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Ever feel guilty about buying luxury items that aren't guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CoyoteSix, Jun 8, 2013.

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  1. Teachu2

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    People and interests change. I didn't feel guilty buying r/c models for two decades, but when my interests changed I did feel guilty having all that money invested in stuff I wasn't using - so I sold it all off and bought guns!

    OTOH, if I decided I wanted a non-firearm-related luxury item today, I wouldn't feel guilty buying it. I'm currently keeping an eye out for a bargain on a plasma cutter and a midsized milling machine. Recently bought the wife a new Sequoia Limited 4x4, no guilt or buyer's remorse!
     
  2. mcdonl

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    ME and a couple of my shooting buddies just went on a 3000 mile tour of the eastern seaboard on motorcycle. Shooting is a hobby, not my life. Same as motorcycling and restoring air cooled VW's... I shoot far less than any of my other hobbies. I am just more passionate about it because no one wants to take away my motorcycle... just my exhaust :)
     
  3. JPG19

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    Nope. I have other hobbies, though they pale in comparison to firearms when time and money are taken into account. I happen to be into electronics, namely Apple products, as well as backpacking and camping. Those are both rather expensive hobbies and I enjoy the variety.
     
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    Funny you should mention that. My hobbies as a kid were guns and electronics but non computer related electronics. Yeah, as an electrical engineering type I built my share of electronics and computers. During my later years I told people I was an electronics type with a fetish for guns. :)

    If I had it all to do again I would have chosen guns to actually earn a living. There is just something about the gun in my life.

    Electronics on the other hand placed abundant beanies and weenies on the table for over 40 years enabling me to pursue my love of the gun. Not a bad trade off looking back. :)

    No I never gave buying a gun a second thought. I wish half the money I wasted on computers I had spent on guns.

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  5. larryh1108

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    I traded one hobby for another many years ago. When I was a teen, I could hit a golf ball a country mile. I lived, breathed and died for golf. When I began my professional career I joined a golf league. AS A HOBBY, it was my passion. I was never good enough to be a pro but was good enough to enjoy the game but, as with shooting, the better you get the more you are disappointed you aren't 'the best". Thru my 20s I golfed every chance I could. I was not wealthy so I played at local Forest Preserve courses (public). They filled the need. I was usually the first one to tee off on my days off (just after dawn) so it meant getting up at 5am to be first in line. Like guns, I bought the best I could afford always thinking that the better the tool, the better the user (not always true, btw). Golf is not cheap if you wish to play 18 holes and rent a cart. These days it can cost $80-$100+ for a 4 hour round.

    Along came shooting sports and I could only afford one hobby of this type of expense. I literally can't remember the last round of golf I played (I'm 58 now). I still have my equivalent to a $1500 1911 in golf clubs, unused for years. If I get the itch to go to the driving range, I think that the shooting range is a better idea. A round of golf? How about components to make 1000 rounds instead. If I missed golf as much as I thought I would I'd probably find time for both but right now the choice is easy. It's been easy for so many years I've lost count.
     
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  6. X-JaVeN-X

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    It's not unusual for me to go into Wally world thinking "I could really use some new t-shirts...but let me check out the ammo first"....get to ammo cabinet "Crap...they have .45 acp in stock...there aren't that many holes in my shirt...actually I think holes are in style...I'm good." ...turn to clerk... "Three boxes of .45 acp please!"
     
  7. JSH1

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    I have never looked at an expense or hobby and thought "That money could have been better spent on a gun". I enjoy shooting but when it come right down to it I don't NEED a gun, it is a hobby.
     
  8. pockets

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    I cannot recall ever thinking like that about anything over the past 60 years. Feeling guilty about spending money on another hobby? Yikes.
    I own dozens of firearms (plus dozens of muzzle loaders & airguns), but I do not feel guilty over buying a new guitar, or a vintage slot car, a new bow, r/c stuff, a book, purse & shoes for my wife, etc.
    Unwarranted angst.
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  9. Officers'Wife

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    Oh please...

    Firearms are a tool, no more or no less. I enjoy cooking too, does that mean I should feel guilty eating in a restaurant on occasion? Moderation in everything is the key.
     
  10. JPG19

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    Funny enough, I'm pursuing Computer Science in order to earn a comfortable living and therefore feed my need for firearms as well! I too, have long searched for a way to earn a living in the gun field but have always come up empty. There doesn't seem to be any way out there to earn a living the even comes close to what CS will provide, aside from owning your own firearms manufacturing company!
     
  11. CB900F

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    Coyote6;

    NO!

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