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Interest in guns fading.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Carl Levitian, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. Carl Levitian

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    Okay, I'm an old fart, and enjoying my retirement with the better half who is also retired. We both have been life long shooters, and we even met on a pistol range. Being married for 40 years this year, we've taught our children and grandchildren to shoot.

    But.

    I had a startling conversation with my wife, and we both agreed that we seem to be having less enthusiasm for shooting than we used to have. We have a great deal of stuff we like to do, but it's a little bit of a shock to admit that shooting has fallen down the list. Karen and I had a little game, we each take a piece of paper in the morning, and write down three things we'd like to do that day, and compare lists to see what is something both of us want to do. Of late, shooting has not made the list. We'd rather go canoing or woods walking, or other things. We still enjoy going plinking with our .22's, but not as often as we used to. Interest in center fire has totally gone. We'd rather do our archery. But last weekend the grandkids were over, and our grandson brought his Crosman air rifle over, and we had a ball plinking in the woods in back of the house. Karen and I dug out the old Sheridan's that we taught our kids on and plinked away. It was nice to walk down through the woods to the creek, toss a little stick in and shoot. Go figure.

    The post that was made here on what would you do if you had no guns made both of us think about it. Today is usually our range day, but we're going fishing this afternoon instead. It's quieter. We don't miss the guns we gave to the kids or sold off some years ago in a big downsize of our life. In the end, guns are just things. We kept only our old .22's that we had when we met, and I have my old .38 revolver beside my bed. But that's it. The fetish I had about having all those guns when I was young, seems to have vanished. I seem to care more now about re-varnishing the old hand made wood canoe than guns. Or tying some new flies.

    I wonder if anyone else has had their gun love fade as they got older?

    Carl.
     
  2. Prince Yamato

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    You know, it's fine if you develop other interests and if guns aren't your top priority, that's fine too. I think it's more important to support the 2nd Amendment than to actually be an active shooter. So long as you support the right to keep and bear arms, it doesn't really matter if you go to the range every week. Most of us actively support the 1st Amendment as well... that doesn't mean we're all publishing scholarly papers on a daily basis. :)
     
  3. jimmyraythomason

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    People change over time. Interests change with them. I was a huge firearms enthusiast through-out my teen years only to lose interest in my twenties,replaced by muscle cars. My interest in guns returned a few years later and my interest in classic muscle cars waned. As long as you both are happy with how you are spending your time,don't worry about it and enjoy your lives.
     
  4. R.W.Dale

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    I get on an automotive kick every three or four years that usually hangs about for a spell. Most recently with my jeep. In fact I'm coming back off one FAST right now (I just started posting back here again). A couple of not fun wheelin trips combined with the HOT weather has me flat jeeped out. Heck I don't even want to drive the thing to work. As a result guns comes back into prominence to fill my spare time vacuum, since when you think about it as a reloader and build hobbyist most of the hobby takes place in my nice air conditioned "gun room" and not outside.

    But anyway rest assured when you're on a gun out cycle you cannot imagine being that interested again but TRUST ME you will be...YOU WILL BE.


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  5. ForumSurfer

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    I am in the middle of a resurgence. Up until about 5 years ago, I had lost interest for the better part of a decade. Sometime in my 40's, I'm likely to lose interest.

    At the moment, when I get bored with shooting or self defense drills start seeming more like work and less like fun...I break out the 22's and reactive targets.

    The pellet rifles are fun. :) I keep a steel swinger in the back yard hidden at the base of a tree. I can step out on the steps and squeeze out a few rounds when I'm bored.
     
  6. chris in va

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    Despite what sort of flames I'll get for saying this...

    There's more to life than firearms.

    I have a new AR that needs some range time. What takes up my weekends instead? Whitewater paddling. :cool:
     
  7. hermannr

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    While we have several centerfire rifles and pistols, shooting them a lot has never been very high on our priority list. Shoot them? Yes, a lot, (like we shoot .22) no. Even with electronic muffs most of our centerfire weapons are a bit on the loud side.

    However, for the .22s, those we do shoot a lot, and love to. Wife asks probably 3 times a week if we are going to shoot (1/5 scale steel silhouettes). We shoot in our back yard so it is inexpensive fun, and something we can do together without wasting a lot of gas.

    The big thing is, do something with your partner that you both love to do. We are both retired too, and like to hike, ski, go fishing, working the yard, see the grandkids etc. We haven't gone hunting is quite a few years, not strong enough to drag a big deer out anymore.
     
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    Being able to pursue the gun hobby is a function of money, time, and health. And other interests also vie for these same resources. You have to prioritize what you want to do.
     
  9. MattTheHat

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    I understand completely and I'm on a little down time with guns right now too. I guess I have too many hobbies: photography, computer programming, motorcycles, cars, 4x4s, guitars, guitar amps, metalworking, astronomy, and on and on and on. Plus, the family. Something has to give from time to time.

    Plus, the summertime heat in Texas just doesn't help. Being out in the heat just doesn't seem very interesting right now.
     
  10. Sky

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    I almost have to be forced to go shoot. Either a friend wants to drive to the range or go hunting; it seems unless there is a problem with some varmints I absolutely have to make myself go to the range! A mind set of kinda like having a job you do not really care for doing.

    I wonder if it is because I am so cheap and don't like blowing money on ammo or the gas to drive to the range? Cleaning afterwards I do, but really do not whistle a happy tune while doing..... I am not broke just cheap and like you there are other things in life than popping caps or punching paper. Think the guys who get involved with 3 gun or other range activities stay motivated much better than just a plinker or hunter.

    I purchased a new rifle a couple of months ago and have over a 1000 rounds for it. I have shot 40 rounds through the rifle to figure out the sighting for POI and cleaned it twice but in the safe she sits with her other sisters.

    It has been rather hot, windy, and not enjoyable being outside around here but I really can not use the elements as a lack of motivation. I have always leaned toward shooting less and hitting more. If a rifle hits where I aim then I never feel like I need to get reinforcement from shooting hundreds of rounds through it.

    When young and in the country it seems I always had a gun, a dog, and a horse and was always plinking or hunting when I had ammo. Maybe because we did not have money for a lot of expendable ammo I grew up frugal with when and why I would take a shot; I still remember going hunting with only 3 22lr (found in a drawer) rounds to my name. Big rabbit was cooked and 2 rounds were left. Maybe a slight psychosis has set in?? No I did not grow up in poverty and looking back I would not trade those years for anything....

    Last time I was at the range a man had a 12 gage shot gun. He had walked down the range and was apparently checking a target he had been shooting at 40 yards. Then the next thing he starts shooting at a stick all of 10 feet in front of him. He hit the stick 5 times from 10 feet with the 12 gage; wow great shot!! Something I did with a BB gun at 5 years old. I had fun and it appeared he did too however not something I would enjoy doing today.

    We all change as we grow older and some of the passionate things we did when younger no longer hold the same priorities as we learn and age.

    Had a buddy who wanted to win the club championship at the country club in the annual golf tournament. Took him 6 years and he finally did it. He has not hit a golf ball since?? Like I said priorities change for some. I used to beat him like a drum and he paid for a few of my guns!! But golly gee he worked and spent a fortune on lessons and got down to being a scratch golfer but kinda sand bagged on the handicap; think he was carrying a 4 handicap when he won...I quit playing him for big bucks unless he was having a bad day and even then Lady luck had to smile on me or it was not good for my pocket book. Life has a habit of making us change.
     
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    I think I got overload on it all.

    When I first met Karen, she had two .22 handguns and one .22 rifle that she competed in club competitions with. I had one .22 pistol and two .22 rifles that I did some target shooting with. I wasn't in her class though.

    Over the years somehow more and more guns came into the house. First there was the home protection thing, then the survival thing, then some other thing would come. One day, Karen and I were looking in our stuffed gun safe, and she said to me, "Remember how simple it used to be?"

    That was it. Sold off all kinds of stuff, and just went back to what we had when we got hitched. Maybe a few more. Now it seems like we hardly use them anymore. Easier to just go canoeing on the lake or over on the Potomac river. More relaxing, and if we're lucky, we catch dinner. Or if we just want to plink, we take the airguns out to the woods in back, and nobody is the wiser, and we shoot the heck out of pine cones, sticks in the creek, and the occasional beer can. After 40 years, I'm still not as good as my wife. So we still enjoy shooting, but if it gets too noisy or too much hastle, we'll pass and go do somethng else we enjoy. Weird.

    Carl.
     
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    Yep
     
  13. rifleman14

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    great idea on starting this thread. I too have been faced with losing and gaining interest in guns, along with the idea that something is "wrong" with me because of my fascination with guns, and am happy to have some peace of mind in knowing that i am truly only human like the rest of you. Don't focus on just one hobby. I think it's better to have many hobbies that you will not get bored with, rather than one hobby that is the same thing day after day. That's just asking for trouble :rolleyes:
     
  14. Wishoot

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    I know the feeling, except I lost interest in boating, not firearms.

    The expense and time commitment needed to operate a twin engine cabin cruiser on Lake Michigan was just more than I was willing to spend.

    Shooting is a much less expensive and time consuming hobby, and better still, my kids enjoy it much more than they do boating.
     
  15. BADUNAME37

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    That's OK, you can send them all to a good home, I will take extra good care of them and mail you a picture every year around New Years' of each gun, just to keep in touch with you in case you should lose interest in your Lincoln Town Car. :)

    Hey, this is my 30-06th POST!
    Lucky Day!

    Oh, I will gladly take good boats, too!
     
  16. PX15

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    I'm 68, my bride 67..

    We've been marinated now for over four and a half decades.. There has never been a time when there was not at least one firearm in our home, and generally many more..

    In younger years, with younger eyes and younger (more steady) hands, we enjoyed shooting our centerfire guns a lot.. Back then ammo was relatively inexpensive and we could both actually see well enough, and hold the gun steady enough to actually hit what we were aiming at, part of the time..

    Fast forward 40+years, and all of a sudden it's "cataract" time for the eyes, and a lack of hand steadiness which equates to less overall accuracy.... Then multiply the prices of centerfire ammo many times, and shooting that stuff on a retirement income becomes less pleasurable all the time.

    So, my wife and I don't shoot centerfire much any longer.. Just lost interest due to all of the above mentioned details..

    But, we still have our small arsenal, we both still carry concealed, and if the "ball falls" and you need a gun, come see us, we'll loan ya one.. (We have plenty to spare.).

    As my interest in shooting pistols and revolvers declined surprisingly my interest in shooting "good" rimfire rifles was rekindled....

    I found I could still shoot pretty well with glasses and resting for stability, and recently I had double cataract surgery, and all of a sudden I'm 20/20 again, without glasses.

    Rimfire ammo is still pretty reasonable.. Heck 550rds for less than $20.00..

    I bought some 22 rifles (Marlin 39A & a couple of CL's, Browning SA22's, and a Winchester 63.) I love em' all..

    But the one in particular that continually surprises me is one of my Century Limiteds.... This sucker was bought via GB from the original owner, who had put an all steel Redfield (model 70) peep sight on it right after he bought it new in 1970(with a taller front sight), and my goodness is it accurate...:D

    I love to go "out back" (we live in the country and I have my own firing range) and shoot that sucker just to keep being surprised at the small groups it is capable of..

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse

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    Jesse,

    You have a real sweet setup with that rifle with those peep sights! I had a Remigton Targetmaster I got in 1968 for my 12th birthday, same type of sights but were Lyman. I worked my way up in the NRA indoor 50' range from Pro-Marksman, Marksman, Marksman-First Class, Sharpshooter then went as high as bars one, two and three, all in two months after I got my Targetmaster, which was used but as good as brand new!

    That is one gun I wish I never would have traded.
     
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    My 2 young boys are far more interested in going shooting with Dad than my old hobby, hot rod Slow-Stangs. A few more years and I'm sure they'll want to be back in the garage bolting a blower or some good ol' giggle juice onto some random car.

    Shooting has been cheaper for me, as well. I get more satisfaction out of shooting for 4 hours or more and my thumbs are cut from loading mags. Spending 8 hours wrenching on a car until your knuckles are bloody just for a few 10ths of a second quicker trip down the 1/4 mile is fun...but not nearly as fulfilling for me.
     
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    I'm certainly in the "I'd rather shoot my .22's" camp. As my arthritis has gotten worse, my ability to really shoot for very long with the larger calibers has shrunk fairly dramatically. It's like housework: I need to do it, I grit my teeth and really pitch in and do it when necessary, but every time I do, I end up tired and hurting. So.... it doesn't get done like it ought to. But I can plink a .22 all day long, so if I choose to go shooting, it probably won't be my ccw I practice with as much as one of my .22's.

    I went through a phase of collecting WWII rifles and handguns, and I'm glad I have them for the collection bit, but they rarely get out of the safe. I'll shoot my .243 until I'm too blind or too dead or both to hunt, because that's what it's for and I love hunting. But I can see it taking up less and less of our time.

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  20. green5594

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    Do airsoft and force on force training. Break out of the square range.
     
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    Yes he does. I'm fiending for some lever and peep action. I'm trying to do some pawn shop surfing but I'm getting impatient and I may give up and just buy new.

    Then he posts that pic? I'm jealous, so jealous I should report his post but there is no "22 Envy" button. :neener:
     
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    If I got one, I hear Henry Rifles are supposed to be real nice!
     
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    My interest waxes and wanes over the years. I think it is natural and completely normal. Yes, if I had to buy them all over again, I would have less firearms. About two years ago it was at a real peak and I was getting to the range close to two times a week. Now it's about once or twice a month. At one point, I think I went over 10 or 15 years without shooting - was very busy with other things at that point.
     
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    Seems to be many people that disagree with you. I started a thread about them and many people say they won't last, but no one has pipped up and said "I shot mine until it won't shoot anymore." I'm going to give up and buy a Marlin 39A and a Henry octagonal barrel. Less thought...more shooting...
     
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