Things You Hear in a Gunstore: Braggart Veteran on the Range


“Yeah, I was issued the 19X in Iraq but they switched us back to the M9 when we got to the U.S.”

“When did you get out?”



This story hearkens back to the gentlemen who told me he shot out his P226 barrel twice on his service pistol while he was on the “Dive Teams” and then separated from the military two years before the P226 was invented. His daughter then found his handgun at a gun show because he remembered his serial number…

This latest one was slightly more plausible until we went with a gun model released several years after his service ended. I could accept you had a Glock 19 in Iraq. The Corps. bought a batch of 19’s for use, mostly MARSOC/Raiders. But even then you’re still lying.


Stop lying about gun things. You look 1,000 times more imbecilic when you run into someone who knows better. Don’t play the “I did Secret Squirrel Stuff” card either… you’re lying about that too. Stop killing your credibility. Stop tarnishing your honorable service in the job you served in.


This concludes you Monday PSA.

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.