Once In Awhile Every Sportsman Needs A New Gun

It must be about six months ago when I first started contemplating a purchase of a new gun. Typically for me a new gun has had a specific purpose in mind…like the .243 I purchased a decade ago for antelope hunting…or the .223 with a high-powered scope that was a necessity for prairie dogs…or perhaps the 7mm Rem. Mag. I had to have for northern Minnesota deer hunting. Each of these purchases involved a desire first and foremost, followed by quickly convincing myself that the desire had turned into a definite need.

This time around, however, my gun purchase did not involve a specific hunting endeavor. Instead, I have been dreaming about owning a new handgun for no other reason than to have fun doing a little target practice with friends. Oh sure, the handgun might come in handy some day for self-defense, but that was not my primary motivation for the purchase even though I do hold a concealed carry permit here in Minnesota. Today was the monumental day as I finally purchased a new Glock 23, a semi-automatic handgun in the .40 S&W caliber.

I noticed when I brought the gun home I just admired it much like a child has that little gleam in their eye as they stare at a cache of toys received at Christmastime. No, I’m not some gun fanatic. Rather, I happen to believe that a new gun purchased should give the buyer a great deal of satisfaction or the purchase was probably not necessary.

Several years ago I asked a good friend of mine how his wife lets him get away with buying so many guns all the time. His response was one that I will always remember. He said the key is to have so many guns in your collection when you marry, that she won’t notice when another gun or two gets added. He went on to say the problem is if you only own just a few guns then when a new gun shows up it can be easily detected by an observant spouse. On the other hand, if you have at least 30 or 40 guns it just looks to most spouses like a collection of guns they will likely avoid.

Another friend of mine has a different angle on bringing a new gun home. His tactic, although slightly deceptive, involves telling his spouse that he won the gun at a conservation banquet. He might purchase the gun and store it at a buddy’s house until the night of the banquet…then he goes home with the purchase…{clearing throat} I mean, prize…that he won at the banquet. Sure, it isn’t the most honest way to bring a new gun into the home…but after all, having a new gun accepted at home for some folks can be a major hurdle.

I remember reading once of a guy who was always asked by his wife how much money he spent on that new gun. When he told her (she had no concept of gun prices) it was always several hundred dollars less than the actual price paid. The story goes on with the sportsman stating his biggest fear was that when he died he didn’t want his wife liquidating his gun collection for the price he told her he paid for each gun. Indeed, how many people have you known who has received a gun at an unbelievable price because the owner had died and the seller had no concept of what the true value was for the gun?

Several years back I attended a seminar given by an avid gun collector who spoke on the virtues of owning a fine firearm. His contention was that every sportsman should consider owning one very fine firearm of the Parker or Perazzi class of shotguns. His seminar described all the intricacies of how to find the right gun…but essentially his argument was if you buy carefully and pay $10,000 or more for a fine shotgun…it will never lose its value. In fact, quite the opposite…it will appreciate in value over time much like a vintage car. Oh sure, you wouldn’t hunt with a gun of that ilk all the time…but consider how much fun it would be to take a fine firearm out pheasant hunting just because you feel like doing it on some given day.

I happen to believe you can tell a lot about a person just be looking at their collection of guns. Mine, for instance, is rather eclectic as I have rifles, pistols and shotguns of many calibers and makes. Others I know tend to be more specific in their purchases. I have one friend who only buys Colts…another who buys Remington products almost exclusively. Much like a couple of friends arguing over who makes the best car…gun owners can have lots of fun, as well as take great pride with their collections.

Okay, I’ve waited long enough…you’re going to have to excuse me now while I go outside to play with my new Glock. You see, I just had to buy the gun because in a few short months I’m getting married and I needed this new gun to further build up my collection. After all, I’m still a few guns short of hitting the milestone mark of 30 guns recommended by my friend. Hmmm…I don’t suppose Cabela’s or Gander Mountain has a wedding gift registry…do they?

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