'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

October 26, 2011 -

The demand for modern day weaponry is apparently on the rise in Canada, and video games are the reason why, according to a report in The Times Colonist. The paper of note for Newfoundland notes that the tastes of Canadian gun owners has shifted from firearms associated with hunting to modern-day, military grade weapons, or what the cool kids call "black rifles."

These modern collectors are more interested in shooting guns than hunting and want access to the guns they might see in games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield. The report highlights one such collector, a 28-year-old Newfoundlander named Greg MacDonald who calls the research and attention to detail that goes into these armaments as "poetry in motion."

"When I see a firearm, I see engineering, mathematics and physics," he says. "In terms of technology and machining, these modern black firearms simply outclass anything my grandfather ever owned.

And, he adds, "they happen to look as good as they work."

As a new generation of young men become interested in shooting, retailers are trying to meet the growing demand for black rifles. Canadian authorities are worried about the trend in the face of a repeal of the long-gun registry by the federal government. Gun enthusiasts and those who sell to them accuse them of trying to stop the legal sale military technology to the public.

Chris Youngson, a leading Canadian firearms retailer, sells black rifles through his Vancouver-based website CanadaAmmo.com. He says the consumer behavior of Canadian firearms enthusiasts is clearly changing and that selling only antiquated hunting rifles and shotguns is no way to stay in business.

"The growth industry in this country is not hunting," he said. "Hunting is a declining activity. In reality, the average customer is a young person who wants something they see in a video game."

Source: Times Colonist


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Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

From Montréal, Québec, Canada, that's news to us as well... Also, never heard them call that before...

Need more source?

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

black rifle?  wtf is a black rifle?  is that where you take an ordinary rifle and spray it down with black paint?  tbh, i'd prefer a bacon rifle...

Man crouching behind a rifle made from bacon

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

As a firearm's enthusiast, hunter and gamer I can say with a high degree of certainty that the phrase 'Black Rifles' has never been uttered in Manitoba. Anyone I've spoken to about those weapons have called them the same thing I and the rest of the world do, 'Assault Rifles'. Using only a Newfie and a Vancouverite as resources is a poor way to go about it.

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

having live in MB and SK, i can agree with you wholeheartedly. Sounds like that gun retailer was trying to advertise himself in the hopes of starting a new trend.

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

I live in Alberta, Canada. First I have ever heard of this. My father happens to be a former Captain. He, or anybody, including myself have never heard anyone use the term "Black Rifle". Even my fiancee's 10 year old nephew (little demon child) calls those assault rifles. They were just as cool as they were 18 years ago when I was his age :P

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

The source of all this? 1 gun collector, and 1 gun retailer. 

I'm sure they've got the entire scope of our nations buying habits close in mind.

Re: 'Black Rifles' Popularized by Games Trending in Canada

And I blame croquet for people swapping over from Flintlocks...

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