The SOTG guys are back in Texas to continue their helicopter hog hunting adventure with Mike and the top-flight crew from Vertex Aviation.

We put down a number of those two-hundred pound ‘rats’ and spared the lives of several fawns by reducing the coyote population.

Always dedicated students, Paul and Jarrad attended the Fighting Rifle course taught by our fellow patriots at Tactical Response.

Our home defense shotguns were put to the test at shooting camp this summer. We engaged the help of our favorite gun-golfers and used the Kel-Tec KSG to bust hostile orange clays.

In the ‘cool hardware’ department, we take a close look the Havoc 37mm launcher from Spike’s Tactical. is your 24/7 source for all manner of gun related topics. SOTG offers education and entertainment through on-demand video material, online articles, books, DVD’s and live-training events. Student of the Gun; a beginner once, a student for life.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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