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Gun Buying


Well, the march goes on at Cabelas. Gun sales remain high as per usual.  Deer season is at hand and I see experienced hunters replacing old scopes or getting new rifles they have saved a year for. I also keep seeing first time gun owners buy. The new gun owners really have no idea how to approach their purchase, many being influenced by TV news and adventure movies. I hear discussions on “what will you do with the gun when you are not home and the kids are!?” A very good question, in my own experience everyone I knew loved the outdoors and everyone hunted, there was no mystery to firearms. Now few children get the opportunities we had at the same age, even the great outdoors seem a mystery to most adults today. It is a shame; the great outdoors are still there.

There are so many ways to remove the mystery. Hunt, fish, camp and just turn the electronics off and spend a day learning to shoot, shoot for fun. But still; the outdoors may not be your cup of tea. What do people want with the purchase of a new hand gun? Security or that feeling of getting ready to defend yourself? Police that train all the time have trouble hitting the mark in a gun fight. Deer hunters go to the range to sight in that deer rifle knowing they must hit the mark can put every round inside the 10 ring at 100 yards; every time.

When that big mossy-back steps out even the most experienced hunter will have a hard time hitting a vital spot at 100 yards. The same range they sighted that deer rifle at? How is that possible, are they drunk? No! The same reason the police have a hard time hitting a man at short ranges when they are qualified marksmen. When the “adrenalin dump” hits us fine motor skills go out the window. The only answer is to train, experienced deer hunters DO make the shot, police officers DO hit the mark, but only because they have experience to pull them through. ………….get some……..experience with your gun that is.

Steve Milam