There is also the pride to be had from ownership of really well-made kit, of all kinds. And there's no shame in that, I call it male jewellery. My Omega watch is carved out of solid gold and is worth a lot of money, but it doesn't tell the time any better than my Seiko which is titanium and half the weight.
The poster who got under your skin was probably trying to hold you back from spending a lot of money when in reality it wouldn't make much of an improvement to your results and to your enjoyment.
Believe me, it's a fallacy that a chap has to have the best and the newest kit to find success. I've been shooting airguns since I was about 12, and that was nearly 60 years ago. In that time I've bought three new air rifles; all of my other acquisitions have been second hand.