Hanging out with Y Man in Texas!

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Many months ago, our favorite Nigerian shotgunner (and TFB Writer), Y Man announced that he would be coming to the States on business here. Immediately I thought about a possibility of him making a detour to Texas in order to hang out, shoot guns, and fulfill his wishes to experience some firearms that he would normally not get to shoot back home, where firearm ownership is not commonplace. I commented on his announcement that if he came to my neck of the woods, we would make sure to get as much trigger time as possible. I got in touch with Y Man after I asked Steve for his contact info, and after much planning and effort we both were able to coordinate and come up with a schedule that allowed him to visit the Lone Star State for a few days in February. Y Man came to town and it was there that our odyssey began.

First thing was first: Y Man needed a cowboy hat to be an official honorary Texan, and he is pictured above wearing it. We also got some fantastic Texas BBQ that he thoroughly enjoyed alongside his favorite dish, potato salad (which he says he could consume daily for the rest of his days and be content). We also went to a few shops so that he could purchase a few much needed items that are either not available or too expensive back in Nigeria. As a result of his spending, I am sure that the stock prices of several electronic stores rose! However he did not make this detour to Texas for work, but rather to sling as much lead as possible… and we did just that.

On day one, Y Man, myself, and two of my friends who brought out plenty of toys for him to play with went to a local indoor range called DFW Gun Range. We were the only customers at the time, so we were free to do as we pleased and the staff was also helpful and getting in on the action! This was also the first time Y Man had shot full auto, but he still handled it all like a professional. In fact, when I went into the foyer to talk with the range staff, they asked if my Nigerian friend was in special forces or something back home (I am completely serious!). For never having shot most of the firearms we brought out, Y Man handled them with extreme proficiency, and most of all safety. We spent most of the time indoors shooting full auto stuff, including an MP43, MP5, M16, M4, 22lr M16, FN FNC, Uzi, Mac 10, and we rented an M3 grease gun to play with, which Y Man loved. We also shot a few pistols including my Five-seveN and Mark 23, and my friend CJ brought out his Smith and Wesson Model 29 with some very powerful hand loads. When Emmanuel fired the monster of a revolver, he looked back at us with a facial expression that conveyed “hell yeah” to us all (with the gun pointed down range of course).

On day two, we traveled to a rural area to do some outdoor shooting with emphasis on distance. I brought out some neat stuff for Y Man to try, and even with snow covering most of the ground we had too much fun. Y Man told me the firearm he wanted to shoot the most was a Barrett, so of course we had to take it out and put his skills to the test (which he will tell you about in his posts). We plinked with an AK-74, Garand, SCAR 17s, my G36 build, UMP build, and a few more until our trigger fingers were sore and the cold temperatures started to get the best of us. He took plenty of photos and videos as well, which I am sure he will make available.

When we got back from the range, I asked Y Man what his favorite guns were and he said the following:

  • For fully auto firearms, he liked the classic M3 “Grease Gun”
  • For rifle, he said the AK-74 (he liked the low recoil and he was very accurate with it)
  • For pistol he said the USP 45
  • As for the gun he was most disappointed with, the said the SCAR 17s (he will have to explain why)

All in all he got a good sample of guns to play with, and I can’t wait to see all his photos and videos!

A few observations and nuances about our time together may provide a look into what this guy has to go through in order to be a legal firearm owner in Nigeria. First, you may only own a shotgun and you must be over 35 years of age. Not to mention firearms are expensive, the licenses are expensive, and you may own 100 shells at a time. Also new to me is what Y Man calls a “rustling handshake”, which is when two people shake hands and there is something in between the hands that rustles if you catch my drift. If you have read Y Man’s posts over the years, it is incredible what this man has had to do to participate in this hobby that we take for granted often times, and he ordered many tools to help improve his own firearm and shooting ability, as well as his technical abilities (he may be keeping Dremel and DeWalt in business). Y Man is also very handy and tech savy if you couldn’t tell by his articles where he humbly shows off his mechanical prowess.

All in all I enjoyed our time together and hope that next year he is able to visit SHOT with us and post his insights. Until then, I look forward to reading some more of his posts about shotgunning in Nigeria!

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Alex C.

Alex is a writer for The Firearm Blog who was born and raised in Texas with years of experience in hunting, shooting competitions, and general collecting. A degree in History from Baylor University has contributed to his love of both early and modern firearms technology, but Alex is most fond of machine guns and other NFA toys.
You can reach Alex at alex.capps@thefirearmblog.com


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  • Ninja Clerk

    That’s awesome! I’m glad he got a chance to hang out and have some fun in Texas!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Way to go, Y-Man! I sincerely hope your stay here in the United States will be pleasant and fulfilling, as before. Glad you got to enjoy some range time with a variety of firearms, and in good company :).

    Alex C., it was very kind of you to extend such open hospitality to Y-Man, and it was very generous on your part to take him shooting like that so that he could experience something different.

    Many thanks for sharing this with the rest of us!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      I can tell you I was happy beyond words that Y-Man could hang with Alex and shoot many guns he would otherwise never get to shoot.
      Thumbs up to Alex for showing him around and taking him to the range.

  • wetcorps

    Hey I’m not from Nigeria but can I come shooting too, sometimes? :D

  • caprisoner

    Sounds like you guys had an AWESOME time!

  • jamezb

    Alright! SO happy Y-Man was able to visit again and that he got to enjoy a taste of Texas hospitality! I hope he will have an article up about his trip soon, I’m looking forward to it!

  • Steve (TFB Editor)

    He’s not special forces, he’s TFB!

    I wish I could have made it down to TX to hang out with YMan, but I was able to video chat with the both of them during the trip.

    • allannon

      Being in TX, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of a TFB Y-man special TX range day.

      Or maybe an east Texas range day, TX being the size it is. ;)

      • avconsumer2

        Ditto! I would probably have made a trip from LA.

  • yakov

    At the rate the US is going Nigeria’s gun ownership policies will be seen as “pretty loose” if Feinstein et al. get their way.

  • fakefrank0002

    Cant wait for the Y-man articles. Come to think of it, if it wasn’t for him, I would never have found TFB. I was looking for some things on home made shotgun slugs and found an article of him making some with a piece of shotgun barrel and a nut and bolt (am I remembering correctly?). After that I started looking for more of his posts and now I am a daily visitor to TFB. Thanks Y-man!

  • Lance

    I wish we could have him immigrate here. Another good gun owners and good men like him are needed.

    • allannon

      Sounds like Nigeria needs him in-situ, though. ;)

  • Fred Johnson

    Welcome to Texas, Y Man!

  • avconsumer2

    Disappointed with the SCAR huh? Interesting! No experience personally, but can’t wait to hear why.

    • Y-man

      Hi, I LOVED the SCAR 17S! It was the optics that let me down. I guess I am an Iron Sights kind of guy… Shooting the SCAR reminded me, kind of, of my training with the FN SLR back in the day…

      • avconsumer2

        Aaahhh. Gotcha. 10-4. Yeah, for some reason, the SCAR’s keep eluding my grubby mitts at various ranges to toy around with. Definitely on the list though. Thanks for the reply sir! Happy shooting!

  • mikewest007

    Funny, normally when a Nigerian shows up on your doorstep planning to “invest” a lot of money in your area, it’s a bad thing… ;)

  • John L.

    Alex, You should stop by my shop sometime. I am an FFL 07/02 SOT in Dallas. http://www.facebook.com/thegunlab

  • gunslinger

    Glad it worked out. Always a treat to hear Y-Man update us on his adventures.