20 February 2015

Gun Wisdom From Thunder Ranch

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part drill instructor, and part stand up comic. Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.

"The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight. I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead."

"The two most important rules in a gunfight are: always cheat and always win."

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

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me 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 the tooth fairy or an angel ... 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 available."

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

"Don't shoot fast, 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. You may be able to save yourself and your family."


Old NFO said...

That last one is what REALLY counts...

Tewshooz said...

Clint is a really nice guy. We live just a few miles from TR.

threecollie said...


Ed Bonderenka said...

I don't know.
I've saved MY world a few times.

Guffaw in AZ said...

"Don't shoot fast, shoot good."

Wisdom of the ages!

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is final." - Wyatt Earp

Clint has some great stuff! Thanks.


Rev. Paul said...

NFO - that's true.

Tewshooz - that's good to hear. Thanks.

threecollie - agreed.

Ed - I suspect it's a matter of semantics, but I hear you.

Guffaw - that' quite true. Thank you!

ProudHillbilly said...

I like #1.

Rev. Paul said...

PH - me, too. Makes a lot of sense, when you think about it. :)

drjim said...

Might not apply to us civvies, but one of my favorites is "Remember....tracers work BOTH ways"!

Rev. Paul said...

That they do, Jim. :)