Some years ago, a colleague on the NRA Publications technical staff engaged me in a conversation about the fundamental nature of firearms, specifically challenging me to define “gun” in the simplest terms. And while my hastily offered answer was not particularly well-crafted, he didn’t dismiss it entirely.
Technological innovation has been the driver of the American experience—and the American firearm industry—since the days of the frontier longrifle. And even with the usual—and, increasingly, not-so-usual—stresses bearing down on our society today, it continues to result in products that stand as examples of hope that the American spirit is alive and well.
Taking responsibility for your own personal safety has never been more important—nor, unfortunately, more unfashionable in some quarters. If the average person were to take at face value the discourse of many of today’s politicians, he or she might come to the conclusion that only big government has the answers to helping you avoid the nearly inevitable trouble encountered in everyday life.
English poet William Cowper is credited with the phrase “Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” That is certainly the case for firearm enthusiasts, who purchase new guns for a wide range of reasons, including hunting, competition, plinking, self-defense and collecting.
Just when it seems the firearm industry has exhausted itself by way of striving to keep up with demand for existing models, it’s a pleasant surprise to learn that, behind the scenes, engineers and marketing folks have been working on new offerings that have either been created from whole cloth, are significantly revised or are unfamiliar to the American market.
Let’s be clear: We are the good men and women of America. We are parents, military veterans, law-enforcement officers, first responders, teachers, union workers, truck drivers, home owners and armed citizens ready to stand up against evil. We are the law-abiding who support law and order. We are the backbone of the USA!