They’re Coming to Grab Your Guns, And That’s A Beautiful Thing

They’re coming to grab your guns. They’re your friends, family, loved ones. Even strangers will do it, if you let them. Some reporters have been known to do it, too, if you invite them.

With your permission, these people will take your gun, gently, from your hands into theirs. Shoot, they will. Learn, they must.

They will touch your gun all over. And another one. And another one. And other one. So many makes, so many models!

Questions will be asked, probed. They’ll load your gun, but certainly won’t loathe your gun. They’ll ooh, ahh, ogle, and be in awe of your gun(s).

It goes unsaid, but for those who don’t know: you will teach them to keep it pointed in a safe direction.

They might even “borrow” your ammunition. And leave behind the brass.

Though your ammo will be spent, you’ll oftentimes expect no reimbursement.

When the moment, or day, or shooting weekend is over, they’ll express gratitude, then return your tool, graciously.

You’ll clean the instrument, without minding at all.

Not only is an armed society a polite society, it’s a gunsharing, caring society.

If you’re a righteous gun owner, you’re essentially part of the gunsharing community. Gunsharing is a voluntary, legal activity in which one person owns and shares their gun(s) with one or more people, whilst providing gun safety teaching, free of charge. This is done out of compassion, because gun owners care about sharing their knowledge, skills, and tools.

After gunsharing, fellow gun users will want to grab your gun. Because it’s so much fun. Safe, too.

Gunsharing is it’s own little sharing economy of sorts.

This post goes out to all the men and women, who, over the years, have allowed me to familiarize myself with their magnificent tools. Thank you. And you. And you. And you.

Readers, what kind of guns have you legally borrowed from other righteous gun owners? I’m bracing myself for a looooong list. Let’s hear it. Tell the gun grabbers just how far – and how safely – one gun goes.


Oh, look… the hashtag’s registered at Twubs. How nice.


15 thoughts on “They’re Coming to Grab Your Guns, And That’s A Beautiful Thing

  1. 50 BMG wow
    Glock ouch
    Various machine guns
    That Microsoft Gun Club gun of Joe’s
    Ruger hand gun

    (Btw, I don’t know much about specific make/models of guns. Just rattling off a few names.)

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  3. Too many to name. Or to remember, but it’s been quite a few. I believe the first gun I ever fired, I would have been in my single digit years, was a 22 rimfire revolver that belonged to my father. After that we five boys had one 22 bolt action rifle which we shared among us. I don’t remember the make, but I do remember it had a box magazine that held seven rounds of 22 Short, Long or Long Rifle (you don’t see that much anymore, but back then it was not uncommon to see “22 S, L, LR” on a rifle barrel. After that it’s mostly a blur because there have been so many of other people’s guns I’ve tried, but it would include all basic action types other than belt fed and flintlock. I even borrowed a bolt action 12 gauge shotgun once, for a class I was giving at our local high school. Only one I’ve ever seen, and it had the only adjustable choke I’ve seen in person.

    I still have not fired a belt fed or a flinter, nor anything larger than 58 caliber.

  4. Except in Washington, where to be legal you have to do a background check for each time a gun changes hands. If anyone cares or obeys dumb laws.

  5. #GunSharingCaring; void in states with UBC.

    Oregon recently passed a UBC law that outlaws the sharing of firearms to the point where hunters cannot even legally hold each others rifles when crossing an obstacle. I know sever other states have similarly badly written UBC laws.

    Now ask me if I care. As me if this has ever kept me from taking new people out to the woods for a little weekend shooting lesson. Ask me if this has ever stopped me if this has ever stopped me and my friends from swapping guns for a week or two, or if it even prevented us from making the trade permanent.

    Better yet, ask my sheriff if he plans on enforcing the law, or if instead he thinks it is a horrible, unconstitutional piece of trash and has publicly stated that the law will not be enforced at all in my county. You may also want to ask the 50 or so other sheriffs who have made similar declarations.

    #GunSharingCaring;it happens even when the politicians tell you it is illegal.

  6. Scores of situations out there where it’d possibly be illegal to share a gun, but the question is:

    Readers, what kind of guns have you legally borrowed from other righteous gun owners?

    • .300 Remington Ultra Magnum, Ruger 10/22, I think maybe an AR-15 one time, S&W .38 of some kind old enough to have the firing pin integral to the hammer, Ruger mk3, S&W .22 revolver, M&P 9mm, a 1911 converted to fire .22 ammo, I think that’s it but there might be a few others.

  7. Oh, lots.

    I took my fourteen-year-old to a bloggershoot, and she got to shoot all manner of fun boomsticks. (When I saw that a full-auto .22LR AR-15 was available, I urged her to try it — and explained what a “giggle switch” was. She fully validated the name.)

    Can’t think of much exotic stuff that I’VE tried. (Probably because the fun stuff, I would then go out and buy myself — at which point it didn’t seem so exotic anymore.)

    I HAVE lent out my own on occasion, to a nice person in the next lane over, who saw what I was doing and wanted to try it. This inevitably resulted in smiles all around. It’s nice to belong to a community that does this.

  8. Borrowed and loaned too many to remember, much less mention. A couple of friends and I have a “Bag O’ Guns” tradition where we take interested/newb shooters to the range and each of us fills our range bag with an assortment of handguns for everyone to try. There’s usually very little or no overlap of models, so the guest(s) experiences a heavenly assortment, and of course leaves with the big grin that we all know.

    • More guns people have gunshared with me at various ranges throughout the country:

      AR-15, Colt something or other, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson Revolver, Remington Shotgun

      LOTS of machine gun ammo (I’m guessing that must’ve been quite expensive) donated to me, back in th day, thanks to gentlemen from a group named The Wild Bunch, at Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, Kentucky… Guns like these shown in video (again, I’m not great at remembering make/models)

      Glue gun
      Nintendo Zapper, 1988
      Eagerly awaiting 3-D printed gun

      It’s so nice when people share their stuff.

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