Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 23, 2016

Don’t shoot fast, shoot good and Other Bits of Wisdom From a Military Life

I’ve published this before, but it’s worth repeating. Clint Smith, director or Thunder Ranch, is part drill instructor, 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 World According To Clint

“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.”

“Every time I teach a class, I discover I don’t know something.”5518912.3261334

“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 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.”

“Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a ghillie suit.”

“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.”

“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.”


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular  Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a monthly contributor to Today’s Author and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt.

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