Can You Afford To Shoot That Gun That You Want To Buy?

So you see a gun and you think that it is the one.  The gun that you want to carry for your concealed carry and the gun that you want to use for your self-defense.  But can you really afford that gun?  No really?  Can you afford that gun?

Sure you may have saved up the money to make the actual purchase of the gun you have been wanting but did you take into consideration what the active costs of owning that gun will be. 


I am not just talking about licensing fees (if your state requires them), not just the cleaning kits but the total cost of owning that awesome new gun you want to buy.  What other costs are there?  There is the cost of becoming and staying proficient with that gun. 

Okay let's say you are already proficient currently with a handgun.  That doesn't mean you will be immediately proficient with the new gun.  So that means range time.  Range fees can range anywhere from 10 dollars upwards.  Even if you don't have to pay range fees because you own your own property and have an area set up that you use as a range.  There is still the cost of ammunition.

The cost of ammunition is often surprising to gun owners and sometimes not even thought of until it comes time to purchase some to go to the range.  You would be surprised how often I hear someone tell me that they can't afford to go to the range on a regular basis because their ammo is so expensive.  You read that right.  The cost of the ammo is often what stops people from attaining the proficiency in their handgun usage they need to have. 

It seemed like such a great idea to get that 45 until you find out how much a trip to the range will cost you.  Oh sure it's not bad when you think of what those self-defense rounds cost because it's for self-defense and your worth it.  Right?  But then it comes time to go to the range and WHAM!  You just realized that even the cheap rounds aren't cheap. 

I am not telling you not to purchase that 45 if that is what you want and you have taken all the costs into consideration.  I am simply saying that if you can't afford to purchase that ammo on a regular basis and hit the range on a regular basis then maybe you should consider another caliber.  Even .380 acp is expensive in relation to most 9mm. 

Often it's the size of the gun that women take into consideration rather than the caliber or the cost of the ammunition.  I didn't even think to look at what the ammunition costs would be when I purchased my first gun.  Boy was I surprised to find out that not only was it more expensive than 9mm Parabellum but it was not available as readily as the either.

The bottom line is that all the aspects of gun ownership should be considered when deciding which handgun to purchase because if you can't afford to practice and become proficiency the chances that you will be proficient when you most need it are slim.



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