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THE FOUNDER

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HUNTING - MARTIAL ARTS - FIREARMS - INSTRUCTOR

Lynn C. Thompson the former President of Cold Steel Inc. and the former Chief Instructor of Cold Steel’s training division. Most people know Lynn as the larger-than-life face of Cold Steel’s graphic PROOF testing videos, wearing shirt and tie and chopping through meat filled cowboy boots with a Great Sword, but Lynn is also a martial artist, a hunter, an avid survivalist, master at arms, and a lifelong shooter.

 

Lynn founded Cold Steel Inc. in 1980, with a self-imposed mission to bring “the world’s strongest, sharpest” knives to the market, then after 40 years sold the company late 2020.

His modernized “American Tanto” took the industry by storm and became a fast favorite with members of the military, law enforcement special units and the self-defense community who appreciated its strength and durability in the field. Over the next 37+ years, Cold Steel grew from strength to strength, expanding to become an edged weapons giant. While Lynn (thanks to his high energy improvised dialog and epic cutting feats in Cold Steel’s videos) became an internet celebrity.

Now, Lynn splits his time between the day-to-day running a new company called Never Unarmed and designing and developing high quality firearm accessories, meanwhile continuing his personal training as a Martial Artist. 

Lynn describes himself as a “gun-a-holic”. A lifelong shooter, he still trains diligently with firearms for a minimum of eight hours a week and spends tens of thousands of dollars on his first love – firearms!  Known for his skill and experience with big bore handguns, he is considered one of the world’s premiere shooters with these large high-caliber revolvers. His exploits as a hunter have taken him all over the globe testing his training and experience in perilous situations and against dangerous game.

As well as pursuing his own research and private study, Lynn trains with two principal firearms instructors: Vic Pickett (world renowned competition shooter) and Dave Wheeler (Specialist Instructor for the LAPD, the State Department’s Anti-Terrorist program, Federal Marshals and Special Forces at Fort Bragg).

Here you will see Lynn’s own personal training and study, as well as GUN-RELATED material from the Cold Steel archives. Fun times spent at the Cold Steel shooting range now the NEVER UNARMED training ground,  as well as other more exotic locales. This is purely for entertainment value only and should not be considered training or instructional content.

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