Gun Gripes: Corporate Gun Culture with IraqVeteran8888

Chris Cheng
by Chris Cheng

I know many TFB readers are also tech people, and the five years I spent at Google HQ, I saw the gun culture change for the better. Google’s anti-gun policies are a different story, I’m talking about your rank and file employees who used to be more shy about discussing guns in the workplace. Once I was on Top Shot, it gave my colleagues a reason to ask me about guns, and I was happy to talk about it openly at the workplace. One of my fondest memories was seeing one of my direct reports searching for AR-15s and accessories with all the pictures and websites up on his screen for everyone in our bullpen area to see. He was asking me about 16″ vs 18″ barrels and a host of other questions. No one in our area batted an eye thinking we were dangerous, and it was because we had overcome the fear of being negatively stereotyped in the office.

I recently spoke to YouTuber IraqVeteran8888 about corporate gun culture – my own personal experience at Google, and also some higher level trends I hear about during my national travels.

Here’s the full video for your enjoyment. I’d love to hear about your own corporate gun culture experiences, both good and bad, in the comments below.

Chris Cheng
Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of "Shoot to Win," a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon

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  • Kahrmudgeon Kahrmudgeon on Sep 25, 2015

    I discovered that by wearing a nice polo shirt or button down with a nicely embroidered logo on it (Colt, S&W, Ruger, you name it) I have had a number of coworkers, etc. approach me about firearms and shooting, people I wouldn't have taken for enthusiasts otherwise. They come out of the woodwork. Usually its a low key "'like your shirt" that opens into "yeah, I shoot 3-gun but I don't like bringing it up, you know...". I'm trying to change that. Its not something you need to hide. Great post.

  • TXgnnr TXgnnr on Sep 29, 2015

    I work at a small privately owned production shop in Texas and we have 8 full time employees. Of the 8, 4 of us carry. A local law enforcement officer had occasion to visit our shop a couple of weeks back and one of the people he needed to talk to was carrying. He noticed the print and asked if the employee was carrying and he said yes. He was then informed that 4 of us were armed. His response, "This must be the safest business in town." And that it is.