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Anyone too busy/broke for guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Monkeyleg, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    Sounds like heresy, I know. Let me 'splain.

    I just don't have the time to shoot. It started during the fight for concealed carry here in WI, then continued after I started a new business venture. Now I've added to the time drain by taking on a freelance job to keep the dollars coming in until the new business is bringing in a respectable amount of revenue. And I'm getting pressure from other state gun groups to spend time again on concealed carry.

    So, no time to shoot. Unless I don't visit my 87 year-old parents or spend any time with my wife, or do my share of household chores.

    Also, cash is obviously tight, so no new guns other than those I can get in exchange for services rendered.

    Reading the posts on THR, it sounds like just about everybody is going to the range every day and buying a new gun every week. An exaggeration, yes, but it feels that way sometimes.

    Is anyone else stuck in this position?
  2. pax

    pax Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Washington state
    Ammo is a major expense. A new gun is out of the question.

    But I worked out a barter deal with some friends to pay for range time, and figured out that if I write magazine reviews I can shoot lotsa guns without buying one, so all in all I'm doing okay on the gun front.

    I just wish I could work out some kinda deal for ammo. Ammo's killing me.

  3. Clean97GTI

    Clean97GTI Senior Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    new mortgage payment and new flooring for new house.

    I spent the last of gambling winnings on the floor, so no guns for quite a while. I could afford to if I wasnt making extra payments on the mortgage, but paying the house off early is really important to me.

    Sucks too as the GF likes to shoot as much as I do.
  4. ZeroX

    ZeroX Active Member

    May 30, 2004
    Bloomington, IN
    The latter. :(
  5. AZTOY

    AZTOY Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Fort Wainwright Alaska
    I 'm stuck in South Korea......................

    I would love to buy a new gun or some ammo. :(

    The only major expense i have is beer. :neener:
  6. QuarterBoreGunner

    QuarterBoreGunner Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2003
    The City by the 'Bay' with the big 'Gold' bridge.
    Oh man...ammo all the way. I'm about through with the last brick of Wolf Gold Medal Match I picked up from Sinclair Precision; AND almost through the last case of XM193 for the ARs... I REALLY need to:
    • become independently wealthy
    • set up my reloading gear
    • come up with a plan 'C'
  7. Jay Kominek

    Jay Kominek Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Boulder County, CO
    Considering how many members there are on here, I expect that on any given day, a few of them have indeed bought a gun or gone to the range.
    I find the drive to the range very tiresome, and have a hard time bringing myself to make it. So I don't actually get out to play with my toys as much as I'd like. :(
  8. chris in va

    chris in va Mentor

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    I've cooled off my shooting some lately. For a while there I was going to the range more than once a week, unloading 400 rounds of 9mm at a time. Skeet range, same thing.

    Now that I'm selling my house to move elsewhere, it has really taken up my time and $$$. Even my 'paranoia' about CCW has gone down considerably, now that I realize this P11 is simply a tool for protection and I don't need to be constantly on the lookout for BG's on the prowl.

    Life goes on.
  9. jlwatts3

    jlwatts3 Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Baghdad by the Bay
    +1 for broke. :(
  10. fjolnirsson

    fjolnirsson Participating Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Oregon, in the Willamette Valley
    Me, too.
    In fact, if I disappear for a while, it's because my net access has been cancelled.
    But, I'm working on turning things around, so we'll see.
  11. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    Buying a house and worrying about layoffs put a screeching halt to my time, loose change and shooting almost two years ago. This month and last I went to the range about four times total which is more than I have in the above mentioned period of almost two years.

    I have reloaded for all except the first couple of years I have been shooting. Can't afford $15 per box when I can reload for less than $4. Considering how much I earn per hour you might say that two hours spent on 500 or 600 rounds makes it a bit more expensive, I guess. Of course going through 1000 to 1200 rounds a month when I was competing burned up some chances to buy guns.

    I have purchased two guns since I really became a 'serious' shooter, the others were won in a raffle and a match. I would like to get a few others, but that is going to take some long term planning.

    On the other hand, I have spent a few hundred on range fees, competition fees, transportation to and housing at matches and such.
  12. UnintendedConsequences

    UnintendedConsequences New Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    I am in the boondocks

    I am tight on cash doing part-time substitute teaching and being a part-time newspaper reporter for a local weekly paper along with being a starting out gunsmith in my rural market. I have enough land that I can set up a 100 yard shooting range in the timber once I clear the shooting lane again after cleaning up all the winter deadfalls that are between me and the 100 yard spot.

    As for guns, I pick up old beaters to experiment upon right now that I can have some fun tweaking and trying new things before I do them on a paying customer's guns. Doesn't have to be pricey to be fun.
  13. Missourigunner

    Missourigunner New Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Anyone roo busy/broke for guns

    Being on a fixed Income has put the skids to new gun purchases for me. Ammo for the firearms that I do have is usually gotten from cheaperthandirt.com. I have managed to put aside a few bucks each month to purchase the next firearm that I want. It is a used one, but in nice condition, a Ruger Mark II at my local gun dealer. :)
  14. Preacherman

    Preacherman Elder

    Dec 20, 2002
    Louisiana, USA
    Following a work-related injury last year, I've been off the job for fourteen months so far. I've had to sell guns to raise money for my own expenses, plus help my mom, who's comatose in a nursing home, and doesn't have long to live. I'm not allowed to shoot, on doctor's orders, until my spine is healed to the point that he thinks it will stand up to the centerfire recoil transmission involved in shooting. So, all in all, I more than understand your frustration!

    However, there are the good things to think about... we can still own guns, shoot them, carry them (in most states), etc. These are things to be thankful for. There will come a day when I hit the range again - with lots of ammo and lost time to make up for! :D
  15. BryanP

    BryanP Senior Member

    May 25, 2003
    Lavergne, TN
    Finances are a bit tight right now. I haven't been to the range for quite a while.

    My wife hasn't worked for a while now due to medical problems. That may change soon. What extra cash I have right now is going to help my parents who are also in a bit of a bind due to medical problems. At least my dad's Air Force retirement pays his mortgage. To add insult to injury I just did my taxes and I screwed up my W4 when I changed jobs last year. Instead of a small refund (my goal) I just had to write a check for $1250. And of course I just adjusted my W4 so my take home will be about $100 less per month now.

    That said, Ammo I can afford as long as I don't go nuts. I have 3 .22lr's (revolver, semi-auto pistol, semi-auto rifle) so that's not such an issue. And heck, the AK isn't that expensive to feed. .38spl for the revolvers & the Marlin 1894C isn't too bad either. .223 and .308 are a bit pricier, but I can leave those in the closet for now.

    It just seems that every time I say "Y'know, today would be a good day to go to the range" I find myself responding "Yeah, but you really need to do x first."
  16. uvakat

    uvakat New Member

    Mar 1, 2005
    I'm broke as hell right now and really too busy to go shooting regularily. When I first started I was going about once a week shooting off about 200-400 rounds, now if I go once a month it's a good month. Money's tight since I'm graduating in May and haven't found a job yet so I'm saving up enough to pay a couple of months rent incase I need it. Sadly, extra target ammo I have but the nearest public range requires I buy their range--> sometimes driving 2 hours to go shooting might be worth it. School has also taken up a lot of my time... I wish I could buy a gun a month or go shooting everyday, but that doesn't seem like it is in the cards anytime soon.
  17. absolute0

    absolute0 Member

    May 10, 2004
    Zimmerman, MN
    Budget/Ammo $$$ woes got you down?

    I spell relief .-2-2-L-R

    Dang near as cheap to shoot as a pellet gun and tons of fun!
  18. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Plymouth Meeting, PA
    I am too busy to get out much to the range. During the week my downtime doesn't start until after 1900, and on the weekends I'm usually with my kids* or fixing something in the house.

    *An 8.5 month old baby and a 2 y/o demand a lot of attention, but it's worth it. In a few years I can start teaching them. :)
  19. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Participating Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't have thime time. I currently have a 50 hour a week job and am working to open a new program and work into that job. Alos , dare I admit it here, Archery has become my weekly practice. I am also putting every spare penny into guns for my store not my collection.
  20. The Freeholder

    The Freeholder Member

    Nov 8, 2004
    North Carolina

    I'm sorry to hear that so many of ya'll are having hard times. I sincerely wish you all the best of luck in working out the problems that you face.

    I went through hard times a couple of years ago--had to face losing everything, right down to the house. Lost a few things, but was able to save all that was really important to me. Things are better now, but the new reality is that money will never be as plentiful as it was.

    Still, I find money for guns on occasion, and I'll find money for ammo even if I have to do without lunch. (Which, if you saw me, you would say I could do without!)

    Those of you concentrating on paying down debt, you're doing the right thing. It would seem that harder times are a-comin', and we'd all better be ready.

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