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When did you become "That guy"?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Masterson, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Masterson

    Masterson

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    As I build my collection, I try and learn as much as I can about firearms. Out of that knowledge, springs conversations with my friends and family. Because of this, I have friends and family asking me more and more questions about just about everything gun related under the sun.

    What was the turning point for you, when you became "that guy" or "I have a friend who has"?

    For me, it was when I assembled my AR15 from a kit. That blew my friends minds that a person could build their own rifle, and not have to buy one complete.
     
  2. MacG22

    MacG22 CLM

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    I kept my knowledge of firearms pretty quiet in general....just safer that way. For years. Concealed means concealed. And it can make you a target for theft.

    One week I'm sitting with a bunch of my friends playing poker. Two of them are police officers. They're both talking about guns, all night, like they know a lot. These guys are smart guys--good guys--but they don't really know much about firearms. Seems like ever month I hear another myth out of them.

    So one of them is talking to the other and says, "yeah, I gotta go to the gunsmith, which is X hours away to get my gun fixed. Safety is coming loose." They talk for another twenty minutes about how 1911s are impossible to work on, but now much they love them, etc. And how he just doesn't want to spend $100 on a gun smith.

    Finally I just can't keep quiet any longer. "May I see it?" I ask.

    "Uh... do you know how to handle a gun?"

    "Something like that," I reply. He unholsters the 1911 (he's off duty) and hands it across the poker table. Everyone is now watching us and not saying a word.

    Immediately I drop the mag and press check. Nothing. I grab the beer bottle opener and use it to get the spring and bushing out. I drop the thing down to parts in 10 seconds flat. I ask for a tool, get one, and then take apart the ambi safety. I show him the bur that was keeping it from connecting and seating properly. I file it with a file on a leatherman. Put it back together and hand it back. Safety fits just fine. Whole thing took a minute or two, tops. Really funny.

    Everyone's just staring at me. No one's anti gun in that group, quite the opposite, I've just never talked guns or shown any interest in the conversations to date.

    "I had no idea." He says, probably going over all the stuff he's said in the last year trying to sound like an expert on his gun stuff (which is what he later admitted to me).

    "That'll be $100, Jim."
     

  3. BicycleDay43

    BicycleDay43 00 Buck dude

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  4. ranger88

    ranger88 CLM

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    That's awesome!


     
  5. harleyfx69

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    i don't let myself become that guy ..

    its not really smart to do that, much less headache to just play dumb with most people ..

    if i can actually hold an intelligent conversation with someone than i will be at my normal level

    same as no one really knows i have guns ..

    room mates barely do, and thats only because my girlfriend has left our door open before and they can look in, and i think once or twice i have taken cases out to go shooting
     
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    harleyfx69

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    i got a kick out of my friend once ..

    he was talking how no 1911's can be disassembled without a bushing tool.. i just kept coming up with the generic "yes they can" and went back to work ..

    no they cant,

    yes they can..

    and on and on till finally from him if its a high dollar one it cant, okay whats your definition of high dollar, colt, kimber, springfield all can..

    him, no the cant, so i grabbed a couple off the shelfs and had them in parts ..

    that shut him up for a while,

    yet he still continued on on other topics that he was wrong on
     
  7. raven11

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    i'm the definition of "that guy" in fact I am soo "that guy" one of my friends took his girlfriend to my house to show here my guns


    i didn't of course i don't like showing strangers my weapon collection


    they broke up a few weeks afterwards and no kidding she ask me if i could show her the right gun to buy
    when i asked "why" she said "because for the whole car ride he wouldn't shut up about you"
     
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  8. tydefan05

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    With guns and computers, there's nothing worse than being that guy. Once people find out you won't get to enjoy too many free moments on the weekends. The same is true for a well stocked tool shed.
     
  9. GreyEclipse

    GreyEclipse TheGreyEclipse

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    I pretty much always have been that guy even though I don't really bother talking guns unless someone can actually hold a conversation.
    Most can't. I still have a lot to learn but I know a lot more than all my friends.
    My best friend of ten years(not a friend now) always tries to act like he knows a lot on various subjects. Just because I know about guns he thinks he knows about em, same thing with trucks, he thinks he knows a lot about trucks because his brother knows a lot about em.
    Yet I know him, he never did bother putting in any effort to learn anything about anything. I once went shooting with him, had to help take apart all his guns and clean em, he wouldn't even help clean em.
    He just wasn't that interested. I went shooting with him twice in that ten years that we had been best friends. The first time I let him shoot both of my shotguns, wasn't happy about it because I normally don't let people even hold my guns. But I let him, the second time I went shooting with him we shot a couple of his brothers guns. His brother doesn't know much either but he has a bunch of his grandfathers old guns.
    Anyways, he ended up bending down to look at something...
    the gun was loaded, safety off and everything and he bent down and the barrel swept across my shins. I never went shooting with him after that.
    In fact, I barely even talk to him anymore because of that.
    If someone can't be safe, responsible or trustworthy then they're out.
     
  10. FEDLEO

    FEDLEO I'm the rootenist tootenist shootenist

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    I don't know if I am that guy or not but I can't be quite when I hear wrong or possibly dangerous info being put out by someone.
     
  11. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

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    In about the mid 1980s for me.
     
  12. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    Another option would be to show him how to be safe and responsible, you know, spread your knowledge to help another. That would be a lot better that abandoning your best friend. It also might actually help to keep someone from possibly getting hurt, or killed, in the future.
     
  13. gatorhugger

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    I completely agree. I won't become that guy.
    Because that guy is usually a show-off and a bore.
    Like my brother in law who every family function has to
    tell everyone assembled how to build a bomb from a fax machine
    cartridge.
    People now avoid him. He is now the strange chubby guy in the Utube
    videos demonstrating how to disassemble a Mak. Complete with closeups of his Vienna sausage fingers and day old stubble on his double chin.
    Nope, I cannot be him.
     
  14. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old Soul

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    I became "that guy" about 5 or 6 years ago, with firearms anyways.

    Tydefan05 hit it right on. I seldom have a free weekend having knowledge in firearms, automotive mechanics, and carpentry. A garage well stocked with tools doesn't help.
     
  15. Gdirty5

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    I became that guy after about my 5th or 6th gun, I had my bases covered, a 1911, XD, 10/22, AK, AR, and P95. And the collection only grew from there. After that, people I know would ask me what I think is good for them. I'd tell them come to the range with me one day, and you can find out for yourself.
     
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    I took his meaning of "that guy" as someone who is more knowledgeable than someone else. Thus, the other person goes to them with questions, or for advice. Not someone who brags or gloats about their knowledge.
     
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    Being "That Guy" has brought in some awesome prices on used firearms for me.
    I'll help when I can.
     
  18. Masterson

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    This. Not to be a braggart, just to be helpful.
     
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    ive noticed as being that guy, people are always saying how if/when the shtf, theyll be coming to my house. i dont think so.
     
  20. Price

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    I am that guy for my Dad, brother, and a few close friends. One of those friends is my roomate and he knows rifles calibered bigger than 7.62x39 really well. As for everything else I know a little more so we tend to help each other out and that works out great for both of us.