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The World According To Clint

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posted on May, 2 2003 @ 05:19 PM
Clint Smith, director of 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.

"So a guy says, ĎIím good! I move, I shoot, I communicate.í Yeah, but can you do it on the ground? Because thatís where youíre gonna be in a fight."

"Itís real different when the bad guy shoots back. It doesnít mean youíre going to lose, it just makes the story more interesting afterward."

"The best example of good training is to never get in a fight."

Defensive Driving:
"If youíre accosted, donít get out of the car. Put it in some other gear and put both feet on the gas. Clintís school of driving-add power!"

Running Out Of Ammo:
"If pointing an empty gun at your opponent makes him duck, you may live for an extra two seconds-and who knows? I may find another gun, the bad guy may give up, or the ammo fairy may drop me a magazine."

Target Recognition:
"If weíre going down a hall and I see the end of a double barrel shotgun, I better communicate to my partner, Ďcause I can be pretty sure itís not the Easter bunny on the other end."

"Open up the ground between you and the threat. At armís distance, you opponent doesnít have to be good, he just has to be lucky."

"It doesnít do me any good to have a partner and shoot Ďem-although Iíve had some partners Iíd like to shoot."

Verbal Skills:
"You better learn to communicate real well, because when youíre out there on the street, youíll have to talk to a lot more people than youíll have to shoot, or at least thatís the way I think itís supposed to work."

Big Bore Sixguns:
"...He asked, ĎDid you hit him?í Hey, I donít know, but he was smokiní when he ran outta here."

Counting Your Shots:
"Itís our experience that in a fight you will continue to shoot the gun until the threat goes away or until the gun is empty."

"Donít be a deer caught in the headlights of the Kenworth of life!"

Long Guns Vs. Handguns:
"They say you canít use a rifle or shotgun indoors because a bad guy will grab the barrel. Yeah? Well, he better hang on, Ďcause Iím gonna light him up and itíll definitely be an "E" ticket ride."

Conserving Ammo:
"People ask, ĎWhat do you do if the guyís on drugs?í Shoot Ďem! ĎBut what if it doesnít work?í Shoot Ďem some more!"

The Defensive Mindset:
"The only reason we would plant our feet is to dig Ďem real good so we can run, Ďcause weíre about to get the hell out of here."

The Survival Instinct:
"Anyone can understand shooting to protect themselves. You give me five minutes and Iíll make anyone on this planet mad enough to shoot me. The real question is, will they have that much time in a fight? You need to make that decision before you start to fight-only you life depends on it."

"The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight. Iíd 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 donít know something."

"Donít 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, bet heís gonna have to beat me to death with it, Ďcause itís going to be empty."

"If youíre not shootiní, you should be loadiní. If youíre not loadiní, you should be moviní. If youíre not moviní, someoneís gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."

"When you reload (in low light encounters), donít put your flashlight in your back pocket. If you light yourself up, youíll look like an angel or the tooth fairy - and youíre gonna be one of Ďem 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 ghille suit."

"Shoot whatís available, as long as itís available, until something else becomes available."

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. Thatís ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid about?"

"Donít shoot fast, shoot good."

"You can say Ďstopí or Ďaltoí or use any other word you think will work, but Iíve found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someoneís 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."

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