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Posted: 3/6/2002 1:49:13 PM EDT
You just might be if... ~you put a Hogue Grip on your car's parking brake ~you have a magazine loader on your key ring. ~you use a .32-20 casing for a pen cap. ~your key-ring fob is a converted .50BMG cartridge. ~your collection of AR back issues, Gun digests and reloading manuals cost you a premium the last time you moved. (or maybe that is a sign that you are an OLD gun nut!) ~every time one of your friends goes to buy a new gun they check with you first, since you've probably had one already, and because they know you have ammo and gun parts sitting around for guns you no longer own. ~spend 3 days going through the SGN looking through ALL the ads to get the COMPLETE kit for a weapon and then order through the 30 or so mail order companies that are needed for this and then build it. Just because you can. ~you slip and almost fall out the second story bathroom window because of the Guns & Ammo you left in front of the throne. ~if you get a flat and realize that you've got 400 pounds of shot, a Hefty bag each of wads and empty hulls, and enough primers to re-open the main shaft of the Lost Dutchman on top of your spare tire. ~if the Bible you read every night before bed is the Shooter's Bible. ~you take your guns out of the safe each night and handle them, just so you can wipe them off before putting them away. ~you keep a loaded gun hidden in every room in the house, including the bathroom and kitchen, "just in case", and then keep one on you at all times just in case someone breaks in while you're in the hallway. ~you named your pocket pistol "Little Guy" and your 12 guage "Big Jake." ~you wash your hands BEFORE taking a dump so you can take a piece of your collection in with you and not get salty sweat on the blue. ~you make $25 per hour at work, but spend 30 minutes on your knees at the range looking for that last piece of 40 S&W brass. ~you have to decide the difference between a gun nut and a firearms enthusiast? Is it 1,000 rounds per day or week? ~you read that "Brady II" would outlaw possession of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and think "I have more than that rolling around loose in the trunk of my car!", you just might be a gun nut. ~you could identify on sight all rifle bolt-faces as in - "that's a Ruger, that's a Savage, that's a Winchester .." ~you can identify gunshots from faraway as to caliber, whether from a rifle or pistol, brand of gun, grains of powder used, what powder and at what speed! Then you realize you can tell if it is blued or stainless. ~you work for the military and have more shooting experience then the guys in uniform you work with. ~when you go to the magazine rack, you check the Guns and Ammo cover to see if there are new guns as compared to checking the Playboy cover to see what it is offering. ~you have a callus on your shoulder. Continued...
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 1:51:25 PM EDT
~you're in the Army Reserves, and they can't figure out why every time they send you out to shoot the M60 with 100 rounds, you return with a shot-out barrel. It never dawns on them you're bringing your own ammo. ~you spend more time choosing which guns to bring with you on a trip, as well as holsters, and belts, than it does to pick out the clothes you will wear. ~you approach total strangers and ask if they're going to keep their brass, you just might be a gun nut. ~friends and family ask what you want for Christmas "Other than gun stuff." ~you've ever run out of film photographing your guns for insurance purposes. ~you've ever photographed your entire gun collection, but "insurance purposes" never entered your mind. ~you try taking one big 'family photo' of your gun collection, but just can't fit them all in one frame. ~you have Brownells on speed dial. ~you hand crafted a base pad for your Hogue monogrip out of a hockey puck. ~if you install a speed dialing device on your gun safe~. ~you own a BAYONET for a gun you haven't bought yet. ~you buy some checkering tools, checker all your gunstocks, and then start in on the bedposts. ~you practiced on the bedposts first before you did the guns. ~the custom door lock pulls on your Jeep are .223 Rem cases and the gear shift knob is a .50 BMG. ~you have guns in your safe that you can't for the life of you remember how you came by. ~you consider it a point of honor to only buy factory ammo if you need the brass. ~when you hear or see the numbers 221 you automatically think "fireball", 257 you think "Roberts", 218 "Bee", 4570 "government" etc., etc. and can't stop. ~your pickup is subject to search at any given time because, in your state, empty cartridge cases rolling around the floor are considered probable cause. ~years in history are inextricably linked to firearms development in your head. 1860...1903... 1921...1941... 1957... etc. ~your telephone number is: 223-2250 or 308-3006 or 303-3040 or some other combination of three + four digit calibers. ~you think there is some special significance when you glance at a clock and it shows 3:08, 3:57, 2:23, etc., no matter how many times you see it. ~when you hear "Winchester Catherdral", you think of the "church of shooting". ~you use a spot on the windshield as a targeting sight on that idiotic driver in front of you. ~you wonder if you should spread out your ammo boxes to more evenly distribute the weight on the floor. ~you measure the floor space around your gun vault wondering if you could fit another one there along side it. ~you’ve had the thought " I wonder what scale that little kids Animal Crackers are, compared to Regulation silhouttes?" ~you buy a Remington 700 BDL Varmint in .308 just to get a supply of 308 cases to make brass for your .44 Auto Mag. ~you carry pictures of all your guns with you at all times in order to show off your "babies". ~you spend more on ammo each month than on food. ~your guns are worth twice as much as your car. ~even one of your guns is worth more than your car. Continued...
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 1:53:21 PM EDT
~you list your local FFL dealer as a dependent on your tax return. ~a topless joint with free admission is half a mile away, and instead you drive 40 miles to the shooting range on a Saturday night. ~you alternate Silvertips and Hydra-Shocks in your magazines because they look prettier that way. ~you guess range and windage whenever you look at road signs. ~your driver's license says "must wear night-vision goggles" ~"Miller Time" means plinking at beer cans. ~the highlight of your week is discovering that 6 .40SW hollowpoints fit perfectly in a plastic 35mm film canister. (5 up/1 down in the middle). ~you retrofit a laser sight to your TV remote control. ~your favorite NBA team is the Boston KelTecs. ~your mailbox has a Weaver Rail on top. ~you can't figure out why your non-shooting friends laugh when you say "Bushmaster". ~you drive 300 miles just to ogle (and fire) HK-MP5s (and Stens, Uzis, BMGs and whatever else shows up at Knob Creek) ~you go to three different gun shows within a month and your excited every single time. ~you're guns are cleaner than your house/apartment. ~you have 5 different guns being DROS'd at 3 different FFL dealers. ~4 local gun shops know you by name. ~you're friends with 90%-100% of the employee's at every one of those shops. ~when you stop in, they ask you questions like "how was work?", "how's the wife and kids", "we're gonna order some food, ya want in?", etc. ~you can wallpaper your house with old issues of Shotgun News, Gun List, Guns & Ammo, etc... ~you're a computer specialist and you have more issues of Shotgun News and Gun List than MacWeek and PCWeek. ~you bought 7 or more AK-47's just so you could have different ones from different countries (Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Yugoslavian, Egyptian, Chinese, etc.) ~your phone number, license plate, extension at work, etc. relates to some caliber...ON PURPOSE. ~you have framed targets hanging in your bathroom, hallway, etc. with tight groups that you have shot. ~you can read the same issue of SGN/GL/etc. everyday until a new issues comes out. ~you own enough guns to arm everyone on your block. ~you own 4 AR-15's configured EXACTLY the same but by different manufacturers (Colt, Bushmaster, Olympic Arms, Armalite, etc.) just because you can. ~the last 5 guns you bought are never to be fired. ~you'd rather have a $10,000 PSG-1 and drive a $600 car rather than drive a $10,000 car and have a $600 gun. ~you preach how stupid gun laws/bans are at work when you work in a predominatly ANTI-gun company. ~you'd rather ban alcohol than hi-cap clips/mags. ~you actually consider buying the camo sexy underwear advertised for your sweetie in some gun catalogs. ~you learn that in the house you're buying someone committed suicide using a firearm and all your interested in is the make, model, caliber and condition of the firearm that was used. ~your kids, once in said house, determine that the broken window was a result of that firearms slug after it left the skull cavity of the victim, and they understand why you bought the house. ~your brothers-in-law only come to visit so they can shoot your guns. ~your gun dealer owes you $500 bucks rather than the other way around. Continued...
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 1:55:15 PM EDT
~you consider concealed carry every time you shop for clothes. ~you take a dolly or hand truck with you to gun shows. ~you buy a gun safe much larger than you think you'll ever need and still fill it up. ~you need yet another safe for all of the ammunition. ~you have to structurally reinforce your house due to this hobby. ~you buy a .25 Beretta to keep inside your Bible cover. Everybody needs a "hideout church gun". ~your drive to work is filled with reverie about why Ed's Red actually works. ~when you talk about the best piece you ever had, you mean a pistol. ~you get real good at drywalling your gun room once a year. ~you spend more on the gun accessories than the gun. ~you know the cyclic rate of a 1928 over-stamp Thompson. ~you spent hours trying to design a device that hands you bullets the right side up. ~you identify the gun on the cover of Dillon's "Blue Press" before you ever notice the girl. ~the first thing you notice is that she is actually holding the gun correctly ~your license plate reads: "DBL TAP" ~your license plate reads: "GUN NUT" and the wife's car had "GUN NUT2". ~you have these plates and the Sheriff stops you to ask about finding a part or to sell you a used gun. ~you are Canadian and have the audacity to own a gun. ~you spend more than the cost of a new Glock to travel to the GSSF/Glock matches on the chance that you might win one as well as to shoot at someplace new and different. ~you never miss Monday Night Football because it is reloading night. That's because you reloaded a whole week's ammo the day before, while everyone else was home watching the regular Sunday games. ~you bought a barrel of Garand clips for the Garand your going to buy. ~you bought a mauser 98 barrel and are now looking for an action to which it can be fitted. ~you find a set of 8x57 dies and 3 boxes of brass for a good price and then spend $200 on a Persian Mauser and $99 on a Hakim to shoot the 8x57 reloads with. ~you carry a brush gun like a .35 Remington for close range shots and a .25/06 slung across your back for those long range shots when you have plenty of time. ~you have a Ruger M-77 in 7mm-08 because you had an excess 3X9 by 40 scope. ~you buy a used holster at a show for $5.00, and then spend a few hundred on a gun that fits it. ~you look in your dealer's used gun case and most of them once belonged to you. ~and you start buying them back. ~take your gun parts to work to do your customizing even though it may get you in trouble. ~you've ever conducted dry-fire practice while riding the porcelain pony. ~if your local dealer comes to your house to shoot rather than the local range. ~if you collect empty cartridges that you can't use on the off hand chance that you might some day be able to trade them for something that you can use. ~you buy a set of grips for a pistol that you hope to get in the future. ~the dealer knows what you collect and calls you whenever he gets something new in (a Mk IV .455 Webley or anything Brittish). ~you call a friend long-distance just to discuss if a 3 gr. varience in cast bullets will effect accuracy. ~you were the only kid in the 8th grade who know how to field strip an MP40. field strip an MP-40. ~you spend more time at the range on your knees in the bushes looking for corroded .25 ACP cases than shooting? ~you pick up even such useless items as .22 rimfire and steel Berdan primed military cases. Continued...
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 1:56:14 PM EDT
~you know they used those spent .22 cases for guilding material in swaged bullets during WWII. ~you stand next to shooters with semi-automatic firearms with a cardboard box, hoping to catch a few ejected empties. ~you concentrate more on where your .45 ACP cases are landing than on the target. ~you can concentrate on the target because your wife and/or kids chase the brass for you. ~you wander about in front of the firing line in search of that elusive 30/06 case even when others are firing. ~you make trips to the local range on cold, wet days just to search for a few old semi-crushed .38 Specials. ~you worry if you lose just ONE empty when shooting? ~you have cases in your pockets, car, bedroom, kitchen, office and garage at all times. ~your basement looks like an ammo dump. ~you scrounged brass before you ever owned a gun. [b]AND FINALLY:[/b] Your favorite euphemism for sex is "concealing the weapon,".
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 2:47:53 PM EDT
your local dealer-whom you have become very good friends with- calls YOU to ask YOU if YOU have any guns to sell HIM. you have more than 20 loaded M16 mags... for an AR-15 you dont have yet.... in your DORM ROOM. you have a credit card next to the computer designated GUN PARTS ONLY you have more ammo than the gun shop you have debated getting your own FFL more twice you estimate wind speed, range, and how many "clicks" to adjust your scope for coke cans and other stuff while walking around you have a tin foil hat you check your mail box for gun catologs and get mad when there are none your mail box always has a gun catolog, hence the previous statement is false you wash more FAL buttstocks in your dishwasher than you wash dishes
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 2:54:40 PM EDT
Tyler.......What the hell are you doin`?.............[>:/]
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 3:07:32 PM EDT
Looks like tyler didn't make it to the range today. To much time on his hands.Although most of his discriptions fit almost everyone.
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 3:48:32 PM EDT
You spend more a month on guns and ammo than you do on your house!! That's me!
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:13:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:21:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/6/2002 4:26:19 PM EDT by sgtar15]
My Favorites: [list] [*]You get nervous when you have less than 2000 rounds of ammo....and .22LR doesn't count[/*] [*] You have ammo cases for guns you don't even own yet[/*] [*] You have more than one firearm in the safe that you have never fired....and it's not a collectors piece![/*] [*] Your favorite local gun shop is completely comfortable with you being behind their counters[/*] [*] You walk into the same gun shop and as soon as they see you the grab a yellow 4473 form[:D][/*] [/list] I could go on, but I think Tyler covered most of them......good work Sir[USA] Sgtar15
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:24:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BlackandGreen: Tyler.......What the hell are you doin`?.............[>:/]
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A notepad document I found it on an old floppy I had - I dated 1997. I am not sure, but I think a lot of it came from the old AR15 email list (for those of you who remember what that is [:D] ). Tyler
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:30:44 PM EDT
All your friends consider you to be a gun collector, even though you don't. Tyler, you give Hoosiers a good name!
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:33:31 PM EDT
..you can write 5 and a half pages of "You just might be a gun nut if" symptoms.
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:44:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:44:57 PM EDT
It's so good to read that some of us are not alone. I can remember owning ar15 mags long before ever buying one.
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 4:50:51 PM EDT
[}:D]
Link Posted: 3/6/2002 6:11:47 PM EDT
I admit to that one...having AR mags ten years ago. I got my first AR just a few months ago. If you used to scrounge at a military firing range for the bandoliers, loading spoons, stripper clips, even the cardboard boxes the ammo came in...long before you had any ammo to fit in them. If while scrounging at that range, you found the occasional grenade firing assembly off a smoke grenade, and if it was in good shape you kept it, refurbished it, and made a dummy grenade with it. Extra points if you put in a new primer just to hear the SNAP! when you pulled the pin and tossed it. (I'm guilty!! [:D]) It really bugs you that you can't remember what you did with those scrounged GI mags you got years ago...before you had a rifle they fit. You took a machine tools class at the local college JUST to customize some gun parts, and make others. You actually made an AR lower from an 80 percent complete Tannery Shop casting. Extra credit if it works and you use it. Double extra credit if you did this, but with a 0 percent complete raw forging instead. Bonus points if you spent more than 200 dollars in tools and supplies (but not counting gun parts)to make and complete the lower. You can field strip and correctly reassemble more than one type of pistol in total darkness. It bugs you when your bullets, primer, and powders don't come out even. You search for the cheapest reloading components...but not to save money. You just want more reloading on your limited budget! You can take a full AR-15/M16 lower parts kit and a lower receiver and completely and properly assemble it...in total darkness. You can then build the rest of the rifle in total darkness. With the exception of the last two, I'm guilty on all counts. CJ
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