As I have progressed through this journey of masculinity and guns, a few things have become apparent. It has always been my aim to dispel myths surrounding masculinity and I think I will continue to do this for many years to come. However what I was not anticipating –when I first got in touch with the Blackpool Rifle and Pistol club- was that I would also face another stereotype to challenge.  The normative views on guns, perpetuated through films and mass media and the direct association with them to murder death and destruction is at the forefront of my mind as I work through this project.

The club has many factors attained to it, and yes on certain nights I will see the stereotypical male shooting a stereotypical gun at a stereotypical target (shaped like a man) for a stereotypical self-gratification. However this is not what the club is really about. The club emanates a friendly atmosphere, and the majority of the members are competitive rifle shooters. Anyone who has experienced competitive shooting will know that it requires an immense amount of skill and concentration. The men must reduce there adrenaline levels and keep themselves calm at all times, nothing like the classic Hollywood depictions of shooting.

So without emasculating the men who shoot at this club, I wanted to approach the subject matter with a double-edged sword. On the one hand I want to show men, being men, without the need to play up to any stereotypes and on the other, men using a shooting club as social gathering without any negative connotations.

Here are a few of the images so far, obviously this is still a work in progress, but I think I am starting to make some.