Tough Guys at the Gun Store Today
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May 5th, 2007 11:12 PM
Tough Guys at the Gun Store Today
I went to the gun store today to pick up some ammo when I overheard a conversation between two guys talking about plans for a natural disaster (earthquake). First guy says, that his deer rifle would "take out anyone within 600 yards". The other guy, not to be out done states, that his "shotty" would scrape them off his fence". Fellas, I could not help but laugh out loud. I paid for my merchandise and left.
Is it just me or are there more people that just talk about what they might do rather than do what they wish they could. I've seen these two around before at a couple of local shoots and they always seem to have one new guy/girl hanging around them so they can "show them the ropes". These are the type who give their opinions to people who never asked for it, and are never seen without their Kimber custom classic that is cradled in a custom holster made out of lizard lips (the rarest kind). I know he carries a Kimber because he lets everyone know within shouting distance that, "Jeff Cooper handled it 10 years ago while he was at the ranch". Uhhhhh......yeah, dude, whatever "the ranch" is.
I normally attend a monthly shoot with friends and family, but am quite and reserved about words I speak to others. I have always found it appropiate to be silent if you don't know much about a subject, than give information that is false, untrue, or that can hurt somebody. I don't know why I laughed but the nonsense these two talk is just overwhelming sometimes. Man, if they only could hear how they sound to other people...................ridiculous.
I kind of wish I hadn't laughed but I just couldn't take it anymore. Even my friend who works the counter called me later because he knew it bothered me that I laughed, and said not to worry about it. Apparently after I left one of them had asked "what my problem was". They were told in no uncertain terms that the gun shop was not the range and they were not to be hanging out 5 hours every saturday. Anyways.............I know it was wrong for me to laugh and it wont happen again. Anyone ever have one of those people that you just don't want to listen to anymore?.....................Woolybear
May 5th, 2007 11:16 PM
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They are plentiful! I call some of them Walter Mitty types! I think they enjoy fantasizing but unfortunately they often expand that to lay it on ears that do not want to hear it (without laughing! )
are there more people that just talk about what they might do rather than do what they wish they could.
. that's for sure
Anyone ever have one of those people that you just don't want to listen to anymore?.....................
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May 5th, 2007 11:38 PM
I call them Armchair Commandos.
You will learn to wade through the BS on to the folks that really know what the deal is. Once you find someone like this, cling to them and soak up as much knowledge as you can. I have met my fair share of the wannabees, but thankfully I have met a few guys with extensive training and experience that have begun to take me under their wing. I hang on their every word because I truly want to learn everything I can about defensive shooting....and trust me I have a long way to go and alot to learn.
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May 5th, 2007 11:40 PM
Unfortunately , yes . there are always at least 1 goofus who can't keep his foot separate from his mouth.
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May 5th, 2007 11:47 PM
Yup, and unfortunately he's one of my buddies. At the range we just plane 'ol don't know him.
May 5th, 2007 11:48 PM
Are you sure you weren't at our gun shop?
We have two guys who come in almost every single day and talk the same crap. They hang out for HOURS upon HOURS and talk about how this guys laser sights are better than these. They put guns on layaway and come back the next week and take them off. They special order the stupidest stuff.
They are very nice and friendly and we all just laugh.
They know a lot about some things but volunteer all they know about what they know and sometimes what they don't know.
I think every gun shop has the 'floaters.'
You learn to offer them coffee and laugh at their stories and get all the entertainment value you can from their stories.
May 5th, 2007 11:53 PM
I have found in my experience that the less a person says in unsolicited conversation generally the wiser that person is. It is the ones who talk incessantly that usually don't know what they are talking about. I believe Ben Franklin once said. "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it an prove you are one." It may have been the Bible, I'm not sure but I remember the quote well.
"The truth is not half as important as what people believe the truth to be." Napoleon
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May 5th, 2007 11:59 PM
Hah, I'm glad I'm not the only one who is put off by these people. Most of the gunshops I've been to have well-mannered customers but I'll occasionally come across the stereotypical redneck bad-ass wannabe that most liberals associate with gun enthusiasts. They definitely hurt our cause & image...
May 6th, 2007 12:08 AM
Wouldn't it be nice if people actually did this?
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."
May 6th, 2007 12:27 AM
Sounds to me like you found a couple of rank amatures , the truly talented liars do it online at a couple of other ( unnamed ) forums lol .
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May 6th, 2007 12:34 AM
I think the proper term is, "Mall Ninja".
Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
May 6th, 2007 12:35 AM
Hey, at least y'all have a fan club. Not everyone does. Gunnie groupies. Imagine that.
Originally Posted by limatunes
Yeah, I've bumped into a few. Most have much to say about gear, much incorrect thinking about situations, and many downright stupid and illegal things about the laws. The better shops around here don't tolerate loitering and keep "the trash" swept up pretty well.
May 6th, 2007 12:39 AM
Pro 17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. NKJV
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May 6th, 2007 01:35 AM
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Woolybear, your friend was right. Don't worry about it. I would have laughed at these nimrods, too.
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May 6th, 2007 01:39 AM
Been there, seen them. They are everywhere. I like most am very quiet, don't butt in, love to learn from the real experts..There are some knowledgeable folks out there.
I know, I know, you are smarter than me..just ask you..
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