Who We Are


Ed Lovette

Founder Emeritus and Capo di tutti capi

Ed Lovette is a retired CIA paramilitary operations officer. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is a 10-year law enforcement veteran. Ed is the author of The Snubby Revolver and coauthor of Defensive Living.

Michael deBethencourt

Senior ROSCOE advocate and project provocateur

Michael de Bethencourt is a thirty year student of the martial arts and a twenty plus year student of police defense tactics. He is a nationally recognized defensive revolver, weapon disarming and improvised weapons trainer, and an internationally recognized tactical folding knife instructor-trainer.

Jason Chandonnet

Associate founder and Chief Technology Enforcer

Associate founder and Chief Technology Officer for the ROSCOE snub shooters association. A self described classical shooter systems enthusiast and a researcher/student of classic police defense tactics systems. Jason brings decades of Software and  I.T. innovations combined with his passion for martial arts and historic firearm research together for the benefit of his fellow snub shooting advocates.

Nick Walker, Ph.D.

Director of Yellow Journalism

Nick Walker is a conservation biologist from Virginia. Nick likes to keep things simple, hence his affinity for revolvers. As the editor of the ROSCOE Broadside, Nick brings close to 20 years of experience in writing and publishing. Nick is a career scientist, but scientific inquiry depends on freedom of thought and protecting our natural right to self defense.

Advisory Board

Robert Garrett

Staff Writer

Rob had been a lifelong shooter, first learning on his fathers 1959 S&W K-22. He spent 38 years with the Columbus Georgia Police Department, retiring in 2016. He has been a writer for Combat Handguns, and other publications since 1984, and continues to write for Athlon Outdoor Group and GunsAmerica. He is a huge fan of J-frames and is a knowledgeable contributor to IWR.

David Zeppieri

Professional Sharp-Dressed Man

David Zeppieri is an IT Support Specialist from Connecticut. Always impeccably-dressed, he has spent the past few years proselytizing the value of the snubnose revolver to the modern gentleman. An amateur mixologist, he is currently working his way through several tomes of antique cocktail recipes, in hopes of someday writing his own book on mixed drinks.

Grant Cunningham

Leader of the Revolver Liberation Alliance

Grant Cunningham is an author, teacher, and consultant in the fields of self defense and preparedness, as well as being a nationally known (though retired) revolver gunsmith. Grant started his defensive shooting education more than a quarter-century ago and developed a special affinity for the snubby. Among his other works, he wrote a popular book on the subject titled “Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver”. He also teaches classes across the country specifically on the use of the revolver as a defensive tool.

Claude Werner

The Tactical Professor

Stephen Wenger


Retired from actively teaching self-defense with firearms, Stephen shares much of what he learned in that part-time career on his Defensive Use of Firearms website []. Since the closing of Paladin Press, he has also posted an electronic version his book, of the same title, for free download on the website. His own training included courses from some of the better known private-sector instructors in the US as well as many “unknown” ones encountered at law-enforcement training seminars and conferences. His certification from the Law Enforcement Activities Division of the NRA included Handgun/Shotgun, Patrol Rifle and Tactical Shooting Instructor. Influenced in part by his training in the Cantonese martial art of Wing Chun Kuen, over time, his teaching shifted increasingly from that oriented toward shooting on the range to that which is most likely to work in an actual fight.

Chris Bird

Staff Writer

Chris Bird was born and raised in a small island kingdom, just east of Martha’s Vineyard where he lived on a steady diet of violent TV westerns. Always a nonconformist, he collected a small arsenal of short and long guns before joining the British Army as a Royal Military Police officer. Following his outstanding service, unmatched since the days of Nelson and Wellington, he fled to Canada. Rescued from his itinerant life by a lovely local woman, Mr. Bird (as he was now calling himself) fled to Texas with his victim/wife in tow. Mr. Bird currently continues to feed his incessant appetite for high adventure via his Peter Pan inspired publishing house, Privateer Press, and living vicariously through the exploits of armed house-fraus.

Chris Bird had nothing to do with the bio paragraph above. Y’all know how Michael likes to exaggerate. In addition Bird is author of The Concealed Handgun Manual, (seventh edition coming soon), Thank God I Had a Gun: True Accounts of Self-Defense, and Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage: When Seconds Count, Police Are Still Minutes Away.