Gun bloggers, Websites and the Gun Community
When I first set my up my website back in 1999, I didn’t know much about “html” or “flash” so I asked a friend that was a wiz at technology back then and responsible for some high tech surveillance stuff used by the US government. He recommended a friend that had just started a web design business. It was the rave back then. This was the days when we still used BBS or bulletin boards, modem speeds were limited to how much money you had to get a spare phone line or sacrifice with your family for talking time. We bragged about faster modems, and most folks had AOL and Compuserve accounts. The elite had Prodigy or Earthlink. It was the best of times. Do remember Baud modems?
Things like search engine optimization (SEO), page rankings and even Google didn’t really exist in our consciousness like it does now. As a gun rights guy, I was light years ahead of even the National Rifle Association whom I did volunteer work for when they needed me to testify for the right to keep and bear arms somewhere or concealed carry reform. I have since learned that being first is akin to being a mountain man, its after the cities are built that success is recorded.
Since then I have been caught up to and passed by more savvy writers, and influencers in this space. I am not the first “black man with a gun,” but I am the first with a web presence.
When I first got started in the gun rights movement, I quickly learned I was not alone.
The first black NRA member on the board of Directors I met was Roy Innis from New York City. When I tried to get a grant from the NRA, I used a template from a guy by the name of Aquil Qadir of the Dorie Miller Rod and Pistol Club *. (I didn’t get the grant.) This group gave me impetus to start the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club in 1992 that still exist in a better fashion in Baltimore. The founders are the ones featured in the picture with Wayne LaPierre.
That is about all I can claim online. I didn’t didn’t see where this was all going by the time weblogs became blogs. I am not mad about it though. I am still a part of the community. I have made great contributions for the rights of the free. I lost my (.COM) URL for awhile and had to get a (.net) account. I toyed with the name “Urban Shooter” and rolled with it for sometime before losing it to a Czech porn king that uses it to link to a bunch of site unfit for family. Life is about learning. I did get my (.com) back, and then lost the (.net) consequently to the same Czech folks I think.
Today, I am just one of hundreds of bloggers in the gun community. I am not even a leader in the rankings, or readers since my focus like my business as a firearms trainer died because I didn’t know then what I know now.
I persevere though because I am unique in the universe. Not as a person of color, but as an American. I am still striving. I still serve a purpose and have encouraged hundreds if not thousands of others to do better. I have learned patience, perseverance, and dedication. I can truly say that after all my mistakes, I still like me.
Here is a short list of 100 + good folks sharing news, reviews and how-to’s within the gun community. Some are well connected to the industry. Some are regional stars. Many of them meet during special get togethers like the NRA annual meeting and SHOT Show, and some are just notorious. There are a couple that are well known in a search result but purposely omitted here because they do not play well with others. I am blessed to call most of these men and women friends.
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