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THR Saved My Life

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ArfinGreebly, Apr 25, 2007.

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  1. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    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.
  2. helpless

    helpless Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    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.
  3. vis-à-vis

    vis-à-vis Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    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.
  4. GunRights4US

    GunRights4US Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    The SOUTH
    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.
  5. CNYCacher

    CNYCacher Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    Auburn, NY
    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!
  6. gunsmith

    gunsmith member

    May 8, 2003
    Reno, Nevada
    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!
  7. BobTheTomato

    BobTheTomato Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    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.
  8. redneck2

    redneck2 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    You can learn more about reloading in a few days than you could in weeks of reading or years of experience.
  9. madmattmd

    madmattmd Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Westminster, Maryland
    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,
  10. Declaration Day

    Declaration Day Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Redford, Michigan
    When I first joined THR, I didn't mind compromising the Second Amendment. I am now a Second Amendment purist.
  11. db_tanker

    db_tanker Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    Willis, TX
    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.

  12. Primersinmyshoe

    Primersinmyshoe Member

    May 29, 2005
    St. Louis, Mo
    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.
  13. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    North Carolina
    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!
  14. foghornl

    foghornl Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2007
  15. SamTuckerMTNMAN

    SamTuckerMTNMAN Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    I almost dont know how

    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!

  16. phorvick

    phorvick Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    NW MN
    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!
  17. romma

    romma Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    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!
  18. DogBonz

    DogBonz Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    So much...

    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.


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

    cavman Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    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.

  20. WinchesterAA

    WinchesterAA Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    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..
  21. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    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. :)
  22. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    at the center of my own little universe
    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?
  23. AVESguy

    AVESguy Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    South Florida
    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!!
  24. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    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.
  25. expvideo

    expvideo Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Everett, WA
    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.
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