Liberty wrote:Perhaps it's because I tend to resist change, or that I just tend to look back to the good old days, but there are certain trends in the gun community that bug me.
You can say that about almost any societal change. After all, the gun world is just a subset of society. Why should we be any different in terms of immunity to change? As long as certain standards remain - like a deep and abiding respect and love of the Constitution, and the 2nd Amendment - other changes like changing carry habits or technologies are going to affect us as much as they will anyone else.
Liberty wrote:1: Itty bitty guns that are EDCs for sr so many people. Sticking them into pockets. Yeah, I understand that people have their reasons. It's just that it has become so commonplace. It seems to me that a lot of people are toting pockets, without giving traditional carry a chance. I wonder how many people actually qualify with an LCP.
I carry a little .380 in my jacket pocket but it is a secondary piece.
Each of us has to pick the carry paradigm that works best for the environment that they live/work in. I personally won’t carry a .380, but that’s just me. But I will
, on occasion, pocket carry, and I have 3 guns in 3 calibers that I can do that with: M&P340 .357 magnum, Glock 43 9mm, and Springfield XDS45. But of those three, I am most likely to pocket the Glock, followed by the revolver, with the .45 last due to its weight.
Liberty wrote:2: Rifles without irons. Seems to me that more rifles are sold without irons than without. I suppose that a lot of inexpensive guns today are pretty accurate compared to what was available in decades past and folks like getting the most out of their guns. There is nothing wrong with scoping a rifle, it's just that without irons a rifle seems incomplete and the selection available is getting limited.
I see this as logical. Carry handled uppers and front sight towers are not common any more. How many people do you know that have the same irons on their rifles as you do? There are so many kinds out there that it is logical to just leave them off and let the buyer pick their own set of sights.
The only one of my rifles that doesn’t
have iron sights is a Remington 700 .308 with a 26” heavy barrel. But it was never intended to be used with iron sights, and so none were supplied, nor does it have the provision for mounting them. It is a long range rifle, and is intended to be used with a long range scope. But my other bolt gun, a gunsight scout has them; all of my ARs.....including the one set up for long range use....have them; My SCAR 17 has them; my M1 Carbine has them; my Marlin .30-30 has them; all three of my .22s have them; my Mosin 91/30 has them; heck, even one of my shotguns has rifle-type iron sights.
Liberty wrote:3: Abandoning the traditional Hammer fired DA/SA, The 1911, and striker fired are very popular, while there are fewer and fewer new models of TDA guns being offered. They are being squeezed out of market by tiny strikers Glocks and 1911.
I don't really have any comment on this...other than I see Glock owners in a lot the same way I see iPhone fanboys...lol.
As both a Glock and
iPhone user, I resemble that remark!
That said, one of my favorite guns was a hammer fired, DA/SA (with decocker) USP Compact in .40 S&W. The only reason I sold it was a desire to divest myself of .40 S&W as a caliber. If I had been smart enough to buy in .45 ACP or 9mm, I would likely still own and carry it today. It was a great pistol. I am also pondering the acquisition of a CZ DA/SA pistol. I have no beef at all with the concept. When I caved and invested in Glocks, it was mostly motivated by two things: one being that Glock is what my wife shoots well, and it was important to me that we be on the same logistical and training page; and the other being that Glocks just work. Yeah, they are ugly, and plain, and yada yada yada, but they just plain work. So do other brands of double stack striker fired polymer framed pistols. I just happened to go with Glock. But I do miss my HK.
Liberty wrote:4: Overpriced used guns., Seems as though a lot of people these days seem to think that a slightly used gun is worth as much or more than a new gun. I suppose this shouldn't annoy me that much because I generally won't buy a new gun, and would rather give away a good gun to a friend or relative than sell it.
lol...but my guns are special and, if I sell one to you, you should think it's special also!
To each his own, right? I sometimes have a hard time placing a value on a gun I’m selling. When it comes to off-the-shelf models, I’ll go look up what others like it have sold for, and let that be my guideline. But, when it comes to customized guns, I will ask more for that used gun, because more went into it. And I recognize that when I am buying too. For instance, you can pickup used G19s all day long for a decent price. But add in a fresh set of high quality tritium sights, a low round count, and more extra mags than it originally sold with, and all of a sudden I’m willing to pay more than I would for the plain Jane gun with unknown round count and 2 magazines. But some people aren’t, and they don’t see the additional value in those things. I do.
Liberty wrote:5: We have met the enemy, and he is us. We as a community are often our worst enemy. Criticism of OC, Reciprocity, and Leftist. Mostly the unabashed critisism of leftist. While most of the resistance we get is from the left, and many of our political leaders from the left are deserving of a good verbal thrashing. The thing is second ammendent rights and the right to defend and protect are civil rights traditionally what the left is sensitive too. It's about the right of women to defend themselves, The rights of the poor, and protection against a mob. The ability to protect our children. The right to defend ourselves should not be bipartison, and we should be trying to get them on our side for this one issue. Thoughout history we have swung from liberal to conservative and back again. If the right to bear arms remains a Republican issue only, we are destined to lose these rights that have taken so long to gain.
I am with you on most of this statement. I am tiring of the whole 'if you don't agree with me, you are the enemy' mentality that is so rampant nowadays.
No argument out of me.
RogueUSMC wrote: Liberty wrote:
OK, I'm being cranky. and find no fault with people who own ironless, pocket striker fired handguns. It's just the trend that annoys me. Ive vented and feel much better now
Now go get some more coffee...
....with a little bourbon in it......