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Cotillion

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At the gun store today and a guy walks up next to me and asks the clerk to see this big ol 45. I can't remember the manufacturer but it was on the bulky side for sure. Anyway the clerk does the safety check and hands the man the gun with the side locked back. The man then stared at it for roughly 2 minutes, then proceeded to try and figure out how to press the slide lock button. Once the clerk taught him how, he said " ill take it", and bought it...
 

rahlquist

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even funnier, I once saw almost this exact scenario happen. Then the guy behind the counter said ok, I will need photo ID. The guy reached into his saggy drawers, grabbed his wallet and dropped his weed on the floor (without noticing) another customer stepped up picked it up and put it on the counter next to his ID. Needless to say the transaction never completed LOL.
 

Cotillion

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Flame me all you want but I strongly believe everyone should have to do a minimum 4 hour class, preferably 8+ though. If you can't find the slide release you don't need to own a gun
 

Iam2Taz

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Cot - Give it a rest...
Maybe, his best friend has one. Maybe, he is used to revolvers. Maybe, wants to learn and was told a big ole .45 was the way to go. Maybe, he just wanted one because BO thinks he can take em away and he is casting his vote! I don't know. Bottom line... it is HIS RIGHT to keep and bear arms. SHTF and you might be standin next to him as he knocks off a BG and you'll be thinking, "Now where did I see that guy?" Oh yeah.... He did know how to close the slide! Looks like he figured it out!

I saw an ole boy who looked like he couldn't buy a cup of coffee, pull 48,k out of pocket and pay cash for a vette. (That was 20 years ago.) Weird stuff happens every day.

Not everyone is an expert like you. You could have made conversation with the guy about his new weapon and helped him instead of making fun of him.

You are right about one thing... Flamed for class time! I get a little irritated at self-righteous people who want to make rules for everyone. - Sounds too much like socialism / communism.
 

Cotillion

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Wow you're right. Thinking someone who obviously can't safety handle a hand cannon shouldn't own one without proper training is just like socialism! I need to keep my eliteism in check, sorry bros and gals. I wonder when they next thread with a link of some idiot hurting himself with a firearm can be posted so the exact same people here can go post the exact same thing I just said and you argued
 

Providence Ranch

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Front Sight has a motto of "Any gun will do if you will do." A bit grammatically challenged, but you get the spirit. Maybe this guy was just gearing up for his first class with the gun that appealed to him most at the time. Shame on him for not entering the game with sufficient skill at arms to impress you at the counter. The nerve! Doesn't he know who you are?
 

RJ_Whitlock

M&P 9mm
I agree with OP to a point, if you can't handle a gun safely or know how it operates in my eyes you should take some sort of firearms safety class or talk to someone about how to properly handle a firearm.

I'm not trying to say I'm better than anyone, but a lot of accidents happen when someone doesn't handle a firearm properly.
 

defender829

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Cotillion:228679 said:
Flame me all you want but I strongly believe everyone should have to do a minimum 4 hour class, preferably 8+ though. If you can't find the slide release you don't need to own a gun

Yeah! And we need to require classes for knife purchases! What about power tools? And roller skates? And walnuts! Lighters and matches?
 

S&WM&P40

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Same thing happened last year at one of the gun shops I go to. Guy was buying a 12G shotgun for HD and just for fun, he didn't know how to release the slide(or for that matter how to work the gun in gen.) I showed him the basics of how to work it and told him I was in no way an expert and if he wanted more information to sign up for classes.

With the way things are now a days gun stores are seeing more and more first time owners(large amount of them use to be antis.)

I think if we know how to work the said firearm they want to buy we should show them the basics(including the basic rules of firearm safety.) It's not our job to tech(unless you have an instructor cert) them how to use the firearm like a DELTA FORCE operator, but I also think we shouldn't look down at them for wanting to buy a firearm.
 

jsimmons

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Wow you're right. Thinking someone who obviously can't safety handle a hand cannon shouldn't own one without proper training is just like socialism! I need to keep my eliteism in check, sorry bros and gals. I wonder when they next thread with a link of some idiot hurting himself with a firearm can be posted so the exact same people here can go post the exact same thing I just said and you argued

Until I joined the Navy, I'd never held a 1911. Does that mean I should never have been given the chance? If the guy's a citizen, and he can otherwise legally possess the weapon, I say more power too him. Sure, I (and everyone else here) hope he gets some training, but training isn't a prerequisite to keep and bear arms, at least it's not specified in the copy of the Constitution that I'm looking at right now.

Look at it this way - at least he bought a manly pistol, and not some limp-wrist 9mm... :)
 

tuts40

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Flame me all you want but I strongly believe everyone should have to do a minimum 4 hour class, preferably 8+ though. If you can't find the slide release you don't need to own a gun

I'd like to think Iam2taz, Jsimmons & S&wm&p40 and others have some good points about this, and I'll paraphrase the men cause I feel like backing them up here. The purchaser may have wanted to own a gun for the day the anti's are successful in stopping our ability to (legally) purchase them. OR, he wanted a good size gun to take with him to, here's the key part, to class to learn to manipulate it and shoot it. ...Maybe even then classes at Front Sight! Iam2taz and others are right, this guy has a right to own it even if he just greases it up and puts it in a safe for crying out loud.

As a side note, today, the 10th anniversary of the attacks against our freedom should bring to us a gladness that this man and any other person in this country SHOULD buy a gun and celebrate the fact they CAN buy a gun.
 

Cotillion

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It's amazing how twisted things can get over the internet without immediately being able to retort with words. I guess you woulda just had to have been there. This whole elitist thing makes me lol, I'm anti everything. I can't stand the hoops we need to jump through and state regulation is retarded. I simply looked over at a grown man twisting a pistol around and pictured a 13 year old playing with his dads gun and he ends up blowing his face off. I'm glad he bought a gun, he looks like the type of guy who would shoot a crack head for coming on his lawn but in the interest of self preservation he should have forked out the 35 bucks and went to the same class I did
 

s0nspark

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in the interest of self preservation he should have forked out the 35 bucks and went to the same class I did

... and perhaps he will at some point. The only real issue I see is if he does not get the instruction he will surely need to handle his new purchase safely. Maybe he has a friend of family member he will go to.

Sure, many would benefit some sort of minimal safety instruction before purchasing a firearm... but the reality is that instruction of that sort would be so dependent on what they wanted to purchase you'd really only be able to make it happen as part of the sales process or after the fact via youtube videos. Maybe more people just need to be encouraged in that direction?

Kudos to him on the .45 in any case ;-)
 

S&WM&P40

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It's amazing how twisted things can get over the internet without immediately being able to retort with words. I guess you woulda just had to have been there. This whole elitist thing makes me lol, I'm anti everything. I can't stand the hoops we need to jump through and state regulation is retarded. I simply looked over at a grown man twisting a pistol around and pictured a 13 year old playing with his dads gun and he ends up blowing his face off. I'm glad he bought a gun, he looks like the type of guy who would shoot a crack head for coming on his lawn but in the interest of self preservation he should have forked out the 35 bucks and went to the same class I did

That's just it, what works for you may not work for everyone.
 

S&WM&P40

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... and perhaps he will at some point. The only real issue I see is if he does not get the instruction he will surely need to handle his new purchase safely. Maybe he has a friend of family member he will go to.

Sure, many would benefit some sort of minimal safety instruction before purchasing a firearm... but the reality is that instruction of that sort would be so dependent on what they wanted to purchase you'd really only be able to make it happen as part of the sales process or after the fact via youtube videos. Maybe more people just need to be encouraged in that direction?

Kudos to him on the .45 in any case ;-)

Say what you want about youtube, but there is a lot of firearm experts on it. At the same time it has just as many if not more arm-chair commandos who think they are members of seal team 6 just because they own a glock. If you can find the right channels on youtube you can learn a **** load of information from (proofen experts) with years of knowledge they are giving away for FREE.
 

FN1910

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There is one local gun store around here that has a checklist for every gun they sell. Some of the itmes on it are that they have to show the new owner how to load and operate (chamber a round, safety on/off etc) and generally be familiar with the gun. I like this and think all gun stores should do similar. Ironic thing is they usually have the best selection of guns around and cheapest prices. Just goes to show that good customer service works.
 

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