Noir: Episode 4 in Review

As part of the weekly routine at Modern Rifleman, I have been closely following the progression of the NRA’s new web series, Noir. Though the show started off a bit rough, recent episodes have shown significant signs of maturation. This week, episode four sought to continue this advancement.

This week’s opening segment, titled “Gear Check”, emphasized the narrow way that anti-gun people define “responsible gun owners”. Colion pointed out that many of these people do not realize that firearms are multipurpose objects. He mentioned that many see the gun simply as a tool with a very singular purpose, for hunting, or in more extreme cases to kill. Colion and Amy both correctly indicated that there is nothing irresponsible about enjoying firearms and using them for a wide variety of reasons.

Next, the show transitioned to Colion and Amy at the range. This dramatic, slow motion footage came off a bit cheesy, but it was nice to see the two hosts actually using firearms. After the montage, the segment was brought back to the studio where Colion and Amy talked about the experience of shooting. They both summarized how they get ready to go shoot and the different sorts of excitement they feel when heading out. I found their emphasis on being in the element of shooting to be very relatable and I was happily reminded of a few afternoons I have spent on an empty range.

The first “guest” this week was Darren LaSorte. Rather than joining Colion and Amy in the studio as he did last week, Darren took the two out to the range for a quick drill. It was interesting to see how LaSorte was able to add a degree of teamwork to the shoot and the whole segment was very well done. This marked the first time that we have seen serious shooting on Noir and it seemed to work quite nicely with the rest of the episode.

After the intriguing range segment, the show shifted gears to advertize and discuss the NRA’s new blog, Sharp. While the commercial that headed this portion was pretty poor, the discussion that followed gave some insight into the purpose of the new project. Focused around the lifestyle of the modern, young gun owner, Sharp shares some elements with Modern Rifleman. It was my hope from the outset to do exactly this, but being a one-man-operation has limited my capacity to bring these lifestyle elements to readers.

The second guest of this week’s episode was NRA Media Lab’s Dom Raso. While the monologue at the beginning of this segment was short, Colion did manage to drop the HK 416 name at least a few times. On the whole, the discussion did bring light to a few excellent points. The strongest of these was how certain historical events can add to the appeal of certain types of firearms. Dom pointed out how special a government issued M1911 was to him because of its history and how it serves as a memory of a dear friend. At the close of his appearance, Dom pointed out that some historical firearms can acquire the same sort of draw that historical sites, such as the Roman Coliseum, possess.

Before the episode could come to a close, we were unfortunately greeted by another Colion Noir firearm endorsement. It is difficult to call the Mossberg commercial at the end of the show a true review because while it had the same feel as one of Colion’s YouTube pieces, it was loaded with hyperbole and really did not address the operation of the shotgun. I complained about these commercials last week and unfortunately, they are still part of the show.

After four episodes, it is clear that Noir has grown significantly since the premiere. While I still have small quibbles with specific aspects of the production, the overall theme of the show seems well executed. I hope to see similar progress as the season continues.

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