Forget the reality series-like republican presidential debates; this is a REAL debate that is just as important and maybe a bit more entertaining.
Former Top Shot competitor Caleb over at GUN NUTS put forward HIS OPINION on slide operation on a semi-automatic handgun. Ironically, I had already completed an ARTICLE on this very topic for Shooting Illustrated so when it was published I linked the article to Caleb’s post.
Caleb has now posted his rebuttal. Before I get into to the errors of his position let me say that Caleb is indeed a great shot with a rifle or pistol. I know this because I’ve shot against him and watched him shoot many times. I would not want him shooting at me if I was a cardboard IPSC silhouette or a bad guy. He’s also a decent fellow – as far as Yankees go.
That being said, he is wrong. Not so much about slide operation. One method does not fit all any better than one handgun does. I’m a hillbilly and I’m, hopefully, about in the middle of my life so it has become necessary for me to keep things simple. Caleb is smart and young and his hard drive is not full so he can be more versatile in his approach to, well, about everything.
His statement about WV not being in the South is where he is wrong. Of course, Caleb does not live here so he could not understand that the Allegany Mountains of WV are home to a large portion of Scots-Irish immigrants whose belief system is based on Celtic culture. Because of this they were reluctant to big government influence and tended to follow leaders from their community not unlike the clans of Scotland. The idea that the Union was not going to recognize State’s rights drove these war like people to support the Confederacy even though few actually owned slaves.
Nor would he know of the many Confederate monuments in WV. He would not know that the southern border of WV was established by northern politicians as opposed to local residents. And, he would not know that my Great, Great Grandfather who lived in what is now WV was a Lieutenant in the Confederate army. Who, by the way, came home after the war and married a Cherokee Indian Princess. (Combine that with the German ancestors on my father’s side and its no wonder I am the way I am.)
Caleb should know that one of the greatest generals of the Confederate Army and the Civil War – Stonewall Jackson – was born in WV.
I’m willing to let all this pass because I know that Caleb is an upstanding fellow that will admit when he is wrong. Someday, he’ll visit WV (The southern part I hope.) and he’ll experience what really sets the south apart from the north. It has nothing to do with slavery or the Civil War but everything to do with hospitality and true independence. When he does, I’m sure he’ll change his mind and admit he made a mistake.
Getting back to the topic of slide operation, find what works for you and practice that method or methods. If someone with the shooting skill and experience of Caleb gives you some advice, its worth listening to. But, spend more time practicing than arguing about which is best and it won’t matter much which way you do it.