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    An ongoing trend

    The first "gun" that I ever owned was a Red Ryder BB gun as a Christmas present when I was about 8, the first thing my dad said was "Read the owners manual, then we'll go outside and I'll teach you to shoot it". A few years later, I'd saved enough quarters and birthday checks to buy myself an 870 youth model 20 gauge. Again, my father told me "Read the owners manual, then I'll teach you to shoot it". A year later, when he got me a 10/22 for Christmas, same thing, and so on. Now.... I like to think every now and then that with each additional firearm (in the mid 20's last time I counted them all) I still do that each and every time, because, as much as I do know, there is a lot that I don't. Granted.... I shoot for work, I've shot to save my life, and I've shot to save others lives, but I still each and every time read it. I remember reading the owners manual when I bought my wife an M&P 9mm, and making her read it. Six months later I was trying to break it down to clean it and could not get the slide off for the life of me.... and of course I looked back and read the book and it all came back.

    Now I know that the shooting sports are hurting these days (Also, let it be known I shot competitively all through middle school and high school, not for a school team as that was politically in-correct, but for a sportsmans clubs league.) and the only thing we have to keep our sport going is welcoming new members with open arms. The problem lies in the fact that people seem to rely on others to help them figure it all out these days. If your weapon doesn't work and its brand new, there is a good chance that you forgot to do something, or didn't read what you need to do, or are relying on what you think you know instead of what the manufacturer DOES know.

    So.... any chance of getting people to read their damn owners manuals?

    Also... is there a mathematical formula to show the correlation between lack of spelling and grammar skills and not knowing how to treat a firearm?

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    I agree 100%. Why someone would dump a few hundred $$$ into a gun and not read the book that came with it - especially when they have a problem - is beyond me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    So.... any chance of getting people to read their damn owners manuals?
    Most people? Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    Also... is there a mathematical formula to show the correlation between lack of spelling and grammar skills and not knowing how to treat a firearm?
    I'm sure there is, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert View Post
    Also... is there a mathematical formula to show the correlation between lack of spelling and grammar skills and not knowing how to treat a firearm?
    WElll..sum of us aint got as good of learnins' as others but we can read enough to get through the manual adn somehow have picked up enough know how to get the thangs to go bang and sumtimes make the consarned things even do a little bettr.

    I don't know much about grammar really. My spelling is horrid. But I can build a pretty dang good 1911. I aint had a bad guy give me a spelling test yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    WElll..sum of us aint got as good of learnins' as others but we can read enough to get through the manual adn somehow have picked up enough know how to get the thangs to go bang and sumtimes make the consarned things even do a little bettr.
    lots a pickturs hep me...

    Seriously...even before I buy a new one (or used), I'll get on line and search for an electronic copy of the manual.

    Some people can read a manual and not understand. You have to show them and explain verbally. That is just how their brains are wired.
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    I do raed the owerns mnauel all the times, but these mnuales raelly dont have much in them. I have laerned how to disasembe my mossberg 500 from a you-tube video..Much faster and striahgt to the piont.

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