield (model 70) peep sight on it right after he bought it new in 1970(with a taller front sight), and my goodness is it accurate...:D

I love to go "out back" (we live in the country and I have my own firing range) and shoot that sucker just to keep being surprised at the small groups it is capable of..

Best Wishes,


Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 9, 2011, 04:10 PM

You have a real sweet setup with that rifle with those peep sights! I had a Remigton Targetmaster I got in 1968 for my 12th birthday, same type of sights but were Lyman. I worked my way up in the NRA indoor 50' range from Pro-Marksman, Marksman, Marksman-First Class, Sharpshooter then went as high as bars one, two and three, all in two months after I got my Targetmaster, which was used but as good as brand new!

That is one gun I wish I never would have traded.

June 9, 2011, 04:16 PM
The expense and time commitment needed to operate a twin engine cabin cruiser on Lake Michigan was just more than I was willing to spend.

Shooting is a much less expensive and time consuming hobby, and better still, my kids enjoy it much more than they do boating.

My 2 young boys are far more interested in going shooting with Dad than my old hobby, hot rod Slow-Stangs. A few more years and I'm sure they'll want to be back in the garage bolting a blower or some good ol' giggle juice onto some random car.

Shooting has been cheaper for me, as well. I get more satisfaction out of shooting for 4 hours or more and my thumbs are cut from loading mags. Spending 8 hours wrenching on a car until your knuckles are bloody just for a few 10ths of a second quicker trip down the 1/4 mile is fun...but not nearly as fulfilling for me.

June 9, 2011, 04:17 PM
I'm certainly in the "I'd rather shoot my .22's" camp. As my arthritis has gotten worse, my ability to really shoot for very long with the larger calibers has shrunk fairly dramatically. It's like housework: I need to do it, I grit my teeth and really pitch in and do it when necessary, but every time I do, I end up tired and hurting. So.... it doesn't get done like it ought to. But I can plink a .22 all day long, so if I choose to go shooting, it probably won't be my ccw I practice with as much as one of my .22's.

I went through a phase of collecting WWII rifles and handguns, and I'm glad I have them for the collection bit, but they rarely get out of the safe. I'll shoot my .243 until I'm too blind or too dead or both to hunt, because that's what it's for and I love hunting. But I can see it taking up less and less of our time.


June 9, 2011, 04:19 PM
Do airsoft and force on force training. Break out of the square range.

June 9, 2011, 04:19 PM
You have a real sweet setup with that rifle with those peep sights!

Yes he does. I'm fiending for some lever and peep action. I'm trying to do some pawn shop surfing but I'm getting impatient and I may give up and just buy new.

Then he posts that pic? I'm jealous, so jealous I should report his post but there is no "22 Envy" button. :neener:

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 9, 2011, 04:32 PM
Yes he does. I'm fiending for some lever and peep action. I'm trying to do some pawn shop surfing but I'm getting impatient and I may give up and just buy new. Then he posts that pic? I'm jealous, so jealous.....
If I got one, I hear Henry Rifles are supposed to be real nice!

June 9, 2011, 04:37 PM
My interest waxes and wanes over the years. I think it is natural and completely normal. Yes, if I had to buy them all over again, I would have less firearms. About two years ago it was at a real peak and I was getting to the range close to two times a week. Now it's about once or twice a month. At one point, I think I went over 10 or 15 years without shooting - was very busy with other things at that point.

June 9, 2011, 04:40 PM
If I got one, I hear Henry Rifles are supposed to be real nice!Seems to be many people that disagree with you. I started a thread about them and many people say they won't last, but no one has pipped up and said "I shot mine until it won't shoot anymore." I'm going to give up and buy a Marlin 39A and a Henry octagonal barrel. Less thought...more shooting...

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 9, 2011, 04:46 PM

Check out these peep sights (!

June 9, 2011, 04:53 PM
WE are going through the same thing except we are doing the opposite. We are going from motorcycles back to shooting. In our younger days I hunted, shot trap, fished then we decided to buy some Harleys. Have rode them for the last 15 years and it just doesn't hold the appeal any more that it once did. Couple of years ago our oldest grandson looked in my gun cabinet and started drooling so I knew what I had to do then. I gave him my old 870 and went and bought me a new Browning over and under and joined the local gun club. Now my wife is getting involved again. We attended a Cowboy Action shoot a couple of weeks ago and on the way home she said sell the Harleys I want to do that. Anyone want to buy a couple of Harleys?

June 9, 2011, 04:54 PM
WOW, getting old must suck!

Oh well, sounds like you have a pretty ideal life, OP. Shooting or not, sounds like you are enjoying yourself and that's all that really matters. To develop new interests and hobbies is part of being a complete person.

Carl Levitian
June 9, 2011, 04:56 PM
"If I got one, I hear Henry Rifles are supposed to be real nice!"

Save your money and buy a Marlin 39 made before the hammer safety.

I bought one when I was 20 years old, still have it,( I'm never getting rid of my rim fires!!) and it's still good to go. I don't and can't begin to guess how many thousands upon thousands of rounds have been down the tube, but my kids and grandkids have learned to shoot on that rifle. That's three generations have shot the heck out of it. When my eyes started to get a little hincky in my middle age, I put Williams receiver sights on it so I didn't have to worry about the rear sight picture, and it gave me a new lease on life without going to a scope.

A Henry will probably last the rest of your life, but a Marlin will be handed down to your grandson to go shoot.


June 9, 2011, 04:56 PM
Losing your interest is shooting is not a big deal. The important consideration is that you still enjoy doing things together. Staying interested in an activity is one thing. It's apparent that your interest in each other is still strong and that's what matters most.:)

Erik M
June 9, 2011, 05:02 PM
Im no where near retirement but my fancy has turned towards things other than guns before. The scream of a small block Chevy on the 1/4 mile still will forever be one of my favorite experiences. Just keep your guns clean and well oiled in a secure place and they will be waiting for you when you come back.

June 9, 2011, 05:03 PM
Save your money and buy a Marlin 39 made before the hammer safety.

That is my main reason for pawn shop surfing.

Losing your interest is shooting is not a big deal. The important thing is that you still enjoy doing things together.

We attended a Cowboy Action shoot a couple of weeks ago and on the way home she said sell the Harleys I want to do that.

No!!!! You're missing an excellent opportunity! Harleys and rifles belong together....just work on your lever swinging technique like john wayne did on horseback.

Jim NE
June 9, 2011, 05:06 PM
In the end, guns are just things.

I was so big on collecting musical instruments about 25 years ago that I eventually started a music store. I closed up over three years ago, and I have NO interest in buying instruments. And not all that much interest in music in general. I used to bring 2 or 3 instruments home from the store every night for no reason other than I liked having them near me. Now I have a small collection in an upstairs room that I rarely go in to.

About 10 years ago my hobby interests started veering towards antique vehicles. First old bikes...but I sold all of them and never looked back. Then cars. I'd like to sell a couple of those now, too, and keep one or two others.

Buying things and spending money starts to become the main activity, replacing the originally intended activity. (Playing/riding/driving) I don't think that's such a good thing.
Now in the last year I've become reinterested in guns, too. I've purchased several, but can honestly say I want no more.

June 9, 2011, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Prince Yamato:

You know, it's fine if you develop other interests and if guns aren't your top priority, that's fine too. I think it's more important to support the 2nd Amendment than to actually be an active shooter. So long as you support the right to keep and bear arms, it doesn't really matter if you go to the range every week. Most of us actively support the 1st Amendment as well... that doesn't mean we're all publishing scholarly papers on a daily basis.
My sentiment, as well.

June 9, 2011, 05:18 PM
I go back and forth from guns as tools of freedom, to fun toys, to interesting gadgets. As time goes by you change tastes, it's just part of life. Enjoy what you enjoy. If shooting comes back up fine, if not, and you feel safe with what you have then more power to you.

But, I bet that when your grandkids come to you with an interest you'll find yours rekindled :D

June 9, 2011, 08:02 PM
I understand completely. Since retirement fro LE where I was a firearms instructor, I now shoot a lot less have sold off all but one auto but kept my revolvers and a few rifles. I find I have other stuff I want to do that just doesn't involve guns. I am looking forward to teaching my grandkids to shoot when their moms will let them go to the range.

Sent from my Ally

June 9, 2011, 08:50 PM
Getting old means you lose health, strength, friends and hobbies. Because of my profession over the last tweny years i have had to move every one to three years. Because of the moves I have not established shooting buddies and shooting ranges are far away. Money is also an issue. I no longer shoot my long guns because I have to travel far and the recoil is no longer fun. So I occasionally practice with my pistols to keep my skills. However, that is now frivolous money.

Smokey in PHX
June 9, 2011, 09:17 PM
I'm almost retired and my interest in guns has never waned. I have way more than I need and still look at new ones. I very much enjoy all types of shooting but am still very busy with work.

The best thing in life is to do what makes you happy. It keeps you healthier.

Jim Watson
June 9, 2011, 09:26 PM
I am kind of a monomaniac. I have been shooting one thing or another for 50+ years and the interest is still there. There are a lot of different events and if one pales there is always another way to smell the smoke.

I say "events." I am a competitive shooter and I do the stuff where you keep score. If I had not been rescued by a trapshooter within a couple of years of graduating college and getting a full time job to pay for guns and ammo, I would probably have long since lost interest in plinking and be playing golf.

June 9, 2011, 10:27 PM
Changing interests is normal as far as I'm concerned. I went for 10 years and didn't hardly pick up a firearm. No big thing. What got me back was (1) hunting with a handgun, (2) a renewed interest in punching paper with 22 rifles and with handguns to a lesser degree. I honestly prefer to just plink with 22 handguns.

Life is too short. Do what you like. When you get into your 50's, you begin to start believing life is way too short and there is so much to learn and do. My latest fling has been kayaks. I love canoes, but I honestly perfer my own boat rather than paddling with someone else unless they are also in a kayak.

A some point, I will purge the safe down to guns I use and then purge a few more. I figure it is normal unless you want to die with a pile of firearms most of which you don't shoot or perhaps even look at anymore. I have guns I haven't even handled in 5 years and you know what, it doesn't bother me a bit. I don't even precisely remember what I own unless I look at a list. I could come close if I thought about it a bit.

June 9, 2011, 11:02 PM
Carl, sounds lie you need to take up a different shooting game - like sporting my wife started on it (she's wasn't a big shooter, she could have cared less), but now she looks forward to going

might want to investigate something like that

June 9, 2011, 11:08 PM
You get tired of most everything if you do it long enough except for sex, and I'm not too sure about that.

June 9, 2011, 11:35 PM
Retired 12 years--I still do a lot of handgun & 22 shooting because I can do it at the local gun shop range.
the rifle range is a 140 mile round trip--the price of gas will slow down my trips to the range.
I have never lost interest in hunting, shooting & reloading.
Old age is closing in on my legs--this will shortly destroy my hunting trips--bummer.

June 9, 2011, 11:39 PM
WOW, getting old must suck!

Maybe, but it sure beats NOT getting old. :)

June 9, 2011, 11:49 PM
Life changes.

I have just been completely blindsided by a divorce, and it has made me reevaluate everything from the ground up. For a little while, I wasn't interested in guns food, sleep, or even oxygen very much. But on the advice of friends, I am wrapping myself up in an activity and going through the process of becoming certified as an instructor and setting up a small business. I think that as the fog clears, I will still pretty much be facing the same direction.

We are allowed to have other interests. Let's be honest, we all SHOULD have other interests. My dad ties fishing flies, I was always wanting to take the .22 and go shoot something. There is no set formula that says guns have to be your top priority in life.

June 10, 2011, 06:33 AM
I've been a gun owner since I was 12, but my interest...while always there to a degree...comes and goes. I was really into it as a kid, but through high school and college didn't hardly pick up a rifle or shotgun unless I was going hunting, and didn't own any handguns. However, as I grew older and realized I could maybe finally afford some of the toys I've always wanted, I got more into shooting and obtaining firearms and ammuniiton to feed them. Where 10 years ago, i might have 500 rounds of .22 LR on hand and maybe a box of ammo for my 7mm Mag, now I keep over a thousand rounds of every caliber I own...oddly, with the EXCEPTION of the 7mm LOL. I carry frequently, and almost always have a rifle tucked away in the vehicle somewhere. I still don't shoot anywhere nearly as often as I'd like to, or nearly as often as i did as a child. Living in an urban environment, having amy own personal plinking range in the backyard...and a prairie dog town 400 yards what I miss most about growing up in the country. Mom and dad ewre used to and tolerant of mag dumps in the back yard....not so sure my eldery neighbors in a town of 13000 would feel the same way

June 10, 2011, 06:52 AM
Heck flyfishing is my main hobby. Actually hobby doesn't do it justice, flyfishing feeds my soul.

Shooting is enjoyable too, but its not flyfishing......

I don't think where shooting comes in on the list really matters at all. You sometimes enjoy doing some shooting and others times doing other things.

Isn't that whats called well rounded? :D

June 10, 2011, 07:03 AM
Yeah I know what you mean. Sometimes after shooting 200 rounds or so of 44 MAG in an afternoon I tend to stop shooting for awhile. I go and load up the empty brass again for needed therapy. Then by the next weekend I am ready to go do it again.:D I have been called a "gun nut" by several of my friends and family but I don't own the Boats/vacation homes they do and have to maintain them either:neener:. I figure I work 2 days a week so I can shoot/reload all I want and would not have it any other way. To each his own as they say.:D

June 10, 2011, 07:17 AM
There's more to life than firearms.
Yep........and guitars, cars, live-steam r/c boats, slot cars, and all the other stuff I do to relax. It's just 'stuff'.
I've been a firearms enthusiast for many decades (own several dozen hand guns and long guns).....but there is so much more to life.


Carl Levitian
June 10, 2011, 07:25 AM
[ Quote Diggers; Heck flyfishing is my main hobby. Actually hobby doesn't do it justice, flyfishing feeds my soul.

Shooting is enjoyable too, but its not flyfishing......"]

I know what you mean. I love fishing, fly fishing in particular, and it lets me do two hobbies at the same time. My fishing, and using one of the fleet of 5 canoes we have. Everything from an antique hand made ceder strip canoe to a modern Wenonah kevlar composite 16 foot canoe that weight only 39 pounds. While I fish, Karen likes to set up a spotting scope and watch wildlife. We used to bring along a .22 in the old days, to plink in the woods if fishing and wildlife watching was slow. But the way Maryland is now, we'd have a swat team down on us by the time we fired our third round. So these days we just bring along an airgun of some sort, and plink in the woods with nobody being the wiser. We still like shooting, but it's gotten so d--, regulated, it's not as much fun as it used to be.


June 10, 2011, 05:47 PM
This doesn't just affect you so-called 'old folks', I'm 27 and I've already been through this. Growing up, I was always hunting/fishing/trapping/shooting. During college I was playing my bass guitar constantly, was even in a band for a year or so. Towards the end of college I got into motorcycles - riding, wrenching, and even built an XS650 chopper. After a few years of that my focus turned to camping, backpacking, and exploring the great outdoors. Just this last fall/winter, I rediscovered the joys of shooting.

I still have my bass guitar, but haven't really played it years. I also kept one motorcycle, but now its more of a means of cheap transportation than a hobby. I still go camping quite regularly because the girlfriend likes doing that, but now I'm pretty much focused on shooting. I imagine that after a year or two of this, I might swing back into one of the old hobbies, or I might pick up a completely new one. I don't worry about my changing habits, I just embrace it because variety is the spice of life.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 10, 2011, 06:16 PM
Those of you who have spouses that join you in your hobbies, you are very fortunate. I cannot get my wife to shoot or hunt to save my life! I've bought some of my guns with the thought that she might like to shoot them. NO Way! So, she kind of has her own hobbies (quilting, sewing, always doing something), and I kind of have my own.

I discussed getting a motorcycle last year (at 54 years old), however with my spine condition and constant pain, all the vibration would really do me in. A friend took me for a ride through and around town last year and when I got off the Harley (he has the one that was like $16,000), my pain was worse than ever from the vibration.

We've discussed touring the country in our small station wagon or in my full-size work van, or even possibly driving to Alaska! However with me nearly out of work (self-employed) due to my health and my dwindling business over the past two years or so, living on my wife's salary is just not enough to do anything other than just keep afloat, paying monthly bills!

I try to be as prudent as I can with spending money on ANYTHING! Just the thought of my work van getting up in miles is now concerning me, things are starting to go on a 2003 van I bought new and now has about 85K miles on it. Just this morning one of the automatic transmission cooler lines was so rusted and corroded that it got a major crack in it. I barely made it home from town (four miles away), when I pulled into the driveway and saw a long line of fluid and felt it and saw it was red, I nearly had a stroke. I don't need to have my tranny run out and have me burn it up without knowing there was a leak! Before I called the wrecker with the flatbed truck, I checked the fluid level, at least it still had enough fluid in it to mark up to the FULL marking! I tried about five times as the transmission dipstick is about five feet long! After that, my wife and I prayed.

Sorry, I had to get all that off my chest.:)

June 10, 2011, 07:30 PM
I can relate to the OP about losing interest, my interest kind of wanes every now and then. I don't see anything wrong with losing interest with anything, that's the human spirit, always hungering for what they don't have, which drives them on, and once you have it, the goal isn't as good as the effort it took to achieve.

At least take heart that you don't have the rigmarole that I do here, by law I HAVE to compete (not much, but still a few comps per year) to keep my license, and thus guns. While I thoroughly enjoy it almost every time, HAVING to do it is kind of a kill-joy sometimes. It would be nice to be able to take a couple of year break doing other stuff and go back to shooting later.

June 10, 2011, 07:58 PM
When my interest starts to fade in a particular firearm, I will go to something new. For me much of the fun is learning about something new, particularly the history. So if centerfire is getting boring I will build a flintlock. Or if surplus rifles are getting boring I'll try a newer design.

One thing I just did was throw the question to THR in a poll form, and I bought the rifle that won the poll--an AR 15 in this case. It's completely new to me, and learning about its intricacies has already got me recharged about shooting.

June 10, 2011, 08:25 PM
What if you take a new challenge? have you had professional sniper training. Or done defensive drills with 3 guns? Develop a new firearm from scratch. As humans we develop we look for new challenges. That is what keeps us mentally alive.
Some o the traditional shooting that I see at the ranges always shooting at a piece of paper bang bang bang w/o even knowing why a bullet works, what is a ballistic trajectory and so many things. that is really boring. I could not stand that for even 20 rounds.
Try trap and skeet those are lots of fun. I never settle with anything. Air carbines, airsoft whatever.
Archery and canoeing is good too. Go on an organized hunt in where you can do them all even in the same day.
Imagination is the gate to personal amusement. Of all the challenges we face the first one is ourselves and our preconditioning that we need to break and rebuild sometimes.

What I am doing tomorrow with a friend.... I am going to do 22 LR "long range shooting" at 200 and 300 yards. The spotter will mill out the targets, calculate range, calculate adjustments basedon the ballistics chart and then he will call the adjustment and the shot. The shooter is there to deliver. All a great fun exercise that even with a limited range can "simulate" the same type of tactic you use in long range past 800 yards.

Keep supporting the 2nd amendment and specially the 1st one that is being violated all the time by the government themselves.

June 10, 2011, 10:03 PM
Great thread. I can relate.
It's the circle of life for me.......hunting-->rifles-->reloading-->pistols-->freshwater fishing-->college(2-legged deer)-->tournament marlin fishing-->inshore saltwater fishing-->sporting clays-->argentine bird hunting-->hot rods-->skeet-->pistol caliber lever rifles-->reloading again-->ar's-->pistols again.....who knows? 52 and still doing the circle.

June 10, 2011, 10:32 PM
When I was young, I wasn't much good at anything.

Until chess.

Man, what a high that was. I can still perform the knight-and-bishop forced mate, something most players never even learn. I was never a world class player, but I was good at something.

Then there was fencing. Once again, I was good, but not great.

I found that I could enjoy just about anything I was involved in, as long as I had a chance of getting good at it.

Many years later came computers. I taught myself to program in less than a month. Assembly language. And this time, I got really good, and it turned into a career. Thirty years later, I'm still at it. Somehow, it just never gets old. It would be easy to get overwhelmed at all the new technology and languages, but I have managed to stay reasonably close to my programming roots. (And have you guys seen the Fit-PC and the RaspberryPI computers? Awesome!)

And then there's shooting.

Interested as a kid, but not much opportunity, and I wasn't really all that good. Well, just good enough to qualify "expert" with the AR when the time came.

Then a long lapse. Really long. Like thirty years.

Finally I awoke from that slumber and re-engaged with firearms.

There is little likelihood that I will burn out on firearms in what time remains available to me.

There is simply too much to do. I'm sixty-one, and I have yet to go big game hunting. I've never fired a shotgun. I've never reloaded. I have a few pistols and a few rifles, but I so seldom get to the range (work eats the time, the bills eat the money) that the very idea that I could grow tired of it is worthy of a guffaw.

I'm a better shot with a carbine than I thought I would be. I'm a better pistol shot than I thought I'd be. I'm not great with either, but the room for improvement means I'll never be bored.

I don't spend all my time fixated on guns, but I'm continuously aware of them and that they are lonely. (Fixation . . . ? Well, uh, that's more about knives, really . . .)

I don't know as I'll ever be an expert, but I'll surely have fun trying.

I have something (okay, several somethings) to strive for, and knowing the time is limited makes burnout and boredom non-issues.

However, if I somehow reached all the pinnacles on my bucket list and had years left over, I would still have to pass that baton to as many of my grandkids' generation as I could.

Maybe getting a late start wasn't as bad as all that, after all.

June 11, 2011, 09:12 PM
I am four score minus two. I should be selling off my guns. Instead, I go to shows and peruse the ads on the net and if I see something I like it gets tossed in the safe. I still pull an occasional trigger.

June 11, 2011, 09:52 PM
To the OP, I know how you feel.

I loved to shoot, esp while in the Corps.

After I left the Corps, I had my personal handgun but you could count the amount of range time on one hand in 20 years or so.

Life sort of gets in the way.

I have since re-discovered my passion for shooting.

I thank all those who have protected my right to bear arms.

Life does go on.

June 12, 2011, 12:14 AM
I confess to being a typical college video game nerd. Guns fight with games (and books) for my time and money.

June 12, 2011, 10:08 AM
I'm kind of on the opposite end of that spectrum at the moment. My interest in other things I enjoy has waned a bit recently as I've gotten back into shooting and guns. Let's see, if I'd gone out and raced sailboats yesterday I'd have been scrambling across a hot deck on tacks and gibes, blistering my hands to haul or ease sheets quickly, and regardless what position I was on the crew, would have come home with unexplainable cuts, scrapes and bruises, and an aching back. Do I do it anyway and love it? I did, but not as much as I used to.
And instead yesterday I went to my first IDPA match and had a GREAT time! No cuts, scrapes, bruises or aching back (speedloader keeps my thumbs from being all cut up, maybe not macho, but I'm a girl and not supposed to have scarred up hands!). Cost wasn't much different overall when you count memberships, event fees, and gear. After the match (I didn't do poorly at all!) several of us went out for a late lunch and talked guns which was fun too. And here I am on a Sunday morning sitting on the patio with my laptop looking at gun forums. I really should be working - my business doesn't run itself only Mon-Fri between 8 and 5. But it IS Sunday and if I want to feed my obsession a little bit, I won't feel guilty for it! Now if I'm sitting here tomorrow morning when I really DO need to be working, that's another story. This morning I feel like indulging in talking guns and shooting with others who enjoy guns and shooting.

My point here though is at this moment, I can't fathom ever getting bored with it. But several years ago I couldn't fathom getting bored with racing either and now I'd far rather just go out for a booze cruise than fool with race tactics and strategy. Like someone else posted earlier in this thread, I've won a couple trophies, that's sufficient.

Shooting and guns are a multi-purpose endeavor though. Defense (of anything and everything I care about or that needs defending). The fact that I really enjoy shooting, in the same way but far more, than I like throwing darts or shooting pool - much better rush. I also just LIKE guns. My M&P9 is SO sweet and I'm having a great time with it, even enjoy cleaning it. I know at some point the newness will wear off and I'll be ready to look at the next gun on my wish list and I'll obsess about that for a while and the M&P will get some rest. I also picked up a rifle a friend built the other day and felt that same tingle - the "OMG-this-is-sexy-I-want-to-shoot-it-right-now" tingle. But I'm on a handgun kick at the moment so I'll just leave that rifle-tingle as something to look forward to later on. :)
Will I eventually get bored with guns/shooting? I suppose it's possible, but most of the other things I enjoy I can easily combine with shooting. Right now I'm trying to come up with some kind of floating targets that I can use repeatedly and that won't leave trash in the water. Imagine shooting a bobbing target from a moving boat (the power boat, not the sailboat) - talk about a cool way to challenge yourself!

I know what you mean though Carl. Realizing that something you once enjoyed/cared about has faded in importance is an odd feeling. Sometimes almost a guilty feeling. But life cycles and changes and we cycle and change with it.

I also find that life is far simpler when you pare it down to the basics and keep things simple. I'll probably never have a safe "full" of guns for the same reason I don't have dozens of bookcases overflowing with books or a dozen cameras or (don't be shocked) dozens of pairs of shoes. I have some "things" that have sentimental value (books, not shoes!) but most things must serve a purpose or they're just clutter. Yes, there are instances when the sole purpose of a thing is just because I like it - I really want a Ruger MKIII because its just a fun gun to shoot. And sometimes that's enough of a reason. I think you're decision to go back to the basics was a good one.

June 12, 2011, 12:21 PM
At 63 with a busted up back, everything changes. You can't make plans, because you don't know what you will be feeling like the day you made them for. But I try to keep my intrest in guns at a level I can deal with. I still amd buying and selling stuff, "just to keep myself interested". I have my carry guns, and everything else is subject to change. It gives me something to do. There was about a 10 year period where I stopped shooting all together. But now I started going regurlarlly again, and you really don't forget how to shoot. It's imbeded in your muscle memory. So you can stop for a while and pick it up when the interest returns.

June 12, 2011, 12:44 PM
I always seem to come back to guns. They are neat machines which last forever with little or no maintenance, don't take up much more than 1 room.... thus is why I collect and have so many.

Then when your mind starts to go you lose interest in everyting. My 95 yr old father in a nursing home was a pilot, landed in N Africa WW2, raised on a farm and ran his own business. Nothing remembered. Doesn't even care about TV. Just 3 years ago he was using a computer and driving.
It all goes away.

June 12, 2011, 01:37 PM
I've never bounced from hobby to hobby (I'm too poor) and guns have always been a part of my life and will be.

What I have dropped from my life is fishing only because it always required going out to fish, hunting and shooting I can do out my back door so I do.

I'm a minimalist, just a couple of .22's a 12 gauge and SD carry guns is all I have, only 2 center fire pistol calibers and no crammed full gun safe makes my life simple.

June 12, 2011, 01:55 PM
I have a number of hobbies, firearms being among them.

As I get older, and approach retirement, I find myself more interested in firearms, handloading, casting, and the like. I think it's because work has a way of cutting into range time.

I also like archery, ham radio, computers, reading, music, astronomy, and a couple other things. Reading is a way of life for me, I don't care much for tv fare, so I'm always buried in a book.

Normally, I can be on the computer, reading my Kindle while listening to music at the same time. My wife, who is used to this behavior, doesn't find it unusual anymore. At first she would shake her head and wonder how I could pay attention to several things at once. "Practice" I told her. LOL

I do find myself having less interest in ham radio lately. My station lays idle while I do other pursuits. My shortwave antenna had problems in a wind storm, and came crashing down. I have the parts for it, but I haven't rebuilt it yet.

Lately I haven't had a chance to shoot much, and I definitely miss it. I took a one week vacation, and only got to shoot once due to constant rain. The ranges are quite crowded on the weekends, which kind of puts a damper on it for me.

When I am retired, I'll be able to shoot during the week when most are at work. That suits me better. I look forward to retirement, after over 45 years of working. By the time I get to retire, 3 years or so from now, I'll have put over 40 years into my trade. That's a lot of time to do something, no matter what it is.

I do understand the waxing and waning of interests, people change over the years. I've had stretches where I never even touched a gun, but it wasn't intentional. It was just life getting in the way; overtime, travel to jobs, etc. When you drive 60 miles one way each day, it cuts into your leisure time.

June 12, 2011, 10:18 PM
Money seems to always get in the way of hobbies, ie. not enough of it to do every thing I would like. But I have always seemed to have enough to feed two, guns and motorcycles, they both took a back seat to raising a family and now that that is done, I and my wife enjoy both as much as we can. The guns are the priority though.

June 12, 2011, 10:32 PM
i've been skateboarding more than shooting lately.

June 13, 2011, 12:20 AM
I haven't been shooting in over a year, a combination of things, helping friends work on their houses on weekends, e.g. Though I visit the gun forums regularly and have added several new gun books to my library. All of my milsurps are safe queens, I bought them for the history, not the shooting.

June 13, 2011, 01:13 PM
I have a bunch of hobbies that I tend to cycle through. When I am "into" one, the others tend to take a back seat, sometimes for years. It's not that I lose interest, it more that something else rises to the top for 1 reason or another. There have been years when I did not shoot, now I'm back into it. For how long? Dunno. Maybe just until the next bright shiny object captures my attention.

June 13, 2011, 10:19 PM
Like the previous poster, I have several hobbies for which my passion varies over time. Some months I am crazy for photography, others I never even think about my camera. This has only happened once with shooting, but I suspect it will again. I just ride them out and wait.

June 14, 2011, 04:53 AM
Had a mild heart attack last year and just lost interest in a lot of things I thought were important to me. Cars, guns, and RVing fell by the wayside.
Still enjoy landscaping and "working"( :D ) in the shop.

My wife and daughter wanna get me a Crossman 1377 pellet pistol for Fathers Day and its peaking my interest. I always wanted one as a kid so maybe there's hope yet.

June 14, 2011, 05:53 AM
Carl your fleet sound really neat. That sounds like a great way to fish in style! :)

Sav .250
June 14, 2011, 08:13 AM
Time/Age has a direct affect on a person. What was once an anticipated
activity, now is a after thought. :)

June 14, 2011, 01:24 PM
I'm a recreational boater so I tend to shoot less during the summer months. After the fall harvest, when the fields are empty I'll start shooting clays again.
I would have to say though, that my overall interest in shooting has changed. I don't enjoy plinking at stationary targets as much as I used to. I've become more interested in hunting - varmint (coyote) hunting in particular.

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