OSD 64: Read owner’s manual before use, do not use to attempt Venezuelan coup

Putsch will void warranty.

This week’s links

New gun owner feeling a conflict of identity

This is what it’s all about (and note how pivotal it is to have great YouTube content out there for newbies to onboard with):

I would absolutely consider myself to be politically progressive and I was fully in favor of strong gun control laws before doing any research into gun ownership. My wife mentioned off hand one day it would be fun to go shooting so out of curiosity I started looking into gun ownership and it completely snowballed from there into hours of hickok45 and Paul Harrell videos and I went from having no knowledge of guns or how they function to at least having a basic understanding of the mechanics behind firearms and the differences in calibers.

Now I’m suddenly questioning my previously strongly held political beliefs as I used to favor strict gun laws but now I see that as an uninformed opinion that was not based in reality.

When I ordered my firearms online from my local gun store, I had to make a specific appointment to come pick up my stuff due to COVID-19. As I was waiting outside the store with the others who had the same appointment time, I realized the other customers were not all right-wing sociopaths with delusions of civil warfare. They were actually just all “regular” people of all different races, ages, and backgrounds who wanted to purchase firearms and firearm accessories.

Speaking of which, /r/NoobGunOwners exists

Good sub for newbies.

Grip strength training tips for shooting

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Breaking down the absolutely batshit botched coup attempt against Venezuela’s Maduro

The roller-coaster course of events behind the Fyre Festival of coups.


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