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“You ever been shot at?” the man with the gun asks me.
“Not so far,” I tell him with a small laugh.
He nods. “Do you want to be?”
It takes me a few moments before I realize the man holding the assault rifle is not joking.
He pushes a fresh 20-round magazine into the bottom of the Colt AR-15 and chambers a round. “Go up there,” he says, nodding in the direction of a tall hillside at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
I squint up at the dry grass and dirt and then grin. “Absolutely.”
Jerry Baker is that peculiar Southern California mix of hyperkinetic energy and laid-back attitude all at the same time...