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Summum ius summa iniuria--More law, less justice

09 January 2012

"If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck"

Col. J. Cooper

Enjoy these classic firearms quotes:

Never let someone or thing that threatens you get inside arm’s length and never say "I got a gun". If you feel you need to use deadly force for heaven’s sake let the "first sound they hear is the safety clicking off" and they shouldn't have time to hear anything after that if you are doing your job.

'The average response time of a 911 call is over 3 minutes....the response time of a .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.'

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is a drill instructor (Thunder Ranch is a firearms training facility in Arizona ). Here are a few of his observations 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 shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading', you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to 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 going to 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 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 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 but 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."

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 kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun because 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 rifle.'

8. Beware of the woman who only has one gun, because she 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..." - Thomas Jefferson

Nice list of quotes above comes from a comment on this post.

Here's a few more:

”Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”

”The philosophy of gun control: Teenagers are roaring through town at 90MPH, where the speed limit is 25. Your solution is to lower the speed limit to 20.”
~Sam Cohen (inventor of the neutron bomb)

“The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting, and I know I’m not going to make very many friends saying this, but it’s about our right, all of our right to be able to protect ourselves from all of you guys up there.”
~Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp

”An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.”
~Col. Jeff Cooper

“Already a couple of the faithful have sent in checks for a foundation memorial to the innocents who perished at the hands of the ninja at Waco. … I have been criticized by referring to our federal masked men as “ninja” … Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.”
~Col. Jeff Cooper

“The conclusions seem inescapable that in certain circles a tendency has arisen to fear people who fear government. Government, as the Father of Our Country put it so well, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. People who understand history, especially the history of government, do well to fear it. For a people to express openly their fear of those of us who are afraid of tyranny is alarming. Fear of the state is in no sense subversive. It is, to the contrary, the healthiest political philosophy for a free people.” – Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries, vol. 4, no. 16, December, 1996

I heard another quote that I've been wracking my brain to remember goes something like this:

"My pistol is what I use until I can get to my rifle"  ...but I cant remember where I read it or who said it, but you get the idea...;-).

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!


  1. "My pistol is what I use until I can get to my rifle"

    ...A pistol is what you use to get(fight) to your rifle

    It is found in Boston's Gun Bible.
    He quotes it from someone else though, and I don't recall off the top of my head.

    I don't think it was Cooper, it might have been Clint Smith though.

    1. your which one pistol :P
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    2. A man should use his fists to fight to his knife, his knife to his sidearm, and his sidearm to his rifle.

    3. "The only purpose for a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you never should have laid down."

  2. I read Boston's Gun Bible in 09; I will go pull it off the shelf when I get home from work tonight.

    Thanks a lot. That's been bugging me for a while now.

  3. It is Clint Smith.
    From a web search found this:

    ...Clint Smith’s aphorism that, "The only purpose for a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should have never laid down."

    Boston repeats this on the first page of chp 25.
    But I know it is in there elsewhere and attributed to Smith.

  4. I liked this post! Although i'm not a gun fan...i liked these quotes...

  5. this website is stupid

    1. You will think so until someone trys to carjack you.

    2. To Anonymous,
      Maybe you are just a liberal who thinks your government will protect
      you and your rights....what a joke.

    3. To anonymous,
      Anonymous, anonymous, Liberals, state's rahhhts, guvment. Anon!

    4. I love weapons and etc etc but agree it's a dumb site. Glad others enjoy it though.

    5. I should have written down the name of the town but 20 years ago I read an article about a town out west. To own property there you must pass a gun proficency exam and shooting test. There has never been a gun crime in that town. People with criminal intent obviously avoid the place. Why does than not make sense to liberals?

    6. Don't lump all "liberals" together. Some of us are very much pro gun ownership, just as some "conservatives" are against gun ownership.

  6. If you think the website is stupid then please leave it to read a website that you like. I like the quotes very much.

  7. I love this web site and fully support the right for you to bear arms. In Canada i know a lot of people that would open carry myself included. Great quotes as well I like the first one.

  8. a man should be able to handle a pistol will enough to fight his way to a rifle

  9. It is better to have that and not need it, then to need it and not have it. Lonesome Dove

  10. Thank you for some clear level headed thinking.

  11. People try to frame reality as this thing you can fight. That if you are trained,armed and prepared that somehow you can win and your life will mean something.
    death wins every time.
    Individual monkeys or nations or belief systems or solar systems are dust to be ground for eternity.
    You need guns to protect your reality? hell, I am reality.

    1. A gun is not for the protection of our reality. Reality shows that it might, after careful deliberation/meditation, be wise to exhaust oneself in an effort to prepare for the worst. Martial arts are only one piece of the puzzle. Firearm use os kust that, a martial art.

    2. Pardon my error in typing. Firearm use is just that, a martial art.

    3. Carrying or keeping a firearm for protection is accepting a reality that your not Godzilla and can not stop all threats with cleverness or anonymous posts on a website. Sorry friend but your in denial of the reality you claim to be. You must be in denial of your own self. Pity.

  12. ohh no not a neutron bomb how will i ever handle all these uncharged particles...

    i think you mean nuclear.

    1. you have access to the internet. essentially the largest source of collected information. educate yourself. a neutron bomb is pretty much a bomb designed to disperse extremely high and deadly concentrations of radiation. anti-trolled

  13. I'm a Canadian and I'm not necessarily right-wing but I think guns should be treated more like the tools that they are, just like a hammer or a saw. I accept that they are powerful, but that makes them no more evil than any other tool.

    They are implements for accomplishing a certain task, and unfortunately the bleeding hearts who have never fired, nay, held a gun, vocalise how evil they think these tools are simply because they don't understand them.

    Guns are not evil, however, there are some evil people who will use them for evil deeds.

  14. Good quotes! Enjoyed the article. I happened to notice that the Cicero quotation on the top of the page is incorrectly translated. 'Summum ius, summa iniuria' means 'The greatest justice, [causes] the greatest injustice'.

  15. "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein

    1. "The vast majority of evil is a misinterpretation of differing beliefs. Remember that as you fight evil. Fight for your life, not against the beliefs of others, lest you be evil yourself."
      -Your mom

  16. Leave us not forget a truism for all to remember "that a armed society is a polite society"

  17. "I'd rather own a gun and not need it than need a gun and not own one."

  18. "“Already a couple of the faithful have sent in checks for a foundation memorial to the innocents who perished at the hands of the ninja at Waco. … I have been criticized by referring to our federal masked men as “ninja” … Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.”
    ~Col. Jeff Cooper"

    Sometimes, in the modern age where everyone has the ability to video or photograph you it is sometimes necessary to hide your identity to protect your family from retribution for acts you are required by your position to take.

    1. Hiding your identity for any reason is just that. Hiding! It is not in the warriors mind set, which the Col. Is trying to portray and explain. It's an individual decision just remember a coward dies a thousand deaths.

  19. A gun is power and responsibility at the same time. It is the best chance you have got to protect yourself and those you love these days. I wish they were not needed but they are.

    A gun is both science and art. I just love how they look, how they sound and how they work.

    I am a Christian and I wouldn't like to be in a position where I have to take someone's life, but if someone threatens my life or that of my love ones he will be meeting God sooner than me.

    1. Excuse the lack of commas. My grammar is horrible today. =)

    2. The feeling of true power... Is knowing you can... and you wont. I forget who said this, but it's true. If you want to know what its like to be in control, learn the art of self control. You will run yourself into exhaustion trying to control the world around you.

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    1. Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you wish for peace, prepare for war. An ancient wisdom. I am not a hippy, but I search for peace on a spiritual level because my religion and life experience has proven that peace cannot be constant in this life.

    2. I cant agree more. Such is life in this world. As one of my favorite T-shirts says "peace though superior fire power"

  21. I am an Englishman, I am 78 years old and have a large family. I wish I had the right to bear arms as this country is falling into the hands of evil doers and I have nothing with which to protect my family if they are threatened.

  22. The police are trained to respond, not to prevent. For the police to prevent crime there would have to be one posted outside of every building and street corner in the land.

  23. Our Gun, which art in holster,

    hallowed be thy frame.

    Thy bolt face square, thy barrel true.

    That we might achieve sub-M.O.A.

    Give us this day our ammunition,

    and forgive us our misses as we forgive our brother's.

    And lead us not into malfunction,

    but deliver us from evil.

  24. This website is fascist and the idea that any republican would protect your rights is ridiculous. An eye for and eye makes the whole world blind.

  25. just to play devils advocate.. the one eyed man among the blind is king.

    1. In the land of the blind, a one eyed man keeps his mouth shut, cause if he don't, his friends will destroy him for being different!!!!!

  26. there is nothing glorious or majestic about useing a gun to protect yourself. It is one of the most selfish things you will ever do. If someone shoots at you, you must rely on your training, because in your mind your thoughts are of survival. You try to concentrate even though your hands are shaking uncontrollably. you force your mind to think your way out of danger. and if you survive you try to remember what happened so you can do the paperwork. after all that has happened and its all over, you relive it over and over. some face it in a bar, some at home with there family. There is nothing noble or heroic about a gun fight, there is only suvival.

    1. To prevent tragedy isn't noble? To let those that enthusiastically inflict suffering do so is heroic?

  27. I enjoy the fact that my 15 yr old daughter is quite an accurate shot with her 22 Marlin Rifle. My wife is very handy with her automatic. I ain't too shabby with my 38. And Democrats who do not share this philosophy, are excellent at showing their ignorance. They should challenge gun owners more frequently.

  28. I find most of these quotes interesting and inspirational if sometimes single-sided. The last one (and yes, I know where it's from) is pure BS designed to brainwash people in believing they are doing right by killing people they don't know in countries they never heard of. You loose as soon as you marry gun ownership with patriotism, religion and other similar BS.

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