“The Unremembered Guns”

That’s the title of a video clip from Clint Smith, director of Thunder Ranch.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Clint at the original Thunder Ranch in Texas, where I did two courses, although I haven’t (yet) been able to visit his new facility in Oregon.  As usual, he talks solid common sense.  If you’re wondering about a ‘defensive rifle’, and don’t have the budget to buy one, his alternatives will be very reassuring.

I recommend all of Clint’s videos at the Thunder Ranch channel on YouTube.  They’re interesting, informative, and a lot of fun.  Go scroll through the videos on offer there.

(A tip o’ the hat to Ordnance Corner, where I found this video.)



  1. Shotguns sitting behind the front and back doors. Double barrel at the front door, Model 12 at the back door… Used to have to move them to get to the broom and mop… Loaded with 00 Buck and everybody in the house knew the drill on how/when to use them.

  2. First military Mauser bolt action was adopted by the Prussians in 1871. Bolt actions remained the primary battle rifle of choice for many countries up through WWII. Our own 1903 Springfield "borrowed" from the Mauser design sufficiently that the US had to pay royalties to Mauser, even during WWI.
    Lever guns as pointed out have been with us since the Civil War. A .44 magnum wrist breaking load in a revolver becomes a joy to shoot in any of several brands of lever action rifle.
    At indoor range even a light trap load from a shotgun acts much like a solid chunk of lead, but will most likely not penetrate interior walls, so much safer for other occupants or nearby neighbors.
    And with a pump or semi auto shotgun and a pocket full of shells, you need never run the gun dry. You just keep shoving more rounds into the loading port as you fire.

  3. I recently did some shooting against paper targets, drywall, and 2x4s at short ranges, under 20 feet – I noticed that birdshot tore up all of the targets more than buck shot did. I also noticed that at short ranges with paper and drywall, the wad punched a bigger hole than anything else and is something to keep in mind at short ranges as well.

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