Incendiary Image of the Day: Rifle Restaurant Ruffles Anti-Firearms Feathers

Rifle restaurant waitresses (courtey

Behold the waitresses of Shooter’s grill. The comely quartet pack heat as they’re serving cheeseburger soup and other not-so-low-cal comestibles to their pistol-packing patrons. The business model is a big hit – as you might expect in Rifle, Colorado. It’s also drawn the attention of the mainstream media, who are reporting Shooters’ success with a metaphorically raised eyebrow. I expect a LOT more of these open carry welcome restaurants to pop-up in the Southwest. Rhode Island, where open carry’s legal with a state-issued weapons permit? Not so much. But you can bet Ocean Staters are going to hear about it; the antis will use Shooters for ammo in their relentless “gun owners are gun nuts” campaign.


  1. avatar Another Robert says:

    I’ll take the Peacemaker, please–with the attached waitress… Incendiary, ideed… 😉

    1. avatar DonS says:

      “Peacemaker”? How about Ruger Blackhawk in .357 Magnum.

      1. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

        I’d take that anyways. Things are built like a tank.

        1. avatar DonS says:

          Damned straight. Love my little .45 Blackhawk. I just need to find grips that better fit my (large) hands without a) messing up the looks of the gun and b) costing more than the gun did.

        2. avatar Dennis says:

          And the revolver ain’t bad either!

      2. avatar KCK says:

        You’re looking at the gun’s?

        You are nuts.

        1. avatar DonS says:

          After seeing the story (with video and photos) in the local news for the last 3 days, I’m finally getting around to looking at the guns… and only because someone said “Peacemaker” and I distinctly remembered hearing Blackhawk in a TV news story.

        2. avatar Robert W. says:

          If the first thing you noticed in the picture were the guns….

          ….You’re in the right place.

        3. avatar TheBear says:

          Not only that, some of us get out of the basement once in a while and don’t collectively lose our shit over every pic of every chick on the internet.

    2. avatar tfunk says:

      That’s cool, I was debating who was cuter, her or the young lady just to the right of her in the pic. If you put in a good word for me with the blonde I won’t stand in your way of the brunette. 😉

      But who am I kidding…they’re ALL cute, and all too young for me!

      1. avatar DonS says:

        The “the young lady just to the right” is the owner. She’s married. I’d bet her husband carries, too, so be careful.

        1. avatar tfunk says:

          Don’t you wurra, I don’t try to poach 😉

      2. avatar Rich Grise says:

        Wassa matter? Not wired for two twenties? 😉

    3. avatar Richard In WA says:

      I keep reading this as “Pacemaker”. Which might be more appropriate.

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    Poor, poor pitiful gunhaters. First, their idol — their messiah — is voted the worst President of the last 70 years, and now this.

    You’ll feel better if you come to the gun side, you gunhating wingnuts. We have cuties with guns. We have ammo. And we have cookies.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      And, (wait for it. . .) we have nuts. gun-nuts (gnuts) comment notwithstanding the nice looking women in the picture, but. . .

    2. avatar Dave357 says:

      But the antis have the supermom.

      Going off on a tangent, if this is not a mistake, it will add a bit of sunshine Target stole this morning:

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Hooray for Gov. Krispy!

      2. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        Wait a minute. That can’t be correct. I thought we were losing all over the place, left and right, because of Open Carry Texas.

        I’m so confused.

        1. avatar Dave357 says:

          Well, NJ will get its mag limit, and then some, with the next governor, but Target is unlikely to ever rescind its “request”. The biggest worry, however, is whether Texas will legalize open carry. Maybe OCT should try this and see if it helps:

        2. avatar JR_in_NC says:

          So, basically a non-story. A guy got scared and told the bus driver. No one was arrested. No new laws were passed.

          Guns scary, especially when openly carried. Got it.

        3. avatar Dave357 says:

          They are scary to some folks, so this wouldn’t be the way to lobby for open carry of handguns if the State didn’t already allow it.

  3. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    The only objection I have is that three of the ladies actually have a grip on the gun… Not good, and not good PR. The ladies here need a little more instruction, especially in armed etiquette.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I noticed that, too.

      I don’t know where the picture comes from, or who took it. But for heaven’s sake, when some idiot photographer attempts to “pose” you with your gun in a way that’s bad form or violates safety rules, tell him no!

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Which of the Four Rules are they violating?

        1. avatar MamaLiberty says:

          Has nothing to do with the “four rules,” just simple etiquette, just as you would (should?) be uncomfortable watching some yahoo play with his holstered gun, hitch his belt, unable to keep his hands off it.

          The hand on the gun, especially a full grip, would be seen by most of us (I hope) as an aggressive posture anywhere. Would YOU feel comfortable seeing unknown strangers stand in a line with their hand on their guns, ready to draw? The fact that these are lovely young ladies might cause you to excuse this, but the problem remains.

          Not the end of the world for this one picture, and I suspect they WERE “posed” that way and didn’t think through the implications, but it would be much better for the “cause,” and for their business not to use such a provocative photo. That’s provocation of the wrong sort.

        2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          No safety rules violated in this shot.
          Bad form, bad PR for POTG.
          Like Mama said… armed etiquette.
          If I were their boss I would not have allowed the shot to be taken that way.

        3. avatar DonS says:

          “it would be much better for the “cause,” and for their business not to use such a provocative photo”

          Based on the newspaper and TV news coverage they’ve received locally over the last couple of days, I doubt their business has suffered.

        4. avatar DonS says:

          “If I were their boss I would not have allowed the shot to be taken that way.”

          “Their boss” (the owner of the restaurant) is in the photo. 2nd from left.

        5. avatar Chris. says:

          MamaLiberty says “Has nothing to do with the “four rules,” just simple etiquette, just as you would (should?) be uncomfortable watching some yahoo play with his holstered gun, hitch his belt, unable to keep his hands off it.

          Would YOU feel comfortable seeing unknown strangers stand in a line with their hand on their guns, ready to draw? ”

          Surely you see a distinction between a posed photo – and some yahoo playing with their gun. Context is everything. This is a publicity photo – and no “unsafe” behavior is occurring.

          So would I be comfortable with that? With the ladies smiling, the camera pointed at them – Yes, You bet, absolutely 100% comfortable.

          Why exactly aren’t you?

        6. avatar MamaLiberty says:

          “So would I be comfortable with that? With the ladies smiling, the camera pointed at them – Yes, You bet, absolutely 100% comfortable.

          Why exactly aren’t you?”

          For the same reason a good number of us were not comfortable with the yahoos parading around, mishandling long guns in their hands down in Texas. That was a photo op too. And that, of course, was far more dangerous and far more detrimental to all who go armed.

          This picture is not a big deal. I didn’t intend to make it a big deal. I simply pointed out that the ladies should not have their hands on the grip of their guns. Simple etiquette, as I said before.

          I carry a gun, every day and everywhere. I am a certified firearms and self defense instructor. I don’t object to these ladies having guns, only point out that poor gun handling and etiquette are detrimental to them, and to all who carry.

        7. avatar Ralph says:

          You complainers have been spending too much time at Casa Watts.

          These ladies are doing nothing wrong. They are playing to their audience. If the picture is too scary for you, avert your eyes, go lay down and put a cold compress on your foreheads.

        8. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          Thanks, Bernard, for the video link.
          The great Miculek has spoken.
          That is all.

        9. avatar Matt in TX says:

          What Ralph said!

      2. avatar Chris. says:

        wow, nitpick much?

        Yes, OK, hands on the firearm, but it’s still in the holster, with the trigger completely covered, with the trigger finger properly indexed along the frame/holster.

        What’s the problem? All 4 rules are being followed.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:


          Score to date: Pissants stomped: 1

    2. avatar BlinkyPete says:

      I think it’s supposed to be old west style, resting the flesh of your thumb on the grip and the like. Plus, they aren’t breaking any safety rules, and all the firearms remain safely muzzled.

      1. avatar BlinkyPete says:

        *safely holstered.

    3. avatar Bob Wall says:

      Don’t worry, with a tray of food in one hand and coffee pot in the other, things’ll look a bit different in real life.

      Just what the boys working the patch (Piceance gas reserve) need as a distraction.

      Day off tomorrow, I think it might be worth a 60 mile drive with my S-I-L up to Rifle, between ranges.

    4. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Oh for crying out loud. Four lovely ladies can’t stand in pleasing poses with welcoming expressions without somebody bitching about something, anything, no matter how artificial and trivial?! Sheesh.

      It’s not as though they’re all aiming at the camera, snarling and menacing, and daring anyone, man, woman, or child, to make a move. Good freaking grief. Even Dear Abby would find you self-appointed etiquette police just a tad on the hypersensitive and judgmental side.

      Lighten up or shut up, because as it is you sound like fools.

    5. avatar Crotalus says:

      Mebbe so, but I noticed they all properly indexed their fingers alongside the gun. Not a finger on a trigger in the whole picture.

  4. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    I’ve been looking for a place to dine without listening to liberal drivel from the next booth.

    … and I bet they don’t have a problem with “dine & dash.”

  5. avatar DonS says:

    Sign on their front door…

    “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

    I’m just waiting for MDA to ‘protest’ the place. Would that count as a “war on women”? (The owner of the restaurant is female.)

  6. avatar Jus Bill says:

    What are the odds Shannon and the Whining Whelps show up outside one day? File under “Scenes I’d Like to See.”

    1. avatar DonS says:

      That would be awesome. Female owner (2nd from left in picture above) comes out with her gun on her hip and says “get off my lawn”.

    2. avatar Dev says:

      I would love to see that too, especially since Rifle is pretty out of the way for them to trek to.

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        There is a Starbucks, though, so they could get burned coffee and overpriced stale pastries while they’re getting the two carloads of protesters organized.

  7. avatar tfunk says:

    If a place like this opened up within an hour or so drive of me in Virginia, they’d have my business.

    Even if the food sucked…as long as the waitresses were hot enough. 😉

    Unfortunately I’m pretty sure no place like this will open anywhere near Northern Virginia. There was a BBQ place that had the “Firearms Welcome…” sign up, but they took it down when a couple parents complained.

    1. avatar Yellow Devil says:

      NOVA has become a real libfest. The worst part is, because they fled from the Statist State of MD and DC, they disliked their own policies they help put into place but still haven’t learned their lessons.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Correction Ralph…easily the WORST president EVER. A lot of Barry’s “achievements” cannot easily be undone. From Obamacare, illegal aliens overrunning the border, ( soon ) the complete loss of Iraq, dismantling the military, refuting America is exceptional, being pro Islam-anti Israel, etc,etc. The anti 2A in chief opposition to us “bitter clingers” is one of the things that can be undone. And as I type I see Holder “why am I not in prison?” jabbering. SIGH…BTW I’ve seen lots of Shooters bars & restaurants in my time but this is the first one I would drive 1000 miles for LOL

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Sure, Obama is an egocentric, incompetent emperor-wannabe, but worse than Lyndon Johnson? Johnson has a much higher body count. He was simply a murdering thug.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        2006 – CNN interview (as seen in the chow-hall in Kuwait three days before leaving for Iraq) OB ‘the surge can’t work, won’t work, isn’t working’ [? ! they had just announced the darn thing].
        2012 – It’s (the surge) has worked better than my wildest expectations we better retreat
        2013 – 2014 Let’s let Islam take over the world.
        2016 – have you seen my tail, horns, and hooves? Well keep looking, ’cause I ‘aint leavin.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          Sorry, March 2007 CNN interview. I was having mac-n-cheese and a burger no bun, talking with some complaining brits, and some Aussie’s that said they were happy to be there with us and would happily await our invitation to the next one. They’re awesome.

  9. avatar Jay1987 says:

    Mmm cheeseburger soup and pistol packin pretties I might just go to Colorado for vacation this year….

  10. avatar been there done that says:

    Thanks to all the friends that welcomed my kid home from Afghanistan. It was a real treat for her.

    1. avatar 101nomad says:

      Thank her, and glad she is back. The 4th of July, Independence Day, may we all live free, yet, not taken for granted.

  11. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    Incendiary? Well, perhaps in the sense that they are hot. And the lucky guns aren’t bad, either. Redefines the old Mae West joke…

    Dirk can keep his Shannon fetish and RF can have his Israeli supermodels. I’ll take these, please.

  12. avatar Accur81 says:

    Once again reinforcing the stereotype that pro-gun women are substantially more attractive than the anti-gunners. And I’m fine with that.

    I’ll add this to the list of places to eat if’n I get a chance to visit Colorado again.

    1. avatar Entrepidus says:

      We need a comp photo of the MDA herd

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Left wing women are fugly. That’s not just my opinion, either.

      If you check out the original article, please do so carefully. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro might be the world’s ugliest person. Ever.

      1. avatar DonS says:

        Great. I cannot unsee that. Keith Richards, on a bad day, in drag.

        1. avatar Matt in TX says:

          Hear hear!

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          DonS, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  13. avatar former water walker says:

    You’re welcome been there! Happy 4th.

  14. avatar DonS says:

    More fun facts:
    “The restaurant also hosts concealed-carry training — the $75 price tag includes dinner — that qualifies customers for Colorado and Utah permits.”

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      Paraphrasing Franklin ‘further proof that GOD loves us and HE wants us to be happy’ 🙂 Thank you GOD. 🙂

  15. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Girls and guns, gals with gats, hotties with heaters……however you describe them, it’s the best combination since chocolate and peanut butter.

    You can take a stand alone beauty and that’s awesome right there, but when you add in the independence, self-reliance, competence and confidence that go along with responsible firearms ownership, oh man, that’s the hottest ticket in town.

  16. avatar former water walker says:

    Johnson had lots of support for Vietnam. Ironically it is the anniversary of the civil rights act. A lot of black folks would disagree with you. And LBJ isn’t leading us into Armageddon. I’m no fan of any democrat( well maybe Kennedy). I do AGREE LBJ was a bad guy. I’m NOT crazy about most republicans either Ralph.

  17. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    I like everything going on with this picture.

  18. avatar 101nomad says:

    I will take whatever they are serving, no need to hold a gun on me.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Holding a gun on you might make you eat faster though (chuckle)

  19. avatar Charles says:

    Well now that didn’t take long at all. Hang in there ladies and stand your ground, don’t let the worry warts bash you

  20. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    And Rifle, CO is only about a three hour drive to Gunnison, CO…

  21. avatar Ummmm.. says:

    I would use a retention holster.

  22. avatar jon says:

    I like the holster in the back, can’t argue with a classic….. and the waitress is not bad either.

    I wouldn’t mind working there!…. but something tells me they don’t really hire men.

  23. avatar BR549 says:

    As Robert can tell you, Rhode Island is a “Shall Issue”, but the political mafia there, masquerading as a dutiful yet complicit legislature, took the capability of permit issuance away from the individual police chiefs and put the issuance squarely in the office of the state attorney general, yet another political hack position in that otherwise corrupt state of socialist morons.

    Rhode Island has become one more bastion of leftist idiots who have no idea about global politics or how easily Rhode Islanders can be wooed into stupidity by the handshake of a corrupt candidate for office; any office, really.

    Save for a small handful of individuals still living there who actually understand both the US and Rhode Island Constitutions, the majority of Rhode Islanders are like the residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and especially Massachusetts; ………… nothing but sheep who are willing to give away their God given rights for the promise of EBT cards and government handouts.

  24. avatar JAS says:

    Fifty years from now that picture will make a great entry for the “Weekend Photo Caption Contest”.

  25. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    Just to share… Here’s is my response to a lady named Susan who has issues with guns from their FB page.

    Susan, you won’t need earplugs for me, but I’ve got to disagree with you on all counts. A well made gun is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. There’s a reason you’ll see displays of guns in art museums, not just history or war museums.

    What you see as an instrument of death, I see as an instrument of life. They provide food. They serve a role in keeping the ecosystem in balance. They preserve the lives of friends and family. They ensure the security and liberty of our nation.

    I hate war. I loathe violence. And yet, I have prepared and practiced to be able to deliver it. Why? Two main reasons. First, is that by being prepared, I have avoided the need of violence. The scavenger bad guys are very instinctive at telling prey from predator. If you don’t want to be one, you need to be the other. But unless you’re one of those deviant scavengers, you *are* one or the other. Which one is up to each person.

    The second reason is that the primary responsibility of preserving that life and liberty I mention above lies with me. And you. And every individual one of us. Police and military are important, but they are secondary to the individual citizen. That philosophy is fundamental to our culture and is uniquely American. You cannot change that without destroying what makes us American.

    Final note… there is a lot of fun and pleasure to be found in the shooting sports. We are both gatherer *and* hunter. It’s part of how Homo Sapiens is wired and the gun is an expression of the latter. There is a peace and calm that comes from an afternoon at the range that is very uplifting. I know that it is that pleasure that causes some to dislike guns.

    I would challenge you go shooting with someone who knows what they’re doing. No, it won’t necessarily change your dislike of guns, but I suspect it will help you understand those of us who like guns a bit better. Any way, I am sure you’ll be glad you did.

  26. avatar CindiS says:

    Proud to be this gal’s cousin – Daddy Stan Lane (former wrestler/Fabulous Ones) should be too!

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