Would this irritate you? [long]


March 3, 2003, 09:28 PM
Sorry if this gets a little long. My brother and I live about 100 miles apart, and visit several times a year. We were both raised VERY pro-gun. For as long as I remember, there was ALWAYS a gun of some sort at each entrance to the house, and one in each vehicle. I am an avid shooter, and my brother is an avid hunter, so I guess I let myself assume that we had the same set of ideas about firearms in general. Several weeks ago I mentioned that I needed to go to the range and sight in the 308 Mauser that I had been building. He suggested that I bring it to his club range and we could visit and shoot. I called ahead Saturday to see if his range was available. He checked the schedule and said there was a shoot until noon, but past that we should be good to go. I said great, I'll even bring the AK to plink with. When I got there about 11:30, he met me at the car, since he was working in the yard. He looked at the Mauser quite approvingly. I pulled out the SAR-1 and said, I brought this to play with as well. He immediately got very uncomfortable. I asked why, and was reminded that he was a CHL holder, and therefore did not want to be around ILLEGAL weapons. I reminded him that I was a CHL holder as well, and knew quite well that I had broken no laws. A quick trip to the computer room cured MOST ignorance of the law, but there was a disturbing amount of liberal mindedness left lingering, with questions that I found very disturbing coming from a relative of mine. Like, "Why would you need such a gun?" I answered that it was the beauty of our system, that I didn't have to have a need. I had it because I like to shoot it. After a few minutes, his wife walked in and said something like, "Before you guys go to the range, could you ......" His answer to her kind of shocked me. He said, "We won't be going to the range today, there may be some of the regulars there using it." After a few minutes of uncomfortable conversation, I said that I had decided to invest the extra 200 miles and spend my afternoon going to visit out Mom. For what it's worth, I showed my Mom the Mauser and she said that she thought it was a really nice deer rifle. So I went out on a limb and showed her the SAR-1. She is a very religious 82 year old woman that looked very carefully at the SAR-1 and said something like "This is one of those guns where you anounce that your here to kick a$$ and chew gum, and I'm all out of gum.
At any rate, I spent 3-4 hours with my mother and that salvaged most of the day, but I am still a little shocked and irritated with my brother. Am I way out of line.

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March 3, 2003, 09:33 PM
I guess it would irritate me but it sounds as if he has already made up his mind...fagedaboudit

March 3, 2003, 11:21 PM
Yeah, that would irritate me. Forget him, spend more time with your mother.

March 3, 2003, 11:48 PM
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No, you aren't out of line. The gun is legal and your brother is a drip.

Buy him an airsoft (or capgun, etc.) for his B-day, give it to him and ask whether or not he thinks it is acceptable for him to take to the range. ;) :D

March 4, 2003, 12:23 PM
Your mom sounds cool, glad to hear that you still spend time with her.

March 4, 2003, 02:04 PM
brother. If it isn't a 12 ga pump or a lever action 30-30 it has no purpose on this earth. I don't even discuss shooting around him any longer.......chris3

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