THR Saved My Life


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ArfinGreebly
April 25, 2007, 04:14 AM
No, this is not a "so there I was . . ." thread.

I have read several times on THR that one must be careful what advice he accepts from a gun board and employs in his life. "It's free, and you get what you pay for."

However, it occurs to me that there are probably dozens of examples where a THR member received advice here and using that advice saved money, embarassment, a life, or something else of value.

For myself, even though I had a fair grasp of gun safety, I had never heard of The Four Rules Of Gun Safety until I read them on THR.

No high drama. Just an understanding of how to ensure I didn't hurt myself or others, and what I needed to teach other family members so they didn't cause harm, too.

I didn't get burned, because I paid attention to discussions of "hot brass dancing."

I didn't damage my .22 firing pin, because I read what dry firing does to a rimfire gun.

I didn't damage my hearing, because I read the discussions about progressive hearing loss.

I didn't alienate my wife, because I followed THR advice and allowed her to pick her gun.

I saved nearly a whole box of pistol ammo, because I learned proper sight picture on THR and corrected my mistake early in the game.

There's more, but you see where I'm going.

Maybe nothing big, but I've allowed myself to learn from the mistakes and experience of others here.

So . . .

Perhaps the rest of you would like to share?

And maybe there are some stories where some serious grief was avoided?

Any volunteers?

Yes, you there at the back . . . tell us your story.

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helpless
April 25, 2007, 04:35 AM
Ever since getting involved with this site, I have developedet a great love to teach others about firearms. Now one a week I teach someone new to shoot. Friends Family, Friends of family... I actually have people waiting to go to the range with me. I am a BUSY guy, but I make it a point to take someone new to the range every Thursday.

I owe much of my motivation to THR. I understand that not everything read here is gospel but common sense is common sense.

vis-à-vis
April 25, 2007, 04:39 AM
I have just started to seriously get into firearms. I have gained a great deal of knowledge here so far. Not enough to contribute my own thoughts on much of the discussions here. I'm still in that "ask, ask, ask" phase. Like a two year old who has learned the word "why?"

So yes, THR has benefited me in the ways you have described and probably more. I just don't know better yet to see it all.

GunRights4US
April 25, 2007, 04:54 AM
I can't really say I've lost my love of guns and shooting, but in the last few years it sure hasn't occupied the place in my life that it once did. A good friend recently pointed me to this board, and I'm very grateful he did because now I am feeling the return of the old excitement I used to enjoy.

THR is a great place and I'm real pleased to be a part of it.

CNYCacher
April 25, 2007, 05:09 AM
I owe my entire gun experience to THR.

Before I came here is was "gun-curious".

Last summer I ran an informal shoot in a makeshift backyard range during a college reunion party. Nothing official, just about 20 friends who all got together at one guy's house out in Nowheresville, NY.
I took about 10 people and gave them a short lecture on the 4 rules and other safety philosophy. Then I passed out eye and ear protection, and proceeded to teach them all to shoot a couple different guns in a safe, fun way. I covered sight picture, stance, safety, etc. About six of the ten actually shot, four of those for the first time. Later on that day I was thinking to myself that everything I knew about firearms I had learned on the internet. It was amazing to me that I had passed on to new shooters what I had learned from countless people that I had never met.

Since that day I have taken four others to the range as my guest, and taught them one-on-one. One of them was a raging anti-gun co-worker. I heard through the grapevine that he had gone off on an anti-gun tirade at work, and so I approached him privately later that day and offered to take him to the range. He accepted. On the morning we were to meet, I bought my WASR-10 just to get something in a medium-recoil for him to shoot. He shot my WASR-10, Mosin M44, Ithaca 37, Ithaca 49 (.22), and even got to borrow a really nice skeet gun from the trap league president to try trap shooting (6/25 first try). He has reversed his previous position and is looking forward to trying a handgun when my Ruger comes in.

When I started my previous job, I was sharing a cubicle with 3 other guys. One was a hard-core anti, one a counterstrike junkie but semi-anti and the third was neutral. When I left that job a year and a half later, they all knew how to shoot and they all were pro-gun. The early days were tough. . . Counterstrike guy was easy since he already thought guns were cool, so I played off that to reduce his feelings of keeping people from owning them. He is moving to Arizona next week and wants to buy a handgun and get his ccw as son as he gets there.

Hard-core anti graduated from the early days of calling me a hard-core conservative, bush-lover, war-mongering, etc. "I don't think anyone should own an AK-47!" "Can you describe what it is about that platform that you object to?" . . . "Umm. . ." We had a breakthrough the day he said that he was a libertarian.

Third guy just needed bringing to the range.

None of those three are the co-worker from the previous story.


Does it sound like I am listing my accomplishments? I am not trying to do that. All these things made possible by THR.

1 gun nut born (me)
1 father cured of semi-fuddness
8 new shooters
3 antis converted
2 new ccwers
5 firearms acquired (and counting)
4 safety rules learned and passed on

and a partridge in a pear tree!

Thanks THR!

gunsmith
April 25, 2007, 05:37 AM
I was gonna clean my glock, I racked the slide, removed the mag and was about to squeeze the trigger to begin dissassembly(SIC)
Due to an inordinate amount of time on thr I realized that I didn't visually inspect the chamber...yup....I was gonna shoot the ceiling!
thanks guys!

BobTheTomato
April 25, 2007, 05:59 AM
Well I almost bought a HiPoint......... Just kidding. I think as others have stated the safety aspect and the 4 rules were all learned here.

redneck2
April 25, 2007, 06:41 AM
You can learn more about reloading in a few days than you could in weeks of reading or years of experience.

madmattmd
April 25, 2007, 07:05 AM
There is so much good info here on the THR. I greatly appreciate the “keep it civil” tone that sometimes does not appear on other gun (or non-gun) related online forums.

But, I think what I have to be most thankful for is the introduction to the FFL03 Curios & Relics license. Although I’ve been shooting for over 30 years and recently became much more active in shooting sports and RKBA, I had never heard of the C&R before I signed up here last year. Of course, I now have my FFL03.

Thanks to all that post here. Keep it coming.

Take care,
Matt

Declaration Day
April 25, 2007, 07:09 AM
When I first joined THR, I didn't mind compromising the Second Amendment. I am now a Second Amendment purist.

db_tanker
April 25, 2007, 07:19 AM
much like redneck2, most of the info I have taken from here was from the reloading forums.

I also find that some info I have is terribly incorrect. for the most part, the corrections offered up here by the members are very "high road" and are well appreciated. I am the last person that wishes to be responsible for spreading bad info and I have no pride when it comes to possible info that might injure someone.

D

Primersinmyshoe
April 25, 2007, 07:28 AM
I acquired two nice 1911's from other forum members from their threads in the guns for sale section. I wish my other favorite forum allowed gun sales.

Browns Fan
April 25, 2007, 07:51 AM
Last summer, we had a family reunion of sorts in Florida. My brother was there, who is from California, into an eastern mysticism type religion and fancies himself as a type of an American Ghandi. I asked him if he wanted to go to the range with me and he accepted.

After elaborating on the 4 gun safety rules and the manual of arms of the XD9, he said he had a great time! All the stuff I learned on THR!

foghornl
April 25, 2007, 08:04 AM
I've been shooting for nigh onto 40 years.

With that, I learn at least one new thing every day that I "Travel The High Road".

If not directly about a firearm, it is some new or proposed legistlation, or a new idea, a better way do something, etc. There is a depth of knowledge here that you just will NOT find anywhere else.

SamTuckerMTNMAN
April 25, 2007, 08:28 AM
more people don't have BAD accidents reloading. Reloading has proven to be a wonderful maze of complicated things all happening and interacting at once with potentially disastrous consequences for mistakes - like loading the wrong bullet weight, or doing incorrect math on ounce to grain conversions, or misreading the scale and overcharging a max load by 10 grains, weakening brass with resizing errors, mixing magnum primers with regular, ASSUMING anything, etc....

That being said, and I've already made a few mistakes that were absorbed by forgiving rifles or a loving creator, BUT, the HIGH ROAD has given me access to a wealth of information that has saved a lot of trouble. People have cautioned me about wrong load data, and given me a lot of information on helpful hints and tips for problems I was having. So, maybe not my life, by THR has saved me at least a decent rifle, and maybe some fingers, or an eye!

ST

phorvick
April 25, 2007, 08:34 AM
There are just a handful of gun Forums, with THR leading the way, where I know that I can pose a question and "someone" in the community will know the answer. That ability to get fast correct information is, well, priceless!

romma
April 25, 2007, 09:03 AM
This site has caused me to suffer from an incurable form of Firearm Envy... There is no way I could ever hope to aquire half of what I would like to own since joining here, and being informed of all the choices in the gun world... Thank You HIGHROAD!

DogBonz
April 25, 2007, 09:37 AM
While I have always been a 2 A purist (I was defending the 2A as far back as the 6th grade in papers) and an avid shooter, THR has enriched my shooting live so much. I now own a Browning HiPower thanks to the recommendations of the kind folks here, something that I never would have done on my own. I have started reloading, and have experienced all of the “joys” and the Joys that come with it.

I have found a place where I can both teach and learn due to the wide spectrum of experience levels, which is not something you find often. So I have found both a reference and an outlet. I have found a place to not only exchange ideas over the internet, but a group of genuinely friendly people who offer to take new people shooting, or in my case, willing to take an old shooter who has relocated to some of the local ranges.

I’m sure that I am leaving out a lot of stuff, but I just wanted to say thank you THR.

-Fred

P.S. Oh, and for giving me something to do at work.:D

cavman
April 25, 2007, 09:44 AM
The folks on THR have pointed out lots of good reading materials for useful things that have helped my shooting scores develop faster than without.

Also and more importantly, lots of material based on facts not fancy to rebut the miasma from knee-jerking "the State knows best" believers.

cavman

WinchesterAA
April 25, 2007, 10:00 AM
Tread softly, thread starter.. You will get burned by hot brass sooner or later, no need to rush it with a spitefull "I'm impervious to hot brass cuz I know to watch out for it" sentiment =)

It'll get you..

Correia
April 25, 2007, 10:28 AM
I joined TFL back when if first opened. Then I've been on THR since the beginning.

Ironically enough, almost all of my real life friends are people I met on one of those two boards.

So it isn't really what I've learned, but over the last decade, a good portion of my life has been associating with people from THR. I opened a business with someone I met on TFL. I wrote a book based on ideas I picked up from these boards.

So I guess I've learned tons. :)

Kingcreek
April 25, 2007, 10:34 AM
I've been a "gun nut" for 40 years and I hope I've given more than I have recieved here.
But this board (and the prior TFL that spawned it) has restored my faith in my fellow human beings and proven that it is possible to have a civil and intelligent internet community.
(and I joined 5 days after Correia)
'nuff said?

AVESguy
April 25, 2007, 10:38 AM
I love The High Road. I've learned so much here that I couldn't begin to recount it all, in so many different areas. And when I decided recently to sell my C&R rifles and ammo, I was able to sell them all quickly and to great people, all transactions went very smoothly.

I've taken a lot of training classes and have learned most of what I know about the nuts and bolts of shooting and gun safety in classes, but there are so many other aspects of the hobby/sport that I have picked up here. Small and large ideas, reloading, carry, politics, ammo, etc etc...thanks to the helpful and thoughtful posts of so many people. And the moderators do a great job, too, of keeping things civil and on point. All you have to do is look at the gun/shooting newsgroups, or the newsgroups for any hobby/pursuit to know how quickly threads can degenerate into attacks, tirades, and other nonsensical time wasters.

Great forum!!

Avenger29
April 25, 2007, 10:52 AM
THR saved me from buying junk. Like the Rem. 710.

Can't think of a situation in which THR saved my life.

THR has really helped me expand my knowledge of firearms.

expvideo
April 25, 2007, 11:02 AM
The bad:
This and other internet forums have caused me to doubt myself. I second guess my decisions, my grip, stance, knowledge of firearms, etc. This is bad. I used to be very confident about all of that.
The good:
I am much more focussed on issues that affect me as a gun owner. I am very conservative compared to my formerly liberal self. And more importantly, I have a community of people that don't encourage doing the wrong thing.

1911Tuner
April 25, 2007, 11:02 AM
Well...Through THR and another forum, I've made a few good friends who will likely be friends for a long time. I've been able to save'em a little money and a lot of grief, and they bring my dogs treats when they come to visit. :cool: Some even come just to visit and shoot the bull...and that's a plus. I'd like to think that...at maybe some dreaded and fearful point that we all pray never comes...that the tuning I've done on their pistols will be instrumental in saving a life.

BigSoundRacing
April 25, 2007, 11:04 AM
I'm learning, and I'm learning...

It is nice to post a question or comment, with the comfort that it won't be met with attitude..

Thanks everyone, BSR

IfYouOnlyKnew
April 25, 2007, 11:46 AM
Although much of what I have learned here help direct my initial handgun purchase and the restoration of a few neglected inexpensive long guns in the family heirloom collection, the best contributions from this forum to me are all the things that are NOT hardware related in the areas of self and home defense. Mindset, awareness, avoidance, preparation, reponsibilities, and consequences are just a few. Most are things I would have never thought about on my own or been exposed to by others in such a short time. I still have much to learn. Many thanks.

Cato the Younger
April 25, 2007, 11:54 AM
THR has helped me
1. get more involved in 2d Amendment advocacy
2. get into reloading- with the help of members of the board.
3. given me good advice on what guns to buy- saved me from buying some crap/ let me know the pros and cons of various guns I have purchased.
4. I have also purchased a nice revolver off this board.

jamz
April 25, 2007, 11:57 AM
THR is entirely responsible for making me a supporter of the RKBA, and my voting and activism is based on that too.

Also helped a ton with reloading. :)

Mr White
April 25, 2007, 12:17 PM
THR has taught me that keeping the ********* button as my backup weapon in an argument or discussion is usually better than using it as my primary weapon.

skinnyguy
April 25, 2007, 12:29 PM
I used to be a truck driver, and once I heard a senior driver say "The first day that I don't learn something, no matter how small, that's the day I get out of that cab for the last time."

THR has done that for me. Every day I log on, I learn something new, even if it's just one of those things that make you say hmmmmmm.

A few of the major things I've learned while here;
If dry firing or using a snap-cap, be conscious of upper or lower levels of the house.
Clarity of the 4 rules. I used the actions (mostly) but didn't have the words.
CCW is a responsibility, not an ego boost as I've witnessed with some CCW'ers.
But the most important thing; There are still people around with respect, honesty, integrity, values, and concern for their fellow man. That is something I'd become quite disillusioned about in working at a high school.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Many thanks to my friend Thefumegator (Wes) for the referral to THR.

Sage of Seattle
April 25, 2007, 12:41 PM
I firmly believe that THR did save my life by teaching me the proper way to sex a goose and also I learned how to pwn one by flapping my arms and shouting "bring it on! Bring it on!"

Actually, I grew up in a fairly gun-phobic home. Well, I had a ton of toy guns, but no real ones were allowed around me, so I never learned "hands on" about firearms. I had one book that I still own that my grandfather gave me when I was ten which had exploded schematics of revos and semis, talked about hunting -- explained it all really. I will soon give that book to my daughter. So I guess from early on I learned by reading and I continue to do so, but with teh interweb mainly.

The most important thing I've learned is that I'm not alone in my beliefs and that there is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrased about. I've come away from THR again and again with a sense of community and support and I've learned things -- some things in excruciating detail -- that I may never have even considered until I ran across a thread.

EDITED TO ADD:

Yay! My 100th post!

Geronimo45
April 25, 2007, 01:11 PM
Well, I'm self-taught as far as pistols are concerned. Reading gunboards like these made sure I followed the four rules, was able to check the gun for safe/unsafe function, and use the thing with a bit of intelligence as to proper grip/sight picture.

Load one round into the magazine. Rack slide. Point and click. Then load a few more rounds. Check the gun for cracks, see if the brass is split, etc.

Then I got a used DA auto. I knew how to check to see if the safety was working, to see if the decocker was functional, etc. Again, check to see if brass splits, if the gun 'doubles', and other stuff.

This site is a teriffic place to check if a gun is decent, if it's overpriced, etc. Are the reviews of real people on this board good? What are the complaints? What's the going rate?

Kali Endgame
April 25, 2007, 01:12 PM
The most valuable thing I learned on THR is the search function. Except for current laws and stuff, most topics have already been covered. Altough, it is fun to ask what if, what should, what would you, which is, and all those fun, lenghty questions with lots of opinions.

CCMO
April 25, 2007, 01:52 PM
I have been shooting a variety of firearms for many purposes over many years. I have still learned new things every time I come here. I especially enjoy the cordial tone of almost every poster here. There are a lot of nuts "out there" and I was really losing any enjoyment of visiting most forums.

ripcurlksm
April 25, 2007, 02:27 PM
As a new shooter I had some great questions like:
- How do I do an 8+1 on my 1911? Do I load the +1 though the ejection port?
- Is there a .45 ACP round that will take out a bear? (found .45-08)
- Why do you need more than one gun? (just bought my second 1911, a kimber warrior)
- Firearm transportation and airports
- Whats the best gun for backpacking?

..and of course I have posted a few THR censorship threads for unfair moderation on good topics! I post "green" it gets locked, someone else posts "red", the mod's fav color is red, so its ok! ;)

Lennyjoe
April 25, 2007, 02:39 PM
Good to see THR is still paving the way to sucessful gun ownership.

Before this great place was born the majority of us old heads hung out at TFL.

I was raised at TFL and make THR my home because its the best of the gun forums on the web.

Yea, I've learned alot and met good friends here as well. Guess that's why I like this place so much.

-terry
April 25, 2007, 02:42 PM
THR is my second most favorite gun forum. My first is GlockTalk/Reloading. That forum is so funny and good natured I visit it every night just so I go to bed chuckling. It is also a wealth of reloading info.

But THR has more gun info. Discourse is for the most part very helpful and civil. I've heard of problems with women having a hard time here, but I've never seen it.

I visit the forum every day and always learn something. Thanks guize.

-terry

peyton
April 25, 2007, 02:50 PM
I could use some help about the search feature, how do I search by caliber only or model number only??

SoCalShooter
April 25, 2007, 02:51 PM
I didn't damage my hearing, because I read the discussions about progressive hearing loss.

Anyone got the link to this one?

ArfinGreebly
April 25, 2007, 04:56 PM
I'll dig around.

Basically, though, a quick search for "hearing loss" will bring a lot of material.

I would also suggest searching (advanced) for anything written by hso with "hearing" or "hearing loss" (also "ear protection" and "hearing protection").

I'll update later if I find the one(s) I'm thinking of.

benelli12
April 25, 2007, 05:11 PM
When I first joined THR, I didn't mind compromising the Second Amendment. I am now a Second Amendment purist.

DITTO,

I got a shotgun at 11, and I was hooked.

I was raised in an almost anti-gun family. I was brainwashed into thinking that guns are bad, and guns kill. I was ashamed, and tried to hide from people that I shoot often, and own many guns. People in school thought I was a killer just because I had guns...They probably still think that.

From this forum, I learned how politically and morally wrong the anti-gun community is. I have solid facts and arguements to defuse most anti-gun arguements.....Some people have their head so far up their A$$, that they can't even here you.:scrutiny:

But....... Now I dont hide my hobby. I am proud to be a gun owner, and a STRONG supporter of the 2nd ammendment.

Thanks THR:)

Im283
April 25, 2007, 05:46 PM
THR has not saved my life but it has helped re-introduce me to the world of fire-arms.

I grew up in a big time ANTI-gun home. My father died when i was 6 months old. I assume he was a sportsman as all his brothers were, all my cousins were from sportsman families. My Mom (God bless her) was and still is very much against guns. Probably why I have this deep seated love for them, lol.

I remember the day JFK was killed. I was walking through the house with a cap pistol I had gotten somewhere and had it taken away from me by a crying hysterical mother. I was 5 years old and pretty much knew from there on out guns were a big no-no in our home. Then came Bobby and MLK. Whenever a subject touching on guns came up the "anti" sentiments came out.

I had bought a Model 60 when I was 19 and remember sneaking it in the house in a golf bag, mom never knew about it. I did not shoot much only once in a blue moon when friends with .22's would want to go shooting out in the country. I lived in fear someone at home would look in that golf bag and see that rifle.

I recently became interested in fire-arms again, do not really know what triggered it this time but the bug has bitten hard. Must be the recent change of jobs and a little more disposable cash.

THR has helped me with everything you all have mentioned previously. The 4 rules of shooting, gun storage, cleaning. You name it, if it is abotu fire-arms I learned it here.

Thanks THR, and I still have and shoot the Model 60 too!

PS: I forgot about Zombies. never forget Zombies

Gustav
April 25, 2007, 06:16 PM
Not a life saver but definately a life changer The High Road help me see whats going on around the country and has helped in many ways.
I learned about the gun laws in the states that were on the table to move into from this site and packing.org we ended up in Oregon and are just getting to know the state and area.
Always nice to see what other people are building or collecting or tinkering with, allows me to see what works and what does not thus saving me money and time and time is life.
A great place to see and learn from like minded people who share many of the same interests and hobbies.
Gun safety lessons such as stressing hearing protection make me more aware of not losing my hearing.
Four rules of gun safety can't be stressed enough as all it takes is one careless moment to ruin a life.
The Higher Roaders are well above average and this forum allows many of the best ideas to come to the forefront.
Thanks to all who have contributed its a great place to be.:)

'Card
April 25, 2007, 06:25 PM
Thanks to THR, me and my Assault Wheelbarrow are the envy of everyone in my neighborhood.
(joke, joke, joke)

Actually the gun advice I've gotten here has been immensely valuable to me. I'm the kind of guy who can't just walk into a gun shop and ask questions - partially because I feel like if I'm not ready to buy I'm just wasting the clerk's time - and partially because so many gun shop clerks are clueless, pushing a particular product, or just arrogant. My last 4 or 5 firearms purchases were all guided by info I learned here on THR, and I've been a hell of a lot better off because of it.

I've also gotten a lot more involved with local NRA activities due to the influence of this forum, and even though I'm not really a 'joiner', I've found myself enjoying that aspect of my hobby a lot.

thebaldguy
April 25, 2007, 06:40 PM
Lots of good info here.

Sigdude
April 25, 2007, 07:32 PM
I basically now stick to only 2 websites,this one and " Youtube ".
I like to watch and listen to the old rock bands from the 70's on Youtube.
I don't care for the silly personal narcistic homemade videos of egocentric boring people.

But this site is SO interesting,that i go through withdrawl-symptoms if i fail to log-on daily.
I've learned alot during the past 5 weeks since i discovered this site.
I do feel kindred-spirit here with all of you who have an intrest,and a great enthusiasim for guns also.:)

A wiseman once said, " a gun truly isn't really a gun,untill it is fired ",and what great wisdom there is in that phrase.

I feel that shooting is a gentleman's sport,instead of a " redneck caveman " sport.By that i mean that we are not dumb,violent people who see and use guns as weapons-of-mass-destruction.Now-mind-you,i see nothing wrong with discussing caliber ballistics in reference to being good man-stoppers.I appreciate all the advice about trigger-finger placement on a loaded pistol.I also found out that it is better to wait for an intruder to come to you,instead of you going to him in an in-home-break-in.:uhoh:
We all have families and loved-ones that we wish to protect.And B.T.W.,i would GLADLY spend time and pay any fine in jail for shooting an intruder that tried to harm my family during a break-in.Sacraficeing means just as the word implies; " I sacrafice myself,for the good of others ".:mad:

Anyway,i appreciate each and everyone of you.:)
I don't have any friends to talk to because i work 6 days a week by myself with no co-workers.So this is kind of an outlet for me.:rolleyes:

And one more thing," Beauty is well oiled Sig P220ST loaded with Hornady .45 230 gn.+P TAP JH Bullets within easy reach " :D :D :D

I am the sigdude

Stevie-Ray
April 25, 2007, 09:46 PM
I was always into guns, but I had come to a point in my life where there wasn't many pro-gun people around me and I missed talking guns. And then I found The Site! (You know, the only site:D ) Now, thanks to The High Road, I get to talk guns whenever I want. Terrific people, some rather spectacular photos, outstanding conversation. Ask for opinions, you got em. Talk to a gunsmith, it's all here. I can't for the life of me remember how I found it, but somehow I found it on my own. I've since led several people here, though, and usually resulting in the same remark: "That's exactly what I was looking for!"

CajunBass
April 25, 2007, 10:39 PM
I'm another one who had sort of lost interest in shooting and guns when I got into bass fishing. When my wife and I decided to get our CHP's I started looking around the internet for advice, and found a number of "gun boards" that I posted on. Gradually they've been whittled down to two or three, with "The High Road" being my favorite I guess. (To bad, y'all are stuck with me.)

And I learned a LOT about Zombies. I'M READY!!! :what:

mordechaianiliewicz
April 25, 2007, 11:30 PM
Well, THR got me more political. It has connected me to a couple of folks in my area I've talked to, one of whom I've punched paper with.

It also has shown me that the gun culture of America is an incredibly deep river. There are all kinds here. People of many different races, backgrounds, educational levels, etc. While there may be some more common threads connecting many of us, that depth gives me hope.

Also, as a few others, THR has convinced me to teach people to shoot. I've several times taken novices, or newbies to the range. It's THR thats responsible for that.

ArfinGreebly
April 26, 2007, 07:13 PM
SoCalShooter asked about the hearing loss threads.

This thread here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=209164) is a good place to start.

Post #4, by hso, has links to other threads on hearing protection and hearing loss.

The word I was looking for was "cumulative" not "progressive" (sorry).

RCouch
April 28, 2007, 01:00 AM
Love THR.
It's given me a better understanding of and respect for our fight for 2A rights. With the input of others on the forum, it's kept from making some bad purchases and enabled me to make the most of some guns I have. It's also allowed me to discuss a broad range of gun related subjects that I would never have thought of previously.
Bless THR.

Soybomb
April 28, 2007, 01:11 AM
THR has taught me how to appreciate the snub and that there are intellectual/civilized/erudite/pick your label gun owners out there. I'd bumped around on a few forums and encountered alot of low road people that fit the gun owner stereotype especially when it came to political debate and controversial non-gun issues.

TimboKhan
April 28, 2007, 02:03 AM
Well, there has been some pretty good BS spread on THR. I recall the guy that said that a .30-06 was the bare minimum caliber for Elk because they were armored like rhinos. There was also the guy who said that WD-40 was actually corrosive to metal. Both good examples of internet BS. However, I can't even begin to count the truthful, instructive and just plain interesting things I have learned on this board! I have learned more by far by reading THR than I think I have ever been fooled or misled. Plus, I just think it is fun to be able to read and participate. Hell, one of the basic premises/promises of the internet was to facilitate communication, right? While not perfect, THR is a great place that I visit everyday, and I would honestly be sort of sad if I couldn't come here anymore.

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