I suppose an introduction is in order. My name is Matt Silvey, and some crazy person saw fit to hire me as the managing editor here at The Firearm Project. I just retired from a 22-year career as a deputy sheriff for a large California department that serves a metropolitan area with a population of 1.5 million people, with almost 600 thousand residing in the unincorporated area we patrolled.
I have been a firearms aficionado for as long as I can recall. From a very young age, I have enjoyed shooting as a recreational activity, and that interest continued during my career. I am a California POST certified firearms instructor and a court recognized firearms expert. I have taken hundreds of hours of advanced firearms training classes incorporating handguns, shotguns, and rifles.
During my career as a deputy, I spent the majority of it assigned to patrol. I was a field training officer for a number of years and I worked in five of our seven patrol divisions. I was lucky enough to do some training with our air operations bureau and did more than 20 patrol flights in our helicopter.
I was directly involved in two officer-involved shootings and thankfully, I survived both of them unscathed. I spent my final three years on the department as a full-time EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) instructor, teaching cops how to drive like cops.
I retired from my career in law enforcement early because as a law-abiding gun owner, the State of California is openly hostile towards me and all other gun owners. It is apparent to just about every gun owner who stays up on the gun laws in CA that the lawmakers are either trying to turn us all into felons, or get us to relinquish our firearms. With that in mind, my family and I decided it was time to leave California and move to a state that not only respects our rights, but also has a much lower cost of living and does not tax us to death.
As far as writing goes, I began my public writing career about six years ago when I started my own little, long defunct blog site. What I was writing there lead me to a writing position at a political blog, and later on to writing about one of my lifelong interest, guns.
I eventually moved from the political blog over to The Bang Switch, a gun blog that was owned by Tim Harmsen of the Military Arms Channel, where I wrote both gear reviews and opinion pieces on the topic of firearms-related politics. That blog was later shut down and rolled into Full30, but it never gained much traction after the move as most of Full30 is dedicated to video.
During that same time, I had started my “Deputy Matt & Others Who Serve” Facebook page and a related blog where I wrote under my pen name, "Deputy Matt," about issues specific to law enforcement, and other topics not pertinent to a firearms blog.
Some of my writings have been published by some larger, national publications. The magazine Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement ran a piece of mine, and the New York Post republished a letter I wrote to then Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, which originally appeared at the Daily Caller. In addition to that letter, I have had quite a few other pieces published by the Daily Caller.
Aside from cop work and writing, I can share a few things about myself. I am happily married to my one and only wife, who is the mother of my three sons. Aside from firearms, my hobbies include hot rodding cars, both old and new, and riding motorcycles, both street and dirt. I am an avid home improvement nut and have personally remodeled about half of our current home.
I enthusiastically look forward to writing here. I am also very excited to be leaving California for what I refer to as “free America.”