Y-man came to Dallas and Atlanta in February 2014… and IT WAS GOOD!

Y-man in Dallas Feb 2014

Y-man here again, apologies for the long silence once again…

About my trip to the US in February this year: well, some ancient Roman said it all: “I flew over, I shot a lot, I purchased even more!” I had a swell time in the US, Dallas and in Atlanta. Even the cold weather, snow, iced up roads and power cuts did not dampen my experience or cool the excitement I had (See what I did there? “Dampen”, “Cool”? Ha ha! )

I am not going to bore you guys with a lot of words: the pictures and videos below tell a spectacular story themselves.

I got into Dallas on 04February, after the Delta flight out of Lagos had to make an unscheduled stop in Orlando before connecting through Atlanta because the plane almost ran out of fuel earlier than planned due to headwinds. Man, it was okay, but quite a bit scary.

In Dallas, I was hosted by one of our own; a writer on The Firearm Blog: Alex C. who made it a wonderful experience. Many thanks to you Alex C!

Alex C.

He showed me the sights, I got to meet his lovely, kind folks and friends, and he got me a Cowboy hat. I am now a certified Texas cowboy… (By coincidence, the nickname for my hometown here in Nigeria is “Texas” – Red dust, rustic and hot, filled with rascal “cowboys”, and many lovely chiquitas… Ha ha!)

I would like to thank Alex C. from the depths of my heart, for his hospitality, his patience in showing me how things work, and to appreciate his exceptional shooting skills, and candid, incisive challenging nature. America: you have an asset there in Alex C!

I asked him at one point how it felt for him to actually be making someone’s dreams come true… He just gave his quiet humble laugh, and said, pointing to a new target: “Why don’t you do a mag dump on that one there now…”

I also got a warm welcome from Alex’s folks…

I got a whole lot of shopping done (I pre-ordered from Amazon  – an amazing range of power tools, knick-knacks, gadgets  and accessories, as well as spare camera batteries, chargers, and weirdly: a complete bee-keeping suit and hood for my dad. I even ordered screws for woodwork, nuts and bolts of much better quality than we get at home, ) We also visited many shops for much more: a HD camcorder, a new laptop, some clothes from BassPro and a lot more…)

I ended up paying Delta Airlines a whopping $ 600 for my excess baggage… Imagine then how much I had spent on the items themselves… (I actually had calls from Amazon customer care… My bank in Nigeria kept calling to confirm it was really me on the shopping spree! Ha ha!)

With Alex’s kindness, I also got to do the cheesy “touristy-sightseeing” bit too including the visiting of the infamous Dealey Plaza (And gauging the possible bullet trajectories from the Texas School Book Depository window and possibly from “The Grassy Knoll” for myself, and not from that world-famous  grainy Zapruder film. I reserve my personal views on THAT conspiracy…Wow.)

I met up with many new friends, and I got to view a wonderful car collection. Click on picture for a larger view.

Classic Cars-1

It all really touched me deeply.

I also got some sleepy “me” time in my hotel when the Dallas area got snowed in. Broke in some of my new tools, and cameras and stuff (“Broke in”, since we were in Texas, with the wild horses and all… Ha ha!)

Alex and I almost got rear-ended once due to the icy conditions. (And we witnessed the Honda BARELY miss being crushed by a big rig truck…)

I enjoyed the Texan cuisine very much too: but concentrated on what foods I enjoy abroad so much that I got to be called “Mr. Potato Salad” at a few places. It got so that I could walk into some places, and they would get my order set up without my uttering a word sometimes… ( “One order coming up! Potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, and Dr. Pepper…”)

Of course, no visit of Texas is complete without shooting guns! With the help of Alex and his friends: CJ and Chris (Great guys!), I got to do quite a lot of “gun tourism” at the Dallas Fort Worth Range, and some private remote land out of town: and was able to do some firearm analysis too. Of note is the fact that I finally got to do some full-auto shooting AT LAST… (In all my experience, even in the Military, I never did get to do this.)

Y-man shoots the HK MP5 Dallas FEB 2014

Enjoy the few sample pictures and videos below… (They speak for themselves! And several weeks after, I still have my trigger finger in a trembling, joyful claw, and my face is still frozen in an almost maniacal grin because of ALL the fun I had. Everyone says I look rested, cordite smoke does that to you…Clears the pores and freshens your skin. Ha ha!)

I shot as varied a range of firearms from the TINY North American Arms.22 Magnum Mini-Revolver, to the Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 Revolver in .44Magnum (Well, do you feel lucky, punk?), to the EARTH-SHAKINGLY MASSIVE Barrett M107 in .50BMG. In between: I got to shoot the AK 74 (with a wonderful muzzle brake), FN FNC 5.56×45 in full auto, the SCAR 17 7.62×51 (Which was a solid, sweet-shooting, instinctively ergonomic rifle, but shooting it was spoiled for me by the ACOG, through which I just could not focus well… Maybe its my eyes?), HK MP5, FS2000, Uzi, UMPs, even the venerable classic M3 Grease-gun and the M1 Garand. In terms of age range, I shot from the 1896 Mauser C96 Broomhandle to the modern Kriss Vector…

Went shooting Dallas FEB 2014-1

Many thanks to Alex C, for being a great cameraman, all faults to the poor quality of the videos are mine.

I got to shoot twenty-five different firearms in different calibers and “lit off” almost two thousand rounds of ammo … What an adventure! Definitely crossed off my bucket list! What more can I ask? I can die happy now!

Y-man's Dallas Trip FEB 2014 Bucket list

(Many more videos on my YouTube channel.) Please leave a comment or two…

I reluctantly left Dallas for Atlanta to close out some work related stuff on the 9th, and I ended up spending two days snowed in there.

Y-man snowed in ATL FEB 2014

(I never noticed the flag above my head until later. Ultimate selfie! Take that, Bradley Cooper!)

I volunteered when an ice-laden bough fell on a house not far from the hotel I stayed… I did some more shopping, and made sure to visit the Stoddard Guns and Range twice before finally leaving for home (With 4 massive suitcases!) on 15th February. At the Stoddard’s range, I finally got to shoot the AK 47 in 7.62x39mm, the Beretta M92 9mm and the KEL TEC KSG shotgun with buckshot, which I felt is a BEAST!

I did NOT enjoy shooting that shotgun –the KEL TEC KSG – at all (too loud, high recoil, my poor slide racking, painful welts on my fingers…)

Oh: the queen of the ball was getting to shoot the Kriss Vector in .45 full –automatic…

All told, it was a good trip, and I had fun. I learnt a lot too, and was able to get a few needed items back with me (A few “rustling handshakes” here and there. Alex, C.J. and Chris know what I’m talking about… Ha ha!)

Good trip!


Y Man

Y-man is a firearms newbie, and really interested in shotguns. Based in a firearms restricted environment, he makes the best of whatever he is able to lay his hands on. He also enjoys comments and feedback almost as much as a druggie loves their next fix…


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  • M.M.D.C.

    Ballistic tourism! Gotta love it.

    You got to shoot some really cool guns, Y-Man. I’m jealous!

  • st4

    Awesome.

  • kevin kelly

    Really enjoyed your trip report. Glad you enjoyed our country. Well wishes Y man!!

  • kevin kelly

    Awesome gun collection btw.

  • hkryan

    Where do I sign up?

  • BOB

    I wish more Americans could be as appreciative of what makes America great as our foreign friends often are.

  • CRUZaderDEETZ

    Dude, you’d make a Great American!

    tD

  • Anonymoose

    Awesome!

  • avconsumer2

    Nice. So glad you had such a great experience. Awesome control on that Kriss!! I’d have been all over that paper! (& cardboard!) lol – potato salad. Often overlooked American delicacy. ;) Hopefully someone got you a couple of local dallas craft beers as well! They’ve got some good ones.

    Come back soon!

  • jamezb

    It’s always wonderful to read your posts here, I am so glad you got visit the U.S. again and got to do a lot of shooting while you were here. I am going to have to take time out this evening to enjoy watching all the videos!

  • From Atlanta

    Y man. As an Atlantan, I apologize for the craziness you experienced on the part of the snow, its almost never like that…

  • gunslinger

    Just an all around thumbs up!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Great reading your post, Y-Man — really happy you had such a positive experience, although it sounded a bit hectic!

  • derfelcadarn

    Note to the Y-man please do not get too enamored with all the bells and whistles of b@1st century firearms. It is innovators and tinkerers like yourself that are keeping the spirit of individual freedom alive in this world. simple will prevail when technology fails and technology will fail. Enjoy and keep writing I really like the way you think.

  • Anon

    Hey Y-man, how did shooting the G36 feel?

  • PatrickHenry1789

    If you’re ever going to be back in the Atlanta area. Give me a shout, I’m not that far away. I don’t have anywhere near the arsenal that you got to try out in TX. But we can get a little range time for sure.

  • One2
  • BryanS

    Glad you could come back, and glad you had a great time. While I enjoy the freedoms that we have, they should not be limited to Americans.

  • HCM

    Yman,
    I’m glad you enjoyed TEXAS !

    I’m not sure what you vision is like, but I notice you wear glasses. One limitation of the ACOG vs a conventional rifle scope is the ACOG doesn’t have a diopter adjustment, which allows the scope to be focused to your individual eye so the reticle is sharp. The ACOG is fine is you have good eyesight, if not you will be better served with a conventional rifle scope.

  • TastyBlood

    try shooting the .500 cal rifle