First Words

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It’s mag­i­cal.

The bond we have built with firearms is un­like any­thing else. Not only is it com­fort­ing, it’s re­ward­ing and chal­leng­ing. And we’d want it no other way.

Some of us were born into the life­style; oth­ers de­vel­oped it later in life. Re­gard­less of how it started, there are sev­eral things that cul­ti­vate it.

THE PLACE

It’s unique.

There’s some­thing about a shoot­ing range that en­ables us to es­cape from the world. Take the An­ge­les Shoot­ing Ranges near Los An­ge­les.

For five min­utes, a faded black as­phalt road me­an­ders along­side a dry streambed, which sits at the base of some of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s parched hill­sides. Th­ese rolling hills pro­vide a bar­rier from the ma­jor me­trop­o­lis and ev­ery­thing that goes along with that.

The range is a place where most would say it’s too hot, it’s too dirty, it’s too cold. For us, it’s rugged, it’s iso­lated and it’s peace­ful. This is our land.

THE PEO­PLE

It’s in­stan­ta­neous.

Whether you meet them at the SHOT Show, the NRA’S An­nual Meet­ings, an­other trade show or at the range, there’s al­ways a quick con­nec­tion with a fel­low shooter, and there are nu­mer­ous fac­tors that come into play. You may be drawn in by their de­meanor, their gun or their gear, but that re­la­tion­ship is al­ways there, re­gard­less of age or oc­cu­pa­tion. Whether it’s a new shooter, a con­struc­tion worker who has been shoot­ing for years, a cook, a vet or even Bill Wil­son, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Wil­son Com­bat, you will no­tice that our fel­low shoot­ers are un­equiv­o­cally ap­proach­able, down-to-earth and con­fi­dent, all of which helps build an un­de­ni­able bond. From that bond, tips are shared, ideas are dis­cussed and skills im­prove. It’s a broth­er­hood.

THE CHAL­LENGE

It’s also nev­erend­ing.

The de­sire to im­prove burns in­side all of us. In ev­ery facet of the game, we strive to get bet­ter ev­ery time we step onto a range, whether we’re work­ing on tar­get ac­qui­si­tion, fast fol­low-up shots or ac­cu­racy… at 15 yards or 100 yards.

We refuse to set­tle. We al­ways want to take ev­ery skill to the next level. Our goal to im­prove is nev­erend­ing. It’s sim­ply in our DNA.

THE BOT­TOM LINE

Non-en­thu­si­asts will never grasp the bond or the el­e­ments that cul­ti­vate the re­la­tion­ship we have with firearms and our broth­ers and sis­ters, but that’s OK. That’s what makes us dif­fer­ent. It’s our life­style, and we wouldn’t change it for any­thing. It re­ally is mag­i­cal.

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