Episode-1218- Airsoft and Airguns for Training (orig epi 126)

Today is the first of quite a few TSP Classic episodes that will be coming in October.  Consider that this month I have the following events and you will understand why.

  • Oct 3-11 I am in Colorado for vacation and the Self Reliance Expo
  • Oct 15-20 I am running the Urban Permaculture Workshop at our homestead
  • Oct 25-27 I will be in Louisiana for the earth works workshop as a guest instructor

That is 18 out of 31 days, so I gotta do it.  But I plan to make it fun, a lot of fun and the shows will have new introductions, the history segments and comments setting the old episodes in current context.

Today we discuss Airsoft and Airguns for training.  Given the current cost of ammo I felt that this episode was very timely considering when I recorded it ammo was in three words, abundant and cheap.

Wednesday and Thursday this week will be new episodes and we should have a typical Friday show recorded before we leave.

Also today I cover a bit about the non event everyone is freaking out about, the “government shut down”.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Some of the different options in Airsoft weapons from spring to gas to AEG (automatic electric guns) we give an over view of them all
  • The value of all metal gas blow back airsoft pistols for training new shooters in practical pistol applications
  • How Airsoft can let you shoot more often, right at home and for less money so you stay sharp
  • Why even those “cheap plastic spring pistols” have a lot of value as training aids
  • The accuracy of reproduction of may airsoft weapons and how it accelerates the learning curve for new shooters
  • The unique safety advantages of a brand new shooter that makes coach a better coach
  • Using airsoft to replace fear of firearms with respect for them
  • Taking the step up to conventional air guns and their additional advantages and disadvantages
  • Thoughts about moving new shooters from airsoft into rim and then eventually center fire shooting
  • How spreading the sport of shooting and responsible firearms ownership protects the second amendment

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16 Responses to Episode-1218- Airsoft and Airguns for Training (orig epi 126)

  1. Episode-284- 20 Simple Steps to More Independence

    I vote for this one. It was funny to hear an old show with you saying wheat was not the enemy and whole wheat was one of the most nutritious foods to eat 🙂

    We all evolve and learn I guess.

  2. Matthew N Gooseneck

    Jack the CNN article you linked read that during the last sgovt shut down in 1995, it cost 1.5 billion. How does a shut down cost money?

  3. Kilted Brewer

    I’m excited to see some TSP ‘Classics’… I’m a relatively new listener and have been bouncing around between the latest updates and older shows. Will be interesting to see/lsten to your classic picks.

    When my wife and I started the process of buying handguns and getting our CC permits, I talked to an old friend of mine from the Army, who later went on to the secret service. He recommended over and over to also get some green gas airsoft guns to train with.

    Anyway, can’t wait to listen to this after I put the boys to bed tonight. Good luck at all your events, and hope you squeeze in some actual vacation in there!

  4. Kilted Brewer

    @ Mathew… I could be wrong, but I think one of the things that happened last time was that many furloughed employees recieved back pay once the shutdown ended and they were back on the job. I’m sure those kinds of costs add up quickly.

    • I can confirm that was the case. I was furloughed during the last shut down, was sent home, and was paid for staying home when I returned to work.

      It was basically a paid vacation. I suspect the same will happen this time.

  5. As an avid airsoft player, I look forward to listening to this one.

    Anyone interested should also check out Travis Haley’s video on cross training with airsoft.

  6. MichiganNimrod

    Funny how things work. I was talking to a friend on Sunday about doing some FoF airsoft training.

    For shows from the past… I personally love the series with listener tips on saving money. They are episodes 662, 663, 667 and 679. Great start for those looking to pinch a penny or two.

    I can only imagine the work but it would be cool to do another episode of this series.

  7. http://plants.usda.gov/ is down along with many other .gov websites, it was helping me identify plants with the help of their range maps, etc. You’d think it’d be less expensive to keep the sites running instead of going to the work of shutting them down. However the https://www.healthcare.gov/ is allowed to stay up.

    But then our current government was never known for being efficient or to not play favorites.

    • Modern Survival

      OH I am so loving this, PLEASE keep documenting the stupidity of government this is now showing us. Server bills are paid in advance for pete sake.

    • Why is it that the World War II memorial is barricaded due to the shut down?
      They don’t do that every night or weekend when the government is more shut down than they are now.
      I think we will see more insanity just for spite.

      • Modern Survival

        They are trying to make you care, I don’t care other than man what a time to be on the road and vacation, I would have so much fun with this if I had the time.

      • Remember this is the same “leadership” that said to “make it hurt” during the sequester.

        I’ve heard (not actually seen) that there are national parks/forests/beaches where there has always been little in the way of a ranger presence but now they are teaming with rangers/police telling people that these “public” lands are closed.

        It’s much like saying, “This isn’t the public’s land, it’s the king’s land!” What’s that you say during the history segments, Jack, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”? #IMissAmerica

        • Modern Survival

          Great point, I don’t need the State to be able to WALK on a trail even if they did build it. I don’t need their stupid gift shop to enjoy a mountain.

    • WhiteHouse.gov is up so it can let people know that congress failed to do its job, Obama’s speech on the budget, Obama care info. The site warns that any info on the site may be inaccurate or outdated, questions won’t be answered. But please share our infographics on facebook and twitter. The whole whitehouse site looks more like an infomercial/campaign site than anything else at the moment.

      Yep they pick and choose what they want us to see.

  8. Just visiting http://www.healthcare.gov and looking at all the tracking software tied into the site. Just load the noscript plugin into firefox and visit the site.

    google-analytics.com – traffic tracking for marketing
    googletagmanager.com – tag monitoring
    doubleclick.net – more tracking by google and has been known to be hacked and deliver malware in 2010
    chartbeat.com – tracking for marketing
    pingdom.net – monitoring
    optimizely.com – traffic tracking for marketing
    ddn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net – more tracking