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The Social Media Reload: August 21, 2015

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Social Media Reload

Social Media Reload

Gone are the days of newspapers, magazines and network television. Social media is today’s top source for news, entertainment and information. But with the quick pace of trending topics and 140-character updates, unless you live online, you’re bound to miss something. Luckily for you, that’s my job. The Social Media Reload features the most popular, interesting, entertaining and controversial content in the firearms and outdoors industry from the past week and repackages it into a quick list with a bang. Read on and see what you missed this week.

[youtube] PISTOL RECORDED AT 73,000 FPS
I don’t know about you, but I love Mythbusters. I haven’t watched the Discovery Channel show in what seems like forever, but I was excited when I saw this video being shared by seemingly every media outlet from Concealed Nation to Huffington Post earlier this week. Known for their wild and crazy antics, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage perform a world’s first—recording a bullet shot from a pistol at 73,000 frames per second! You’ve likely seen a slow motion shooting video before, but you’ve never seen anything quite like this, as everything from the bullet to the gasses escaping the barrel of the Para USA 1911 is stunningly visible and every bit as remarkable as one can imagine. Yup, it’s definitely cool, Adam.

After the tragic Charleston church shooting in June, there has been a lot of talk surrounding guns and places of worship. In Jemison, AL, Rocky Mount United Methodist Church has been embracing the idea for more than a year, going so far as to open a gun range directly behind the church. Appropriately named the “Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club,” the range was originally built to teach members—especially women—firearm safety but has since become much, much more. With a congregation of avid hunters and shooters, the church began a gun range ministry as a way to attract more members of the community. Today, the club is used by the local police department, who offers training courses to the public. In the words of Pastor Phillip Guin, “Who’s to say that church can’t happen right here?” (via WIAT News)

Today, the first female soldiers to complete the U.S.Army’s grueling Ranger School graduated. Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, a military police platoon leader, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, an Apache attack helicopter pilot, made history when they passed the 62-day course that pushes students to their mental and physical limits by forcing them to operate on minimal food and sleep. Entering with 15 other women, Griest and Hayer were the only two left standing, joining the 77,000 soldiers who have earned the Ranger Tab since the school opened in 1951. So what kept them going despite “seriously considering quitting”? “I was thinking really of future generations of women that I would like them to have that opportunity,” Griest said, adding “And not letting people down that I knew believed in me.” (via NPR)

Have you watched or read something interesting, entertaining or controversial on social media this week? Shoot us a link in a comment below and stay up to date with the best of each week with our Social Media Reload archive.