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That Time I Became a Hand Model for a Firearms Accessory Company

Courtesy Luis Valdes and Oleg Volk

Back when I was running for a seat on the NRA Board of Directors, I had my good friend Oleg Volk do some photo work for the campaign. We got to talking about guns, of course, and I brought up the handy Kel-Tec SU-16C that I keep as a truck gun.

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He mentioned he had a SU16A1-EL rear sight from Tech Sights for it and gave it to me along with a replacement Hi-Viz front sight for an AR-15. The SU-16C uses the standard AR-15 front post sight.

Courtesy – Hi-Viz & Tech-Sights

So I installed them and he asked if he could take some high quality photos and use those them for an article he was going to write. I said sure and thought nothing of it.

Courtesy Oleg Volk and Luis Valdes

Well, it turns out that Tech-Sights liked the photos so much that they used them for their own website to show how the sight looks when installed on the rifle.

Courtesy Tech-Sights

I stumbled across it when I was looking at the sights they make for the SKS Carbine and Ruger 10/22. Imagine the pride I felt knowing that I had entered the pantheon of an elite group of skilled individuals. I had stumbled into becoming a hand model much like George Costanza.

But as time moved on, my life became one wild party after another. Going to hand model galas, hob-nobbing with the rich and famous, and, of course, my hands getting me into trouble. I fear I may have flown too close to the sun.

It appears that my hubris has gotten the better of me. While I remained master of my domain, I have not been offered any more opportunities to model the exquisiteness that are my hands.

Source: The Truth About Guns

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