Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The things they complain about

  are things they could be changin'. 

   So Kris Kristofferson wrote in "To Beat the Devil" but in my opinion, Waylon made this song his own with his rendition of it.  The relevant words from the song are below:

And you still can hear me singin' to the people who don't listen,
To the things that I am sayin', prayin' someone's gonna hear.
And I guess I'll die explaining how the things that they complain about,
Are things they could be changin', hopin' someone's gonna care.

So....what brought on this moment of exasperation?  The AR-15 Dual Trigger.

  • The Elftmann Tactical AR-15 Dual Trigger or DTR was inspired by the paintball double trigger
  • Increased firing speed
  • Enables rapid firing without muzzle lift
  • Unique appearance that changes the profile of the AR-15

  There's more at their website.  Including the below which apparently is NOT gun industry inspired satire (added emphasis on the "it's not a joke" part below:

Other products in development include the G-AR or Gun Armor Protection System, which will be released in the first quarter of 2013. The G-AR is designed to protect you and your handgun from a take away attempt and incorporates two razor blades into a billet aluminum base that will easily mount onto your existing tactical rail. 

  Ignoring the low hanging comedy fruit of mounting razor blades to your weapon, I quoted the song in an attempt to link the never ending mantra of "you will get better with training and practice, not gadgets" with the attempt to become a better shot through attaching trash addons like the Dual trigger to your weapons.  Most folks who've had the moment when they realize that they are not the American god of love and war with regards to shooting (usually attained through formal training) also have learned the hard truth you literally cannot buy your way into shooting well.  You must seek formal training and hopefully augment that with competition of some sort if possible and safe.

  However, I'll offer my personal assessment of new gun owners.  I used to tell folks to get a 9mm Glock 19 or 17/M&P9/HK P30 and an AR15.  Mix in training classes, a sling, mags, sights, and ammo. 

  Nowadays, I'm a bit more pessimistic about new gun owners.  Now I recommend a 9mm pistol and a formal training class (beyond the NRA or state CCW classes).  That is it.  Learning how to shoot pistol first makes you a better rifle shot.  Taking a class first allows you to see what gear works.  I don't think the Barackolypse 2.0 is going to ban assault rifles anytime soon; just buy a pistol, ammo, a spare mag or two, and take a formal training class.  A trained shooter who can use their pistol relying upon muscle memory is far better than someone not knowing how to properly shoot and manipulate their rifle and pistol. 

  Be that guy.  Be the one humble enough to learn, smart enough to treat shooting as something to learn.  Shooting is fun, shooting accurately and treating shooting as a martial art to be learned is even more fun.  Also more responsible. 

  I'll close with the song "'cause I don't believe that no one wants to know."

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