I have spoken recently of getting involved in mounted shooting the past couple of months. I am truly enjoying it. I had to miss practice last weekend and I HATED missing it; absolutely hated it. *** I have only been involved a couple of months, but I've been looking for a "niche" to be involved in with my horse besides trail riding for some time - something that will give me that push to get out there and enjoy the horse besides just the trail; something that's scheduled, so I have reason to plan to go; something that involves other people, so I can take breaks from difficult child and get out in the adult world, around people with common interests (that's not always an easy task...) And I truly think this may be it. *** husband, with all his faults, is encouraging me to pursue it. I really want to, and have been. *** Getting involved isn't exactly cheap. The guns are real, and the cheapest, least expensive model you can buy is still almost $300. For competition, I will need 2. I can make the rest of what I need (1800's-era clothing, chaps, and holsters). But I have been researching the guns. *** I have stumbled into a man near us who is a dealer and can purchase a pair of 2008 model, very nice guns for slightly over factory cost, well below retail. He is legit. I can buy 2 single revolvers for $650 for the pair, or, for $200 more, I can buy a matched set that will be markedly more valuable if I ever chose to sell them. husband is encouraging me to do it. I want to, but I have such a hang-up on "wasting" money on something like this. I cut all these corners so that I CAN attempt to enjoy something, but when it comes down to it, I just keep thinking about all these other "more important" things that money would buy. *** For a couple bucks a day for a year, I can have a reason to get out of the house, with my horse, with my friends, almost every weekend of the year, and often thru the week. Part of me says this is a bargain. The "down to earth" part of me says "what a waste - husband wants a truck, you're going to need tires on your truck, heck - for that amount of money, we could upgrade the trailer...." *** You guys know what this life is like...Input?