So I'm now on my way back from Springfield with my national guard company, had a chance to shoot the M4 in an indoor range (lotsa fun) and I'm thinking: what is it about guns that draws me to them? What is it that makes shooting such an enjoyable and rewarding experience? Can it be defined? What is it about guns that is so beautiful but at the same time, so practical and efficient? I've been shooting since I was ten (dad got me and my little brother BB guns) and I've been hooked on guns ever since then, but even before that I had an abject fascination with firearms. Part of it I'm sure I gleaned from my dad; growing up, there was never a firearm in the house (I broke that trend when I got my first rifle, a 10/22, at 13) but never the less, dad still taught us all to have a healthy respect for firearms from a very young age. I remember flipping through his issues of Guns and Ammo for hours and deciding which guns I wanted most when I 'grew up' (the first of which, as I recall, was a 1911A1. Not that I new the significance of that pistol, but I simply thought it was the best damned looking handgun out of any of those magazines. Guess I wasn't such a dumb kid after all ) But anyways back to my point: what is it about firearms that so inexorably draws us? I love guns and I always have, and I simply can't explain why that is! Does it really matter that I can't?