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As it turns out, “3” is Reed Knight III, or Trey as he’s more commonly known, and is the son of the owner and founder of Knight’s Armament Company (KAC), located in Titusville, Florida.

Right side of KAC SR15-E3 carbine as outfited by author for class

Knight’s Armament should need no introduction to recent veterans or aficionados of the platform, as it is the maker of the railed forend found on current issue U.S. Army M4s and USMC M16s.

Knight’s was the originator of the railed forend and is still the current supplier to the military, having sold over 500,000 to the U.S. government.

Trey was a man on a mission—to announce and promote Knight’s revived interest in the commercial firearms market. Trey had his work cut out for him, as over the years Knight’s has gained a reputation for turning a somewhat cold shoulder to the commercial firearms and accessories market. Fans of Knight’s will tell you that this was due to their being overwhelmed with military orders, while detractors say that they “just didn’t care.” Whatever the case, Trey was, and is, setting out to change that perception and was also announcing the commercial release of the new Knight’s Armament SR-15 E3, Knight’s newest version of the AR-15 carbine.

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Someone who looks very similar to Yours Truly might have committed a minor crime a few weeks ago. This unnamed, but exceptionally debonair, man attended a public event where every person had to pass through a security checkpoint that included a bag search and metal detector. Without going into the specifics, the result of passing through what was obviously a “Level One” crowd screening ended with Our Matchless Hero walking into the event with a concealed weapon. Granted, it wasn’t…

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I know you. I mean I really know you. All your achievements and all the failures. All the peccadillos, all the bravado in front of your accomplices—and the fear and trepidation you feel when nobody else is around and you’re home alone late at night. You live your life of desperation, striving for success in the eyes of your peers, hoping all the while that you can avoid the inevitable confrontation with me. But our meeting is unavoidable, and whether…

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The figures for the number of NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) checks performed in 2015 are in. Due to his anti-gun rhetoric, Barack Obama once again holds the unofficial title of gun salesman of the year. The number of new gun sales crushed previous records and included many first-time buyers. The good news is that it will become harder for Congress to pass any new anti-gun legislation with more and more of their constituents owning firearms—especially in an…

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As this is written, just a few days have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Predictably, Internet sites and my newsfeed on Facebook filled up with comments—some giving sound advice, others amounting to mere chest thumping. Two recurring themes were that France’s restrictive gun laws contributed to the slaughter, and the terrorists would have been stopped quickly in the United States. Don’t kid yourself. It can, and very possibly will, happen here and result in the same kind…

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I remember one time when I utterly knew fear: spitless, wide-eyed, so-afraid-you-can’t-pee-your-pants terror. I was not only scared, but confused, upset, embarrassed, and a whole range of other stomach-acid-producing emotions.

That’s what happens when you wake up not knowing how long you’ve been asleep. Actually, being asleep wasn’t really the problem. It was the location: at a stop sign, in a marked patrol car, in the middle of the street.

While on midnight patrol, I had surrendered to the sweet arms of Morpheus while stopped at an intersection in a residential area. As you can imagine, this isn’t an optimal state of affairs for anyone, let alone a cop.

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I recently spent a morning walking around an indoor swap meet. I stopped at one table and was waiting to talk to the man who was selling some guns as he talked to another customer.

The customer was explaining how the only shot he’d ever take in a self-defense situation was a headshot, as it would shut down the bad guy’s CSN (sic). He went on to say he’d received this advice from an “instructor.” He turned to me and asked if I agreed. OK, fella, you asked….

I told him that in my opinion a headshot would only be effective if a bullet struck in the “T” zone—the area between the eyes and down to the nose. Many people have been struck by bullets on the forehead, only to have them skip off or circle the head. Some have not even been knocked out, leaving them very much in the fight. I have personally seen a bullet ricochet off the brim of a cap.

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Are there “master” gunfighters?

The simple answer is no. The explanation is a bit more complicated. There is no such thing as a master gunfighter that I know of. Not a single one of the hundreds of individuals I have known who have been in actual shootings would lay claim to such a title. Not a single one. There is good reason for this.

Many claim to be masters of sorts. There are self-proclaimed four-gun masters or pistol masters, rifle masters, shotgun masters, or the ubiquitous combat masters. There are even distinguished masters who I suppose are even more masterful than a master, if such a thing is even possible. (In the near future, someone will lay claim to the title Transcendent Distinguished Omnipotent Master of Masters.)

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