1.Classic Movies ; Everyone thinks I'd rather watch a old Black & white move then a new one, their right in many cases, However, its much more then, many of the old movies I like , are considered classic by most people, such as Casablanca, and many others I could name here, But its also about the rich history of both movie & television and it in many ways tells the story of our country, and the moves of a era often define what was going on at the time.
So its much more then just good movies too.
2. Shooting; I have always liked guns, both for their practical uses, hunting, sport, and even as a means of self-defense, should the need ever arise, Hopefully it never will.
But as with Movies there's much more to it. Guns are a part of the American way of life, Our country was born through the use of guns, For many decades afterwards, they were the main way people feed themselves and their families. and in many cases defended themselves against the dangers of their time, both 4 legged, and 2 legged.
Today; They are much more, they are a symbol of our freedom, freedom to live as we please, and to keep ourselves safe. There's also the guns themselves many of them are models of technical engineering. Some of the greatest guns we use today, were designed 100 years ago. While there have minor modification, and upgrades to the platforms they are still basically unchanged for 100 years, Because they work and are now loved by people all over the world as classic firearms So again its not just about shooting, I love shooting them, but its also about the history of our country, the the definition of us as a nation.
The same thing in the Firearms industry. John Browning created a number of guns that are now considered classics today. The Colt 1911 developed in the early 1900's and carried by the US Army from WWII, until the mid-1980's when it was replaced by the Beretta 9mm. Which is a smaller round then Colts 1911 which fired a larger .45 caliber round. For just over a 100 years the 1911 platform has been made, with almost no changes, sure, a few tweaks here and there, but its essentially the same gun John Browning designed 100 years ago.
The movie industry has changed so much in the last 100 years the early pioneers wouldn't recognize it any more. However, whats remained , in spite of all the changes over the decades is the core; The story must come first, No natter what special effects, or stars, or director, etc, if the story isn't compelling then there's no movie. Think about all of the movies that are considered classic today, many of them are in black & white, , then whats so compelling about them? Its the story and the characters.
Both the industries, Movies, and firearms are tied into our culture and our ways of life like no other industry. Movies are a window on our history, to show where we've been in some case where we're going. Firearms are a symbol of independence and also a integral part of many of our classic movies, particularly westerns and detective movies.
To understand either of them its important to study our history as a nation, and as individuals who love both.