A fella walks in and in a very tame, I very new kind of voice asks the shopkeep about rifle recommendations for deer hunting.
He is asked what range he is going to be shooting at, to which he responds - up to 1000m. I twist my head to take a look at this optimistic newcomer, who is then asked if he is licenced and he says no, he doesn’t have a licence or a firearm and this will be his first rifle. And he will be shooting out to 1km. Yep…
At this stage, a good salesperson would stop, explain to the fella that most shots are taken at a much closer range (in Vic) and that perhaps for a hunting rifle he should consider these options… And discuss calibres, weight, rifles, type of hunting and just have a normal conversation to extract some useful information to assist with the sale. That’s what I would do and that’s what I would expect if I was new.
BUT NO! The guy immediately suggests 338Lap because it has enough energy at that range and proceeds to saying something that I didn’t bother listening to. I am sure the guy will go home, do some research, look at the price tag and then realise what was going on. What a short sighted view…
I have a theory. There are two types of new gun owner. Those that accept they are new and openly ask questions to gain knowledge. Then there are those that for whatever reason are desperate not to seem noobish. Often distinguished by the ability to rattle off a ton of specs, velocities and various other data coupled with a constant need to tell people how awesome their firearm is. I’m guessing gunshop staff would be bombarded with armchair experts and perhaps become jaded. They know “this clown will never shoot at 1km, but he wants a big gun”. He works retail. If someone wants to drop $5k instead of $2k who is he to stop him, customer is always right etc.
So I think they give up trying to convince people.
You want to shoot deer at 1km, ok buddy you need a .338LM.
Kaching $$$, thanks mate, see ya later when you want a more reasonable rifle.