VIllain A to Z: Dependability

I was blessed by having two very strong and influential grandfathers. I speak about and am inspired by my paternal grandfather or “Pop Pop” as I called him quite often, but I don’t speak or write about my mother’s dad as frequent. He passed from cancer when I was six years old. He was an Army Ranger in World War Two, and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was an early American black belt in Judo, and instructed troops while he served. At the end of his career in the military he became a police officer here in Pennsylvania. Like my Pop Pop on my dad’s side, he lived a life that was far from boring and raised a large family.

One story in particular that I can remember being told as a young boy entailed him working undercover on a long-term police operation. When it came time for the bust, it was he, a woman linked to the case, and the target of the investigation alone in a room. The man was threatening the woman with a knife upon discovering that my Pop Pop was an undercover officer, to which my Pop Pop answered by drawing and firing a Colt .25 automatic pistol that he had stashed in a pocket. Instead of hearing a loud report however, he heard a frightening click, the sound of the gun failing to fire. The man who was at the other end of the gun mistook the misfire for him “cocking” the gun, despite the lack of an external hammer on the pstol, and surrendered saying:

“Don’t shoot me, please.”

My Pop Pop breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of his surrender, as he was half a second away from lunging at the man to engage him with his hands (in all reality the man was  fortunate that he did not make that move).

After that incident, my Pop Pop swore off of semi-automatic handguns, and opted to carry revolvers exclusively due to their inherent reliability.

My dad’s father favored the wheelgun as well for the same reason. I can remember him taunting my uncle about his choice in firearms at a young age, saying things like:

“When that sissy pistol jams up on you, you better have something besides your dick in your other hand”. (He had a delicate way with words like that)

Their passion for revolvers was passed on to me I suppose, as I still have a soft spot for a big, heavy stainless steel wheelgun in my hand.

The lesson here is not about selecting firearms, but rather the concept of dependability.

The modernvillain man personifies the characteristic of dependability.  

If he says that he is going to do something, he keeps his word.

If a friend is in trouble, he will be there no matter the situation.

Others never need worry about being able to depend on a real man. His actions are those of an individual who has a tremendous amount of self-respect, honor, and discipline. He acts not for the praise or respect of others, but out of the knowledge that not keeping his word, or being there for those in need would decrease his value internally. He is honest with himself and has therefore has earned the respect and admiration of others who know deep down that they aren’t as much of a man as he.

He is the revolver in a world of cheap, Lorcin Saturday night specials.

If you enjoy the Villain A to Z series, then you will definitely love the new site launching January 1, 2013. Shortly after the debut of the site, I will be releasing my book: “Proper Villain: A Manifesto for the Modern Male” which is essentially the how-to guide to living life as a man’s man in accordance with time honored tradition, and unwritten law to which I have been exposed throughout my life. Stay tuned for more information and “leaks” as the release date for the site and book grow nearer. -JP


13 Responses

  1. butch white

    Shit. I’m buying 9 copies as soon as the book is released.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

    • Nine is a lot Butch, but that’s awesome nonetheless haha.

      November 27, 2012 at 12:42 am


    I’ll buy two in case I want to read it TWICE

    November 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

  3. Will there be hard copies of the book?

    November 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  4. Shaun Giese

    Sign me up…I love books that go beyond lifting and talk about life.

    November 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • You’ll love the new site then Shaun. This coming year will see the release of Proper Villain as well as the long awaited Blueprint to Beast. In addition I started work on a three generation crime/love/coming of age novel based on my life.

      November 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      • Shaun Giese

        Wow! Bring it on.

        November 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  5. mstephen

    when will the proper villan book be out?sounds cool.

    March 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    • It got bumped back in the queue behind Blueprint to Beast, but it will still be released later this year.

      March 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

      • Mark Stephen

        is this still going to be published?

        November 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        • Yes. It will be released in 2014.

          November 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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