While SHOT Show is a hotbed of activity for those in the firearm business, it’s also a place where important movers and shakers—both political and not-so-political—can be found. These two inspirational individuals kindly shared their time and thoughts with us today.
Over the course of the last couple of years, what I call “military trolls” have been aggressively berating me online. This last November, it escalated to where some people overseas started sending me pictures of beheaded people and saying, “This is what I’m going to do to you.” Or they would say they want to “skin me alive,” and send a picture of someone skinning somebody. I’m a Green Beret, I’m a sniper, I’m a Ranger. Number 5 in the world UFC fighter. I’m not one to really be intimidated by a bunch of bullies online. So I responded with, “Ah, you guys have been trying to behead me for like 13 years and failing after my multiple visits to your neck of the woods. Why don’t you come to Texas and see how that goes for you?” The FBI wasn’t thrilled with that response. They called and wanted to make sure I understood how serious those threats were and that a normal person would have freaked out, seeing pictures of beheaded humans.
I’m one of the owners of Ranger Up, and Article 15 is the second-largest military clothing line. The two of us came together to make a military movie. It’s called “Range 15,” and we just released the trailer last night. It has Medal of Honor recipients, we have Marcus Luttrell, every great actor that supports the military from William Shatner, David Green, Sean Astin, and then the hero cast is all military guys—Ranger Regiment guys. It’s a comedy—a horror comedy—about the zombie apocalypse. It’s going to come out, as such a movie should, on the Fourth of July. And it’s going to break the way Hollywood can make movies. They’re not going to have a choice. A bunch of military guys shouldn’t be able to say, “Hey, we’re going to make a movie—a major motion picture,” and it becomes a huge success, which it will. This is all a bunch of barrel-chested freedom fighters in what’s going to be the best movie of 2016.
I love being here at SHOT Show 2016. It’s a really great experience meeting everyone and being able to talk about how shooting is my Olympic sport. I’m really looking forward to competition in the Olympics this year in Rio De Janeiro. We have Olympic trials coming up in April, so right now I’m training pretty heavily for that.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year brings. If I can compete in both events—I usually compete in smallbore, long rifle and air rifle—hopefully I’ll go, compete in both of those and bring home a medal for the United States.