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View Poll Results: Is a firearm a good idea for a wedding gift.
Yes, it is always appropriate. 20 24.10%
Yes, but make sure you take out the trash. 3 3.61%
Depends on the woman. 40 48.19%
Are you nuts? 20 24.10%
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Is a firearm an appropriate wedding gift?

I'm getting married Friday, and was going to give her first rifle as a gift.
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Not wedding gift for a woman... Tacky and risky symbolism... JMHO...
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Congrats...

Is she a gunner? Are you giving her this in front of others, who may or may not be gunners?

If she's not a gunner... congrats again, you've scored a new rifle, and perhaps put yourself in the doghouse.
If she is but onlookers are a mixed bag, you might want to keep the gift a private affair.

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Old September 5, 2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thanks, She's a bit of a gunner.

She owns one pistol (SIG 228) and we go to the range every once in a while.
FWIW, I bought my mom a Walther PK 380 for Christmas a few years back.
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:37 PM   #5
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Depends on the woman. My wife as she is now (after years of being around guns and coming to enjoy shooting) would love it, however if I were to have given her one as a wedding present back when we were married she would have been horrified by it. (she was from a very scared of guns family)
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:39 PM   #6
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I bought my wife a Glock 19 for our 1st Valentine's day.

She loved it.

But my wife likes guns.
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Old September 5, 2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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She owns one pistol (SIG 228) and we go to the range every once in a while.
Mmmmm... get her a nice watch or piece of jewelry. Let her pick out her rifle... know what I mean?

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Old September 5, 2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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Thanks Creeper,

jewelry covered.
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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If she's a gunner, absolutly. If you're projecting, NO.
How about a nice vacume cleaner or electric frying pan?
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:15 PM   #10
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I wouldn't do it just because of the symbolism of some people. Example: I know that giving someone a cutlery set or a knife for any occasion is suppose to "cut the ties" to that person. I would recommend settling for something a little more traditional.
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Old September 5, 2012, 09:37 PM   #11
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She owns one pistol (SIG 228) and we go to the range every once in a while.
You've only given us 1 sentence about her. Not much to go on and IMO, generally silly to ask here.

Generally speaking.... No.


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How about a nice vacume cleaner or electric frying pan?
I'm thinking maybe a nice pair of rubber dish washing gloves so her hands stay soft.
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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Guns are always good presents to people who likes guns. I wouldn't get her one if she doesn't like them. If she likes them enough that it would be a thrill for her to get then a resounding yes. Otherwise a more homey type gift would be better for now in keeping with the wedding theme. It doesn't have to be a holiday to buy her a gun later.
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:15 PM   #13
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A set of dueling pistols is always an appropriate wedding gift.

Maybe a pair of his and hers paper sacks, in a box marked "marital aids"?
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:29 PM   #14
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I'd generally say "No". Save the gun for a birthday present after you are married and you continue to share the hobby.

Being rather practical, I have given extremely practical wedding presents (read, boring) in past years and for the most part regret doing so now if I think about it.
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:30 PM   #15
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Aren't you giving her a ring? Wedding gifts typically come from the guests.

That said, you can give her anything you want. Just make sure you want it in case she doesn't.
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:33 PM   #16
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Old September 5, 2012, 11:58 PM   #17
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I see no problem with it as long as it is something that she'd want. Hopefully, you know her well enough to judge that.
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Old September 6, 2012, 12:16 AM   #18
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I voted depends on the woman. I don't think you could go wrong with more traditional gifts based on her preferences, whereas with a firearm, even if she likes them she might be disappointed do to the nature of the occasion. I would guess that within the subset of women who like firearms enough to want one as a gift, it's an even smaller subset that would want one as a gift for their wedding.
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Old September 6, 2012, 12:16 AM   #19
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My wife is a shooter and comes from a long line of shooters. Raised around guns and all that....



...And if I'd have done something like that she'd have shot me.
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Old September 6, 2012, 03:09 AM   #20
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I voted "depends on the woman."

That said, I can only think of one pair of our married friends where this might have worked - most of their vacations in their pre-kids days were rifle or bow-hunting trips, and both their families are full of hunters. Both are Texans.

My parents bought themselves a revolver for their second anniversary, but that is a bit different.
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:45 AM   #21
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I was wondering if revovler in a shoebox was ok too for Christmas....not trying to be funny this is a small get to together and present would be secure until Christmas day
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Old September 6, 2012, 04:46 AM   #22
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of course there would be a small bill of "sale" to be signed for a small amount of money never really received
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Old September 6, 2012, 05:55 AM   #23
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I don't know your wife, but I'm gonna guess that a rifle isn't a great wedding gift.
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Old September 6, 2012, 06:32 AM   #24
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What does she want?

That's your answer.

BTW, I do know one couple who exchanged guns instead of rings.
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Old September 6, 2012, 08:01 AM   #25
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I've been to many weddings in my 3/4 century on the face of this good earth and been married for 52 years to the same woman and I have never seen a gun given as a wedding present. Give her a very nice watch and/or a piece of jewelry. The wedding day is the one day in a woman's life that she most wants to be seen and treated as the most beautiful, desirable woman on earth. My wife is a shooter but she just said if I had given her a rifle as wedding gift we would have set the record for the shortest marriage. I gave my wife a pair of diamond ear rings that took me two years to pay off. Congratulations...........
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