In a world of compromises, some choose to be uncritical, brown-nosed fanboys. And since 2007, science fiction author Larry Correia’s precision-guided satire of H&K and it’s fanboys’ attitudes has been driving the fanboys wild. Over four years later, Larry says he still gets fulminating screeds from “HK” fanboys and/or airsofters. Actually, longer than that, because years before the 2007 post linked above, Larry posted it on TheHighRoad.com, a popular gun forum. A taste:
In a world of compromises, some people put the bullets in the magazine backwards…But it doesn’t matter, because our gun is on the cover of the Rainbow Six video games. Look how cool that SEAL coming out of the water looks… If you buy a $2,000 SOCOM, you will be that cool of an operator too. And chicks will dig you.
Go to the link, RTWT. And yes, they once really did run a full-page catalog cover with cartridges loaded backwards in an USP magazine. (See below). It has since then become an H&K meme: the way to photograph their guns.
Despite the fact that he’s a bestselling novelist, the brief H&K screed is the most popular page on Larry’s site. “if you say anything negative about the Teutonic superiority of HK, people get mad at you,” he notes. And he’s cool with that. “I love hate mail,” he writes. He’ll periodically post some of the entertaining hate mail on his blog.
There is something more generally applicable in this. A lot of people become fans of some company or line of weapons, in the same way that they become fans of some sports team. It’s fundamentally human, I suppose, but then, so are children.
(Disclaimer: I only have one HK weapon. It’s OK, nothing special — but they won’t sell one to you, because, as they say: YSAWHY. As Larry points out, they’re probably a bit freaked that I have it in the first place).