New CC'er: what to expect to spend?

New CC'er: what to expect to spend?

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    New CC'er: what to expect to spend?

    OK, if someone is going to buy a gun for concealed carry, it seems like they would need:

    At the low end:
    • $150 for a Hi-Point;
    • A box of cheap ammo
    • Stick it in one's belt; and
    • Hope it doesn't fall down.

    Or, doing it right:
    • $300-650 for the weapon itself;
    • $20-30 for an extra magazine (perhaps a couple);
    • $80-100 for night sights (maybe put this off, or omit altogether since we're talking bad-breath distances?);
    • $25 for a cheap holster for use while waiting for the 'real' holster;
    • $75 - $120 for a good holster;
    • $20-30 for a magazine carrier;
    • $80-100 for a good gun belt;
    • $50 for a SmartCarry or other deep-concealment option;
    • 200 rounds for break-in/reliability testing at the FMJ current price for whichever caliber is choosen;
    • 50 rounds for carry ammo feeding behavior testing at the current Buffalo Bore/Critical Defense/etc. price;
    • 'Nother box or two of the good ammo for actually carrying (for starters: ultimately we all want an ammo dump like Sixto probably has);
    • $15 for snap caps (see next item);
    • $85 or so for a LaserLyte trainer (the one which sits inside the barrel and lets one do point-shooting drills inside the house);
    • $25 for a gun cleaning kit;
    • $35 or so for a COM safe for the house... up to $500-$theskyisthelimit for a for-reals safe;
    • $35 or so for a COM safe for the car;
    • $35 for a decent flashlight;
    • A cellphone if one doesn't already have one;
    • $5 at Goodwill (or $50-$100 if you can afford it) for a good range bag;

    ...then twice a month (per BigBear) to perhaps a minimum every other month (or so):
    • Transportation to the range;
    • Range fees;
    • 200 rounds of cheap ammo;
    • McDonald's money for the ride home;

    ...and then quarterly or so (OK, I'm joking here, but there's a lot of truth in it regardless):
    • A new holster off the internet (gotta fill the box);
    • Transportation to and parking at the gun show;
    • $7-8 admission;
    • $10 for hot dogs and snacks;
    • $300-600 for a new weapon (go to top of page).

    ...and annually or so (thanks for catching this, First Sgt!):
    • Tuition with a reputable group for a full day or weekend of training;
    • Transportation for the annual training;
    • Housing and food costs for the annual training;
    • Ammo costs for the training.

    Thoughts? Corrections to numbers? What could one omit? What is missing?
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    You forgot "Annual Training" (at a minimum) from a reputable organization. Include travel costs, overnight accomodations cost, ammo costs, food costs. Results however are "PRICELESS"....JMO
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    • $50-$100 for a decent range bag.
    • $500-$2500 for a good safe.
    • Increase range expenditures to at least twice a month.
    • multiple by 1.65 if your wife or significant other becomes interested.
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    Additions made - thanks First Sgt and Big Bear!

    This is starting to look like real money. Maybe a Hi-Point really is all I need.
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    Add a few 'C-Notes' for the wife's jewelry...got to keep her happy, too!
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    I would omit the hot dog. Then I wouldn't feel so guilty about buying supplies and stuff at the gun show.

    I understand how lasers can help with certain training, but I'd probably delay or skip the laser and apply the money toward buying a backup gun.

    That's quite a list. You've put some time and thought into it. It's more reality based than just buying a gun and a box of ammo and calling it good.

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    I shoot on my own property and I don't purchase training.

    That saves a little on the bill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Add a few 'C-Notes' for the wife's jewelry...got to keep her happy, too!
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    Absolutely!

    retsupt99 beat me to it.

    However, OTOH, you might get her involved and then dbl most of the above.

    BTW -- the:

    ...and then quarterly or so (OK, I'm joking here, but there's a lot of truth in it regardless):
    A new holster off the internet (gotta fill the box);
    Transportation to and parking at the gun show;
    $7-8 admission;
    $10 for hot dogs and snacks;
    $300-600 for a new weapon (go to top of page).
    is not really a joke, in my experience.
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    I think that the only think that everybody agrees about is the jewelry to keep the wife happy
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    I keep my wife happy with little need for investing in material things. Other than that.....that list is kind of scary. Might even turn off those just starting out when they see the bottom line in dollars spent. I figure you're pretty close with all of it though. What's missing? The most expensive thing you can't buy........your time. My spare time has become near non-existent away from work these past couple of months. I know it's value. If we weren't getting raging thunderstorms, wind and hail, we'd be at the range today.

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    Well then, SOMEONE needs to ask - what CALIBER of jewelry for the wife?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    ...that list is kind of scary....
    Boy, that's for sure. I am embarking on a new phase of my life: financial responsibility. I haven't done a fraction of the training I feel I ought to have done by now, and I'm dubious as to how it will happen. The only thing I can imagine is finding a Y2K dude with a basement full of Wolf ammo I can get for cheap, then shoot on my own farm.

    I made my own Kydex holster, which meets the need. I don't go to gun shows (time and money), and I satisfy my gun porn needs with pretending to be doing research for my dear daughter.

    But, gosh, it does mount up. On the other hand, car insurance isn't cheap either, and I spend in both for roughly the same reason.

    So I'm sure not gonna get that nifty custom 1911 'til I win the lottery. And with my performance on the probability threads recently I'm not holding my breath for a winning ticket.

    Still, life is pretty good. And maybe each night I'll put all my change in a hidey place for more ammo...

    Thanks for the comments, folks.
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    Why couldn't you have posted this BEFORE I started draining my bank account!
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    $400ish for a good .38spl snubby (LCR, 442, 642), $20-$40 for a pocket holster, $8 for two Bianchi speed strips, $25 for some good carry ammo, $whatever you can buy practice ammo for near you (I recently bought 1000 rds of Speer Lawman 135gr FMJ for $13.99 a box from ammunitiontogo.com).
    You're shooting and packing for <$500. This ain't rocket surgery, don't make it any more difficult than it has to be.

    Get out once a month and put a box of cheap stuff through it and you're good to go. Check the 50rd training article in this issue of American Cop - American COP March/April 2010
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    I'd change the holster information to a Great holster and up the amount to $175 (Pure Kustom Black Ops Pro).

    Also add about $30 for some Gunzilla!

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