What does your carry gun say about you?

Friend and former Top Shot competitor Caleb over at Gun Nuts posted THIS. Pretty darn funny…


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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to What does your carry gun say about you?

  1. Mike Barham says:

    Heh, that’s pretty funny.

    I do think a carry gun says something about someone, though not really in the way Caleb observes. At Galco, we sometimes take calls from folks who are vitally concerned about preserving the finish on their carry pistols. We’ve actually developed a foolproof method for preserving the finish on any gun: put it in the safe, lock the door, and walk away.

    I see a worn carry gun as the mark of a serious shooter who trains and practices with his gun. I’ve always taken the worn finishes on my pistols as a point of pride! And I see a pristine carry gun as the mark of a non-serious person who is more concerned with preserving a piece of inanimate metal than preserving his life.

    As Mas Ayoob once quipped, the guns are here to take care of us, not vice-versa.

  2. Jim Dodd says:

    Or as Walt Rauch sez have two of the same gun: carry one and practice with the other.


  3. Mike Barham says:

    @Jim – Yes, Walt does say that. But I prefer to use the very same gun. This way I know it works. Just because the practice gun works doesn’t mean the carry gun will work. I want my carry gun to be the very same one I’ve fired thousands of times at Gunsite and LFI and in IDPA, etc. If the finish starts to wear, well, so be it.

  4. Caleb says:

    And for the record, I do have trouble counting past six!

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