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GUNS Magazine February 2012 Digital Edition - Page 78
STORY: John Connor … and giving your thumbs a workout. FILLING up FeBruarY Y eah, I know. February is already filled with snow, ice and daydreams of springtime. But there are other ways to fill it, and when your significant other asks what you’re doing sittin’ on your butt in front of the TV, you can answer, “Just what you suggested! I’m learning new skills and studying!” Let me know how that works out for you, OK? Armorer’s Series is made for folks like you and me, who know how to operate and maintain those shooters, but don’t know exactly how the widget spanks the sprocket, and tearing them down to the frame is a fearsome thought. Most courses run 90 minutes to 2 hours and cost $39.95. If you’ve been reading Clint Smith’s columns, you know he’s all about function rather than fads; a guy who can appreciate the latest and finest of tactical firearms and accessories, but who can also duct-tape a flashlight under a double-barrel scattergun, pull a deer rifle from a closet, or pick up a worn-shiny Smith & Wesson revolver and get the defensive job done. And if you’ve wondered what it would be like to just hang out with Clint and shoot the breeze, he’s got a Thunder Ranch video for you. I highly recommend Defensive Firearms: Defend Yourself With The Gun At Hand, a 2-DVD set priced at $49.95, which covers mental preparation for dealing with threats with handguns, rifles and shotguns— ones you might already own—and range demonstrations. Clint’s style is personal and factual; a 1-on-1 with a trainer who understands you must know your tools, but 90 percent of effective fighting is between your ears. Another winner in his array is Defensive Thinking: Logical Solutions for Home, Car & Carry, and check out his multi-DVD order discounts too. The lawn ain’t growing, the fish ain’t bitin’, there’s nothing “in season” and the range is under a mini-glacier. Obviously, it’s time to put another log on the fire, bust out a video and give your thumbs a workout on the old remote control. But what’s there to watch? Here are some suggestions: Got a family-legacy Winchester ’97 trench gun, a WWII Mauser 98, or a crusty, but seemingly sound CZ-52 pistol you got in trade for a washing machine? Would you like to have a master gunsmith slowly and patiently guide you through a detailed mechanical tour right down to the last pin and spring? The American Gunsmithing Institute has video courses covering tons o’ guns of all kinds, new and old. They have 108-hour courses for professional gunsmiths, but their Four Aces for February: Great training right in your living room! “a temple” or “a group of persons most highly regarded for their contributions to a field or endeavor.” With his Panteao Productions, Fernando has gathered an impressive array of outstanding trainers like Paul Howe—a favorite of mine—Massad Ayoob, Dean Caputo, Louis Awerbuck, Tom Yost, Bill Rogers, Jessie Harrison and more, and captured their expertise on a professionally filmed and edited lineup of DVDs called Make Ready. Skill levels addressed range from the Whole shootin’ match In Fernando Coelho’s native Portuguese, panteao means pantheon; 78 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2