Tidbits from The American Rifleman, July 1927
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Tidbits from The American Rifleman, July 1927

I have mentioned previously that part of documenting the rise of Gun Culture 2.0 is an analysis of changes in the themes present in gun advertising over time. To that end, I have been collecting one randomly selected issue of The American Rifleman per year for the past 100 years. A bunch arrived recently. The … Continue reading

Meeting A Gun Sensei in California Gold Country
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Fun / My Experience / Personal Defense / Shooting Sports

Meeting A Gun Sensei in California Gold Country

One of the fun and/or frustrating aspects of doing truly open-ended research — that is, data collection and analysis that does not have a predetermined correct answer — is you never know what you are going to discover along the way. A recent expedition to California is a case in point. I traveled to the … Continue reading

Gun Digest Uses NSSF Data: How Not to Create a Pie Chart
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Gun Digest Uses NSSF Data: How Not to Create a Pie Chart

Thumbing through the February 13, 2014 issue of Gun Digest magazine, I was excited to see data on a recent survey of first-time gun buyers, attributed to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry. Two pie charts, shown below, describe (1) the percentage of new shooters … Continue reading

Bucket List Item: Skiing and Shooting (at the same time, i.e., biathalon)
Firearms / Fun / My Experience / Shooting Sports

Bucket List Item: Skiing and Shooting (at the same time, i.e., biathalon)

I have cross country skied before, both for recreation and (one time) to get to work during a snow storm when I lived in South Bend, Indiana. It is surprisingly fun. I have also gone target shooting with a .22 rifle before. Plinking steel, paper squirrel targets, balloons, cans, ketchup packets — having fun is … Continue reading