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.
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.
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.
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.