Two Nations.. divided by a common language.. But are we??
I guess many will know of the vagaries of 'American English' and 'British English. You have sidewalks, we have pavements. You have first floor, we have ground floor. Over here a rubber is something that is attached to the end of a pencil and is used for erasing mistakes.. (though I guess a condom serves a similar purpose).
I have been told, and I can quite see the thinking behind it, that two guys, from New Hampshire travelled to Scotland to do some deer stalking (that's what we call hunting) (they were financially well blessed). It transpires that they never got to get out on the hill because their ghillie (guide) refused to let them carry the 30 rounds of .308 ammo each one wanted to take..!! There is this notion of the 'Texas Heart Shot', that is keep shooting until it drops..!! Not the way we do things over here at all. My last deer stalking trip lasted four days and, even with sighting shots on a range before hand I never shot more than 8 rounds..!!
But all that aside, we both have a common link, a bond, and that is the appeal that good firearms have. They say that only an accurate gun is an interesting one. Well I'll not contradict that statement, but I will say that I, personally, find all firearms interesting. Moreover, I find that how you guys relate to them as interesting as well. We, of course, don't have EDC. God forbid that they government would let a civilian have a permit to strap a pistol on his, or her, belt and walk away..!!
But we do, over here, love our sport despite the number of hoops we have to jump through to justify firearm ownership. And, on the odd occasion, you do come up against someone in authority who is just beyond the pale. One such person I had to deal with, he was one of my local FEO's (Firearms Enquiry Officer) a former police constable who, at any time and anywhere, would tell anyone listening that, in his opinion, nobody save for the police and military, should have firearms AND he was proud to admit he'd NEVER fired a rifle, pistol or shotgun in his life..!!!
And how about this. I wanted some info on the Ruger SR1911 I have. So I called the company in the UK that import them. After a little musak interlude and the boring "your enquiry means a lot to us, so we are recording this call for training purposes.." message I was put through to the relevant department. I asked my questions and was promptly told "We can't talk to you about Section 5 (banned) weapons, we can't divulge information to the general public". I was rather nonplussed at this so, keeping my cool, I said "How about you look in your little book and check the serial number I'm going to give you against your list of imported pistols, that way you can see I have really got one in front of me..?".
The answer was not very long in coming... "Sorry, Sir, we cannot let you have any information regarding pistols". "WHAT..!! not even one you sold to me through a dealer?". "No I can't tell you, please contact the dealer you got it off".
I was about to launch into a "why the heck do you think I'm calling you?, because he can't tell me what I want to know and suggested I contact you...!!!!" But I didn't. I just put the phone down (OK, it was with about 40ft lbs of force).
One area where our two great nations differ greatly is in the field of CUSTOMER RELATIONS. When visiting friends last year in Louisiana I was taken to a local gun shop. At this time I had made a firm decision to get the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander in 9mm. And I wanted to know if 10 round mags were easily available. The guy in the shop couldn't have been more helpful, to the point where he was telling me he could, and I quote, "Help me put it in my case so no TSA or Homeland Security Agent could find it". I may be daft but I'm not stupid..!! God Bless America
Now, generally, in GB/UK you get the feeling that a sales assistant in doing you a favour in attending to your needs in a shop. Again, generally, don't you dare ask them a question about a product for fear that they will go into meltdown trying to recall the product details.. or they'll read it from the card attached and make it look like you're to stupid to have read it yourself..
Best sales pitch I have ever seen in GB.. "Ears pierced while you wait..".
Just a few rambling thoughts guys. Take care.