That’s a screenshot of one the very first 3-D First Person Shooter (FPS) games, Castle Wolfenstein 3-D. Since it was released twenty years ago, the video game industry has blossomed to into a bigger industry than Hollywood movies.
Twenty years. That means if you were, say, 12 years old when Wolfenstein was released in 1992, you’re 32 now, are well into your career, have some disposable cash to spend, and you’ve been playing with (virtual) guns for twenty years. Chances are, you’re open to trying out the real thing now.
I don’t think gun culture and the gun industry realizes just yet what that means. We can talk about anti-gun media bias all we want, but for the last twenty, people have been test-driving guns online: Now it’s time to safely welcome them into the real world of guns.
Take an hour over the new year and listen to Michael Bane talk about the birth of the new gun culture, a gun culture based on action shooting and concealed carry, not hunting and plinking.
Because you don’t know where you going unless you know where you’ve been.
Me, I keep wondering why there aren’t more pistol-caliber short guns out there on the market.
There’s the Hi-Point which suffers from being a Hi-Point, there’s the Kel-Tec Sub2000 which suffers from being a Kel-Tec and also cannot be found for purchase within the lower 48. There’s also the Taurus CT G2 which has yet to hit our shores, the Beretta CX4 Storm (which costs about the same as a dedicated 9mm AR), and all manner of lever action guns in all manner of calibers.
The Ruger LCP and LC9 proved that there was a market for upgraded and “name-brand” versions of guns inspired by Kel-Tec guns, and with the utter unavailiability of the Sub-2000 and the lack of competion in the carbine marketspace, maybe it’s time for Ruger to take a another look at the Ruger Police Carbine and update it for the 21st century with some rails and a folding stock.
And then steal their tagline from me again, of course.
I promise not to complain this time.
No, that is NOT the answer to “How does Exurbankevin like his women!”
Caleb kicked over a hornet’s nest talking about his dislike of cheap guns. Me, I’m ok with them. Sorta.
- Yes, sometimes, a cheap gun is all you can afford. At the first Arizona Bloggershoot a few years ago, the benches to the south of us were occupied with a bunch of locals who were havin’ a grand ol’ time shootin’ things up with a half-dozen Mosins, a few HiPoints, a Mossberg Maverick and a Taurus PT145.
They were being safe, so who am I to tell them not to have a good time just because their guns were cheap?
- Cheap guns are the gateway drug to expensive guns. Someone who shoots a cheap gun regularly will soon have it break on them, and that’ll be the end of cheap guns for them. Should they have bought an expensive gun in the first place? Probably, but maybe if they did, they wouldn’t have the money on ammo to make their cheap gun break: They’d have bought an expensive gun and never shot it. Which leads me to…
- Cheap guns allows for more training, and a good training regime can break cheap guns into little bitty pieces (ask Todd G about that). Given a choice between a newcomer buying a $300 Kel-tec, $100 of ammo and a $100 NRA Basic Pistol class versus a guy who buys a $450 Glock and shoots it only once a year, gimme the trained newbie with a cheap gun any day of the week.
There is a place for cheap guns, just like there’s a place for beater cars and cheap cameras.
If nothing else, a cheap gun is a life’s way of telling you that somethings are worth what you pay for them.
The votes are in, and when our accounting firm tallied up the votes (they’re the same ones Enron used, so you KNOW you can trust them…), one thing became clear:
The bloggers wanted to get together on Tuesday night, and the industry people wanted to meet on Thursday night. It’s like there was a big dinner for the industry people on Tuesday night or something…
So, why not do both?
Let’s meet at the Grand Lux Café in the Venetian on Tuesday at 7pm.
We won’t have Larry The Cable Guy, but we will have a Best “Git ‘er done” impersonation contest, the winner DOESN’T have to lick Jay G’s head.
The Café Lux has good food and because it’s not a “name” restaurant, decent prices. Since a lot of us haven’t met before, this is what I look like. Scary, isn’t it? If you need to get ahold of me, email is best, (kevin at exurbanleague.com) or follow me on twitter.
Then we’ll figure out what to do on Thursday night from there.
Looking forward to meeting all of you, some again, some for the first time!
Update: Larry Weeks from Brownells will be there, and Paul from Safety Solutions Academy as well.
Atter taking a long, hard look at my schedule, frequent flyer miles and budget, it looks like I’ll be able to make it to SHOT show and train for four days at Front Sight next month.
Looking forward to both.
SHOT, from everything I’ve heard, is gun nut Disneyland, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming down the pipe this year. I won’t make the Media Range Day, but I might just be at a special 3 Gun Nation event that week…
Aside from NRA classes, i’ve not had any formal firearms training, and while Front Sight ain’t Gunsite (what is?), I’m excited to go and learn something new.