Coming Out Of The Gun Nut Closet.

Coming out of the gun nut closet.

Hi, my name’s Kevin Creighton, and I’m a shooting sports enthusiast gun nut. 

It started at a young age, shooting a .22 rifle with my cousins on their farm outside of Calgary, Alberta. I kept it under control during high school, but I quickly developed a reputation as “The guy who knew a lot about guns.” 

It wasn’t until I started college that things started to get out of hand. I hung out with my friends at the gun range, shooting West-German surplus PPK’s, Smith and Wesson 42’s, and then things went downhill: I shot my first heavy duty revolver

I went from there to shooting my father-in-law’s guns that I inherited when he passed away. Once I shot a one-hole group with his old Smith and Wesson K22, I had to have MORE. I bought a CZ. Then a P3AT. Then another CZ, and before your know it, I had a locked cabinet in my bedroom dedicated to nothing but guns. 

I started to spend time outside of the house with people who shared my addiction, talking about split times and acceptable use of cover. In search of bigger highs, I found myself craving weird, exotic guns with no sporting purpose whatsoever. I wanted more. I had to have more. 

Things came to head when I realized that this was a good thing. That’s when I learned to relax, and love my sport. Liking guns and shooting guns is no stranger than liking golf and playing golf (actually, when you consider that the point of golf is to hit a ball with a crooked stick, chase after it and hit it again, shooting makes MORE sense than golf. Plus it’s a LOT louder. I digress…). 

That gave me the courage to stand before you today as a card-carrying member of the NRA, IDPA and USPSA. 

My name is Kevin Creighton, and I like guns. 

Mind First. Weapon Later.

Mind first. Weapon later.

Consider this picture I took last week for an upcoming article for the blog. 

P3AT, CZ-82, Shield

Not a bad shot*, if I do say so myself, and it felt good to get behind the camera again for some semi-serious work. You’d think a photo like that took a lot of expensive lighting equipment and a nice camera to get it just so, and then extensive Photoshop work afterwards. 

And you’d be wrong. 

All it took was an hour of my time, a cheap consumer DSLR (an old D70, in this case), a tripod, an on-camera strobe bounced into the ceiling, and a flashlight. The Photoshop work was limited to exposure adjustment and some clone/stamping to clean up scratches on the wood grain. 

Here’s a shot of the lighting setup.

 

Simplicity itself. Each pistol was lit individually by washing the light from a Pelican mini flashlight over each gun for about ten seconds apiece: All the strobe did was fill in any spots the flashlight missed.

What makes the shot isn’t the equipment, it’s the know-how and the desire to stick with it until it’s finished. 

Make the connection to personal defense yet?

You don’t need a Super-Duper Deluxe Blast-O-Matic. What you have will work, if you want it to. Focus on getting the results you want when you want them, and the tools you use will follow.

* The soft focus on the P3AT was driving me berserk until I realized what I was seeing was multiple reflections of the holographic warning label for the laser. Had this been a real job, I’d have scraped that off before taking the shot and/or swapped it out in Photoshop. 

Is Gunblogging Dead?

Is Gunblogging dead?

Sebastian asks, in response to La Barba Extraña, if TTAG’s antics have killed gunblogging. 

Folks are unhappy “The Truth About Guns” Robert Farago was given an award by Second Amendment Foundation, and it’s prompting a discussion about whether gun blogging has jumped the shark. I was not pleased to see Robert Farago win an SAF award, only to turn around and mistreat Emily Miller by asking personal questions about her carry habits off the record and publishing it, nor headlining her bathroom habits, which I complained loudly about on Twitter, and which The Truth About Guns did not seem to appreciate.

My response? In a word, no. 

In more than one word, it’s changing. 

I’ve conversed with RF in the past via email about where he wants to take TTAG. He’s got some good ideas, and there are certain elements of TTAG that are far and above what other gunbloggers are doing.

But to quote Jules Winnfield, “Personality goes a long way.” 

When you compare the state of gunblogging versus the state of, say, gadget blogging, mommy blogging or car blogging, you’ll soon realize there is a big gaping hole when it comes to professionalism, aka presentation, content and consistency. As Sebastian points out, most gunbloggers are (for better or worse) amateurs: We do this for passion, not for money. That’s changing, what with The Firearms Blog and Lucky Gunner both bringing people on as full-time bloggers, and I think that paradigm will continue to grow as gun companies and the legacy firearms media realizes they can exploit the workers channel our energy towards their goals. 

Gunbloggers can provide content for almost free, content that drives traffic, builds brand awareness and increases sales. Sure, it’s not as easy as the old paradigm of putting a sexy shot of your company’s new MegaBlaster XL-2000 on the cover of Guns&Ammo&Rockets magazine and then sendng it out to supermarket shelves nationwide, but that’s the world we live it today: Ask a record company exec about how his business has changed since iTunes, or a newspaper publisher about his subscription rates in a web-centric world.

The deer now have guns. Adapt or die. 

Kilroy Was Here.

Kilroy was here.

Blog content? Not here. 

Busy with clients and work work and stuff. 

Ummn, so how about those Four and Oh Cardinals? 

Lights. Camera. ACTION!

Lights. Camera. ACTION!

Congratulations to the team behind the Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire for making their Kickstarter goal

Assaulted – The Fight To Bear Arms

When the subject of California’s gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare the historical aspects of gun control targeting the indigenous tribes of North America and emancipated slaves through the Jim Crow era to today’s laws that favor elitists and denies the rights guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the most vulnerable in our society.

The film takes a critical look at the original intent of the current California guns laws in contrast with crime and murder statistics before and since their implementation; and compares these laws to those of the adjacent states. Story threads also look at the myriad of concealed carry permitting processes across the state to illustrate that not all residents are treated equal. 

I pitched a couple of bucks even though they’ve made their goal because I’m a firm believer in Pournelle’s Law of Costs and Schedules, and hey, they can always blow the extra cash on more ammo for the wrap party! 

Gun Culture 2.0, Internet Zero

Gun Culture 2.0, Internet Zero

I pretty much agree 100% with this post about Gun Culture 2.0 over at Human Events Online by Richard Johnson of the excellent BlueSheepDog blog (via Sebastian), including, sadly, this last paragraph. 

Others, however, have not made any moves to change with the times. I fear that some of those companies will not survive. I overheard two executives from a major firearms company discussing the internet culture in the airport after the SHOT Show this year. It was obvious they had no idea how to approach the new crop of gun owners so they were trying to convince themselves that they didn’t matter. I wonder if those two used to sell typewriters or pagers?

I’ve written at length on how gun companies just don’t “get” the internet, so it’s nice to see that thinking bubble up into the larger media, at last. 

The old model for gun culture tended to be: 

  1. Father teaches son(s) to hunt. Maybe the daughter, too, if she’s the tomboy type. 
  2. Sons grow up hunting. 
  3. Personal defense training for civilians was done by cops, if ever.
  4. Wash, rinse, repeat. 

The Gun Culture 1.0 broke down for a number of reasons, including the urbanization of the U.S. and single-parent families becoming the norm, and Gun Culture 2.0 reflects that fact, as well as the fact that in today’s media environment, the deer now have guns. Some companies get that, some don’t. The ones that do will own the future.