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 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.