Side Effects of Being a Gun-Nut

We’ve all noticed how being firearms enthusiasts impacts other areas of our lives, right? Do you maintain trigger discipline on spray bottles? Do you tend to sit with your back to the wall, facing the door of restaurants? Do you disassemble pens at boring meetings as if they were your AR? We’ve all been there.

When you really think about it, the Gun-life takes you beyond even those things. Have you ever considered how many times being a “gun girl” (or guy) has saved your bacon in little non-gun “emergencies”? Think about it – sometimes having the the right gear and a little ingenuity is all it takes to save the day.

That time when you ran out of Q-tips in the bathroom, and your eyeshadow for the big event was only half done. Did you run down to the gun-cleaning box and grab some spares from there? I did.

That time you were coloring your hair and one flimsy glove ripped while the other one refused to separate to allow your hand inside. Did you pillage your gun-cleaning nitrile glove stash? I did.

How about that time you were on a road trip and sliced your hand. Did you remember your range first aid kit in your car? Yup. Me too.

What about that time that the bathroom door was squeaky and you were already in your pajamas for the night. Did you grab the Rem oil? (The Lucas line works well too.)

Then there was that time you needed to get that odd shaped screw out of the cupboard. Did you remember that bit driver set you bought for upgrading your AR?

Remember that time when your friend forgot to bring her hat to the beach. Did you toss her one of your eleventy-hundred range ballcaps?

Speaking of the beach, have you ever dug through your range bag to find your LAST bottle of sunscreen? Or wore your ballistic sunglasses at the pool? Yup that too.

I even remember the time when I bought super-fine steel wool to work on some rust on a pawn shop shotgun. Months later, guess what I grabbed when there was some stubborn crud on my cast iron skillet?

There are all kinds of ways that being a firearms enthusiast can equip you for other situations in your life – without even involving the actual gun. From having the proper gear to having the proper mindset, being prepared, flexible, and thinking outside the box can solve many of life’s little emergencies.

Dr LateBloomer
Dr LateBloomer is a female general pediatrician who bought her first firearm at the age of 46. She now enjoys many different shooting disciplines including self-defense, IDPA, Steel/Rimfire Challenge, Sporting clays, and even tried 3-Gun for several years. She has gotten started in hunting and has expanded into crossbow. She is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and works to enlighten her medical colleagues whenever possible.