Demolition Ranch wins the internet today

Their roast of popular youtube gun channels is pretty spot on; I literally laughed out loud at his impression of Erika from the Range Time videos. I don’t normally subscribe to gun channels on YouTube (because most of them are terrible), but I really like Demolition Ranch. They’re fun!

How to help your man buy his first gun

Nationally recognized competitors such as Dave Sevigny make great role models, and are a good reminder to us all that MEN SHOOT TOO!
Nationally-recognized competitors such as Dave Sevigny make great role models, and are a good reminder to us all that MEN SHOOT TOO!

It’s finally happened. Your husband/boyfriend/life partner finally agreed to come to the range with you and try their hand at shooting, and they loved it! Now they want to know what gun to buy. How can you help him through the process of selecting his first handgun, without all the information becoming too intimidating? Continue reading “How to help your man buy his first gun”

The 5 Worst Places online to get firearms advice

The great thing about living in the modern age of the gun internet is that there is a nearly never ending stream of great websites out there to get information about guns, self-defense, the shooting sports, you name it and it’s out there.

The downside to that is that there is a considerable amount of bad information out there as well. While it frequently allows smart, like minded people to find each other, the internet also allows terrible, terrible people to find each other and create awful echo chambers of nonsensical derp. These five are the worst.

5. Nutnfancy
In a way, Nutnfancy is sort of like the Taurus Judge or SERPA holster of online gun information. He’s well enough known that even casual users are aware of him, and serious shooters and users know that if someone says “well, Nutnfancy recommends…” that we don’t have to listen to anything they’re going to say after that. Famous for three hour long youtube videos about guns that no one should ever own, Nutnfancy is one of the OG purveyors of gunderp. Whenever I find out that Nutnfancy likes a gun I like, it makes me question my beliefs. If you’d ever like to give yourself alcohol poisoning, play the Nutnfancy drinking game. Find one of his 1 hour and 39 minute long videos (all of them) and then take a shot every time he says “sheepdog”, “without rule of law”, “second type of cool”, or if he flares his lips like he’s having a stroke.


4. Any brand specific forum (GlockTalk, KimberForum, XD Forum, etc)
The problem with brand specific forums is that they’re usually filled with fanboys of that brand. Being a fanboy makes it hard for people to be objective about stuff, which means that the advice they usually give isn’t going to be great. For example, I’m a Beretta fanboy. However, I’m self-aware (mostly) so that I don’t go around recommending full size 92FS as CCW guns for everyone. Most residents of fanboy forums lack that objectivity, and will tell you that whatever gun they have is “best” and has been “flawless since I bought it.”

keyboard commando

3. Arfcom
There are subforums on Arfcom that aren’t total clownshows, and some of the regional subforums are actually pretty good. Too bad the average population of Arfcom are the sorts of people that undoubtedly know the taste of windows. The biggest problem of Arfcom of course is that it’s one of those places where your post count creates authority. “I’ve posted 100,000 times, I’m clearly an expert” is a pretty common mental malady over there. So you end up with keyboard commandos who don’t know the first thing about actually shooting a rifle for blood or money telling honest newbs how to set up their rifle so its a total sandwich of soup.

clownshoe rifle

2. Reddit
Every now and then Reddit will pick up a post from here and it will drive some traffic to the site. I’ll invariably go read the comments on Reddit, and then I’m reminded that the average redditor is like the medieval doctor that would try to cast demons out of someone with the flu. In the times I’ve been on reddit, I’ve been told that you should use birdshot for your self-defense shotgun (wrong), that .45 ACP has more “knockdown power” than a 9mm (wrong), and that if you’re pulled over by a cop you should toss your firearm on the dashboard (dangerously, facepalmingly wrong). Reddit actually is a perfect example of the best and the worst that the internet has to offer. What it has evolved into however is an insular community that think via their collective derp they’re somehow smart. It has successfully proved that if you put a million monkeys online with computers, you won’t get Shakespeare, you’ll get plagiarized content.


1. 4chan
I didn’t know that 4chan had a guns section. I really didn’t. So yesterday, when spitballing this post in the office, someone mentioned that. I went there. The last living bit of my soul didn’t just die, it committed seppuku for the shame that it shares simply because those people own guns too. I don’t even know how to describe the 4chan gun section to you, other than I’ve never seen a better collection of totally FUBAR’d Mosin Nagants and airsoft infants trying to pass themselves off as operators. I just…don’t go there.

4chan guns

The real lesson in this post is really that you can’t know what you don’t know. Whenever you read something, whether it’s in a gun magazine printed out for you, or a blog, a forum, or even 4chan, question the source. Is this person knowledgeable? What are their qualifications? If you’re reading a post by a grandmaster USPSA shooter about pistol technique, they probably know what they’re talking about. If that same GM is then telling you about how to clear a room by yourself…maybe question that source. Don’t just accept something uncritically because it’s written by someone you like, either. Confirmation bias is deadly.

But mostly, don’t get gun advice from Reddit.

Looking cool on the range: Pick the right shirt

If you’re like me, you’re never going to win a match that counts. That’s why wearing the right shirt is essential. If you can’t win, look good while you use! Make sure to use this handy guide for picking your match apparel.

Photo of the day: “It’s for charity”


Want to dress basically however you want at a match? Do some charity work. It’s the perfect bullet-proof vest! “Why are you wearing that kilt to a match?” “It’s for prostate cancer research.” “Why is your holster pink?” “For breast cancer.” It’s perfect, because you get to feel self-righteous for basically doing nothing, and you get to make other people feel bad!

But in all seriousness, doing stuff to help raise money for good charities is always pretty rad.

The 5 types of media at NRA Annual Meetings

NRA Annual Meetings are just around the corner! It’s one of the best events of the year, and because it’s open to the general public it always attracts huge crowds. There are also loads of media at the NRA show, from the New York Times all the way down to peasant bloggers. It makes the press room at NRA one of the most amusing places I get to go every year, because you can have writers from Forbes sitting right next to some guy in a Jayne Cobb hat. It’s awesome. Here’s a humorous look at five of the most prominent media types you’ll see.

First, the anti-gun media.

1. The Mainstream Media
I’m always amazed at these guys when they show up. It’s usually because they’re there to cover the 100 protesters outside the Annual Meetings while basically ignoring the 75,000 people inside the actual meeting. Which is fine, it’s just weird. Usually their stories come out as “ha-ha, look at these dumb cousin humping rednecks who love guns, and these few brave souls standing against the tide of evil that is the NRA.” I’d say they’re worthless, but they do make me laugh, and there is value in laughter.

For the record, I actually like Anderson Cooper. But he's pretty mainstream.
For the record, I actually like Anderson Cooper.

2. The Local Media
These guys are my favorites. Their coverage is usually a combination of “wow, look at all the money these people are spending, this is great for the local community, but man guns are sure are icky and gross.” Usually a few months before the show there will be some useless hit pieces trying to link the NRA to local gun violence or some nonsense, and at the actual meeting they’ll usually cover the protesters as well. To their credit, they’ll try and actually talk to some NRA members in the actual meetings as well. Unfortunately, that’s usually because they’re auditioning for a cable news network job, so they ask dumbass questions like “how do you feel about the scourge of gun violence” to some dude who just wants to look at the cool new .339 Elephant Thumper rifle from Safari Guns, Intl.


3. Buzzfeed
No, seriously buzzfeed was there last year. I couldn’t help but think of the line from Archer: “Lana, look! He thinks he’s people!” Buzzfeed is terrible.

And now we switch gears to the pro-gun media!

4. The Old Media
Easily spotted in their realtree camo jackets and jeans, the Old Media can be overheard in the press-room discussing what a Faceblog is, and how to make it stop. If you want to see the finest coverage of duck decoys and shotguns you can’t afford, these are definitely the guys to check out. Insert joke about sad devotion to ancient religions.

5. The new media guys
Of course, if there’s one thing worse than the old media, it’s the new media. There’s nothing worse than a blogger who think that just because they’re smart enough to set up a wordpress page and pound out some mediocre content every now and then that their opinion is actually worth more than a fart in the wind. Seriously, bloggers are just the worst people ever. Can you imagine the massive ego it must take to think that your opinion is SO IMPORTANT that the whole internet should read it? Ugh.

neckbeard blogger

Bonus: Shooting USA
Jim, John, and Mike from Shooting USA are awesome, and it’s always a pleasure to see them at shows. Some of the nicest guys in the industry.

shooting usa dudes

Hope you’ve enjoyed this humorous look at some of the media types you’ll see at NRA Annual Meetings! Both Shelley Rae and I will be in attendance this year, so if you see a hyperactive midget walking around with a ginger that’s out of his league, make sure to say hello!