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TRY­ING TO WIN HER OVER AND GET HER HOOKED ON GUNS? HERE’S HOW.

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Valen­tine’s Day is upon us, and it can some­times be a chal­lenge to come up with a unique idea for things to do. For a lot of gun peo­ple, it’s sim­ple: A hot date at the lo­cal range is al­ways fun. It’s not al­ways that sim­ple, though, be­cause some­times, the one we love might not be par­tic­u­larly keen about guns. Re­gard­less of whether you’ve been mar­ried to a non-gun lover for years or are try­ing to win over a mate who’s not that into guns, here are some ideas for a hot date that might win him or her over.

LO­CA­TION, LO­CA­TION, LO­CA­TION

It might sound like a cliché, but search for the right place, and this could be a turn­ing point. Find a USPSA league night or monthly match, and scope it out ahead of time. You can find these by map

lo­ca­tion on Prac­tis­core.com, which is a free, on­line scor­ing and match sup­port web­site.

For ex­am­ple, in St. Ge­orge, Utah, South­ern Utah Prac­ti­cal Shoot­ing (SUPS) hosts Tues­day Night Steel, and brand-new shoot­ers are wel­come at its events. It in­structs every­one from novice shoot­ers to mil­i­tary and LEO.

If your sig­nif­i­cant other is ner­vous around guns, a good first ex­pe­ri­ence is crit­i­cal. For in­stance, don’t take your wife (who’s on the fence about guns) to the range with “just the guys.” Maybe they heard you com­plain that she’s not a fan of firearms and are try­ing to help you out. But she is go­ing to feel as if it’s a setup.

In­stead, find a place with other women, youth, etc. that’s geared to­ward new peo­ple with­out pa­tron­iz­ing them. SUPS and Tac­ti­cal Per­for­mance Cen­ter (TPC) are paired in St. Ge­orge, Utah; they de­liver on cus­tomer ser­vice for fu­ture range “ad­dicts.”

But there are oth­ers out there, and lo­cal matches abound. So, get look­ing and go out on a date and shoot guns. (Af­ter all, isn’t that ev­ery guy’s dream?)

A HANDS-ON GUN DATE

Maybe your sig­nif­i­cant other would rather spend bond­ing time work­ing on the house. May I sug­gest a gun lover’s ver­sion of some­thing like an HGTVstyle makeover for your reload­ing or gun stor­age room? If your gun area is a mess, get your lap­top, grab a beer or a glass of wine, and go on Pin­ter­est to­gether. Start look­ing for ways to get her in­volved in stor­ing the “fam­ily’s” guns. Maybe she wants to craft a cute sign for your reload­ing room or pick out the color of the gun safe. This is a bit of flip­ping your per­spec­tive and look­ing at things from her per­spec­tive. Care enough to make it more than your guns or your man cave. Ask to share it. Peo­ple value things they work on and care about. Shar­ing is car­ing!

An­other date idea: Build her a ri­fle. Go on­line ahead of time and buy the parts for her to build a ri­fle or cus­tom­ize a pis­tol. I know

... DON’T TAKE YOUR WIFE (WHO’S ON THE FENCE ABOUT GUNS) TO THE RANGE WITH “JUST THE GUYS.”

a guy who paints his wife’s ri­fles with spray paint and makes them look like con­stel­la­tions and the au­rora bo­re­alis. How can she not love him for that!

Again, bring the per­son with whom you want to share into the pic­ture. It’s not just about them un­der­stand­ing your view. Un­der­stand theirs, and then try to give them a rea­son to view things dif­fer­ently or with per­sonal in­vest­ment and mean­ing.

If you’re look­ing for a ro­man­tic week­end get­away for Valen­tine’s Day, skip the cou­ples mas­sage and take an ar­morer’s class; al­ter­na­tively, sign up for a shoot­ing class to­gether.

My hus­band and I have en­joyed classes with Mike Seeklan­der, Ron Avery, Ben Stoeger and oth­ers. We have sat riv­eted, lis­ten­ing to Ron Avery talk about se­ri­ous topics. He didn’t sugar coat or spoon feed—he chal­lenged. That was a great class, and we loved it. We spent two days on the range, see­ing each other work through dry-fire drills, live-fire drills and gath­er­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of our strengths and weak­nesses. But a Glock ar­morer’s course or a ri­fle-build class could be just as en­joy­able. Maybe you have an artsy wife who would love to learn how to Cer­akote ... they give classes on that.

These are just a few ideas to blend a Valen­tine’s Day date night or week­end into some­thing that could hook your sig­nif­i­cant other into lov­ing guns the way you do. The key is to make the date into some­thing they will en­joy and not just about guns.

Take the time to share what you love about guns with the love of your life in a way she or he can re­late to, and hope­fully, they will un­der­stand a lit­tle bet­ter why you love guns. They might come around and be­come a gun lover, too.

For gun lovers, maybe some­day there will be an “AR-15 Lover’s Day.” But un­til then, Valen­tine’s Day can serve as cover for that. So, get out and share what you love. Per­haps you will win her/him over. GW

IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING

FOR A RO­MAN­TIC WEEK­END GET­AWAY FOR VALEN­TINE’S DAY, SKIP THE COU­PLES MAS­SAGE AND TAKE AN AR­MORER’S CLASS; AL­TER­NA­TIVELY, SIGN UP FOR A SHOOT­ING CLASS TO­GETHER.

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One fun date night idea is to build a ri­fle to­gether—such as this one be­long­ing to Mary Dixon that fea­tures a con­stel­la­tion paint job.I

For the ul­ti­mate gun lover’s Valen­tine’s date, en­ter a match, as did fel­low Gun World colum­nist Michelle Cerino and her hus­band, Chris.

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