Canadian Gun Culture

Firearms in Canada have always been a topic of debate inside living rooms and around holiday dinner tables. Both sides of the floor have argued the pros and cons of Canadian gun laws and their applications for decades. The left will claim the laws work, and it’s safer to walk around the streets of this country unarmed. While the right will argue that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Whichever side you’re on, it’s important to know that not all angles of this debate are political.

Canada has a thriving gun culture driven by hunters, collectors and shooting enthusiasts. Firearms are sold and purchased over the counter regularly in this country and online sales are booming. According to there are 1000 firearms legally purchased every day in Canada. On average, There were 1,328 “restricted” weapons purchased every week in 2018. These weapons include some handguns and semi-automatic rifles. Further, there are 2.2 million Canadians with a license to own a firearm. That’s roughly 7 percent of the population.

Everyone has an uncle Dave or Bert who drinks beer and shoots cans on his farm in rural Canada. No? Ok just me then. That crazy ol nut job sure does love his shootin. Personally, I wanted to see what all the hype was about but drunkle Dave wasn’t the teacher for me. Luckily, A close friend of mine has recently received his RPAL. A Restricted Possession and Acquisition License that is required to legally own a firearm in Canada. I talk him into bringing me shooting:

5 for 5

Here’s break down- first of all, the firearm demands your respect the minute you touch it. Its weight and complexity are impressive. The craftsmanship was also something I wasn’t expecting. Every firearm I shot was well thought out and masterfully assembled. The triggers were smooth when you pulled them and not rigid or violent. Visually speaking they were all beautiful.

Glock 9mm
Smith and Wesson 9mm

The Glock 9mm quickly became my favourite. After shooting through a few clips, it was easy to see why its the choice of police officers all over the world. Much like test driving a car before deciding whether or not you like it. You have to shoot a firearm before you cast judgment on it. It felt good from the minute I picked it up, I knew it immediately. It was accurate and powerful, and the recoil was next to none. I couldn’t help but notice a giant smile on my face while in between Magazines. It really did relieve some stress which I always thought was just propaganda from the “pro-gunners”.

After I got over my handgun love affair, we went out to the outdoor range to fire the bigger rifle. We shot 2 or 3 of them and my aim wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t call it good either. The grand finale rifle was the Ar-15, you may have heard of it. Holding the AR-15, I can’t help but think of the history this firearm comes with. Traditionally known as accurate and efficient, one of the best rifles ever made. It’s also known for terrible tragedy’s in which its name may forever be linked. Pulling the trigger, I quickly become aware of why this thing has a reputation. The shot sends the butt of the gun into your shoulder firmly. The accuracy is effortless, and the sound makes me thankful I wore hearing protection. Delivering a projectile to a target hundreds of yards downrange is what this AR was made for, and it’s almost disturbing how well it accomplishes that task. The ringing of the metal targets gets louder and more consistent. Average shooters are achieving above average results using the AR when compared to the other rifles we have on site. I’m legitimately having more fun than I expected and wonder why more people don’t do this on the regular.

AR-15 rifle

After having a great experience, and easing a bit of tension I had around firearms. I think I’ll be looking into getting my own PAL. If you’re like me, and you’ve always wondered what it was like to shoot a gun. I highly recommend getting in touch with your local range and making it happen. Not only was it fun and educational, but it makes for a great photo and video content. You can show off your new badass hobby on your social media platform of choice, or tell your coworkers about your big day!

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