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So, how do you pay for your hobby of guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SilentStalker, May 31, 2012.

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  1. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker Member

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    Ok, I have some of my most sought after guns in my collection but as always I want more and then I want to change some things on what I have and then I want to SBR a d buy a silencer for some etc. You get the idea, then there is getting a safe to house all of these things and then ammo, tools, optics, etc. This crap is really expensive. I figure I have well I am not going to say how much money I probably have in mine and I am far from finished on the things I have. I mean I figure by the time I bought the ones I have, finished them out, got the others that I want, buy a safe, tools, etc the. I could easily spend $30k on this crap and I have nowhere near what I am sure some of you have. It has taken me years to get what little I have and now it is safe buying time which will eat up a ton of cash for many more months etc. How in the world ^^^do you guys pay for it all? I mean seriously, course it doesn't help that I don't make but $30k a year which bothers me at times considering what I know and then with my two degrees but I also feel very blessed to have such a wonderful job these days so you know. Anyways I am wondering how you guys fuel your hobby. Either you all have good jobs, came into money, got lucky, are retired or something. So let's hear it lol. How ^^^do you do it?
     
  2. tyeo098

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    Gun show next weekend. Nations gun show! There goes my savings :D
     
  3. musicman10_1

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    I built a nice guitar collection over the last 25 years and as my interests have moved from playing guitar to shooting guns I have been slowly selling guitars and music gear to fund guns and ammo.

    The problem for me is that the more I get the more I want and so I guess I'm going to have to get a second job or something.
     
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    Slackjaw in training. I pick up cans.
     
  5. hAkron

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    I collect cheap stuff, and I try to never sell it or trade it. I used to buy all new stuff and I wasn't good at finding deals, now I research constantly to know what I'm looking for and what it should cost when I find it. I seldom buy new stuff (but sometimes I will). I scour the local gun stores, gun shows, and online venues. Know what you want, know what it's worth, wait for a deal, be ready to buy it when you see it. Also learn how to bargain.

    Endless money won't complete your collection any quicker, it will just make it much bigger and crazier.
     
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    Well my kids are both out of college and on their own now, so that was about a $40k per year pay raise right there.
     
  7. Warp

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    I don't have any other 'hobbies' that are near as expensive.

    I only buy one or two guns a year.

    My single most expensive gun, purchased this month, was $625.
     
  8. Ian

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    Bachelor with a good paying job.
     
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    I'm a patent broker.
     
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    I'm a small business owner (A cutlery store named Zane's knives) and while I'm no success story yet I find a way to keep a bit of money tucked away for guns, ammo, reloading gear and of course knives.
     
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    57 years old, self employed, Kids are grown and married. House and cars are paid off. No loan or CC debt whatsoever, just a matter of balance in investing for retirement and spending for enjoyment today.
     
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    The Wife and I are "DINKS" Dual Income No Kids
     
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    Could be worse, you could be SERIOUSLY into fishing. Trust me, guns are cheaper. As to how I afford it, I’m retired with no debt (never make payments on a car, boat or anything else that’s not real estate) and have built up my collection over the last 35+ years. Buy quality a little at a time as you can afford it. :)
     
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    I heard they're going to ban fishsticks pretty soon.
     
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    I stand on the street corner with a sign that says " Homeless and Hungry Please Help". At Christmas time I put on a Santa suit then stand outside the mall with a bucket ringing a bell.

    Actually, I just limit my want list to what I want most and keep my eye open for bargains. It seems like I find most bargains at pawn shops and even gun shows if I look often enough. If I don't like the price I walk away no matter how much I want it. Patience and negotiating has often payed off.

    A C&R license also gives you dealer pricing on some guns and discounts at some internet business' like Midway. $30 for a 3 year license and I saved at least that much on the first gun I bought with my license. Imported C&R military guns also always go up in value once the supply dries up.

    Guns are a lot cheaper hobby than the 69 Mach 1 Mustang and 70 Mustang I use to own. Wish I still had the 69 though.
     
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    I hear you on the cars. I had an LS1 Camaro I modified to run 11s as my daily driver. That gets expensive...especially when you inevitably break stuff.
     
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    Once you get the first one they pay for themselves! Just ask Jesse James! ;)
     
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    It might be time to re-evaluate your career. In the 1980's, I was making twice that selling consumer electronics - a job I loved. I got tired of the nights and weekends, so I examined WHAT about the job I loved: determining the customers true needs and educating them on the correct products. I took a night security job to allow me to return to college for a teaching credential. Took 5 years and a Master's degree to get back to my old income, but now I still love my job and have doubled that income again, plus great benefits. Kids are grown and gainfully employed, wife and I both teach high school, we built our dream house 10 years ago, and we spend lots of time riding our Harleys together (makes guns look cheap!).

    Figure out what you love doing, then do it as well as you can for as long as you can. As long as you value yourself at $15 an hour, that's all you'll get.

    People don't plan to fail, they fail to plan. If you are a "free spirit who goes where the wind takes me" kind of person, you need to learn sailing and navigation.

    What are your degrees in, and what's so great about your current job?
     
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    Was much easier when I was single. To keep marital bliss, I save the money I get from birthdays and other holidays and then buy what I want. Don't let buying guns mean you aren't saving for retirement. Being old, broken down so you can't work and having no savings sucks. I know one person who is in that boat right now and he made pretty good money during his working career. Assuming you can't get a better job, how about adding in a separate part time job? It could be as simple as mowing lawns or pressure washing folks driveways. Once younger a few clients word of mouth spreads fast and neighbors of those who you work for will want you to do the same.
     
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    Bachelor with a poor paying job and no other hobbies.
     
  21. Serenity

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    I spend a very minimal amount of money on clothes, makeup, bi annual haircuts, don't wear jewelry, own only 10 pairs of footwear INCLUDING work boots (that sounds like a lot but start counting your wife's shoes; on second thought--don't) and drive a '98 Rav4. So when I want to spend money on shooting, hubby tends to just roll his eyes and consider himself lucky that I don't collect handbags or perfume.
     
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    Mostly rimfires here so firearms and ammo are very affordable.

    I do everything on a budget so i can do everything. ;)
     
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    I work my forty, try not to spend much, also have a couple part time gigs and I also collect scrap metal, people throw a lot of money away! Plus I'm single with no kids, that helps a lot also!!
     
  25. LawScholar

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    I don't...

    My collection has been gifts from the start, as I am blessed with an insanely generous family. Not rich by any means, just crazy selfless.

    As a student, I use my credit card as a debit card, paying it every month (to build credit). I get bonus points, so I'm saving them for gun #6.

    $240 saved so far. :)
     
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