New Year's Advice from the Duo: Don't be a Dick

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Don’t be a dick. There’s some solid advice for you. Bring it in and take a knee, because we’re going to lay some knowledge on you.

Being a dick doesn’t do anyone pro-gun any good. Plus, it makes you a dick.

If there’s one thing that drives us stark raving mad, it’s assholes who take new shooters out to the range and set them up for failure. You know who you are, asshole. You’re the dick that takes a new girlfriend, a reluctant wife, work friend, or kid brother to the range for the first time and lets them shoot a 3 1/2 turkey load through a pump shotgun. You let them stand all wrong and contorted, hold their face off the stock and pull the trigger for the first time knowing full well what’s gonna happen. Be it a revolver filled with 5 rounds of .38 special and just 1 round of .357 +P,  a 300 win mag bolt gun, or a 30/30 scope held too close to the novice’s eye….you’re being a bag of shit, and you need to stop. 


We have all seen the stupid “epic fail” videos on YouTube, where girls (or someone) hurt themselves shooting a shotgun and proceed to drop it as the camera man laughs. Sometimes it’s a powerful revolver and the front sight comes back to cut the person’s face. Other times it’s “pirate eye” from the scope being too close.

Congrats, you tricked the shooter. Well done. Now they are scared to ever shoot again. 

Lying to the shooter that its “not a big deal, its just a small cut” is not going to help them embrace the shooting sports. The laughter and humiliation will make them never want to ever pull a trigger again. “Don’t be a pussy!” is not the phrase of encouragement a 13 -year old kid needs to hear when shooting something bigger then a .22 for the first time. They have probably already seen the same videos on YouTube, watched the large gun violently push back when YOU shot it, or just don’t know what to expect at all, and that anticipation has them nervous. 



dontallow thisWhy the actual fuck is it that every time we go to a public range we see some dickbag do one of these things? Is it seriously that funny? If you gave someone a chainsaw, knowing that they didn’t know how to use it, and they cut their leg would that be funny? You, the “experienced” shooter are handing someone a device that has the ability to take life in the blink of an eye. You take something that should be handled with reverent safety, respect and caution, and you let them proceed to be dangerous with it. Dropped guns, bruised shoulders, cut faces, and embarrassment.

Wow. Hilarious.

Here’s a thought: teach them the right way. Set them up for success. Teach them to shoot a .22 before moving on to the big stuff. Guide and mentor them. Enable the shooter to learn at their own pace and gain confidence. WIN THEM OVER TO OUR SIDE.  Make supporters of the Second Amendment out of them. Help them be proud they’re exercising one of the great rights of our country. Teach them to be safe, responsible and accurate.

Seriously, the next asshole we catch doing this to a new shooter is going to get monkey stomped.

Don’t rely on us. If you see it yourselves, fix it. Don’t be a dick.

Rant over

Mad Duo, Breach-Bang & CLEAR!


For a similar, if perhaps more eloquently phrased, sentiment, please go right not and read this article on Active Response Training.

Don’t be a dick this year, and don’t let your friends be dicks.


Nathan Murr

Nathan "Mad Duo Nate" is a former USMC Sergeant who is now a nasty civilian. He lives largely on nicotine, whiskey, and hate and can be frequently found orating Kipling poems to frightened hipsters. Inventor of the Gripstop, renowned procrastinator and renowned adventure protagonist, Murr is a graduate of the Camp Lejeune School for Wayward Boys. A combat veteran of multiple tours in Iraq and Africa, he was a Marine NCO, Infantry Platoon Sergeant and Scout Sniper team leader. Murr is a fully qualified American Jedi, handsome badass and world-renowned field barista (true story - he's brewed great coffee on at least four continents). As anyone who has spent any time talking gear with him, Murr is something of an idiot savant when it comes finger-fucking stuff to make it work better. Mad Duo Nate only chain smokes when he's drinking and only drinks every day. We reckon he is probably best described as a sociopathic philosopher with vestigial cutthroat (though poetic) tendencies. Thus far Murr's writing has appeared in such places as here on Breach-Bang-Clear, on, in field shitters and portajohns on at least 3 continents, in RECOIL Magazine and of course Penthouse letters. (Grunts: vestigial) You can contact him at Nate(at) or follow him on Instagram @gripstop.

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6 thoughts on “New Year's Advice from the Duo: Don't be a Dick

  • January 7, 2015 at 11:27 am


    The thing that used to piss me off the most at my local range was he-man types who’d show up to teach the little lady how to shoot- with a 3″ .357. No, just no. I used to just hand them my .22 and a couple boxes of ammo… it was a little spendy in ammo, but amazing how many smiles I got out of it.

  • January 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    There is one statement made that I must protest about “You, the “experienced” shooter are handing someone a device that has the ability to take life in the blink of an eye.” If they are in fact an experienced shooter then they would not do such ignorant and outright foolish bullshit to someone. So they are in fact a total shit bag and need a serious ass kicking. I have taught many family and friends who had zero experience how to safely and accurately shoot. These ass hats piss me off for the same reasons you have stated and when I’m at the range I watch for these douchebags and correct them post haste, I do not want or need to see some one get hurt or shot, myself included.

  • January 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    +100. People who do this shit are sadists.

  • January 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    As a woman who was introduced to guns by my husband, this article is spot on. I was almost afraid to shoot and if my husband had humiliated me I would have never pick up a gun again.


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