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Old April 12, 2014, 12:28 AM   #1
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Five years ago, I quit smoking....

and I haven't saved a dime. I've found gun collecting to be a healthier outlet for my addictive personality disorder. Got this one off of Gunbroker.

I've wanted a Bulldog style revolver in the cabinet for awhile. This one is German. It probably isn't worth much, but it doesn't matter to me. I realized that I collect antique designs rather than the guns themselves. Of course if the opportunity to pick up a classic presents itself and I have the funds, I go after it.
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Old April 12, 2014, 12:54 AM   #2
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Don't know anything about it, but I rather have it than lung cancer, so I say it was a good buy
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Old April 12, 2014, 01:06 AM   #3
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Yessir, I'd rather cough from inhaling gun smoke than tobacco smoke!
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Old April 12, 2014, 03:37 AM   #4
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I rather like it. What's the skinny on that heater? Other than the Teutonic origin you mentioned. Gotta shake that habit myself one of these days. I actually have walked a mile for a Camel.
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Old April 12, 2014, 07:40 AM   #5
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Saving money isn't much of a reason to quit smoking. It's just an agreeable side benefit (I quit 15 years ago).
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Old April 12, 2014, 08:06 AM   #6
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I never have started, been using all my "spare" money for ammo, guns, holsters and the like (when a pack cost more than 100rds of high end .22LR, they just didn't seem as cool).
That's a neat revolver, what round does it shoot.
Glad you have a healthier addiction.
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Old April 12, 2014, 08:14 AM   #7
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First of all congratulations. I know the boat you are in. I quit six and a half years ago, since then, my firearm collection has tripled. Not only do I spend more on firarms and ammunition, but I feel like getting out and shooting more.

I am glad to hear you quit smoking. It truly was the best decision I ever made..
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Old April 12, 2014, 09:34 AM   #8
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Damn fine trade off you made. I quit 16 years ago after 47 years of smoking those coffin nails. Was up to 3 packs and 5 cigars a day. At today's prices that would be like pulling a 10 and 4 ones out of your wallet and burining it up. If your apply that 14 bucks a day to you newly acquired firearm addiciton you will have 420 bucks a month to mess around with. Over a year you will have been able to go bang bang bang to a point of near boredom. Oh year, was in Vegas about 8 mos ago and some of the casinos are getting 12 bucks a pack for cigs in their vending machines and people buy them. They must not have any gray matter between their ears.
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Old April 12, 2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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Good on you. Lots of benefits to your choice - health, longevity, more fun/gun money. Neat gun too, always cool to see something different.
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Old April 12, 2014, 10:25 AM   #10
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Congratulations! You have accomplished one of the most difficult changes of behavior a person can make. Now you only have to accomplish one of the other most difficult changes of behavior a person can make: spending too much money buying too many guns. I succeeded at accomplishing the former over 37 years ago. The latter is a daily struggle.
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Old April 12, 2014, 10:29 AM   #11
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Did you pay the $285 for this revolver? If so, buddy you got took.

That revolver generally sells for less than $80.
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Old April 12, 2014, 11:06 AM   #12
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It's a .32 caliber but the seller is not entirely sure of the exact cartridge.

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Did you pay the $285 for this revolver? If so, buddy you got took.
No I didn't pay that much. Also, you should look at the price of bulldog style revolvers. They have gone up. The true British bulldogs are are worth the most, but working copies in good shape have gone up too.
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Old April 12, 2014, 11:06 AM   #13
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7 Years ago for me...congrats to ya!
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Old April 12, 2014, 08:19 PM   #14
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I think we can all agree on this one:

"Smokins bad m-kay."
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Old April 13, 2014, 08:30 PM   #15
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I quit Aug. 5, 2010. From the money I saved on smokes, Dr. visits, inhalers, and other meds. including oxygen I paid for half a new Silverado 4x4. Not long after I quit I got rid of the oxygen, 2 of the 3 inhalers I was using and gained 15 lbs.

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Old April 13, 2014, 08:47 PM   #16
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Interesting looking pistol, 460Kodiak. I imagine that you will have fun researching and working with the piece.

BTW, I completed 20 smoke-free years in February.
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Old April 14, 2014, 12:37 AM   #17
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I quit also, and like you i found other healthier ways to spend my money, hunting gear, reloading components, and yes, more guns.

On a side note, have you ever tried the E-cig? I bought one a couple years ago and still use it now and then. I don't use nicotine any more, and I use it with flavored juice that tastes pretty darn good compared to a nasty tobacco cig. They really do work though, and I haven't noticed any ill effects, such as with tobacco products.

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Old April 14, 2014, 01:32 AM   #18
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Damn fine trade off you made. I quit 16 years ago after 47 years of smoking those coffin nails. Was up to 3 packs and 5 cigars a day. At today's prices that would be like pulling a 10 and 4 ones out of your wallet and burining it up. If your apply that 14 bucks a day to you newly acquired firearm addiciton you will have 420 bucks a month to mess around with. Over a year you will have been able to go bang bang bang to a point of near boredom. Oh year, was in Vegas about 8 mos ago and some of the casinos are getting 12 bucks a pack for cigs in their vending machines and people buy them. They must not have any gray matter between their ears.
3 packs of cigs and 5 cigars a day, for $14??? Smokin' that fine stuff huh?

I quit cigarettes years ago, just threw 'em in the trash one day. But I still like my cigars, A. Fuente Cubanitos. But gonna have to give them up too. I need stomach surgery and gotta be smoke free for 6 months, big risk for ulcers they say.
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Old April 14, 2014, 07:19 AM   #19
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Good-brand cigarettes cost, like, 5 dollars per pack now (nominally correct, yes?) ... so a 2pk/day habit equates to, say, a new AR15 Mag discarded a day PLUS the days off of your life.

I remember when I would run out of cigs while working the graveyard shift at the Holiday Inn 40+ years ago, I would be forced to buy a pack from the machine in the front of the restaurant ... 25¢ ... expensive!

I did not ramp-up my Firearms Collecting Jones until about 6-7 years after I quit smoking ... and by then I had too much disposable income to spend on the hobby. I am now about to start the controlled sell-off of many of my acquisitions. My first goal will be to sell enough to get all of the remainder actually housed/secured in the gunsafes.
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Old April 14, 2014, 08:09 AM   #20
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I never smoked. My vice was chasing women.

I am with you on buying certain types of guns. I have picked up several "old" revolvers in the past year (32-20, 32 long, .44 mag) just because they were there. I probably overpaid for a couple of them but don't care. There not making anymore 1905 S&W revolvers but they're still printing money.

Good buy. And thanks for quitting. I have always detested cigarettes. I don't even like a person that smokes to come in my house because their skin seeps the odor.
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Old April 14, 2014, 09:02 AM   #21
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Another former smoker here. I smoked on and off for twenty years or so and I am sooooo glad I quit. In my case I don't think it would be possible to smoke enough to equal what I spend on guns. Just this year alone I have bought three rifles and three handguns.

Now I am on a self imposed moratorium, I'm too broke to even think about another addition to the herd.
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Old April 14, 2014, 03:30 PM   #22
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Truth Up. Money isn't saved, it just finds another place to go.

Can't say that I have 'quit' untill I stop thinking about smoking. Occasionally, I still dream about smoking. The chemical addiction can be controled quickly. The addiction to smoking that rests between the ears is a bunch tougher.

For my first year anniversary, I bought myself a Baer.

For anniversarys 2-6, my bride bought us new cookware, kitchen appliances, a boat ride to Alaska, and other misc necessities of domestic life.

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Old April 14, 2014, 03:53 PM   #23
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Last visit in the hospital I swore that I'd never touch another "Coffin Nail" and told the wife that all the money I spent on tobacco could go to my hobby. Well I don't smoke 2 - 3 packs a day but do have it down to 3 days to a pack now. Still wife is Allowing me to buy my guns.
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Old April 14, 2014, 06:45 PM   #24
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I just started using the electronic things. I save the money from smoking, but still get my nicotine. The doc said he didn't care how much nic I got, it was all the other stuff that was bad.
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Old April 14, 2014, 10:28 PM   #25
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So thanks for the congrats, and congrats to everyone else who quit. However, the thread has veered away from guns.

So, I'm gonna ask. Does anyone else have pics of guns they bought with money they would have used on a bad habit, but broke the habit instead? Like gambling, drugs, alcoholism? No need for incriminating details though. I just think it's cool as all hell when people break a bad habit and get to spend that money on goodies like guns.
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