how gun owners spend tax refunds

How Gun Owners Use Tax Returns To Stay Equipped

Concealed carriers, just like everyone else, sometimes get on the right side of the IRS and get a refund at tax time. The average American who receives a refund will net on average close to $3,000 from their respective state and the federal government in a tax refund, hardly an amount to sneeze at.

Naturally, some people are going to put that money into a house, car, or maybe towards another big ticket item. However, some people want to put it towards equipping themselves or even upgrading their handguns and concealed carry gear, and we wanted to take a few minutes to suggest how best to do that.

Myth: Quality Guns and Gear Costs More

A lot of you will find this familiar: you walk into a gun store and gaze at row upon row of low quality pistols. Nothing really catches your eye, nothing inspires you to want to buy or even pick it up and look down the sights. The price doesn’t exactly thrill you, either.

There’s some truth to quality over quantity, but the job of the typical gun store isn’t to provide a bespoke outfitting; the typical gun store is there to sell goods that the market for the typical person will bear. They want to sell you a firearm that’s reliable, with a price you can live with and at a margin they can live with, and send you out the door with a few accessories, such as a holster or a heavy duty gun belt. It’s kind of like selling a car; leather bucket seats and extended warranties are a bonus for the salesman.

Why are we telling you this?

Well, if you’re the sort that has to get a few ccw accessories once you pick up a pistol, often enough the salesman will try to load you up with the cheapest gear. Why? Because you’ll be more apt to buy them, since it’s an additional expense along with the purchase of a new firearm.

Does that mean that all, say, inexpensive IWB holsters are bad?

Not necessarily, but there is a reason why most gun owners have a drawer full of holsters. Do your research and consider important form factors for holsters and how it is going to work the best for you. Not too many will hold up with daily use, such as a neoprene-backed, spring-steel core holster. Likewise, not every uber-expensive holster will hold up as well some less-expensive models.

It helps to look at reviews and figure out which ones are best, rather than solely pay attention to the price tag and that’s not exactly what you have time to do whilst on a shopping spree at your favorite gun shop.

Myth: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

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Spending a lot of money on a gun – say if you part with $900 for a Chiappa Rhino – but very little on accessories like a $20 (or less) holster to carry it with (which likely leaves a lot to be desired, especially regarding retention and comfort) is what the saying “penny wise, pound foolish” is all about.

Why spend on a firearm to get the performance and reliability you need in order to possibly save lives, but not on a holster to carry it with? Or, for that matter, why part with the bare minimum for a cheap black nylon belt made in China when you could get a gun belt of double-layer English bridle leather that will keep your holster in place all day without trouble?

Are you looking to upgrade you gun gear this tax return season? You tell us in the comments section below.


About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.