While i don't advertise to the townsfolk and theives what i may or may not have, it doesn't matter much on the internet. The BATF and FBI know your IP address and probably read every word on firearms forums (creating jobs) so you can get rid of that tinfoil hat and stop worrying about it.
Every single word that is printed on the internet is stored in a database.
Every single comment that you make, every single thought that you possess and let others know about, is recorded.
Just by looking at the boards you frequent, the magazines you susbcribe to, the organizations that you are a member of, all it is stored in a database.
There are people employed by this government that do nothing but anaylize your habits and make some pretty accurate personality profiles of each citizen in this country and even abroad.
Just something to think about it.
I talk guns only with people I know are into guns. I don't talk about having a CCW except with people I know who also have one.
I don't say much about guns to anyone. Too many people let things come up in conversation with others then strangers know what you have. I never reply to threads here or anywhere else that ask how much ammo, how many guns,etc. Do you really believe everyone on a gun forum is your buddy?
Some know more than others, some know more than I'd like (gossipy family members):rolleyes:,
but no one knows how much or exactly what all I have.
In a paralell universe where I have money
Fedex is supposed to be dropping off another half dozen thirty round AR magazines today, but that's for a zombie project that I'm working on. I don't actually have a gun that the magazines will fit. :smile:
More in person than online, which isn't much beyond a few reviews/comments about a specific gun I've shot or carried from time to time.
Few have any purpose knowing the full list of what tools I've got or use. Several friends are aware of the basics, but knowledge of the full extent of the armory or ammunition locker(s) doesn't help anyone to a better outcome. It's just not relevant. The flipside is that there exist people in this world that would take such knowledge and run with it, to evil (or even merely fearful busybody, or punative) ends. Let alone the less-than-honorable who would cause deliberate damage because of such knowledge. Pass, on that.
I've only had 2 somewhat awkward moments when people learned I carry...
Once a friend's car was in the shop so I was driving him around doing random errands. He added a stop by the post office while we were out and about. We were having a nice conversation about life in general when I parked. I pulled out my pistol and started putting the trigger lock on it, not thinking anything of it, when he says 'whoa there, is that a gun, what do you need that for'....long story short we concluded our day with a trip to the range.
Another time I was picking up my little bro's GF from high school and she didn't understand why I didn't just drive through the lot like everyone else, waiting instead on the side of the street. "You act like you have a gun or something". Then she noticed it on my right hip on the way to my little bro's house. This was my fault because I had only recently started carrying, wasn't quite comfortable with it yet and was trying different holsters and placement, and didn't realize that in my state one can have a gun on school property while in their car as long as the gun stays in the car. My bad.
If people ask, and I think they're sincere with their question, I'll tell them what I'm carrying on my person since I OC during summer. But if somebody asks me if I own a lot of guns, or what I own or what's that in your holster and there's no rhyme or reason to inform, then I will just go on my way. Online though, I do share the info a little more freely, but I don't tell about ALL the guns/weapons I own. It's just not safe. A lot of homes are targeted for the weapons and the serial numbers will eventually get back to you. Better to be cautious and discreet than to come home and have your own gun used on you or your loved ones.
Probably more online than in person. But there have been a few times that I've shown my guns to potential new shooters that have shown an interest in going to the range or wanting to buy their first gun. I'm all about educating someone new if there's a spark of hope. I'm not an instructor, strictly on a personal level I've probably been involved in 10-15 or so people shooting for the first time including their kids but not including my family. Showing kids is the most rewarding to me though. I find it to be a complete blast.
I can't say either, as mine were also lost in a tragic boating accident.
It's beginning to seem "tragic boating accidents" are the #1 cause for loss of all firearms. Maybe deep lake firearm salvage would make another great reality TV show on A&E?
To keep our insurance premiums lower, maybe we should pass another law and include something like the following on public lakes and river signage.
No Boating Under the Influence & No Boating with your Entire Firearms collection on Board.
Make sense? :haha: