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Old March 25, 2005, 06:39 PM   #26
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I'm a chiropractor which, thanks to God, provides me with enough money to save for my retirement AND support my shameful gun habit! Just went and bought my first 1911 (a S&W) today!!

I'm unmarried, by the way, and want to buy the bulk of my guns before Miss Right comes along and tells me "NO!" while shaking her finger at me like she would at a carpet-******* dog!
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Old March 25, 2005, 08:26 PM   #27
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I'm a student in disposable income / bar mode so I'm never able to save long enough without spending it. I count on Christmas and Birthdays.

I graduate in a year with a Finance degree and hopefuly I will be able to buy 3 or 4 guns a year, a nice big safe, and some other goodies.
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Old March 26, 2005, 12:03 AM   #28
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hey tjhands,

Ever consider that "miss right" won't shake her finger but ask which gun is hers? They are out there. That's what makes them "miss right".
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Old March 26, 2005, 12:50 AM   #29
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What I do to support my firearms habit....many long hours at work and robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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Old March 26, 2005, 11:03 AM   #30
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I am a painter and free lance AutoCAD drafter. lol anyone need anything drafted???
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Old March 26, 2005, 08:26 PM   #31
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When I was single, I purchased what I wanted when I wanted it. Prior to getting married, I purchased every gun that I "thought" I needed. Got married and things changed a lot. One guy told me to just buy two guns instead of one as you catch the same amount of he$l. Sometimes it is not only about money.

I set aside cash for gun purchases and build up those funds as is possible from my "allowance". Yes, we budget and I try to adhere to the budget when ever possible. The gun fund also gets used for emergencies as well. That money just appears when needed! Tis life.

I find myself floating from one major hobby to another over time. Currently it is guns. Life is fun! Enjoy it as you only get one shot!
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Old March 26, 2005, 08:33 PM   #32
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Old March 26, 2005, 09:00 PM   #33
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I'm a West Point cadet. I have very little expenses, and receive around $200 a month as pocket money.
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Old March 26, 2005, 09:45 PM   #34
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I haven't done it much lately, but I worked as a sub paper carrier. I like to get up early as does my Golden and the exercise is good for both of us. When I was active at this, I made as much as 2000 annually. All of this went to my gun habit. There were a couple of Christmas's that I was delivering in a very wealthy neighborhood and I got a couple of hundred in tips. The last winter that I delivered I fell twice on the ice and decided to give it up. I still fill in for my neighbor and other selected routes in good weather. When I retire, I may do more of this in good weather.
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Old March 27, 2005, 08:34 AM   #35
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Technical Project Management pays the bills and some $$ left over for toys. My SO is not expensive (she is a social worker who buys nice furniture from yard sales and Craig's list - quality stuff for much cheaper if you are willing to hunt).

My only vice are my guns now. It used to be my PS2 and computer but have switched completely to my firearms hobby. So after I recover from my lastest junket to the far east, next month it will be gun hunting time again...
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Old March 27, 2005, 10:31 AM   #36
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I work at a car dealership selling parts during the day and work on guns at night. But still don't make enough to afford all the guns I like.
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Old March 27, 2005, 05:08 PM   #37
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I'm 15 and will be getting a job when summer rolls around until then I ask for guns on every occasion where I recieve a gift (christmas, birthday) My parents also give me money for getting good grades. I'm up to 6 guns in two years of shooting so I'm doing alright however, none of them cost more than $150.

When I graduate from highschool I am going to enlist in the Marines. How much actual SPENDING money does a Marine earn?

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Old March 28, 2005, 12:51 AM   #38
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I have a job that might be considered well paid in some communities, but in this town in the SF Bay area it was the median income 12 years ago.

To supplement and pay for the 1000-1200 rounds/mo and entry fees for competiton I worked at the Chabot Gun Club's Public range as a range safety officer. They pay about $7/hr or so, free range entry and use of facilities.

Sometimes fun, sometimes stressed. Can't shoot while on duty so it is sort of like being an alcoholic in a bar and not allowed a drink.
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Old March 28, 2005, 01:33 AM   #39
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i'm a pi and legal photographer in pgh pa. i collect guns, edged weapons and fractures [ i got a really cool set of images of my skull one slice at a time from the top pov.] my wife is a computer geek at cmu and she has a mod 66 and an 870 and thats all she gives a damn about the guns. as i just got paid in advance for a good case i bought another 1897 and i'm thinking about a nice frommer-stop i saw the other day.
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Old March 28, 2005, 02:59 AM   #40
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Someone else already mentioned this, but I save a ton of money every year by driving a POS. My car, which I do still love, is fifteen years old, 168,000 miles and still going strong, and I paid cash for it five years ago. I do all my own work on it when necessary, change my own oil - which drives all my snooty condo neighbors nuts, so I enjoy it even more - basically spend nothing on it other than elbow grease and sweat. I save on my tag every year as the car is valued at $700 and so I am charged the minium, and my insurance is also really cheap even though I cary a good amount of coverage. Compared to the average citizen, I probably save around $6000 every year just doing that, and my car gets me to work and the range just fine, and it's not even ugly, really.

The savings account is also an excellent move. http://www.ingdirect.com is an excellent place for anyone who does not already have a savings account. They'll give you $5 or $10 just for opening one, have NO fees, the highest rates for a savings account, do transfers between your existing checking account, and can do automatic transfers. Time that with your paycheck and you'll never miss the money and you'll be surprised how fast it adds up. I've been a customer of theirs for a couple of years now, and am very happy with them. Don't loan Uncle Sam any of your hard earned money for a year without interest by witholding too much tax. That's just silly.

As for the GF and marriage, you can always add some sort of firearm provision into a pre-nup. That's at the least. I got lucky and found a really good one who enjoys shooting with me. She asked her dad for a shotgun last Christmas and got one. Her favorite gun is my M1 Garand. Now any chick who's cute and LIKES to shoot, let alone a 30-06, is a keeper in my book. I'll still have the firearm provision in the pre-nup, though.
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Old March 28, 2005, 03:57 AM   #41
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I like the firearms pre-nup idea!! I'm not sure how you would word it or what it should say, but that is a great idea! If she won't agree to that I would say that would be a sure sign of trouble down the road.
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Old March 29, 2005, 10:05 PM   #42
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Yes, a woman who is into guns is a good thing. However, a woman who's into guns and can't cook/won't learn to cook is a bad thing. There are a few other traits you might want to consider in a woman if you're into expensive hobbies.

I'm a CPA who wishes he was a cop. Too much overhead to survive on the income that cops make. Saving for college for my 5 kids and for retirement for me and my wife makes doing what I want to do impractical. Its not all bad, however. I do own my own firm where I set my own hours and dress code. The income is sufficient to support my shooting hobby and my aviation hobby sometimes.
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Old March 30, 2005, 02:24 PM   #43
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That's an easy one -- poker. A couple of years ago, I found an inherent talent for poker, and now routinely make about $300-400 a week (aside from the income from my real job). My wife makes me put all of it but $20 in savings every time I win, but it still ads up pretty fast. The only problem is that my wife hates me playing poker, so she is trying to get me to quit, and now my trips to the table are being limited. It's still great though, realizing that everyone I play against is supporting my gun habit!!!
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Old March 30, 2005, 04:12 PM   #44
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I am a mental health professional working towards my professional liscence as a counselor in Texas. Texas is great for gun laws, but not on spending money helping the mentally ill, so I scrape by using extra money at part time second jobs to support my gun "lifestyle".

Lifestyles are for normal folks, habits are for junkies .

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Old March 30, 2005, 05:09 PM   #45
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During the day I work at a very well paying but mind-numbing, frustrating computer job, and at night I work at *gasp* a GUN STORE! :-D
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Old April 2, 2005, 02:36 AM   #46
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I'm a network tech with an online company, pay isn't great but cost of living in this area is so low it seems like a lot more. Most of my paycheck has been going into my car and trying to get it paid off, but I've still managed to acquire an AR, a 1911 and soon a Sig After I pay off my car I'm seriously considering a sport bike, something like a Ninja 500. I just love my toys
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Old April 2, 2005, 05:58 PM   #47
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I will be a college sudent in the fall but right now I work full time at an FBO(fixed base operation), fueling airplanes and catering to rich peoples needs; for $10 an hour. A few mornings a week I work a few hours at FedEx ground. I was considering dropping that but 50 bucks a week covers ammo! Plus when my IPSC club needed to send steel out to be cut I got it sent for 3 bucks per package (up to 150 lbs). More than one package but still cheaper, now the president loves me!
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Old April 2, 2005, 06:44 PM   #48
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Well as of now I'm still a student. But I'll be graduating with a BS in nursing very soon, YES!!! I plan on making $20-$24 an hr. So I'll probably blow a good bit on guns, or at least for a while. I have saved most of my money from summer jobs in the past to pay for the guns I have now with the exception of my first 22 rifle my grandfather gave me and a 16ga shotgun I got from my other grandfather. On the girlfriend issue i consider myself to be very lucky. Living in the South (especially Alabama) it's very common to find girls that like shooting or hunting, or at least have no problem with guns. My girlfriend of over 2yrs likes to shoot my rifles and pistols, but not to big on shotguns. Oh, she wished i wouldn't conceal carry everywhere we go. Im thinkin' bout buying her a gun of her own. She handles my Springfield XD-40 quite well!
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Old April 2, 2005, 10:08 PM   #49
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I'm an unmarried computer geek. (thats a little redundant isn't it?) But, hey its does pay the mortgage, and car payment, plus it lets me set some away for other toys, and plenty of Mountain Dew.
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Old April 3, 2005, 12:25 AM   #50
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Gave up Women !! You have lots of extra money and time,for the better things in life like guns,shooting,motorcycles,cars...
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