Humans have very associative memories. By that, I mean something we see, hear or smell immediately makes us think of something else. It takes us back like a time machine to memories from long ago.
Music is a well-known way of forging links to memories of the distant past. As a child of the â80s, I canât hear a certain song by Madonna without flashing back to a club outside my alma mater, Michigan State University. It isnât necessarily the greatest memory, but itâs mine.
When it comes to guns, ammo and shooting, smells trigger the olâ memory parade for most people. Every time I smell bleach, I think about my first job as a dishwasher at a seafood restaurantâeven though that was almost 30 years ago. The smell of guns and bore cleaners ping my memory banks just as hard, and I know Iâm not the only one. Throw out the term ânostalgic smellâ to most gun owners, and Iâd bet nine out of 10 folks would respond with âHoppeâs No. 9.â Hoppeâs is just one of many odors which trip the mental triggers of gun owners. Here are our top eight most nostalgic smells in shooting: