Best way to get wife's approval?

    Results 1 to 17 of 17
    1. #1
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Jan 2010
      Posts
      2

      Best way to get wife's approval?

      I am brand new to this forum. But, already own three shotguns a 12, 20, & 28 for skeet shooting) and two 22's (a lever action rifle & a semi-auto pistol).

      I am consideriing getting a relvolver, primarily for home defense. The question is: How do I tactfully 1) inform the wife? and 2) get her approval? She is not anti gun, but may object to a handgun in the house.
      Reason: Burglaries in the area
      My age: 64 w/no little kids in the home.

      Any and all suggestions, counsel, and advice is appreciated.

      John
      San Diego

    2. #2
      Member HGF Gold Member dosborn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 2009
      Location
      Springfield, MO
      Posts
      882
      First off, welcome to HGF!!

      The fact that you are 64 (old enough to be responsible) and don't have any little kids running around, it shouldn't be too much of an issue. Have you discussed it at all with her?

      Remind her that you already have guns and one of them is a pistol. This is just a different one

      I think the shotguns could be just as dangerous in the wrong hands.


      Also, start off by telling her how much you love her. "hey baby, you know I realy love you, right?"

    3. #3
      Member chris441's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 2009
      Location
      Atlanta
      Posts
      115
      this one is easy, just sell one of the 22s and replace it with the revolver! She will never know the difference!!!


      I had a similar situation with my wife. We had no guns and I wanted a pistol. I just kept doing research learning about firearms, leaving the internet pages up. Looking up crime info, leaving the internet pages up. And kept talking about which guns I was going to buy. I took a handgun safety course and kept going to the range to shoot. Eventually she came around....well maybe she knew I was going to do what I wanted anyways so she gave in....but one day we are sitting in the back yard and she says "you can get the gun if I can have a bow and arrow". I was like, what the hell? My wife never ever talked about archery before and this was out of the blue and completely out of character, but I went in the house, ordered the handgun online, then got in the car and headed to Dicks Sporting Goods a bought her a bow.

      now she did get a little pissed when I bought the 2nd gun without telling her.....

    4. #4
      Senior Member dondavis3's Avatar
      Join Date
      Aug 2009
      Location
      Dallas / Fort Worth Texas Area
      Posts
      1,893
      Good advise already posted.

      But I'd say you feel a strong responsibility to protect her and your self .

      With all the rececent crime around you -

      You have been looking into self denfense classes for both of you.

      And thinking of getting both of you a gun and some training.

      And also going to the range and practicing.

      All true and sound thinking.

      Good luck.


    5. #5
      Member
      Join Date
      Dec 2009
      Posts
      152
      While I have guns in the house, my wife never considered learning how to shoot until a rash of burglaries. She now understands the need for protection and is willing to go to the range with me. While she has not done it yet, it is a step in the right direction. I suggest emphasizing the need to be prepared for her sake as well as for you.

    6. #6
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Dec 2009
      Location
      Tri-Cities, WA
      Posts
      25
      My father-in-law just purchased a revoler about 2 months ago for the same reasons you stated. He is 62. He took my mother-in-law with him as he looked into the purchase and she learned right along with him. By including her in the process she was ready when he made his purchase. We also include her when we go out to the range. We all went just yesterday and she had a ball!! Good luck .

    7. #7
      Member buck32's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2008
      Location
      Montana
      Posts
      924
      Welcome from Big Sky Country. Good suggestions listed above. Let us know how it turns out.

    8. #8
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Jan 2010
      Posts
      2

      Follow Up

      Thanks to those that made suggestions.

      After I did some reading and talking with my local police supply dealer, I got up my courage and told her I was seriously considering buying a hnadgun. Although not, "That will make our home safer" enthusism, she did listen to my reasons. I kept her in the process, revolver vs pistol, used vs new, caliber, Handgun Safety Certificate, future training, safety, and the fact that all of my other shotguns and 22 (and ammunition) have always been stored safely and separately.

      I let her know that I settled on a nice used 357/38 special revolver. I pick it up next Feb 2.

      John

    9. #9
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Jan 2010
      Posts
      52
      Couple of drinks and you should be fine.

    10. #10
      Junior Member Tucker's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 2009
      Location
      Somewhere out here and there...
      Posts
      92
      Since you already have one, just go ahead and buy your handgun. She will not know the difference unless she goes to where you keep them and count them, does she? And if she sees it, just say you've had it for a while but never really had a chance to think of it until now.

      If you are one of those couples that ask one another's permission to buy something you like, well...you got problems.

      My husband usually comes home with a box from a computer store. I do not ask too many questions because he like to think of himself as a tech guy...I let him be. When it comes to handguns or guns, we go together because we both carry and love our guns. One day he came home and I asked him how his day was and he said "I bought a gun." I said....lemmeeseeee! It was a rifle.then tried to explain the parts and the history of it and how it works. He knows I will not be interested ....ha! I just wished he'd let me come along...I like gun stores...

      .

    11. #11
      Member cruzthepug's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 2008
      Location
      Alabama
      Posts
      347
      I usually go by the old saying...

      "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than approval"

    12. #12
      Member falchunt's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2009
      Location
      Ohio
      Posts
      453
      Quote Originally Posted by cruzthepug View Post
      I usually go by the old saying...

      "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than approval"

      ROFL....I love it, you mind if I steal that cruz?

    13. #13
      Senior Member Bisley's Avatar
      Join Date
      Aug 2008
      Location
      East Texas
      Posts
      2,289
      Start out by telling her (not asking) that you are thinking about enrolling both of you in a self defense class and buying handguns. If she 'bows up,' tell her that, of course, she doesn't have to participate if she doesn't want to, but you intend to go ahead with it for yourself. Let all of this sink in for a few days to see if she is going to weaken, and if not, move along to Plan B.

      If none of this has shown any promise, or if she just throws a wall-eyed fit at the mention of it, then just go ahead and do it anyway, and don't tell her. It is your obligation to protect the family, whether or not she can be made to understand. Just make sure you don't make any mistakes, if you elect to go it alone (safety blunders, etc.).

      When she eventually finds out, she will forgive you, after laying a guilt trip on you for the customary time period. Her curiosity will eventually require that you give a demonstration of your ability, so become as expert as you possibly can, and be sure to provide her with adequate ear protection. Once you get to this point, you can probably get her to shoot...so make damn sure it is a fun experience for her, and keep the target close enough that she can hit it, right away.

      Just my opinion, of course. But I have been married to the same fine woman for nearly 37 years, and I could get away with this.

    14. #14
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Dec 2009
      Posts
      14
      Quote Originally Posted by cruzthepug View Post
      I usually go by the old saying...

      "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than approval"
      I concur. At age 64, you old enough to do what you want. Just go buy the gun.

    15. #15
      Senior Member recoilguy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 2009
      Location
      MN
      Posts
      1,311
      Bring her with while you shop and ask for her input. Immediate buy in and she will see al the thught you put in it.

      Otherwiswe buy it, you are 64. She know you are responsible by now.

      RCG

    16. #16
      Member kg333's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2008
      Location
      Ohio
      Posts
      717
      It's easy to go along with the "don't tell her" argument, but IMO, it'd probably be better to get to get something along the lines of consent, even if it's just "you're going to the gun store today, aren't you? *hmmph". Besides, since you've got a pistol already, no reason to go looking for trouble where there might not be any.

      KG

      EDIT: Missed your update in there...sounds like she was quite reasonable about it anyway.

    17. #17
      Junior Member
      Join Date
      Jan 2010
      Location
      Spring Hill, FL
      Posts
      9
      It's usually easy to beg forgiveness than to get "Permission", at least that's what my 43 years of marriage has shown.

    Sponsored Links

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •