So, who am I and what are my credentials? Fair questions…
Well, like probably many, I was taught to shoot at a young age by my Dad. Dad was first trained to shoot by the United States Marine Corps, followed by years of additional training courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Division of Highway Patrol, and later the New Jersey State Police. At one point, he was a Police Training Commission Certified Firearms Instructor tasked with training countless new recruits on safe handling and use of firearms, as well as proper shooting.
Let’s just say Dad’s One-Helluva-Shot! More importantly for this site, Dad has always been and remains extremely value focused, and extremely conscious of firearms safety, muzzle awareness, and general awareness of surroundings, etc.
I shot my first gun when I was five years old (yes 5!) and I was immediately hooked. (It was Dad’s service revolver and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Blued Smith & Wesson Model 10 with a six-inch barrel and was chambered in .38 Special.) For anyone who may think 5 may be way too young, realize that as stated above, my Dad was on the job and as such, there were guns in the house. As soon as I was “old enough”, he wanted me to understand the difference between real guns and my toy guns, that real guns were not toys, how to respect and safely, properly handle real guns. (It is a shame too many people don’t seem to be as logical, nor to have such a sense of personal responsibility today, but don’t get me started…)
After many years and countless trips to the range, Dad’s appreciation for value, some of his great shooting ability, his never-ending focus on firearms safety, muzzle awareness, and situational awareness have been passed down to me and combine with my own formal training and experiences. This site strives to combine our collective knowledge and hands-on firearms, shooting and hunting experience with a discriminating eye for detail, and tenacious research to bring you the straight dope!