Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part drill
instructor, and part standup comic (Thunder Ranch is a firearms training
facility in Arizona ). Here are a few of his observation 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 shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin', you
should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna 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 gonna 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
"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 a
"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
"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."
More Excellent Gun Wisdom.......
The purpose of fighting is to win.
There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the
shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain
... . All else is supplemental.
1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just
2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter
recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you
carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'
6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his
wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting
trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my
8. Beware of the man who only has one gun, because he probably knows how to use
it very well.
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but
because he loves what is behind him." G. K. Chesterton
A people that values its privileges above its
principles will soon lose both.
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..."
Jan. 30, 2010