Guys, I hate to pass around the collection plate, but. . . We know you guys love reviews of new guns and revolver-related gear. Mike just worked his butt off at SHOT Show to shake hands and it paid off – as you know we are getting our hands on a bunch of new guns!
Why Are We Asking For Support?
Believe me – no one hates asking for money more than I do. Unfortunately, reviewing those revolvers we all love so much comes with a significant cost. To provide what we feel is an honest and accurate assessment of a revolver we need to put somewhere around 500 rounds through it. This is deeper than most mainstream reviewers typically go, especially on revolvers.
Since we can’t shoot all those rounds all at once, we have to pay for several range visits. My range costs $25/visit, and is half an hour away, meaning for each revolver review I have invest three hours in driving to and from the range alone.
If we want to carry that revolver some (an important aspect of reviewing a defensive revolver) we’ve got to come up with holsters, speedloaders, and sometimes new grips. . . you get the idea. We’re lucky to have enjoyed tremendous support from some manufacturers, but sometimes we just have to buck up and buy it. Reviewing new guns is a lot of fun, but it’s also really expensive.
On top of that is the cost of things like web hosting, email domain hosting, business cards (for Mike to pass around at SHOT), and a bunch of other little administrative costs. It wouldn’t seem like it, but those add up to several hundred dollars a year, all of which I pay for out of pocket.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not coming to you all “woe is me” complaining about how hard it is running this blog. Mike and I really enjoy what we do here! However, we do want you to have a realistic view of how much work goes into these reviews.
If you guys would like to help us out it would surely be appreciated, and it will help us keep the content coming! It also might help some new content.
What Will We Do With Your Money?
Since money doesn’t grow on trees, I want to be clear about what will happen with your dollars. There are three main things I see this money going to support:
1. Supporting reviews by purchasing ammunition, holsters, and other necessities. In some cases we may even purchase guns in the event we’re unable to get manufacturer support. This is undoubtedly where most of your dollars will go.
2. Paying for other events, like training courses, matches, and trade shows that would be of interest to RevolverGuy readers. This also may include covering related travel costs like lodging, airfare, etc.
3. Paying the normal bills around here which include things like email hosting, web hosting, SSL certificates, etc.
what’s in it for you?
For now, you’ll get that warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing you’re supporting something you care about. You’ll help us keep the lights on and keep producing the high-quality content you’re used to. And for right now, that’s it.
However. . . I have some bigger plans for RevolverGuy in the near future. I’ve dropped my participation in the Across The Peak Podcast which will give me more time to focus on RevolverGuy. This will possibly include more articles, a revolver-centric podcast, and possibly even video content. Some of this will be available for members only, and I’ll keep you guys apprised as that situation develops.
I’ve set up a Patreon page where you can donate to us. The donation amounts are $5, $10, and $20 per month. I appreciate your support in advance!