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Jeff Quinn and safety glasses

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 9mm+, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    I have always enjoyed reading Jeff Quinn's Gun Blast, and I recently read his review on the Taurus 738 and watched the video, too. I don't recall seeing Jeff wear safety glasses in his videos (he may have, but I just don't remember), but you can really see the brass flying in the video of the 738. It appears that the 738's ejector is engineered to send the brass directly to the head. http://www.gunblast.com/Taurus-PT738.htm

    I don't want to sound preachy and I certainly respect Jeff's firearms knowledge, but some hot brass to the eye could certainly ruin your day (same for ricochet, too). It's certainly his prerogative to not wear safety glasses, but it hampers the collective safety mantra that we all preach to students when high-profile gun gurus don't wear them.
  2. AZ_Rebel

    AZ_Rebel Well-Known Member

    My favorite Jeff Quinn Picture....

  3. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Hahaha, AZ...it appears that Jeff may have fallen off the safety wagon. ;)
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Just because someone self produces some media material doesn't mean they're the best example for gun owner behavior.
  5. NinjaFeint

    NinjaFeint Well-Known Member

    It is disappointing they are not setting a better example. Non-withstanding of my personal opinion of the site, their reviews show up high on a google search of a lot of popular firearms. It would be nice to see them setting a better example for new shooters who may happen upon their site.
  6. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    He's old-school. Like my dad. Safety gear is for wusses. (He just doesn't know how loud he's saying it.)
  7. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you can see one of the empties land on his head, and he mentions that in the text. So, at least wear a hat!

    I also noticed him being a bit lax about getting his hands in front of the muzzle . . .
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I don't think Jeff Quinn has ever shot a gun he didn't like. But I still enjoy reading his stuff.
  9. cchris

    cchris Well-Known Member

    "Safety glasses are for wimps!"

    "Um, hey...I'm over here."
  10. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean - my father and my uncles (nearly deaf, all of them) never wore shooting glasses or any form of hearing protection.

    I am glad to say that I do not follow their lead, lol. :D
  11. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I PMed him and asked him if the camera frequently in front of the muzzle was on a remote. He said it was his brother who doesn't mind it a bit.
  12. cchris

    cchris Well-Known Member

    Until he gets a .45-70 round lodged in his chest. Then he might mind a little.
  13. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

  14. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    Though this is true, it is unfortunate that Jeff Quinn has become quite a firearms icon. He was swarmed at the SHOT show and since Gunblast comes up everytime you Google a gun he has reviewed, the average Kool Aid new jack gun owner is going to use his example as gospel.

    The fact he is not wearing safety glasses is really a moot point in my mind though. I think it is everyones own choice what safety measures they take and why. I do not like seatbelt laws because the govt is protecting people from themselves which by and large, are some of the most annoying laws out there. (the ones that protect you from yourself) Jeff is old school but there are plenty of other old schoolers out there that now wear their eyes and ears.

    I say take off the warning labels and let them all sort themselves out though Darwinism.

    Having said all this, I do wear eye and ear protection as well as my seat belt and I would even if I did not have to.

    Maybe Jeff has a beef with that cameraman.
  15. alohachris

    alohachris Well-Known Member

    I looked at a recent video of his where he reviews the Smith & Wesson MP 15-22. He has his grandson shooting the rifle without any eye protection. They do wear ear protection though. I know Jeff has never met a gun he didn't like, but what keeps me coming back to his site is his reviews.

    His reviews are in depth, with good camera work and he show his targets & groups with a variety of ammunition. The hilarious comments he sometimes makes are priceless. "The Smith & Wesson 15-22 come with a 25 round magazine and I hear there's a 10 rounder for those a you who live in them there Communist areas."
  16. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Honestly, why does anyone care what Jeff Quinn does safety wise? He has his own self-published gun website, that's all. His exposure via that website does not come with any responsibility to meet other's expectations of safe behavior or equipment use.
  17. dom1104

    dom1104 Well-Known Member

    1. I am glad he is making videos, its usefull and something that helps the cause.
    2. Bagging on him if you yourself havent done anything similar is... bad form.
    3. Yes he ... is obviously easily pleased :)
    4. Do I enjoy watching his videos on guns? Yep.
    5. Do I think you all are pretty stupid for bashing? yes. If we drive off everyone trying to contribute, we will end up with nobody making videos on the net. Just live and let live and dont get all pissy.
  18. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    I teach students every month basic rifle, basic pistol and CCH, and in every class at least one person will bring up Jeff Quinn's website. Do I enjoy his commentary and videos? Absolutely! I think he's witty and has great insight into firearms. But I do cringe when I see some of the safety lapses. With new students especially, a lot of behavior their behavior is "monkey see, monkey do", so I do think the collective cause of stressing shooting safety takes a hit with these videos.
  19. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I've never been to his site or watched any of his videos. In fact, I don't recognize the name. (But I do like that beard!)

    However, I believe that those who would put out a popular mass-consumption product like a well-known gun blog or review site should accept that we represent, and influence, our whole "culture" through our public persona.

    It is a free country and there's no reason "the gov'mint" should force anyone to do, well, almost anything. However, a few (thousand) politely worded emails from Mr. Quinn's "fans" asking him to consider that he's educating his viewers about more than just the technical details of firearms, but also about shooting safety and gunhandling in general, and so should make sure that he's seen to always be wearing the proper safety equipment, would not be out of line.

    That's not "forcing" him to do anything and it is coming from his audience, not an outside authority. It can only help him to know how he's perceived and to what standards his "public" holds him.

    Sure, he's "just some guy" -- a private citizen doing his own thing -- but when any of us step into the public spotlight we represent the whole "shooting community" to one degree or another, and our actions, manners, and attitudes about safety reflect on all of us -- and inform/instruct others about what is safe and appropriate, as well.

    It is his right to behave like a fool if he wants, but if he's a responsible person there's no reason not to consider the impact his public actions may have.
  20. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Same here.

    I think he needs a shave.

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