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Eavesdropping on old dudes

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jimmyraythomason, Jul 7, 2009.

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  1. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

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    I had an appointment with my cardiologist this morning. While sitting in the waiting room,my ears picked up a nearby conversation between two older gentlemen behind me. Their subject; GUNS! Okay,I am not prone to listening in on someone else's conversations. In fact I make every attempt to "tune out" things that do not concern me. However,these gentlemen quickly got my attention. No specific models were mentioned but one fellow said he cleaned his collection at least once a month while the other cleaned his every 2 weeks, ALL 8 gun cabinets full! Even including a walk-in "cabinet" in a closet! He also said he was planning on buying a revolving shotgun "like the Chicago Police use". "I don't care if I never shoot it,I just want to get one". Now what better reason than that is there? . Drat!! They are calling me back. But it's just gettin' good!
     
  2. ezypikns

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    Us old "Dudes" like those evil guns too.

    And our kids are all grown and gone so we can spend money on ourselves..............as long as we can hide the purchases from our wives.
     
  3. MMCSRET

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    I am one of those old guys!!! I have never had to hide guns or gun money from my wife, I don't understand why anyone would want to hide that kind of thing, fear?, what kind of fear does that to a person?
     
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    Hope everything went well with the cardiologist for you.
     
  5. CoRoMo

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    If it ain't dirty... clean it until it is.
     
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    I too could be considered an old timer and I got a few chuckles from the previous posts. I have to say this, even though I have a decent collection of firearms, I have never yet had to hide "one gun" from my wife. But I have made sure that over the years that she has received her share of gifts on all her special occasions and never once have I caught any static over my guns. Now my new red Corvette convertible is a different story! One of these days I just may teach her to drive a 6 speed. :D
     
  7. KBT1911

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    I've never hid a gun from my wife either, but I have felt the wrath of an unapproved purchase from time to time.
     
  8. rainbowbob

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    Fear of being unable to pay bills.

    Not all of us have seemingly unlimited resources for guns, compensatory gifts for the wife, and a new Corvette!
     
  9. Snarlingiron

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    Old Phart here too. I now have so many guns that when I bring home a new one, my wife asks me, "What pistol (or shotgun or rifle) is that?" I reply something like "Now look sweetheart, I can go through all the technical stuff, give you the model number and caliber number, etc...is that what you want?" ..."Never mind, have fun with it."

    Life is good.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    I'm not young and I would just like to SEE a "revolving shotgun like the Chicago police use." Maybe they have some left over Street Sweepers.
     
  11. bikerdoc

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    This old guy never hides nothing from my spouse. In fact she initiates more purchases than I do. We shoot together and she is a better shot.

    Clean em when they are dirty or you are bored.
     
  12. TEDDY

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    I am older than you youngsters,and I don't hide my guns, no use she can smell one coming in the door. and knows what they all look like.nothing escapes her eye. She has her own guns. Oh whats that, AR 15 I like that, that's mine. you ain't going to argue. Won't win any way. :rolleyes: :uhoh: :eek:
     
  13. Walkalong

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    Me either, although I don't check in when I buy one either. :D

    I can only wish I had enough for 8 safes.
     
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    Don't envy us old guys our large collections! They almost always include items like rheumatism, high blood pressure, dimming eyesight, ringing in the ears, and may also have high cholesterol, low libido, lousy digestion, badly fitted false teeth, and generally diminished energy to get up and 'go shootin'. In addition to the cost of ammo, club fees, and maintenance supplies, there's also health insurance premiums and copays on medications.
    I don't think any sensible youngster would trade for the whole package.
    I've never had to sneak a new gun into the house, at least. And I don't own a Corvette.
     
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    What? Somebody say something?
     
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    Darn! I had something very witty to say but I forgot what it was.
     
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    Not fear on my part. Just a wish to avoid the eye rolling, and muttering about all of my sins from the time the earth's crust cooled until present. Even some sins I don't recall committing.
     
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    I dont know which thread title is funnier this one or the one about a bulge in your pants.
     
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    This is why I buy a lot of six guns and lever actions...they all look alike to her.That way when she asks''is that a new gun?! I can say ''what, this old thing?'' just like she does me with shoes and purses.
     
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    The secret is to have so many guns that the wife can't keep track. Also keep them in two or three diffrent places. (For security of course) then you can shuffel them around. Another great idea from a friend of mine is to keep your gun room so messy, that the wife won't go in there. Usually by the time my wife notices a new gun I can honestly say, "I've had that for years."
     
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    The title? Well,I wasn't included in the conversation so technically I was eavesdropping. The two gentlemen were in their 70s which qualifies them as old most anywhere. They were men and "dude" is a slang term for male members of the species most places. So in actuallity, the title of the thread is pretty well descriptive of the events that occured. As to the bulge in my pants, well actually that is a flashlight.
     
  22. rainbowbob

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    You're on to something there.
     
  23. jim in Anchorage

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    Well this wife thing with a a new gun"But you gave it to me for Christmas-don't you remember?" Oh that would be mean.
     
  24. Elvishead

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    Shame!

    When you have 6 44magnums you don't need, and 18 1911s, it could be kind of shamefully embarrassing.
     
  25. loop

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    Older folks have a wealth of knowledge to impart.

    The first two old people I recall listening to were my grandfather and the old lady who lived across the street. The old lady was over 100 and no one listened to her anymore so when I would listen she would talk about her childhood. Because I listened I now can say I knew someone who watched the troops march off to the Civil War and who served dinner to Jesse and Frank James on their way to Northfield, Minn.

    My grandfather told me stories about being a pro baseball player in the early 1900s and how he learned to shoot well enough to become a decorated marksman in WWI.

    Another old man taught me how to catch trout - not fish for trout. I'm now the best trout fisherman I know, except for my son who is a bit faster than I am these days.

    Yet another old man let slip that he won the pistol class at Camp Perry three times. He became my coach for three years and guess what - I'm one helluva pistol shot and I shoot a 1911.

    And another builds me custom, hand-tooled holsters for every gun I buy just because I like to sit and talk.

    Don't ever overlook an old person just because they are old.

    Earlier tonight, at supper, I was talking to an old man. He decided to tell me about his unit being pinned down by a sniper in WWII. He spotted his position and saw open ground that would have to be covered to continue sniping at his unit. He perched an '03 Springfield on some rubble and waited. He saw a bush that seemed to move from time to time. At 500 yards, with open sights, he squeezed off a shot at the base of the bush and put a round through "That Nazi's helmet."

    Because I listened to old folks I know people who were there at the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII and beyond. My short lifetime spans a century and a half of knowledge. I would never have it had I not listened.

    As to how many guns an old man has, we turned one room into a vault. It takes me three months to clean all the rifles. Thankfully, the wife keeps track of the inventory and cleaning rotation. I don't hide a darn thing from her, except my trade plans...

    When I've made a trade she just updates the inventory list. She has given me one restriction - rifles take up too much space so I'm only allowed to buy/trade for handguns now. She's right.
     
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