[Video] Newest NRA News Commentator: Austin Weiss
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NRA News has unveiled their newest commentator: Austin Weiss.
From his NRA News Bio: Meet the newest NRA News Commentator Austin Weiss, a guy with an affinity for beautifully crafted machines who splits his time between designing custom-built cars and motorcycles and taking a stand for firearms and the Second Amendment.
The ’53 behind me—we kind of wanted to blend old-school technology with new-school technology. Basically took all the looks of the old-school truck, but added all the new-school stuff that we wanted. Similar to this Remington 700. It’s taking old- school looks and old-school appeal but adding the newest technology to them that we can. You’re going to get the same feeling shooting this old-school “rifle” platform as you would with a brand new rifle, but this rifle you know works.
A lot of people look at these old cars, and they look at them as clunkers. You know, well, maybe they were older guys that drove them back then. But when you start to see what these cars were really made of and how they were manufactured, the technology’s completely different. There’s nothing like a big chrome face on an old car. That technology and the way it looks is different than the way it’s done today. It’s just completely different. So you have a whole different form of respect.
Personal style to me has always been really big. It kind of makes me who I am. I’ve never really cared about what the mainstream is doing. Everything for me is about function. Like, I wear T-shirts and I wear Dickies shorts because I’m always ready to do something. I’m always working; I’m always getting dirty. You know, a lot of guys will wear tons of jewelry, and they wear a bunch of stuff. My jewelry is my tattoos and my beard. Every tattoo on me has meaning. That’s the biggest thing. Like I’m not one of those guys who just walks into a tattoo parlor and says, “Gimme that, and gimme that, and I want that dragon.” To me, it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t want what everyone else has.
I’m the type of person that takes that box and I stand on it—because I want to be different. My favorite over/under shotgun is synthetic. It’s a synthetic gun. It has carbon fiber stock on it. It has a carbon fiber grip on it. That, to me, is who I am. I don’t own a lot of guns with wood on them. Some of my over/under shotguns have wood on them for clay, and that’s just because it’s out of respect toward that part of the gun culture. For instance, when I pull up to the shooting club and I go shooting sporting clays, here I am tattooed, covered, big beard in work clothes. And they’re pulling out these big fancy shotguns. There’s no difference. The gun will do the exact same thing. But, if the mainstream people see it, they’ll look at a wooden shotgun as a hunting shotgun and then they’ll look at my synthetic shotgun as a killing machine. And that’s terrible. That’s just totally the biggest misconception there is.
There are a lot of younger generations that agree with what I have to say but don’t know how to say it. And I think that there needs to be a leader or somebody that people can relate to in their age bracket that they understand. There are a lot of people that want to like guns, but don’t want to like guns publicly. So they do it kind of privately, on social media. For instance, if I take a picture of the front end of my car, it’ll average 10,000 to 15,000 ‘likes.’ But when I post the same picture and I put a gun in it, it’s getting you know, almost double. You get this change of perception. I get a lot of this “It’s sexy,” or “That’s awesome,” or “That’s badass,” or “That’s so cool.” It’s now blending two things that I love into one picture, and it creates this whole different outlook on the picture.