This is NOT about anyone in particular, it's about all of us ...
Why do ya think we allow ourselves to get so "attached" to the guns we own?
Is it the power they hold ?
Is it the $$$ we spend on them ?
Are the weapon choices we make an extention of our personalities ?
I have made wize~azz comments & posts about weapons I didn't care for but it was meant in the name of humor. It's not like I was talking badly about someone's kids or family.
~ I have had people slam my choice of 1911's in the past.
~ Hell, I own what I believe to be one of the ugliest pistols on the planet which is my G21.
~ I have disagreed with Mike B. our Mod & Forum Gun Guru, about weapons even though he's probably more knowledgeable than I am about firearms but it was never personal.
I look at it like this: What do I care if someone doesn't like my choice in weapons, it's like saying my craftsman tools suck, and I should have bought Snap~on because they're just better. What the hell do I care? They aren't the one using the tool. I come from a background where my friends cut-up with each other about almost everything, just guys being guys I guess. If my closest friend wasn't giving me a hard time, then I would probably think he was mad at me. I kid pretty hard with a couple members on this forum through PM's & they give it right back and I expect nothing less.
What do you think ? This is just a few simple thoughts & questions, nothing worth starting a peeing contest over ... is there a chance we discuss this in a civil manner so the thread doesn't get closed?
Last edited by Rustycompass; 11-29-2007 at 04:24 AM. Reason: kant spel
Last edited by Todd; 11-27-2007 at 07:37 PM.
I certainly don't take disagreements about gun choice personally. It's just a tool. What works for me may not work for you, or vice versa. I do think there are guns that have objective advantages over others in terms of ease of shooting and/or reliability, but in the end gun choice is far less important (at least in defense) than mindset, marksmanship, gunhandling skill and tactics.
I do agree with Todd. The whole point of the forum is debating guns, right? I'd like to think we're not all a bunch of yes-men here only to slap each other on the back.
Do I necessarily care what everyone thinks of the guns I choose? No. But there are some very knowledgeable people here, and if they criticize something I am doing in terms of guns or shooting technique or whatever, I will give them a listen. In the end I may stick with my own choice, but I appreciate the broader perspective.
And I certainly wouldn't think of buying a new revolver without consulting Bob Wright first!
Lowdrift, I think you are just trying to start a pissing contest and I also think your glock is ugly as sin. I however am going to be PC and not make any waves.
I flamed the M1911 on here, a while ago...Mike didn't take too well to it.
I try not to become ego-invested in my firearms; and it's a good thing, too, as I sometimes end up with some really ugly shootin' irons (and that's the loving OWNER'S opinion). It has helped me develop a thick skin when it comes to my guns. Here are a couple of examples, that I think we can all agree aren't very photogenic.
The first is a stainless Ruger MK-II .22 pistol that started out life with a 4.75" barrel. The previous owner decided he wanted a suppressor, so he had the barrel shortened and threaded for a muzzle can. Then he bought another gun he liked better, so he traded the Ruger in at a local dealer. The dealer gave me a really good price on it to make it go away (I think it was scaring the other customers), so I bought it, figuring it would make a good truck plinker and small game gun. I didn't like the exposed threads, so I had a local gunsmith shorten the barrel (again) and re-crown it. Because it had no front sight, the previous owner had the receiver grooved for tip-off scope rings, so I put a cheap dot sight on it. This what it looked like (I sold it myself to finance another project):
Wait for it...
Blech. Nice grips, though.
Here is a Smith & Wesson skinny-barrel model 10 .38 special that I wanted to do some accuracy load-testing with, and I decided to upgrade the sighting system to improve the practical accuracy:
Anyway, you get the idea.
Ugly guns happen, and sometimes they end up in my safe.
It's all cool, they're just tools.
Ok THAT last one was personal.
I've got my favorites, but my philosophy is pretty simple...
If it goes BANG! Then I like it.
Thanks guys for keeping this subject civil.
Actually a "pit" type section might be a cool idea for members to vent, yet be mature and civil at the same time. Just a thought...
"bing bang boom! hair out...hamburger time" - William Murderface
I really don't try to start peein' contest. I just speak my mind and like I said, I'm just not able to be a "YES~Man". And in doing so, if that causes people not to like me that's OK. At least I'm true to myself & I'm good with that.
I think alot people take forums way too serious. And then there's some that's seem to like to play some sort of grab ass, suck~up game...
Forum member A. "Your cool & have cool stuff"
Forum member B. " No, Your cooler than me & so's your stuff"
Forum member A. "Does this gun make me look fat ?"
Forum member C. "Your both really super cool & I'll chat with you later"
Forum member A. "You hang up 1st"
Forum member C. "No, you hang up 1st"
Forum member B. " Let's all hang up together on Three, really ? "
Good god, get a frickin' room !!! Just speak your own mind & stand your ground .
I just come in here for some downtime and shoot the breeze with everybody, maybe even learn something or get a laugh or two. Sometimes I like to have a beer or a cigar or maybe even both and watch Todd & TOF start sh*t
Ok, I "MAY HAVE" stired a pot or two from time to time but those two boys have been known to burn down the whole damn kitchen ....
Last edited by Rustycompass; 11-28-2007 at 04:47 PM.
I'm attached to my Glock 23 because it's the first semi-auto I bought. Sometimes I've felt guilty for looking at other guns. Kinda like checking out that hot chick that just walked by ya while you're holding your wifes hand. Yes, the wife saw you look.
I do like the XD's though. Sorry Glock.
The problem with forums is that what you say is read by others and not heard. You can't hear the way it was said et. I'm accused of having a strange sense of humor and am proud of it but it sometimes comes out really weird when written down. But sometimes it's funny that way when I know someone took it wrong. I like to mess with people that way.
The beauty of this forum camparied to others I've been active on is that for the most part, we are pretty civil. For example, I don't even go to Glocktalk anymore because it was getting nasty. It may have changed but I haven't been here in months.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Last edited by Todd; 11-28-2007 at 06:47 PM.
So far as a ugly there's nonthing more ugly than a Glock but that don't stop me from wanting one. In fact it's next on my list. I got to check out this low bore axis and crunchinclicker tigger that makes these things so great. I think I misspelled that Mike. Anyway if it goes bang I want to shoot it for sure.LOL.
That's crunchenticker, but it applies to DA/SA pistols, not Glocks. I stole the word from Colonel Cooper, by the way. It's because on one of those pistols, the first shot goes cruuuuuuuuuuuuunch, then the gun reverts to SA and goes tick, tick, tick for subsequent shots. I hate that.
Glocks, XDs, P7s, and other more modern designs have consistent triggers, which I much prefer to crunchentickers.
I do agree that Glock is probably the ugliest modern pistol. But hey, we mainly carry them concealed. If I want pretty I can look at my wife.
How in the hell did I miss this beautiful thread!!!!!!! Guns are just tools of the devil and should ALL BE NUKED, of course. Or sent to me to melt down. Ugly guns are great 'cause nobody will steal them (kinda' like what they used to say about.................oh, never mind). And DJ, I hate to say it, but those two guns you got pictured are ugly as Fido's ass!
Last edited by Charlie; 11-28-2007 at 08:29 PM.
My bad. I just want one to see how accurate I can get with it and how it packs. That's what I care about in a defense weapon. I am not looking for a show queen for sure. I'd say a Glock or a XD will fill the bill.
Well, it's people. You get some people who just want everyone's approval. You get some people who just want to look tough/cool/tacti-cool, whatever. And then there are the people who walk into a gun shop and say "What gun should I buy?" As a person, I say whatever works best for you. As a sales person I say, "Have a look at this $2300 Wilson Combat..."
Personally, I think when you use, carry, shoot, work on, etc. a weapon for a long enough time you develop a connection. They become your partner. It has nothing to do with looks or kicking butt in competitions. It has to do with it becoming your partner. In a way, it is like a person. You develop a relationship and trust is earned, not given, and that trust can be lost. Take my guns, for instance. After several years of trusting my life to that Sig, it became almost a friend, and I did refer to her as my work partner. I trusted that gun to never fail. And the day I opened her up and found all those burs and gashes I almost cried. I dealt day in and day out with people making fun of my choice in weapon and my response was always, "I can't speak for every Sig, but my Sig is a wonderful weapon." And now with my Glock, same thing. I won't ever speak for every Glock, but my Glock is becoming my partner very slowly but surely (note, I've also gone nowhere without it since I bought it).
Depends on the person and their thought process. Some don't feel this way about their guns. But I've noticed the ones I built a relationship with I work best with.
P.S. With the exception of a few, I have found ugly guns work the best. I tend to stay clear of pretty guns.
That's the beauty of guns...
There are three types, in my mind:
1) Functional Combat Tools
2) Pieces of art that go bang... usually
3) And the uncommon example of BOTH, a functional piece of art.
Like a Glock? You'll like a Hummer H2.
Like a Ruger Old Army with ivory grips and delicate engraving? You'll like a vintage Jaguar.
It's all about personal taste... My guns are all flat black. I drive a V8 American made SUV... I'll buy a stainless 1911 some day... but not as a carry gun. For the same reason I'd buy a classic Corvette. Is a stainless 1911 the best self-defense weapon availible today? No. Any new sports-sedan will whip a classic Corvette at the track, but it won't make people turn their heads as you drive by... That gorgeous 1911 with the expensive hand-checkered wood grips will turn lots of heads at the range...
I love them all, for their utility, and their artistry...
Except maybe for CZ's... lol
Damn, they're ugly!
By the way regarding that list you made up:
Yes, I am cool and all my guns are cool. My recording thermometer say's it was 14 degrees a couple of nights back and you cant accomplish that in Florida so there.
No, Nobody's stuff is cooler than mine. You'r talking about someone else there.
Yes my gun makes me look fat. Hell yes cause I am fat and you had to point it out.
Yes, Damn right I'll hang up first. No one gets ahead of me.
Todd, I have to go Elk hunting now so you will have to keep that guy under control for a day or two.
ummmmmmm, I think ya mis~read my post. The made~up forum member conversation was not about you, It's how I view the some of the "hug~fests" I see on gun forums these days.
But now that ya mention it ... you are justa bright ray of sunshine, spreading joy & happiness through out the forum with each post you make.