The retro stake-out guns of Jeff Bloovman

I met Jeff a while ago when he and Marcus Wynne were in town for a bit.  He’s a very impressive guy.  One Man Army competition winner, superb shot, martial artist, natural athlete, and respected instructor.  I was really impressed with his sincere, humble attitude.  Guys and gals like him are the future of this industry.

What was particularly impressive were the hard-to-find, best-in-class instructors that he had found, sought out, and trained with.  Not many people have heard of Nick Hughes or Marcus Wynne (links in the “resources” section), but he had found them and trained with them.

These days he’s doing something cool and retro, with a lesson for us all.  He’s buying up old revolvers and shotguns from the 60s and then-abouts, doing some nice basic ‘smithing on them, refinishing with period (blue, parkerizing) finishes, and selling them off.  He calls his work “the stake-out treatment”.  Sears and Roebuck shotguns — gotta love it!

What I really love about this project of his is how it points out that basic, not-fancy, old-timey guns are more than adequate for the SD job that we acquire them for.  After all, the particular gun we have is the last priority in those situations, after awareness, tactics, and skill (these are the well-known Ayoob’s Priorities).

Check out Jeff’s stake-out guns here.

Finally: I’ll hit this point often and hard: if you carry a gun for self-defense, you have to know the law. Invest the money you’d spend on shaving a tenth of a second off your splits with Andrew Branca’s book or seminars — it’ll pay far greater dividends. Visit this link to learn more, and use the discount code “streetstandards” for a 10% discount.


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