Feuding brothers attempted to solve their dispute with a good old-fashioned shoot-out. However, it seems healthy competition is not actually welcome in this family as his brother’s fragile ego just can’t take it!
In His Brother’s Shadow
From an early age, the Original Poster (OP) felt like he lived in his brother’s shadow. His brother was considered the “golden child” in the family.
OP was always in his brother’s shadow at every milestone and occasion. The brother was the family’s source of pride.
His Brother Joined the Military
After graduating high school, OP’s brother joined the military, following in their father’s footsteps. Before being released, he served for nearly eight years.
Limiting Medical Diagnosis
But, OP was given an epilepsy diagnosis when he was young, which prevented him from pursuing a similar path. Fortunately, OP was able to grow out of it.
He Found Solace in Shooting
Seeking his passion, OP found solace and success in shooting competitions, particularly in 3-gun competitions that involve rifle, shotgun, and handgun shooting.
His Family is Unimpressed
OP is currently in the process of being sponsored and competing in national competitions.
However, OP’s family doesn’t seem to care much.
His Brother Constantly Put Him Down
OP says he doesn’t care what his family thinks, but his brother decided to tell him whenever he had the chance that there was no way OP was that skilled and that he was better than OP because he had “combat training.”
He Was Provoked
OP was angered by his comments but decided not to say anything.
However, when his brother kept repeating the same things whenever they met, OP broke down and finally called him out.
So Who Was the Better Marksman?
After an argument, OP and his brother consented to perform in a mock competition in front of their family, including their mom, dad, SIL, and others.
A Mock Competition to Settle Things
OP went to great lengths to ensure a fair and controlled environment for the competition, providing all the necessary equipment and ammunition and even enlisting a friend to act as a referee.
His Intentions Were Good
The stages were set up safely, adhering to proper gun safety protocols.
OP’s intention was not to humiliate his brother but rather to prove his skills and end the constant comparisons.
Winner, Winner, Family Dinner
The competition began, and OP won all rounds.
When the final round arrived, they engaged in a head-to-head, and OP won.
Accused of Emasculating Him
OP gave his brother several more chances to start over or try again.
But, frustrated and unable to accept defeat gracefully, OP’s brother made excuses and accused the user of humiliating and emasculating him.
His Parents Chose a Side
This reaction triggered a negative response from the parents, who sided with the brother and called OP names.
Only the SIL expressed gratitude for the opportunity, while OP’s girlfriend questioned OP’s decision to finish off his brother, acknowledging it as a display of unnecessary superiority.
Banished From the Family Home
The situation grew so bad that OP’s mother forbade him from visiting for Mother’s Day until OP had said sorry to his brother. She again told OP he was wrong and demanded an apology.
Had He Done Something Wrong?
OP took to Reddit to ask if he was wrong, and several Redditors sided with OP.
One Reddit user shared that OP was not wrong and that his brother invited the family to embarrass OP, but it backfired, and he then spun it as OP was the issue.
Another Redditor wrote, “By making such a big deal of it, your brother is making certain that everyone will remember it for longer and that the issue will be a cloud over his head for more time.
Also, anyone who talks about people “emasculating” them after a legit loss has serious issues with fragile and toxic masculinity. He lost fair and square. He needs to mature and accept it. And your parents need to stop enabling him.”
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