School is out and grandpa has a little time off, so I pick up Grandson #4 for a little trigger time at the Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club. I’m digging the club, since you can drive your truck right into a “combat bay”, back in, and just friggin’ shoot. G4 is a pleasant lad, so taking him out to shoot is always fun. He’s conscientious, thoughtful about safety and takes instruction with nary a complaint or argument. Couldn’t ask for a better kid. As we are wrapping up the shoot . . .
…the bay next to us erupts with some deliciously loud banging, far louder than any pistol round. The combat bays are safe even for rifle rounds, so it’s not uncommon for folks to unleash some serious ordinance into the berm for the sheer fun of it.
As G4 finishes packing up, I peek around the corner. A tall guy in black slacks and a white shirt, ball cap and dark glasses is lighting up the targets with a military-looking rifle. As he pauses, I ask “That’s a SCAR, isn’t it?”
The man is Paul McCain, who has a video camera set up to record his shooting fun. He runs a YouTube Channel which is very much worth checking out. Paul is doing yeoman’s work demonstrating gear and techniques for the brotherhood and invited us over to take a look. His FN SCAR was tricked out, topped with an Elcan tactical optic suitable for an Apocalypse near you.
You’d think that with a heater like that, one would be a bit hesitant letting strangers handle the merchandise, but Paul’s just not like that. Within moments he was offering us both a test drive.
Paul loaded up a mag full of .308 and after a short instruction drill, he had Grandson #4 sending copper-jacketed fun downrange. Mindful of the expense of ammo, I only squeezed off a few rounds, though I would have been delighted to squeeze off more.
Not finished with his hospitality, Paul then showed off his IWI TAVOR, the Israeli bullpup rifle the kids are all nuts about these days. The Tribe truly know how to make a fine firearm. G4 could handle it like a pro, and I enjoyed the experience.
I like my combat rifles stock – I figure that the engineers made it that way for a reason, and since I don’t compete, I would rather know my SHTF firearm doesn’t have some tricked out component waiting to go wrong. The TAVOR handled and fired great with the stock trigger.
All that said, what I enjoyed most was the fact that Paul reinforced what all of us know, that shooters are great people. Paul set an example of brotherhood and hospitality, traits I want my kids and grandkids to have. It’s one thing for grandpa, grandma and mom and dad to harp on about it, but to have other adults showcase those qualities is very much appreciated.
Raising children is a challenge. We need all the help we can get. Thanks to Paul and all the others out there who extend kindness and courtesy. It reflects well on all of us.
P.S. Do Paul a solid and check out his videos. You’ll like them.