The 21st Century gun shop


The storied history of modern firearms is replete with designers and innovators whose named have become legend: Browning, Stoner, Colt, Luger, Kalashnikov and… Jack Dorsey.


Twitter creator Jack Dorsey

Never heard of Dorsey, who’s better known as @Jack?

He’s the guy that founded Twitter, and Twitter is revolutionizing the firearms world and the Second Amendment movement.

Forget the bunkum you’ve heard, how it’s just for kids or the 140-character-limit complaints.

Twitter is like a never-ending Shotgun News subscription that continuously updates itself and feeds right into your computer or smart phone.

The key is its flexibility – you choose who to follow. Their messages show up in your feed. You can send messages – Tweets – if you want, but it’s not required.

I am following more than 1,000 people right now, and there are 500 following me.

For gun people, a Twitter account should be mandatory.

You’ll find a host of firearms-related Twitter accounts: gun makers, gear and ammo manufacturers, gun shops, firearms distributors – every firm you can name has a Twitter account.

Likewise, every person involved in the firearms trade is also represented on Twitter: shooters, trainers, gun-friendly pols and celebrities, The Gun Writer and more.

Many will send links to their latest work: stories, photos, videos and more.

Every gun-related organization is Tweeting: NRA and all of its affiliates and every other Second Amendment group.

I no longer have to wait to receive the latest Shotgun News to see new products. They debut on Twitter long before they appear in print.

The most important thing you’ll find on Twitter is gun-related news. Once something happens in the firearms world – be it good or bad – it will rebound around the Twitter-verse and make its way into your feed.

The latest gun-related Twitter trend is coming from smaller gun shops, who let their followers know when they receive a shipment of hard-to-find items, such as ammo, mags and black rifles.

That alone is worth the time it takes to sign up.

Getting started is simple: go to and create a new account.

You can search by key word for accounts to follow: “gun” or “tactical” or “Second Amendment,” will get you started. Or, you can find someone who’s following gun-related accounts and follow their followers. It’s simple, really.

If you work at a computer, and sneak off to gun-related websites during breaks like I do, you need Twitter.

There’s a whole new world of guns out there, waiting for you to explore.

If you have questions, find a Millennial – they grew up with it – or give me a call.



About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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