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    Just an honest question...

    I hope I don't offend anyone because that is not my intention. I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed a link between "gun guys" and weight problems. Maybe it's just my local area, but I seem to know a striking number of large men who like to shoot. Any logical reason for this, or am I way off base? It seems like watching out for your health by keeping your waist size down is just as important as getting a CHL. Just an honest question!!

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    It because we are not thin enough to play football?


    its about 50/50 here and its either there heavy or bean poles dont seem to be any in between


    Plus us fat guys cant run aways ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by riversdaddy View Post
    I hope I don't offend anyone because that is not my intention. I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed a link between "gun guys" and weight problems. Maybe it's just my local area, but I seem to know a striking number of large men who like to shoot. Any logical reason for this, or am I way off base? It seems like watching out for your health by keeping your waist size down is just as important as getting a CHL. Just an honest question!!

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    Dude, I was just literally telling my girlfriend about that the other day! I swear! That's so funny. I have noticed a trend. I know the majority of those at my local gun shop seem to be a little on the heavier side. Whether or not that has to do with guns I don't know. Of course over 65% of Americans are either obese or overweight, so I'm sure that guns really have nothing to do with it, at least I hope!
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    I'm in betwwen but leaning toward thin. Yes, many shooters are heavier, but maybe its cause the younger crowd doesn't shoot / hunt as much.
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    At my club, I'd say it's about 50/50 as well.


    at least shooting is fat free... no trans fats here.
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    Well I'm young 21 and I am more on the heavy side (I weigh in around 235, but that is with 20% body fat, so a lot of it is muscle weight, with a slight beer gut.) With that figure of 65% are overweight or obese, that is just going off a pure BMI, and in my thoroughly non-medical opinion, body fat % is much more important than BMI. Although a lot of young people don't tend to shoot/hunt as much, they tend to be lazy and stay inside and play video games to get their "shooting" and "sports" in.
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    Shooters come in all manner of shapes and sizes.

    Combat Carry is a pretty good yard stick.

    We seem to get members posting about even with the usual

    "What Holster/Firearm? ~ I'm Too Thin To Conceal!"

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    "What Holster/Firearm? ~ I'm Too Heavy To Conceal!"

    Me...I'm just the right size! Not too skinny & not too heavy.
    and my bed is never too hard or too soft and my porridge is always...just right...not too hot & not too cold.
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    It could just be that being military, I don't see the 65% of the population that is overweight as much as non-military folks. Thats why I'm asking...could just be me!
    thanks for the responses so far.

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    I'm 5' 10" and a lean 175 lbs and over 50 years old. Most of the guys in my tactical shooting group are in even better shape than I am. I don't think that it is a gun thing, it is probably no more that the population as a whole. At least in the area where I habitate.

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    I'm heavier than I want to be, and not as heavy as I could be...is that a balance?

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    I've noticed this too but not to any great extent. I don't really think this has anything to do with guns but just that many Americans are hevy and get heavier when they get older. You'll see the same thing if you pay attention to many hobbies or life styles. I've notiecd this with bass fishermen too but I don't think it has anything to do with some strange attraction of bass fishing to large people. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that people who have been around a while and advanced in their careers (and waist size) can afford a 40K bass boat and come up with the time to get out and do what they love doing. I think the same thing applys to shooting. I used to be slim in my teens and early twentys. Now I'm in my early 30s and am about average for my height. When I'm in my 40s I'll probably be heavy. I've always loved guns but noticed that in the last few years I shoot a lot more and buy guns more offten. I just have more resources to pursue my love of guns and shooting.
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    Fat? Heavy? Overweight? I represent that remark!!!

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    I am 6 ft , 200 lbs with a 34" waist , 10 lbs and two inches waistband more than when i graduated high school . Back then i wasnt pokeing a pistol in my pants either lol . So for mid 40s i dont consider that too bad .
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    Horizontally enhanced huh? Thats a good one! I'll remember that when I get enhanced someday. Hopefully I'm still shooting then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye07 View Post
    Well I'm young 21 and I am more on the heavy side (I weigh in around 235, but that is with 20% body fat, so a lot of it is muscle weight, with a slight beer gut.) With that figure of 65% are overweight or obese, that is just going off a pure BMI, and in my thoroughly non-medical opinion, body fat % is much more important than BMI. Although a lot of young people don't tend to shoot/hunt as much, they tend to be lazy and stay inside and play video games to get their "shooting" and "sports" in.
    You have to understand though that unless you lift weights or are playing heavily in sports, BMI is a very good indicator of overweight status. Being that over half of Americans do not get ANY physical activity at all, I'd say that 65% is pretty darn close. It may be skewed a few points lower, but not by much!
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