I’m sure this will rub some folks raw but that’s a gunwriter’s job, right? Um, maybe not. I guess it depends on who you write for and how long you plan to keep getting published.
No, I don’t think my job is to rub readers raw. (I actually don’t have a job; I just shoot guns, hunt and play on the computer. Just ask my mother in law.) I grew up with guns, spent time in the military as an armor and firearms instructor and wore a badge for 13 years while teaching cops to shoot. I got a tactical side to me but I got a practical side too.
Thumbing through a gun rag I noticed a tactics based handgun article about personal protection. The supporting photos showed the writer clad in tactical clothing with every tactical type of accessory he could attach to himself. I got no problem with the way anyone dresses, as long as their crack ant showing and their clothing does not display crude images or words. Still, give me a break! Does anyone outside of the military or SWAT dress like that? Is that the way this guy goes to Wal-Mart?
I guess it looks cool in photos and enhances the magazine’s cutting edge appeal. That’s OK. After all gun magazines are kinda just picture books for big boys. But what happened to being in touch with reality? I’m not trying to pull a Zumbo here, (I’ll stand behind you if you want to carry a Desert Eagle concealed, hunt with a .50 BMG and have your nose pierced.) I’m just being realistic.
I carry a handgun almost everywhere I go. Most times my wife, family and friends never know. I also have cool toys like Rambo knives, shooting gloves, knee and elbow pads, hydration packs and even boots designed for sliding down ropes and kicking in doors. I just don’t wear any of that stuff to the mall. (I’m sorry, I don’t own one of those tactical scarves in digital camo that I tie around my neck to look cool.) I believe if we are going to write about the practical application of firearms for sport shooting, hunting or self defense then we should do so from a practical standpoint. (My gunwriting mentor never mentioned anything about having to dress a certain way to impress readers.)
Like it or not, there is a broad gap between hunters and those that consider themselves tacticians. The truth is, both can learn from the other. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive descriptions. I know because I’m as much one as the other. We are all gun owners. Why don’t we cut the tactical crap, learn to share skills and information with each other and dress like common folk. At least until we ship off to war, join an HRT team or the country side is overrun with werewolves.
On the other hand, it’s almost Halloween so if you want to play dress up, have at it. I think I’ll be Josey Wales. (Hard to get any cooler than that!) Maybe I’m over reacting. After all this is America and right now we can still do stuff like that even while we are shooting for fun or in fright.