Gun Culture Vs. Pop Culture.

An interesting discussion popped up in the comments of this article for Shooting Illustrated on the guns of pop culture. Gun nuts were outraged that the 1911 wasn’t on the list, because, hey, ‘Murica and guns!

The thing is, the 1911 is a popular gun in gun culture, but in pop culture? Forget it. And I’ll prove it.

Play along with me here:

Dirty Harry and his Model 29 .44 Magnum.
Martin Riggs and his Beretta 92.
James Bond and his PPK.
John Wayne and his Colt Peacemaker.
_________ and his 1911.

See the problem? Naming an iconic character from pop culture who yielded a 1911 is not an easy task. The best I could come up with is Lamont Cranston, and he’s not really a household name anymore, thanks to a mediocre movie starring Alec Baldwin. I like the 1911, and there’s no denying what it means to gun owners in the U.S., but it’s pretty much unknown outside our little world. If we want gun culture to grow (and we do, right?), we need to be able to relate to people outside our comfort zone, so when they talk about how the gun that Agent Smith used in The Matrix and how cool it was, smile politely and nod, even though you’re thinking about how much you loath the Deagle.

The Next Logical Step For “Israeli Carry”.

Look, if you believe, as these guys do, that somehow, your gun just isn’t safe enough to carry around with ammo loaded in the chamber and the appropriate safeties engaged, why not take the next logical step and walk around with an unloaded, empty gun?

After all, if you gun is unsafe with a round in the chamber, isn’t even MORE safe without any ammo in it whatsoever? And you’re going to have to use two hands to chamber a round into the gun if you carry in Condition Three, why not use two hands to load and chamber a round when carrying in Condition Four?

Do it. Do it for the children.

Or just carry your guns the way they’re supposed to be carried, with a round in the chamber and safeties engaged.


Things You Never Hear In The Gun World …

“Don’t buy the CZ… they’re not accurate.”

“Glocks? Good luck finding accessories for it.”

“I’d go with the Taurus for its reliability.”

“A 10/22? No, you want something a little more common.”

“You will never run out of holster options for that EAA Witness.”

“Stay away from .22LR: The recoil is brutal.”

“Don’t get an AR-15. You don’t want to be locked into that platform.”

“There are hundreds of police forces around the world who rely on the Smith&Wesson Governor as their sidearm of choice.”

“Don’t you think that Desert Eagle is a little… understated?”

Ok, yours?


I messed up the scheduling for yesterday’s posts, so here’s something from a few years ago:

A model displays an outfit by designer Andres Sarda during the Spring/Summer 2008 Pasarela Cibeles fashion show in Madrid

A friend of mine got this in her email:

Query: I am looking for a person who can comment on home goods and/or women’s fashion with a specific eye on the way modern handguns are being used as pop art or decorative motifs. From an AK-47 ceramic standing lamp at a lighting store to gun ice cube trays at Urban Outfitters to crystal-encrusted gun necklaces at boutiques to gun knitting kits on etsy, images of modern gunsare showing up in unexpected places. I want to know what this means? Why would we take something dangerous and screen print it on a pillow? What does this say about guns and violence? What messages do these images and products send? Who is buying them? Are they chic? Tacky? Dangerous? Fun?

My response:

  1. Mixing AR’s and AK’s in your decor is a big faux pas. It’s not tactical when you do that, it’s tacky-tical.
  2. Be warned: Some people find Glock-themed throw pillows are hard to angle properly on the couch.
  3. Never buy an ammunition-themed necklace unless its price tag begins with a “4”.
  4. Note: Coyote brown and coyote pelts don’t really go together.
  5. Never wear black tactical gear after Memorial Day.
  6. Picatinny rails: Good for rifles, bad for slingback pumps.
  7. Kalishinkitty products never get old.
  8. Keep your finger off the knitting needles until your purl is on-target.
  9. Hi-capacity “assault” purses should be restricted to nursing mothers and grade-school teachers.
  10. People worried about violence and fashion have never seen what happens when shoes go on sale on Nordstrom’s…