Immersing yourself in the world of firearms can be an overwhelming and intimidating endeavor. This is something that I know from experience. I have been shooting almost my entire life. My dad took me shooting when I was about 4 or 5 and I went shooting both with him and with friends frequently from that time on. However in 2004 I got my first job in the industry, it was at a high end sporting goods store that carried firearms. I actually applied there to sell snowboard equipment, the fact they sold guns was just a bonus. Again I grew up around guns, there was a healthy collection in the household I was raised in, and I had spent a good deal around these weapons for years and thought I knew a lot about them. What took me by surprise once I started working at or this sporting goods store (by the way it was not a big box store like Big 5 or Sports Authority) is I would get asked questions I did not only not have an answer for, I didn't even understand the words that the customer was using half the time. Now that I have been working in the industry in a few different positions, all mostly revolving around selling equipment, I finally feel I am getting to the point where I am beginning to understand some of the jargon used.
I do have fun whenever I meet someone new and they find out what I do for a living, it spawns all sorts of questions. Some are funny because of how truly ignorant some people are when it comes to guns (which is fine if you are). The thought of guns makes them nervous, and the fact I work with them every day makes them nervous around me. Most questions though are very sincere and a lot of people have questions about shooting and guns and don't know where to go as a resource. There is a lot of media about guns on this thing we call the World Wide Web, some of it is good and a lot of it is crap. However, regardless of the quality, most of the content is geared towards enthusiasts, which there obviously is a market. Very little of the content that I could find shared personal experiences with the questions that I seem to get asked whenever I meet someone new or hang out with someone who is fascinated by my line of work, but lacks the knowledge of the firearms industry that an industry insider would eventually gain.
One day the thought occurred to me: Now if I have a hard time understanding the jargon as an avid shooter and a shooting industry professional, how much more difficult is it for someone who hasn't spent the majority of their adult life working in the industry, how difficult is it for the person to find information who is a little Gun Shy. Thus the Gun Shy Blog was born.
The Gun Shy Blog is a resource aimed at making an individuals immersion into gun culture a fun enjoyable experience. Gun Shy Blog has our sights fixed providing simple basic but authoritative information to those that may not know where else to find it. I bet some of those hardcore shooters might even be able to learn a thing or two.
The Gun Shy Blog understands that there are both many right ways to do things and many wrong ways of doing things. When you mix the wrong way of doing things with guns the outcome can be very catastrophic. I hope to share some of my experience and stories with others to help make their immersion into the world of firearms more enjoyable. So please keep tuning in as more content will continue to be uploaded.
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