So tomorrow I will wander off to teach a "Handgun Familiarization" class. This class assumes (correctly it seems most of the time) that the students have never touched a handgun. Much hay has been made over "gun culture version 1.0 vs. version 2.0."
I get that. So my questions for tonight. I know anyone that wanders by here is a gunnie I think, but.....
I show up in 5.11 pants, boots, and some shirt that says I can do this. I would be a poster boy for gun culture 1.0 and SWPL. The classroom is fantastic and then I pull this stuff out:
So, my questions are:
Should I tone down the apparel? Just show up in some jeans and maybe an Oxford shirt?
Second. If you look at the picture above you will see a preponderance of Smith and Wesson hardware.
So, if you were taking a "this end of the handgun is where the bullet comes out" class from me would you interpret the hardware as an endorsement for that manufacturer? I do go get a Glock Gen 3 something and a Beretta 92FS from the range and present them as well, but this post is about perceptions. I only have this 5 hour class to introduce these people to this. I do tell them that I payed for everything and nothing is on "T&E" from the manufacturer.
What say you? Mix it up more? I'm worrying too much, something in between?
I strive to make my classes better and any feedback would be appricated. Hell, you want to sit in on a class and give feedback? I'll buy ya Dinner.