I'm just curious. My family has a funny little denial of my collecting and shooting. It's pretty much all I have going for a hobby right now, but they certainly didn't get me anything remotely related to it. Anyone else have a similar experience?
My wife asked me what I wanted this year, and I said "Oh, anything for shooting". Her answer? the classic wife put-off "I don't know anything about that stuff!".
Now, don't get me wrong, she's a wonderful lady, but this attitude is a rather lazy one if you ask me. I know absolutely zippo about Imperial Carnival glass (which she collects), but if I'm to be a decent husband I know that I must not only learn, but treat her with a rare piece or something extravagant for her collection. (I'm just claiming my moral superiority here, don't read too much into it).
I instead get lots of pragmatic, perfectly boring gifts (clothes, collogne, etc.). That's ok, I appreciate them, but I always thought to ignore someone's passion, especially someone you live with, is a no-no. I think next year I'm going to get her a new set of dish-rags and a gift-certificate to the grocery! :D
Oh yeah, that'll go over well!
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December 27, 2002, 05:09 AM
If my family could buy me a good handgun, they would. The problem is, the good ones they would buy me are too expensive.
My family has an opinion...either get good stuff that'll last, or nothing at all. I got winter clothing, which I needed, for Christmas, plus some cash.
December 27, 2002, 05:43 AM
Hey, someone's gotta' do it..:D
December 27, 2002, 07:04 AM
I'm not asking for anything extravegant. I mean if I were to find a tricked out Kimber Compact or AR-15 I'd probably drop dead from the shock.
Simply an ammo box full of .308 for my FAL or .45 or 9mm for my pistols would be a nice treat, but like Swingset my family is in denial.
December 27, 2002, 07:11 AM
and how could you possibly call it Christmas without it:confused:
December 27, 2002, 07:30 AM
I am in the same boat with you. I received clothes.
December 27, 2002, 07:33 AM
Here. But I will turn the money into ammo!:D
December 27, 2002, 08:08 AM
My family is quite OK with guns. Dad bought me a gun-related book: Collectors guide to handguns and revolvers since 1850. My 84-year-old grandmother bought me a KATANA. How she always knows exactly what i need/want?
December 27, 2002, 08:09 AM
Nothing for me. But, I do have my eye on a gun safe that is on sale!
December 27, 2002, 08:29 AM
I did not receive anything gun or shooting related, but I gave something gun and shooting related. I gave my wife two more magazines for her CS9. She was very happy.
December 27, 2002, 08:50 AM
I got a DVD/CD player and the boxed "Band of Brothers" DVD collection. That counts in my book.
December 27, 2002, 10:40 AM
My wife made me a new sterling silver watch chain for my favorite Cowboy Action watch...a shooting sport that accessorizes...oh, how low I have fallen...
That, and a pan of fudge, was the extent of my Christmas.
My wife, however, has me building her a "Christmas pistol"...STI 5" in .40 with a radically lightened slide with milled "scale" serrations. Mmm...Bar-Sto bull barrel...all stainless furniture...hard chrome...I like building 'em about as much as shootin' 'em.
December 27, 2002, 10:43 AM
I got socks...
December 27, 2002, 10:55 AM
I'm at my GF's house again this x-mas. Last year her parents got me a bunch of ammo, but this year, because we flew here instead of driving, they got me (among other non-gun things) a hand held cordless power drill. They said at least it kind of looked like a gun!
Oh wait, I just remembered, my GF did give me a $50 gift certificate from my favorite gun shop. I guess I did get a gun-related present.
December 27, 2002, 11:06 AM
Nope - nothing gun related here! But to be honest, I didn't ask for any. I was concentrating more on chrome for my new bike, & I did get a bunch of that!
Of course, I did get money which I can spend on gun stuff, & a new computer game - Ghost Recon - so that is kinda like gun stuff!
December 27, 2002, 11:31 AM
I got sox & choneez :rolleyes:
December 27, 2002, 11:36 AM
I did not get any guns or shooting stuff , but i did get a nice Ka-Bar knife.
December 27, 2002, 11:40 AM
My family thinks I have enough gun stuff and then some. Unless I specifically request something relate to guns, it aint gonna happen. Far from days done by. On my 5th Christmas with my wife she bought me a S&W 686. 6" bl. That was 1986. If my 401(k) had done as well as some of my guns, I could retire now. Oh well!
December 27, 2002, 12:10 PM
No shooting stuff this year but thats mostly because of the $$$$ we spent on the Nascar cruise we just went on. Did get a new Matt Kenseth racing jacket , a Flyers wind shirt, Flyers t-shirt, and a Flyers hat.
December 27, 2002, 12:16 PM
No gun stuff for me.:(
December 27, 2002, 12:21 PM
The two closest thing I got were a Kershaw Alaskan Blade Trader knife set and the third season of The Sopranos on DVD.
December 27, 2002, 12:26 PM
Didn't receive anything myself
but was invited by my boss over to his house for Christmas eve. HIS wife bought him a Browning A-Bolt in 30.06 with a Leopold scope and a Benelli M1. Since I'm the "gun expert", guess who got to clean, assemble, and test fire the new toys:D
Will need to go back this weekend to test the scope zero at longer range. Was only able to fire 20 rounds at 25 yards.:cool:
December 27, 2002, 12:28 PM
I didn't get anything gun-related for Christmas. I never do, never have. But mostly I prefer it that way. I'm picky about exactly which things I want to have. And many gun-related things are too expensive to be a gift.
Same with photo stuff. I've had that as my hobby for longer than guns (I have negatives going back to when I was in second grade; I didn't start shooting until I was out of college).
December 27, 2002, 12:29 PM
:( Christmas, what's that?
For those of you with familys give thanks. I have no family left. All our traditions are gone. My wife and I are alone in IL.
No tree, no cards, no Christmas music. All my records (yes real vinal) is boxed in a storage locker.
We are saving our funds so we can get the he!! out of IL before Blagoyajerk can start with his gun grab plans.
We didn't buy each other anything.
Actually I did get something for Christmas, :D , it snowed. This is the first White Christmas I have had since I was a child living in Farmington NM.
Sorry about the negative post. Please forgive.
December 27, 2002, 12:32 PM
I got a Stuka. (1:18th scale).
December 27, 2002, 12:35 PM
But I did get an auto gate opener so I won't have to get out in the rain and get my gun wet so I guess that counts!:D
December 27, 2002, 12:47 PM
Did pretty good last year but nothing this year. Still isn't over, going to my sisters next week, my request was for a Midway USA gift certificate. Probably get socks:rolleyes:
December 27, 2002, 01:14 PM
Mrs. echo3mike is pretty anti...is in therapy for it, but still...
She's pretty much nixed gun related gifts from the list for both herself and her family. It's O.K., 'cuz the stuff I usually want / need is pretty expensive so I usually just blow a little on myself this time of year (and Natchez has the 8lb keg of Varget for $99, so I don't feel quite so bad). In reality, I pretty much already have everything I need in a great (albeit anti) wife, family, good health, some pretty cool toys, decent job with potential, you bozos to chew the fat with....yeah, I'm good...
The rest of her family is O.K. with the gun stuff...I even have a standing invite to come out to the family farm to shoot her cousin's ex-friggin'-tensive collection...like three large safes each chock-a-block full of rifles and shotguns...no room for the couple of dozen or so handguns, so they just find room where they can. Between that and the beaucoup bar-b-que I've packed in over the last week it's more than enough for moi.
December 27, 2002, 01:18 PM
I opened all my presents and got no gun related stuff...:mad:
Then my GF hands me this box that looked like a sweater was in it, and inside I found a 10 round Wilson Mag for a 1911. :) Nothing like packing 11 rounds of .45 :)
December 27, 2002, 01:20 PM
I'm one who didn't get ANY gun related stuff for Christmas!
But wait, you see I didn't really need any of my favorite toy's.
So, everything is O.K. cuz I have gotten gun related product's
all year long. I can see into the future; and with that the
future hold's a Smith & Wesson 360sc, or a LNIB nickel S&W
model 39-2! Worth waiting for, IMHO.
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
December 27, 2002, 01:22 PM
Last year the inlaws bought me "Shooter's Bible" and "Gun Trader's Guide".
Other than that I have not asked for nor received any gun related gifts. Which is OK, I like to pick and choose my own stuff in that area.
I got nice flannel pajamas.:)
December 27, 2002, 01:30 PM
No gun stuff again.I really didn't expect any as I buy My own gun stuff to avoid confusion.Got lotsa goodies though!tom.:)
December 27, 2002, 01:48 PM
Everything I got is gun, bow, or hunting related, except for a giant Hershey's Dark Chocolate bar. Come to think of it, the chocolate will go hunting with me so it fits also.
Oh, almost forgot, I also got the $30 to send off for my Curios and Relics license.
December 27, 2002, 03:52 PM
Nothing gun related for me either, but the reason is probably the same as the reason why I got no books or recordings--my wife knows that I've probably already bought what I want. She says this character trait means that I'm hard to buy for. . . .
December 27, 2002, 04:20 PM
Santa Claus (me) got me an AR-15 a few weeks early, so I wasn't disappointed when nobody else got me anything.
December 27, 2002, 05:24 PM
My wife and I have a no-gift exchange policy that I break every year. A couple of weeks ago I got myself a gun safe. For Christmas I got my wife a new car (she was more than surprised).
It's difficult for non-shooters to know what to get, since the sport is so technical. Same thing with motorcycles, which is why my parents get me an HD gift certificate every year. This year, though, they goofed and got me an HD clock that makes motorcycle noises on the turn of every hour. :rolleyes:
December 27, 2002, 10:52 PM
I'm starting to feel sorry for you guys so I'll share a tip. I got socks and ugly sweaters for years. While I never liked giving suggestions for gifts, my wife's family all do it. So last year, I just filled out an order form from the Dillon catalog and left it on her desk. Santa brought me a new range bag and a Sure Fire light. This year I found .357 dies, a caliber conversion kit and some 12 ga. snap caps. She even shared an item with my sister who must have called asking what to buy: new shotgun manual from Jim Crews. Makes life easy for them and makes me believe in Santa again. Try it, you'll like it!
December 27, 2002, 11:35 PM
But I got a Dremel Tool kit and a $40 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. So I can work on some project guns, and get a few magazines like The Gun List or Small Arms Review. ;)
December 27, 2002, 11:57 PM
Got a firearms related book and nothing else even remotely firearms related!
December 28, 2002, 08:35 AM
Band of Brothers was the closest thing to gun related (but I didnt ask for anything directly gun related, last year I got a scope and Peltor electronic earmuffs when I asked for them), all the cash I got will be going towards buying ammo.
December 28, 2002, 10:08 AM
No, not really, but it was great!
I drove 2 hours and got to my parents at 10a.m. on Christmas Eve. Had an early lunch with the immediate family and then, having a few hours until all of the relatives started showing up, my father and I drove 'across town' 5 blocks to the gun store.
It had started snowing and was absolutely beautiful.
We spent an enjoyable couple of hours looking at stuff and I bought four boxes of Eley target ammo for way too much per box.
The fun part of the trip was getting my dad to look at a couple of $1300 Cooper rifles, but he preferred some of the plainer pre-64 Winchesters and old Remingtons. The actual purpose of the trip was the ongoing search for a new hunting hat for his brother - it had to be just like the old one. No luck.
I think I'm going to be in trouble with my mother if I buy my father a rifle he doesn't need for his 81st birthday next month. We will see.
And then it really snowed and everyone had a Merry Christmas.
Happy New Year!
December 28, 2002, 10:21 AM
All gun related gifts. Of course, I usually buy my own Christmas gifts. It's hard to get something you don't want. I received a new Pro-Tactical Kimber. My wife received a Sig P239 and a new pocket knife.:)
December 28, 2002, 10:31 AM
Sorry about the negative post. Please forgive. No need to ask for forgiveness. What better gift to give yourself and your wife than freedom.
I respect your displine to achieve said freedom. It's one thing to buy your way out, quite another to deny one's wants to achieve something a lot of others take for granted.
For Christmas I got a Craftsman compound miter saw, a hand made mini pool table and 300 round of 45 ball ammo. (YEAH)
That pool table in really cool. My sister works at a prison. Some of the inmates will make things and sell. She said it took 3 months for the inmate to make this pool table. It's made of match sticks and popsicle sticks. It is about 5 inches tall, 8 inches wide and about 12 inches long. Weighs about 2 pounds. Has hand painted balls and two cue sticks. With red felt on the table top and bumpers.
It's really pretty cool. The holes actually work with a catch tray on one end. It also has a storage drawer in one leg and a ball rack.
I'll bring a digital camera home from work if you guys want to see a picture of it.
It really is neat!
December 28, 2002, 11:01 AM
I didn't get anything from anybody else, so I took care of myself(I usually do).
December 28, 2002, 06:17 PM
No firearms or related stuff, but....
My parents combined my Christmas and birthday and bought me a really nice Wusthof-Trident Classic 7-piece knife and block set. I've lusted after a nice kitchen set for years (yes, I can cook) and the Wusthof Classic series is pretty much top-of-the-line.
My liberal artist brother-in-law got a little reprieve from my heckling this year because of the hand-carved a picture frame he made for my favorite Norman Rockwell prints ("Triple Self-Portrait"). Jeez, I wish I had his eye for detail, 'cause the frame is a true work of art. Other than his political views he's a pretty decent guy and he treats my sister like a queen, so I can't really be dissappointed.
My brother got me a gift certificate to the little local hardware and drygoods store in my home town. This is one of those places that has been there just about forever, and searching around in the back is something akin to an archaeological dig. You never know what you'll uncover. Last year I found a box of Peter's shotgun shells sitting quietly on the back of a high shelf, and this Christmas I was rummaging around a found a box of Remington 38 Auto Colt Pistol cartridges that had fallen behind a drawer. Dad came up with a dutch oven made in the 30's, and Mom found a couple of pieces of depression glass (still boxed and wrapped in wax paper). Fun!
December 28, 2002, 06:25 PM
I always ask for bricks of 22 shells & always get them :D
The range closed here last year so only shooting I get done is airgun in the back yard, this year I asked for lots of pellets. DIDN"T GET A ONE>:mad: GUESS THEY COST TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!
December 28, 2002, 07:24 PM
Didn't get anything gun-related this year ... at least not for Christmas! But I did give my soon-to-be-twelve-year-old daughter a blaze orange vest and hat to go with the .22 I gave her for her last birthday.
December 28, 2002, 07:52 PM
And it depends on how you look at it. Santa gave my wife a new, big time, quilting, sewing machine. As far as gun/gun related presents he didn't give me a thing. Santa did notice that my wife was brimming over with Xmas spirit because of the sewing machine. That spirit is likely to come to the fore the next time I get a "gun urge". Clever fella' that Santa. Good shooting:)
December 28, 2002, 08:03 PM
I usually buy the items I really want throughout the year. My blood family would never buy anyhting like gun related stuff except for maybe my youngest brother.
The in-laws are great and are almost all shooters save for the Chicagoan my sister-in-law married. :(
My wife will usually buy most anything within reason I asked for and has bought many nice fishing reels, knives, and tools in the past. This was the 1st year I had ever actually asked for a gun. I got the stainless 10/22 I wanted for the collection . Also a VERY nice Benchmade and heater for the garage (shop). :D
I don't know if I will wait until next Xmas for the new Savage I want, or go ahead and get it myself. :confused: :D :D
December 28, 2002, 08:19 PM
I got cash, and none of it is going towards guns or gun-related stuff.
December 28, 2002, 08:47 PM
Not a thing gun related--UNTIL the very end when my dad asks if I need some rounds and puts about 250 .45 reloads into a zip-loc bag!
December 28, 2002, 11:00 PM
I got hunting socks, a hunting vest and a hat. Got more stuff than that but that was the only gun related items.
December 28, 2002, 11:20 PM
I didn't get anything for Xmas, but I guess that's because I'm an Orthodox Jew and I don't celebrate Xmas:D .
Anyway, for Chanukah it seemed that if it had anything to do with two of the most important things in my life (Judaism and guns) no one in my family wanted to touch it. I got DVDs, socks, a book on secular Jewish culture in Baltimore, and the one exception, a book on Chassidic (sometimes spelled Hassidic) Judaism written by someone who knows nothing about Orthodox and Chassidic Judaism.:rolleyes:
December 29, 2002, 10:33 AM
I got a hot bluing tank set up from Brownells !!! And the Band of Brothers DVD .:cool:
December 29, 2002, 11:09 AM
Not a thing. My wife and I didn't exchange gifts this year, though, and she would surely have gotten me some 7.5 brass and a couple of bullet molds or something. She's a good woman.
My brother-in-law got me a Borders gift certificate, so I treated myself to "101 Things to Do Until the Revolution" and "Divers Arts."
I paid with the Borders card and a Visa checkcard, so I'm sure I'm on every Federal watch list going, but what the heck? ;)
December 29, 2002, 12:08 PM
I didn't get jack.
December 29, 2002, 12:53 PM
No gun stuff for Christmas... unless you count the Valtro, which I gave myself.