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Wear Protection!

Most folks who read gun blogs are sensible people.  When shooting, they wear eye and ear protection.  How do I know this?
Because in the most general sense, I view shooters in two schools:  gunnies and morons.
The moron is the guy who knows little or nothing about the firearm(s) he owns, and gets a kick out of taking out newbies and torturing them – as a joke.
Here, shoot this 12 ga. shotgun with no familiarization, Naw, it won’t hurt!
Shoot this .357 without hearing protection, that’s for wusses!
Or handing a full-house .44 magnum to a 110 pound woman to watch the fun
You Tube is full of videos of such crap..
I suspect these individuals – aside from being prime fodder for lawsuits, if they had any assets – aren’t literate enough to actually read.  I’ve actually met folks who did such things.  I don’t associate with them.
There are of course, exceptions.
When Dave-the-Mechanic and I first went shooting, we had no hearing protection.  It didn’t even occur to us, until after the first round was touched off.  Suffice it to say, we learned from our mistake.  Quickly.
My ex-wife’s great uncle was an Olympic Class shotgunner in the 1930’s.  Real men didn’t wear protective gear back then.  When I met Unc., he was in his 70’s, and wore one hearing aid – in each ear!  (Of course, he liked it, because he could turn them both off and not hear his wife calling for him.)  And, he was quite intelligent and well-read.
And years of shooting and setting off fireworks have taken it’s toll on me.  I have high-frequency hearing loss in my left ear.  And, I’ve friends, who through one mishap or another almost lost an eye.
My point is, if you’re a gunnie, wear eyes and ears.  If you’re a moron, learn from others and do the same.  Learn to read.  And stop being an idiot.

h/t Dave, Unc.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Wear Protection!

  1. Also, the female in the picture has her hot brass catcher open.

    Posted by jon spencer | September 4, 2011, 9:17 am
  2. Thanks, Jon. I was wondering who would notice and comment on that first? A man or a woman shooter. I'm thinking more men read the blog than women, and for some reason would be drawn to that potential safety issue.Lightweight turtlenecks?

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 4, 2011, 9:23 am
  3. The first time I fired anything bigger than a .22 was when the Navy handed me an M14. There was no hearing protection offered, a move which strikes me as EXTREMELY foolish, now. I've never forgotten the pain & the resulting four hours of hearing loss that followed, nor the first time I read Col. Jeff Cooper's statement: "If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of my ears."

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 4, 2011, 10:36 am
  4. @Rev. Paul – Yes. One would think the U.S. Navy would know better! Sadly, they are a branch of the government.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 4, 2011, 12:35 pm
  5. I have a bit of hearing loss, too, from hanging around the flight deck for 20 years, even with double hearing protection.

    Posted by Larry | September 4, 2011, 1:27 pm
  6. @Larry – I know another gunnie who always wears both plugs and muffs. Obviously, nothing's perfect.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 4, 2011, 1:30 pm

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