There’s a lot of opinion on what the best pistol is. For me, it’s the Glock 19. They are completely reliable. Easy to shoot. Easy to clean. Easy to find. Years ago I owned a Glock 22 and it was a great weapon for concealed carry. The 19 is a little more affordable to shoot and since I live in a Liberal paradise, I’m not allowed to conceal it anyway.
I know a lot of my acquaintances aren’t too fond of guns. That’s ok. You don’t have to be. You never need to own one. You never even need to shoot one. But I think it would be better if you learned the basics.
It will allow you to speak more intelligently when debating proposed laws. You won’t say ignorant shit like “he had a Glock with a lot of clips in it” (thanks, Obama). You will have empathy for people who enjoy shooting and you might come up with a compromise you might otherwise not have thought of.
Learning to shoot will also make you less afraid. You will know what a weapon is capable of and you will better handle situations if you find yourself on the wrong side of a gun. Imagine if you were in a bar and a man started shooting. If you know what the pistol looks like when it’s out of rounds, you know what your moment of opportunity looks like to move forward and stop that person.
I’m not talking about bullshit Rambo nonsense. I’m talking about little bits of information that could make a difference in your life. The Marines on the that train in France new what an AK jam looks and sounds like. Because of that, they were able to make a smart move and take that terrorist douche bag out.
Is this paranoid? Maybe. People I respect and I know have good information tell me there are terror cells here in America. Despite what the news might lead you to believe, that asshole in Orlando was a terrorist. There will be more of this and I plan to be ready.
But here’s the deal. Getting ready isn’t some dreary chore. Shooting is fun. It builds discipline. It takes skill. Shooting is a martial art and it is a great one. There’s also a great community feel with gun people. I think the nicest people I’ve ever met hang out at gun ranges. The news wants you to believe it’s all nazi libertarians, but that’s bullshit.
Two days ago I was getting a shooting lesson from an old friend and the guys in the lane next to us were a young gay African American couple. They had never been shooting and didn’t even know how to load rounds. We showed them how and told them the basic gun safety stuff (finger off of trigger, never point it at anything you don’t want to shoot, etc).
These dudes definitely should take a class, but that’s not what I’m getting at. If gun ranges were actually strongholds of white racism and angry hillbillies, no one would help these men. The desire to learn to shoot better transcends identity. The next day I went to the range with my uncle and we were in the lane next to a couple of real life juggalos. You can’t make this shit up.
And you know what? We had a nice conversation about the X-men movies and our favorite pistols. And it’s not like I’m a normal looking dude, either. I have long hair and a beard. My dad thinks I look like Charles Manson. The fucking guy who sold us ammo had a man bun. Gun culture is not what you think and if you buy into the mainstream narrative, you are not seeing the full picture.
I’m basically a white belt in guns, but I will be a black belt. If you want to go shooting some time, I’ll take you. And it’ll be fun. Even if you’re a Hillary supporter.