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Bear Grylls - how embarrassing

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by tinmanofkent, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. That hurts

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    WOW ... what incredible grouping ;) What a bag of sh*te - Pellpax have the standard P900 at £64.99, but the super dooper all dog's danglies Bear 'Special' is an absolute bargain at £89.99. I pity the poor mugs that get sucked into buying one despite the fact that it may introduce shooting to people.
     
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    At least you cant misplace it with colors like that, I can just imagine little jonny saying 'dad i put it down and i cant find it anywhere' When little jonny is thinking why the hell didnt he buy me a hw30 for gods sake i dont want my mates to me see me with that i will never live it down.
     
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    Bear Grylls ...... Survival skills

    If you dont shoot yourself in the foot with it then at least you could club it to death !

    And its orange so if the bear gets you.... before you can reload ......then the helicopter can see your remains from the sky ! :D
     
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    Although I have respect for Bear Grylls & his achievements in life (SAS, reality TV presenter & lets face it, wealth) his adrenalin style of survival skills is geared of todays materialistic, consumer society, basically he maybe exploiting nature for his own wealth and fame. I do think in this context his appointment to the Head Scouts job was a stroke of PR genius.

    Ray Mears comes across as a much better human being who lives in harmony with nature. Fame and fortune don't seem to impress him, he just seems to want to share the enjoyment he gets out of the wild. Hopefully a future Head of Scouts.

    It would be good to send them both out into the wilds of Canada or Russia for a few months and see who lives the best life with basic tools, my money is on Ray !
     
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    Behind you! Mwhahahahah Just kidding. Christchurch
    Have any of the anit-Bear Grylls posters climbed Everest after suffering a broken back and becoming the youngest person at the time to do it???....Mmmmm thought not.

    Hats off to him. He's made a good living for himself, does a lot for the young, is a pretty good role model, follows his faith and is quite reserved and self deprecating at times....

    Say what you like about him but I think we could do with more like him in our society, not less...
     
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    Lets face it the ad is aimed purely at youngsters not adults and youngsters who are at an age that are not interested in precision shooting,pellet on pellet, but are more interest splattering tin cans etc in the garden,something which the guns are probably eminently suitable for.Why would anybody spend hundreds of pounds on an air rifle for a youngster when like most things at a young age may turn out to be a passing fad and who in 6 months time are not the slightest bit interested in shooting and are now interested in something completely different.
     
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    you would think he would have chosen decent gear to put his name on...like the half decent gerber knives, not the cheapest shittiest gamo crap guns
     
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    Perhaps, but then again I suspect that might have more to do with his marketing team than him.....
     
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    I've not a fan of Grylls. Every interview I've read with him makes come across like a he's got some severe mental hang ups. Everything he does seems to have a shop price at the end of it too - especially for the Scout stuff. By compairson read Ray Mears's autobiography and you'll find it incredibly informative. Not just about his life or outdoor skills but how to respect, understand and live with other people - surely the key to ANY survival. Then compare his range of knives which are hand made and take a year to produce. The guy is leaking quality and has lived a life of experience and collectivity with no wish to hide on a private island. I know who'd I'd rather seek out.

    As for firearms, I only know of one Ray Mears has put his name too or at least recommended ... a Blaser full bore rifle that he uses for deer hunting etc.

    If Grylls has decided to have his name put to a piece of crap then at least he's consistent. I say this but I do have a fleece from his range but its via Craghoppers which are very good quality.
     
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    Sorry buddy, I beg to differ. Years back I bought some Craghoppers stuff for general mooching about in the woods - it held up really well at my continual attempts to destroy it. I went travelling in Asia in 2012 so bought a few Craghoppers shirts and a couple of pairs of trousers and they literally fell apart within weeks. This was after Grylls started branding some Craghoppers lines so can only assume he has a negative effect on anything he touches. In fairness to Craghoppers, I emailed them some pictures of disintegrating clothes while I was in Asia and they refunded all the stuff I bought without any resistance.

    I grew up watching Ray Mears and think his approach of working with nature is waaaay more sensible and realistic than Grylls' approach of clubbing the **** out of it then eating it's turds.
     
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    If it gets kids interested (like myself and probably bear himself looking through little woods catalogues at the air rifles when a child) then surely it can't be a bad thing. I disagree with a lot of comments posted on this subject, I genuinely think he has got an honest love of nature (he has said on many occasion this is where he feels at one) good luck to him I say. Just because you own an air rifle and hunt doesn't mean you are a survival expert, most people can't hold a candle to him.
     
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    I wouldnt think thats a very easy selection either:eek:, didnt a couple of guys die in the Brecon beacons( a place I know rarther well) on such a selection exercise in 2013:eek:
     
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    it was a reserve unit he was in
     
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    granted Carl, but I wouldnt think even in a reserve unit the SAS would take just anyone:confused:, SAS are some of the best in the world are they not.:up::)
     
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    As a Group Scout leader I can tell you that Bear has helped the movement a lot. 10 years ago, scouts were embarrassed to be seen in uniform in public, as the saying was that scouts are "a bunch of kids dressed like idiots, and a bunch if grown up idiots dressed like kids".
    He changed all that by putting a bit of' glamour' and bravado into scouting. Kids are no longer ashamed to be associated with an organisation whose top dog is an ex-SAS supercool guy. Yes, I know its marketing, but it works.
    Ray Mears (who incidentally was a member of my scout group when he was a scout) is a much more natural bushcrafter and all that, but do the kids look up to him? Not really, he's far too intellectual for your average 7 to 10 year old.
    As for cheap Gamo guns, my group are one of the few that do air riffle shooting as part of our programme and own our own guns, and the cheap Gamo Cadets are the perfect guns to introduce the youngsters to safe shooting. Cheap, reliable, can take abuse...
     
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    At the end of the day it's all about making televsion shows, it sells! good luck to them.

    On a side note i don't mind either of them really, but my allegiance goes to this guy "Andy Wood" http://www.bushcraftexpeditions.com/about.php

    But then it would as he's my bruv :up::D he's worked with both of them.

    Atb,Woody.
     
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    it doesnt seem to be the same selection process... this is from the website
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    I don't see the problem - kid gets slightly crappy Gamo, kills lots of cans & all is well. Kid gets same gun with Bear Grylls branding & people are coming out of the woodwork to condemn it & condemn him.

    Read The Quiet Soldier by Adam Ballinger if you think getting into the TA SAS is easy. http://www.amazon.com/The-Quiet-Soldier-Selection-SAS/dp/1857971582

    The post by Harry Brown is quite revealing, no wonder his parachute failed if he's buying Army surplus...
     
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    thank god, i thought i was the only one who couldnt stand the prize knob
     
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    I didn't even know who he was (I don't watch TV very often) so I had to google him.
    It looks like he's just a persona thats being marketed extremely well.

    Good luck to him,
    If he can make the scouts seem cooler for kids to join and do something different and maybe bring more folks into airgun shooting that's even better.

    As for the person he plays, he's just an actor earning a coin and pretending to be an action hero... much like many movie stars
     

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