Gun Speak…Huh?

The wonderful world of shooting has a language all its own, like many hobbies and professions.  However, those on the outside can feel lost when listening in.  Imagine what someone might think when I talk about “throwing brass”?  You probably understand it means shooting but to someone not yet initiated it could sound like I’m tossing out sculptures.  What about “Lead Therapy”?  Most people understand “Retail Therapy” but you can get some really strange looks around the office is you say you’re heading out after work for some Lead Therapy.  Think about the “Brass Dance”?  We know what that is, many of us have found out the hard way, but it can sound really odd.

Take time to define your terminology, help new shooters get comfortable with the lingo so they don’t feel left out.  Explain phrases to your spouse so they know what you are talking about.  No one likes to feel like they are on the outside, so think about those around you.  Take a little time to help them understand and the next thing you know they might ask if you want to “head out to the range and indulge in a little lead therapy” after a rough day at the office or make a joke about Muzzle Discipline when you point your finger at someone.

Welcome the new ones, that is how our community stays strong.  So, consider introducing a friend to the joys of punching holes in paper and throwing some lead.  Safe Shooting!

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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