Several times now in recent months, I've had different counter-jockeys hesitate to let me dry-fire a piece I'm looking at, to try the trigger. (I always make a point of explicitly asking for permission to try a trigger, just as a courtesy.) I've even had a couple of people now try to tell me that it will damage the firearm. (It's always a centerfire that I ask about.)
Is this craziness now happening everywhere? And for how long?
Okay, so the people that seem to do this are almost always young enough that maybe they just don't know. Okay, maybe. But still--this isn't something that they're going to come up with on their own. Someone has to be telling them this, else they probably wouldn't say anything at all.
So: who is that? Is it maybe the same corporate brainiacs that won't allow you to do so much as remove a bolt from a bolt rifle to look down the bore? Is it gungrabbers, wanting to plant the seed that guns will fall apart if you use them?
Any wisdom there?