WHERE TO BEGIN? I’ll start at the VERY beginning…the first gun I ever fell in love with, was a 2.5″ Smith and Wesson Model 19. It belonged to my uncle, and I thought it was gorgeous. Years later, as a young man in the Boy Scouts of America’s, “Law Enforcement Explorer,” program, I was able to practice and qualify with a Smith and Wesson Model 681 and Model 19. From there, I was hooked. My first, full-time armed job was as an armored truck courier…a job I would use to work my way through college for a number of years (’96-’05). I carried a pair of revolvers on duty (Smith 681 and Smith 649) and realized early on that the men who REALLY knew how to run wheel guns were few and far between, and that semiautomatic pistols were overtaking the crowd, and along with that change, the techniques, tactics and procedures for the revolver were being forgotten…
After leaving the security industry, I sought out additional private training from people that I consider to be, “revolver Yodas,” like Tom Givens of Rangemaster in Memphis, and Claude Werner, “The Tactical Professor.” By using these skills, and building on both old and new theory, I hope to keep this information alive, and accessible.
The need for this type of knowledge became apparent to me a few years back while I was working as an instructor for Tactical Response, in Camden TN. A very proficient, Glock carrying law enforcement officer, when presented with a 5 shot J-frame revolver, was unable to open the cylinder release…and ascertain the condition of readiness of the revolver. He wasn’t dumb, or a novice shooter…he simply had no experience with a revolver. Imagine having to use a weapon, in an extreme situation, that you weren’t familiar with! Or even knew how to open the gun to determine if it was loaded or not! Frightening. So I decided to do something about it.
I originally intended this site to be primarily about revolvers, but with the changing tides of the modern self-defense scene, as well as current events, keeping it revolver-centric, proved futile since there were other areas I felt needed inquiry, investigation and comment. Thus, in 2016 I designed a training format/scaffold called, “THE CIVILIAN DEFENDER,” concept, and in 2017, I started offering branded courses apropos to that line of training. Don’t worry…revolverscience.com isn’t going anywhere, but directing your browser at civiliandefender.com will get you here, too.
I hold degrees in Law Enforcement (Skagit Valley College), Cell Biology and Philosophy (from Gonzaga University) as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Meharry Medical College. I completed a residency program in Hospital Dentistry (the surgical care of Special Needs/medical compromised kids and adults) and I also work in Forensic Odontology (the scientific identification of human remains through the teeth, as well as forensic bite mark analysis). With a strong background in both hard science and abstract thinking, I plan to bring my brand of scientific exploration to this material. I’ve trained extensively both on the range and in the classroom over the past 25 years with Tom and Lynn Givens of Rangemaster (I am also a RANGEMASTER-CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR), Paul Gomez of Gomez Training International, James Yeager, Allen Webb, Dave Keenom, Greg German, and Jay Gibson, all of Tactical Response, Greg Sullivan of Defensive Edge, Rob Edwards, Yancey Harrington and John Chapman of LSM Defense, Matt Burkett, Aaron Little of Performance Edge, Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics, Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training, Claude Werner THE TACTICAL PROFESSOR, Dr. William Aprill of Aprill Risk Management, Larry Lindenman of SHIVWORKS, John Farnam of DTI, Rob Pincus of ICE Training, Larry Vickers of LAV Tactical, Dr. Keith Brown of GORGRP, Chuck Haggard of Agile Tactical, Massad Ayoob of the Massad Ayoob Group, Skip Gochenauer, Andy Stanford of OPS, Steve Moses of the Bluffdale Firearms Academy, and Darryl Bolke of Hardwired Tactical Shooting.
I hope we all can learn more, and forward the self-defense craft, here at, “THE CIVILIAN DEFENDER PROJECT!”