I bought most of my firearms before I had children. Once they came and they are still very young now but once they came along my purchasing hit a brick wall due to money limits. Luckily I made the decision early on to buy quality, buy once cry once. I did make a few mistakes along the way though. I have sold quite a few guns over the last few years which used to be very anxiety provoking for me. I always felt if you owned a gun you should never sell it but eventually it just became stupid to see them sit there. So I have started noticing a few things. 1. Money actually doesn't matter, to me I'm not a collector at this point in my life. I had been purchasing with the mindset of what if one day, but now I'm at the point where it's nice to be able to use and carry them a little bit more often. 2. A lot of my recent purchases have been geared towards the children and getting them into shooting. That means more 22s than I ever had before. 3. I may have committed a mortal sin but I have sold a 1911 for a polymer gun to replace it. Overall I love the 1911, but I rarely if ever carried it. I am starting to change from an all steel to a polymer guy. I still have one 1911 that I won't get rid of.