Firearms Quotes

Quotes tagged as "firearms" (showing 1-30 of 30)
G.K. Chesterton
“The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”
G.K. Chesterton

Cormac McCarthy
“When the shooting starts would you rather be armed or legal?”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Steven Wright
“When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?”
Steven Wright

Steven D. Levitt
“If you both own a gun and a swimming pool in your backyard, the swimming pool is about 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.”
Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Tim Dorsey
“Nothing builds confidence like live ammo.”
Tim Dorsey, Atomic Lobster

Dan Rather
“If frogs had side pockets, they'd carry hand guns.”
Dan Rather

Ida B. Wells-Barnett
“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
Ida B. Wells-Barnett

“Muzzle control has to be a religion. You cannot point that weapon at one of your brothers-or yourself. Know where you barrel is at all times, and know the condition of your weapon-loaded or unloaded, bolt forward or to the rear, round in the chamber or not, safety on or off. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you're going to kill something.”
Dick Couch, Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

Niccolò Machiavelli
“... By disarming, you at once give offense, since you show your subjects that you distrust them, either as doubting their courage, or as doubting their fidelity, each of which imputations begets hatred against you.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Ernest Hemingway
“Now standing in one corner of a boxing ring with a .22 caliber Colt automatic pistol, shooting a bullet weighing only 40 grains and with a striking energy of 51 foot pounds at 25 feet from the muzzle, I will guarantee to kill either Gene Tunney or Joe Louis before they get to me from the opposite corner. This is the smallest caliber pistol cartridge made; but it is also one of the most accurate and easy to hit with, since the pistol has no recoil. I have killed many horses with it, cripples and bear baits, with a single shot, and what will kill a horse will kill a man. I have hit six dueling silhouettes in the head with it at regulation distance in five seconds. It was this type of pistol that Millen boys’ colleague, Abe Faber, did all his killings with. Yet this same pistol bullet fired at point blank range will not dent a grizzly’s skull, and to shoot a grizzly with a .22 caliber pistol would simply be one way of committing suicide”
Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway on Hunting

Ernest Hemingway
“I always shot scorpions with the .22 pistol.”
Ernest Hemingway, Under Kilimanjaro

John D. MacDonald
“Hascomb snatched an ancient weapon out of his glove compartment. Officers have smuggled them home from the last five wars. The Colt.45 automatic.”
John D. MacDonald, The Dreadful Lemon Sky

Robert M. Pirsig
“Chris asks, "What are you going to stick to?"

"Mah guns, boy, mah guns," I tell him. "That’s the Code of the West.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Trevor D. Richardson
“It’s a cruel fact of war that it takes little more than applying pressure to one finger to end another person’s life. More than that, it’s a cruel fact of life that we are hardwired to follow the crowd in a moment of panic.”
Trevor D. Richardson, Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files

Ernest Hemingway
“The rifle and the pistol are still the equalizer when one man is more of a man than another, and if…he is really smart…he will get a permit to carry one and then drop around to Abercrombie and Fitch and buy himself a .22 caliber Colt automatic pistol, '''Woodsman model''', with a five-inch barrel and a box of shells. I advise him to get lubricated hollow points to avoid jams and to ensure a nice expansion on the bullet. He might even get several boxes and practice a little…”
Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway on Hunting

Ernest Hemingway
“I wondered...if there should be anything wrong with Sen. Joe McCarthy (Republican) of Wisconsin which a .577 solid would not cure.”
Ernest Hemingway

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“As long as the peace-makers are armed with assault rifles, it's highly unlikely we'll ever have peace.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman, Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest

Ernest Hemingway
“I have a Thompson SubMachine gun and we shoot sharks with it. As soon as they put their heads out we give them a burst.”
Ernest Hemingway

John "Pondoro" Taylor
“The type of weapon you prefer and in which you have most faith,is the best for you.”
John "Pondoro" Taylor, African Rifles and Cartridges

Greg Rucka
“The pistol had been one hell of a find, because it hadn't quite been what she'd thought it was at first blush. Not simply the S&W Mk 39, but rather a modified version of the same, the Mk 22 Mod 0, also called the "hush puppy". It was Vietnam-era, not the most reliable gun in the world, but wonderfully silent, not only equipped with a silencer to eliminate the sound of gunfire, but also with a slide lock, to keep the actual mechanical operation of the gun quiet as well. She'd test-fired the gun at the market before purchasing, and been stunned that it still worked. The Uzbek vendor had offered to sell it to her cheap.
"It's too quiet," he'd explained. "No one wants it."
Chace shut her eyes, half smiling at the memory.”
Greg Rucka, Private Wars

Steven Magee
“Police Officer Angry Aggression Theory (POAAT) is why you need to video record the police before they shoot you. Always start the video camera at the first contact, as it can go sour at any time and without warning.”
Steven Magee

Massad Ayoob
“In the end, the focus on safety should be credited to the entire firearms-owning community, the “gun culture” if you will.”
Massad Ayoob, Gun Safety in the Home

Massad Ayoob
“Firearms, if you think about it, are power tools. They drill holes in things and chew things up. That’s their purpose. The purpose of the user is, quite simply, to puncture and destroy the right things and not the wrong things.”
Massad Ayoob, Gun Safety in the Home

John "Pondoro" Taylor
“America is the home of rifle shooting, and there is no doubt that Americans are....more "rifle-minded" than the British.”
John "Pondoro" Taylor, African Rifles and Cartridges

Stephen Richards
“I felt like Dirty Harry, only, my weapon wasn’t as big as his! I don’t know what it is with guns, but once you’ve got your hand on one, you think you’re one of the untouchables.”
Stephen Richards, Lost in Care: The True Story of a Forgotten Child

“We take a word, such as freedom, and dress it up to mean the ability to bear firearms, display flags, collect rainwater or grow clean food, but absolute freedom is not a relative construct. It is not there one minute or outlawed the next. It can never be seized or given. It is ever-lasting and omnipresent.”
Anita B. Sulser, We Are One

John "Pondoro" Taylor
“It is an astonishing thing how little the average man in Africa knows about the rifles he uses-it is but a very small exaggeration to say that all he really does know is that the bullet comes out of the end which has a hole in it!”
John "Pondoro" Taylor, African Rifles and Cartridges

Jason Medina
“Second, you two idiots are not getting your hands on any firearms, while you are in this group. You’re too unstable and I don’t want to have to shoot you.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel