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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Phillyfan, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So I went out shooting with my grandfather, uncle, and several other relatives a while back. I don't see my family often, and this was a very special occasion for us. We went out to a gravel pit, and everyone pulled out what they had brought to shoot (bragging about this one and that), and then came the cooler filled with beer, of which some had already been drank. Guns were being passed to eachother without being cleared, people were setting up targets while others had loaded guns in their hand. It was really cringe worthy. I didn't want to say anything because I am already kind of a blacksheep in that I graduated from college and have a professional career, and I am very self-conscious about not acting like I am better than them.

    I guess I had forgotten that component to my childhood memories of shooting with the family, alcohal was always involved then too. Is it just that they came up during another time? I remember not wearing seatbelts, and my parents driving with one hand with a beer in the other. It was accepted back then, they even waved to officers with the beer hand. Is this the same? I don't want to seem disrespectful, or holier than thou with my extended family. What do you think?
     
  2. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I doubt anything you could say would change there habits.

    Only real option is just to abstain from future trips to the pit with these folks.
     
  3. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Learn from current awareness. I will not go shooting with anyone who shows any signs of any irresponsible nature. If safety is really #1 then act upon it.
     
  4. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It's just too bad. I really do enjoy being out with these guys, but I definately wouldn't take my kids out with them. So I guess that should be my clue that I probably shouldn't be there either.
     
  5. doobee8

    doobee8 Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You can't pick your family but you can choose your friends you shoot with!
     
  6. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    In regards to firearms, you don't get a second chance or a mulligan. If someone has an a.d. and someone gets hurt, you can't take it back. If there are issues with some of the folks you shoot with, maybe forget to invite them next time or maybe on another occasion when you aren't shooting, bring up the subject and your thoughs on responsible firearms handling. Your personal safety is paramount with whoever you shoot with. Don't feel bad about sticking to your beliefs.:thumbup:
     
  7. LCspeedsteel

    LCspeedsteel hillsboro Member

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    just wear armor with high ballistic ceramic plates and a kevlar helmet... come on, it will be fun
     
  8. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Or maybe offer to bring a keg next time, but fill it with non-A beer.
     
  9. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    :rofl1:
    :rofl1:

    Maybe you could join a gun range and invite them to go with you, but "because of range rules", no booze. This way you could hang with them and don't have to be the bad guy.
     
  10. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wouldn't shoot with them. find out if you are in any of their wills ;)
     
  11. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    They do have some nice firearms, and blood washes off really easy.........something to think about.:)
     
  12. FlyGuy

    FlyGuy Portland, OR Member

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    Honestly, I have no real problem with drinking a couple beers while plinking. Alot of people do it. Its not like ur taking shots of tequila, one after the other. A few beers is nothing to me a my buddys. And when I say a few beers, I mean like 2 or 3, not 9...

    Now on some of the safety issues you mentioned... :thumbdown:
     
  13. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    if your uncomfortable then I would mention something, doesn't have to be right then while your shooting, but whether they agree or not, they should at least know how you feel about the situation. I'm comfortable with having a beer or two (no more than that though) with the few people I regularly shoot with because were all responsible people. Just let em' know how ya feel and if they can't at least see your side of things then I guess it's time to make a decision.
     
  14. Searcher451

    Searcher451 Oregon Member

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    IMO, guns and beer and/or booze, in any quantity, don't mix. Once the beer came out, I'd pack it up and leave for the day, and I would not return to the gravel pit under similar circumstances. I also wouldn't make a big deal out of it. But if someone asked, I'd be honest with them and tell them why they won't see me out there again in conditions remained the same. If that made me more of a family black sheep, it's a title I'd rather wear alive than dead.
     
  15. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    I would rather be known as the jerk than the guy with a gunshot in my back...
     
  16. Atroxus

    Atroxus Marysville, WA Member

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    I would stop shooting with them, and if they ask why I would mention that I didn't feel safe with some of the behaviour observed at the last shooting session.
     
  17. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Like the next guy I like a beer or two now and then, or a glass of wine, scotch. But..................never while shooting. Thats asking for disaster and I avoid the risk.

    I would have to avoid going out with that crowd. Too dangerous!

    I always feel safe with my shooting friends::D

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  18. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    I guess if i was shooting by myself on a baking hot day i might have one cool beer. If i then sent a round into myself i would, assuming i survived, feel like a right arsewit and curse myself for being so stupid.... but if i was drinking and sent a round into someone else, that i could never forgive myself for....
     
  19. 45_70Sharps

    45_70Sharps Raymond Member

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    You know the answer. No more shooting or riding with the family.
    Drink beer on the porch, have fun and play cribbage but no rides and no guns with them.