So, I was recently discussing the site with a good friend and faithful reader, who gave me a fantastic bit of feedback. He asked, “Why don’t you make the site more interactive?” That’s a hell of a great idea!
Let’s face it, guns can be intimidating. All that power. Potentially deadly force. Little room for mistakes. Unfortunately, gun safety isn’t taught in schools anymore, (though they teach kids about illegal drugs??). Likewise, for far too many, gun safety and shooting is unfortunately no longer part of the knowledge, or skills proudly handed down from generation to generation, (though such training it could save your life).
Yet, there are many who still think it’ part of, “the man code.” Like somehow, all men are supposed to know about guns and gun safety. (That’s the kind of thinking that will get you in trouble, likely hurt, and possibly worse.) I think we’ve all unfortunately had that bad experience, where we’ve gone into a gun store, or bellied up to the gun counter of a sporting goods store, and been greeted by, “Mr. Just Your Presence is Annoying Me“, or Rambo Himself…
Trautman: It’s good to hear your voice Johnny, it’s been a long time. Look John, you’ve done some damage here, they don’t want anymore trouble. That’s why I’ve come. I want to come in there and fly you the hell out. Just you and me. We’ll work this thing out together. Is that fair enough? (First Blood, 1982)
Honestly, who needs that?! Especially if you’re new to the scene, and already intimidated. Nobody wants to feel like an ass, especially if you’re trying to better yourself by educating yourself about important life skills topics. So, wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place you could go to ask all your firearm, shooting, knife and other outdoor related questions, without fear of being ridiculed by the guy behind the counter? That’s certainly my attitude towards the NRA courses I teach, but let Inside The X Ring be that place!
Want to know the difference between centerfire and rimfire ammunition? The difference between a bullet, a casing, and a round, or what a primer is? Want to know the difference between controlled round feed, and push feed in bolt action rifles, and why you want controlled round feed when hunting dangerous game? Want to know whether it’s a magazine or clip, or how to determine the caliber of that old rifle Grandpa gave you? Ask away. Just keep it on topic, respectful, and clean!
For now, please email questions to, Jim@InsideTheXRing.com, and look for a future “Q&A Post.” If the concept takes off, maybe I’ll make it a “Special Series” and/or add more capability directly to the site to capture your questions.
Be Aware! Be Prepared! Be Safe!
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