I don't think that a gun is cheaper than a mistress is wise.
I don't think that a gun is cheaper than a mistress is wise.
That's kind of like her saying that you're better in bed than your friends...
Tell her that you absolutely need this caliber for whatever reason, and you hate borrowing one again from the tall, former blonde model at the gun club!
Always buy them a big ticket item first. Then tell her you have to have it to protect the castle and feed the family! Tell her it won't wear out like everything else does and if it is a good Winchester you can usually sell it for more then you bought it for. Don't sell it. Tell her it is for the grandkids. Don't lie, just say something like that and avoid eye contact.
Be aware of the hormonal wave too. If you know ur gal is slightly (or very in some cases) crabby just before and during that time of month.......DO NOT GO TO THE GUN STORE! If you know that slightly after that time of the month that she won't have a care in the world and will be all happy-go-lucky......ur in! Just to seal the deal a little more........Prepare a nice romantic evening (in your own personal way).......then give her a hot, and intense night following the romantic evening. Next morning.........to the gun shop!
All you have to do is put a little cash aside here and there, and keep it in the gun safe. Of course you don't tell her the combo. Once you get a little bit saved up, you can buy, sell, or trade without having to explain it to her. This theory works with fly rods too.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.
My favorite line is " this is a Cool Rifle, and I can afford it"
Works every time.
If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.
"Dam it all", The Beaver told me.....
Nope, tried that! She knows every gun I have and even keeps a list of their numbers for insurance. The cash part works but she came in the gun room while I was loading to bring me a drink, next thing I know "When did we get a 223?" and I'm sunk!! Sometimes having a wife that knows guns is a pain.
She buys how many shoes, dresses, clothes, etc. etc. & you have what, tools, tools to fix tools, & then guns...
I don't have to lie to her. I just tell her I want a new gun. She says no, and that's it. LOL
Looks like it's time to post Patrick Manus again..........
HOW TO BUY A GUN…Without Your Wife Finding Out
Most people think of gunrunning as a foreign adventure in thriller novels. My gunrunning, though, is a domestic foray through the home to get a new gum past my wife.
By Patrick F. McManus (1984)
Hubert, a young married fellow of my acquaintance, confided in me the other day that he and his wife had just had their first quarrel. .
“Oh yeah?” I said. “What about?” “About practically nothing,” he said. “I’ve been needing a new rifle, so I went out and bought one and took it home to show Joyce. Well, if she didn’t hit the ceiling! Mad? Whew! Can you believe that?”
“That was dumb, Hubie,” I said. “Risking your marriage over a new gun. I thought you were smarter that that.”
“I shouldn’t have bought the gun, huh?”
“Of course you should have bought the gun. You needed it, didn’t you? You just shouldn’t have shown the gun to Joyce. Have a little consideration for her feelings, Hubie. Wives have feeling too, you know. The only decent thing for a husband to do is to sneak the new gun into the house. Learn to sneak, man learn to sneak.”
“Really?” Hubie said. “I didn’t know.” During my talk with Hubie, it occurred to me that there are probably many other young married hunters out there who are equally in need of marriage counseling as it relates to wives and new guns. In the interest of averting as much marital discord in the hunting fraternity as possible, I have put together the following primer on strategies and tactics for bringing home a new gun.
First of all, let us consider the psychology of the young wife as it pertains to her husband’s guns. It is important to note that the first gun the husband brings home is greeted with considerable enthusiasm by the spouse, and she may even brag about it to her friends: “Fred bought a new gun the other day to hunt elk and doves and things with,” she will say. Of course Fred must then explain that the gun is limited to hunting elk or deer. For hunting doves he needs a shotgun, he tells her.
“Why can’t you hunt doves with the same gun?” she says. “I really think you could if you wanted to.”
Fred then explains the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, and his wife finally agrees that he probably does need another gun.
Now that’s the typical situation the young hunter faces. He starts with a base of two guns, his wife granting him the benefit of the doubt that two guns are actually needed. After the second gun, the argument of needing a new gun will be dismissed by the wife with an upward roll of the eyeballs and a big sigh. We are talking only third gun here, remember, nothing more. If you’re just married, upward-rolling eyeballs and big sighs may seem formidable obstacles, but they’re really not that serious. Go buy the gun and bring it home. The eyeball-rolling and big sighs will let up after a few days. Now comes the biggie: The Fourth Gun!
With the mere mention of your need for a fourth gun, the wife skips right over the eyeball-rolling and big sighs and goes directly to a recital of your deficiencies of character, weird masculine quirks, and all sins committed to date. She will bring up such matters as saving for baby’s college education, the fact that she is still is wearing the clothes her parents bought for her in high school, the threatening note from the electric company, and so on.
The fourth gun is the tough one and, in the face of this spousal assault, there is always the temptation to sneak the fourth gun. That’s a mistake. Your wife’s knowing you purchase a fourth gun is essential to further development of your gun collection. Here’s why. After you bring the gun home and show it to your wife, she will shake her head and say, “I don’t know why you need all those guns.” Note that she doesn’t say “four guns” but rather the vague and general “all those guns.” Henceforth, she will think of your gun collection, not in terms of specific numbers, but as a single collective entity—all!
To thoroughly grasp this important concept, suppose your wife is dusting the gun case, “Him and all those guns,” she might say to herself, possibly with a very tiny tolerant smile. What she fails to notice is that there are now five guns in the case! Once the psychological barrier of the fourth gun is crossed, the gun collection can be expanded indefinitely without the wife noticing, provided the husband uses some common sense and doesn’t add too many guns at once. Two or three a year is about right, spaced at decent intervals.
There is one pitfall in this strategy—the gun cabinet itself. Although the wife will never bother to count the guns, she will notice that there are three empty slots in the cabinet. Therefore, you must make sure that there always three empty slots in the cabinet, even as your collection expands from four to sixty guns. If you plan on enlarging your collection, buy a gun cabinet that can be expanded by adding new sections so that there are always three or more empty slots. It works. My wife of 30 years told me the other day that she must be slowing down with age. “When we were first married,” she said, “I could dust that gun cabinet of yours in 10 seconds and now it takes me nearly half an hour.”
But how do you get all those guns into the house without your wife knowing, you ask. Actually, it is all right if every few years you simply walk into the house and say, “Look, dear, I bought a new gun.”
“Neato,” she will say, “I’m ecstatic. Now tell me, what did you want to buy another gun for when you already have all those guns? I’ll be you haven’t shot most of them in the past five years.”
Shoot them? Yes, a wife will actually say that. She will not be able to comprehend the fact that you needed the gun because you needed it. She will not understand that you need the guns just to be there, to be your guns, to be looked at and fondled from time to time. She will not be able to fathom that you need the guns even though you don’t need to shoot them. Tell her a gun collection is like wilderness. Even though we don’t use it all the time, we need to know it’s there. Probably it won’t do any good to tell her that, but it’s worth a try.
Stating the simple truth often works in explaining an occasional gun purchase to your wife. But why take unnecessary risk? Go with your best lie and get the gun stashed in your expandable gun cabinet as quickly as possible.
Oddly enough, there are few really good lies for explaining the purchase of a new gun. There is the classic “A Fantastic Bargain,” of course, in which you tell your wife that the gun you just paid $300 for was on sale for $27.50. If her eyebrows shoot up in disbelief, you mention that three men in white coats showed up at the sport shop and led the manager away before he could slash the prices on the rest of the guns. Indeed, you say, you could have picked up five more brand-new guns for a total of $85, but you didn’t want to take excessive advantage of a crazy person.
The “Play On Her Sympathy Ploy” works well on young, inexperienced wives. It goes something like this: Rush into the house wiping tears of joy from your cheeks. Then cry out, “Look, Martha. Look! A man at the garage sold me this rifle. It’s identical to the one my grandfather gave me on his deathbed. Gramps said to me, ‘Boy, I’m givin’ you ol’ Gerty, here, because every time you shoot it, you will remember all the good times you and me had together.’ Oh, how I hated to sell that rifle to pay for Momma’s operation! But now I got one just like it! Or maybe it’s even the same rifle! Do you think it might actually be the same rifle, Martha?”
Warning! Don’t ever try the “Sympathy Ploy” on a wife you’ve been married to for longer than five years—unless you want to see a woman laugh herself sick. It’s a disgusting spectacle, I can tell you.
The “Fantastic Investment” lie will work on occasion, provided you lay the groundwork carefully in advance. “That ol’ Harvey Schmartz is a shrewd one,” you say. “He bought this .48-caliber Thumlicker for $600 as an investment. Three weeks later, he sold it for $87,000! Boy, I wish I could lay my hands on a .48-caliber Thumlicker. We’d sell it when I retire and buy a condo in Aspen and tour Europe with the change.”
After you’ve used up all your best lies, you are left with only one option. You must finally screw up your courage, square your jaw, and make up your mind that your going to do what you probably should have done all along—sneak the new guns into the house.
Here are some proven techniques for gun-sneaking:
• The Surprise Party. Your arrive home and tell your wife that you have to go to a surprise party for one of your hunting partners and that you picked up the special cake on your way home. “Oh, how cute!” she will exclaim. “A birthday cake shaped like a rifle!” This is also known as “The Gun-In-Cake Trick.”
• The Lamp. You buy a lamp shade and attach it to the muzzle of a new rifle. “Look, sweetheart,” you say to your spouse. “I bought a new lamp for the living room.” She gags. “Not for my living room.” She growls. “Take it to your den and don’t ever let me see that monstrosity again!” A variation of this ploy is to tie a picture wire to the new rifle and call it a wall hanging.
• The Loan. A hunting friend shows up at your door and hands you your new gun. “Thanks for loaning me one of your rifles,” he says. “I’ll do the same for you sometime.” Make sure your accomplice can be trusted, though. I tried “The Loan” with my friend Retch Sweeney one time and he didn’t show up at my door with the rifle for three weeks. He arrived on the day after hunting season, as I recall.
• Spare Parts. Disassemble the gun and carry it home in a shopping bag. Mention casually to the Mrs. that you picked up some odds and ends from the junk bin down at Joe’s Gunsmithing. Works like a charm! (By the way, does anyone know where the little wishbone-shaped gizmo goes on an automatic shotgun?)
I don't tell her, I just buy one.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein
Better living through chemistry (I'm a chemist)
You can piddle with the puppies, or run with the wolves...
Got a chuckle out of this thread, as I am a wife. Steve and I don't have to make excuses, we usually argue over who gets one first.
My advice to men making excuses... take her out for a nice dinner, romance her and buy her something high end. Go shopping with her and compliment her on how nice something looks on her. Women love to hear what their man is really thinking! Little things go along way. Remember women love with their ears and men love with their eyes...lol
If all else fails write her a poem
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I need a gun to protect you
Bait Em 907
Bear Bait & Moose Lure Company
I used to think that I was slicky boy by sneaking another gun into the safe (I assumed that she never went into the safe and even if she did she wouldn't know what she was looking at), one day while watering her flowers with a water can, and discussing me being a loser, she asked me to go re-fill the can and told me not to stop by the safe on the way back!
I did get her back, a new ring appeared on her hand and she reported "mom got it for me", her mother worked in a jewelry store. A week later while camping/fishing she asked me to go get more ice. I rushed by a friend's and bought a rifle for $400 on the way back with ice. I was so proud of myself I told her about it. What a mistake.....she gave me sport hell for a year until I accidentally found the hidden receipt for her ring. Technically, she didn't lie, her mother did "get it for her", but with my money! I pouted and faked depression because she gave me hell why knowing in her heart the truth about the ring. I've long since wore that one out.
Here is what works now: MY GUNS MAKE ME MONEY THAT I SHARE WITH HER, AND EVERY GUN THAT I GET IS FOR RESELL PROFIT. Try it! come home from a gun show and give her $50 or $100 bucks. Repeat, and condition often and it will become a learned behavior for her, just like when the pup sees me with a gun he knows fun awaits, she sees me with a gun and knows that it means money for her. This works with bullets and powder as well. No more having Cabela's orders delivered to work or the buddy's house (and no, his wife don't believe that it was a Christmas present for your wife...and she will make an inquiry after Christmas).
Never, Never, Never let a wife or girlfriend have your safe combo.
Before I got married I told my soon to be bride that I was a gun collector and shooter. I've always been a gun collector and shooter, I was before I met her and I will be for the rest of my life regardless if she approves or not. If she has a problem with that say so now because I don't plan to ask her permission before I buy a gun, nor will I attempt to hide it from her. She also enjoys the same freedom to spend her salary the way she wants and we both make sure the bills are paid before we spend any money on ourselves. So far this has worked out pretty well in all three of my marriages.
You guys have some clever ideas. I just stash money out of my paycheck. My wife knows that I stash because I let it be known that I do, but how much I have is top secret. When I buy a new gun, she'll ask why, and I always give the same answer, "...because I can." I always pay cash. I don't say how much it was. I don't use my credit card. I don't hide it from her.
Sometimes it's even fun...like when K-Mart closed. We went there to check-out bargains. I told her I'd be in the sporting goods section (because I knew that the guns just went on sale). I had stashed enough to buy two new rifles on super-sale. It was fun to find my wife in another section of the store, walk up to her, and put two rifle boxes in the cart that were already paid. She just shook her head and beat me to it saying, "Because you can?"
I never need an excuse. My wife and I each have own accounts for our speciality items. She mostly blows her's on stupid stuff like clothes and jewerly. I spend mine on important crap like guns
Smartest thing I ever did was to start my own "gun fund". But I still get the old "roll your eyes" look when I come home with a new toy.
"It followed me home. Can I keep it? PLEASE??!!"