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    Your rifes and your wife

    I started to respond to the thread about justifying a .308 when one has a 6.5x55, but I decided this is a common subject brought up in many threads.

    How do you manage your buying shotguns, rifles, and hunting trips, with your wife?

    As with anything in life, there are better ways of doing things, how they should be done, and rules.

    The first obvious rule is that one shouldn't spend money they can't afford, especially if it gets in the way of vital expenses and savings. But it is good to stretch a little sometimes, or, as we did as boys, dream and save money.

    You should be in the open about it. It shouldn't become a problem between you and your spouse. But you shouldn't trade spending, her buying something because you did.

    Don't act independently. Discuss it, and see if your reasoning stands up. And see if there is something negative going on with her that needs adjusting, some incompatibility that can be straightened out.

    Ideally, you should do it by the principle of Enthusiastic Agreement, and be honest and open about it. That might mean selling an old car, or two unused pedestrian rifles in order to buy that one you think you will keep forever.

    I have a friend who earns a lot of money, but was, for years, unable to buy a second centerfire rifle or another shotgun. He just tossed and turned over it. He and his wife were on a trip and stopped in a little town to eat and meander a while. He went into this gun store ( of course ), and called me from there, asking about a 1936 Winchester in pristine condition. I told him it was a deal. I knew the dealer. His wife came in, and they left. He told her about this rifle, that it was worth twice the asking $1500, and she said, "Why don't you get it? Reward yourself for all the work you have been doing."

    That's the way it ought to work. And your wife can surprise you like that.

    ---- Freudian mistake: Got interrupted and typed "rife" instead of "rifle". Ha!

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    I'm a bachelor it's easy
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

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    Treat her like a mushroom...

    My wife thinks a 250 bird day costs "about a 100 quid each", she is starting to get wise to Swarovski prices...

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Don't tell her where you keep the rifle strongroom keys.

    Life will be all the better for it!


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    When my wife used to ask how many rifles I had got the answer "Nearly enough!"

    However I now have my nine year old son acting as a super grass!
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.

    Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they never get it wrong.

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    am scared to comment on this topic for fear that the mrs will castrate me. I have got my rifles and guns in hope to beable to recooperate the costs with work

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    Top tips from me

    all my guns have synthetic stocks. All look anti alike and just say you have seen this one before
    leave the house with an empty gun bag
    if she notices I bought it cheap to do it up
    never get them all out at the same time

    just a few tricks I have learnt in 6 months of marriage

    oh and sole bank account

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    I was always told never tell the left hand what the right hand is doing and its alway been that way out of sight out of mind

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    Guy I had been talking to reference rifle numbers says he always takes two rifle cases out and returns with two as normal, small difference is, on occasions the one that is always empty going out, sometimes comes back with a rifle in, the criteria is to keep the man cave door tightly shut as all times to avoid detection.

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    We have a simple system. As we earn equally we pay an equal amount into a joint account each month and some into a joint savings account. It's used for food, bills, holidays, household expenses. Then I have my account with my money and she has hers. If I want a new gun I buy one. If she wants a silly expensive handbag or shoes she buys them. If she wants to save all her money and me spend mine that's fine. We may rib each other, but it's none of my business what she wants to spend her money on and same with me and my money.

    It works. The bills are paid first.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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