I wish I had a disease called committal. Called initiative.
It seems there are SO many firearm owners that lack initiative. To honestly put a percentage on it, I'd say 80% of them are so lackluster and backburner-intensive.
What happened to a "let's do it!" attitude that got them jumping off their football couches and loading benches to get more involved?
It's always an excuse, like, "I've always wanted to do that..." etc.
I can't stand it anymore. People need a jolt in their spine.
Take the example of Fuzzy's postal match. Here we have someone who has taken initiative and wants to further improve the shooting skills and participation here on the forum. He has even incorporated a reward, lest the perceived intrinsic gain is negligible. Yet, how many of us have entered this competition to show our support? I got a message from him today, that said he has received 0 entries.
Sure, I understand we have many things on our hands, some of us are even overseas fighting for our freedom. But for those of us that are sitting on our buttocks this very moment, did we even try to do the contest? Were we being fearful? That we would look "bad" in front of... well... WHO?! No one! I sent my target in and even I admit it sucks.
Is it just a Texas thing to get involved and SUPPORT? Honestly?! How many of us have donated to charity events and funding set up on this forum? Let me be more specific, how many of YOU say you "support the troops" and do NOTHING toward that notion of a "good idea"? How many of YOU should be like some on this forum, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers that STILL understand what it is to be AMERICAN and send part of their paychecks to the troops to help them buy batteries for their NVG's and equipment or a Godsmack CD to play in their humvee as they roll down the street with the A/C off?
Lisa has set up a page that contains the links to organizations that support our men & women in uniform that YOU say you "support". How many of you scrolled by it, swallowing your conscience so that you were able to grasp the hope of forgetting you ever saw the post?
Oh, that's right. There are 202 views. FYI, seeing is not doing.
Here is the link.
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GO SUPPORT. Gain initiative. Don't listen to Nike's "Just Do it". Do it because you know it's the right thing and that it needs to be done. Did you buy some ammunition for your pistol? How about you forego the extra box and just put that money into one of the organizations. Be the better person, for the first time in a while.
On the same topic of supporting our troops; I recently had a conversation with one of my tactical-oriented acquaintances. He was trying to educate me upon the fact that he "supported the troops" by purchasing products from places like LaRue Tactical or Magpul, and companies that sent part of the payment to the troops. Enraged would have been a subtle abstract describing my countenance.
YOU FREAKIN IDIOT. This has NOTHING and NO CONSIDERATION in relation to YOU ACTIVELY supporting the troops. This is simply YOU wanting SOMETHING and YOU ordering that something to get WHAT YOU WANT. The fact that they do support the troops is a kudos on THEIR part, not YOURS. You wanted that kit, that gear, that gun, don't even tell me you would have not bought it if there wasn't a "we support the troops with part of the proceeds" sign on their site, because you would have either way. That was cute; that lighthearted attempt at trying to make yourself feel better.
You all know we have a great forum here, yet so many do SO little to upkeep that level of legitness. Lately we have a member doing the latest media testing with ballistic armor and glass; that's exactly the kind of data points that keeps the forum on a lividly intense level above all the other forums and sites. Box 'O Truth, Brassfetcher, etc.
They came about by COMMITMENT. By taking initiative. NOT by leeching. NOT by lurking.
There are much too many lurkers here that do not contribute. How about you give back to the forum, for a change? Have you forgotten that little tidbit of information that aided you greatly? Sure, it was rather convenient and simple to access that information through a quick search of the forum. But how much time and energy did it save you? I know not all of us have nice ranges to attend or the time and resources to do the level of testing some of us do. But if you use these excuses to prevent you from taking initiative, you have just freely given up the chance to do something EPIC.
Do you think all these great products from EA, FNH, and the gear associated with their products came from sheer genius? Many started from a simple tinkering here, meddling there. Hey, no one said you had to go out and buy a reloading kit and share your information. But Grantness did. Hobknob did. ForestFire did. And we (YOU) gained from the information they shared. I don't reload; however, reading about the pressure characteristics in their posts have imparted a sheer lucidity of the reality of 5.7 pressure dangers in the cartridge.
Perhaps you could start small; the next time a newbie asks a question to which you clearly and immediately know the answer, sign in and PROVIDE them the answer, instead of closing the tab and waiting for a "regular" to come by and help them. Unless you are satisfied with your corpulent nature, then just sit back and be an armchair, passive, cahone-less convalescent LOSER.
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