Anyone have new hobbies encroaching on your firearms hobby?


March 27, 2004, 11:52 PM
Ack! I am suddenly looking into motorcycles for the gas and wear/tear savings to my car for going to school and back. I suddenly realized how much this will eat into the total budget, and the ammo budget. I will still be getting my CCW in July, but putting off getting training till June/July.

Gear for motorcycling is a helmet, gloves, and a jacket, at the minimum, which could run a minimum of $350 all the way up to $1000:eek: . How do yall deal with conflicting hobbies eating into the gun budget? I am hoping that the gas savings gets me some ammo...:D

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Black Majik
March 28, 2004, 12:25 AM
sportbikes, Cars, girls... it gets expensive! :D

What kinda gear you using? Make sure not to skimp out on the gear. You certainly dont have a $10 head and a $100 body now.. :D

But seeing that you listed the range up to $1000, have fun riding! :)

Psst... also what bike? ;)

Ukraine Train
March 28, 2004, 12:51 AM
This is my money pit of a project heh. I've got about 10k into it now. I could have just gotten a decent used car for like 5 or 6 grand and spent the rest on an arsenal lol. I just try to not do everything at once to it so that I have money left over for other things, like guns.

March 28, 2004, 12:57 AM
If you want to know what expensive is... you should wait till you have a house.... then a kid, then a couple of kids.. ;)


Linux&Gun Guy
March 28, 2004, 01:04 AM
Chemistry and computers. Of course I don't accualy own any guns so :p <18:(

March 28, 2004, 01:25 AM
Been playing a lot more comp games lately.

I don't have the money or the time to go shooting.

Comp games is free when you owns 'em.

March 28, 2004, 01:46 AM
This is my one and only hobby that runs into money!:D

Abominable No-Man
March 28, 2004, 01:54 AM
Yeah, wife and kids and house and vehicle upkeep. LOL. They REALLY knock a hole into your gun and ammo budget.

Actually, I'm looking at getting into reloading as a hobby.

The only other thing I can think of..........well, I like Star Wars:D


March 28, 2004, 01:55 AM
I have a friend who collects. He has a bunch of ex-wives. LOL I have a house. A old house. I am trying hard to make it into what I want and need. My most expensive hobby is clothes. Period uniforms, CAS clothes and victorian sundries.

March 28, 2004, 01:55 AM
Well a bunch of us took up the "hobby" reloading, to offset the price of ammo - well that was the theory anyway.:p For example I did shotshells, others did the metallic reloading.

Which "led to" The "hobby" competition shooting, requiring more guns, I at one time had 10 shotshell reloaders I used. Shot and supplies have been delivered by the pallet.

Motorcyles...We wreched our own...I always felt safer on the dirt bike, even racing them than a street bike...wanna talk money?

Cars...again we wrenched our about money...

Given 3 days to travel a direction , for good or bad, - one will figure a way to rationalize it - Anon

Then folks get married, have kids, house payments, college funds...divorce...

One of the smartest tools I have is 20/20 hindsight...
It improves each year! The database is a pain to aquire - but damn what a useful tool.

No regrets, I made money on some hobbies and figured that was the fee to pay for others. Life is a journey and not a destination...I find a way to pay to play. I get paid back when I pass it along.

One of the best kept secrets in shooting - have a 22lr firearm. I paid $22 for a single shot 22lr out of a pawn telling how many cases of ammo I ran through it. Same with a Marlin model 60 I bought new for $59...ammo is cheap when ketchup soup is the fare of the day, and really teaches some great skills.

Used police model 10 for ~ $ 65 ( back when) and reloads , learned a bunch, shot reloads, and had a defensive weapon to boot.

Growing up poor has its advantages

March 28, 2004, 01:59 AM
I am getting ready to drop about 20 grand on my house. Garage, shed, patio, chain link fence for about 1/4 of the property and hopefully be able to have some left for the inside.

"How do yall deal with conflicting hobbies eating into the gun budget?"
The solution is easy. The execution is another matter. I am going to start next week working 96 hours a month of overtime until it is all paid for. I promised myself before I started that I would buy one last toy: An ACOG TA31F for my M4orgery. It should arrive Monday.

The party is over. Let the beatings begin.

After I get that done, I hope I have the guts to continue with 48 hours of overtime a month for the next 9 years and 11 months until I retire. Then there is always the option of continuing the 96 hours of OT per month and paying off my house in less than two years. I could probably pay off everything in two full years after the improvements are paid for. I don't know if I have it in me though.

March 28, 2004, 03:08 AM
SM, is right about .22s There have been times that owning a .22 (one rifle one pistol) has been the only thing that kept me being able to shoot. I've always had a little conflict between guns and knives though. Both just keep wanting me to buy them.

March 28, 2004, 04:30 AM
Someone else mentioned Motorcycles... I have that aflliction also. It really does not cut into my budget that much for my gun affliction. Seems I spend the gun budget in the winter when I cannot ride...

What it does do though, is I ride a lot so it cuts into my time to spend at the range... seems like I am gone riding every weekend..


Blue Line
March 28, 2004, 07:06 AM
Well I've taken to raising minature humans, got a small male and a female one. Thier as cute as a button but boy to they require your time and attention! The girl one is learning sports and the male one can't be far behind. We started out with a dog and wanted something more challenging to raise. Thier fun to play with and sometimes get into mischief but thier ours. They cut into the money budget and time budget but I think (hope) it will be time well spent one day when we release them into the wild.
The other thing that cuts into the time/money budget is I watch this house property for the bank. I send them a check each month and they allow me to stay in the house. I watch it and take care of it, you know little odd jobs around the place and such. The bank says its cheaper to have us stay here than hire some outside property management company to do the samething. I hope they let me stay here the whole 30 yrs we signed up for!

But I do mange to get one gun everycouple of years or sometimes when a deal comes by that I can't pass up. Good Luck to ya.

March 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
Actually, guns are my newest obsession that is eating into the time and money usually spent on my other hobbies- rock and ice climbing, mountain biking, and car racing (Time trialing, anyway.)


March 28, 2004, 08:38 AM
Blue Line:
You are one funny guy! Your post pretty much sums up my existence on this planet. Little human beta release male version 1 is devastatingly handsome, now taking drivers ed.
Little human beta release female version 1 is 13, breath-takingly gorgeous leads her basketball team in hoops.
The only thing that I have in addition it an agreement with Ford Motor Company whereby they (grudgingly) allow me to drive one of their SUV's in exchange for a monthly check. The paint is faded, the bumper bent, the once gleaming leather interior has a couple of years of muddy dog paws ground into it. But Ford doesn't know this yet, I suspect they would be rather upset.

March 28, 2004, 10:55 AM
Well, it seems I'm no longer able to save money worth a toot. When I find I've got 1-2k laying around I go and spend it on guns before anything else.

I'd like to get a motorcycle sometime soon while I'm still young. Gotta learn to ride it though and get the license which is actually the big thing stopping me from doing it. I hate dealing with the government.

On a whim I went skydiving once last year after a buddy goaded me into it. I was back up in the air within a half an hour after the 1st jump, back the next week, back the week after, etc. Given that it's a 1 hour drive one way to get there it seriously ate into my weekend plans. It would really suck to get all the way down there and find out the winds were too high for student jumpers. Would sometimes wait 4-5 hours just looking at the sky waiting for things to clear.

At $50 a pop for students it ate into my fun budget considerably. I didn't buy a single gun this summer and I didn't get out to shoot near as much on the weekends as I would have liked. My pistol handling skills were hurt considerably.

Maybe this summer I'll blow that cash on gun training instead of verticle travel.

March 28, 2004, 11:02 AM
Most people have to pick between their hobbies. There's always the exceptions - people who obsess on one thing - but they are just that: exceptions. With computers, DVD's, firearms and a house to take up my money I have no shortage. To me a car is just a way to get around so that's not an issue. Oh, and there's this other little hobby - saving for retirement. I have this weird idea about retiring and not having to buy that book "101 Ways to Fix Alpo." :barf:

March 28, 2004, 11:09 AM
BlueLine: you sound like Mark Twain reincarnated :D

(well, some people say Elvis isn't really dead, why not Twain?)

March 28, 2004, 11:16 AM
I don't but the Wife does. :(
She builds 1/12 scale miniature houses. Just got done placing an order for a 1920's style Roper cook stove and some floor tile; $90. :scrutiny:

March 28, 2004, 11:32 AM
Guns, Motorcycles, Cars.

Like collecting/shooting guns, riding my Victory V92C, and am saving up for a 2005 Mustang GT.

March 28, 2004, 12:26 PM
My other hobby is playing "homeowner".:( :o ;)

Fortunately, it's only a secondary hobby, so after I've spent the necessary funds to keep my firearms inventory well-rounded and exercised, I tally what funds are left and use them to buy my other hobby's 'necessities'-- plumbing tools, how-to books, PVC pipe, paint brushes, rollers, etc. Thankfully, "homeowner" is one of those hobbies that doesn't require weekly attention like shooting, because I sure don't enjoy it as much. Financially speaking, "homeowner" is one of those money-pit hobbies in which my wife shows a true interest.:scrutiny: :D Thankfully, that can't be said about my shooting hobby.:D :D

4v50 Gary
March 28, 2004, 12:53 PM
Gun related - books on military history. Thousands spent every year. Recently spent over $1k on bookcases to store all those books.

March 28, 2004, 01:30 PM

I have no new hobbies eating into the gun budget. However, the same old hobbies frequently conflict. My hobbies are: Skiing, motorcycling, guns, and model railroading. Currently skiing & model railroading are in decline. Guns remains status quo, but motorcycling is on a strong rise.

The big bike is getting a much needed mechanical going over & will be on the street again later this year. Hopefully June.

Yeah, I'm a home owner (read OWNER) & parent, but that's just the normal course of events. The offspring are, in the first case, done sprung & the second is looking for the biggest springing device possible.

By the way, how does that wind/electric Camaro do against the manure/methane Mustangs?

:D 900F

March 28, 2004, 02:16 PM
Dang it Blue Line, I had just had chicken soup come out of my nose.

March 28, 2004, 02:33 PM
Take a number and get in the back of the line ... ;)

Obviously, you'll get a lot of sympathizing, but none of the rest of us have any real answers, either ...

My kids are grown ... they never really "go away", though, so don't fall for that line that they're "gone at 18" ... be warned. They always know how to find the wallet ... uh, I mean the parents ...

Anyhow, since I got back into motorcyles about 3 years ago ... bought 4 of them in that time ... AND adopted an interest in cigars last fall ... if it wasn't for the "free" ammunition my agency provides, I'd be having some hard choices to make. :uhoh:

As it is, sometimes I can enjoy a few of my current hobbies by riding my bike to the range when I'm working ... train other folks and get some of my own practice done ... and smoke a cigar when things are a bit slow in between flurries of shooters.

Matter of fact, I think I'll do those very things this afternoon. Gotta work a CCW class ... ;)

Wish I had some answers, though ... for you, and for me.

12 Volt Man
March 28, 2004, 02:59 PM
I have my hunting dog which takes a little time. Working on training him to hunt birds and hope to compete in some field trials starting this fall. Also I work on computers, I like to build them and play multiplayer games. I have neglected playing the guitar for over a year and I hope to get back in to that. Plus a house, two kids and another on the way. Too many things, too little time.

Larry Ashcraft
March 28, 2004, 05:56 PM
Geez, now that I think about it, I have waaay too much to do. Besides my gun collection, shooting and reloading;

Restoring our 1933 Arts and Crafts farmhouse on;

Our 35 acre farm;

Four John Deere tractors - two usable, one needing small repairs, one needing total restoration.

1960 Thunderbird in garage, half done;

Four grandsons that we're trying to help raise the country way;

One granddaughter on the way (August);

And then every once in a while we like to sit on the porch or deck with a glass of wine and relax.

In amongst those things I have to run a business and my wife works full time to help pay for all this.

March 28, 2004, 06:21 PM
Motorcycles, R/C Planes (brand new hobby, rekindled after 15 years)...

Zach S
March 28, 2004, 06:47 PM
No. My firearms cut into other hobbies. If my cars could talk, they wouldnt have anything nice to say about my guns.

March 28, 2004, 09:54 PM
Yeah. Its called "Life".

Three kids, with everything that entails. Son in College. Daughter #1 just brought home the Prom Dress this weekend. Daughter #2 is on her way early next month to a 4 day Marine Aquatic Camp. She's a little more than a year away from The Car.

Last week we had our second water leak under the slab in 6 months. Had to pay for them to replumb the whole damned house in through the attic. Uninsured, of course. No water damage yet, and it doesn't make sense to let it go long enough to get the damage. Now that the plumbing is done, I've got to begin repatching the giant holes in the drywall, try to somehow match the wall texture, and begin the repainting. All this to alleviate the tears from my otherwise tough-as-nails Mrs. AZLib. We're praying the 26 year-old air conditioner makes it through one more summer. Our hoped-for vacation to Hawaii this year probably just went into plumbing. It never ends.

But you know, I wouldn't have it any other way. To varying degrees, all five of us enjoy shooting--so what's to complain about? I'm somehow managing to pay the bulk of the bills. We're all healthy and, after 9/11, I try not to take any minute of life with them for granted. I can't complain about anything that's really all that important.

March 28, 2004, 10:02 PM

Booya. :cool:

edited: I paid $1300 for a little red 'X'?!?! @#$#@ web server!!! :cuss:

Chuck Jennings
March 29, 2004, 02:36 AM
My next hobby is going to severely cut into my gun budget: Law School

Hopefully, I should be able to make up for my lack of gun buying later!! :)

March 29, 2004, 03:18 AM
I thought that guns were an expensive hobby until I got back into photography. :uhoh:

Between the costs of lenses, flash units, camera bodies, film and developing, the cost of shooting firearms suddenly doesn't look so bad. ;)

March 29, 2004, 09:07 AM
I don't have hobbies anymore, too busy with the offsrings hobbies. Dang kid has two cars, neither of them run and both are in parts in my garage. He spends hours confusing me about overboring (which it is), Strokers, torq, etc. Have to keep a constant eye on him or else he'll be souping up the wife's minivan. Kinda funny tho', my dad used to gripe at me for misplacing his tools, now I'm borrowing my son's. Haven't lost any of his tho, he won't let me use them without supervision.

March 29, 2004, 09:34 AM
Sailboat - a hole in the water surrounded by wood or fiberglass into which one throws money. In the off season, I just stand in the shower fully clothed running tepid water and tear up $50 bills. I know Spring has sprung because I got the first bill from the boatyard last week . . .

March 29, 2004, 10:37 AM
sewing and flying stunt kites.

i spent how much on fabric?!


Eskimo Jim
March 29, 2004, 10:48 AM
Ukraine Train,
Does your wind powered car run on calm days?:D


March 29, 2004, 11:13 AM
at the moment, all my other interests have taken the back seat...

I've been known to spend lots of money on guitars and my motorcycle...

But currently, my milsurp rifle hobby is impeding my handgun hobby!!! :neener:


March 29, 2004, 11:21 AM
My money pit besides guns.. Mines the Red SS

March 29, 2004, 12:35 PM
I won't count my wife and kids as hobbies.

Aside from that, let's see... tennis, running, rock climbing, motorcycles (riding and restoring), chess (now that my oldest son has started playing), cycling, golf, etc...

As far as shooting goes, I still shoot a bunch of clays, some highpower and birds when in season.

I could probably concentrate REAL hard on my shooting and be very good. Instead, I settle for being proficient and spend a lot of time doing a bunch of other stuff for fun.

There's a funny thing I've noticed... ALL hobbies cost more than you think they should. I've got a fair amount of $$$ wrapped up in guns and reloading stuff... but I just about balance that out with bicycles and may exceed it with motorcycles.

Series 70
March 29, 2004, 12:38 PM
Like Mike in VA, I own a sailboat, AKA the floating money pit. Most of my running rigging needs replacing this year. I think I need a new battery and I know the teak needs polishing. Fortunately, my hardware seems to be in good shape.

Balancing my spare time between shooting, sailing and umpiring baseball is a challenge. Then there is the small matter of home maintenance and such. Been working on finishing the basement for too many years.

Then there is the matter of the kids. The most expensive team sport one can play is hockey. The most expensive individual sport/activity is dance. Guess what my kids do? Actually, my son only played hockey for a couple years, by my daughter is in her 11th year of dance. Ca-ching! There goes a tuition payment. Ca-ching! There goes a costume fee. Ca-ching! There goes a competition entry fee.

Good thing I get paid for working baseball. 20 spring games on the schedule now. First couple of game fees will go to pay off the equipment I had to replace. The rest? See above.

March 29, 2004, 01:22 PM
If you want to know what expensive is... you should wait till you have a house.... then a kid, then a couple of kids..

Amen. ANd Blueline....that was hilarious.

Hobbies: (in some order of importance)

Guns. (reloading is NOT a seperate hobbie, it is a side-effect)
Jeeps. (Don't even get me started)
Motorcycles (have to have two now that the kid can ride)
Reading (anything!)
Cows. (been ranching my whole life)
Horses (see above)
Roping. (See the two previous)
Traveling. (Going to Alaska this summer)
Schlitterbahn! (usually have to go 2 or 3 times a year, I love that place)
Dutch oven cooking. (actually the eating is more fun than the cooking)

THen there is that annoying little "Life" thing. Food, utilities, shelter. Built a new house last year, still trying to make the yard look like something other than a construction site. Kids are major money pits. And on and on and on and on.....


Guy B. Meredith
March 29, 2004, 01:45 PM
In terms of both time and money, putting our personality on the house we bought to make it a home.

I am spending so many hours in the yard doing sweat equity on landscape and even then paying out so much that I have formally stepped down from competition and club activities for about a year.

Down to the last 500 bullets, 1/4 pound of powder and primers. Fortunately in one sense, the ammo shortage is balanced out by the fact that I've only had about 6 chances to shoot in the last year. Might be getting to the point where I can start ramping up again for target shooting in the next few months.

carp killer
March 29, 2004, 03:18 PM
Poultry Shows

March 29, 2004, 03:34 PM
Volkswagens. They get expensive, believe it or not. :(

March 29, 2004, 07:58 PM
I know about VW's. I used to be obsessed with them, I always wanted to own one. I would read those VW mags when I was 14 or so. Man, I still want one.

Anyway, I am in college, I work 28hrs a week and usually end up dropping to 6hrs of credit depending on the difficulty of the class. I keep my car running and get to spend about $40 a month on ammo, but never get to shoot it so I havent bought any ammo except what I had with my State Tax Return.:D

With gas prices on the rise, Kerry's desire to put a $.50/gal tax on gas (and he can kiss my a$$ too:fire: ), just short trips to and fro eating up gas and my car's useful life, I have decided to get a motorcycle. Its a darned expensive hobby. And all I want is a small cruiser.:eek:

For those that are interested, I will be getting a 2001 Honda Shadow VLX, w/ lots of accessories for $4100. If the dealer cooperates, I will get him to throw in a jacket and helmet for free. Otherwise, the price will be lowered or my money walks.:)

March 29, 2004, 08:04 PM
-Making Cash
-Physical fitness
-Wing Chun
-Independent Education

March 29, 2004, 08:23 PM
I think Mike a Shadow will prove most enjoyable!!:)

My shooting is seriously disrupted by two other hobbies .. but they are far from new .... nevertheless they do both eat some funds that could go to shooting ... plus they take time. I have to ''share'' out my spare time carefully! The weather helps in the decision making tho!

Altogether I spend way too much on all my hobbies but then I claim the ''geriatric factor'' . :rolleyes: ... late in life ... need to play harder!! So little time - so much to do! :D

So ... it's bikes and planes .... the R/C variety. First pic is my VTX1300 C4 and under that a recent aquisition .. a ''G-Shark'' with a 50cc gas motor. Should be flying soon ... and got out on bike today! :) :)

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