How do you use the High Road?


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Anthropologystudent
March 18, 2012, 11:58 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen of THR!

My name is Daniel, and I'm a senior at the University of North Texas. I'm currently enrolled in a class entitled the "Anthropology of Virtual Communication," and as part of the curriculum, I am to choose a website and try to study how much the website and interactions through the website affect every day life.

I have been a long time browser of this forum, but this is my first foray into posting. The general gun discussion forum has tons and tons of information being slung around, and I'm curious to know how the site has affected your life? How much have you learned here? Has it helped you? Has it hurt?

Any stories about tricks you've picked up from the forum to improve your skills, safety, ways you've saved time and money, etc, I would really like to hear about.

If any users use this site for information about potential purchases, or access the site from mobile media such as smart phones or WIFI capable ipods during gun shows or shopping, I'm particularly interested.

I would love it if anyone were willing to be interviewed about their use of THR, preferably via a video messaging service such as Skype. All interviews are for academic purposes, and anonymity will be maintained, all transcripts of the interviews will be destroyed after the research project is submitted. My article will NOT be published or read anywhere but in class at the University of North Texas. The interviews are a required portion of my research, and I assure you that it would take no more than 10 to 20 minutes of your time.

Respond here with any questions, or if you wish to participate in the interviews, send me an email at dthreatt@gmail.com, and include whatever messaging services you have at your disposal.

Also if you don't feel like submitting to an interview, but wish to share information with me, feel free to post here or email me. Every little scrap of information helps me!

Daniel

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buck460XVR
March 18, 2012, 12:18 PM
Daniel, over the years THR has been a wealth of knowledge and a valuable resource for me. It has help me make decisions on firearms and reloading equipment/component/recipes. It has opened my eyes also on how others in different parts of the country hunt and view the purpose of their firearms. It has shown me that many firearm owners have much more knowledge of firearms than I do. It has shown me also how little knowledge many other firearms owners have of their weapons and how to use them properly. It has also shown me how lucky I am to live where I live.

SilentStalker
March 18, 2012, 12:20 PM
^^^What he said...

beatledog7
March 18, 2012, 12:54 PM
Daniel,

I'm a college professor, and the class sounds like something I'd like to teach!

Before I started frequenting THR and similar sites, I had my CCW but rarely carried, and I did not reload. I was a fairly good shooter but did not really understand shooting dynamics or ballistics: I could hit targets but could not explain how I was doing it.

Thanks largely to folks on THR, I learned ways to adapt my thought processes and address my concerns about shooting, carrying, and reloading. I'm happy to say that interacting with many fine THR denizens has helped make me a better shooter, a competent reloader, and an informed, confident armed citizen.

It has also influenced me to quintuple my personal collection.

rcmodel
March 18, 2012, 01:07 PM
Duplicate post here, here, & here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8041432#post8041432
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=649917&p=8041598#post8041598
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8041638#post8041638

rc

Rollis R. Karvellis
March 18, 2012, 01:10 PM
buck460XVR, cover's many of my same thoght's, and feeling's. One of the advantige's of THR, is I, can access it from anywhere with the use of my smart phone, and my laptop's wifi. This allow's me to have sense of home, and follow a large part of my life with other's who feel the same way that I, do about firearm's, and reloading. I, have never used any of my devices during shoping, but have used them to shop, and order prouduts.

Jorg Nysgerrig
March 18, 2012, 01:18 PM
I've closed the other three threads. Feel free to discss any aspects of using THR in this one. We don't need a thread for each section.

Inebriated
March 18, 2012, 01:21 PM
Daily interaction, huh?

Well, I check THR each morning along with the other sites I frequent from my computer. I browse the forums on my phone when I'm bored or in class. I just enjoy reading and helping here. I ask questions here that I wouldn't ask anywhere else, just because of the nature of the responses (If I ask what type of .45 is good for small black bears, I don't want 50 posts saying "10mm" and none answering me... that kind of thing). I got a lot of shooting tips from other shooters and YouTube, not here, but I pass that along whenever asked or I think a person could benefit from that information. Most purchases I make are researched here beforehand. I really like this site. It's up there with only a few others that I actually like to visit regularly.

k-frame
March 18, 2012, 01:40 PM
Daniel, if you are looking to collect numerical information then you might create a survey via SurveryMonkey and invite THR members to participate. As you probably know there are a number of gun boards and forums out there, and each has its own focus, such as the CZ forum, Smith and Wesson and The Firing Line. All might offer various inputs to your research.

As for me, I have used THR to learn about a number of firearms-related information, some of which has caused me to act, such as the "cult of the CZ" :) and some of which has been just very informative where members have helped me to date old guns and provide information. It also serves as recreation reading.

I also use THR as a source on 2nd Amendment issues, something that has interested me since I was in college. It's not a vocation or even an avocation, but still holds my interest.

I access THR from my iPad and a laptop. Just yesterday I downlaoded Tapatalk to my iPad so I now use that rather than Safari. Much better IMO. And I check THR daily. Sometimes hourly. ;)

bikerdoc
March 18, 2012, 02:10 PM
I'm curious to know how the site has affected your life?

Thr has enriched my life beyound anything I could imagine.

I came here as an already old and accomplished gunny. What I got here was a fellowship of like minded friends, many who I got to know and meet, and many I communicate with regularly.

It has become part of life. Here I can learn, teach, support, get supported and even agree to disagree in a civilized adult culture.
It is a virtual based circle of aquaintances much like the church socials of my youth. I liken it to a large nieghborhood where so many different people of different backgrounds, ages, and diverse experiences come together bound by a commom interest.

It means a lot to me.

cyclopsshooter
March 18, 2012, 02:34 PM
Welcome Daniel. I started up on THR back in 2008 just after finishing my masters degree. Naturally I was having a hard time finding a degree appropriate career due to the economic downturn. I scrapped by on odd jobs for months just to pay rent until one day when I strolled into my LGS/Pawn Shop. I didn't have any money but asked the store owner if I could haggle on an 80 Series Gold Cup anyway (being a previous gun and parts customer he kinda knew me (I built 1911 parts guns for fun in college... when you could still get cheap parts on eBay..)) anyway, he said yes, we went through the motions and agreed on a price, I sighed, he laughed.. and I sulked out the door... I was just about to start the engine when he came running out after me and asked if I'd be interested in working there as a clerk. Well, DUH! a reliable full time JOB! I really didn't know rifles or shotguns.. even much about most hand guns... My mind had been on a career position at my university as an Academic or Study Abroad Advisor.. Hell yeah I'll take a temporary gig at a gun shop!

I probably stumbled upon this site during my first few weeks of work, trying to google about some gun or another..(the first 6 months of the job was mostly learning and doing A LOT of cleaning- 10 years of dust and 20 year old inventory) I don't remember any details of my early visits to THR but I obviously found this site to be an awesome resource because it has become my first, go to place for firearm info!

My start on THR was rocky, I was banned a few times over politics and general a$$ishness.. Being slightly left of the political center, I naturally chaffed at the right of center majority here. (to top it off having just left college I was very opinionated and geared for a debate) I never really started a "hot" thread but was very prone toward speaking up when I thought someone was being an idiot. Cut me some slack though, it was 2008 and there was A LOT of Obama tin-foil. :rolleyes: (him being a Muslim.. birth certificate...)

As expected I chaffed with some real-life customers over the same issues which is NOT good for business (again, it only happened with the most vocal of the tin-foil crowd) My jets cooled over time and my customer interaction much improved. I know for a fact it was due to THR- The knowledge and experience here WAS WORTH ENOUGH for me to eat crow and play some ball. I'm only 35 and I know my knowledge pales in comparison to some of the guys on here. (I want to go camping for a week with 1911tuner, Old Fuff, Python Elite, Oro, and a host of others for a gun history/gun-smithing orgy on 1911s and S&W revolvers :)

Anyway, three years later and I now manage the shop and am in line to buy it in the next few years. The store has been cleaned, modernized with computerized, scannable point of sales (seriously, when I started at my shop the cash register was a glorified cigar box :eek: cash counts were NEVER done, no money tracking...) ... Modern inventory and inventory tracking controls... and I have added new distributors and doubled our new hand gun selection. Business is better than ever, customer service is through the roof, and next month I am holding our first women's only class in our in-door range. (most of these gun business advancements are due to research on THR)

This is my life as I know it- You never know where the winds will take you-

Where I am in life now is due to:

Having excellent parents! (Dad damn near forced me into the Boy Scouts.. I really didn't want to at first but the structure, the arts of manhood, the outdoors really sucked me in! I took it all the way to Eagle.. Dad knew best!)

Growing up in my parents small town Drug Store (seeing how a successful business is run)

My education (curiosity, analysis, procedure, developing git r done attitudes)

Several study abroads in Asia (haggling! a special skill.. seriously, in Asia people laugh at you if you don't haggle over a price.)

Working 4 years for Wells Fargo as a Teller during my college undergrad (Cash flow handling, VERY important in a Pawn Shop!)

And Finally The High Road.ORG (THR) As an MD has his medical texts, I have THR- The site is really THAT good. Use the search feature and you too will see the light. (The tremendous knowledge base, a whole lot of fine folk that I disagreed on politics with but learned to find a happy medium here which translated to much better relations with my customer base.) There is NO way I would be as good as I am at my job without this resource.

There are undoubtedly other reasons why my life is the way that it is- But on this lazy Sunday with nothing better to do, these are the points that come to mind... Sorry, I've blathered so much I can't remember the OP or my reason for posting this... I'll press post anyway.. off to re-read the OP :p

Edit to add: And I have to give a lot of credit to the man I work for. He is a very kind and understanding man whom I have the up-most respect for, I count him as a rare best friend. I owe him a a lot!

Dnaltrop
March 18, 2012, 02:46 PM
THR?

It's my gun magazine written by people who aren't generally paid for product placement.

It's a decent conversation for me, as I'm typically either limping along after my 3 kids, or too sore from doing so all day to go out and be sociable. I have about a 4 block walking range, meaning THR is one of the few places I can escape "Yo Gabba Gabba" and unending games of "Candyland"... At least till the youngest two are shooting as well.

It's a failsafe for reloading, the odd legal issue, recalls, and the odd bit of activism to help ensure our rights stay intact for my kids.

It's also one of the most heavily moderated forums on the net, and it's refreshing to see what happens when civility is enforced as much as remaining on topic.

MilsurpShooter
March 18, 2012, 02:54 PM
It's helped me quite a bit over the years. Found it in a search when I first started getting into shooting. Didn't have anyone to teach me so used this as a way to get myself knowledgeable of the culture, tips and tricks, and to ask for help when I got myself into a jam taking apart or putting together a new rifle. Also was extremely helpful when I took the leap into reloading.

Now, I don't use it to ask for help as much as I browse and try to help back. It's limited how often something comes up that I can actually help with but I try to do my best.

9mmepiphany
March 18, 2012, 04:30 PM
Welcome Daniel

This is an excellent choice for a survey as THR is the largest General Firearms forum on the internet...as opposed to a platform or brand specific forum.

THR is like a gateway forum for firearms, welcoming members of all genders, ethic origin, religious persuasion, sexual orientation and political leanings.

I see the mission (use) of THR as passing along the accumulated cultural knowledge to newer generations of shooters or folks newly interested in the shooting sports who don't have easily accessed resources (family and friends). It is also a great place to test/verify the creditability of the knowledge or skills you have already acquired

Buck Kramer
March 18, 2012, 06:09 PM
It's my gun magazine written by people who aren't generally paid for product placement.

What he said. It's (for the most part) the most unbiased opinion you can get. If I want to know if gun A is better then gun B, most people will give their experiences/opinions and their reason for picking A over B.

22-rimfire
March 18, 2012, 06:52 PM
THR advice based on experience with a particular product is very useful when deciding on a purchase or if your problem is a big deal or not. The answers often lead to taking say a firearm to the LGS or shipping to the manufacturer.

Prior to internet gun forums, there was no national interaction between owners of the same firearm. Now, you can discover if your issues are common or important. I feel sure the gun manufacturers get more returns due to THR, but less returns for little things.

My skills have definitely improved as a result of knowledgeable people providing advice. How else do you learn? Most of us live in somewhat of a vacuum (socially) with a small group of "friends". The vacuum dissappears with participation on THR.

You find out that you aren't the only dummy about certain aspects of firearms.

You find out that you aren't as "expert" as you may have believed yourself to be prior to participating on THR.

I do not use smart phones for THR access. Up to this point, I have been pretty anti-smart phone in general. But I do use a laptop computer when I am working out of town.

THR is great for learning what might be a better choice when planning a firearm purchase. In most cases, my only knowledge is from handling a firearm at a gunshop prior to buying.

I buy fewer guns just to "try out". In years past, it was kind of like buying a new CD for some band you never heard of just to "try it out". Those firearm purchases frequently end up costing you money for the knowledge and later selling at a loss regardless of what many say here about a gun holding its value.

THR is a part of the information age.

My gun handling safety has improved.

thefamcnaj
March 18, 2012, 06:52 PM
I came to THR as a complete newbie who had just bought his first gun.
I knew nothing about fire arms I just knew as a newly wed, I wanted to protect my young family.
I did not know the basics really to be honest as I had no one in my family to teach me as a young boy. Its shown me what a great group of guys the shooting community really is, as well as how patient and accepting they are to new comers.
I've journeyd through handguns, shotguns and now rifles all along asking questions to fellow high roaders. THR started off as a learning tool for me, on how to enjoy, respect, and get better with my new found hobby. It also taught me how to do it in a SAFE manner.
I've used THR to learn about new brands of fire arms, ammunition, and reloading compnents. Ive also used the forum via my smart phone at gun shows to read up on a product that I was considered buying. Some reviews encouraged me to carry on with my purchace while others helped save money on items that were not so good.
All in all its a great place with great and wise members, and will be a tool of mine throughout the rest of my journey through the firearms' world.
I may not post daily but I'm a daily reader.. Best of luck with your project.

Serenity
March 18, 2012, 07:32 PM
I picked up a handgun for the first time a year and a half ago. I own a couple now. I know people locally who shoot and even work at two different places alongside fellow shooting enthusiasts (neither job is related to firearms). Welcome to the wild west :D I came across the high road when using google to research different questions that I had. I was immediately attracted to the non-inflammatory tone of the board and stayed when it became clear that the board as a whole does not suffer fools. Newbies, beginners, experimenters; yes. Braggy, preachy nuts: no.

I have found the THR community to be an extension of the group of local gun people that I have met since embarking on this adventure: helpful, enthusiastic, cautious, learned, and thrilled to see a woman and her teenage son join the community.

I use THR to learn about my newfound passion in general. To research possible future purchases, to get different points of view about tactics, training, security, legal issues, and ethics.

I have never spent time with so many intelligent and articulate people as I have here. :cool: I'm a glass half full type of person and I avoid downers and haters and I have seen very few of them here. The people here want each other to succeed.

rcmodel
March 18, 2012, 07:47 PM
I use THR as a diversionary tactic to keep my mind off the 24/7 care & worrying about a loved one.
Thats how I got so many posts in so few years.

I can't leave the house by myself long enough to go fishing, hunting, shooting, R/C flying, or old motorcycle riding like I had planned to do in retirement.
Because I don't know what might happen if I was gone that long.

Enough said about that.

rc

Ryanxia
March 18, 2012, 07:47 PM
I originally created an account at THR to post information on an old gun I had bought to get more information on it. The firearms research section provides fountains of information. Since then I've gotten information on legal issues, activism, general gun topics and even reloading & handloading.

The members here share their knowledge and thereby make others more knowledgeable and safe.

Walkalong
March 18, 2012, 08:00 PM
THR is Gun College
If you want to know about something gun related, someone here knows it. If you just want to talk about your favorite firearm/s, someone here is ready to chat about it. Have a problem? Someone here has the solution. Just want to wile away some time to forget about other things? You can do that too.

It's like the old gun store where everyone hung out and talked guns, or whatever. I have been hanging out here for some time now. I picked THR over other sites due to the civility and wealth of knowledge. :)

Art Eatman
March 18, 2012, 08:29 PM
A bunch of us started this shindig. Much like a bunch of kids building a treehouse in a vacant lot. The core ideas already existed about responsible RKBA, and we added as we saw necessary to get where we are today.

I guess I'm the certified Olde Phart, at age 77. Shot my first .22 rifle in 1940. Got into centerfire with a .30-'06 and began reloading in 1950. A little pistol shooting at that time, and a lot more since then. IPSC, among other games. A minor amount of simple gunsmithing.

I started "running the brush" in the country outside of Austin, Texas as a youngun. I've hunted in west Texas desert country, Texas brush country and down in Florida swamps. Now, my body is getting tired, and I don't do those ten- and fifteen mile walking hunts anymore. But if I want to, I can sit and wait. What old guys have learned is where to sit. :)

For me, then, THR is a place to pass along things I've learned through the years, hoping that it might be useful to the newer generations. Heck, some of it might even be worthwhile. :D

Loosedhorse
March 18, 2012, 08:41 PM
I am in some ways less concerned about what people think--or know--here about a certain issue (there can be a lot of "right" answers to certain questions); what's on the surface...

Than about why they think a certain answer is true, or how they frame and think about a question--what goes on below the surface. If someone tells me that the .38 S&W's bullet is actually a different caliber than the .38 Special, fine. Glad to have a surface correction when I need it, but it's not going to affect much.

However, if someone explains to me why I should be looking at a legal question, a safety problem or a SD scenario in a different way? That could make me look at a lot of questions a different way.

And I appreciate that. There are some careful thinkers in here.

MistWolf
March 18, 2012, 09:37 PM
You won't learn much about "virtual communications" by studying only one website. You will learn about that particular website, but you won't really understand the impact that website has unless you have other sourced to compare it to.

As for THR itself, the only two subforums I use is the General Gun Discussions and Rifle Country. Sometimes I find something useful, entertaining or informative and it's even better when what I find is all three

Tinpig
March 18, 2012, 10:05 PM
Welcome Daniel-
I see you're in Denton. I hope this isn't off-topic, but you might be interested to know that the late Stephen A. Camp was a 25 year member of the Denton PD.
He was an expert on the Browning High Power pistol, knowledgeable about all aspects of defensive handguns, and a true gentleman. He used internet forums to spread his wealth of knowledge to all who wanted to learn. He died in May, 2011.
RIP

Tinpig

FROGO207
March 18, 2012, 10:35 PM
Been doing it my way and learning the hard way for a lot of years. So along comes the computer and the net and I discover The High Road. And WOW there are a lot of others that are doing it just like me while approaching it slightly differently and arriving basically at the same answer. Many, many different experiences to be added to the "Pot O knowledge" without the need take the time to do it all yourself. I learn, I help others stay safe when I can, I make friends, and we all get along remarkably well.:D The site is well moderated and I think that is the biggest plus over a lot of other sites. I use a laptop exclusively and check this site at least morning and night most days. I have a goal in life to learn something new every day and I learn a LOT here and it tends to happen often.:cool:

Elkins45
March 18, 2012, 10:47 PM
Occasionally I come here to access thousands of years of collective knowledge, to pick the brains of people with a diversity of experience no one person could ever accumulate. Sometimes I use it to share funny or interresting things that have happened to me. But mostly I come here just to learn new random stuff about guns and shooting.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
March 19, 2012, 05:14 AM
I come here for mostly-unbiased information, most of which is useful :neener:

In my case moderator posts get x5 the respect and attention!

a few particular members have posted such well-written, informative, and helpful posts that I have read, that they also get 'moderator-status respect' even if they aren't moderators.

I have made more confident purchase decisions, and saved myself a WORLD of headaches thanks to this WONDERFUL forum!!! I was a member of another forum before this one, and they do not even compare. THR really is The High Road! Lower-mentalities pop up from time to time, but they do not last, one way or another.

I'll share a simple example of a wonderful, inexpensive, and subtle way that this forum has helped me improve my shooting experiences, and this is just one of countless. One member happened to mention that if your 1911 grips aren't rubber or wood, the screws can tend to un-screw themselves, or worse if you overtighten them, they can damage the grips. This immediately piqued my interest, as I was just used to bringing my screwdriver to the range. He provided a simple easy solution which are #60 1/4" rubber gaskets under the grip screws and over the grips. For less than two dollars I was able to purchase enough of them for both my 1911s and extras, and PROBLEM SOLVED! Such a small little pain in the butt, and it is now not an issue at all! Just thanks to someone else's trial and error, and the fact that they thought to share it on here.

That's what THR is all about, we share our experiences, and sometimes learn from each other's mistakes, all in the pursuit of the most pleasant shooting experience! I'm also a big fan of all the glorious 'gun-porn!' WTB and WTS posts have been really handy for me since I have joined too! I've bought and sold a few guns, and bought a few really great holsters made by members. I LOVE this site, and plan to be a member for life!

RugerBob
March 19, 2012, 05:43 AM
I like to come here and get or confirm information about reloading mostly. Sometimes I ask questions if I don't find the info in older posts.
I look for info on some guns, as I debate to get one or not. Make sure there are no issues with them.
Of the few gun sites I do visit, this is the one I go to the most, and the other relates more to casting my own.
my 2 cents.

chas3stix
March 19, 2012, 09:03 AM
As far as I'm concerned THR is the Encyclopedia Britannica of shooting on the web. I enjoy the interaction of like-minded folks. It makes me thankful for where I live and sorry for those who live in a non gun-friendly state. Good luck with your thesis.

buck460XVR
March 19, 2012, 09:47 AM
I use THR as a diversionary tactic to keep my mind off the 24/7 care & worrying about a loved one.
Thats how I got so many posts in so few years.

I can't leave the house by myself long enough to go fishing, hunting, shooting, R/C flying, or old motorcycle riding like I had planned to do in retirement.
Because I don't know what might happen if I was gone that long.

Enough said about that.

rc


So sorry to hear this RC. Since my first days here, you have always been the most helpful and most knowledgeable poster here on THR. You info is always correct and given in a manor that even most novices understand. I have always had the utmost of respect for you........and now, even more. I hope the good Lord can someday give you the time to enjoy those past-times that now are only memories.

Ashcons
March 19, 2012, 10:56 AM
I'm curious to know how the site has affected your life? How much have you learned here? Has it helped you? Has it hurt?


Hi Daniel,

I don't visit THR everyday, but when I do, I usually leave with new knowledge or ideas to chew over. Since I live so far from friends and family who would traditionally be my mentor as I learn about firearms and hunting, THR acts as my surrogate family and friends. THR members come from varied walks in life and, as a whole, can answer just about any question about firearms. The moderators do a great job here too. The most important way this site has affected my life is through constant reminding that firearm safety is paramount to firearm ownership and handling.

There is a lot to learn here and I take advantage of that. Various topics include 2A activism, legal aspects of ownership, concealed carry, and self-defense, legal cases related to 2A, what it means to be a responsible firearm owner, reloading, lubricants, metallurgy, knives, hogs (thanks Flintknapper), and too much more to list comprehensively.

Yes, this site and its users have helped me (see above). I wish when I had lived in Seattle that I had taken the opportunity to meet up with NavyLCR for a coffee at Fuel. :D

Yes, this site and its users have hurt me. My wish list is huge now. :eek:

Any stories about tricks you've picked up from the forum to improve your skills, safety, ways you've saved time and money, etc, I would really like to hear about.

Dry fire drills are something that I have picked up to steady my shooting. Safety is preached here, keeping me sharply focused whenever I am near a firearm. I've learned a few tricks to saving money, especially re: cleaning and lubrication of my firearms.

If any users use this site for information about potential purchases, or access the site from mobile media such as smart phones or WIFI capable ipods during gun shows or shopping, I'm particularly interested.

Forum members have posted various helpful guides, from an economic standpoint. The most useful that I have read were a post on various physical properties of lubricants and learning about how to check over a revolver for mechanical defects. Might not be exactly what you're looking for there (i.e. checking Amazon's mobile app against prices in Best Buy), but it has directly helped me become an informed buyer on those two items.

sawdeanz
March 19, 2012, 03:52 PM
I too am a college student who recently bought his first firearm after spending lots of time here learning. I'm the most knowledgeable on guns of all my friends, thanks to this site. This has allowed me to educate other people about safety or misconceptions. I've recently joined a few gun oriented clubs at my school, and despite my limited shooting experience they are impressed with how much I know. I wish that I had more than just book smarts regarding firearms, but growing up in an anti gun household this site provides me with a community that supports my interests.
I use the site to stay up to date on 2nd amendment issues, new products and firearms care and ideology. Sometimes I follow a thread even if I have no experience with half the technical terminology and subject, but it will eventually help me someday. I have also been influenced by various youtube personalities and people I know in real life, but THR gives me different perspectives to compare.
Also it can be fun, whether I am drooling over users gun pictures or reading about crazy gun shop banter.
I access it from my phone when I'm bored on the bus or want to check up on responces to my questions. I've been mostly a user, asking lots of questions and doing lots of searching, but now that I own a gun I'm hope I can contribute my own experiences here as well.

Sniper66
March 19, 2012, 05:08 PM
Welcome Daniel, It is heartening to see young people with a keen interest in firearms. While I have been shooting and tinkering with guns for nearly 60 years (shot my first gun at age 5) I am new to the THR site and plan to be here for a long time. Even though I am relatively new to this site, I have learned a lot already...lots of little things, like the benefits of a Lyman Carbide Cutter, problems with neck-sizing, prices for different firearms, problems with certain firearms or reloading gear. Also use it for entertainment; it is fun to read others comments and stories. And, IT IS HUGE, to learn that there are so many of us out there. Our PC culture has attempted to drive gun people underground and this site can serve as protection for us. When it comes to this passion of ours, we have to stick together.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
March 20, 2012, 02:06 AM
So sorry to hear this RC. Since my first days here, you have always been the most helpful and most knowledgeable poster here on THR. You info is always correct and given in a manor that even most novices understand. I have always had the utmost of respect for you........and now, even more. I hope the good Lord can someday give you the time to enjoy those past-times that now are only memories.

I must report that RCmodel is one of those 'honorary moderator-status members' in my book, that I mentioned in my last post in this thread. Every post I've ever read from him has been very worthwhile and helpful. He's chimed in on some of my threads too, and has been a great help!

bds
March 20, 2012, 03:11 AM
How do you use the High Road?

Daniel, as many posted already, I consider THR as a consumer information center for gun related items. I regularly use the consumer review/rating information from websites such as Amazon before making my retail purchases and do the same with THR. If I was to purchase a firearm or equipment (and I have many times), I would do a search or browse the applicable forum categories and read the thread comments both positive or negative. When I Google for information, I will frequently see THR threads come up as search results. Often, comments I read will influence my purchase decisions. I use a smart phone and keep track of pertinent threads and communicate with other shooters/reloaders (more and more by texting) to disseminate new/useful information, especially good product/component sales to lower the cost of this hobby of shooting/reloading.

For the most part, I consider THR to be more objective and open than other gun forums. I have participated in other gun forums and consider THR to be a "gateway" gun forum, especially for those new to firearms or reloading, that is more conducive for "open discussion" where posters can freely post their comments whether positive or negative. You'll often see polled threads where surveys are conducted for members' consensus and members support/argue their voting positions. I see this "open discussion" as a healthy evidence of free speech on THR where moderators intervene only when necessary in line with forum rules and typically allow the open discussions to be maintained.

Sometimes in other "brand" specific forums, opinions and comments are "slanted" towards the brand and many posters may not be at liberty to make negative comments at the threat of posts being deleted or being banned from the forum (some moderators can be a bit "touchy" and tyrannical at times). I consider such action a form of censorship that may interfere with exchange of information between members/guests.

There certainly are many knowledgeable and experienced members on THR and often, many questions are answered and resolved with in-depth discussion in minutes. This "speed of internet" support is one of many consumer benefits along with a wealth of knowledge base that's available from THR. I have lurked for a while and learned a great deal and learn something new about the hobby on a weekly basis. Support threads such as What clever little things have you "invented or discovered" that you can share? (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=218188) is an invaluable mega-resource for reloaders to save not only time and hassle but money as well. I started a thread "Reloading equipment/components on sale (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=570734)" to alert other reloaders of opportunities to buy common reloading equipment/components at discounted prices consolidated in one convenient thread.

mingansr
March 20, 2012, 04:02 AM
ah, man, you came to do your study at a great place.

first of all, i am in total agreement with cyclopsshooter above (i just got a little political myself tonite).

and all these guys (and gals?) are, as you can see, fervent about their respect and admiration for this site. do your diligence, get the feel of their helpfulness and sage advice, and get an A+ on your project.

i bought my first pistol, a Springfield Armory XD 40sw. i bought it over a Glock and other pistols, because, for 439 plus tax and govt. check, i got to receive 3 extra mags and double mag holder. the dealer told me it was a nice pistol, with excellent customer service. so cool.

in a few days i discovered 'xdtalk.com', where i learned so many more things about my XD. one example is what they call a USA trigger (ultra safety something). i thought i had a dual action because of the dual-stage trigger, but learned that the pistol is a Single Action Only (SAO). and i learned many other things, why am i shooting high? i want to shoot POA/POI (point of aim = point of impact) but learned that model used the 'pumpkin on a post' sight picture. that's just two things. now i am gonna start reloading, and geez, the knowledge imparted is fantastic.

i found THR because of a suggestion from one of my xdtalkers. now i frequent both sites daily. and when i have a question, i post threads in both. i have great respect for everyone at both sites. life is good! isn't it tho?

AND CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO PUT A QUOTE IN MY POST? I'M 65, LOSING IT FAST, AND NEED HELP ON THAT ONE.

rdsmith3
March 20, 2012, 11:28 AM
I am new to firearms at the wise, mature age of 52. I have learned about the hardware (shotgun and handgun) and the software (how to think in a defensive situation). This site has been a valuable resource for me. I generally read it daily during the work week. I have learned a lot from this site.

I have occasionally accessed it on my iPhone using tapatalk.

Agsalaska
March 20, 2012, 07:11 PM
I will play. I only recently joined but i have lurked for years.

First- You can find a lot of useful information regarding odd cartridges. Everyone knows about the 30-06. I want to know about the 35 whelen, 6.5swede, 32-20, etc. And not just the wikipedia right up. Thats all fine and dandy but I want to hear from people with hands on experience. In fact a thread from THR influenced my last purchase(A Winchester M70 in 6.5Swede.)

Second-You can find real world articles regarding gun rights issues and gun issues in general, especially on the legal board

Third-It is a place to address problems and issues that I believe exist withink the gun community.



And finally, a friend of mine shot the biggest buck I have ever seen in Texas about 30 miles from Denton two years ago with a bow. There are some big deer between Fort Worth and Denton.

SleazyRider
March 20, 2012, 08:03 PM
Many, many people here---RCModel among them---have changed my way of thinking on myriad topics and issues. I am in their debt, but afraid I have relatively little to contribute in return.

Just try having some of these conversations at a local gun or sporting goods shop and you'll see why The High Road is so successful.

bikerdoc
March 21, 2012, 07:51 AM
^ this.

Again, the sociological concept of community with mentors or elders, passing forward, can only benefit our tribe.

breeze010
March 22, 2012, 12:28 AM
THR is such a valuable source of info for anything firearm related I don't even know where to start. I've picked up a lot of tips to improve trigger control, safety, accuracy, introducing new shooters, firearms history, reloading, etc...just about every related skill to be honest.

However what I get the most out of at THR is the genuine user feedback. Even the better sites/magazines aren't always unbiased when reviewing something and you're still usually only getting one person's opinion. When researching a new purchase other users' recommendations, detailed reviews, experiences, etc are invaluable. Sure you get the people that like to bash on something because it's made by brand x and not y or some keyboard warrior that has never shot much less owned the gun. But, especially here at THR, most of the information seems to be accurate and from first-hand experience...by far the best kind IMO.

Interesting project/research, looking at how the internet is changing society has been intriguing, especially the last few years. If you need an interview over skype feel free to PM me. Although I'm sure other members would have much more to offer if you're one short I'm happy being the last pick ;)

Highgate
March 22, 2012, 06:31 PM
How do you use the High Road?
From now on, very, very carefully! :(:(:(:(

cyclopsshooter
March 22, 2012, 11:18 PM
Delete

Anthropologystudent
April 2, 2012, 10:31 PM
A great thank you to everyone, and an even greater apology to the moderators for the multiple posts. That won't be happening again.

I've been ill for several weeks, and haven't had much of an opportunity to hop on here and flap my gums much, but I have to say, the information y'all left me definitely helped me feel better.

Everyone, your input was invaluable! I learned some pretty amazing things, though I'm still looking for someone willing to be interviewed, email would be sufficient if other mediums aren't possible.

I'm fascinated with how everyone on this site has found a different set of uses for it, and furthermore, how friendly the users tend to be. As a younger person, I don't typically get the warmest of welcomes from many vendors at gun shows, or even the typical gun store. I admit that it discouraged me very little from growing my collection, but it was still disheartening. The crowd here on THR has proven to be informative and polite, and I look forward to more reading!

Does anyone on here access their site from mobile applications such as smart phones, Ipods, Ipads, etc?
And if so, how?
Examples might include looking up information on THR while considering purchases in stores or gun shows, using it to retrieve information in work or public scenarios, etc.

I promise I won't tell your boss if you're browsing the forums on your iphone at work, something tells me it happens more than anyone cares to admit. :p


Once again, a great thank you to everyone!

thefamcnaj
April 2, 2012, 10:38 PM
Does anyone on here access their site from mobile applications such as smart phones, Ipods, Ipads, etc?
And if so, how?
Examples might include looking up information on THR while considering purchases in stores or gun shows, using it to retrieve information in work or public scenarios, etc
Ive also used the forum via my smart phone at gun shows to read up on a product that I was considered buying. Some reviews encouraged me to carry on with my purchace while others helped save money on items that were not so good.thefamcnaj
I look at thr on breaks at work all the time, helps pass the day and not get caught up in what ever lame conversation is going on at break time.

k-frame
April 2, 2012, 11:06 PM
Does anyone on here access their site from mobile applications such as smart phones, Ipods, Ipads, etc?
And if so, how?

I just added Tapatalk to my iPad and it works very well. But I use a blackberry so that's a non-starter on the phone side. :rolleyes:

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