What to do instead of buying a new gun,,,

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aarondhgraham

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So here I am,,,
Recuperating from a surgery,,,
And finding that boredom is very dangerous.

A clean credit card and on-line gun stores,,,
They are the devil's work no doubt.

A few weeks back I got the itch for a new rifle,,,
So I posted that I was interested in purchasing a Chinese SKS.

I had one back in the mid 90's,,,
Purchased at a gun show for a whopping $99.00.

I just remember it being a very fun range toy,,,
And ammo at the time was very affordable,,,
Alas I had to sell it to make ends meet.

Anyways, I already own 41 handguns and 16 long guns,,,
I don't have any kind of need for a Chinese SKS,,,
I just liked the one I had and wanted another.

Fortunately for me the prices have gone way up,,,
One gentleman on this forum offered me a nice Norinco,,,
His asking price was very fair by my research but still wowed me a bit.

After I added the price of the rifle ($400.00 minimum),,,
Along with the cost of a crate of ammo for it,,,
I decided that I really should pass on this.

Then the thought hit me,,,
I don't really want to own another SKS,,,
I just wanted to have the thrill of shooting one again.

It's the same for me with a lot of rifles,,,
I really would like to put a bunch of rounds through an M1 Garand,,,
Same for many of the classic WW-I & WW-II rifles I have owned in the past.

In short, I came to the realization that I don't need to own any of these rifles,,,
I just need to entice my friends who already own them to share a bit.

How to do that?,,,
Well here's how I'm going to do it.

I texted a friend who happens to own a nice Yugo SKS,,,
I asked him if he would like to go to the range,,,
And shoot a couple hundred rounds on me.

He said "sure."

So I went to sgammo.com and ordered,,,
240 rounds of Privi Partisan mil-spec ammo for $159.50 + shipping.

We'll go to the range,,,
Punch some holes in fun targets,,,
Both of us get to have some good range fun,,,
And I'm only out the cost of ammo I would have incurred anyways.

Another friend of mine has a very fine M1 Garand,,,
I haven't contacted him as yet but I'm positive he'll be happy to do the same.

I was at my range (Stillwater Rifle & Pistol Club) one day,,,
Some one down the line touched off an absolute cannon of a rifle,,,
Turns out it was a beautiful double rifle in some HUGE cartridge I can't remember.

I introduced myself and expressed my sheer admiration for that double-barreled beauty,,,
And offered to pay for the ammo if he would let me touch off a few rounds,,,
It cost me $20.00 for four rounds but man was it worth it,,,
And having done that I never need to own one.

In the past I've had friends ask,,,
"If I buy a box of rounds may I shoot your .44 Magnum?"

I've always said yes to them,,,
It's not like they are going to wear it out.

I've had friends ask,,,
"If I buy the ammo will you take my kid plinking?",,,
Again, I've (almost) always said yes to that and was very happy to do it.

I do own quite a few fiery-arms,,,
But very few "exotic" guns.

A friend who wanted to do a project rifle,,,
Bought 40 rounds of 8mm Mauser ammo for my K98,,,
He wanted to "feel" the rifle before he actually bought one to trick out.

Anyways, I do think this is a viable solution to just wanting to shoot a particular gun,,,
Not unlike renting that FN P-90 on my birthday for several years,,,
Just firing a couple of hundred rounds through it,,,
Satisfied my P-90 Ya-Ya's very nicely.

Just an idea to ponder on,,,
Certainly not a new idea at all,,,
But something that's a potential win-win for all involved.

Whaddaya think?

Aarond

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Awesome post. I've always wanted to own an HK MP5 and a Glock 18, but you're idea is more feasible and practical. I'll never be able to afford them, so might as well just have a little fun for a couple hundred rounds of ammo.

Here's to a speedy recovery from your surgery, and BTW, good luck loading that damned M1 Garand!

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OUCH!

Isn't that what is known as "Garand Thumb"?

My great-uncle Bantie,,,
The one who brought back my K98,,,
Lost the nail of his thumb that way in WW-II

He always joked that he didn't get a purple heart,,,
Even though it happened during a fire-fight,,,
Because the Army doesn't give medals,,,
For a personal screw-up.

Thanks for posting,,,
And helping me to alleviate my boredom.

Aarond

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That's certainly the way to go if your friends have variety. Sure seems there's a huge chunk of "enthusiasts" who can't branch out past the AR/Glock combo.... and that's just not all that exciting.

I feel I have a pretty wide assortment and have offered anything in my safe to shoot...and people just generally seem disinterested. Very strange to me.
 

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I would also like to shoot a British .303 again,,,
I ordered one from Alden's catalog back in the early 60's.

If I recall correctly it cost me $14.99 + $1.00 shipping,,,
About three weeks after ordering it I got off the school bus,,,
To find the rifle leaned against the front door of my house with a shipping tag on the trigger guard.

The army surplus store down the road sold mil-surp ammo by the round,,,
It was 10 cents per round for .303, 8mm Mauser, and a few others,,,
Or a bag of 20 for $1.75.

I remember trying to do that Mad Minute thing,,,
I was only able to get ten rounds off in a minute a few times,,,
The recoil was just too much for my skinny 11 year old frame to handle.

Aarond

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I do have one carbine that seems to attract attention at my club,,,
Oddly enough it's the newer tactical stock Hi-Point carbine.

I break it out every now and then for a 50 round spree,,,
Just to demolish 10-15 gallon jugs of water.

I only use the cheapest range fodder for it,,,
So I've usually got $10.00 to $12.00 boxes of ammo for it.

Anyone who wants to try it I give them one 10 round mag for free,,,
Most are perfectly willing to pony up to shoot a 50 round box.

They want to try it because of it's iffy reputation,,,
They are usually very surprised as to how nicely it shoots,,,
One range buddy has a Beretta CX-9 but he likes my Hi-Point better.

I keep offering him a straight-up swap,,,
But he's never taken me up on it.

Go figure.

Aarond

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