Umm Wow.. Just wow. O_o


August 14, 2008, 04:36 PM
I can't think of a better title for this thread.
Now I know were were all noobs at one time or another when it comes to firearms but this took it to a whole new level.

I was hanging out for a few minutes at one of the local shops today when a guy came in and started asking questions. Some of them were a bit off but like I said, we all had that stage. He asked about "banana clips" for a SKS, had a couple questions about an M44 he owned and then asked about an AR.

The gun store employee explained it to him and told him how it was Gas Operated. As he was starting to explain exactly what that meant the guy interrupted him and asked. "Wait. Where do you fill the gas up"

At this point I lost it and actually did let out a laugh. I don't think the guy heard me but I felt kinda bad.

I guess the guy figured shooting was getting really expensive with the raising gas prices.

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August 14, 2008, 05:02 PM
I'm still amazed, considering where we live, that as many people that do, own an AR. Some own ClassIII M-16's. However, this is Indiana, if it don't pump or have a bolt, most shooters have never touched it. The local cop shop down here in Evansville (Strictly Shooting) is a pretty nice shop with all the tacticool stuff usually in stock at all times. They carry multiples of differing branded AR's, tons of pistols, all the crap you can stick on an AR, Sig's and Glock's galore, and, of course, anything imported by Century and plenty of it.

August 14, 2008, 05:07 PM
"Wait. Where do you fill the gas up"

Maybe he was graduating from airsoft :)

August 14, 2008, 05:10 PM
Maybe he thought it was Co2 operated

August 14, 2008, 05:26 PM
Everyone's got to learn somewhere. At least he went out and was getting education on the subject.

August 14, 2008, 05:35 PM
Way back in the day when I first heard the term "gas-operated", I wasn't exactly sure what that meant either. I didn't think it meant gasoline, but still had no idea what it really meant.

It was when I learned how an AR worked that I clued in to what "gas-operarted" meant.

I have this affliction to being embarrased. As such, I rarely seek out advice or ask questions "cold". I always do some of my own learning first until I'm reasonably comfortable in thinking that my questions aren't totally moronic.

Whoever said that there are no dumb questions wasn't completely right (or lived 150 years ago). In this day and age, priming yourself a little bit before asking questions isn't too hard. That's what the Internet is for, eh?


August 14, 2008, 05:38 PM
2 cycle SKS with a pull string, RINNNINININININNININ! :D

August 14, 2008, 05:39 PM
Sounds like the employee at the store did a great job and showed a lot of patience..

August 14, 2008, 05:39 PM
Does is run on Regular or Premium?

August 14, 2008, 05:48 PM
My son has a gas powered airsoft gun! (not CO2, actual flaming gas!) Pretty cool airsoft actually. Full metal construction, looks and cycles like a real semi-auto (with an orange tip!)

August 14, 2008, 05:49 PM
Sad to say but this reminds me of when I was a kid.I can remember being about 12 or so and talking with my big brother about guns,He just bought his very own first gun at K-mart, a Winchester 94.I had only been shooting with my dad and brother a few times and it was only with a pump 22lr.I had all kinds of questions and my brother answered every one for hours.We got to talking about semi-autos and how they worked,he said they were gas operated.I can remember asking how the gas worked and he said it was kind of like a shock absorber,when something pushes against it,it pushes back and thats how it reloads the chamber!I remember asking if the gas ever just wore out and he said "no,its just like a gas shock,sealed system,lasts forever!".The sad part is I thought he knew what he was talking about and so didn't he!The good part is I bring this up at least once a year and watch him turn red every time!

August 14, 2008, 05:49 PM
Does is run on Regular or Premium?

Good old-fashioned leaded.

August 14, 2008, 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by target1911
Does is run on Regular or Premium?

Good old-fashioned leaded.

thread winner/

August 14, 2008, 06:22 PM
Hey, your noob may be on to something. The combustion light gas gun is actually on the cutting edge of weapons technology. It burns gases like hydrogen or methane for propellant.
The CLGG has experimentally demonstrated velocities > 4 km/sec (13,120 ft/sec). It has (in some experiments) demonstrated a muzzle energy increase of 400% when compared to conventional powder guns. The CLGG uses no electrical power supply or conventional gun propellants.
The U.S. Navy desires artillery with 100 mile plus ranges to replace their current 17-mile range artillery to better support the U.S. Marine Corps and other forces. The CLGG is easily capable of providing such ranges.

Nate C.
August 14, 2008, 06:44 PM
There is no such thing as a stupid question. How can you learn anything if you never ask any questions?

August 14, 2008, 06:55 PM
There is no such thing as a stupid question.

How monkey is the purple salt?

August 14, 2008, 06:56 PM
There is no such thing as a stupid question.

Ask me which direction the bullets go in the gun, Nate.


Deer Hunter
August 14, 2008, 06:56 PM
What sound does purple salt make?

August 14, 2008, 06:57 PM
I remember discussing semi-autos with my dad when i was a kid. He was a Marine, and had been intimately familiar with the M-14, which we all know now, is gas operated. I'm not sure he had any experience with recoil operated weapons. So when I asked about how machine guns work, he told me how the M-14 worked. I went on thinking that ALL semi-autos worked like that (with a little tube next to the barrel taking some gas and pushing the bolt back to reload) till I was about 16 and inherited a recoil operated pistol.

we're often critical about noob shooters and their ignorance of the activity. I think its good to remember that we need to be accepting and helpful to ALL new shooters, not just the ones we take to the range. It is fun to poke fun at noobs crazy questions though.

August 14, 2008, 06:58 PM
Questions are how we learn. However, at some point, you feel you've "heard it all". Then comes the question from...well...way out there. It has to bring a smile to your face. Can't help it.

I remember my Dad trying to explain the different systems that make semi auto guns work...glad I've lived long enough for it to make sense to me! At least they don't freak me out anymore. :D

Can't wait for my grandson to start the stream of questions...I better start studying! Bring it on!


Nate C.
August 14, 2008, 07:07 PM
Attention all Purple Salt Monkeys and those similarly situated:

Please note that I said there was no such thing as a stupid question. The pursuit of knowledge should be lifelong. This in no way whatsoever precludes the existence of stupid people.

Deer Hunter
August 14, 2008, 07:09 PM
You're avoiding the question posed. How is a monkey purple salt when we do not know what purple salt sounds like?


I understand what you're saying. To be honest, discussing the above question could be fun.

Claude Clay
August 14, 2008, 07:10 PM
sign in a service bay at the ESSO station
Correct Answers...$3.00

Regular was 28.9, Ethal was 31.9

August 14, 2008, 07:11 PM
This in no way whatsoever precludes the existence of stupid people.



August 14, 2008, 07:15 PM
Well, as long as he knows which end the bullet comes out of . . .

August 14, 2008, 07:17 PM
That'd be a dumb question too. Buuuut... I guess if you don't know you had better ask ASAP.

Catch-22 on that one. :D


Happiness Is A Warm Gun
August 14, 2008, 07:33 PM
With the rising gas prices it would really cut down on your range time.

August 14, 2008, 07:51 PM
I asked that question when I was 16. Granted my parents were antis and their was no internet. Gave them a good laugh but I did not mind.

Larry Ashcraft
August 14, 2008, 07:58 PM
Laughing at those new to our sport is counter-productive to the mission of this site.

Please, folks, we are trying to broaden the scope of firearms ownership, not laugh at those outside of it.

Remember, each one, teach one...


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