AllOutdoor’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2017
Russ Chastain 12.27.17
Is it just me, or does it feel like 2017 has just begun? As the end of the year draws near, here’s a look at AllOutdoor’s top 10 from 2017.
10) 1,000-Pound White Shark Caught, Tagged Off S.C.
Number 10 was posted back in March, and it was a big one. This shark literally made history as the biggest mature white shark male that’s been spot-tagged in North Atlantic history. That’s one heck of a fish story!
9) Secret to Long Life May be 400-Year Old Shark
Staying with the shark theme, this July post observed that the DNA of the lesser-known and long-lived Greenland shark may help scientists learn just what it is that allows them to live so long… it’s believed that some of them have been swimming since before the industrial revolution!
8) Hate Being X-Rayed? Show the TSA the 4th Amendment.
One of the most degrading things about air travel is submitting to allow your x-rayed body to be viewed by a bunch of TSA employees who might just be failed mall cops. This article offered you a small but significant way to silently protest this invasion of your privacy.
This post garnered many comments, from “Just stop flying” to “this will trigger a more intimate search; just act like you’re really enjoying it.”
7) Watch: How NOT to Shoot a Short-Barreled Gun
In this video, hickok45 demonstrates with meat-spraying clarity just why it’s a bad idea to lose track of where your fingers are. In short, keep your digits well back from the muzzle, or they just might go all shredded-hot-dog on you.
This was another one loved by commenters, offering such insights as “You just shot your weenie” and “What a domass[sic].”
6) Three Firearms to Buy in 2017
Advising readers to get themselves a pair of Henry lever-action rifles and a Remington 870, this one opened up the ol’ “what gun is best?” can of worms. Check it out, and feel free to offer up your opinion in the comments section!
5) CMP To Receive 86,000 M1 Garands from the Philippines
Garand-lovers apparently loved this April post about an expected release of tens of thousands of WWII-era 30-06 rifles. And who doesn’t love old military long guns?
4) Watch: 4 Videos of Raccoons vs. the World
While not widely commented-on, this post received a whole passel of views in 2017. Anyone who thinks raccoons are cuddly little critters needs to check out these videos, showing ‘coons attacking and repelling coyotes and a deer, and even munching out on a luckless squirrel. Yikes!
3) Giant 17-Foot Python Killed by Anglers in Glades from 17-Foot Boat
“Invasive python killed by two camping anglers 60 miles from civilization.” So reads the subtitle of this popular post from February, 2017. Let me just say, any snake that’s as long as your boat is a big one!
2) Dad Isn’t Carrying With a Round Chambered, Gets Self and Son Killed on Video
This has to be the saddest, most sobering post in this list. It includes graphic video in which a man and his son are being robbed by armed crooks. When the father decides to pull his gun and try to shoot the bad guys, he learns his final lesson in life: Never carry a gun that isn’t chambered and ready to rock.
As I write this, I hear the voice of my late father advising me, those many years ago: Son, an unloaded gun will only get you killed.” And this post proves that Dad was right.
1) Five Reasons Not to Buy a Glock
This tongue-in-cheek article turned out to be AO’s top post of 2017. When a pistol is so reliable it doesn’t give you chances to practice clearing jams, has so many aftermarket parts available that it causes housing crises, and unites gun owners under a big umbrella of Glock-love, it surely shouldn’t be purchased. Right?