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Old February 22nd, 2017, 08:47 AM   #31
 
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My wife (aka "The Boss") actually pays the bills and handles the household finances (which is funny, because I'm CPA and an Accounting Prof), so no "sneaking" guns past her. At her request, several years ago I pulled together a sizeable bucket list of firearms I'd like to acquire over the course of the next 20 - 30 years, and when one comes along at a price too good to miss, she's kewl with letting me get it. Now, it has to be either a birthday or a Christmas gift, so I get to inspect it, clean it, and then she makes me wrap it and put it up...her rules, but I don't mind.

Case in point, last year when the Vaquero Birdshead in 44 Mag came out, I picked one up in Feb. Since I already had a project out at the engraver for my birthday (July), the Birdshead became Christmas, was cleaned, wrapped and put up...she shuffled the gifts at Christmas so that it was the dead last thing I opened...she laughs at it, and it's all in good fun.

Saturday, a pristine 1987 Browning Auto 5 presented itself for about half what you'd expect to pay, and it's now on its way to AL...to be cleaned, oiled and wrapped til July.

Now The Boss doesn't shoot much, but she knows it's my passion and is supportive...she calls it my "midlife crisis" and readily admits it's cheaper than a German convertible, or a divorce




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As long as she doesn't know, my wife doesn't say a word about my addiction...
These are words to live by and the mantra I use every day when I open my safe.
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These are words to live by and the mantra I use every day when I open my safe.
I think my safe is part of my problem. I picked a rather large 32 gun safe, and my six rifles looked awfully alone in there. Needless to say, the dozen or so in the safe now look better, but there is a lot of real estate still to fill

Did I happen to mention that I do not own an M77 Hawkeye yet?
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I'm lucky - my wife is not the most observant person to begin with (I'm constantly having to find things for her hidden in plain sight) and she thinks I own 4 handguns. A black pistol, a shiny pistol, a black revolver and a shiny revolver. As long as I'm careful to never have more than one gun out in plain sight I'm OK. She knows I have a couple of hunting rifles and a shotgun. So I can load up for a hunting trip or go shoot some clays and it's no big deal. But if I ever got caught setting up a big family gun photo I would be in trouble......

My wife is exactly the same. She doesn't like guns either, but she does love me, so she doesn't fuss as long as it's within our budget. I just be careful and not abuse it. If I hpshow her a new a gun I would like, she just says...oh yeah, that's very nice, what is it?
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What the OP doesn't recognize is that single action revolvers and lever action rifles are two of the most addictive gun drugs that exist. Just one? Ha! No way. Congrats on your FIRST one and welcome to the Cowboy Gun Club.

I know most of this thread is tongue in cheek but I refuse to let my wife decide what is or what isn't an appropriate purchase. I adore my wife but she isn't my boss and she isn't my mother. As a grown man I don't want or need her approval to buy a gun. If I want it, I buy it. About the only thing that would annoy her would be if I used a credit card instead of paying cash. Which, BTW, I don't do. If I don't have the cash I don't buy it.

The only struggle I have with buying guns is self restraint. Sometimes the ability to buy any gun you want can be a challenge unto itself. When the financial (or marital) consequences of making a gun purchase are relatively unimportant it's a lot harder to be smart about it. Sometimes I see a gun that piques my interest and I'm like a 6 year old boy. Good judgement goes right out the window and is quickly replaced by childish desire. I've bought a few guns over the years where I later ended up saying, "What the hell was I thinking?" Choose wisely Grasshopper. You might end up like me and have a few guns in your safe that are collecting dust (fortunately it's only a 'few'). It's taken about 40 years but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.

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What the OP doesn't recognize is that single action revolvers and lever action rifles are two of the most addictive gun drugs that exist. Just one? Ha! No way. Congrats on your FIRST one and welcome to the Cowboy Gun Club.
Man, I am finding this to be true! What has caught my eye now is a Super Single Six chambered in .17 HMR. I don't own a micro b-b chucker... yet, and this might be my next acquisition.

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The only struggle I have with buying guns is self restraint. Sometimes the ability to buy any gun you want can be a challenge unto itself. When the financial (or marital) consequences of making a gun purchase are relatively unimportant it's a lot harder to be smart about it. Sometimes I see a gun that piques my interest and I'm like a 6 year old boy. Good judgement goes right out the window and is quickly replaced by childish desire. I've bought a few guns over the years where I later ended up saying, "What the hell was I thinking?" Choose wisely Grasshopper. You might end up like me and have a few guns in your safe that are collecting dust (fortunately it's only a 'few'). It's taken about 40 years but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.
Ha! Do you really think that it is just guns that peeps like us have such a problem with? I also own something like $15k in camera gear

Anyone in the market for a lightly used Nikon camera or two?
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Lonnie - Good catch - especially the Henry. I'm still saving my nickels and dimes for a Henry ... looks like it'll be next year ...
I found out something a couple of days ago. The price marked on the Henry was a mistake. They intended to mark it at $799, but instead accidentally priced it at $599. Since I've been coming to them ever since they opened three years ago for almost all of my shooting needs, they went ahead and gave me the marked price.
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Just read the OP to my wife.
She shook her head and asked what was wrong with most women.

Yep, I got a GOOD one.
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My wife and I met 4 years ago after loosing our first mates. She likes to fish, hunt, and ride with me on my harley. Problem, I lost my 35 rem marlin, my two flat top 357 rugers, my mod 92 357,and a mod 97 win.to her. This spring she will join me in shooting SASS. She is the one that says " lets go to the range". Thank god she just wants to be my co-pilot on the Harley.
Life is good when you have a partner that enjoys some of the same hobby's that you do.
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Lucky guy - my wife of almost 50 years doesn't like guns. She's lived in Texas since 1949 and has never fired one.
She's learned to live with my collecting habits, however.
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