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Since everyone here appears to be of working class and have bills of some sort ... How do you fund your gun addiction /expensive hobby.(this also could apply to any expensive hobby)? (2nd job, under the table work, barter, trade,credit card, too poor to fund it at times so I dont buy )


Plus what criteria do you use when determining what gets added to your firearms collection ?
(Buy for work because you are LEO, Buy guns that will retain thier value, no criteria I save for/buy what I want, No criteria when I save up x amount of money I go shopping, buy guns that all use the same ammo to save on ammo costs, buy stuff in different calibers for the variety , buy one because a buddy had one or just because you can or Cost)

As far as what I have bought so far ... everything has been bought because of its cost up to this point. I really dont have a criteria I see something I like then I read up on it and see if it fits within my budget at the time. If I cant afford it then it gets added to my wish list.

I'm just curious to what others do/ have done to fund this addiction.
 

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I just save up until I have enough to get what I want. This takes longer now that I have my new truck to pay for.

As for what criteria I use to add to my collection, I just buy whatever captures my imagination, within limits. I have to be able to afford it (of course), and the ammo has to be readily available. I don't reload, and ordering online is impractical for me, so that leaves me Dick's, Dunham's, Gander Mt., and the occasional gun show. If I can't find ammo at any of those places, I don't get the gun.
 
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I don't do too much. Ususally, I follow my grandfathers advice: "Boy, if you think you want something, wait a couple of weeks, if you still want it, get it, and it will probably be something you'll be happy with"

(That advice also is especially useful when considering dating a woman, but will try to stay on the assigned subject)

Now, if I would have followed that advice before selling something I momentarily thought I didn't want, I would be a much happier man. (I specifically think of a 4" colt diamondback 22 and a python I sold)

I have generally missed out on a few deals I have regretted later, but I have also bought only a couple of guns where I stood by later and said, "why did I buy that?" (2 S&W Sigmas and a taurus revolver come to mind)
 
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My next 3 or so pistols will be funded by my combat pay for the last 3 months.. and next 10 months I'll spend fighting Operation Iraqi Freedom III. Before that, I did the Ramen trick


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I'm single, a college student, with a girlfriend, and a part time job(money is short and will be getting shorter soon!). I fund my hobbies(shooting and restoring cars), by setting aside a little bit of each paycheck for each hobby. When I have enough for what I'm wanting to buy, I buy it.

I'm considering getting a credit card, but only to purchase small things like ammunition with, so I can get a little more range time in.

I buy the guns I buy, simply because I want them. At this point I want a 1911...and I'm planning on buying a new RIA when my gun fund reaches that price point. After that, it'll be a snubby...and after that...a couple of crates of ammo.


-Rob
 

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Beakersloco,

Qualifications:

A+
Net+
CQC instructor
Auto tech certified
Teacher (part time)
...and have taken schooling for law enforcement.

I'm pretty much unemployable so I employ myself. As of right now I don't teach the CQC. I have begun teaching school again part time after about a year off and am also self-employed as an auto tech ("You call, we come").

My budget fluctates wildly and probably will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I'm looking at going to college again for some special ed courses and this won't help. Sooo....

When the money is there I buy. When it's not, I do the odd computer job for ammo and practice. Can't do computers full time as people here seem to think that a computer isn't a necessity. :-/

Rambling... will be cleaned up later. Answer's there someplace. ;)

Josh <><

P.S. Advice: Get one degree, not liberal arts, BS or Masters. Don't go overboard and you'll be employable, able to get what you want when you want for the most part. J.S.
 

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Hi there Beakersloco,

Generally, I buy what I like and want by saving, trading and sometimes buying on a revolving charge credit loan with a no interest 90 day feature. Other times, I buy using good ole straight cash. My buying habits are just like everyone elses.

However, I do Prioritize my needs for family, home and work. In other words, if I need a new water heater, roof, food, school supplies and ect., everything else goes on the back burner. I have enough handguns to keep me well armed and always tinkering.

I was in the gunshop the other day and saw a beautiful and brand new Colt Mark IV .45 automatic sitting on top of its box in the display case. I would love to own that pistol and they are hard to come buy as they are on allocation from most of the colt distributors. However, my teenage son starting driving this year and I will have to buy another car and help him pay with the additional costs of auto insurance. For the price of the Colt, I could buy a decent used car and make a dent in the insurance payments.

My current trend in collecting handguns is to buy what I will use and carry rather than buying collectable handguns. If I can't afford the colt, than maybe a mil-spec springfield. The springfield is about $600.00 cheaper than the colt and just as good a pistol for its intended purpose. I've owned two previously.


Chris
 
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I'll sell something to buy something else. Usually, losing money both ways and losing guns I realize I should have kept. Divorces don't help, either.
 

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I'm fortunate that I make a pretty good living. However, I also don't smoke, don't drink, I'm not into buying porn, I don't pay large sums for pro sports tickets (if you want to see some good games, go support your local high school.....those kids play just for the joy of playing, not for some million dollar salary.....and they usually play with heart, too!), don't go to the movies that often, and I don't really have any other hobbies other than firearms and hunting & fishing (well, maybe books....... ;))
When buying gear, I try and find stuff that will do double duty and will last.....reversable camo coats, boats that I can use for duck hunting AND fishing, ect. I also only pay cash for whatever I want with re: to guns, hunting gear, ect.....if I don't have the cash in hand, I do without.

As far as firearms go, I've pretty much got my collection where I want it.......the only gun that I've never owned and always had a hankerin' for is a P08 luger pistol, and seeing the way the prices on them are skyrocketing, I probably won't be buying one anytime soon. I've been slowly building up my collection over the past 30 years or so, and I still remember my college days when all I had was a Mossberg 500 pump, a Remington Nylon 66 .22 rimfire, and a Winchester 94 .30/30 (and I still have all those guns, too! ;))
 

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Hello. I now fund my relative few gun purchases and rather large ammo expenditures with the "book money" I earned writing and selling my books. It also pays for the extra bandwidth required at Hi Powers and Handguns each month. Even so, I save most of this "mad money" should a bonafied emergency come up.

Best.
 
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I work a second job to fund my hobby, and to buy
Mr. Camps books


They money goes into my gun safe and when the amount of cash on hand equals whatever I am looking at, I gets me a new toy. I buy what I want.
 

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16gauge, I like your style!


I typically save up or sell stuff (but usually I don't sell guns). I use Ebay, have garage sales, whatever. There is always something I have sitting around that I don't need -clothes, extra TV's, that guitar in the attic, old fishtank, 35mm camara, whatever. Even if I only get $5 per item, I regain some space in the house/garage and it goes to the gun fund. Also, I put all my pocket change into a jar -- this adds up over time and I use it for holsters, reloading supplies, etc.
 

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When I was working I got a "mad money" allowance from each paycheck.
As I made more money the allowance got bigger.
This money was used for hobbies and to buy presents for my wife.

The system worked great. Seldom did I go to a gun show without more money than I needed. :)
 
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Guess I've been lucky; started in the late 50s and while guns weren't exactly cheap you could go to a gun show and not contract sticker shock. While in college in the 60s I wanted another GI .45, so sent a friend to a gun show with $45 and a request to get me the best 1911 he could find. He brought me back a pristine Remington Rand and $10 change.

Stayed single until I was in my early 30s and had a decent job as an LEO, so got a foothold and picked up some nice pieces in those years. Then came marriage, kids, mortgage, etc. and I had to go on short rations.

Still the key has been to look for deals, do a lot of my own gun work, work trades and not get too excited about any one item. Sometimes I get lucky. The joke around the house is that some of the best guns I have cost less than $150, and in some cases that is the truth. Some of the biggest lemons I have owned cost more than I want to think about. Either that or the gem I thought was going to be the joy of my life wasn't that wonderful after I'd had it a while.

Had a windfall settlement some years back that helped a lot; each year I got a decent check out of the blue. Most of it went for odd bills and especially college bills for the kids, some into savings, and a bit left over for gun stuff. When the last check came in I blew part of it on a new M1A because I knew I wouldn't feel right dumping that kind of cash into a gun later on.

I still pick up the odd piece but the fact is that I have more nice stuff than I probably deserve and most importantly have fun. If the place burned down tomorrow I would miss them, and then go out and buy a good .22 pistol, a .357 revolver, and another M1A.

Cash helps, but it's not really about cash.
 
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im a plumber at a private university after bills are paid i stash the cash and i do side jobs and never ever spend loose change <goes too piggy bank> i buy guns i eaither want or know i can make money on reselling too date i have 43 guns takin up space here but im a sucker for anything john browning designed
 
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