Guest Article: You Mean You Have to Cock it?

Here is a story that will make ya smile from a friend of the Blog, Andrew:  

First, I’m a professional soldier at 19th Special Forces Group. I work part-time at a gun store and range where we rent handguns and AR’s.  Last Sunday I had a gentleman in his late 50’s and his girlfriend come in and rent a handgun and range time. A few minutes go by and he comes out to tell me the gun is not working. As they are rentals, they sometimes break, or more often than not have been “limp wristed.” I go out on the line and load a magazine, charge the weapon, and fire three rounds and have no problem with it. It is at this point he asks me “you mean you have to cock it?” Being a professional I managed to answer him with a straight face. When I got off the line, I lost it laughing. Besides the funny nature of the incident, it brings up two points, ask questions if you don’t know something and women are my favorite to teach because they listen and ask!

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  1. I have so many stories. I never laugh at a “citizen” who comes to the range and ask how to use a gun. I did often laugh at military and cops who never asked a question and proceeded to screw up with a firearm. “I know how to use this…..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

    The most common dumbass: a Cop or an Army person– usually O3 or higher who starts to hold a handgun wrong…typically with their support hand having the thumb behind the slide. I always tried to stop them and explain that slide will come back and it will cut the thumb. “This is the way I alwasy hold it sergeant.”

    Ok, I walk over to the 1st aid kit and get a bandaid out. They’ll only do that so many times before the recoil causes the support thumb to creep up and the slide to bite it.
    I call that kind of hold “the Police Admin hold” because it’s usually done by a–clowns who work in an office of the police dept and manage to show up on the range about once every 2 years…and suck at shooting.

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