October 04, 2009

The Tokyo Death Squad

Regarding my recent post about the custom otaku pistol, James has a story about Japanese visitors to a gun range in Ohio.

And indeed it seems that no one ever taught them the first rule of gun safety: never point a gun at something unless you intend to shoot it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 10:40 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I can see it being somewhat of a difficulty to control those guys, even if you have a careful gun safety lecture beforehand.  I grew up with guns (living as I was in the Canadian wilderness) and had my own single shot .22 by the age of 8, which I used to bring prairie chickens and cottontail rabbits home for dinner.  Gun safety was all around me and my occasional carelessness was swiftly corrected.  Seeing what a .22LR can do to a rabbit has a sobering effect as well. 
My wife was interesting in learning to shoot, but somewhat afraid of guns, and certainly had no obsession with them.  She was easy to teach, for that reason.  I think the problem with some of the Japanese tour groups is they are used to waving their airsoft guns around all the time at home - even shooting each other with them - and are also probably overexcited to be shooting a real gun for the first time.
I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to get a big ham or roast or something, put a .45 hollowpoint through it while they watch, and then have everyone take a good close look before they get to handle a loaded gun.
Manabe (of Outlanders fame) used to travel to China at least once a year to shot things like machine guns and even RPGs.  He even paid to fire artillery one year.  He said he was going to fire a tank's main gun next time he went but I don't know if he ever did.

Posted by: Toren at October 04, 2009 04:14 PM (9K6fX)

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Reminds me of the stories about how Mamoru Oshii (He of the endless monologue repute.) would travel to Guam in no small part because on Guam, you can actually shot firearms.

I suppose if those tour groups of Japanese engineers really wanted to go nuts, they should have gone to the annual firepower demonstration event they hold in Tennessee, which culminate in a massive night-time live fire shoot.  On the other hand, the participants are a lot less forgiving on laxness in gun safety...

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at October 04, 2009 05:51 PM (mN0UR)

3 Those Japanese tourists sound about as bad as the police cadets I used to run into at the pistol range in Watsonville. They got so excited at their semi-random hits on the paper that they'd walk over to show their friends, completely forgetting about the loaded gun they were pointing at everyone they walked past.

Women, on the other hand, learn faster, shoot better, and rarely forget about safety. I'd rather have ten novice women shooting near me than a single "experienced" male cadet.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at October 04, 2009 05:54 PM (2XtN5)

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