Anomalism 2-22.7 interesting what shallow+elitism can get you into
2007-02-22 05:58:58 ET

This blog entry from a sports writer named Jim Zumbo appeared a few days ago at Outdoor .

As I write this, I'm hunting coyotes in southeastern Wyoming with Eddie Stevenson, PR Manager for Remington Arms, Greg Dennison, who is senior research engineer for Remington, and several writers. We're testing Remington's brand new .17 cal Spitfire bullet on coyotes.

I must be living in a vacuum. The guides on our hunt tell me that the use of AR and AK rifles have a rapidly growing following among hunters, especially prairie dog hunters. I had no clue. Only once in my life have I ever seen anyone using one of these firearms.

I call them "assault" rifles, which may upset some people. Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I'll go so far as to call them "terrorist" rifles. They tell me that some companies are producing assault rifles that are "tackdrivers."

Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I've always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don't use assault rifles. We've always been proud of our "sporting firearms."

This really has me concerned. As hunters, we don't need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let's divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the praries and woods.

A bit of the toenail snubbing the hand and getting a smack for it. The response thus far has been enjoyable. I'm not real good with links so you'd have to google it to get to see the fallout. But it appears that Mr Zumdo's shallow condesending arrogance has cost him a carrear and and done harm to the activities that provided that carrear. Personaly the only hunting I do apart from some less than successful attemps on the neighborhood stray cats is with my bumper and I never keep the trophies.
On the other hand I found this an enjoyable idea. I wish I hand that much ammo and a full auto AK to burn.

2007-02-22 06:31:36 ET

This one is even better.

2007-02-22 07:06:48 ET

can't even find his blog on anymore, they took it down. googling it however gave me around 6 million different hunting forms pretty much as morbidly pissed off as one would expect.

Wrong words to choose, Jim.

2007-02-22 09:34:23 ET

Did you see that thing on SNL once...I think it was SNL...where they were obliterating wildlife with assault rifles, rocket launchers, and grenades? Thats what this reminds me of. I would see hunting with assault rifles kind of like...cheating. I mean, most animals can't outrun bullets anyways, but at leat there is still some skill and sport when using semi-auto and lighter weapons. Fully automatic seems like overkill.

2007-02-22 10:55:54 ET

I kinda like the idea of deer hunting with a grenade launcher. I would think there would require a great deal of skill to have enough deer left to eat and not become a casualty your self.
Also Zumbo thinks that civilian ARs and AKs and SKSs are assault rifles. They are not! Assault rifles are by definition capable of full auto function and civilians can't own these type of weapons without special special permits. Rifle hunting is legal in many states but you are usualy limited to 5 rounds in the weapon at a time. The same for shotguns, so an AK with a 5 round mag is no diferent technicaly. But they look cooler and the fun facter is elevated. I won't deny that there are proly some maniacl hicks out there throwing grenades at bears or machine gunning rabbits. But then dead is after all dead and they won't be any deader with a bunch of bullets in em than one. I think the critters should be armed then we'll see who ends up on the hood of the car.

2007-02-22 11:08:07 ET


2007-03-23 07:48:54 ET

never been a hunter per se, but my understanding has always been that you wanna use the lowest caliber and lowest powder load that will effectively get the job done, because otherwise you're gonna end up destroying most of the good meat.

and trying to call them terrorist weapons is incredibly ignorant and close minded. AKs are so popular because the all the various russian countries sell them to everyone (just like we do with our M-16s), and because they can go through just about anything and keep firing with only a minimal amount of maitenance. we just dont normally see them used against us because we typically have enough sense not to sell our small arms weapons to countries that are gonna use them against us. for some reason this isn't as true with some of the bigger military weaponry.

2007-04-23 04:58:00 ET

Like how Iran is the only nation that still fields the F-14? Yeah the jet.

And that guy in the video is an idiot. Has he ever heard the term "Cook-off"? Because he damn near learned it.

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