I recently discovered that there is a sub-group of gun owners that are into extreme beards. I saw extreme, but I guess I should more accurately say “tacti-cool.” I guess this comes from people wanting to look like soldiers who have been down range or something. A bunch of the guys in this sub-group are actually good people, but some are just armchair commandos having gotten no closer to combat than a re-run of Full Metal Jacket. Sad but true.
I’ve worn a beard for a very long time. Bearding is nothing new to me. I think I’ve had a beard since about 1995, but that is a guestimate at best.
The key thing about beards is you’ve got to make them look good. That means regular shampoo and grooming. Do not walk around with an unclean beard. That’s disgusting to everyone, and makes the rest of us beard owners look bad.
You want to trim your beard. I use a Remington MB4040 beard trimmer, but there are a lot of good ones on the market. Some are better than others, but if you stick to the big brands you should be ok.
There are various shampoos on the market that have been specially formulated for facial hair. It is up to you if you want to use one of them. I think they are pretty good, but regular hair shampoo does the trick for me. Some people like to use an oil on their beard. I think these are pretty good also. I sometimes use one, but only when I am not planning on being outside working all day. Why waste a good beard oil if I am just going to go out and get sweaty?
I think guns and beards go well together, but gun owners should take care to keep the beards in check. You don’t want a very long beard getting tangled up in the workings of your AK-47 for example. Not only would that hurt a lot (ask me how I know…) it can also jam up the functioning of your gun. That, my friends, is vey bad juju if you are actually in a fight for your life.