Guns a cheap hobby?

This is a discussion on Guns a cheap hobby? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; As many guns (and ammo) I've bought since the general election, it's a very expensive hobby. But I don't look at it as a hobby. ...

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 31 to 45 of 48

Thread: Guns a cheap hobby?

  1. #31
    VIP Member Array Patti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    The Show Me State
    Posts
    2,641
    As many guns (and ammo) I've bought since the general election, it's a very expensive hobby.

    But I don't look at it as a hobby.

    I look at it as self preservation.
    Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Winston Churchill

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #32
    Member Array yzcrasher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    349
    Yes it's cheap, if you but one gun and only have 2 holsters like myself. A lot of people here probably don't see me as a "gun guy" but whatever, to each his/her own. On a side note just about anything can be a cheap hobby as long as you don't go out and buy all kinds of goodies...keep it simple.
    ((Place funny, whitty comment here))

  4. #33
    VIP Member Array sgtD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    2,292
    Guns, a cheap hobby?



    Not around my house.

    So far this past year I have only bought one gun for under $300, (I think, maybe 2, no wait maybe 3?) and my collection is now temporarily complete. I say temporary, because something else always grabs my attention later and I have to have it. I have also sold at least one or maybe two in the past year at a small profit.

    I have not spent alot on guns recently, since I have everything I could possibly need, but I have bought probably close to $1500 in reloading equipment and supplies. A few hundred $ in factory ammo, range fees and membership, a scope, the list goes on and on.

    It never seems to end. But, you gotta spend it on something 'cause you can't take it with you. I'd rather be spending it on guns than giving it to the local barmaid like I used to do in my younger days and I think it's cheaper, more prudent, and more fun than golf.
    When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.

  5. #34
    Distinguished Member Array Squawker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Las Vegas NV
    Posts
    1,614
    Shooting is a cheap hobby. A couple of boxes of ammo, and a lane at the range isn't that much. Guns, on the other hand, certainly isn't a cheap hobby. You buy your first gun. Then, you need ammo. Of course you need some magazines, as the ones that came with the gun just aren't enough. You start looking at lights, laser grips, etc. It adds up. Then, you see another gun that you want, and you start all over. And there's no end. You're buying handguns, then you think, "I need a shotgun for home defense. You get one, and some 00 Buck. Then you think, "Well, this is a bit long to maneuver through the house, and you start looking at shotguns with a pistol grip. You add that one. Then you start to think, "I really should have a rifle to go with this, just in case there's a breakdown in society. After you get your AR 15, you have to have the accessories. Wait a minute, if society breaks down, you need a lot more ammo! Then you start to think about getting an AK as a back up, after all, it will work regardless of how you take care of it. So, you add the AK. Now, you need ammo, since it's 7.62 X 39, and that 5000 rounds of .223 won't work in it. Hey, you may need something with more power than either the .223, or the 7.62 X 39. So, you start looking at .308. Hey, that Socom II looks really cool! It's only $1799! Damn. The 5000 rounds each of .223 and 7.62 X 39 won't work, so you need to stock up on .308. Anyway, that's where I'm at. Now, for that tactical shotgun I need to replace my cheap shotgun, and to go along with the pistol grip is next, then I have to start thinking about that 50 cal Barrett. And I only have 5 handguns. I need an XDm 9mm, another Glock, etc. IT"S NOT CHEAP!!!!!!!

  6. #35
    Senior Member Array ErikGr7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    1,108
    Quote Originally Posted by Squawker View Post
    It's only $1799!
    Ouch!

  7. #36
    Member Array shamanjp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    25
    Over the past year I've spent much more on ammo and range time than on guns and gear. I am more of a shooter than a collector.
    Gun "collecting" can be an expensive hobby.

  8. #37
    Ex Member Array Ram Rod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Fayetteville, AR
    Posts
    13,687
    Do you think guns are a cheap hobby?
    Well, I guess it all depends on how you look at things. It could be relatively cheap so-to-speak. Cheaper when you can do your own gunsmithing and reloading for sure. It's a fun hobby no doubt, but more expensive than building plastic models for sure. I got into vehicle mods and upgrades several years ago, and the firearms hobby is definitely cheaper than that. Coin and stamp collecting could be very expensive if you need some of those really rare pieces to complete things. All in all, I'd say firearms as a hobby is probably middle of the road in the hobby world. Not really expensive, and not really cheap. If someone considers firearms as a hobby to be real expensive, then maybe they are going beyond their means. If the firearms hobby would be considered cheap, then there would more than likely be a serious lack of collectible firearms in the world.

  9. #38
    New Member Array Outsider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    2
    This is only my second post and I don't own any guns yet, but since I started looking into this in the last week, I was really surprised at how cheap these things are (compared to my expectations).

    Compared to my other cool interests, guns seem very cheap.

    I ride dirt cheap 10 year old sport bikes that cost about $2000, plus $300 in tires almost annually, $150 for state minimum insurance annually (a new Hayabusa with a young male rider will be more than $150 PER MONTH), $300 for a basic helmet, $200 for a basic jacket, and another $200 for boots and gloves. (There is no way I'm spending $10k for a new sportbike just to have it fall off the kickstand, break the plastic, dent the tank, and crack an engine cover.)

    A basic professional quality electric guitar starts around $1600 and goes to $3000 without getting into anything exotic or special. My standard equipment for a performance involves a $1400 bass guitar, $650 in effects, $600 in amplifiers, $700 in speakers, $250 in cases, and another $75 or so in cables and miscellaneous. About half of the effects are optional, but otherwise this is the cheapest gig-worthy rig that won't get laughed at when you're on stage.

    I, and more importantly, my wife, was thrilled to learn that a decent first handgun, ammo, and gun club membership would be in the ballpark of $1000.

  10. #39
    Senior Member Array ErikGr7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    1,108
    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider View Post
    This is only my second post and I don't own any guns yet, but since I started looking into this in the last week, I was really surprised at how cheap these things are (compared to my expectations).

    Compared to my other cool interests, guns seem very cheap.

    I ride dirt cheap 10 year old sport bikes that cost about $2000, plus $300 in tires almost annually, $150 for state minimum insurance annually (a new Hayabusa with a young male rider will be more than $150 PER MONTH), $300 for a basic helmet, $200 for a basic jacket, and another $200 for boots and gloves. (There is no way I'm spending $10k for a new sportbike just to have it fall off the kickstand, break the plastic, dent the tank, and crack an engine cover.)

    A basic professional quality electric guitar starts around $1600 and goes to $3000 without getting into anything exotic or special. My standard equipment for a performance involves a $1400 bass guitar, $650 in effects, $600 in amplifiers, $700 in speakers, $250 in cases, and another $75 or so in cables and miscellaneous. About half of the effects are optional, but otherwise this is the cheapest gig-worthy rig that won't get laughed at when you're on stage.

    I, and more importantly, my wife, was thrilled to learn that a decent first handgun, ammo, and gun club membership would be in the ballpark of $1000.
    I hear you. I am into sportbikes too and with the cost of the bike, insurance, maintanece etc...it gets costly.

  11. #40
    Senior Member Array lance22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    1,032
    Shooting: Over $ 1,000 to get started, $ 30.00 or more per outing.

    $ 400.00 - $ 1,200 for your handgun.
    $ 25.00 - minimum for ammo every time you go shooting
    $ 15.00 - range fee if you shoot at a 'range' and not in the woods
    $ 50.00 - annual cleaning supplies

    ----- for those of us who carry

    $ 340.00 - Three or four custom holsters, mag carrier or two
    $ 140.00 - 1 Brown and 1 Black dress belt made for carry

    When I lived in south Florida I had a TRUE cheap hobby: Freedive Spearfishing.

    Freedive Spearfishing: Less than $ 1000.00 to get started, $ 20.00 per outing.

    $ 250.00 Ocean Kayak (Scupper Pro TW)
    $ 200.00 AB Biller Speargun
    $ 120.00 Esclapez Freediving Fins
    $ 200.00 Cheap wetsuit, cheap mask, belt, weights, line, float, diveflag ...

    The cost of getting into freedive spearfishing was well under $ 1,000.00. Thereafter it only cost me gas money to get to the ocean where I launched the Kayak and headed out to the reefs. I would bring home enough food for a week's worth of suppers or in the very least one dinner, so that's like getting money and in theory can make some trips pay for themselves.



    For those that don't know, "Freediving" is "breath-hold" diving. No scuba tanks. Just hold your breath and head down to 60 feet and give a dinner invitation to whatever strikes your fancy. It's a great workout in a beautiful environment, it's healthy, inexpensive ... it was the perfect hobby until unfortunately I had to leave Florida due to losing my job.

    My hobby up here in MN is ATV Riding.

    ATV Riding: $ 16,000.00 to get started, $ 50.00 per outing.

    $ 16,000.00 - Two Honda 680 ATV's with Trailer.
    $ 00,040.00 - Gasoline to get me to the woods and back
    $ 00,005.00 - Gas used by both ATVs during a weekend

    So that hobby is very pricey to get into, and still costs almost $ 50.00 every time I go out.

  12. #41
    Senior Member Array ASSA9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Charlotte,NC.
    Posts
    838
    Quote Originally Posted by ErikGr7 View Post
    Do you think guns are a cheap hobby?

    Yes, I know we have Ar-15's for grand, Kimbers
    are expensive etc..

    but compared to my other hobbies sport bikes
    I think fiearms are a pretty cheap hobby..hey if it gets
    to expensive I can always skip a month at the range.


    No , I don't think its a cheap hobby but when you compare
    it to --say-- a woman Now thats the kind of hobby
    that just keeps on costing you, even after you give up on it
    Zoe: "Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?

    Book: "Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps."

  13. #42
    Ex Member Array United93's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    911
    Compared to my other hobbies, guns are pretty expensive. However, if I use the .22, I can get in an enjoyable plinking session for very little dough.

  14. #43
    Senior Member Array thebigdl86's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    OK
    Posts
    662
    Im gonna have to say not a cheap hobby. Its just like modding my car. I cant stop!
    "Anyone worth shooting, is probably worth shooting several times."

  15. #44
    Member Array heylin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    394
    Its as cheap as you want it to be, ultimately after your setup costs its all about how often you choose to shoot and how much each session.
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Evil prevails when good men stand by and do nothing
    --------------------------------------------------------------

  16. #45
    Senior Member Array arby238's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    1,041
    Well it is a little cheeper than my race car.

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. My other hobby - photography
    By NIS350ZTT in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: June 14th, 2010, 11:27 PM
  2. I've taken up an old hobby
    By Pro2A in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: December 31st, 2009, 04:33 PM
  3. Another hobby, and this one can be real sad
    By TN_Mike in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: September 15th, 2009, 01:14 PM
  4. my other hobby belongs here .
    By Redneck Repairs in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: May 29th, 2008, 05:35 PM
  5. This Would Be An Interesting Hobby
    By QKShooter in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: October 28th, 2005, 10:16 PM

Search tags for this page

are guns an expensive hobby
,

are guns expensive hobby

,
cars vs guns hobby
,

guns are an expensive hobby

,

guns expensive hobby

,
hobbies guns
,
hobby cars vs guns
,

inexpensive gun hobby

,
make gun hobby cheaper
,
shooting expensive hobby
,
shooting guns is a expensive hobbie
,
ways to make gun hobby cheaper
Click on a term to search for related topics.