Noir: Episode 6 in Review

This week’s episode of Noir, titled “Where are All the Gun Celebs”, marks the sixth entry in the NRA’s new web series. The theme of the show this week was how mainstream acceptance of firearms could change the public’s impression of gun ownership. As we have done for previous episodes, let’s take a look at how the episode shaped up.

Gear Check this week featured a monologue from Colion regarding the need for firearms to become mainstream in society. He likened the path to firearms acceptance to that taken by the X-Games 15 to 20 years ago. Another example was UFC. At the outset both sports were criticized for their recklessness, but eventually both gained sizeable followings along with sponsorships and television deals. While discussing the subject with Amy, Colion made the excellent point that in order to avoid fringe treatment, firearm owners need to stop acting like a fringe society. Indeed, we as gun owners often do attempt to hide our beliefs and enthusiasm so as to avoid judgment from strangers and friends alike. As Colion said, we need to be unapologetic as gun owners. This doesn’t mean forcing firearms into every conversation we have, but it does mean that we as a community need to address negative stereotypes head on rather than hide from them.

The range session with LaSorte this week was slightly shorter than last week’s MP5 segment, but was every bit as intriguing. In teams of two, the shooters had to engage various bowling pins and steel targets using shotguns loaded with birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. I must point out that I currently own no shotguns and have never been all that interested in them. However after watching this week’s session, I may have been persuaded to give these firearms another look. The course looked like a lot of fun and the way different loads were utilized put all of the capabilities of shotguns on display. Once the competition was over, the group sat down to discuss how athleticism affects shooting performance. I have always been a believer that physical fitness and shooting success are closely related and enjoyed the conversation.

After the range segment, the show came back to the studio where Colion outlined his vision for a “Gun Fest”. In his vision, the event would take place at Texas Motor Speedway and would feature cars, concerts, and shooting performances from Special Forces teams. As his description became more and more absurd, I began to worry that the show had lost its way. Fortunately, Colion did acknowledge the impracticality and general inanity of his proposition. He pointed out that such a vision was symbolic of what he would like to see from the gun community and encouraged others to share their equally lofty dreams. While the segment started out downright absurd, Colion’s explanation at the end helped to bring the whole part together.

Much like previous episodes, this week’s show featured another Colion-style “review”. While I have been critical of these segments, they do capture some of what Colion so popular on YouTube prior to working with the NRA. This week, the segment featured the Heckler & Koch MR-556, commonly known as the civilian version of HK’s HK416. In the review, Colion likened the HK to a beautiful and confident woman. I cannot say that I have ever drawn such comparisons and I certainly did find the segment to be over-the-top once again. Fortunately, LaSorte joined Colion and Amy in the studio and pushed Colion to explain his reasoning. Based on what I have previously seen from him, Colion is a huge HK fan. As such, it should come as no surprise that he loves the MR-556. As a Knight’s Armament SR-15 fan, I find the HK to be a bit chunky and certainly not “sexy” as Colion describes it. However, I loved that he pointed out how at a certain point, we move from purchasing firearms to fill defined roles to making more arbitrary purchases simply out of an appreciation for the technology and features behind a certain offering. After having covered most of my practical bases, I too have sought out more interesting guns, even if they serve no definite purpose.

While my preference is torn between this week’s episode and last week’s show, I can comfortably say that Noir continues to move forward in the right way. The range sessions continue to be intriguing and unpredictable and I am glad to see they have become a weekly occurrence. While we still see plenty of Colion monologues, the show as a whole is more dialogue driven and it is nice to see that Amy has begun to play a bigger part. The questions this week were better than any we have seen before and the Noir Spotify playlist seems to be coming together nicely, even if I do have different tastes in music.


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