OLD SCHOOL MAN: Habits of the old School Man Part 2

“I Do Not Use Product on my Hair or Drive a Toyota Prius – I Use hair Tonic (98% pure alcohol) and I Drive a Tank… and I just killed 8 people so screw off.” ~Mr. Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) Old School Man x100000000

Continuing from “Habits of the Old School Man – Part 1″ we are going to go over 11 more Old School Man Habits. So yank up your lo-rise jeans and throw out your glass of vanilla vodka and 7-UP because you are about to get a kick in the nuts that will man you up.

On the last article we learned many of the habits and beliefs of the Old School man; Loyalty, Drinking Booze, Smoking, Hunting, Cursing and Fighting. So now that we know crying or smoking filtered cigarettes are big no-no’s for the old school man and fighting isn’t barbaric like the “sensitive man” believes (because sometimes you just have to knock some fool out) – lets move on.

So for all the guys out there who are tired of living in the nanny state, this list is for you. Below I have compiled a list of 11 more Habits of the Old School Man. So pour a glass of Scotch and fire up a stogie and get your Old School read on.

FASHION

As you can guess tight-ass t-shirts and low-rise jeans are not only a fashion no-no for the Old School Man, they are a recipe for a beating and possible man-rape in certain parts of town.

The Old School Man wears practical yet fashionable clothing – jeans, a good suit or a simple black t-shirt are the classics. Things like Cargo Pants, Safari Shirts, Fedoras and pastel colored shirts are also ok under the right circumstances.

Old School men Are NOT Allowed to Wear The Following:

  • Spandex
  • Fanny packs
  • T-Shirts that are so tight you can see man-nipple
  • Desert Combat Boots and Jeans combo
  • The 5.11 Tuxedo outside of a war zone
  • Anything “Low-Rise” or excessively tight
  • Capri Pants (added by Tom “Tomahawk” M)
  • crocks (also added by Tom “Tomahawk” M)

Before you buy a piece of clothing ask yourself this “Would Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen wear this?”

Or even better, “Would anyone on the TV show Queer Eye For The Straight Guy Wear This?”

JEWELRY

Certain Old School Men can wear jewelry, but not all of them, this has a lot to due with your ethnicity and general “look”

For example Italian men can wear a diamond pinky ring and it totally works for them – its Old School Mobster, but if some Asian guy was wearing one it would look gay.

The same goes with necklaces, on that same Asian guy a heavy gold necklace with the right clothing and attitude would look Triad Gangster style – but if a fat white guy wore one it would look guido.

Basically the Old School Man has to be very careful about jewelry, it could enhance his Manliness, or make him totally look stupid. And even if the Old School Man can get away with wearing jewelry, moderation is key – don’t OG (Overdose on Gold).

FOOD

When other pansy men are ordering low-carb meals the Old School Man orders red meat, rare. Ordering off the menu so he can stay on his “diet” is not something the Old School Man does. In fact he does not diet, because dieting and watching your figure is something women do.

If he can avoid it, the Old School Man will not consume too many vegetables, but when he does eat a salad he puts Ranch Dressing and Bacon on it, he leaves the “light” dressing for his date or children.

The only thing better than eating a big fat rare steak is eating something that the Old School Man has killed and butchered himself.

“Going to the Grocery Store” is grabbing a gun, hopping in his truck and shooting something on four legs – Not getting into a powder blue minivan and driving to a natural foods market and buying alfalfa sprouts and chicken breasts.

Because there is only one type of breasts that go into an Old School Mans mouth, and they sure as shit don’t come from a chicken.

*Note
All Old School Man food is cooked over an open fire

CARS

Whenever an Old School Man sees some metrosexual man-girl in a Toyota Prius he wants to run it over in his gas guzzling SUV. The only type of 2 door car that the Old School man is allowed to drive is an American Made muscle car, preferably a Ford mustang – forest green is the color of choice for the bullitt fans out there.

The Old School Man is not allowed to drive any vehicle that gets more than 8 miles a gallon and if it is a smoke churning diesel, even better. And an 8-cylinder engine is generally the rule, owning a 4 cylinder car is an excuse for other Old School Men to kick you in the nuts.

Owning at least one 4WD SUV is mandatory, owning a pick-up is acceptable if the Old School Man lives on his farm or works in construction. Generally speaking owning a pick-up wile living in a city is frowned upon by other Old School Men because you give up 2 seats that could be used for the ladies or giving your buddy’s a lift. (Disregard the above if you have a 4 door pick-up)

JOBS

Firefighter, Police officer, Soldier, Astronaut, Add-Man, Welder, Professional Fighter, Mercenary, Explorer or Millionaire Businessman – these are the jobs Old School Men have or are working towards.

Working in a cubicle pushing TPS reports from the in box to the out box and taking shit from some fat ass-hole supervisor is completely unacceptable. The only time an Old School man is allowed to work in an Office Building is if he is guarding it, owns it, or is demolishing it with a wrecking ball.

The Following Jobs Are Under NO Circumstances Allowed to be Held by an Old School Man:

  • Florist
  • Therapist
  • Ballet Dancer
  • Hairdresser
  • Personal Shopper
  • Nurse (unless working in a war zone)
  • Secretary

The Following Jobs Are Questionable:

  • Boys Camp Counselor
  • Tailor
  • Magician
  • In an unsigned Rock Band over the age of 40

HAIR

The Old School Man has well groomed hair that was cut by a barber with a pair of stainless steel scissors sitting in a jar full of blue water. Old School Men use hair tonic that smells like pure rubbing alcohol.

Using hair styling products like mousse, orange and lily scented jell or any 140 dollar hair product is not only a waist of money that could be spent on knives or power tools, it is way fruity and another reason why the fema-man may get man-raped.

A Note About ponytails: This is a hard one to call, some… let me repeat this: SOME men can get away with the slicked back hair and ponytail. Pretty much you have to be Italian, Asian or Steven Seagal to pull this one off without looking like a girl.

If you have gray hair or you are over the age of 40, the ponytail is also a no go zone for you unless you live in an old VW van.

If you are ginger and you have long ass hair and a ponytail you will look like carrot-top so don’t go there.

OTHER

These are some other Old School Man Habits that I didn’t include due to keeping the article at a reasonable length or because they wouldn’t fill up an entire section.

POCKETKNIVES

The Old School Man always carries a pocketknife

HANDKERCHIEF

He also carries a cloth handkerchief, it is not only classy but great for gagging people before throwing them in a car trunk.

CRYSTAL SCOTCH GLASSES

All Old School Men own a set of crystal scotch glasses

ZIPPO LIGHTER

Every Old School Man owns a Zippo lighter

FLASK

Carrying a flask is an Old School Man habit from the very first day distilling spirits was discovered. Today it is actually illegal for a man to carry a flask in most parts of the US, as it is considered to be the equivalent of carrying an open container in public. But I really don’t give a shit, I carry my flask everyday.

—————————————————————————————

~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.

Be Sociable, Share!

87 thoughts on “OLD SCHOOL MAN: Habits of the old School Man Part 2”

  1. Old school men don’t wear Capri pants, crocks or gay looking muscle shirts .

    as I write this comment I have 3 knives on me, a zippo, a flask of Tequila, a Handkerchief in my back pocket and I’m wearing Carharrt pants and a work shirt.

    I just finished shaving, and slapping some vitalis on my skull. Now Ill polish off a large coffee with a shot of whiskey while i drive to work.

    tomahawk

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. I’m sitting here typing in my living room carrying a Benchmade Mel Pardue switchblade and my Ruger LCP in a wallet holster manufactured by a gentleman who goes by “Uncle George” out of Austin Texas. Check http://www.unclegeorgeswalletholster.com for quality concealed carry holsters Unfortunately the LCP takes the place of my handerkerchief which when my wife saw that I carried one sealed the deal on our relationship.

        (Quote This Comment)

  2. Man this article is a bit rough; I wrote it like 20 minutes before the posting deadline so I was smoking my keyboard banging it out. Been lazy because we have a bunch of writers now, I usually write the article a week in advance.

    Thanks Tom “Tomahawk” M. for adding a few things to the Things an Old School Man should never wear list and for correcting some typos

    Carharrt pants – I can’t believe I forgot about those! I used to wear them all the time back when I did Lo-Pro EP work stateside – shit, I should have added bodyguard to the Man Jobs

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  3. The article is the blunt truth that the pansi-fied manboy crowd can learn a little bit from.

    Great article.

    The trend away from old school habits and rights of passage is terrifying. What has happened to the arch-types of manhood? They have strayed to far from the mark.

    Bubba

      (Quote This Comment)

  4. Yep, the self inflicted feminization of men and their kids is so out of control now just saying “act like a man” to your boy gets looks of disgust form other parents on the playground.

    A friend of mine asked me what should he buy his 10 year old son for his birthday – I suggested “Hey, buy him a BB gun” – he looked at me like I said “hey, buy him a vial of anthrax”

    Well, at least my kids will have lots of people to eat after the apocalypse.

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  5. Yep, the self inflicted feminization of men and their kids is so out of control now just saying “act like a man” to your boy gets looks of disgust form other parents on the playground.A friend of mine asked me what should he buy his 10 year old son for his birthday – I suggested “Hey, buy him a BB gun” – he looked at me like I said “hey, buy him a vial of anthrax”Well, at least my kids will have lots of people to eat after the apocalypse.~James G  (Quote)

    Just took the boy (10) to the range this past weekend. He loved the 22 but the FAL was a little much. All in good time.

    JTG

      (Quote This Comment)

  6. Good deal John – that’s the shit I like to hear from a father

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  7. I’m afraid that unless we are able to resurrect a rekindling of true manhood all will be lost with our generation and that our children will have only a passing notion of what real manhood is all about.

    P.S. What about blue jeans, gray sweatshirt with drawstring hood and tennis court shoes or work boots, pocket knife, zippo lighter and concealed handgun?

      (Quote This Comment)

  8. P.S. What about blue jeans, gray sweatshirt with drawstring hood and tennis court shoes or work boots, pocket knife, zippo lighter and concealed handgun?  (Quote)

    That’s s good list except for the tennis kicks – Sports shoes don’t really work when you are not exercising.

    In my opinion I believe that the Old School Man would wear some sort of dark colored casual leather shoes or boots when wearing jeans.

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. boat shoes work if you live in a seaside/ waterfront community– IMHO

        (Quote This Comment)

  9. Cool. I’ve just placed an order for a pair of lamb skin cowboy boots!

      (Quote This Comment)

  10. Damn, I forgot about cowboy boots

    Cowboy Boots are also something the Old School Man has to be careful with, for some men wearing cowboy boots increases the man-power X-10. But for other guys wearing cowboy boots makes you look for a fool.

    I would split this across ethnic lines again – cowboy Boots work great for Mexican, Black and White Men, but they do not work for Asian or really tall guys at all.

    I do know one Asian dude that wears Cowboy Boots and it works for him, but that is the exception and not the rule for our Asian brother Old School Men out there.

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  11. Wow! So much good stuff.

    “Capris”??? LMBO ! !

    Now – how about Old Spice or Aqua Velva ? My total concept Manly Man was Jack Palance… and he seemed to think that a splash was OK after shaving. Of course – HE would have shaved with a rusty blade and just chucked whenever it cut him…;

    Oh – and Spot’s comment: I misunderstood and thought he was talking about how to equip out ten year olds, and I was standing up and saluting.

    About BB guns – I’m probably in a minority – but I don’t know if they shouldn’t maybe be dropped from production. When I was five I learned to shoot a single shot bolt 22; got introduced to 30 carbine and 7mm Mauser when I was eight. So if somebody asked me what to get their kid, I’d ask about his size and weight and start him with at least a .22.

    Wait until he’s 12 to go for the Desert Eagle.

    As a kid growing up in the South, a pocket knife – usually an orange handle Barlow or a Case sod-buster – was required EDC. Still is.
    OK – I tell NO man how to wear his hair; but I do have to say taht if a man has a receding hairline in front AND a ponytail in back, it just looks effin’ WEIRD. Likewise for the most part, earrings, or as a retired DI in these parts still calls them “ear bobs”.

    You know the one characteristic that I always noticed about Old School Men? From the Duke to McQueen, from Lee Marvin to Palance, from Robert Mitchum to … well, the list could go on – I never remember seeing them ACT as much like the macho asskicker, you know?

    There was always that quiet, understated air of confidence that seemed to barely hide a well controlled streak of over-the-top psycho berserker power. No flash – just silent lightning.

    Great series – keep em coming!

      (Quote This Comment)

  12. The Old School man should be not just macho but intelligent; Spend less time in front of the X-box and read some difficult stuff written by important dead men. Know your history! It’s what Clint Eastwood would do.

    Be a Renaissance Man, have lots of hobbies and interests. Every old school man I have ever known always had an important project going, restoring a classic car, building something, collecting something.

    Lastly, be worldly. Ladies love a worldly guy that will not only take her to a fancy ethnic restuaunt but knows all the items on the menu and can tell exciting stories about visiting the country.

      (Quote This Comment)

  13. I totally agree with you an all of your points and I will be covering them in future articles

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  14. So, does a real old school man use an electric razor or a shaving stick and razor blade?

    I use a shaving stick and razor blade. I have for…hmmm…well, I can’t recall exactly how long I’ve been using a shaving stick and razor blade but I’m certain it has been ten years anyway.

      (Quote This Comment)

  15. A real Old School Man uses a straight razor – preferably he would have a razor shave at the barbers. But he can dot it himself if needed. Will get into that more in future articles

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  16. So, does a real old school man use an electric razor or a shaving stick and razor blade?I use a shaving stick and razor blade. I have for…hmmm…well, I can’t recall exactly how long I’ve been using a shaving stick and razor blade but I’m certain it has been ten years anyway.  (Quote)

    Ive been using the same double edged safety razor for 38 years. My sister gave it to me for christmas many moons ago.

    It gives me a better shave then the plastic disposable type. Some times fresh blades are hard to come by tho.

    but you can sharpen a double edged blade on the inside of a glass tumbler. I saw it in a book about guerillas in the philippines, tried it, and it works.

    Straight razors are cool too but harder to sharpen.

    tomahawk

      (Quote This Comment)

  17. There seems like it’s tons of stuff the old school man can’t do. Does he really follow rules? And if he does is he a real old school man?

      (Quote This Comment)

  18. Like the title says they are “Habits” and not “Rules” – Old School Men don’t have a list of “Rules” they follow, these are just things that they do, or don’t do – because that is the way they are.

    For Example: An Old School Man does not wake up in the morning and say to himself ‘I better not wear a pair of tight ass lo-rise jeans and a skin tight pink shirt, or drink a cup of wheatgrass tea and eat an egg-white omelet for breakfast”

    The Old School man just doesn’t do it because he is Old School.

    So to answer your question Old School man style:

    Yes*

    ~James G

    *The Old School Man knows the less he says – the more he says

      (Quote This Comment)

  19. What about working on the Railroad?, bad ass man job!

      (Quote This Comment)

  20. Hell yes, working on the railroad is one of the Original Old School Man Jobs

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  21. You forgot about smoking. An Old school man smokes Camels or Marlboro. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is a man supposed to smoke Menthol Ultra Light Cigarettes. I consider the actual smoking of cigarettes to be fruity as well personally. I prefer a large hefty cigar.

      (Quote This Comment)

  22. Roger that, Ultra Lights are for old women who hang out at neighborhood bars and kids

    Menthol (or any other flavored smokes) is the equivalent to drinking peach vodka

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  23. Fantastic articles!
    The Old School Man doesn’t drink coffee that cost 5 bucks a cup that’s just stupid and a waste of money.

      (Quote This Comment)

  24. If an Old School Man pays 5 bucks for a cup of Coffee it damn well better have some whiskey in it – if not there will be some blood in it

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  25. Men’s daily driver vehicles are pickup’s no matter what. If your buddies need a ride they can get their asses in the back and ride. You have to have a truck bed for your 100+ pound dog too. The bigger the tires the more of a bad ass you and your truck are. Must be a 4 wheel drive and be more than 10 years old and HAS TO BE A TRUE American make (Ford, Dodge or Chevrolet/GMC).

    ps…Old men can have long hair but it has to be half grey and scraggly. (think of a quintessential Hells Angel)

      (Quote This Comment)

  26. The long hair think can work for some Old School men like Bikers, Mercenaries and Mickey Rourke.

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  27. Old School Men make no apologies for stinking up the bathroom after a shit. Flowery sprays, baby wipes for your ass do NOT belong in any man’s posession.

    And a real man would NEVER use a bidet!

      (Quote This Comment)

  28. If the Old School Man stinks up the head he just lights a blue-tipped match off of his cheek stubble to mask the smell

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  29. Old School Man can pop the hood and immediately identify all the major components in the engine bay and their function. He knows that 80% of all repairs can be achieved using a 3lb ballpein hammer, a 8″ adjustable wrench and a Leatherman. The Leatherman is there purely to adjust the carb, as Old School Man thinks fuel injection is shite and induction roar from open carb trumpets is Gods way of praising him.

    http://image.automotive.com/f/images/10910454+pheader/0810chp_01_z+chevy_carburetor_tuning_tips+carburetor.jpg

      (Quote This Comment)

  30. Nice to know I am not alone………If you watch TV now a days it appears women and pansies rule the world. I was on a site the other day where hunters claimed they felt sorrow for the animals they killed. I was ashamed for them. Your pal the Envircapitalist.

      (Quote This Comment)

  31. I was on a site the other day where hunters claimed they felt sorrow for the animals they killed. I was ashamed for them.  (Quote)

    Good god man, that’s why I said that I am glad that Steve McQueen isn’t around to see the sorry state of manliness these days

    “feels sorry” for protein, I hope he gets man-raped

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  32. Cool article James although I dont agree with everything you said, buyin a S U V would be a waist of money as I just dont need one. Flasks are nice for more formal occasions but I am happy to keep a mickey on hand, I aint gonna share with just anybody and if I do it will be with a good buddy who dont have mouth cooties. And besides, pouring booze from bottle to flask risks spillage and that is alcohol abuse of the highest order and I will have no part of that!

    Oh, and on a side note James, a dude who wears shoes with velcro fastiners can NOT tell other fellas what to wear on there feet. :)

      (Quote This Comment)

  33. Oh, and on a side note James, a dude who wears shoes with velcro fastiners can NOT tell other fellas what to wear on there feet.   (Quote)

    Hahahaaa… Man I am never going to live that down

    I wear Ferragamo’s now

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  34. Don’t be hate’n on deserts outside the desert. Only shoes that don’t kill my feet anymore. And REMF, bar poseur, AMOGs leave you the fuk alone…in accordance with OSM Dir. #15

      (Quote This Comment)

  35. A few other Old School jobs I have done…meat cutter/butcher,built tractors at Farm Hand Tractor Co,foreman for a crew of pre-release “cons” at a large car dealership,worked as a bouncer in the 60’s when I was in my 20’s,DT Instructor for Dept. of Justice in MT…enjoying my scotch as I write this…

      (Quote This Comment)

  36. Something i have been thinking about since first reading this “Old School” article is the complete lack of Old School discipline…punk’s and thugs w/an attitude,poorly manner school kid’s from grade school to college…the complete and total lack of the family attending to their kids being decent and polite.

    I have been really amazed at how rapidly our society has declined…even out here in Montana where i live the “yuppie” attitude prevails…makes me sick…and it seems it’s not gonna get better.

    Some of my Vietnam warrior bud’s and i were discussing this and concluded we have seen the best of America in our time.

    Thanks for writting “Old School”…it’s a pleasure to walk down memory lane.

      (Quote This Comment)

  37. Gents,

    After having read over these old school man habits and comments inspired in the aftermath. I had a thought to look up Lee Marvin, when I came across some disturbing bits about him on wikipedia. So I went back the the source and read through it.

    Form your own opinions; google: tedstrong, Lee Marvin, playboy, 1969.

      (Quote This Comment)

  38. Didn’t really see anything bad in that interview, you may have been referring to his opposition to the Vietnam War and his support for the gay rights. I really don’t have a huge problem with it.

    But he did have some great Lee Marvin quotes there:

    “I just had to shut him up, so I hit him over the head with a banjo”

    “Security is two inches behind your belt, where you either keep your guts or you don’t. The rest is eyewash.”

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  39. Another great article James.

    “Security is two inches behind your belt, where you either keep your guts or you don’t. The rest is eyewash.”

    Interesting you caught that – I’ve had that one up on my wall for years. Best, most pithy business/life advice I’ve heard, from a guy who really got it.

      (Quote This Comment)

  40. Yep – I love great quotes from Old School Men like that

    ~James G

      (Quote This Comment)

  41. One of my favorite old school guys is Herb Brooks, head coach of the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team, who had one of the great quotes of all time:
    “Legs feed the wolf.”
    I’ve played sports all my life and nothing says it better than this. LEGS feed the wolf…effort, speed, cunning, and endurance… NOT equipment, “good” fans, cheerleaders or referees…

    My dad used to classify men into two categories, meat-eaters and plant-eaters… and he go on to say meat-eaters have their eyes forward, looking for prey, and plant-eaters have eyes on the sides of their heads (or look seem like they do because they’re looking around the room so much) because they are looking out for the meat-eaters.

    OSM’s are meat-eaters. Exclusively.

    John R

      (Quote This Comment)

  42. How’s this for ‘manning up’ your son. He’s had his lifetime membership to the NRA since he was 6 months old…

    He’s 3 now and he already has his .22 caliber ‘criket’ rifle (it’s a shorter rifle made for ‘kids’) and knows you only shoot animals, monsters and bad guys…

      (Quote This Comment)

  43. more OSM rules–
    dog rule 1) OSM are allowed to tear up just a very little bit when the vet tells you that your dog has metastatic cancer and will have to be put down soon.
    not weepy, just a momentary grimace until the eyes dry up a bit and the voice is firm.

    corollary to DR1)– you MUST be the one holding him when the doc puts him down, you must look in his eyes, you must not flinch as you do your OSM duty to your faithful companion of a decade.

    historical precedent & support for DR1 & corollary– Old Yeller.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. Actually, I think an Old School Man would shoot his own dog, not let somebody else put him down. I’m sure some cities, run by pansies, have laws against doing that, even if it’s in your own backyard, but an Old School Man won’t let pansies tell him what to do.

        (Quote This Comment)

  44. What about facial hair? Or is that a subject for an entire article of its own?

      (Quote This Comment)

  45. more OSM rules–
    dog rule 1) OSM are allowed to tear up just a very little bit when the vet tells you that your dog has metastatic cancer and will have to be put down soon.
    not weepy, just a momentary grimace until the eyes dry up a bit and the voice is firm.corollary to DR1)– you MUST be the one holding him when the doc puts him down, you must look in his eyes, you must not flinch as you do your OSM duty to your faithful companion of a decade.historical precedent & support for DR1 & corollary– Old Yeller.  

    i just had this talk with my wife,and i informed her we will not go to the vet to put the dog down,its my god damn dog and i will take care of it.

      (Quote This Comment)

  46. i just had this talk with my wife,and i informed her we will not go to the vet to put the dog down,its my god damn dog and i will take care of it.  

    how will you put him down? shoot him like in Old Yeller? drown him? slit his carotid so he bleeds out?

    naah, it’s okay to to let the vet administer the juice– just that it must be the OSM who takes the weight.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. i always shoot the dog or cat myself,why pay a vet.

        (Quote This Comment)

  47. When my son was born I told people he will be able to shake hands with a grown man and look him in the eye by the age of four. People looked at me like I was a nutjob. My son turns 4 this fall and has a 60/40 chance of doing just that now when he meets someone. It makes me proud!!! The metroization of USA is deplorable. I told my son to stand his ground at the kiddie park the other day and the other childs mother asked me “what are you trying to teach your child?” I told her A: mind your own business and get off your cell phone and pay attention to your son and B: I am teaching my son how to be a man. she looked at me like I have 8 heads.

      (Quote This Comment)

  48. Ok now I am on a rant. OSM do not take their kids to the playground or the pool and stand at the sidelines on their phone or with the Wall Street Journal while their child asks an OSM to play with them or push them on a swing. OSM play with their children looking for opportunities to teach them OSM methodology. OSM lead by example.

      (Quote This Comment)

  49. Gotta call exception to the fanny pack rule. If it has a gun in it it is acceptable. (Even though it still looks retarded…)

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. Negative – you can never be forgiven for wearing a fanny pack

      ~James G

        (Quote This Comment)

  50. About BB guns – I’m probably in a minority – but I don’t know if they shouldn’t maybe be dropped from production. When I was five I learned to shoot a single shot bolt 22; got introduced to 30 carbine and 7mm Mauser when I was eight. So if somebody asked me what to get their kid, I’d ask about his size and weight and start him with at least a .22.Wait until he’s 12 to go for the Desert Eagle.  

    The good thing about BB guns is they are safer at closer ranges. If you live on a ranch then a .22 may be fine but kids don’t necessarily have the understanding of how far bullets can travel and what kind of damage they can do. (Or if you live somewhere where discharge of firearms is illegal.)

    And remember, this is to give them as a “toy”, which means they can go and use it with no parental supervision. There is nothing wrong with allowing them to shoot one with you when they are little but you would not give a 5 year old a .22 rifle and just allow him to go out and play with it.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. I would go with an Airsoft over a BB gun for teaching a boy about guns

      ~James G

        (Quote This Comment)

      1. My daughter started shooting airsoft at 6 and on to steel bb’s at 7. She’s looking forward to her own .22 at 10.

        OSM’s raise their daughters to know what an OSM is… and that anything else is a waste of her time.

          (Quote This Comment)

  51. I would go with an Airsoft over a BB gun for teaching a boy about guns
    ~James G  

    Again, I would say it depends on where you live. I grew up on a farm and had pellet guns. I could go out and hunt (small birds) with it and could shoot glass bottles and get that nice shattering effect. I could fill an old wine bottle with a screw on lid 1/5 full of gasoline and stand it up in a fire then shoot the lid off and watch the mushroom flame… :-D

    Basically I could entertain myself all day with it. I carried it so much a rifle felt like a part of my body well before I was 14. Then again, if I had lived in the suburbs I could not have done all that so airsoft might have been better.

      (Quote This Comment)

  52. Bought my grandson a S & W .22LR that is built on an A4 frame for his fifth birthday. My daughter’s progressive friends told her that the boy’s grandfather was trying to turn him into a killer. She told ‘em to screw off. Just for that, I included a junior membership to the NRA. That’ll show ‘em!

      (Quote This Comment)

  53. Old school men dont wear narrow cut pink shirts, or for that matter any pink clothing, this is left to the metrosexual/homosexual class of human.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. really?
      pink is the problem?
      i’d think that the OSM can dress nattily– think about those OSM men movies, McQ in Tom Crown– and pull off pink without losing any OSM cred.
      i’d say if we have to question clothing choices, we need to include anything with skulls or the word “Death” emphasized [particularly T shirts]– OSM lives in full awareness of Death and doesn’t need to showboat.
      unless it’s unit specific.
      same goes with ink– big or showy ink isn’t OSM dispositive, but it also ain’t particularly OSM.
      military/ in memoriam ink excepted.
      but no ink on your ass.
      ever.

      pretty much.

        (Quote This Comment)

  54. Do you think an oldschool man would sell life insurance?

      (Quote This Comment)

  55. depends if you consider sales OSM appropriate at all– if you do, then insurance is fine.

    reasonable OSM can differ on whether sales is OSM or not– if you think not, check Glen Garry, Glen Ross.

    and yet sales kind of requires you seek the approval of your custies– you gotta keep ‘em happy, can’t really tell ‘em to fuck off if they are a big account.

    discuss.

      (Quote This Comment)

  56. Nurse isn’t a manly job? Really? My uncle is a head ER nurse and an ex-Navy Corpsman. He deals with everything than your typical inner city is famous for on a daily basis and saves people lives. How the hell is that not considered manly?

      (Quote This Comment)

  57. Do you think an oldschool man would sell life insurance?  (Quote This Comment)

    Hell yeah an old school man can sell life insurance. Being prepared and helping others be prepared is definitely old school. Nobody gets outta here alive.

      (Quote This Comment)

  58. This is pretty much perfect, except for the Macgyver pic. I get the reference to pocket knifes, but he (and that show) were total anti-gun, anti-violence fucks. Who in the world beats the shit out of a guy with a sock or something, throws the captured weapon and ammo away, then comes up with some hair-brain contraption to defeat the rest of the bad guys, so as to not kill them in the name of humanity.

      (Quote This Comment)

  59. Old school man would not wear Birkenstock sandals or any sandals outside of the beach. Any kind of pickup truck is ok, as is a car about 20 years old, well rusted with a monster V-8 engine. And old school man does not watch any situation comedies on tv—– mostly just football, pro wrestling, NASCAR. RFD Network, a few shows on the History Channel, and “Walker, Texas Ranger” when the pansy networks put that show on. He also calls mailmen, firemen, policemen, etc. men, and not some politically correct term like police persons.

      (Quote This Comment)

  60. I love the “not wearing a 5.11 tux outside of a war zone”. Those of us that wear them in war zones snikker at the pansy assed punks who parade around like DSS guards at the local Wal-Mart.
    And I would add the “war correspondent vest” looks gay everywhere from Chicken street in Kabul to the Blackhawk liquor store in Baghdad.
    Also wearing a T-Shirt from as place you have not been is a good enough reason to get your ass kicked for me.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. Ha – hating on the Safari Vest, you gota give me a pass on that one

      ~James G

        (Quote This Comment)

  61. An OSM watches:

    1. Ice Road Truckers [because he's probably driven a fully loaded tractor trailer rig up the Dalton Highway in a white-out].

    2. Madhouse [oldest continious NASCAR modified racing series]

    3. Ax Men [axes, BIG chain saws and lots of hard-ass work]

    The OSM does not watch True Blood or any of the rest of that vampire shit that’s all over TV.

      (Quote This Comment)

  62. Fanny packs are allowed but only when they have your gun in it when you are out running.

      (Quote This Comment)

  63. i just had this talk with my wife,and i informed her we will not go to the vet to put the dog down,its my god damn dog and i will take care of it.  

    I’m lucky, My wife gives me a list of the one’s I need to take care of when I get home. If its a major issue (like killing her chickens), she’ll pull the trigger and dig the hole herself and send me an email

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. why would you need a hole if she kills her chickens– don’t you guys have a grill?

        (Quote This Comment)

  64. Great article…
    OSM also must be able to drive a manual transmission and back a trailer.
    Also they must be able to operate an aircraft, boat, or motorcycle (ATVs and Jet skis don’t count).

    Also, unless you are a black guy under 30 or a major league catcher, never wear a ballcap any way but bill forward…

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. or a sniper in the field– don’t forget a sniper in the field.

      and the only position that you permitted to wear the cap backwards for is catcher– if you’re the shortstop then fix your effin’ brim front and center and two fingers off the brifdge of your nose dammit son.

        (Quote This Comment)

    2. Good one. My eighteen-year-old daughter learned to drive a stick from me when she was 8. My father-in-law and I taught her the basics on cars and trucks ( how to change oil/brakes/tires/ replace belts & hoses ) , how to shake hands & meet people. She can back up a truck with a loaded 25-foot trailer. My sister-in-law only learned to drive a stick after she turned 45. So, with all that, are there OSGs?

        (Quote This Comment)

  65. “Certain Old School Men can wear jewelry, but not all of them, this has a lot to due with your ethnicity and general “look” ”

    Don’t wear Starling Gear Skull Rings if you don’t have the right look!

      (Quote This Comment)

  66. can Henry Rollins can be called an old school man?

      (Quote This Comment)

  67. If the Old School Man stinks up the head he just lights a blue-tipped match off of his cheek stubble to mask the smell~James G  

    Either that or he invites others over to appreciate his work.

      (Quote This Comment)

  68. I’m sitting here typing in my living room carrying a Benchmade Mel Pardue switchblade and my Ruger LCP in a wallet holster manufactured by a gentleman who goes by “Uncle George” out of Austin Texas. Check http://www.unclegeorgeswalletholster.com for quality concealed carry holsters Unfortunately the LCP takes the place of my handerkerchief which when my wife saw that I carried one sealed the deal on our relationship.

    The only Old School Man that is allowed to shoot a .380 is Sean Connery as James Bond. Otherwise, An Old School Man wouldn’t be caught dead shooting a .380, just sayin’!

      (Quote This Comment)

  69. Saw an article in a shooters magazine a while back that claimed that a .380 caliber semi-auto is the weapon that’s used most to defend against an attacker. Anyone else heard this? I would have bet that it would have been a .38 revolver or a 9mm semi-auto. Shows you what I know.

      (Quote This Comment)

    1. May be the case. I just can’t see an Old School Man packing a .380 & a Plastic one at that!

        (Quote This Comment)

  70. May be the case. I just can’t see an Old School Man packing a .380 & a Plastic one at that!

    Yeah, I tried a Kel-Tec .380 that my business partner carried in a pocket holster. The grip was way too small for my hand. I carry a S & W Sigma 9mm in a Kydex IWB holster. If I’m feeling particularly OSM, I’ll carry a Springfield XD .45 ACP. Tends to drag down my britches though.

      (Quote This Comment)

  71. The only Old School Man that is allowed to shoot a .380 is Sean Connery as James Bond. Otherwise, An Old School Man wouldn’t be caught dead shooting a .380, just sayin’!

    For a professional, a .380 is not your primary gun, it’s more of a backup or”social gun”. I carried a COLT Mustang Pocketlite for years as an Undercover gun on the job. My primary was a Sig .357. Because of the new batch of light, inexpensive and concealable .380s on the market, a lot of civillians like them as self defence carry guns. IMHO, if you carry one carry solids for penetration alternating with Silvertips.

    As for James Bond, his creator had him “move up” to the PPK after his Beretta .25 got hung up in a holster. A .25? Really? I attribute all of this to the British gun culture’s demise, which was well under way by that time.

      (Quote This Comment)

  72. Sorry to be late to the party but I just discovered this site recently.

    I disagree. Maybe it’s because real tailors are so rare these days, or perhaps you meant to say that an OSM should not be a seamstress. But a real tailor is engaged in an old and honorable profession where he provides a valuable service to other OSM. Especially for the OSM on the upper end of the economic scale, someone who frequently buys a new suit, a truly expert tailor is a blessing.

    There’s a vintage photo of the Rat Pack elsewhere on your website, holding them up as examples of OSM. But I highly doubt that Dino, Sinatra, Sammy, Joey and the rest of the Rat Pack bought their clothes off the rack. No, they used tailors, and those tailors were typically little Italian or Jewish men who went to work each morning knowing that they could take pride in making their clients look their very best.

    I well remember the first (and only) time that my father took me to visit a tailor and have a suit of clothes made. It was my brief glimpse into The World of Men, much like the three or four times in my youth when he took me to get a haircut from a real barber in a actual barbershop. I was all of 8 years old and didn’t see another tailor until I was in my mid-30s.

    Real old-school tailors can still be found in parts of Asia and the UK, and probably in high-end stores here in the US (although I’m not sure about that because I can’t afford to shop in those places). My impression is that most of the in-store tailors in the US and continental Europe are probably not going to fall into that category though.

    To me, a truly good old-school tailor ranks right up there with a good barber. But yeah, the guy who works “alterations” in a discount store is probably comparable to a faggot male hairdresser.

      (Quote This Comment)

  73. I disagree.

    F**king computer! My comments above were regarding the statement in the original article that the job of “tailor” was questionable for the OSM. I disagree with that statement, not with the entire article (which pretty much rocks).

      (Quote This Comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Upload Files

You can include images or files in your comment by selecting them below. Once you select a file, it will be uploaded and a link to it added to your comment. You can upload as many images or files as you like and they will all be added to your comment.