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Shooters and Gun Guys

This week we try to define, and explain our perspective on things as shooters. In the world of gun owners, there are a bunch of different types of folks, but most commonly, we find ourselves interacting with shooters, and gun guys.

Shooters tend to be more focused on the aspect of shooting, and less focused on gear. We try to find gear that is good enough, and leave it at that. Gun Guys however are the dudes you see on the range constantly looking for the latest/coolest/newest piece of gear to help up their game.

Simply put, the Gun Guy tends to have more money invested in his gear, where the Shooter invests more time in his gear.

There’s nothing wrong with fitting into either category, but we wanted to define where we’re coming when we answer questions for listeners.

The News:

A Federal Judge ruled on the Mance vs. Holder case, which has to do with interstate sales of handguns (you know, how if you buy a handgun from a vendor that isn’t in your state, you have to have it shipped to an FFL in your state). Immediately this doesn’t mean a whole lot for us, but it kicks the Second Amendment ball further down the road, and that’s a good thing. Rather than trying to get into all of the specifics of this, I’ll defer to friend of the show Andrew Branca who did a great, thorough YouTube video on the subject:

The BATFE is looking to redefine M855 (Green tip) 5.56 ammo as “armor piercing”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for M855. Here’s the current definition of Armor Piercing under the 1968 GCA:

“(i)      a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii)        a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.”

DryFire Drill of the Week:

A couple weeks back I mentioned that I was having some issues getting my eyes to snap focus from the target to my front sight in dryfire. Listener Robert emailed in and suggested I work some draw strokes with no targets in front of me, just a blank wall. I was skeptical at first, but it is a good drill for getting my eyes used to grabbing the front sight on the draw.

  • No target, just a blank wall

  • Full speed draws, lining up the sights with a par timer

  • Don’t pull the trigger, otherwise you’ll start mashing it just to make the timer

Plug of the Week:

This week we plugged this blog post from the Modern Service Weapons blog. Time and again people ask us which gun is better than whichever gun, but the fact is, there are a LOT of really good guns out there. Check it out, and make sure to add MSW to your feed reader. Great blog, and if you aren’t following them, you’re wrong.


About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

One comment

  1. “Simply put, the Gun Guy tends to have more money invested in his gear, where the Shooter invests more time in his gear”

    Great podcast guys , just recently started listening and now starting the task of going through the playlist from the beginning.

    In a way Isnt everybody a “shooter ” before they become a gun guy…with the way equipment and accessories are advancing every gun guy has to keep experimenting with new kit to just determine whether it works for him/her before sticking with what works ,but in order to remain effective and maybe gain that edge the “gun guy will have to at least try that shiny new piece of equipment to determine if it makes them faster ,smoother etc etc .

    I don’t know how many types of holsters and pouches and accessories ive tried and bought before settling on something that works for me but i also keep my eye on new equipment that is coming out to see if it will give me a better edge on the competition side as well as the reality side of the house .

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