This site is separated into sections relating to the outdoor sports of Hunting and Fishing, blindness and the Second Amendment as well as chronicling more personal aspects of my life. It is my sincerest wish for this site to become a resource for people with disabilities who share a common love of the outdoors as well as personal freedom.
This is a guide regarding the proper application of firearms, especially by those with any degree of visual impairment, with an emphasis on safe firearms usage when engaging in activities such as hunting, target shooting, and even self-defense at home or on the street. In these pages, the author, Mr. McWilliams, utilizes his thirty years of certified gun training to teach others with visual impairments, as well as those seeking to train them, all the various methods that have allowed him to pass countless shooting exams to obtain a number of state-issued concealed carry permits and hunting licenses. For this guide’s creation, real guns from the author’s personal firearms collection were used as props for certain technical sections, as well as old written text and recorded lectures obtained during his training through the National Rifle Association, law enforcement, and even the United States Army. Topics include how to identify, load, unload, and work with different types of firearms without the benefit of sight, how the military’s techniques in close-quarters combat governs defensive shooting by the blind, case studies and official government research debunking the myth that blind people pose a greater danger than the sighted regarding firearm usage, and how to find resources to obtain training certification. This book, however, is only intended as a prelude to official gun training by a licensed instructor, not as a stand-alone manual for perspective blind gun users. It is the author’s wish that such information included here bridges the gap between blind Americans and their constitutional right to bear arms.
Copyright 2018 by Carey McWilliams (All Rights Reserved)
Above is the link to my gun demo where I fire a piece of history in a Kansas City Typewriter also known as Thompson submachinegun.
Special 2017 Note to All Visitors
I have taken a temporary leave from the outdoor sports to pursue more states’ CCWs, completing more live fire exercises and documentation of my shooting ability to expand the number of my current active permits from two to now four with more pending. I have also chosen to revisit old disputes, filing my grievances with legal sources to try and overturn past mistakes. Discomfort is no legal reason to block or interfere with another citizen’s civil rights. There are no numbers to support the blind being more dangerous than the sited in this area, prohibiting them from their God-given right to self-defense by using their Second Amendment Rights. In fact, the news is filled with stories of sight creating fear that blurs judgement, resulting in wrongful death by people with perfect vision.
Throwing all state-proscribed live fire testing requirements aside, defensively, a blind concealed carrier is restricted to what the military calls “Close Quarters Combat”, which basically means shooting at contact ranges, or in other words, pointblank range. Such insures both target identification and establishes the need for such action to protect the health and life of the blind conceal carrier. As far as the safety of objects beyond the assailant, in the real world, there is no time amid the jostling of an actual attack to do all the checks before shooting. I’ve been attacked, I know. Such checks are more for hunting and or target shooting. And if you can check the shot, aim and fire with a steady hand, then you obviously didn’t fear for your life, which is the single, most important criteria for the use of lethal force. Besides, the fact that there is no time to put in hearing protection against a defensive shot creates a natural pause for the blind, as you know that at least some of your hearing will be sacrificed for your life. As for me, I will return to the hunt for more predators soon.
The two day assault on Teal near Garwood Texas, September, 2013, had opened with a shot that removed the head of a threatening deadly Water Moccasin, while powerful thunderstorm’s moved in overhead. We shot right through, the lightning so bright as to reflect off the surface of the 10-acre pond, or so I was later told, flocks of teal inbound through the downpour. Shots were made overhead, left, right, and off the water at ranges from 10 to 50 yards with both a 12-gauge pump and 20-gauge auto. In total, our group of disabled hunters downed over 100 ducks in the heavy weather of which 12 were mine. Not too shabby.
Proud to be a Red Neck
I had to set down my open can of beer to make the standing 120-yard neck shot on this 2-by-3 mule deer buck from the other side of my guide's truck with a 270 bolt action rifle, November, 2012. Talk about a red neck hunt, but there was no spoilage and the buck felt no pain, which is the only way I will continue to hunt, clean and humane.
Second Apex Predator
My first black bear Taken in the mountains of Idaho at 9.15 P.M. May 31st, 2012 by 30.06 bolt action rifle at a range of 60-yards. Always wanted to be a Totally Blind Bear Hunter.
My first spring gobbler taken by crossbow on the banks of the Missouri, 2011.
I dropped this large whitetail buck by crossbow on the banks of the Missouri, October, 2010 in 90-degree heat with only 21-minutes invested in the blind. Everything should have told me that the hunt would not end normally.
Sharks are my personal Favorite fish to catch, and so below is the video of my fight with the largest shark I have hooked to date, an estimated 1,000-pound, 13-foot Tiger Shark. Included also is the first parts of a near ship collision we had with a huge liner exiting the harbor.
Due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, no ship can actively come within 100-yards of such cetaceans with engine running, but apparently such didn’t apply to these three male humpbacks fighting for the lone female, who used our ship as a form of birth control, Maui, Hawaii, March 7, 2013.
I had to duck my voice recorder into my pocket half a dozen times to shield it from their snot showers.
Meeting a Hall of Famer
I had the chance to meet the 1996 Inductee into the Football Hall of Fame, Joe Gibbs, at a breakfast and book signing for his New York Times Best Seller, “Game Plan for Life”. After signing my book, the owner of NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing suddenly put his very real Super Bowl ring on my finger for this photo. Thanks coach.
Not Quite Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, But Close
This is a short video of my ride along with one of the premiere drivers in NASCAR, Florida, May, 2013. Aboard the 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard Salute Car, which represents the men and women of the Army and Navy, I had the experience of zooming around the race track behind 600 horses at over 165 MPH. What a head rush.
Kyle Marple, 37, Fargo, formerly Elbow Lake, Minn., died as a result of injuries suffered in a skydiving accident. Below is the complete video of our first jump. He shall be missed.
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An article by the BBC that provides an in-depth look into the issue of the blind and their Second Amendment rights.
A Popular Documentary from Vice
Note to viewers:
The following two links have comment sections Open to the self-amusing juvenile remarks of some, which only helps to illustrate the practicality of blind people carrying guns for self-defense.
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Includes my active concealed carry permit, as well as documentation of my official firearms training, ending with a brief shooting demonstration by 45 auto on my first book of science fiction “Moonlight’s Meridian”.
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Begins with the downing of a pheasant by crossbow, a trip to a local gun store, a tour of my shooting documentation, permits, and gun collection, ending with the downing and field dressing of a large whitetail buck.
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An in-depth radio interview detailing my life, how I became blind, my gun training and how I made the transition from anti-hunter to avid sportsman.
Guide dogs and guns: America's First blind marksman fires back / by Carey McWilliams.
Published: Washington, D.C.: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 2008.
Dewey No.: 362.41092 B ANF
Book Number: RC 65699 (2 sound cassettes (C-90): analog, 15/16 ips, 4 track, mono.
Book Number: DB 65699 (access: downloadable talking book) http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.65699
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Bill Wallace (Narrator).
Some strong language. 2007.
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