So, what's your technique for squirreling it away, unseen, until there's enough to buy a new one?
This might be good.
Layaway. i go to a gun shop that has a generous layaway policy. Lucky for them really because there are cheaper gun stores around, but the layaway policy is liberal so that makes it easier to buy,
I have bought a ruger mini 14 (used, $600) and my 26 (new, $650) from them, this way.