Passing the Mantle…

    (Official USMC photograph by Lance Cpl Charles S. Howard)

    Dear TFB Readers,

    Today I announce that I am stepping down as Editor in Chief of The Firearm Blog. As some of you may know, one of the other major facets of my life revolves around Wilderness Medicine. Recently, I had the opportunity to become much more heavily involved with that passion both in instructing and writing

    For the teaching side, I will be involved with passing on medical knowledge to one of the finest populations I have worked with in the non-military realm, Wildland Firefighters. There, I will have the chance to teach people that work in an extremely dangerous environment (and one that has the potential for serious casualties) how to be medical first responders for their teams.

    On the writing side of medicine, I am joining The Prepared, a free site where experts share personal emergency preparedness reviews and checklists. I’m the new Managing Editor and have started writing about medical topics.

    I will continue writing for TFB and may get to write a little more frequently now that I will not be involved with the day to day management of this beast. You may run into me at events, and I may actually have the time to get back into 3-Gun…

    In terms of continuity, Pete will be taking over the duties of Editor in Chief (and will be the “big cheese” for all of the TFB family). Pete has been doing most of the public-facing grind as it is. In fact, this transition happened nearly two weeks ago, and I’ll bet no one really noticed a difference… 🙂 That is because the TFB Team is a solid crew, composed of some of the finest people I have worked with in this industry. Pete will be supported by both Hrachya and Matt, both of whom were promoted to Assistant Editors. No changes have occurred on the TFBTV side, which is doing very well under the leadership of James (and his short-shorts) and the excellent team of video producers he runs.

    I’m not leaving TFB, I’m just handing the conn over and promoting my XO, a very worthy leader. I look forward to many more years of TFB and the best firearms content on the internet!

    ~ Tom “Doc” Rader, TFB Editor in Chief, Emeritus

    You can still reach Doc at [email protected] to wish him well with his new venture The Prepared.
    For TFB business (or condolences) Pete can be reached at [email protected].

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT