Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Unfamiliarity breeds contretemps.

Louis Awerbuck, who has forgotten more about running a shotgun than most people will ever know, describes his initial range trip with the Kel-Tec KSG, (which was discussed here):

I will never again believe that line of thinking, the “OK, we’re going to fam fire these guns for 20 minutes in case you ever find one and have to use it for real” syndrome. For yours truly, it’s not only “No,” it’s “Hell no.”

Another bitter lesson learned.

(Registration is required to read it, but I think it's worth it.)

11 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Ugh. Black backround website.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Ouch! He's right. Humbling.

But the Silver Lining is, if I buy "it", then it's my job to practice with "it," until I reach my Limitations.

Of course, everyone's personal "it' is different, but then again, that does mean more time on the Range, which is always a good thing.

DirtCrashr said...

I read it in the dead-tree edition they send me, makes me want more than ever to take a class with him - but they fill-up so fast and cost so much...

Laughingdog said...

"who has forgotten more about running a shotgun than most people will ever know"

You know, technically, this phrase leaves open the possibility that he currently doesn't know much at all about shotguns.

I know that's not the case, and get the point you were trying to make. I just find it humorous when people say something similar to that to establish the depth of someone's current knowledge, when the statement really only says that they knew a lot at some point in the past. ;)

Tam said...

Laughingdog,

It's definitely one of those aphorisms, that doesn't make a lot of sense when looked at closely. ;)

Sport Pilot said...

If you take a shotgun or rifle course with Louie, you’ll be amazed at what he teaches and recognize the groundwork he’s done to understand the mechanics and movements involved. He intuitively knows exactly where and what you’re doing correctly and incorrectly often without looking at you. I’ve gone with different movements or modified my actions intentionally on a few drills. Each time he immediately recognized what I was doing as well as why I did so and praised me, which is more embarrassing then you’d believe in a group course. Louie doesn’t stick with any form of status quo and is always evaluating how he teaches. I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone through his pistol, shotgun and rifle courses and would love to attend his H.I.T.S. course.

Anonymous said...

...I thought both KSGs were at Shot Show.

DirtCrashr said...

Like whenever someone refers to a person's mind being like a steel-trap - I think: simple? cold? with bits of flesh, gristle, and fur still attached?

Old NFO said...

And one of the primary reasons I 'limit' the type and manufacturer of gun I own... :-)

I didn't like that gun when I saw it at Knoxville, and I don't think anybody ran it successfully!

mikelaforge said...

steel-trap - rusty, and set in it's ways.

Tam said...

That's some pretty big talk, Mike.