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Will Hayden Answers Questions from G&A Fans

Each week (or as often as we can) I'm going to try to answer a few questions from you guys at

As I write this I'm still reeling from spending some time with the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent. He was in town to do a show and had called the week before to see about stopping by the shop. If you've never met him, let me tell you, he's a walking force of Nature....LOL . We rolled out a roasted whole hog and 20 gallons of gumbo, then took him into my office and gave him his pick of a gun. He walked out with a M240 and our new 1911 . We sent enough rounds down range to do a platoon of infantry proud. Then he got out on the patio and fired off Kris's rocket motor powered, blank firing, guitar gun a few times. (He's Uncle Ted , whadda ya want ?) He gave Kris some good advice on the music business and told me something that's still ringing in my ears: My people are the most loyal, devoted crew he'd ever seen.

Now, I know this, but having someone who had just walked through the door that day point it out was revelatory. I forget how rare people like the ones I have here can be and I need to be better than that. People watch the show and think it's about guns and shooting and doing all this wild ass stuff you see on TV, but it's not. It's about the people that are here with me under this roof. They're the ones I'm here for . Anyway, just a bit on my day and where my mind is right now.

Now, on to your questions.

Brian McCoy: Since "Red Jacket" does a lot of work for local, state, and federal law "enforcement", and these organizations clearly hate the bill of rights, where do you stand on the 2nd Amendment?

--They do? Around here those organizations just enforce the law as it's written by Congress and signed by the President. Me? I swore an oath to defend the Constitution when I joined the Marines. I didn't sign up 'cause I needed a job, I signed up because it and the Bill of Rights is worth killing and dying for.

Dan McVey: What's the one concept you could never get to work on that's really bothered you?

--Nothing comes to mind, if there's something I want to work on that I haven't yet, it's OK, that's why God invented tomorrow. I'll get to it eventually. ;)

Robert "Biff" Wonnell: What is your favorite firearm to grab off the wall and blow off some steam with either at the range or out in the field?

--I don't really have a "favorite," I just grab whatever's handy or suitable. I like 9mm for most things and a carbine/SMG or pistol will usually  do the job.

Adam Fultz: I'm dropping you off on Mars for a year. No one knows what you might encounter. You can take a lot of stuff with you - but only 3 guns. Name your guns for your year.

--What the hell am I going to use a gun on Mars for? Doubt it'll help with Martians, so how about I just bring a .22 for fun and use the saved space for books? :)


Maybe you're asking the wrong question. Try this one: What if I'm dropped off in the middle of the Rockies for a year? I'd want a suppressed.22 pistol, .308 rifle (don't care which one, if I own it, I'm fine with it) and my short barreled, side folding S-12. It fits in my pack and with a full

choke on it I can reach most treetops with a load of 7 1/2 shot.

Comment with some questions for next week and I'll answer as many as I can.

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