Guns Are The New Golf

Gun culture has come under pressure these last few years in Silicon Valley. Gun culture used to thrive within the geek/hacker community with open source hero Eric S. Raymond organizing Geeks With Guns events around the country. Cooperate gun clubs used to popular in the valley. In 2000 the Gun Club @ Microsoft donated over $100,000 to the NRA. This gun club now appears to be defunct.

It was heartening to read in the WSJ about a revival of shooting culture

A group of engineers at Palo Alto software startup Cloudera Inc. got together last month for a team bonding event with a stash of 12-gauge shotguns.

About 20 of them gathered at Coyote Valley Sporting Clays in Morgan Hill on a Friday morning to shoot at moving targets in the countryside. “It was a real treat,” says Aaron T. Myers, a 27-year-old Cloudera software engineer who helped organize the trip, noting that it was something most had never done before.

Last summer, a team of several dozen Facebook Inc. employees held an off-site meeting at the Metcalf Shooting Range in San Jose, shooting targets with rifles and guns.

Now if only these Silicon Valley giants would stop blocking employees from accessing TFB.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Ted

    Intel in Folsom doesn’t block you

    • Ted

      I should add that trying to lock out a site or service to an experienced programmer is like those no concealed carry on a military base rules. It’s a joke to even think it does anything productive. Talented employees are just offended by such rules.

      • zardinuk

        ssh -D ftw

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      That is great to know!

    • Bill R.

      FWIW, Oracle doesn’t block the blog either.

  • davidmpoe

    mmm.. I choose both. I love me some golf alongside my guns.

  • Criticalthinkingiscritical

    “stash of 12-gauge shotguns” wtf? That implies guns are an illicit/naughty product that require hiding/hording/”stashing”.

    • zardinuk

      Well they do make a hoarder out of most of us here.

  • Criticalthinkingiscritical

    Whenever someone invites me to go golfing I decline (I’m allergic to grass) but then offer to take them out for sporting clays.

    So far everyone has enjoyed shooting clays; even the “ban assault weapon” people. Something about sporting clays feels very sophisticated gentlemanly to nearly everyone who tries it; especially anti-gun people.

  • CrankyFool

    My workplace doesn’t block you; in fact, of the seven or so companies I’ve worked at in the last 10 years, only one — a paranoid financial services company — did any sort of workplace filtering. High tech companies are usually pretty permissive about this sort of thing.

    We do a few events like this here too — we’ve been going to the Coyote Valley Sporting Clays place for about a year now, about every 2-3 months, and have started mixing it up with some pistol range attendance as well. It’s still something we tend to be relatively low key about. There’s probably about as much stigma about being an avid gun owner in the valley as there is about being gay in some other parts of the country — you’re not going to get fired over it, but people still look at you funny.

  • Schizuki

    Geeks with Guns included a free dinner, Dorks with Forks.

    • zardinuk

      And once a year during pheasant season is the Nerds with Birds competition.

  • Rabobo

    Microsoft (I know it’s an afterthought now) actually has it’s own gun club who’s motto is “The World’s First Point and Click User Interface”

  • Dale

    I’m more than fine with shooting becoming the new “golf” as long as common sense with firearms and respect remain in the forefront of all shooting sports. It only takes one bad apple to ruin the sport for all of us… Or one “guy”. Don’t be that “guy”

  • Piers

    There was a small gun culture movement with gamers and developers due to the real guns used. Gamers became fans of the guns, and developers spend time on ranges to get more authenticity. And then the NRA attacked video games after the Sandy Hook shooting. They certainly lost an ally there…

    • Vermin.308Winchester

      I have forgiven them for the most part personally. The NRA is usefull bye shear mass not tact or political consistency they really do just kind of run it bye ear the continuation of the “it’s all about hunting and self defense” argent when things get hat is a good example. The second amendment exists to maintain a balance of power between people and government or to put a different way “to protect the people from government” the right to self defense exists independently of the right to bear arms and hunting is a recreational activity

  • FLdeepdiver

    Not sure why this is such a trend…I see it all the time. Paddle style holsters go inside the waistband!

    • 38

      For what it’s worth, my paddle-attached Serpa tore up my ACU pants with the hook on the inside of the paddle (not that it takes much to tear up ACUs) and I started wearing it outside the waistband.

  • Never do I find more gun lovers than in geeks!

  • JayMoonz23

    Grew up in the heart of the SV and when I think about it, there has always been a great firearm’s community here. I grew up on the trap/skeet ranges with my dad and I can honestly say, the people I’ve encountered at the staple ranges around here, Metcalfe, Coyote Valley, Los Altos, etc., have all been friendly, inviting and helpful. Shame on those SV giants blocking this site.