It’s easy to get wrapped up in the “serious” aspects of gun culture. If you’ve taken the decision to include a firearm in your family’s security plans, then you know just what a daunting task this can be, particularly when it comes to mindset. In this issue of Brownells GUNNERY, we take a break from the more somber subjects that may be required in this field and instead immerse ourselves in the fantasy world of video games.
First-person shooter games are one of the entry points to the firearms world for many young people. After getting hooked on COD or Rainbow Six, lots of folks are amazed to discover that the thumbs they wore out on their game controller can be used to stuff magazines. And that the guns they selected in on-screen menus can be bought over the counter at their local gun store.
Making the mental and physical leap from the virtual to the real world is not as intimidating when you’ve got a couple hundred hours of gaming under your ass, and once the realization hits that you can pull triggers just like your character in the game, it’s easier to get off the couch and onto the range.
Of course, there’s then the crushing realization that just because you can perform like a bad ass in the pixelated world, it doesn’t mean you’re able pull off the same shots in real life. Once this realization sinks in, it’s time to learn a whole new set of skills, and the discipline that comes with them.