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Old 03-18-2017, 02:08 PM   #1
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Gun goodies cost us more than we think

I did some thinking today, and realized how easy it is to spend a fortune on gun stuff besides the guns. For instance, for my snub SP101 I have six holsters totalling about $ 250. I have two speedloaders and a nylon carrier, $ 45. Six speed strips, $ 40. Two different grips, extra, that were $ 45. That's $ 380. Not even counting a Wolff spring kit, and a baggie full of about $ 200 in spare parts.

At least the grips and most of the parts fit either of my SPs. The .22 only has four holsters, four speedstrips, and a spring kit added; about $ 120 there, so $ 700 in goodies for the two guns.

The Bearcats share too, but I've probably got $ 400 worth of stuff for them. The 10/22, maybe $ 200 counting mags.

All the generic stuff like Plano cases, rugs, tools, cleaning gear, targets, whatever adds up too. I figure I've got three grand in guns, and two grand in gun "stuff"........
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:42 PM   #2
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I have a pile of holsters for my SP, a few speed loaders and strips and I bought a couple of wood inserts for the grips. Oh ya I forgot when I had the shoulder surgery I bought a set of CT laser grips for it as my strong side was completely immobile for 6 weeks and restricted for a few months after. Figured I could hit something with the off hand with the laser if I needed to. That is sitting on the shelf down cellar as I prefer the insert grips.
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In a recent post I told how I had sold my AR 57. This post brings to light the amount I had spent on the AR 57 @: $ 850.00, FN pistol @ $ 1,200.00, Scope @ $ 1500.00, 137 boxes of FN 5.7 X 28 @ $ 23.00/box, 7-fifty round mags @ $ 30.00 each and 6-30 caliber ammo cans @ $ 10.00 each.
The total is over the $ 6,000.00 it brought on the sale.
Worst of all, I really miss the security I had owning it.
Then there are the three Kimber 38 supers with grip lasers @ $ 1500.00 each, not counting the 6000 rounds of ammo.
I'll not go further as my hobby is just that, a hobby.
I enjoy my gun time and as long as I can afford it, I'm going to hang in there until the safe can hold no more.

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I have a pile of holsters for my SP, a few speed loaders and strips and I bought a couple of wood inserts for the grips. Oh ya I forgot when I had the shoulder surgery I bought a set of CT laser grips for it as my strong side was completely immobile for 6 weeks and restricted for a few months after. Figured I could hit something with the off hand with the laser if I needed to. That is sitting on the shelf down cellar as I prefer the insert grips.
Holsters are like Potato Chips, can't have just one! I have Crimson Trace grips for my GP100, thay use the same inserts as OEM.
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It's one of those things you don't want to know. but, always better knowing....
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Believe it or not, I own 2 holsters. I basically carry one gun. (Shield 9mm) I have one holster that didn't work out and one that does. I pretty much buy guns and way more ammo for them than I really need.
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I'm guilty as well. I've wasted a ton of money on holsters. Most ended up being junk.
I've had the thought that a store could make a lot of money with "try before you buy" holster sales, i.e. let people bring in their guns and check the fit. Only problem with that is you have a bunch of people bringing in guns that need to be checked. I just spent $60 on a Bianchi holster that's useless for the 686 revolver I got it for. Fortunately it's perfect for the 69 I just bought, and good for 3 others. I also bought an IWB holster for my J-frames, which I usually pocket carry. I tried it once and stuck it in a drawer. The gun sits so low there's almost nothing to grab on to. The whole front of the grip is well below the waistband. I like to be able to quickly stick two fingers on front of the grip when I draw. Fortunately that was only a $25 holster.
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I'm guilty as well. I've wasted a ton of money on holsters. Most ended up being junk.
I prefer buying holsters, etc. local, where I can do returns easy. If I have to buy online, I first study reviews, even on sites where I won't be buying. Then I can hopefully get confirmation of fit, and a fair average of opinions on performance.
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I've had the thought that a store could make a lot of money with "try before you buy" holster sales, i.e. let people bring in their guns and check the fit. Only problem with that is you have a bunch of people bringing in guns that need to be checked. I just spent $ 60 on a Bianchi holster that's useless for the 686 revolver I got it for. Fortunately it's perfect for the 69 I just bought, and good for 3 others. I also bought an IWB holster for my J-frames, which I usually pocket carry. I tried it once and stuck it in a drawer. The gun sits so low there's almost nothing to grab on to. The whole front of the grip is well below the waistband. I like to be able to quickly stick two fingers on front of the grip when I draw. Fortunately that was only a $ 25 holster.
When I carried a 638 J frame I used a FIST IWB holster. It worked great, was very comfortable, and gave fine access. I liked it so much a bought the same thing when it was too soft after ten years of every day carry. When I broke my right shoulder I just switched it to the left side and carried butt forward. It worked so well I continued to carry that way after my shoulder heeled. I did not go back to the right side until I changed guns.
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I did not cross draw, I turned my left hand palm out and grabbed the gun. It worked very well, even better than right side when seated.
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When I carried a 638 J frame I used a FIST IWB holster. It worked great, was very comfortable, and gave fine access. I liked it so much a bought the same thing when it was too soft after ten years of every day carry. When I broke my right shoulder I just switched it to the left side and carried butt forward. It worked so well I continued to carry that way after my shoulder heeled. I did not go back to the right side until I changed guns.
My wife has a Lady Fist holster belt combo for her J frame, was quite a wait at the time. Just ordered her a Black Rhino TCS for her M&P 9 Shield. I have the same for my P320.
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When I carried a 638 J frame I used a FIST IWB holster.
Thanks--I looked at them and they look pretty good.
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I have a confession .... I am never ever going to add up what I have invested after initial gun buys, as I think its better to prevent stroke & heary attacks....
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I have a confession .... I am never ever going to add up what I have invested after initial gun buys, as I think its better to prevent stroke & heary attacks....
I just plug my ears to avoid those heary attacks.
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I just plug my ears to avoid those heary attacks.
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I've never seen hairy spelled that way.
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I have a confession .... I am never ever going to add up what I have invested after initial gun buys, as I think its better to prevent stroke & hearT attacks....
More of a wallet attack when you add it all up, especially if you put it on plastic........

We should go back and number your confessions, but no one has that much time......
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More of a wallet attack when you add it all up, especially if you put it on plastic........

We should go back and number your confessions, but no one has that much time......
LOL ohhhmygoodnesss
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