At what age do you stop buying guns?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    I can't say that it's my age because I bought one yesterday, but I did think about it and wondered if I'll ever stop.

    I suppose this is a hard question to ask on a gun forum because if you're here you're probably still looking for information about a future purchase, but when did you stop buying guns?
     
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    I think the only real answer is the day after you die . But in all seriousness I think it really depends. I haven’t bought a rifle in over a year but in that time I’ve bought two pistols and a shotgun but I’ve discovered as I’ve gotten older certain preferences for what I like which is shotguns and handguns. Unless something drastically changes I’m good on rifles but shotguns and handguns I could pick up a few more. It just comes down to desire of what you want to do when your not at work. Me I dream of shooting and hunting and I don’t see that changing.
     
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    When I'm dead...
     
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    But in all seriousness, I live forearms and always will. I will stop purchasing them then I am no longer able. My collection will be passed on.
     
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    Lol..... "live forearms"

    I'll only stop when there is 6 ft of dirt on top of my pine box.... cause that's all my wife will be able to afford after she kills me with the gun I just bought the day before lmfao!
     
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    I think I've got all the guns I need/want. 67 years old. in
    Guns capable of any thing north America comfortably with in 100+ yards .
    .17 HMR to .454 Casull .
     
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    I almost have everything I originally wanted. Sometimes having one gun that I thought was great shows me a few flaws that make me want something else in addition. If I ever feel like I've run out of nits to pick, I'll be done with buying. Or if my kids take away my car keys. Whichever comes first.
     
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    I'm done at 61, of course I am dying anyway! :57:
     
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    My father bought his last at age 88, a few months before he passed away.
     
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    When you finally figure out you already have what you need.
     
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    Ive become more practical and minimalistic as I get older.

    I tried being a "collector" when I was younger and that didnt work out for me.

    Workin PT in a local shop really changed my views .I just got worn out on them .

    Have no interest in obtaining anything more than I need anymore. And I dont like hanging on to stuff I really dont use .

    As long as it has a purpose .
     
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    It will probably be when the wife figures out how to get in the gun safes. :eek:
     
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    I've been focusing lately on ammo. I'm well healed in rimfires after the .22 famine, and my primer and powder supply is satisfactory.

    Would you rather have 100 guns and one bullet, or 100 bullets and one gun?? :cool:

    -John
     
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    @slysir

    Only problem is if you move around a bit.

    I moved 3x in 18months . When you have ammo in the 10s of thousands amount its a bit taxing on your body .

    I try to keep a decent stock on hand but have to watch my hoarding.
     
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    It's not the age.
    It's a decrease in funds...pay the bills -vs- buying toys.
     
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    I hadn't bought a new gun in many years, then 5 years ago I ordered and bought a new in the box Winchester '73. That rifle stayed in the box, and I never even once lifted it out of its box, for the 2 years I owned it. So, at 68, I guess I was done buying guns 10 or so years ago. I have guns I like, and far more than I need. Most of my guns haven't been fired, by me anyway, for a decade or more.
     
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    I can stop any time I want to!!!

    Ooooh would you look at that shiny there in the gunshop :18::rolleyes:

    OJ
     
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    For me it's more financial, that age related. If I got it I spend it, if I ain't I don't. joe
     
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    There is one I'm thinking I need, and have asked my local gun shop to order for me. I have quit going to gunshops to look around because it usually ends up in something following me home. If a great deal comes along I'm sure I will buy it to resell, but I'm not going looking for another one. 61 years old and have what I want and need.
     
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    Not done yet at 59. I’m more of a Stamp collector now :)
     
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    Firearms and Knives will be acquired up to and including the day I die, as I get older I wait for that firearm or knife that really trips my trigger so I am becoming more selective in my purchase these days. With that being said a good deal is a good deal when it comes to firearms ... If a deal pops up I will most likely jump on it regardless.
     
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    Lol! Live, love, same thing right?

    Gonna leave it :cool:
     
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    I am buried in guns.
    I have all I need, but I have a few more I want.
    I'm closing on 60, and while my buying has slowed down, and my tastes have changed, I don't know that I'll ever say "That's the last one".
     
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    Well considering my carry pistol took an accidental road trip to Ohio, I need at least another pistol. Also I don’t have a CF rifle, used to have a 30-30, but not anymore. I just need a couple more
     
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    Ill have ta get back to ya, as I dont know yet.

    CW
     
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    I'll stop buying guns when I have enough! Seems as I get older I find more and more niches for different guns so I just keep acquiring them.
     
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    I love to hunt hogs, deer, turkey, rabbits and squirrels. I have all of those bases covered with the firearms I own. Over the years I have traded/sold a gun or guns to get another one that I think I would enjoy more. I have 2 or 3 more in mind that I would like to have... eventually... I guess as I get older, I recognize the overlap I have in firearms. While I would love to have a .450 Bushmaster, I have several other calibers that I use for the same game I would like to have the .450 for.
    I guess as I have gotten older, I am less impulsive and have learned to use reason in regards to purchases in a way that better fits my budget.
    Am I done buying guns? I doubt it.
     
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    I always look at guns as an investment. They are the easiest items I've ever owned if I find the need to sell. When I find a gem, like from a widow who just wants to dump them, or someone who wants to bail to fund another project, I buy!!

    When I look at the return on other investments I've made, guns are at the top of the list!! :rolleyes:

    Just think of the profit margin when they become more difficult to obtain. What's a glass of water worth to someone who is dying of thirst??

    -John
     
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    Reminds me of another conversation.

    I was once witness to a conversation between a young woman newly separated from her husband and her grandmother.

    The young woman asked her elderly grandmother at what age did she stop wanting to have sex?

    "I'll let you know!" was granny's reply.

    It is the same with firearms.
     
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    Well, given this context (BUYING firearms), I guess it's like asking "at what age do you stop buying knives?" :)
    :40::40:
     
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    You should stop buying knives at age 18...because now you can start buying guns!! :D:p

    -John
     
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    After I retired ..No more " OT " to buy expensive toys .. :rolleyes:

    And I somewhat promised the wifey, I'd only spend my limited resources on; Fishing Gear, Ammo & Emergency Prepping - Camping Equipment. :22:
     
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    I've been thinking about this lately, too. (I'm 68 now). I have sold a few guns that were seeing no use. Several times, I have gotten a gun out to try to sell, cleaned it up thoroughly, and decided that it looks too good to get rid of. I guess when times get tougher, I'll cut loose a few more.
     
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    I'll be 72 next month and am fighting the urge to buy a Tikka t3 lite in 270. So far I'M losing. :)

    This might be the last but will probably build a couple more muzzle loader.

    My grandkids are already eyeing my guns up. It's good to know that they care.
     
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    I'll just bet you have some dandy "Stamps"!
     
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    Either when I die, run out of money, or when they stop makin new ones.
     
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    Hah very funny, if there ever was a rhetorical question that's it.
     
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    42.... Apparently.

    Hit me up if you're in VA and desire a really, really nice AR.

    I'm putting the money toward more fruit trees, homebrew equipment, and orchids.
     
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    I'm only 40, but my shopping list is almost complete with 3-5 left to buy. Except that Ruger came out with that 9mm take-down carbine, so more like 6. But I bet they won't introduce anything else I want. Although to be fair, I would kind of like a nice Colt 1911, so make it 7. And it would be great to build up a really good Remington 700, so 8. BUT THAT'S IT!
     
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    I try not to think about such negative things!
     
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    I'm not sure what kind of question this is. I usually only buy guns when I have money.
     
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    Man should try to have at least one gun for every year of his life.
     
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    I guess we all have our reasons.

    Having money isn’t one of my reasons!

    If I’m going to spend money there needs to be a purpose for what ever I’m buying.

    I thought I was done with guns until my daughter showed interest in trap shooting which prompted the last purchase, and I was thrifty (cheap) about it!

    That should be it, no more unless something breaks and can’t be fixed.
     
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    I'm 55 and I have no idea of the answer. My family would be OK with now.
     
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    In the last year We have sold over 2k in junk out of our garage and my shop. With much more to go.
    Keep all the $ in a Folgers can and when we are done me and Miss Mari are going to split 50/50.
    Guess I have to look at what gun I need if any......
     
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    Im 40 and haven't started. When the shakes throw off my aim or I forget I want one. Whichever comes first. ;)
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Dammit all, I just heard about a Colt 1911. Man is needing cash quick, I can have it for $300. I can't pass it up, My grandsons 21st is tomorrow!
     
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    I quit buying between the ages of 45 and 60. I had enough guns by age 45. Then I concentrated more seriously on paying off debt and saving for retirement. After I retired I gained an interest in old .22 rifles so I started buying and collecting again.
     
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    Never!!! I may someday reach the point where I no longer need any guns (unlikely), but what about my children? Future grandchildren? They'll need their weapons too.

    There will always be a reason to buy a gun.
     
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    Whoa, hang on. As a youngster I've been under the impression that I can look forward to increasingly irresponsible decision making regarding my gun budget as I age. I sure hope I haven't been mislead!
     
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