Ok, no, not really famous…but one of my old photos has been making the rounds on Facebook.
To answer the inevitable questions:
- Yes, her reloading technique needed work. It was the first time she’d fired an AR. She’s improved in the intervening years.
- No, I’m not taking cover behind the side door/window. I’m bracing my arm against the A pillar, so I’m right where the windshield meets the hood. Should I be further forwards, and thus more protected by the engine? Probably, but I’m being a gentleman and yielding the best cover to the lady.
- Yes, I should probably be less exposed.
- The picture was intended to humorously illustrate Tamara‘s quote, “A true gentleman provides covering fire while a lady is reloading.” (I forgot the exact wording when I captioned the photo. My apologies to Tam.), not to be a serious demonstration of shooting skills.
- The point was not that she’s reloading the rifle for my use and that she remains under cover during the gunfight — I’m providing covering fire for her while she reloads her own rifle, after which she’ll engage the enemy.
- No, she’s not pointing the AR at my head. She’s about half a meter to my right and the rifle is pointing up and downrange.
- Yes, a full-size AR-15 is a bit too big for her. Since the photo was taken, we’ve purchased an “M4gery”-style AR with an adjustable stock and a shorter barrel for better balance.
- Yes, I’m left-handed. She’s not (hence why the reloading looks so awkward).
- I’m shooting an XD-45.
- That was one of our first dates, and we were out shooting in the Arizona desert with friends. I may be able to dig up the coordinates of where we were if anyone is interested.
- I married that woman, and am the luckiest guy in the world.
- Is a Camry ideal cover? No, but the big chunk of American (( The 2006 Toyota Camry was made in the US from more US-made parts than most of the vehicles made by “American” brands.))
steelaluminum under the hood is certainly better than nothing.
- Why is the Camry in the desert? What, you expect we’d walk way out there? The Camry can handle the road and suited my everyday driving purposes.