He hadn’t seen anyone fire a bullet in years. You couldn’t even bluff someone with a gun anymore; they didn’t even make good bludgeons. The failing of modern weaponry was the rebirth of classical fighting arts. It wasn’t a renaissance, too much had been lost during the ascendency of the gun, but the martial arts of antiquity were slowly reemerging.
No one really thought about them as arts. Art was a luxury people practiced in their free time. Now they were more like a craft. That is to say, a useful skill that can have creative expression layered over it.