This piece is about my experiences with males and females with firearms. If anyone takes offense to it, sorry but this is definitely from personal and professional experience....with that said, here goes.
When it comes to us males and females buying firearms everyone always has a different approach to firearms, the dealers, and individual safety guidelines. Now with that being said I have experienced a huge increase in what I call a "Macho Man" mentality when it comes to purchasing firearms.
I say this because as a male, most tend to want to act tough and hard when they're around firearms even if they don't know anything. Regardless of how much experience they may or may not have with firearms. Even though, I've found that those with a large amount of "experience" tend to be more rude and biased than those with less experience such as the rookie or experienced females.
With all firearm owners and those of us with years of training, we can almost pick up any firearm and tell if it's for us or not. Like myself, I can grip a pistol and fully extend my trigger finger on the side of the sidearm then slide my finger down and down ( from the side of the pistol's slide to the trigger guard ) and tell if it's for me or not. However my finger never once touches the trigger for any reason!
Most people dry fire on an empty chamber and that's up to them but one thing I've noticed especially with males is if you try to give them the run down on safety guide lines, they get offended and all butthurt. I've had a formal complaint filed on me because I've given a guy the rundown on safety guide lines and for asking, then telling them to remove their finger from the trigger.
I'm sorry you're butthurt for me telling you to do the right thing. Just like looking down the barrel from the receiving end! I've gotten complained on for telling someone that it was unsafe and they shouldn't do it. Again mostly by men! I can talk to females all day and night without any problems when it comes to firearms.
Why is that? Because I've found that women are more open to the idea of people helping them or for learning new things. Men have a total pride and macho man issue that they tend to follow. I myself can say I have a pride issue and that's why I can't stay down or become someone's lap dog. But I do know the macho man mentality will get you hurt, killed, or someone else hurt or killed.
So why do I say all this? Because I've had people claim to have years of military or law enforcement or hunting experience and they get mad at me (another individual who has been shooting since I was four, have a background in law enforcement and the military, nra pistol instructor, and self defense instructor) for saying hey you're wrong.
Here are some things I've heard from men claiming they have experience.
1. Finger resting on the trigger - I'm not going to squeeze the trigger *click* oh well I didn't mean to do that
2. Aiming into an open area with people - well it's not loaded! *click, rack, click*
3. Looking through a rifle scope - don't worry I'm not aiming at anyone *aiming into an area where people are walking*
4. Looking at a 9x19mm and a 44Mag - well which one of these will kill someone and go through armor? *gets mad when you explain that if you're wanting to kill people then it's a NO-GO"
5. Looking for concealed carry sidearms - ends up getting a full sized pistol because it holds 15+ rounds but then gets mad because it imprints and cast an outline.
6. Brings wife to look at a gun for her - gets mad when you explain that you want her to look at what she likes and what fits her, it's her gun not his.
Again, this isn't all men or women but for the individuals I've dealt with, 8 out of 10 will have a macho man or know it all mentality while 2 out of 10 will actually listen and take time to understand the safety guidelines and know what they're getting by simply picking up a sidearm, finger extended, and feeling the slide and trigger guard.
Stay safe, stay alert, and carry always.
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