When you retired, did your time spent with guns increase, or*?

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  1. rachjake

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    Fully retired 6 years ago, moved to NW FL (lower Alabama), began shooting rimfire benchrest about 15 months ago, and am now building a 6 mm BR Norma. More and more time at the range.
     
  2. Ignition Override

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    If you ever have the budget (cash) to combine hunting with a long 'Rundflug' to DFW, maybe you realize that you can hunt wild pigs from a small Robinson helicopter in Texas (much lower cost than small turbine types). The TX House passed a law which allows private charters for "heli-pig" hunts.
    Youtube offers a few ideas, and the prices are not as high as I had expected.

    "aPorkalypse Now....", and there is easy access to four large TX cities.

    Some of you guys seem to have larger budgets for guns after you retire. Our house won't be paid off for many years. This is exactly why I acquired six surplus handguns and a few thousand rds. of 'reserve ammo' since last winter.
     
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  3. ColtPythonElite

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    Thanks to all that responded. I read them all and enjoyed it.

    I have 33 months to go to retire at age 50. I started planning my retirement not long after starting my career, so I shouldn't have to work afterwards unless I choose. The past couple of years have been an internal battle not sell of some seldom used toys other than guns. But I have resisted the urge because I worked hard to get them and figure retirement will offer more time to enjoy them....As far as shooting goes, I now shoot 1-3 times a week. I doubt if I will slack off in retirement.
     
  4. JohnBT

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    I retired 3 years ago and my range time went up initially. Then I helped a buddy renovate the front of my 100-year-old house and re-roof it. That took 4 months. We fixed everything from the dental molding to the built-in gutters. He took the Buckingham slate off the roof, reflashed it and then reinstalled the slate, including 130 replacement slates to get rid of the ones with tar and caulk or paint on them. He used to own a company. But I helped. Here are the copper pans on the front porch roof waiting for him to hand fold the standing seams and solder it all to the gutters on 3 sides.

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    Then I bought a 16' jon boat and expanded the flooring, added carpet, a 24v trolling motor, cleats, rod racks, good seats, fish finder, etc. and went bass fishing more often. My first largemouth over 9 pounds. Caught on a spinnerbait.

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    Then the end of last year I got a trim young girlfriend who works 3 jobs, goes to the gym 4x/week and has a new puppy. She 60, looks 46, and I'm 65 and trying to keep up. :) I'm not allowed to post her pic. Too bad.

    John
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    More, b/c I attended the two year program at TSJC.
     
  6. RoboDuck

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    I will be shooting more because I am building a shooting range on my farm where I plan to retire.
     
  7. Red Wind

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    That's OK. That great looking largemouth made up for it! :D

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  8. RVN11B

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    Once I fully retired my gun touchage (grin) grew exponentially! :)
     
  9. Nanook
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    It's just temporary. I got sidetracked with some other hobbies, and went into the rabbit hole for a while.

    I'll be out there at least weekly real soon, probably next week now that it's cooling off here.
     
  10. Bo

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    Just retired 1st of August. play with my guns and shoot a lot more now. Retirement is wonderful, can't believe I waited so long to do it. If I would have known it would be this enjoyable, I would have retired when I was 20.
     
  11. Shanghai McCoy

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    I just have to fit in shooting between taking the kid to school then the after school stuff.
    Well, and my occasional afternoon nap... :D
     
  12. Blue Thunder

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    I retired 2 days after I got back home from the 2013 Polite Society Shoot and Meeting in Memphis Tn. I returned on Monday and got a call from my regional VP on Wednesday to meet him and HR on the conference line. When done I got a very generous buyout package plus a year of Insurance pre-paid and said good bye. The next day I was at the range with no stress and no issues. The following October my wife and I did a 14 day Eastern Med Cruise. The one thing she drilled into me 25 years before is fill up your 401K to the max. We moved into our retirement villa this past April and I have just finished completion of the new Gun Room. Still shooting about 2X as much as before and having more fun than ever! There is nothing wrong with retirement if you have planned for it.
     
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