Those of us who've used firearms as day-to-day 'tools of the trade' (for various values of 'trade'), and who've had many years' experience with and exposure to them, all have horror stories of firearms owners and users who make us cringe. Some are just plain ignorant. Some are full of movie lore about guns that has little or no foundation in fact - but they won't be corrected. "If Clint / Sylvester / Arnold did it, it must be right!" Others have picked up just enough real knowledge to be dangerous.
In the past week, thanks to e-mail correspondents, I've come across two amusing looks at the wrong kind of firearms owners. First, Chris Knox answers the question 'What are the basic types of gun owner?' Here's an example.
The Tacticool (ooda orbus fictus)
Recognizable by his 5.11 tactical pants and shirt, and his IDPA "shoot me first" vest. Peppers his vocabulary with terms from Tacti-tard Trainer Buzzword Bingo. His warrior mindset is completely wrapped up in his OODA loop. From his Oakley shades to his desert boots, this sheepdog is a genuine tier-one operator. A cynic might wonder if he might not move faster if he were to shed about fifty pounds. See also Mall Ninja.
Murders committed: 0
Robberies committed: 0
Assaults committed: 0
There's more at the link.
Next, a Slovenian YouTube channel named Polenar Tactical brings us this over-the-top video of types of shooters you see at the range.
I wish the video were all a joke. Sadly, it's not. I've run into most of those characters at the range from time to time . . .