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Guest Article: Each Metaphor Was Intertwined With Guns

The below post was written by a friend of our blog, Ryan.  He was taught to shoot by his grandmother.  Not only did she teach him to shoot, but she taught him about good character and life with gun related metaphors.  She sounds like a wise woman, Ryan.  Thank you for telling your story!  

My life has guns in it because of one soul, my Grandma. In truth, we are/were the Black Sheep of the family. She loved guns and all things marksmanship, I was always fascinated by it, and everyone else declared it’s evil. Since my dad was more interested in cars than his son, my grandma taught me all I needed to know and remember about being someone of character, and each metaphor was somehow intertwined with guns and the old west era.

I know from everyone who knew her before she passed when I was in 7th Grade that she was a crack-shot none of them could beat. For me, the ideals she taught me that are embedded in me are especially two involving guns, one with a Colt Revolver and another an M1911. She told me the old saying, “God made man, Sam Colt made them equal,” but she said it means something different in fact than how so many take it. She explained with how people take it, it should say, “God made man, Sam Colt proved we’re equal.” But she told me it means simply this, nothing is guaranteed. She explained that at any moment we can leave this plane by divine, mortal, or natural means.

She warned me to take nothing for granted, know that anyone can be consumed by hate to end a person in one foolish move, and that our bodies aren’t designed to last forever. The other thing she taught me is that, there are those who will do what others cannot. There are those who are willing, when there is no other options, all signs to engage and defend are go, and they will do what others can never do to defend what is most dear to them, no matter the sacrifice to their own being. Those were two of the main three things she referenced to guns about life to me, but each day I go out shooting, whether I let my 1911, .357 Mag, .270, AR-15, Mosin-Nagant, .243, .22, 9mm, or .17HMR send lead downrange, each day of practice I hear her voice. If I jerk the trigger and miss I hear her say, “Slow and steady minds and hearts pull through in most events.”

I always find a metaphor, tidbit, or a life lesson she told me come back to my mind when a bullet flies downrange. She showed me that, for my mind at least, things learned in marksmanship are easier to apply to life in all forms. Simple lessons such as patience, calm mind under pressure, control of emotions, eyes on your goal and being aware of the world around you would have never fully come to my understanding at the age of 22 if I didn’t shoot pistols and long range rifles.

Weightlifter Shot Himself by Dropping Dumbbell on a .22 Round

What do you think about this one?  Is his story true? (Read it here.) A man from Modesto, CA says he was lifting weights and accidentally dropped one of the weights on a .22 round laying on the floor.  The weight hit the rimfire and “shot” the bullet into his shoulder.  If it is true, this is the kind on thing that only happens in the vicinity of Hollywood.  I am just wondering if the word “dumbbell” in the title is referring to the man or to the weight.

Stopping Power: Do You Really Need a Large Caliber?

One of my main reasons I started “Heels and Handguns” is to document new things I learn and to share what I learn with others so we can increase our collective knowledge about firearms and other interesting topics. When I went to buy my first pistol (mostly for home protection) I was advised over and over to get something with good “stopping power”. I am in the Navy, a very male dominated group, even today (although it grows more diverse every year). Several of my buddies told me to get at least a 9mm, and my most trusted gun advisor told me, “You need a .45 – for knock down power alone.” When it came down to it, I bought an XD45, and never regretted it. When I pull the trigger, I can feel the power, it has a kick and I have no doubt it will take a guy down if the time comes. I also know that there are some people, kids and ladies who might be intimidated by a firearm and might think a .45 is a bit much. For those people, I usually tell them to try a .40 or a 9mm or various other similar sized rounds I never tell them to get a .22 for home protection, although they are cheap and fun to take to the range.

That was until…  I heard an episode of my favorite podcast, The Survival Podcast (one of the best all around survival education resources). The premise of this podcast (by Jack Spirko) is not only surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, but mainly just living well and surviving day to day in an ever changing world.

In episode 855, he gave a very detailed talk (geared toward the beginner shooter) about caliber, gauge, ballistic coefficient, and other terms described in a very practical way.  All this was very interesting, and while I already knew a lot of what he said, I did learn things I had wondered about but hadn’t yet fully understood.  The part that made me pull my car over and start taking notes (ahhh…. the life of a blogger) was when he quoted a non-scientific study done by Buckeye Farms association.  It was called “An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power”.  Basically, Greg Ellfritz, over a 10-year period, kept track of stopping power results from every shooting he could find. He talked to the participants of gunfights, read police reports, attended autopsies, and scoured the newspapers, magazines, and Internet for any reliable accounts of what happened to the human body when it was shot.  There is A LOT of data in his report, and you can read it here.  Jack Spirko got my attention in his podcast when he said that, according to this study, a .22 actually had a higher percentage of fatal hits than most large caliber pistol rounds.  This really got me thinking.  Listen to Jack Spirkos explanation of Greg’s data.  It is enlightening!

I am not going stop recommending a bigger caliber, but I think at the end of the day if you have any gun – it just might do the trick.  What are your thoughts on this topic?

A .22 Shopping I Go

I do NOT like to shop.  I am too much of a tom-boy for that.  I do like a new pair of heels here and there, but I wish they would just appear.  The ONLY kind of shopping I do like is GUN shopping!  I am going to go .22 shopping this week.  I want to get a good, accurate .22 that I can use for fun, and my daughter can use to get comfortable on the range.  I am looking at two beautiful weapons now.  I would be interested to get your thoughts on these, as well as other options I might consider.

One is the Browning Buckmark series of .22’s.










The other is the Ruger Mark III

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