Do you really need a new gun? Or do you just need a way to breathe new life into your current collection? Here are some ideas to get those guns out of the gun safe.
Ok, so I promise my wife didn’t put me up to this…
Who doesn’t love a new gun? The smell when you first open the case. The feel of the grips as you pick it up. The decisive click of the magazine seating in the magazine well. You scraped and skimped and rolled pennies to afford to get this new beautiful hunk of metal and plastic. It’s like the heavens opened up and this ray of light shines down upon your work bench.
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But, did you really need a new gun? As you turn and look at the gun safe, do you start to wonder if you really needed to get yet another to add to it?
I know, just like when we were kids, we sometimes get bored with the toys we have and want something new to play with. However, in this economy, we are sometimes on a budget and just can’t afford to buy the new shiny toys.
Here’s how to work with what you’ve got, and give new life to the guns you already own.
Change it up
Sometimes you just gotta step back and think about how you could make shooting some of your guns more interesting. Try changing up and adding some new accessories to your old guns.
Get those new grips you have been eye balling for a while for your revolver. That old Ruger 10/22 in the corner there? Drop it into a new stock and make it look like a modern sporting rifle for the kids. Put some new furniture on your AR-15. Don’t like the color of that M&P Shield? Do a Duracoat or Cerakote or Hydro-dip job on it.
Try a competition
Would trying something new maybe interest you? What about competitive shooting? Can you put your guns to work?
If you already shoot in competitions, do you always use 9mm? Next time you go to your local match, take your .45. That could put you in a different division and force you to learn new rules.
Take that old .308 hunting rifle you inherited and try some long distance precision shooting. I am currently working on re-purposing my AR-15 for 600 yard precision rifle shooting for that very reason. Need a whole new change of pace? Grab your rifle, shotgun and pistol and try a 3-Gun match. Those are fun. That way you can shoot all three guns all day.
Themes are fun
Have a “themed” range day. My wife and I will sometimes have a “.22 day” on the 22nd of the month. We take all the .22 rimfire guns we have and a can of ammo and have a blast just plinking away.
You could have a revolver day, or a shotgun day while adding a little skeet or clay to the mix. Find something that you don’t shoot often and make a range day out of it. Sometimes I am so busy, I only shoot one gun for a while because of competitions. I will just plain forget how much fun a certain caliber or gun is. Don’t let this happen, and you’ll be effectively utilizing the gun collection you already have, without having to buy new ones.
There are a lot of things that you can do to breathe some new life into the guns you have. We all have treasure buried in the gun safe. It’s just a matter of digging them out and turning them into gold.