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Tam builds an ontology for people that own firearms; examining it, I’d have to say I’m in the “none of the above” class. I can rule Trainer, Collector, Hunter, and Gamer out right off; this leaves Owner and Shooter.

Although I’m active in fora, I shoot once a year or so; I spend lots of time on the hobby and would list shooting as a one, but the range time attribute is very far from my level of participation in the sports surrounding firearms.

So why not Owner? Owners don’t do NFA. Owners don’t do political organizing. Owners don’t buy 1200 feet of paracord to cause other owners to spends thousands of dollars on ammo they otherwise would not have spent. While I am certainly an owner, I am not an Owner.

A suggested class is the Spender; I’m not that guy, either. I won’t argue EOTech versus Aimpoint nor 5.56 versus 6.8 versus 6.5. My gun stuff gets used (slowly) and abused (broke my 50 BMG rifle 3 different ways this weekend); I don’t (yet) own a single-point sling.

As such, I think I’ll be content being an owner. Perhaps a more complete ontology will include “NFA owner that shoots once a year, is politically active, and loves to see you burn barrels in frustration”; you know what they say about ontologies, though.

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Written by Ry Jones

27 April 2009 at 13:03

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  1. She missed “Enthusiast”, or someone who enjoys firearms and enjoys sharing the ones they own with others.

    That fits you to a “T”!

    My son and I really enjoyed the opportunity to shoot your .50, and even more enjoyed your encouraging us, and others, to do so!

    Thanks for the opportunity! Even more, thanks for all the help you are in organizing and running Boomershoot!

    I cleaned up that round of .50 you gave me, and it now resides proudly beside my growing collection of rounds I have shot or been given. It is the “King”, until someone gives me an opportunity to shoot a Raufoss 20mm, (fat chance!).

    Once again, thanks!!

    Bill Waites

    27 April 2009 at 18:32

  2. Thank you for your participation! I’ll cop to membership in the Enthusiast classification.

    Ry Jones

    27 April 2009 at 20:08

  3. Perhaps a more complete ontology will include “NFA owner that shoots once a year, is politically active, and loves to see you burn barrels in frustration”

    Heh. That’s a pretty exclusive group, right there! :)

    Tam

    28 April 2009 at 6:33

  4. [...] Posted by JD on April 28, 2009 Boomershooter From Ry’s own mouth keyboard… Owners don’t buy 1200 feet of paracord to cause other owners to spends thousands of [...]


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