Originally Posted by Jonathan Parker
Badgers are pretty hardcore.
Yep, I'm like you, but I have a Glock 22 and a Ruger American Pistol (?).
I go to the range mostly, but they can get annoying. I did attach to a bunch of dudes that owned land and would go shooting, they were super right wing. I could deal with it generally ( I live in Texas, so that's pretty much a fact of life even though Dallas ain't that bad)but they started calling themselves the "infidels" and had T-shirts made up with the words "Fuck Muslims" in Arabic. So I fucked off.
I decided to learn to shoot about ten years ago, and after a bit of research found a gun club in the City of London. It was an underground range, beneath an upscale housing estate called the Barbican, and had all the typical stuff you tend to find in small clubs, like a sitting area, wood-panelled bar and photos of club members on overseas trips, meeting celebs and generally extolling the feelings of camaraderie and fellowship the club members believed themselves to represent. I was a member for a few months before I decided to hang out with a few of them in the bar after pinging away with a bolt action .22. The topic got round to overseas tours, and they decided to show me some photos. They had been to Germany, you see, and were really proud of the fact they were able to fire off a lot of weapons illegal in the UK.
Like Schmeissers. And Lugers. And other weapons of the Second World War. Whilst playing dress up as Nazis. They particularly wanted me to know how much they valued the freedom to be able to show me pictures their reciprocal club members couldn't hang in their club room in Germany.
Yep, that was the last time I went along.
The thing I did take away from that curious three months was just how insanely powerful guns are, in terms of the force generated by firing them in contrast with the forces we ordinarily experience on a day to day basis. Even the bolt action .22 I was using. It's both empowering and sobering.