Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Three-Eyed Monster--a home-invader's worst nightmare.

(Sent to me by a good friend, great shooting buddy and retired U.S. Marine who did two tours in Vietnam and came home with a chest full of medals including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

If you own a gun, you will appreciate this. If not, you should get one and learn how to use it.

• Shooting Advice: Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.

• Never let someone or thing that threatens you get inside arm’s length and never say "I’ve got a gun".

• If you feel you need to use deadly force for heaven’s sake let the "first sound they hear be the safety clicking off", and they shouldn't have time to hear anything after that if you are doing your job.

• The average response time of a 911 call is over 23 minutes… the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is a drill instructor (Thunder Ranch is a firearms training facility in Oregon ). Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self-defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.

"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary."

"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way.."

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."

"If you're not shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading', you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to cut your head off and put it on a stick."

"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy... and you're going to be one of 'em pretty soon."

"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."

"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?"

"Don't shoot fast, unless you also shoot good."

"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work, but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.. How long you live depends on how well you do it."

"You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family."

"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away, and either way, it will be exciting."


Kim said...

That's fabulous.

Tango Juliet said...

Clint's one of a kind.

Tango Juliet said...

TR is located in Oregon, not AZ.

An Ordinary American said...

I just got through ribbing my jarhead buddy about that (TR being in Oregon, not Arizona).

He claims to have gotten it confused with Cooper's outfit.

Senility, I told him, has nothing to do with confusion.


Boat Guy said...

I have entrusted my Bride and my younger son to Clint and Co. and been VERY pleased with the results. THIS time I get to shoot!
I don't think Clint was a Drill Instructor while he was on Active Duty but he'da made a damn good one!

Boat Guy said...

Great image BTW, but the gal's got a little too much finger on the trigger. Best to use the first pad on a 1911 - not the crease between first and second - 'pretty sure Clint would agree...

Anonymous said...

As an Albertan (don't call me a canadian unless you want a fight on your hands)- this is what I love about Americans.

We have the same problem you do: wankers, weaklings and liberal lickspittles infest our judiciary, and thugs are treated to the warm and fuzzies courtesy of the tax payer. As a result our prisons and courts don't rehabilitate or punish, they are animal factories that hone the feral instincts of the dregs of our society.

Burning down the courthouse with the judges and lawyers trapped inside is an excellent answer to the problem - but I am told that one or two are actually good people trying to do a difficult job.

CCW is the greatest thing you Yanks have. If ya can't have justice in the courthouse - put it out in the street!

Up here in Canukistan, the liberal flits decided an invasive gun registry and confiscation are perfectly legal - but a similiar registry for violent repeat offenders is unconstitutional.

It is not an exaggeration to say there is more justice in that three eyed monster of yours than the entire canadian judiciary!

Old NFO said...

Good post! And all true...

texlahoma said...

Good post, good advice.