A big chunk of the shooting community seems to be in two camps. Hunting Guys and Tactical Guys and I’ve heard arguments between the two about who is better and all that nonsense. I know guys on both sides of that line in the sand.
One side buys long brown guns and fire rounds never used by the Military. They will also use pointy sticks and strings to bring down big game. These guys can load their guns backwards and then kill an Elk with it. They camo up and blend in with their surroundings like the Predator and will mimic their prey and get within spitting distance.
The other guys buy guns that are Black or Coyote Tan and they fire rounds by the bucket loads and practice shooting their Semi’s with speed and accuracy that is unprecedented in Military History. They will rip into a target like a hurricane, dominate a situation, and counter any threat they come across. Both sides have strong points.
I don’t try to separate myself from one side or the other and I can do both as the situation requires. I think any real serious Shooter should be versed in both schools. You can’t take a tactical guy that has never hunted before and expect him to bring back a buck. Just like you can’t take a guy that has only shot a Weatherby and expect him to get through an urban patrol without some issues.
Just like the Mary Anne or Ginger question… the best answer is Both. Don’t let yourself get into that “I’m that guy” mindset… telling yourself you are only going to buy these kinds of guns and you are only going to buy these kinds of optics or ammo… and you are only going to practice this one kind of shooting… You are going to handicap yourself. Don’t try to be Specialized… because A, you are missing out. And B, you are not going to always be in that one situation where your specialty is useful. The History Channel Show, TOP SHOTS has proven to be an excellent vehicle for taking world class champion shooters and making them look like chumps.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -Robert A. Heinlein