Why "Gizzard"?

In the fall of 2017, on a Sunday GunChannels.com Lobby Chat, I happened to relate that, the previous evening, I had been severely ill with food poisoning, immediately after having eaten fried gizzards.  (Now, I'm reasonably certain that my "illness" actually started earlier that morning, after eating an Old Wisconsin beef stick from a convenience store.)  A friend of mine in the chat, known by the screen name of MidnightRangeTM, thought that this was hilarious, and made the remark that he was going to start calling me "Gizzard Gary".  In the spirit of going along with the gag, I created a YouTube page named Gizzard Gary, just for laughs.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the name stuck.  Other people on GunChannels.com and in the YouTube chats started calling me Gizzard.  Prior to that time, I had for the most part used my real name, which very few people do; I did have about a two-week period where I went by MuzzleFlash, but I decided I didn't like that name.  So, seeing as I was really seeking a nickname anyway, after a few days, I decided, if that's what they are going to call me - I was going to embrace it.  So, I moved my gun-related videos from my main YouTube page to my Gizzard Gary page, and created an e-mail address and new social media accounts to match.

I started out with the tagline, "Don't be chicken - it takes guts to protect yourself and your family!"  Chicken...guts...gizzard...get it?  I know, it was a horrible pun, but it was the best I could come up with at the time.  Also, someone started calling me the "Tactical Chicken", so I started using the hashtag of #TacticalChicken.  In the summer of 2018, I started using the hashtags #GiveThemTheBird and #BirdIsTheWord on social media.

And so, now - I am Gizzard Gary.  The one, the only.