Am I an addict


January 19, 2012, 08:04 PM
I don't think that I'm addicted to firearms but my dear loving wife thinks I need help. All the help I need is to help carry the new ones in, log them into the book, clean if necessary, find a place and label the location. Just today I bought another M1 Garand by Springfield Armory with M5 bayonet, 600+ rounds of surplus in bandoleers, original cleaning kit for butt stock and a few other goodies. Before I got this unloaded was already on the phone working on the next two or three. BUT I CAN QUIT Anytime I want. But I still see space in front gun cabinet for at least two more. BUT I CAN QUIT. Or should I just admit that "yes I'm hooked" ????

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January 19, 2012, 08:17 PM
You're singing to the choir friend.:D

January 19, 2012, 08:19 PM
I admitted I was hooked a long time ago and I only have a few guns I decided to only buy guns I could justify purchasing and using. Good luck!

January 19, 2012, 08:21 PM
Nah. You could stop if you wanted to; you just don't want to.:D

January 19, 2012, 08:42 PM
I just have two or three more that are on my list and thats all I really need:rolleyes:

January 19, 2012, 09:16 PM
My wife asked once why I bought a particular pistol and the answer was "cause I didn't have one". Guess I do need to set down and complete a listing of what all I do own. Maybe I do need help ;-}

January 19, 2012, 09:21 PM
no, you're not. because you log in the location. If you were hooked, you'd remember where everyone is (go ahead, just ask me - any of them...) I Have a very short must have list... but every time I get one, the list expands...

January 19, 2012, 09:26 PM
BUT I CAN QUIT Anytime I want.

That's what we all say. ;)

I'm an addict and OK with it, as long as my spending doesn't get over the stop I don't see this as a problem.

My wife has a hard time understanding how I can be so obsessed with anything, much less guns. I tell her she just doesn't understand that new gun "high" I get. :D

It's only a problem if it is negatively effecting your life. Otherwise it is just a harmless obsession.

Mac's Precision
January 19, 2012, 09:32 PM
I have stopped buying guns I can't justify owning. Oh..did I mention that I am REALLY creative at coming up with justification ;):D

I started out making lists starting at 22 and ending at 500 in both handguns and rifles. Trying to fill the needs up and down both lists. I hit all the major caliber increments ....then I realized there were cool calibers IN BETWEEN the ones I had. Tell me there isn't a good reason to own a 30-30, 308, 270 and 30-06?

My wife has long since given up asking why I bought something new.....

She now asks.... "where's Mine?" So now she has a collection that is all her own in various colors and laminated purple stuff.

So your wife something pink or purple maybe electric blue.... Something she might fancy could soften the impact on your hobby and you might just get to shoot with your wife.

January 19, 2012, 09:37 PM
I admitted I was hooked a long time ago and I only have a few guns I decided to only buy guns I could justify purchasing and using. Good luck!

"I want it"

There's my justification. That doesn't work well in my house

January 19, 2012, 09:39 PM
I got very lucky, I've been addicted to firearms since...birth? As far back as I can remember anyway. I am a junior in high school so I can't buy them myself but I have worked enough in the last year or so to buy,ehem, I mean my father buy 8 firearms that he owns. Im glad I caught it early in life so maybe one day I'll burn out or something. Or maybe it will just get worse (which is what seems to be happening).

January 19, 2012, 10:47 PM

Um, sorry, what was the question?

January 19, 2012, 11:03 PM
You don't really have a problem until you find yourself owning sets of three identical firearms in order to have one to shoot, one to handle yet remain pretty and one never removed from the box - that's an indicator of a serious problem.

January 20, 2012, 06:15 AM
Yes, what ApacheCoTodd posted.

When you start aquiring multiples of the same gun, solely for the purpose of:
one to use,
one to fondle,
one to sell or trade later because it was just too good of a deal to pass up,
one to eventually replace the one to use,
one to put away because it's NIB,
one to put away because it's LNIB,
and so on and so on...

If you're doing that, then maybe you have a problem. But if not then by all means, carry on.

Mt Shooter
January 20, 2012, 09:01 AM
My wife says I am excessive, I think its normal to have 10 mags for each one.

January 20, 2012, 09:32 AM
hey me too!

January 20, 2012, 09:33 AM
Just tell her that THR is part of your 12 step program and that buying a few more guns is the only way to confront your demons.

Didn't work for me, but it might for you ;)

January 20, 2012, 09:36 AM
no, you're not. because you log in the location. If you were hooked, you'd remember where everyone is (go ahead, just ask me - any of them...) I Have a very short must have list... but every time I get one, the list expands...

I'm pretty sure I'm hooked too, but sometimes I can't remember which safe I put it in:banghead:

January 20, 2012, 09:52 AM
You've obviously failed in your attempt to train the little woman properly :what:

Case in point: Gun show, I always take the wife because she has a great eye for detail or hidden treasures. Last show as we're walking out due to the lack of finding something worthy of the safe she looks me in the eye and says "Babe, I didn't tell you this but I had another $800 with me in case you ran into that Colt you wanted". Now that's what I'm talking about :D

January 20, 2012, 10:06 AM
Hi, my name's Mike and I'm an addict. :D

My wife is okay with my addiction as long as I keep it from ruining our finances. We've worked out a deal which allows each of us some spending money from each of my quarterly bonuses. I get guns, she gets clothes/makeup/purses etc. On occasion I've been known to spend a little more and she just adds that to hers. The problem I run into is not having enough $ left to stock up on ammo for my new purchases.

I haven't gotten to the point of having multiples of the same gun because I'm not a very focussed collector. Pistols, bolt action, milsurps, modern military, I like them all.

Baba Louie
January 20, 2012, 10:10 AM
Back when I had a spousal unit I simply tried to match her. Her Shoes... my guns (knives, archery and fishing tackle too).

I never did catch up to her shoe collection. Probably just as well. A guy could go broke doing that. :rolleyes:

I'm happy nowadays just feeding the few that survived. ;)

January 20, 2012, 10:15 AM
Seems that is all I think about, expensive for me retired on a fixed income. I have purchased a lot of guns over the last 3-4 yrs. I have a special connection to each and everyone of them I love hunting and going to the shooting range to improve myself. I know Im addited. But the way I see it Is that some folks spend a lot of money and time on the Golf Course Chasing a little ball from hole to hole. So thats good if that what you enjoy And yes you can overdo it. But dont forget about you spouse. She could be right.

P.S Now getting into BlackPowder and I really like it better. Wish me luck So I will know when to stop have purchased 3 blackpowder guns in the last few weeks. At that rate I will have 36 new guns by the end of the year. Huh! Just a saying, Really there is no way I wouldl do such unless I was bring in a 6 fiq income

January 20, 2012, 10:31 AM
Gunaholics self assessment

1. How often do you make a purchase involving a firearm?

2. How many firearms do you admire on a typical day?

3. How often do you admire six or more firearms on one occasion?

4. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember which threads on THR you've already posted on?

5. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop browsing THR once you started?

6. How often during the last year have you failed to do what is normally expected from you because of sneaking out to hit the range, LGS, Bass Pro, Cabela's, Gander Mtn, or THR?

7. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of hoarding firearms, ammo, and/or firearm accessories?

8. Has a relative or friend or Range Officer been concerned about your shooting or suggested you cut down?

9. How often in the last year have you needed a quick field strip in the morning to get things back in condition after a heavy shooting session?

10. How often during the past year have you had feelings of guilt or remorse after a firearm purchase?

11. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your firearm addiction?

January 20, 2012, 10:38 AM
I tried to stop after my gun safe was full...... then came in one more two more im at 17 more rifles and shotguns after i said i had enough.

January 20, 2012, 11:42 AM
SHARKHAT After reading your post I think I'm in trouble. Like yesterday I came home with the Springfield M1 Garand just so I don't have to fire the other M1 I have, now I look at the condition of the second one and don't want to use it because its LNIB God I am An Addict I just hope that there is no cure for it.

January 20, 2012, 11:46 AM
Discussions w/wives are always dangerous territory (based on observation. not direct experience). If you're feeling lucky ask her how many pairs of shoes she has :-) Be prepared to duck!

I personally try to focus on acquisitions that I'll be shooting or the occasional "spare" in case the primary is rendered inoperative or unavailable for an extended period of time. I also have spare parts for the more serious firearms, but the best spare is another complete unit.

However, I also understand the urge to collect. In that vein it's worth considering pursuing a theme as opposed to just an unfocused grab bag of what's simply available.

The really serious collectors have rooms of gun safes or a walk-in vault.

January 20, 2012, 04:32 PM
The really serious collectors have rooms of gun safes or a walk-in vault.

The best place I have for that, the Wife took over for storing XMas decorations. :cuss:

My problem is now I need another safe....getting the guns in isn't a problem but getting the safe in under the cover of darkness, now that's another story.

January 20, 2012, 06:38 PM
Zanotti makes a "component" safe that doesn't require a forklift or manpower equivalent to move.

What is the heaviest piece of the safe?
The door is the heaviest piece. It weighs from 100lbs. to 175lbs. depending on the model.

How many people does it take to assemble the safe?
The larger safes need two people to handle parts and assemble.


You could rent a refrigerator cart and move the pieces into position by yourself. Probably good to get a friend to help wrestling the pieces together.

January 20, 2012, 07:08 PM
Once an addict, always an addict. Welcome to the choir.

January 20, 2012, 07:59 PM
the only cure to this addiction is buying every type of gun out there and shooting it untill it hurts. I think you are on the right path to being cured

CSA 357
January 20, 2012, 08:27 PM
did you tell her about the zombies? i did my wifes out buying ammo while i shop for the guns!

January 21, 2012, 01:50 AM
I are addicted.:D:D I have stopped buying firearms at least 200 times. I tell you I can quit when I want to-------------I really can you know.:banghead:

January 21, 2012, 02:42 PM
6:00 AM, puppy woke me to do his morning routine. Walked past coffee pot and hit the on switch. Ten min later went to get the cup of caffeine, noticed the pot had flooded over on counter top. Started cleaning mess up and used the sprayer from sink to wash up some of the mess. It quit working, which was why I had a replacement on hand to get around too. Changed out the fixture, instantly broke the line that feeds cold water. Closest Home Depot is about 14 miles away, make the trip to pick up repair part. Now every thing is going great "RIGHT" until I saw that my favorite Pawn/Gun shop was open. Long story short came home with a 20" flex water line and a 12ga Saiga Shotgun. I think I need help ...

January 22, 2012, 01:38 PM
Yep, I'm an addict as well, according to the wife.

While I'm not buying anymore guns for at least a few months, mags and ammo are fair game.

Although, the wife did surprise me yesterday with a couple boxes of 7.62x39 and a box of 6.5 Jap for my Arisaka.

January 22, 2012, 02:05 PM
my name is pinstripe, and I have been an addict for 19 years. I think that you are doing fine. Just realizing you are an addict is a step towards recovery. If you really want a cure you could send all your weapons to me and say 10 Hail marys and you will be cured. I will be willing to pay shipping. Go and sin no more my son.:D

January 22, 2012, 02:09 PM
You may be "an addict" but not "a addict".

As far as the affliction goes, probably most of the people on this site are addicts as well.

January 22, 2012, 03:55 PM
I cured my firearm addiction by drinking more.

January 22, 2012, 06:33 PM
Here's to you Mike.

January 22, 2012, 06:56 PM
Better than drugs...

THe Dove
January 22, 2012, 09:23 PM
Nope, you are not "AN ADDICT"!!! You're gona fit right in....

Feel better?

The Dove

January 22, 2012, 09:43 PM
Cure is credit cards. Lots of

January 22, 2012, 09:48 PM
I was discussing my next purchase with my dad (gun addiction is clearly genetic and I inherited it from him) and my girlfriend made a comment about how many I already have and how I want one of everything ever made. My dad just told her that "well now, you know that's not true at all. He doesn't want one of everything - just the ones he hasn't had yet."

He understands.

January 23, 2012, 04:35 AM
My dad just told her that "well now, you know that's not true at all. He doesn't want one of everything - just the ones he hasn't had yet."

He understands.

That sounds like my dad!

Friendly, Don't Fire!
January 23, 2012, 07:30 AM
I concur with those who state they only have arms they can justify owning. Since I was younger and starting to buy and swap guns, I have had some really nice guns that I never should have sold. I needed the money to pay the taxes, buy fuel oil, pay my employees, and any number of other things people need money for. Funny thing is, I always sold them at a loss, contrary to what many people say happens, i.e., they are a great investment. Yes, they are a great investment in the long-term, not if you have it five years or less then sell it.

I don't know exactly how many guns I have, but I could easily count them with my ten fingers. Over ten years ago, I made the decision that I would never sell or trade any of them again. It just wasn't worth the mental aggravation I would go through later when I remembered some of those fine pieces and just how well I got them to shoot!

I only have guns now that each serve a purpose. A couple may overlap the purpose of another one, but that's OK.

Having that attitude has made me really, REALLY, want to buy a gun and feel it is an actual necessity to have, before I will even consider spending anything on any more guns.

I guess very little work and lack of money kind of helped put me into this "attitude" I guess one would call it.

I certainly do not make the same money I once did (or at least thought I did)!:rolleyes:

January 23, 2012, 08:02 AM
I'm addicted. But its healthier than the cigarettes and soda that I am also addicted to.

I went shooting with my brothers yesterday. We lugged a bunch of guns/ammo into the snow filled woods and stood in the pouring rain for an hour. Any other day I would complain about the rain.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! :D Ahhhh .. Therapy!!!

January 23, 2012, 08:19 AM
Addiction? What are y'all talking about?
I think I'm doing just fine. I only bought a few guns last year.
#1 Ithaca Mod. 49 single shot .22 lever action
#2 Stevens Favorite 22lr
#3 1936 Tula 91/30 SCW
#4 M1893 Oviedo Mauser sporter, missing the bolt
#5 No1 MkIII Barreled action. Unknown year and make.
#6 M1893 Oviedo Mauser carbine
#7 Remington 552 Speedmaster
#8 1917 Colt Revolver
#9 K98 action
#10 Finn marked N.E.W. M91 Mosin
#11 1946 Izhevsk M44 Mosin
#12 1920 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#13 1924 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#14 1926 Tula Mosin 91/30
#15 1927 Tula Mosin 91/30
#16 1927 Tula Mosin 91/30
#17 1927 Tula Mosin 91/30
#18 1928 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#19 1928 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#20 1928 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#21 1929 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#22 1930 Tula Mosin 91/30
#23 1930 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#24 1930 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#25 1931 Tula Mosin 91/30
#26 1931 Tula Mosin 91/30
#27 1932 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#28 1933 Tula Mosin 91/30
#29 1934 Tula Mosin 91/30
#30 1934 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#31 1935 Izhevsk Mosin 91/30
#32 Finn marked 1907 Imperial Tula M91 Mosin
#33 Swiss K31 Walnut No sights
#34 Swiss K31 Walnut
#35 Swiss K31 Beech
#36 Swiss K31 Beech
#37 Swiss K31 Beech
#38 1916 Enfield No.1 Mk.III DR rifle
#39 Finn marked 1907 Imperill Tula M91
#40 98 Mauser action South American.
#41 & #42 Two South American FN contract 98 actions.
#43 CZ/Brno ZKM 468 rifle
#44 M38 Carcano
#45 M91/38 Carcano
#46 Turkish marked CZ 98/22
#47 Another Turkish marked CZ 98/22
#48 1943 Izhevsk M38 Mosin
#49 1942 Izhevsk Mosin repro sniper.
#50 Lyman 44 cal New Model Army Remington cap and ball.
#51 Turk 1893 barreled action.
#52 1943 Izhevsk 1891/59
#53 1937 Turk 1903 Mauser
#54 1932 Turk 1903 barreled action
#55 Finn 91/24 Mosin
#56 1942 lithgow No1 MkIII*
#57 Chinese Hanyang Type 88
#58 Polish Wz48 all matching numbers
#59 Turk 1893 Mauser
#60 Ishapore No1 MkIII 410 all matching no inport marked.
#61 Spanish FR8 Mauser
#62 High Standard Sport-King
#63 Russian 1946 M44
#64 Remington 511
#65 1953 Romania M44
#66 VZ 24 Mauser
#67 Steyr M95
#68 Belgium Flobert rifle
#69 Steyr 95 rifle
#70 1940 Tula Tokarev
#71 1938 Tula 91/30 project rifle
#72 EIG Model E15 German made 22 single action revolver.
#73 Remington 597 project rifle.
#74 Taurus Mod 82 38 SPL
#75 Enfield No2 MkI** revolver
#76 1908 Brazilian Mauser in 7mm.
#77 Vz24 Mauser barreled action in 7mm.
#78 another 1942 No2 MkI**
#79 Winchester mod. 94 30/30

And the ex-wife doesn't have a problem with the guns I buy.

January 23, 2012, 02:11 PM
^ Wow i feel great now i only bought 9 in 2012 so far and 17 in 2011.

January 23, 2012, 02:15 PM
At least I didn't buy one that my wife really wanted, muzzle loader mountain howitzer. Maybe I should have and she would not have any complaints.

bbq fan
January 23, 2012, 09:34 PM
I feel this addiction could save my family's life...

February 17, 2012, 08:59 AM
I am in this boat like everyone on here. I get the "how many can you carry into the woods" from the boss lady and the "you can only shoot one at a time" she has no clue of the desire or absolute need to have that new or old in this case gun. I like many would love to have far more than my budget allows.

February 17, 2012, 09:14 AM
My criteria is pretty simple. If you own less than a hundred firearms you're a hobbyist/collector. More than that it may be time for a twelve step program. But I have a system. When you get close to addiction. Sell something.:)

February 17, 2012, 05:52 PM
Every time I buy a gun I think "That should pretty much give me everything I will ever need." Trouble is, there is always another!

February 17, 2012, 06:27 PM
I have an addiction......and my wife actually purchases to help me with my addiction.

February 17, 2012, 07:48 PM
Face it are a worthless piece of gun loving scum...just like me. We are powerless against the allure of all manner of blued and stainless steel that is woven into something that even remotely resembles ordnance of the small arms configuration. It is a hopeless and relentless battle that never seems to subside for any longer than it takes us to re-emerge from a hiatus in the bunker while our last foray blows over at the homestead. We are consumed by this obsession to the point that our family has mostly given us up to this scurge...although, they still insist on pointing out that we are not making any overt effort to thwart this attack.

My friend, the only advice that I can give in dealing with this addiction enjoy your poor health.:D

February 17, 2012, 08:01 PM
I think my fellow black powder brethren and I may well be the worst of the bunch as we don't even have a third party FFL holder getting involved, they simply ship guns to your door.
Then you can make volumes of smoke and feel the rolling thunder and man I need a pair of short '58's and some good leather.

February 17, 2012, 08:08 PM
Well I did prove that I could walk away, was offered a beautiful 1917 Eddystone at a price that was close to dirt cheap. But I did walk away, but in few days after I bought my SA 1911 45cal. [B]KBBAILEY[B] I have to admit that the BP bug had already bit, I did reduce the number of BP rifles down to only 3, flintlock pistols (1), precussion pistols about a dozen, Colt Walker, 3rd Model Dragoon, 1858, 1851 Navy, 1851 Sheriff and don't remember what is in the other cabinet.

February 18, 2012, 01:17 AM
I only need one or two more and I will be happy, one or two more room fulls that is.

I like to think my guns are an liquid asset/investment but really it is an addiction. But I'm ok with that.

February 18, 2012, 01:50 AM
Hello. My name is MistWolf. I have rifles, pistols and shotguns, some I have assembled myself. I have three more rifle kits needing assembly. I have owned and built several Jeeps. I am currently looking for my next Jeep. I am in a 12 Step Program in which I am never more than 12 steps from any of my firearms. Certain firearms I have reduced the number of steps to 2. My wife loves me. I don't have a problem. Life is good

February 18, 2012, 11:37 AM
I bought 79 guns last year. I have only bought 6 this year. I can stop buying guns at anytime.

February 19, 2012, 10:09 AM
I've quit buying guns six or seven times. ;)

Look, unlike many things you could spend money on, it's an asset that you could sell for more or less than what you paid for it.

February 19, 2012, 10:25 AM
I've found them to be like cars. Most sell for less (even if slightly less) than what I bought them for. The only way I see guns becoming worth more is if they stop making them or make them really hard to get. If you want something that will increase in price, buy gold.

February 19, 2012, 08:29 PM
Enjoy your addiction. Trust me on this one, there are a lot of worse things to be addicted to.

February 19, 2012, 10:27 PM
The only way I see guns becoming worth more is if they stop making them or make them really hard to get. If you want something that will increase in price, buy gold.

Agreed. I just sigh when I hear people saying that they buy guns as an "investment."

The definition of investment from "the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value."

No profitable returns to have. It might be considered a security, in that a portion of your wealth will remain stable as long as the gun is in your possession and taken care of. It will not make you money however.

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