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Video games as aid in recruiting new shooters.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Diesel McBadass, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    Saw a similar topic on another blog. Basically, the good old days are over, shooting isnt part of growing up, grandparents and parents aren't taking kids out to plink at tin cans anymore. Most young peoples exposure to guns is video games, and many shooters look down on them. Well, i didnt shoot a gun till i was 17 in basic, all my exposure to guns was video games and action movies. I had to buy my own guns and start shooting and quickly loved it all.

    One idea was clubs having "modern warfare day" or "Battlefield Day" and the likes at ranges, get a couple ars aks five sevens and berettas and what not at the range to draw out the gamers with a interest in firearms and teach them safety and gun handling skills, recruit new shooters into the sports. Hey you make a abbreviated trnch run like the one in MW2 and you instantly have future 3 gunners or idpa shooters.

    What do you all think?
     
  2. mjkeat

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    They Army did this in 02-03.

    Members kids or youth off the street. Insurance issue?

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  3. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    theres plenty of pople over age 18 whove never shot before also.

    Also there has been "youth field days" here before that went off great with 22s and 20 gauges.

    There are tons of ranges that rnt guns and training schools around the country and they keep undesirables away easily make it something to register for ahead of time.
     
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    Around these parts the Army Guard sometimes set up the FATS simulator in the mall for the recruiting drives and for Armed Forces Day. Our CATM section and EST guys set up a Bearcat/HMMWV/Weapons display for the locals to gander at. This happens once or twice a year. We do a thing during Cheyenne Frontier Days too on the base where we set up some Helos and some of our vehicle and weapons displays. Whenever the Guard sets up the FATS system it's a HUGE crowd pleaser.
     
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    Sounds like a great idea. Most of my friends never shot a gun until I took them shooting, but they had plenty of interest due to playing video games.
     
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    I have a 2.54 K/D on MW3 where do I sign up?
     
  7. woodasptim

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    Sure. I'm sure most gamers would love a chance to shot a real AR/AK etc.

    However, around here we still start them off pretty early.

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    My only concern would be that when non-shooters being using video games first (instead of using real guns first), they must be taught the same basic gun safety as with real guns. Otherwise when they transition to real guns, they're still going to think it's a video game.
     
  9. Diesel McBadass

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    Yeah my idea was to have instructors volunteer to teach safety and skills.