Summer intern sought — No paste-eaters!

For my sins, I’ve been asked to help coordinate the Herald-Tribune’s summer intern program.

The deal I cut allows me to enslave one intern — at least part-time — to help out with The Gun Writer.  And folks, we can certainly use the help!

We don’t pay our interns, but instead offer college credit.

All students are encouraged to apply — especially Veterans! 

This is the perfect opportunity for a college student to learn some old-fashioned, ass-kicking, real-news journalism — the kind that still matters — the kind that holds people accountable — the kind that the candidate will be proud to put their name on.

A successful candidate can expect to be worked half to death covering everything from breaking news to long-form investigative stories to machine gun shoots.

Requirements (mandatory):

  1. Must be awesome!

Desirable qualities (negotiable):  

  1. Should have a DD-214.
  2. Should know how to shoot, move and communicate.
  3. Should be able to articulate the difference between gas piston and gas impingement.
  4. Should practice good trigger discipline and muzzle control.
  5. Should have a working knowledge of most major Caribbean rums.
  6. Should have a sense of humor.
  7. Should be able to work with little or no supervision.
  8. Should never make mistakes (or at least own them).
  9. Should be able to shoot Col. Cooper’s “El Presidente” drill — clean — in under seven seconds.
  10. Should want to have a hell of a lot of fun.

If you’re interested, know someone who’s interested or heard a rumor about someone who may possibly be interested, please contact me at (941) 284-8553 or or or pop smoke and I’ll find you!





About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. So you are looking for someone that can shoot the El Presidente in under 7 seconds? Is that with a standard 1911 .45 acp as originally used or can we shoot any weapon? Now when used back in the day under 10 seconds was good for Col. Cooper so why have you reduced it to 7? Are you keeping the targets at 3 yards apart? We are drinking the rum after shooting right? Just making sure lol.

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