Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Orion8472, Apr 18, 2012.
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The guns seemed to be far more cost effective than the other choices.
I've spent more on the ammo run through most of my guns than I did on the gun.
Mossberg 12 gauge $600
S&W 29 44 rem mag $1300
Rem 700 .300 RUM scoped $1500
Redfield binos $300
Leupold rangefinder $450
Not too bad so far at $5550 not counting the ammo cache.
When I sold all my scuba gear, this is about what I got in return, so I am just shifting assets away from scuba back to hunting on dry land.
I always get beautiful guns, 4WD vehicles not fast, and ugly women but grateful ones just like the song says (If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest Of Your Life).
My firearms collection is my biggest tool collection.
When I was young, I had a friend whose dad was a long time FFL and gynecologist. Crates of ammo, FALs, everything-under-the-sun and such would show up at his practice. Shooting range in basement, regularly fired gold custom engraved Colt single actions. Because of his influence and collection, I was able to fire everything-under-the-sun, hence wetting my appetite for such a collection when I became a man of means. Once I realized that I would never become a man of means, I figured out how to acquire such through simple hard work and lots of layaway.
When I look at how much I've spent, it can be a bit alarming. I do have a C&R FFL, reload, hunt and spend quite a bit of range time all of which require fun tickets. But those early 1990 era purchased S&W revolvers that were $250 are all going for $1K now...
Well, the shooting part is the hobby or fun part. Adding the cost of ammo shot to your total gun addiction is not fair. Would you add the cost of a round of golf to it? How about the pizza you ate or the beer you drank or the movie you went to. That's all money gone as well but we chalk it up to leisure spending. You can count the cost of ammo shot as part of your leisure spending but it's not fair to add it to the cost of owning guns. It skews the number and makes it seem a lot worse than it really is especially considering you can still sell your guns if needed. The true cost of owning guns is the price paid versus the price you can get paid for them adjusted for inflation. Add in any accessories, repairs or upgrades and you get your true cost. Ammo shot is just that. Call it pizza and beer money, not the cost of owning firearms.
I've also regretted most of the sales I made at some point or another.
A Wife, kids, hearth-and-home, religion, or a new vehicle... would be hard to Justify on a Balance Sheet.
That doesn't make them an imprudent addition to one's life.
Yes, but if you drive the car (like shooting the guns) the car will be worth next to nothing in 10 years while you should be able to get the same, if not more, for your guns in the same 10 year period.
Even though new guns depreciate, much like new cars, if you buy used and keep it well maintained, you should be able to get the same money for it down the road. You shoot it, shoot it and shoot it some more and it won't depreciate. So, if you buy a nice, used Sig for $500, put 5,000 rounds thru it and sell it in 5 or 6 years, you should still get the same $500 for it, if not more. You do lose the value of the dollar (inflation) but for all practical purposes you shot for all those years for the cost of ammo (which, to me, is not a cost of owning guns). Bottom line is your hobby does not cost that much if you don't count ammo shot. The ammo shot is money spent on leisure which is no different than going golfing, bowling or to dinner and the movies.
The current price of ammo has put a damper on my rangetime though. I hate glocks, which is one reason I chose a Glock 19 as my beater pistol, but other than my rimfires its what I shoot the most. I recently purchased an STI Spartan in 9mm so I could shoot my preferred platform in a cheaper caliber. It'll see carry duty once it proves itself, and like the 5" Kimber, it will see regular rangetime as well.
On that note, buying a gun to save money on ammo is like buying a smaller car to save money on gas. I didn't see the point when a tank of gas lasted me a week, but due to the 94 mile round trip to work, that tank of gas doesn't last that long...
I'll never shoot as much as I used to, but it would be nice to shoot twice as much for the same cost. And unlike the cars, I'm selling a pistol to offset the cost of the new one.
I agree with the others, you can't put a price on enjoyment.
Eh, I spent most of the money while I was single, free, and living cheap. And if it didn't get spent on guns, it got spent on the hot rod.
Besides, my ex would go to the store for a pack of smokes, and come back with smokes, a 2 liter Mountain Dew, chips and dip, and a 20oz Mountain Dew since she couldn't wait 5 minutes to get home a pour a glass... Those $5 trips that ended up being $20 instead cost us a lot more than the money I spent on guns during the course of our marriage.
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