Book Review: Guns Across the Border by Mike Detty

By Dean Weingarten

Guns Across the Border
Guns Across the Border
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( Every Federal Firearms License holder and second amendment activist should read this book.

Guns Across the Border, The Inside Story more than meets the expectations prompted by the title.   It is an intensely personal insider look at what happened in the “Wide Receiver” gunrunning investigation that was the predecessor to the Fast and Furious scandal.  I met Mike Detty at the 2014 Shot Show in Las Vegas.   He struck me as a quick witted individual with a good head on his shoulders.    Mike Detty was at the core of the Wide Receiver ATF gunrunning investigation.

The book is an incredible, true adventure story about the authors journey from bored, depressed, naive, patriot to seasoned and cynical confidential informant.    Most of the larger gun deals were done out of Detty's own home.   There he recorded the illicit gun buyers and conducted negotiations.  He often took instructions from ATF agents on his cell phone in the middle of a gun sale.   Mike Detty learned important lessons along the way, lessons that you can benefit from.   The book is 264 pages long.   I found it hard to put down.

Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned was that if you become involved in a government investigation, keep your own records!  Document everything.   Keep multiple copies and do not trust that you will be taken care of.    Mike Detty took copious notes and meticulously documented everything.    It shows.   The book accomplishes the difficult task of telling real life events in detail without becoming boring or repetitive.

You will not find superheroes, or super villains.   You will encounter people that you could find in your own life.    I found many “There but for the grace of God, go I” moments in the book.   I found it easy to relate to Mike.   Detty shows how simple it is for a situation to keep escalating, step by small step, until you are where you never thought you might be.  If you ever think you might have an interaction with federal law enforcement… read this book.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 2 thoughts on “Book Review: Guns Across the Border by Mike Detty

    1. with these people the ends justifies the means. gun control is their goaL AND THEY THINK THE GREATER GOOD SO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE GREATER GOOD EVEN IF PEOPLE GET KILLED.

    2. The only plan the government had for Fast & Furious was to make legal gun owners in the US look bad. They wanted these guns to get into the hands of the cartel and for them to kill innocent people. The more the merrier, including US citizens. For them, the end justified the means. Our government let the guns go into Mexico so they could manufacture the idea that this is what happens with legal guns in America. No, not when these dealers are calling you and you are telling them to let the guns go and you are tracking them, which you are not. The whole thing was just one big lie to make guns in the US look bad. All made up, and people killed to further these lies.

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