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Guns as rewards?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BearGriz, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. BearGriz

    BearGriz Well-Known Member

    Have any of you ever made a deal with yourself (like to reach a goal) and used a gun as the reward? I had never thought of doing this until yesterday, and I am really excited that it will motivate me.

    Usually I just save up for a gun, buy it, and enjoy it. The gun is my reward for saving my pennies.

    The story is that I lost about 45 lb. over the course of 1.5 years, but since then (for about a year), I've been unable to really make any more progress. I've lost and gained the same 5-8 lb. over and over for a little more than a year (I'm currently up those 8 lb.). I have about 45 lb. to go.

    Now I've told my wife that I can't get the next gun until I lost those 8 pounds (to get back to my low in March). And then I need to loose 10 lb. more before my next major purchase (gun, lot of ammo, or major accessories, etc.). By telling her, I'll have greater accountability (she has always been very supportive and never pushy).

    This might actually work! I always get pretty excited over my next gun-related purchase, and it will help me keep my eye on the ball.

    I'm thinking that once I reach my goal weight, there are some other goals I can accomplish using guns as rewards. It really seems like it will be a double win for me each time: I'll improve myself and get a gun. And the gun will remind me of what I accomplished!
  2. barnbwt

    barnbwt Well-Known Member

    All the time, otherwise I'd never save up enough :D. Gotta refill the "gun account" before even thinking about a purchase, and then I normally use the occaision as a push to get my butt moving on some other project I've been farting around on.

    I'm about 25lb down from my weight "zenith" with about 10-15lb to go before I'll be satisfied, and I've learned that weight-based goals don't help me much. I'm just too tempted to cheat by not drinking water or something to get the last pound or two :D. Instead, I make them time-based; set a number of weeks I skip dinner (easiest diet to stick to in the world, btw) successfully, or go to the gym at proper intervals.

    Whatever your goals, involving other people, as you said, for accountability is the key. Good luck!

  3. Jeff H

    Jeff H Well-Known Member

    As most exsmokers can attest, I had a bazillion deals and objectives to help me get to my goal, and some worked for a week or two, but nothing really worked long term until I was disgusted enough to finally quit for good (Chantix helped more than a little).

    And then after a year of not smoking, I was in the same boat as you needing to loose some weight. SSDD. Rewards are great, but nothing will really work for the long term until you are committed, and then when you are, you don't really need a reward more than your success.

    Good luck on your venture.
  4. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Goals are good......promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore guns till the farm was paid off. Now that it's behind me there are a few on the short list. I like the weight idea.
  5. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    How many pounds of guns are allowable?
  6. TimeRegained

    TimeRegained Well-Known Member

    My head would tell me 'you're not suppose to be overweight, fatty'.

    I don't believe in pound-loss, waist size makes all the difference.

    All power to you!
  7. Giterboosted

    Giterboosted Well-Known Member

    Good luck to you all, you can do it
  8. squarepants33889

    squarepants33889 Well-Known Member

    My wife made me my deal.
    I am currently a Third Class Power Engineer who is actively pursuing my Second Class. I have another 3 months of firing time to earn before I can write my last three exams.
    The other day my wife says to me, "why don't you crack those three tests off lickety split and buy that shotgun and handgun you wanted as a reward?"
    Thats why I love her!
  9. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    Yes, i've done the firearms rewards thing. I used to work 60+hr work weeks, and when the fat paycheck came I'd pick a pistol I really wanted. Or get an AR15, bolt action rifle, SG, etc.

    I think it works for the most part if you need to watch your budget and don't have unlimited funds like a few lucky ones. It also gives you more excitement of buying one, vs just buying a gun because you can afford it.
  10. gunnutery

    gunnutery Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good goal to me. Not sure if you've heard of it, but it's been on hulu.com and probably still is: "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." It's a movie of a guy from Austrailia that juices all of his food intake using only fruits and veggies for a few months and drops pounds quickly. He also challenges others that he meets to try it for 10 days (my wife actually knew one of the people that tried it on film). Check it out, I'm going to do ten days once we can swing buying a good juicer.

    Back on firearm related topic, before I got married, I always set a savings goal for myself and once I had so much in my account + the money needed to buy my next purchase I'd buy whatever gun I was wanting. It sounds pretty basic, but it was fun trying to ballance all the usual living expenses and maintaining an expensive hobby.
  11. BearGriz

    BearGriz Well-Known Member

    Well it has been just over a month, and I've been doing really well keeping track of all of my calories (that is the method that works for me), as well as exercising pretty hard three times a week.

    I'm happy to report that I have reached and stayed below my goal weight for about 4 days. As a reward, I went to the gun show yesterday and bought a bunch of 7.62x39 ammunition. It sort of counts as a reward, but it is something I needed to do anyway. I've needed to get my ammo supplies up to a good level for a while. I figured why buy another gun if I don't have a good supply of ammo for the ones I have?

    After 5 more lb. I'll let myself buy a gun that I've been looking at. Then 5 more lb. I'll buy some 9mm ammo and get that up to a good level. And then after 5 more, I'll get another gun. You get the idea.

    So anyway, it is working thus far. I have pictures of the guns I want posted in a few places, and it helps!
  12. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    So, and I'm just thinkin' out loud here... If this all goes well and you get what you want - then in however long, you - for whatever reason - round up some of those lost pounds in the future, do you have to give up a gun or two?:evil:

    Seems like the thin ice covering the deep blue sea at the bottom of a slippery slope.
  13. BearGriz

    BearGriz Well-Known Member

    LOL, I guess the wife (or I) could take them back. I've been thinking a bit about this very issue, and I've chosen to put a positive spin on it. Let's say I get down to a reasonable "final" weight. What do I do now? I have worried about it a little, but why not reward myself for maintenance?

    In regular intervals (say every 3 or 6 months), if I am maintaining the weight, then I can buy ___ amount of ammo to use for the next 3-6 months). And maybe throw in some intervals for gun purchases in there.
  14. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    I've frequently used rewards for myself...

    Bar exam.
    Deployments.... etc. etc. etc.

    Guns, electronics, trips....
  15. FenderTK421

    FenderTK421 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I have. An HK45C was my reward to myself for 6 months smoke free (no cheating). My 1 year mark was rewarded w/ a CMP M1 Garand, a Bayonet and 600 rounds of Greek surplus ammo. Now that I think about it, I am coming upon my 2 year anniversary... :evil:
  16. shotgunjoel

    shotgunjoel Well-Known Member

    You guys who give up smoking have an easier time rewarding yourself because you have lots of extra money that you're not spending on cigarettes anymore. I've been known to use guns as rewards. I got a Tokarev for getting a B in Calc 2 in college. I work for the County Clerk as an election judge and all of my pay ($120 every election) goes straight to guns, so I guess that I reward myself for being a good and active citizen :)
  17. FenderTK421

    FenderTK421 Well-Known Member

    I consider myself a very good and active citizen. I work 10-12 hour days 5-6 days per week at a job I hate. Smokes cost $10 a pack up here. I still pay more in taxes than I ever paid for cigarettes. I think this good and active citizen can reward himself anyway he sees fit, thank you very much.
  18. BearGriz

    BearGriz Well-Known Member

    Lost another 5 lb. in about 3 weeks! I know what gun I want to reward myself with, but I'll wait until the next gun show next month to pick it up. By then I should have lost at least another 5 lb., and I can grab some ammo for that reward.

    I did go to MidwayUSA today and order some accessories for the gun, so I guess I have to get that gun (now that I have ordered magazines for it).

    Anyway, this reward/incentive is working for me!
  19. exavid

    exavid Well-Known Member

    No, when I want something and can afford to get it, I do. Life is short.
  20. FreddyKruger

    FreddyKruger Well-Known Member

    "ive finally paid off my credit card! time to load it up again with more guns!"

    done it before... haha :/

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