It’s Valentine’s Day weekend so anything pink goes, right? ;0)
My firearms enthused husband, is an enthusiast in all aspects. He reads about new products (remind me to tell you about his new favorite…a loudener…yes as opposed to a silencer), reloads his own ammo, researches case law around the US and World, participates in political events to educate and further our rights, trains himself tactically, AND he builds/designs rifles.
This is currently specifically limited to AR-15’s as AK’s involve more mechanical parts that would not fit in our “Office” but its on his dream list.
The AR-15 is popular and so there is no end to the types of customization and parts available (unless your finances run out or there’s a mass panic that the firearms will be legislated away), but fundamentally the all require the same basic parts. Husband’s favorite thing is to build these rifles. Someone could easily buy these pre-built at a gun store for a hefty price tag, but he enjoys searching for deals, also knowing that by selecting each part he’s reducing the overall cost for the build, and ensuring its quality. He can also build/design these for others, provided that they put the gun physically together themselves (at least one part) otherwise he’d need an FFL license as a dealer/seller. My rifle is an AR-15, not fully automatic.
Him making the rifles for others was nice…as it is kind of an addicting behavior. Its seriously like grown up Legos, and is very therapeutic for him!
At the beginning of last summer, we were eating ice cream, and husband was daydreaming about his “next build” (there’s always a next build). He starts talking about maybe making an all white one for contrast. Then, he says “what about a pink one?” My ears perk up. “Really?!” “Sure!” It would be nice that I’d have an AR-15 custom built for me, with my specifications in mind!
Here: I’m going to share about the customized parts, discuss the awful stigma for these beautiful tools, opinion the “pink firearm craze”, and share the experience of my build!
Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues with rifles for me is my lack of upper body strength. Therefore, the main goal with this rifle (besides the pink infusion) was that it would be lightweight. It has a shorter barrel (inches) and a nice optic alone. Originally, husband purchased a pink Ergo grip…I loved it! Very comfortable…the only problem is that my pinks were not going to match. So husband searched to find a complete MOE set to they’d all be the same color. There are so many different colors available at this point, and you can even have them painted to have everything match. I appreciated that my colors are a lighter/baby pink instead of a bright fuchsia pink.
The media likes to AR-15 wrongly labeled the “Automatic Rifle” so here are some quick facts: AR stands for Armalite Rifle. The automatic version (firing multiple rounds continuously while holding the trigger vs. pulling the trigger each time to fire one round) is the M16 and is used by the military. For the most part these are not available to civilians without extensive background checks and paperwork filed to the government. Automatic rifles are considered “more dangerous” since they can fire more rounds at once…however this also makes them less accurate due to continuous recoil etc. It is joked that this rifle is the “evil” black rifle due to the stigma. It is one of the main rifles that uneducated politicians like to hold for display (not using correct trigger finger control) to scare other uneducated individuals. They insinuate that it has the “most powerful cartridge on the market” and that it is dangerous and most likely to be used is some sort of mass murder.
Actually, some of the most powerful rifles on the market are deer and other rifles designed to shoot large game. Those need to be powerful in order to cleanly and humanely kill one’s food. Do you really want to watch poor a poor animal have a wound that is painful while she wanders around bleeding profusely, all the while scared out of her mind? Or would it be better for this animal to feel little pain/fear at the end of its life?
Also, one of the most widespread mass murder rampages, perpetrated with a gun, was a bolt action rifle (seen as one of the least harmful/powerful rifles). The problem isn’t the tool or object…it is about the person wielding said object. People need to feel like they can get help for their mental and emotional struggles. I hope I’ll be able to help my community with my Master’s in Professional Counseling soon! :0)
The Pink Craze
Going into a firearms store as a woman can be one of the worst things in the world. These owners tend to have a difficult time remember that we are each different, with different wants/needs and at different phases of our education. When I first began ALL of them encouraged me to get a revolver so much because it was less likely to jam etc that I know HATE the idea of owning a revolver.
At least the firearms industry is getting the idea that women are the fastest growing population of gun owners…and are finally designing firearms and other products with us in mind.
Personally, I love the pink stuff…I like the mix of delicate femininity on a powerful tool..I enjoy the sense of irony. I like the idea of personalizing it, knowing that it is “mine, for me” etc. I understand if you hate the pink stuff, and that they are just trying to seduce us with stereotypes… to each their own.
For the record, I’ve even had male friends admit that they buy guns sometimes simply because “they are pretty” a completely legitimate excuse that can be used by ANYONE, not females alone. Why else do you think the firearms can come in so many styles/colors/ tones? There is artistry in the mechanics, and their simple aesthetic beauty alone can be admired! But, let’s do research for our every day carry firearms…the ones that we are relying on for the protection of our lives and those of our loved ones.
I’ve only taken my pink gun to the range once, since I was in a car accident a few days after. But I have some fun footage. I’m fully recovered now…the weather is just cold/bad/post Winter Storm Pax.
I LOVE that I have a firearm that was personally designed for me with care and quality. Husband used such nice parts/optics that he frequently remarks, “I’m jealous and want your rifle” I mean except that it is pink.
What other accessories do you think I should add to it? I definitely could use some sort of shoulder strap, and I bet there are other ways I could personalize it in a pink color.
Think I should give it a name for fun? Something like “Lady” something or other? It could be fun.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions :0)
Happy shooting this Valentine’s Day weekend!