Introduction: Happiness Is a Warm Gun.

Picture of Happiness Is a Warm Gun.

I recently bought a new pistol, and I figured that what it really needed was a pink crocheted cozy to keep it warm.

This was done with pink acrylic yarn and a size H crochet hook. I didnt' have a pattern -- it was pretty much free-form. I crocheted it in rounds, mostly, except for where I needed to add flat panels to allow for the diameter changes for the trigger guard and the grip. I started with a chain of 6 in a circle, then did single crochet outward and finished with double crochet for the last three rounds, for a slight finish to the border.

The crocheting is a bit uneven on one side -- the flat panels done in rows where the bottom of the cozy had to drop down for the trigger guard and the grip were slightly askew. Also, a few of the corners in it are a bit uneven. Overall I think it came out pretty well and as I expected.

I am considering making a pompom from pastel pink and purple sparkly yarn and sewing it onto the barrel tip of the cozy.


sergio00 (author)2011-05-05

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leebryuk (author)2008-02-02

Sadly this looks like my home state of Florida. It's legal to shoot people in the back here. We can thank Jeb Bush for that legal innovation. My Nana would probably knit this herself, God rest her zombie bones. Before you begin, I grew up with rifles and guns. I actually had a shotgun rack in my bedroom from 7th grade on. I've shot a lot of types of guns. Revolvers, semi-automatic handguns, various caliber rifles. Everything short of an assault weapon. Discourse: I contemplated buying a handgun, but then realized that I'd just find myself in bad situations. A bad guy who feels under control is more predictable. A bad guy who sees someone fumbling for a gun gets spooked and then really bad things happen. I was taught that if you decided to pull your weapon you have already decided to kill. The rest is just the motions to implement your will. I've decided that I can't kill, ergo no gun. I agree with harlyquin. Gun shops will preview movies and look for the weapons used. Because sure as sh*t there will be a surge in purchases in that particular weapon. The individuals who buy them tend to be in their young 20s, or parents buying that special "reward" for their child. Should we really personalize a weapon that is designed to kill? I would be irritated if an Eagle Driver painted a Disney Theme all over his/her plane and visited day schools. An F-15 is a machine designed to kill, as is a gun. We should not forget these things. As an individual who has friends who died from gunshots, and have had guns pulled on myself, I can say that they really doesn't make a difference owning one. You just tend to get yourself in more trouble (overconfidence.) I've had friends march around sketchy parts of town thinking they are invincible because they have a gun on them. They found out that they were very wrong. Normal folks tend to negotiate with their target when they draw (leave me alone or I'll shoot!) Opposition does not typically think that way. So you end up getting shot anyways. My friend, who was a marine scout sniper (63 kills), has one handgun, but it's locked in a case. The way he looks at it is that there is no way in hell he can get a gun trained on a target, fire and get his three pops in (2 body mass center, 1 head shot) if opponent barged into his house while he is watching TV with his kids, or at the drive thru. He keeps it as a reminder of a former life, and perhaps for bizarre emergencies (social breakdown after a disaster i.e. hurricanes.) He knows that the kids are more likely to kill themselves with the gun. And I can promise you a large dog will be a much more credible deterrent, and will not hesitate if the time ever comes. People love them (dogs), and you keep them in public (chicks dig them.) Doing that with a gun doesn't get the attention you want.

mgalyean (author)leebryuk2011-02-10

You are astute in knowing that you should not own a gun because you couldn't use it. But beware of feeling morally superior because of that stance (not that you were). To my mind, there is nothing morally superior about a woman getting gang raped, then her corpse thrown into a ditch, or a child losing their parent or their own life. Self-defense is highly moral. What are the moral implications of Jared Loughner not getting shot after his first victim was shot? Is it morally superior for him to have been allowed to kill several others? All tough questions to some. Seems crystal clear to me. But again, props for knowing your own heart as many don't and use a gun as a talisman to ward off evil; which is futile.

PetBennett (author)leebryuk2010-04-16

whoa. that is deep dude.

carpfluff (author)leebryuk2010-04-12

it's true. I'm a floridian chick and i dig it. =D

ckosel (author)leebryuk2009-06-10

You seriously need to lighten up. Self-defense is a God given duty (and right). If I want to customize my pistol with some beautiful Pearl grips, do I then, not cherish life as being precious? I wouldn't kill an aggressor without good reason, but if I did, those pearl grips wouldn't have one iota of relevance to the act. Believe you me, I pack daily and if required to protect my life, or the life of my loved ones, I will take the life of an aggressor without hesitation. This is not macho, it is truth.

merseyless (author)ckosel2009-12-23

this is American logic, it does not work. look at Vietnam.

PKTraceur (author)leebryuk2009-12-20

 Late comment, but nicely said.

georgy.k.zhukov (author)leebryuk2008-02-08

I don't normally post comments, but after reading your posts I felt compelled. Coming from the UK, I'm afraid my overall impression of Americans is that they are war mongering, gun toting lunatics. So to read your posts and their subsequent replies, it was both refreshing and reassuring to have that myth dispelled.

stoobers (author)georgy.k.zhukov2009-12-10

Quit spreading rumors!

Most American's are gun toting lunatics = myth.

Americans are gun toting lunatics = truth.

The key word here is "most".  This is called "freedom".  300 million people.  290 million guns.  Now, how do we get the other 10 million armed?

Since our new president got elected, ammo here is in perpetual shortage.  Especially 45ACP.  9mm supply is limited.  Even 357Mag is hard to find.  Its super inconvenient.

Just because some of us tote guns means we are lunatics?

ReCreate (author)georgy.k.zhukov2009-07-02

War mongering LOL , You need to come here to understand it is not like that XD

mg0930mg (author)georgy.k.zhukov2009-05-20

Not all of us are like that. :)

p2y2r7o (author)georgy.k.zhukov2008-02-22

I'm sorry you think (or thought) that of most Americans. Actually, that really sucks because there are plenty of us who aren't "war mongering, gun toting lunatics." I hate that so many people see us that just isn't fair to those of us who are sane.

bob.smitty (author)p2y2r7o2008-08-07

hmmm... so having a gun automatically makes you insane, in your view?

Dillis (author)georgy.k.zhukov2008-02-24

I'm relieved you feel that way, I am an American as well, and I doubt id have what it takes to fire a gun knowingly it'll Kill/hurt someone, even if I'm put in danger, however living in Canada I hear alot of hateful comments about Americans. I was wearing a jacket I got in America and it said "America" on the back of it, one guy said "You know you're not in America, right?" I was thinking to myself... "So... you must not wear/eat/play or use anything from another country, huh?" And btw so many Canadians where I live think we love guns. Keep safe :P

leebryuk (author)Dillis2008-02-24

Candians are an interesting bunch. In my time in the UK, I found them a bit hostile to Americans in general (they hated when your refer to the US as America. They are quick to point out that there are other countries.) It got to the point where it was insulting when I was summarily dismissed as being "an American" as if it were an insult. So I had fun with the Nationalist Canadians. And for the record, the vast majority of Canadians are friendly people. My favorite was when I would accidentally ask someone if they were from America or the States. If they were Nationalistic they would huff something about there are other countries in North America. I would act portray ignorance and state "Oh, I thought that Canada was the 51st state." Man that really upset them. One morning a girl was wearing all Canadian kit. A jacket, athletic track pants, and even a maple leaf gym bag. I asked her if she was from America. It was too easy to pass up. I've also found that they take South Park a bit too seriously. Some seem to think that a chunk of Americans hate Canada. I try to explain that the humor comes from Canada being such a nice and friendly place, but they don't get it. Good luck in those winters, or if you are in BC, try to stay dry.

JordanZed (author)leebryuk2008-03-03

Most people I know (I'm Canadian) refer to the US as America. I guess it's different for some people hearing it from an American?

leebryuk (author)georgy.k.zhukov2008-02-08

Thanks. Always keep in mind that the US is an enormous place and that we take up a better part of a continent. The population is about the size of the EU, and parts of the country are as poor as the Eastern Blocks and others are wealthier than the Western Nations. I think it is very safe to say that we are a welcoming and inquisitive nation. If you come here be ready to answer where your accent is from at least a million times, and explain what life is like in the UK (they might mistake England as being the sum of the UK, but again we look more inside as a nation.) The cities of New York and Boston are more of a European design, but they also tend to be less friendly (sorry.) Another piece of advice is that our Coach system (Greyhound) is nothing like like yours. Do not think you can use it to travel the US. Rent a car and have more fun. And take the backroads. Best of luck

Coffee bean (author)leebryuk2009-09-15

Just a not someone is in my house and I'm pointing a gun at someone him my house the I'm most likely yelling stop and pulling the trigger at the same time. Gun shops buy what sells well not what is in movies, go into a gun shop as for a good rifle, they aren't gonna point to there 50BMGs because the no good and well you don't have the kinda money .As far as your friend goes, didn't you have a shotgun rack in you bedroom in the 7th grade did I miss the part where you accidental killed yourself with one? Kids want to play with everything they can't, so if that safe somehow finds it way open that kid is more that likely to hurt someone by accident, instead of being trained and aware of how to handle a firearm. Final note, I have a dog it licks people to death, I could train the dog to bark at people but then again chicks don't dig dogs that bark at them. Also it would be awesome if a had a f-14 visit my school! Now I'm stepping off my soap box, and reminding myself that gun ownership isn't for everyone but I just don't want you discouraging anyone.

That was the first time I've seem someone state that without being a jerk. Good job. I own guns because, frankly, I like guns. But I'm not gonna go running around in gang infested areas just because I have a gun. leebryuk is right, people, don't be overconfident because you pack a mag. Now dont get me wrong, carry a gun if you want, but don't flaunt yourself and by all means, only use it if you are 100% sure its necessary, and your 100% sure your going to kill your target without getting killed yourself, and be 100% sure your not going to get locked up because you couldn't provide proof that you where acting in self defense. kudos.

Thank you for that. I don't want to come across as a weenie. I have seen both sides of the debate personally and it is a nuanced issue that deals with the American sense of identity, self-determination and our history. It also speaks to the darker side of the US. Target practice can be a lot of fun. And if someone kicked in the door to my home and was going to kill my family I would want all options available. But the reality is more like "Cops." They storm into drug houses that are littered with all sorts of guns and rifles. If anyone was going to shoot, it would be them. It just happens so fast, like a car wreck. But the reality is that I would never get to a gun in time. Instead, my girl is more likely to kill herself with it by fooling around with it. Thanks again for the compliment.

black bike (author)leebryuk2009-08-29

The fact that you "would never get to a gun in time" is due to a lack of training. Your girl is "more likely to kill herself with a gun by fooling around with it"? Either your girl is in possession of an intelligence quotient south of 80, or you are a misogynist.

ramedia (author)leebryuk2008-02-03

I don't think the writer of the instructable deserves this diatribe on gun ownership. You use terms like "opposition," "target,"and "sketchy parts of town." Coded terms tinged with racism. It is good you don't own a gun. Anyone that uses such dehumanizing terms for PEOPLE, shouldn't have quick access to lethal force. It is your pathology that should be addressed before gun ownership. Your last suggestion that it is somehow o.k. to use or train a dog as a weapon just weakens your credibility. We are the guardians of animals, not the other way around. In summary, Non gun owners shouldn't lecture gun owners. The black neighborhood in your city isn't "sketchy." Your friends are stupid because they are stupid, not because they own guns. People are not the "opposition" or "targets." Any "marine scout sniper" who brags how many kills he has to civilians, is either a fraud... or the last person I would want information from on gun ownership. Dogs are not weapons or guards. Lastly, women like to be referred to as 'women' not "chicks."

leebryuk (author)ramedia2008-02-03

You gun types are so touchy. I'll address your points. *** "I don't think the writer of the instructable deserves this diatribe on gun ownership." This person made a weapon into a cute accessory. Even my Southern Gun Owning, NRA member family thought it was kind of inappropriate. *** "You use terms like "opposition," "target," Never been in the military I take it. *** "and "sketchy parts of town."..."Coded terms tinged with racism."" There is an irony there, but more on that later. *** "Anyone that uses such dehumanizing terms for PEOPLE, shouldn't have quick access to lethal force." It's a hell of a thing to kill a person. We are taught (in the military) to dehumanize so we can carry out our job. You can not kill if you think about their humanity, the why they are doing what they are doing. The same goes for you. You would not pull the trigger in civilian life unless you dehumanize your assailant. I doubt you'll have the time to consider why someone is getting ready to hurt you when you are in personal danger. I personally never thought why is this guy putting a gun to my head in civilian life? Was it do to an abusive childhood? Addiction? For thrills? Oops, that's the sound of the hammer coming back. Wait, I know. I'll just ask you if I am lucky enough to survive. Perhaps I'll get off with a pistol whipping. *** "It is your pathology that should be addressed before gun ownership." Wow, you must be an incredible therapist to get that in one paragraph. I'll go ahead and address that as I finish my Clinical Psychology PhD. Maybe I'll address my bias as I do more research on the causes of gun violence in our culture. Thanks for the swell diagnosis, Dr. Oblivious. Or perhaps you should just stop watching Dr. Phil. And people in cars do a pretty good job of dehumanizing people. I'm sure that you've given the finger to someone in traffic, but I guess you took into account that they might have had a bad day and simply weren't paying attention. Go ahead and read about the fundamental attributional error. *** "Your last suggestion that it is somehow o.k. to use or train a dog as a weapon just weakens your credibility." That does not follow. *** "We are the guardians of animals, not the other way around." Are we not the guardians of people as well? What happened to your humanity? My dog barks at night when something suspicious is around. You don't train a dog to be mean. They look out for their pack. From the tiniest poodle to the largest wolfhound, we are all a pack. My 15 year old Shi-Tzu isn't going to drag someone to the ground, but I appreciate her vigilance. *** In summary, "Non gun owners shouldn't lecture gun owners." Read my initial post more carefully. Had plenty of them, got rid of them. I don't even touch them anymore. *** "The black neighborhood in your city isn't "sketchy."" Thanks, but I prefer to be addressed as Afro-American. But whatever floats your boat. I do believe you were saying something about racism earlier. How I might be making assumptions and all that good stuff. I'll give a shout out to my homys after I'm done here. I've got to roll out to the hood in my phat ride anyways. Look up projection and transference in your textbooks, Dr Phil. You might just be talking about yourself. *** "Your friends are stupid because they are stupid, not because they own guns." Perhaps, but it makes their stupidity a lot more dangerous. Ever seen a drive by knifing? Doesn't really have the same effect. *** "People are not the "opposition" or "targets."" Then you'll never do what you must to protect yourself. You will end up a victim with your own weapon. *** "Any "marine scout sniper" who brags how many kills he has to civilians, is either a fraud..." Sorry civy, what were you saying? He was not bragging but crying during Christmas after dinner. It's hard to see your brother hurt like that. He even puked from the stress of his memories. I'm sure he'll appreciate your snap judgment that he is a fraud. But then again you were saying something about assumptions earlier. And for the record, I was a Captain, USAF. Pilot recovery/rescue. That was my previous professional life. My copter was shot down over Afghanistan, sole survivor. Evaded capture for 12 days. And by a quirk, my brother provided suppressing fire as I was rescued. So I owe him my life. I left the business shortly thereafter. He later went to Iraq, where it is much worse. That'll be the end of the pissing match about qualifications. *** "...or the last person I would want information from on gun ownership." He is an expert, but I guess that's a judgment call. I'm sure he will appreciate your professional judgment. Perhaps my neighbor's dad could use your guidance. He was a SEAL during Vietnam. I heard they gave poor training on weapons handling. Unfortunately I learned initially from him. *** "Dogs are not weapons or guards." My friend's goofy Labrador saved her when she was attacked in the park. I never thought that she (Daisy) had it in her but *WOW*. That dog was terrified about everything, even when she farted she would yelp. Really quite pathetic. BUT it's that whole evolution thing. You really can't get rid of it. That yellow lab, who was sweet as sugar, took the masked man down and did things I didn't think were possible for a fart fearing dog to do. They both escaped safely, and the attacker (or should I say gentleman with a history of violence, I would hate to dehumanize him) was caught at the hospital. Goofy Lab 1, Bad Guy with gun 0. I'll let you figure out who among the two hesitated. Guess who had no problems with dehumanization and who won? *** "Lastly, women like to be referred to as 'women' not "chicks."" I guess you don't live in the "black sketchy" part of town that I grew up in. I refrain from hoochies and other deplorable words. Chicks was meant to lighten the ending. I guess I could use "birds" since I lived in the UK extensively. But wait, we didn't have Black Sketchy parts of town. The whole place was white. The violence was related to social economic conditions. But you wouldn't know that because your only experience with the "Sketchy" is with blacks. ******** So, I grew up with members of my family in the law, in trouble with the law, or friends in jail. Went to school, got my commission and did some terrifying work for some time. My brother hated school and enlisted. I left the profession, went to graduate school and specialize in helping vets with PTSD (which correlates strongly with shooting someone else.) We collectively know what we are talking about. I've had the law and the criminal element pull guns on me. I've also had some jackass in a parking lot flash his gun because I was walking to my car too slow. I've seen soccer hand their purses to small children who have accidentally spilled the contents. Those contents have included an unholstered revolver. I've seen strangers with guns concealed in the small of their backs at Starbucks (cause you never know when a suburban starbucks will be a terrorist threat. I've heard automatic weapons at the gun ranges recently. My idiotic friends are mostly in jail. One who got out of the lifestyle made a comment to me. He said that he enjoys not carrying a gun anymore. He doesn't feel paranoid about someone getting him. So yeah, maybe the author of the cozy for a deadly weapon did not deserve my first diatribe. But you do. You assumed the sketchy parts of town were black. You assumed that I was not black (most likely white.) You assumed that this sniper was bragging (when instead he was mending his soul.) You assumed that I was a civilian. You assumed (and misread) that I have never owned guns, nor been in a profession where guns were used. You assumed that I own a dog for protection when she is about 10 lbs. (when the reality is that I am deaf in my left ear from all of the radio squawk on the headphones.) You used pop psychology to try to argue your point by implying my viewpoint was pathological and due to a mental illness (and that reeks of ignorance as bad as racism.) Your answers do not lay with a gun. Rather they are the fear within you and the lack of understanding in this world.

leebryuk, you are officially awesome in my book. I've been reading the comments on this instructable for a while and i love the way you refuted ramedia without stooping to his (pathetic) level. just want to add another point of view...

  • I live in a relatively remote area of New Jersey, and I have i big german shepard.
  • We dont have any guns in the house, and that dog is there for my family's companionship and protection.
  • I think we should have dogs for protection, if the indivual situation is appropriate.
  • if dogs look out for the pack, why is it wrong for them to look out for people?

Thanks for the compliment. We live in a complex world. Perhaps we get worked up about the wrong things. We should be worried about what's so wrong about everybody having a safe place to live, food in their tummies, good education and being able to get health care. These are the foundations of a just society. I already have some of those thanks to what I use to do for a living (health care, education, housing loans under the VA programs.) But it is unfortunate that most do not. Instead every election politicians are forced to vow allegiance to the NRA (with their tenuous link to the 2nd amendment.) The public howls ill informed about some sort of subject (health care at the moment, previously immigration, 2004 had gay folks, before that it was prayer in school, flag depends on how far your memories go back.) It is the switch and bait. For better or worse it is how our system is. We are constantly distracted from what matters. And Americans are all to easily lead astray. I think the steady erosion of the educational system has lead to this point. I do not want to start another debate (God knows) but I think it is important to remember why this got such attention and I had to stay so calm. It is a hot button issue, and I wish people would apply this amount of effort to helping others. As Dale Gribble once said: "Guns don't kill people. Bullets kill people."

deadalchemist (author)leebryuk2008-02-06

Wow is right; you're my new hero! So well-spoken and you never stooped down to the immature level of being an ass. :) You state your points well, you're awesome in my book!

leebryuk (author)deadalchemist2008-02-07

Thank you for the compliment. I can't claim complete absence of immaturity. I kicked it pretty hard at CWID by accident. but erased it immediately when I realised that: A) I had made a mistake on interpretation of his comment. B) I was an immature ass. I apologised to CWID immediately, and much to his credit he didn't spank me on the board. We all make mistakes and it is important to own up to them. I just wanted to state that for the record. Thank you again for the compliment and speak from your heart.

deadalchemist (author)leebryuk2008-02-08

That's good, and good for CWID as well. I've seen too many people across the Internet apologize for something they said, and have the person they apologized too continue to ridicule them. Enough is enough, right? It takes some courage and integrity to admit wrong after a heated argument/conversation, and I think afterwards some credit and respect should be given. So kudos to him and that makes him alright in my book too. Misunderstandings are just that; a person shouldnt not be treated like a criminal when they admit their wrongs. It cant be taken back, but responsibility is accounted for and that should mean something.

Gjdj3 (author)leebryuk2008-02-05

Wow. Very well spoken. You should go into writing. PS. My friends who on guns would completely agree with you.

leebryuk (author)Gjdj32008-02-05

Thank you for the compliment. And nice work on your instructables.

awoodcarver (author)leebryuk2008-02-05

I have stayed out of this until now , if you choose to not own a gun that is your right and I would never dream of telling you are wrong ,I just cant say if you are right or wrong in your choice .
I chose to own guns I use to hunt till I got hurt guns involved I teach CDC and other cadets to shoot ,in reading your remarks you say you have shot many guns but not assault weapons , yet you did 12 days of E&E , I congratulate and salute you on your service to your country and your good luck/skill in getting out alive ( I have lost 2 nephews to this war )that being said have they changed the E&E course since 75 the last time I did it ?one of the things we were trained to do was weapons recovery / use and the AK was one of the weapons we were shown/ taught to use since it is the most prevalent and has so many copies / clones out in the world ....the 3 position selector switch somewhat different then the ones they sell here and it is under the assault rifle category .......I hope your brother can somehow find peace with what he had to do it is never easy to take someones life and having to do it more then once has to make it that much harder for him ....Is your dog a service dog for the disabled a wonderful program , mine could pick up coins and had learned that my carving knives were bad for his mouth ...I do hope this wont open a hornets nest of comments ..I just found this a better idea for storage of my firearms in my safe then placing them on a hook or a shelf covered with a towel but I cant knit or crochet

leebryuk (author)awoodcarver2008-02-05

Thanks for noting the inconsistency. I wished to remain anonymous to the message board regarding my profession. I wanted to address what I see, not what I use to do. People are less likely to say something adversarial to someone who has served. That's all. I look back at those days and am glad to have survived. I'm sorry about your nephews. It's a shit deal. And as much as I wish to believe it was skill that saved me, it was more luck. Bad weather, couple of caves and a good line of sight radio contact to overhead communications. Oh, and let's not forget the technology. The bad guys are listening to comm traffic and trying to triangulate things. On the other hand, I had everything from a burst transmitter to my standard rescue handset. My back was in a lot of pain, but I had more pressing problems. I used a lot of the training my brother had for stalking and hides. Then again, there wasn't much to blend into. As far as my brother, only time will tell. Clinically speaking, snipers have unique problems. It always seem that we inflict the greatest damage to the few (themselves) to minimize the disruption of the rest. Good tactics, bad to see the aftermath. I had a prof who worked with SAS guys and he said it was very scary at times. Then again, all of those he worked with were in forensic settings. I have two other friends who were in that trade. One really enjoyed it and I can't say that he had any adverse effects. He viewed it as serving a greater good, and I have to admit he did serve in some interesting operations. He was part of the UN forces in Rwanda. The one thing he remembers is the smell. Whenever he talks about it, it looks like he might puke from the olfactory memory. He also served in the Balkans, and remembers the night they were set free to operate. He said something like he was an avenging angel. He was French, but that had nothing to do with it beyond his force deployment. Another came back from Afghanistan and was having a lot of problems adjusting. I think he is one of the most courages men I have ever met. Not because of his service (they all did some brave things), but rather his facing his problems directly. He goes to the VA for regular treatment, takes his meds, stopped drinking alcohol, goes to group for support and is easing his way back into society. I really wish I saw more of that. Shih-Tzu is a family pet. She would try to scare the local Labs in the neighborhood, but they would just stare at her as she snapped at them. Sorry about your dog though. That's impressive he could pick up coins. They taste bad to humans, and dogs really don't like them. The acidity in our mouths carry out a reaction that deposits copper (I think) and it is most foul. I've heard that training service dogs must pass the key test of picking up keys. I tried to taste mine (washed, of course) and I can promise you it really is a wretched thing to keep in your mouth for 30 seconds.

cwid (author)ramedia2008-02-05

so you assumed when he said "sketchy neighborhood" he meant black neighborhood? who's the racist here?

leebryuk (author)cwid2008-02-05

I assume you mean ramedia?

cwid (author)leebryuk2008-02-06

You assumed correctly.

Danny (author)leebryuk2009-07-27

I bet your great at parties.

reagansmash (author)leebryuk2009-06-25

troll detected on another note, interesting instructable, i had a good chuckle

abadfart (author)leebryuk2009-06-14

lol futurama

clay_modeling (author)leebryuk2009-05-21

I think the cozy is imaginative and useful. I agree with leebryuk, if you can't kill, you shouldn't use a gun for protection. It's an individual decision. You can't draw and then negotiate. However, I believe that I have at least a chance with one than without, that's just me. And I don't have a problem killing someone who is threatening to kill me or my family. By the way, I have 3 chihuahuas and 3 toy poodles to alert me to intruders (or friends coming to visit). Odds are, you will never need one, but why take a chance? Honestly, have you ever been to a gun shop? I find that your statements are not generally true, at least here. Most people that I have known in gun shops are young kids who have gone on to police academies, have become cops, and unlike the popular media portrayal, actually are very idealistic (like you) about making a difference in helping people. Good luck.

wtf_steve (author)leebryuk2008-02-05

I also walk around "sketchy" areas thinking I'm invincible, not because I have a gun (I live in Canada so any concealed weapons are illegal) likely due to my combination of being naive and too cool for school. Seriously dude, don't rag on the guy/girl for owning a gun when they're just providing people with something cute they can make for a friend whom may also share an interest in guns. Furthermore just cuz they have a gun (even a handgun) doesn't mean they carry it around, they may keep it in the house for added protection within the house or maybe they're marksmen and like to shoot at a range, they're are many reasons to own a gun and killing is just one.

cobra (author)wtf_steve2008-02-05

Great now when you go to a gun club everyone will think your a fruit!

Danish M1Garand (author)cobra2008-02-11

My Gun club did an outreach to members of the Pink Pistols here in Ohio. It was fun to watch both sides loose the stereotypes.

I myself am not a fan of the homosexual lifestyle but I encourage all gay men and women to embrace the freedom of self defense afforded by the constitution. No one deserves to be assaulted for their personal life choices with consenting adults. Gay guys with guns don't get bashed. Women with guns don't get raped. I myself have stopped 4 robberies and a sexual assault. My wife has aided an officer with an arrest.

leebryuk (author)wtf_steve2008-02-05

I liked the too "cool for school" part. That made me laugh (in a good way.) I'm not giving her a hard time about gun ownership. You can own a gun to practive marksmanship. There are actually MUCH better pistols and rifles for that. Watch the Olympics and you'll see what I'm talking about. They are single shot, small caliber bolted rifles and pistols. And those guys and girls are incredible. The winter Olympics features a sport where you cross-country ski from one target to another. What makes them extraordinary is that their score is based upon speed of course completion and marksmanship combined. It's like sprinting between targets. They immediately get into place, are able to drop their heart rate from the mid 100s to the mid 60s in spite of oxygen demand and fire off a round with incredible accuracy. Heart rate and breathing control are critical for precision shooting. Some carry firearms professionally. Besides the military, law enforcement crosses my mind. Oddly, they tend not to have the cutting edge weapons. People also collect historical weapons like flintlocks and percussion cap rifles (the successor to flintlocks.) The history behind dueling pistols can tell a lot about the culture. These disputes was often settled by both parties turning and shooting into the air. Sort of a chest thumping thing. But guns like hers are designed for killing. They would be pointless if they did not do this job precisely. I would hate to think of the gun jamming or a primer dud if she needed the gun at her second of peril. The point of a modern weapon and it's practice is to kill. May she never have to use it for that. The cozy illicited a visceral reaction. I thought of my daughter's head covered in her little pink knitted hat as she lay in my wife's arms. It didn't seem right. And I felt it trivialized the point of a gun by making it a bit more cute, sidestepping what it is for. Whenever I handle a gun (and that is rare) the first thing I do is safe it. Drop the clip and frighteningly enough eject the bullet already in the chamber. I will say that it would make an interesting art display. I could see a strong commentary on guns and their integration to society. However, I don't think she meant to do that. So, no I am not questioning her right to own a gun. I hope that no one ever has to use one again. I hope you all feel the same way. And thanks for addressing me calmly and respectfully.

regisd (author)leebryuk2008-02-05

My intent was definitely not to trivialize, and while i was not going for a commentary precisely the societal integration of guns, i *was* intentionally going after the juxtaposition between the pistol and something as incongruous as a fuzzy pink crocheted cozy. And the sexual not-very-subtle subtext was just more fodder for the cognitive dissonance there. (Someone off-instructables commented to me that it was oddly both phallic and yonic.)

writinginmyhead (author)regisd2008-03-01

I totally "got" what your intent was with the gun cozy, and thought it was hilarious! I personally, am not a "gun person" though my dad was in law enforcement for most of my life and still owns guns--though he is not a "gun toting crazy..." Anyway, yeah, I think the comments might have a have strayed a bit from the topic. Anyway, I cam here because I found the link in my Lion Brand newsletter and then found your gun cozy on the site, and just had to see what a gun cozy would look like! I thought is was very funny & cute! Well done too! Maybe you could make other ones that go around the handle with some sort of closure--to keep the whole gun warm ;-)

"Maybe you could make other ones that go around the handle with some sort of closure--to keep the whole gun warm ;-) " I agree. I think it needs a flap closure with a little button or something. :)

allen (author)regisd2008-02-12

For what it's worth, I don't agree that your cozy trivializes the firearm. There's certainly a jarring juxtaposition but that's hardly indicative of a cavalier or irresponsible attitude towards firearms. As far as I'm concerned the only conclusion supported by the facts is that you possess a skill - crocheting - that you enjoy and decided to put it to use in this somewhat unlikely manner. The 80+ comments are entirely a product of the political debate that swirls around the private ownership of firearms. I imagine if you'd have, for instance, knitted a rechargeable drill cozy this little tornado wouldn't have been spawned.

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