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Ancient History Still Valid?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Kestral, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. Kestral

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    I posted this on another forum,but wondered if anyone here might like to comment on it in regard to todays ways of thinking.Told to me age 9 many-many years ago,but never forgotten. Your gun is your best friend.It is not only there to protect you if in extreme danger,but also to to give you many hours of sporting pleasure and relaxation. Being it is such a special friend,you should always treat it as such,look after it and care for it, and never ask it to do anything that you would know to be wrong yourself.If you ever did that,it would break the special relationship you have with your gun, you will have dishonoured,abused,and shamed it,and that knowledge would be past onto any other gun you may eventually own in years to come.Would you really want to treat a true friend like that ?.
     
  2. DRYHUMOR

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    Good thoughts.

    Probably true, as seen by how some folks look after their "friends", and how they become more valued with age.

    And they age gracefully. With the signs of the roads well traveled, and a life lived well.
     
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    My gun is not my friend. It is an inanimate object, a tool that I use for sport and defense. I value it highly, but I do not normally engage in anthropomorphic musings. My gun has no memory, has no feelings, and is incapable of human emotion.

    If I ever get to the point where I believe that my gun is my friend - I need to see a shrink.

    Really.
     
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    That is creepy on so many levels. It seems to border on idol worship.
     
  5. crebralfix

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    I agree with rbernie. I don't name my guns or anything inanimate. They're just things.
     
  6. Old Fuff

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    Well I admit to have given names to a few of my favorites... :)

    I would point out that this story was told to a 9 year-old boy, and undoubtedly was supposed to be in a context he would understand. Children are different than adults, and I plan to keep this story in mind because I might want to use it for its intended purpose.

    I am reminded of the movie "E.T.," which many children loved and also contained a message about tolerance that hopefully adult viwers got.

    But then it is well known that the Old Fuff is way over the hill, and probably needs to talk to a.... mental health professional.
     
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    I've seen and heard the sentiment expressed, but I have to agree that it is misplaced to refer to a tool as a "friend". It is an effective way to impress upon a child the importance of caring for a firearm, using emotional appeal instead of reason. It's easier to reach some children with this.
     
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    This is probably just me being an unnecessary contrarian, but I think that teaching children to anthropomorphise *anything* is a bad idea. (This is exactly how people learn to demonize objects such as guns instead of attributing the positive or negative to whomever wields the object...)

    My kids have healthy, active imaginations (my 7 yr old writes and draws his own comic books, for example) but they do not, and are not encouraged to, confuse that which is play/pretend from that which is real.
     
  9. Old Fuff

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    Well admittedly the Old Fuff had a bad upbringing, and may have been influenced negatively when he learned that Davy Crockett called his rifle “Old Betsey,” but then, some thought he was demented, and we all know that he came to a bad end. In any case even as a small child I understood that Davy was a person and his rifle was a rifle even both had names. I was also aware that people gave their dogs and cats names, and often were quite affectionate toward them, even though they weren’t people.

    I admit that my screwed-up mentality has resulted in an affectionate feeling toward some of my firearms, and I have a certain bond with them. They are in a sense a true and dependable friend that I have sometimes staked my life on, and there are a whole lot of people I know that don’t even close to that status.

    But to each his own… :)
     
  10. ar10

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    Actually firearms are recent history and not ancient. But if you think about it the relationship between humans and firearms is unique because there's more written history about them. I can understand why firearms were given names and regarded as animate objects. Peoples lives depended on them more than they could depend on an individual, that's part of human nature. At least when the "Davy Crocketts" of early America were out in the middle of no-where land they had something they knew would protect them. It happens now during the many wars the world seems to be going through. I certainly depended on my weapon more than the guy next to me during Viet Nam. As far as naming them? No. Unlike a "pet", if it broke I could always get another one. It may be an extension of the person using it but it's still just a tool.
     
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    What he said. Let's not help the "guns kill" crowd.
     
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    I've never owned a hammer that I considered "a friend".
    I've never owned a car that I considered "a friend".
    I suppose I should name my shoes "Righty" and "Lefty"? ;)

    Okay, I confess to owning one gun which has a name...only because it's former owner engraved his girlfriend's name "Shauna" in the slide.
    [​IMG]
     
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    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having affectionate feelings for a special tool. But that's a far cry from:

    There is an order of magitude difference between those two positions.
     
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    " Be not afraid of any man, no matter what his size, when danger threatens call on me and I will equalize."

    Saw that engraved on a 19th Century COLT SAA once. The sentiment would only work in a semi-anarchy enviroment, like what existed in the American frontier prior to 1912 and statehood. I think it belonged to a man from Globe Arizona.
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    Ancient history does matter, but the official posters story isn't ancient history. Ancient history to me is anything BC. The philosphers of ancient Greece, writings about rights, structures of governments and society. Those ideals apply today. Our American Founding Fathers studied and used it. Technology has changed but not man.
     
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    I do, but then I was a carpenter before they had nail guns. :D
    I did, best friend I ever had until the repo'ed it. I didn't know you had to pay someone for a car. :eek::(
    I've named mine frick (left) and frack (my other left). :D
     
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    Firearms are complex mechanical devices. Historically speaking, humans have always observed personality-like qualities in complex machines, such as ships, cars, aircraft, and the like. This is not out of delusion, but merely out of observation. Complex machines, when observed by a person, may actually "prefer" certain ways of operation, maintenance, cleaning, and care. They might work more reliably when using a certain method or technique, as opposed to when using another, even if both are technically valid.

    This is not to say that the machine has feelings, but it does have quirks that may cause it to function differently, better or worse, given different operators and/or maintenance procedures.
     
  17. DRYHUMOR

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    General Geoff,

    Well stated.

    I've worked at a lot of remote sites. We would sometimes name all the trucks, equipment, generators, etc.

    Even inanimate objects have personalities and quirks. There may still be a Cat generator out there named "Mary Francis" after my grandma. I never did get around to labling "Moe", "Larry", and "Curly" though. LOL

    As far as a weapon being a "friend", it's an old idea I've heard a long time ago also. Take care of your friend, your friend will take care of you, kind of thing.

    And in reality most well taken care of weapons develop patina, charactor, and legend. Even if they are tools, maybe even named "Betsy".
     
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    I spoke to a shrink once.
    We agreed that he was the one with the problem. :D

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    I am not about to put any sort of human characteristics into a gun or anything mechanical for that matter, but the fact remains that the use of guns can lead to pleasure (lots), pain(even more) and many other things.... the only thing I put into my guns that I can be seen as"human" would be trust... you've got to trust them.
     
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    Anyone who thinks mechanical creations can't have personalities or quirks has never owned an older British Car then again maybe it's just the Lucas wiring.

    Guns are tools not people I agree but some such as family guns have value for memories as well.
     
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    Now that's a hoot!
    When I was in the service, our off-base mobile maintenance trucks were named "Larry", "Moe" & "Curly". "Shemp" was the on-base mobile truck! TCC (Traffic Control Center) was nicknamed "Snoopy" and a SAT vehicle was "Car 54"!

    Too funny! :D :D :D

    Poper
     
  22. Ohio Gun Guy

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    Is that about your rifle or gun? :what:



    This is my rifle and this is my gun......

    (Supposed to be humor!)
     
  23. SundownRider

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    Reminds of that TV show "Brisco County Junior" where one of the bad guys has a rather interesting relationship with his "piece".
     
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    I used to drive a MGB in the early '80s.
    It's the wiring. Trust me -- been there, done that.:fire::fire::fire::fire::fire:
     
  25. polekitty

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    I may be wrong

    That's what Bill O'Reilly says on his tv show. So, I may also be wrong. But I think some of you missed the main philosophy: Respect you gun. Period. Many people (too many) don't respect their gun(s). But then, maybe these same people also don't respect some one suppossedly their friend. If you were in the military (what i really mean is the infantry) you probably thought the very best friend you had was your rifle. I did.
     
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