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Spontaneous or Scientific?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lizziedog1, Apr 28, 2011.

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  1. lizziedog1

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    How do you buy your guns? Do you do it spontaneously or scienttificaly?

    Most of my gun purchases have been "spur of the moment" decisions. Anytime I walk into a gun shop, gun show, or any place that sells guns, buying a gun is always on the back of my mind. However, I do not plan to buy any particular type of gun.

    The last gun I bought was a Ruger Single Six in 32 H&H Magnum. I did not plan on buying it when I saw it in a gun shop. But I am happy with the purchase. I do try not to duplicate any gun I have. I have a 12 gauge shotgun, so it is highly unlikely that I will purchase another. But you never know.

    So, how much planning do you do before buying a gun? Do you do any at all?
     
  2. M-Cameron

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    i think on it for months......i dont have a ton of $$$...so i like to get the best value for my dollar
     
  3. MachIVshooter

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    I have a (rather long) list in my head, sorted by priority vs. cost. Occasionally I happen into something I didn't consider before, but most of the time I know what I'm after and just waiting for the right deal.
     
  4. Loosedhorse

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    I suspect "spontaneous" means "emotional" in this context. It's an interesting question.

    Some would argue that "rational" decisions are better than emotional ones...but sometimes emotion cuts right through rationalizations to get to the heart of the matter.

    My guess is those guns that I chose scientifically are the ones I get out of the safe least often.
     
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  5. Lex Luthier

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    Firearms have become much like musical instruments or tools to me. I know there will always be a "need" for these things, therefore a budget is always being created, an allowance, if you will, to support a decision of acquisition when the moment appears.

    Of course, I would like one of everything, but Sigs and Kimbers are always finding me, just like Telecasters and certain other stringed instruments. If you plan ahead, the timing is always right.
     
  6. lizziedog1

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    The few guns that I did plan and research before buying do also get used less then the ones I bought on emotions alone.
     
  7. gfpd707

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    I search the internet for review, videos, and any other info I can find. I bought a walther p22 once without looking into it and got burned. I was never happy with the p22 and sold it for a s& w 442 that i had been researching.
     
  8. CajunBass

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    I walk in the gunstore. One of the salesmen will see me, push a hidden button that sends a signal to the rest of the crew that says "sucker on deck." He will then tell me, "We've got just what you're looking for." I didn't know what I was looking for, but THEY do...And they're right.

    They will then start to pull out pinned Smith & Wesson revolvers, and put a bucket under my chin to catch the drool.

    I'm sometimes able to withstand this treatment for 20-30 seconds before I say "I'll take it."

    If I'm being a hard sell that day, they have cut a deal with my wife to give her a kick-back if she says "Oh, go ahead and get it, you don't have one with that serial number do you?"

    It's a pretty scientific process actually.
     
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    This. Sometimes I find something on my list. Sometimes it's close enough. Sometimes a purchase is completely planned and premeditated. Other times, I just find something I like. When I'm just going into gun shops to look, I'm looking for what I never knew I always wanted. ;)
     
  10. ny32182

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    Oddly enough I have a wish list, but it seems that a lot of the guns I buy are fairly spontaneous anyway. There are many guns that have been on the list for a lot longer than the last few guns I bought.
     
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    This.
     
  12. InkEd

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    They are definitely an emotional purchases. I buy them because there is a desire to own them for various reasons. If we only bought guns we truly needed we would have very small collections. One or two for protection and few more for hunting if applicable. Personally, I have been interested by guns ever since childhood. I find the mechanics fascinating (much like a watch collector does an automatic movement) and like the performance features (similar to a car collector.) I have sort of a "mental list" of guns that I have always wanted to own for different reasons. I buy them as finances permit and the order is very random.
     
  13. ForumSurfer

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    Spontaneously scientific....

    Since phones are smarter and I can carry the internets in my pocket, I can research prices while making spontaneous decisions. :)

    My usual approach is to research prices, reviews, opinions, mull it over and beat it to death in my head for weeks until I decide I have better things to save my my money for.
     
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    There are a few that I have researched and then purchased. Most of them I have been there at the opportune time and had $$$ for it. Most often because I am known around here by other gunnies as the one that will give a reasonably fair price when someone is hard up and needs some fast $$.
     
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    Months of obsessing and internet research.
     
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    Scientific applications of research and opinion, more research to see exactly where it fits in to my needs, then of course I shop and shop hard to get the best price.
    The required handeling and comparsion of other guns side by side is of course next.
    Then a complete and thorough start to finish reevaluation of my research.
    Then with great emotion I buy the gun I am looking for, from the seller whom I trust.
    Often this causes me to lose a great deal, but I am not often disappointed.
     
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    I definitely use months of research with my purchases. I am pretty much just starting my collection and so I have plenty of niches left to fill yet, but nowhere near the cash to fill them all any time soon.

    I have to say that I do develop an emotional attachment to the ones that I have hunted for and researched for months. The whole time I'm researching my next purchase, I'm saving the money needed to buy it.
     
  18. Frogomatik

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    when I buy a gun, it's a little bit of both.

    I don't buy guns that don't appeal to me on some emotional level, but I also don't buy guns (anymore at least...lol) that ONLY appeal to me on an emotional level (just ask about the ps90). Basically it must fulfill both criteria, it's gotta apeal to me, and meet a percieved need.

    So, most of my few gun purchases now days, are simply to upgrade what I already have. For instance, my next buy will be a pre64 winchester model 12, what I consider an upgrade to my mossy500.
     
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    The only things I purchase spontaneously are food and clothes.

    I have an awful lot of clothes.
     
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    I keep a general list in my head of things I'm interested in along with general pricing. However, most of what I have purchased in the last few years have been spur of the moment purchases which I find a lot of fun. Some were considered in the back of my mind, but the actual purchase was a very spur of the moment decision.
     
  21. ArfinGreebly

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    Scientific -- Usually

    Most of mine are the result of careful thought and research.

    I'll see one in a store, then spend hours chasing facts on the 'Net. Or I'll read about one here, then spend hours chasing facts on the 'Net. And then I'll go to a couple of stores. Or three. Or four. Compare prices. Fondle a few.

    But sometimes it all comes to naught.

    I went in to pick up a CZ 75 P01 after saving up the money for months. Beside it was a Taurus PT911. They are similar in many respects, same caliber, size, weight, manual of arms, but . . .

    When I did a series of "blind draws" (hold pistol down at your side, eyes closed, raise pistol to firing position with two-handed grip, open eyes), I found that, to my consternation, the PT911 pointed more naturally for me. I actually liked the CZ better, it's a prettier pistol and (IMHO) better made. But when I lined up the sights, the PT911 aligned more naturally.

    All my research down the drain. I bought the Taurus. Worked out okay. It's very well behaved.

    :D

     
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    I generally am scientific. When I bought my G26 it was a logical decision based on the fact I knew Glocks and needed a carry, the same when I bought the second one. My AR in 6.5 Grendel I thought about for months. The Glock G30 I bought a few weeks ago on the other hand was pure emotional response after renting one. There are a few others I really want but can't think of a practical reason to buy so I haven't.
     
  23. jiminhobesound

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    Scientific or Spontaneous

    Financial situation drives everything. If I were quite rich I would decide that i wanted a gun, no specific gun in mind. I would go to a shop that has high end guns, great wood, etc. and pick one out spontaneously.
     
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    I am a compulsive researcher and obsessive fact-hound and voracious consumer of the written word, so I make just about all my decisions, even spontaneous ones, scientifically.

    Sometimes my acquisitiveness starts buzzing, and I am compelled to get something for 'scientific' reasons :D
     
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