H&K Fanboys and the Shooting Sports

Thanks to Uncle for pointing out these two posts.  I’ve also noticed that a lot of fanboys mostly have video game experience, and most have never fired a real gun before in their lives. Go read both posts.

Larry’s latter post is also interesting, speaking of the difference between fanboys and beginner shooters.  The first centerfire rifle I ever fired was a Kalashnikov, and in the beginning I too couldn’t shoot well at all.  I still have a long ways to go before I’m winning matches, but my shooting has improved greatly just shooting matches at my club, 90% of the time using inexpensive factory guns chambered in .22LR.

The traditional shooting sports are a great way to become a better shooter, and I’ve noticed the improved shooting translates over to black rifles just fine.  The only thing getting worse is my Glock shooting, but that just needs to be “good enough” and grapefruit sized groups at 25 feet meets that standard.  So my advice to folks who might have a black rifle or two, and want to get better, put it down for a while, join a club, and shoot lots and lots of .22LR.  It’s cheap, you’ll have fun, and come out on the other side a better shooter.

6 thoughts on “H&K Fanboys and the Shooting Sports”

  1. I think that guy mentioned how an SKS won’t win a precision rifle competition. Well, of course not, most firearms of all types won’t win competitions. Plus, it ignores the whole concept of self-defense.

  2. I own a USP, and while I’m not here to claim that it’s God’s gift or anything, I think the writer is unjustly harsh on the handgun. It wasn’t significantly more expensive than a Glock or a SigPro; the trigger is a little blocky but not this strange Teutonic implement the writer makes out; and I can operate the mag release with one hand just fine, though admittedly I have big hands.

    It sounds a lot to me like the writer is every bit as religious about his anti-HK preferences as the fanboys are with their pro-HK drivel. Reality tends to occupy the wide gray area between the positions staked out by zealots of all stripes.

  3. “It wasn’t significantly more expensive than a Glock or a SigPro”

    I don’t think you looked too closely at the price tags when you bought your USP, or your store rapes people buying Glocks. H&K and Sig do both have the hype tax on them, driving them to the $700-$900 price range. But you can get a Glock for about $450-$500.

    They aren’t bad guns. But, having shot a range of brands, I really can’t see any reason to pay so much more for Sigs and H&Ks just because some guys in Spec War use some of their models. Especially since the Spec War guys I run into in the range generally prefer to shoot other brands themselves.

  4. I don’t think you’re particularly well qualified to speculate about how closely I examined the price tags on my purchases or how badly I got ripped off by my dealer. I paid about $650 for my USP, new; I paid about $565 for my Glock, new. A $85 “hype tax”, as you call it, does not constitute a back-breaking, rant-inspiring markup, in my world.

    Do I think HK firearms are overpriced? Sure. Would I pay the “hype tax” again? Probably not. Does $85 that I wish I had back diminish my satisfaction with my USP to the point of taking an enormous steaming crap on the manufacturer and all its works, and getting into stupid Internet slap-fights with tools who’ve never come closer to firing a weapon than Call to Duty? Life’s too short.

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