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 Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.