Fly on, oh 22 Man

-The Ballad of .22 Man

Fellows, do gather and bend me an ear
Hearken this legend that happened quite near;

In the Idaho hills, as Winter expired
‘Twas first told to Michael, a warrior retired

From the lips of a Hero, this legend was told
And never heard Michael a claim quite so bold

Of nerve, and of skill, and small metal can
That attracted the wrath of this sharp-sighted man

As he gazed from his porch, just outside his front door,
He noted the yardage, “Thirty-five-and-half-score.”

Then to arms did he go, as all good heroes do
His hands, they were steady, his aim, it was true

Though his weapon was small, some say almost a toy
He chuckled, “Perhaps… In the hands of a boy.”

He pointed, calling out to his quivering foe,
“You’ve awakened my wrath, and down you shall go!”

Then swiftly and smartly, he pointed his gun,
On account of the range, somewhere close to the sun

He fired his shot, it rang out like a bell
And he knew that he’d punched his foe’s ticket to Hell

To the maidens he turned, with a smile and a wink,
Then four seconds later… a small metal TINK!

And so ends the tale of that dastardly can
And so goes the legend… of .22 Man
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22 Man has become a folk hero meme for the firearm community. A tale of good humor, a wild boast, and a genuine attempt.

Well attempted 22 Man, well attempted indeed!

Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.