Shave And A Haircut … And An AK-47

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Sept. 23, 2009

Shave And A Haircut … And An AK-47
Remember when your local barbershop was the bastion of all things masculine and
outdoors — such as hunting, fishing and guns? Well, we found a shop in Kentucky
where "guns and guts" still count, and where getting a haircut gives
you a chance to win an AK-47 rifle. We also bring you the story of a Canadian
bowhunter who defended himself from an attacking grizzly bear using only a
hunting arrow, and more!

J.R. Absher

God, Guns, And A Good Haircut
That’s what customers can expect from Bruce Gooden’s Okolona Barber Shop. And,
for a limited time, those doing business at Gooden’s clip joint also have a
chance to win an AK-47 semi-auto rifle valued at $750.

You see, besides being a longtime haircutter in the Okolona community of
greater Louisville, Ky., Gooden is also an avid hunter, gun lover, NRA Life
Member, certified concealed-carry instructor, and outspoken supporter of the
right to bear arms.

"It’s not so much about the AK. It’s about the Second Amendment. That’s
what I’m trying to do, raise awareness," the barber recently told a local
television station.

In addition to raising awareness and generating more business, the promotion
is also increasing the membership roster of the nation’s premier gun-rights
organization, the National Rifle Association.

Regular customers receive one ticket for a chance to win the rifle each time
they get a haircut. If they’re a card-carrying NRA member, it’s two chances.
And, if they sign up as a new NRA member, they’ll receive six tickets for the
December gun drawing.

In its newspaper advertisements promoting its AK giveaway, The Okolona
Barber Shop is described as "The Safest Shop in Town."

From what we know about Gooden and his shop, we’re confident that statement
reflects truth in advertising, a rare commodity these days.

More Women Buying, Packing Handguns
The 10-month surge in the sale of firearms and the accompanying increase in
applications for concealed carry permits in the U.S. have been well documented
by the pro-gun media. But a relatively under-reported related gun-sales story
has everything to do with sex.

Did that get your attention?

By all accounts, women are buying guns for personal protection like never
before and seeking firearms training and education in increasing numbers.

That contention was all but confirmed by survey results released this week
from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s "First Shots" program.

"First Shots" is just what the name implies: a program that
introduces people to handgun shooting for their first time — along with expert
coaching and safety instruction.

Of the 3,106 participant surveys tabulated from handgun events as of this
June, a total of 1,498 participants (48 percent) identified themselves as
female. In addition, 64 percent of the female participants indicated the First
Shots seminar marked their first-ever experience shooting a handgun.

In a follow-up survey conducted six months after attending the seminar, 20
percent of the female participants said they went on to take formal handgun
training, such as basic handgun, concealed carry, defensive handgun, NRA safety
instruction, and other formal programs. Further, nearly half of the responding
female First Shots participants reported to have met their state’s requirement
to own or purchase a handgun.

Hand-Held Arrow Foils Grizzly Attack
A Fort St. John, British Colombia, Canada, bowhunter saved his bacon last week
by plunging one of his hunting arrows into the neck of an attacking grizzly
bear at his Kechika River hunting camp.

The action began when Rory Chapple, 39, heard the telltale huffing sounds of
an agitated grizzly bear coming toward him. Though he was armed with his
hunting bow, there was no time to nock an arrow, much less draw, aim and fire.

As the bowhunter back-pedaled and the sow grizzly moved closer, he concluded
his only defense was to use one of his hunting arrows as a lance. When the
grizzly made its lunge, Chapple jabbed — Zorro style — and the
broadhead-tipped arrow sliced the bruin’s throat, inflicting enough damage to
thwart a further attack.

"It was a glancing blow but as soon as that arrow struck home, she went
from gnarling and growing and huffing at me to gurgling," Chapple said.

The father of two and president of his local archery club escaped the ordeal
with ripped pants, a sore back, and a whale of a story to tell.

South Florida Hunters Can Bag A Python
A new rule codified last week by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
allows any hunter with a valid license to kill Burmese pythons in state
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) surrounding the Everglades in the southern
portion of the state.

A draft rule allowing hunters to kill Burmese pythons if they are licensed
to take game animals or alligators went into effect August 29, the beginning of
the archery season. The rule is an effort to expand the number of snake hunters
beyond the state-approved group engaged by Gov. Charlie Crist in July.

Under the rule, hunters would be restricted to using whatever weapons are
allowed during the hunting season or handheld devices such as clubs or
machetes. It applies only to the Holey Land, Everglades and Francis S. Taylor,
Rotenberger, and Big Cypress state wildlife management areas.

Quote Of The Week
"I’m not sure how they do it, but an old canine hunting friend can
instantly tell the difference between a business suit and a pair of hunting
-Charley Dickey
“Bobwhite Quail Hunting,” 1974

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for You may contact him at

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