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Episode-1235- Fun, Cheap and Easy Gun Projects and Tricks

m1magtrick

Build Your Own M1 Dummy Mag for the 10/22

Okay guys and gals, October has kicked my butt.  First 10 days in Colorado, then the seminar at my homestead, then the earthworks course in Louisiana.  I need a fun and easy show and I bet with all the crap going on with the government, the economy and other things many of you do too.

Today I am going to discuss some cool gun projects you can do and exactly how to do them.  None require any advanced gunsmithing knowledge or master wood working skills to do.

We will also discuss some cool and easy to install accessories and where to get them and why they are actually worth having.  A little bit on reloading, including my special 44 Mag “quiet load” and even a tiny bit of airsoft shooting.

This should be a fun show, it won’t be a 100% how to show but it will give you a ton of fun projects, let you know what is possible and get you thinking.  It may also give you a few projects for those long winter nights when many of us get a bit of cabin fever in January and February.  It sounds crazy but those days are just around the corner.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The easiest money saver, rehabbing old break action shotguns
  • The “rubber washer trick” with the NEF/H&R break action rifle
  • Conversion of the NEF to 357 max or “k-hornet”
  • Getting started reloading with the “lee loader” it fits in a shirt pocket
  • The 22 LR “flat point” jig
  • Restoration of Military Surplus Arms (without ruining them)
  • Turning a mosin nagant into a “scout rifle”
  • Creating in stock survival kits
  • Starting a fire with a rifle
  • Cut shells for the shot gun (slugs on demand)
  • Convert a 10/22 to an M1 Carbine Clone
  • Build a black powder rifle from a kit
  • Build a “survival sling” from leather or paracord
  • Loads so quite you don’t need a suppressor
  • Build simple “airsoft” reactive targets for cheap or suburban practice

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1052- The Need for Skill Set Development in a Changing World

Today we announced a new feature to 13skills.com that will improve interaction among members.  This got me thinking that while I often talk about our need to improve skills (specifically hard skills) I have not ever really done a dedicated show specifically going into the actual reasons that such skills are so important.

Our modern age has lulled us to sleep but most people that listen to TSP are aware that major changes are not just coming, in many ways they are happening right now, in front of our eyes.  We live in a society where people “call a guy” far more often then fixing things themselves.  We teach our children to avoid phyical work at all costs and are devolving into tablet and phone based society.

I personally love technology but consider that we teach a student basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division prior to empowering them with a calculator.  Should we not also teach young drivers to use street signs and read a map before giving them a GPS application?

I also have some follow up from yesterday, one issue I seem to have been very wrong about in regard to college and I wish to make it right and something very dangerous in the so called “NRA Members Gun Safety Act” I left out yesterday.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

Follow Up From Episode 1051

  • Listener’s weigh in on the value of community college even with advanced degree pursuit
  • Why the no fly list and terror watch lists do NOT belong in the gun control debate

On Today’s Main Topic

  • What a faltering economy or economic collapse means in regard to skills
  • Hard skills vs. soft skills and why we need to emphasize hard skills on some levels
  • How we lost our skills as modern Americans
  • Why we actually feel fulfilled and good about ourselves by building up our skills
  • Why you should focus on the skills that interest you but also challenge you
  • How the loss of skills is directly related to our loss of liberty
  • Why responsibilities must be part of our rights if we are to retain said rights
  • Why real teachers don’t create students but new teachers
  • What have you done with your dash, what will you leave behind

 Resources for Today’s Show:

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Episode-1016- Joe Nobody on “The Home Schooled Shootist”

The Home Schooled Shootist by Joe Nobody

The Home Schooled Shootist by Joe Nobody

Joe Nobody is the author of several best selling books including “Holding Your Ground” ,”The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo”, “Holding Their Own” and “Without Rule of Law”.

Joe has over 30 years as a government and private contractor experience and is a professional firearms instructor and competition shooter.

Joe Nobody’s latest book, “The Home Schooled Shootist, Training to Fight With a Carbine” is an instruction guide for intermediate to advanced shooters. It addresses fighting with shoulder-fired weapons at ranges 0 through 600 meters.

Of his new book Joe states, “Shootist was written due to popular demand. It seemed like everyone who knows me personally kept up the pressure to write a book on gun fighting. “Teaching people is what you do best Joe,” was a common statement. Many readers of my other books corresponded with questions or requests associated with the contents herein. Still, I hesitated because from my perspective, few people will ever require these skills. Over the last year or so, my opinion changed.

We Americans have a long tradition of excellence with shoulder fired weapons. Throughout much of our history, marksmanship and bravery were enough. Those days are long behind us. Advancements in technology have raised the standard and despite droves of people purchasing military grade weapons, optics and accessories, few people develop the skills necessary to properly utilize these assets.

Joes new book is divided into three basic sections:

  • How to create and execute eleven different drills that sharpen skills necessary to survive violent encounters
  • How to evaluate the results of these exercises
  • How to improve the operator’s capabilities

The book covers topics ranging from sight pictures, on-range and off-range training techniques, and even rifle specific weight training.   This is a book intended for those who want to train at their own pace, using their own facilities. The drills are creative, unique and can be challenging. Detailed instructions are included on how to construct the various training tools and courses.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-994- Why the Shotgun is the Ultimate Survival Weapon

For an All Around Survival Tool an 18 Inch Smooth Bore with Iron Sites is Hard to Beat.

For an All Around Survival Tool an 18 Inch Smooth Bore with Iron Sites is Hard to Beat.

Every day I hear from people who are worried that society will break down.  Some fear it will be a big old TEOTWAWKI and others are more concerned about a regional SHTF scenario where they may be on their own for perhaps a few days to a few weeks.

Most of these people are considering some sort of semi auto rifle with the two most prominent of course being the AR or AK platform.  Often they are considering the AK because they read or heard how an AK can fire if dipped in mud.  Well I ain’t here to settle this old debate today, I will just say most intelligent people don’t dip their weapons in mud.

The bigger issue is most of these people are not “gun guys”.  Most of them perhaps have a 22 and may be a handgun, many have yet to buy that first gun.  What they are most concerned with is defense of a home or neighborhood or being able to feed themselves from the field.  Well friends if that is you, nothing beats the shotgun, today I tell you why.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • The primary needs of a survival weapon
    • Protection from a defensive position
    • One shot stopping power
    • Reasonable rate of fire
    • Accurate at defensive ranges
    • Able to fill multiple roles
  • Survival weapon roles
    • Protect property and life
    • Kill large to medium sized game
    • Kill small game (likely more abundant)
  • Shotgun Types
    • Break action (single + double)
    • Bolt action (sort of a novelty)
    • Pump
    • Semi Auto
  • Ammo Types
    • Bird Shot
    • Buck Shot
    • Slugs
    • Less than Lethal
  • Configuring a Flexible Shotgun
    • Improved Cylinder Choke – most versatile
    • Consider multiple barrels
    • The smooth bore rifle sighted option (yes you can shoot birds and bunnies with it)
    • See Thru Saddle Mount Scope Rings
    • Don’t over build it

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-956- Mike Hughes on High Volume, Self Diagnostic Firearms Training

Mike with a SIRT Training System

Mike with a SIRT Training System

Special Note – I have negotiated a huge discount on the SIRT™(Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) products available from Next Level Training for all MSB Members.  The discount code is already on the “Benefits” page in the MSB.

Mike Hughes is a competitive USPSA shooter,  concealed carry instructor and was a finalist on Season 3 of the Hit TV Show Top Shot.  He is also the founder and owner of Next Level Training and the creator of the the SIRT™(Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) which is used for what Mike has termed “high volume, self diagnostic firearms training”.

Mike Hughes is changing the way shooters train with the SIRT system. SIRT Training Pistols are replica guns that emit a laser when breaking the auto resetting trigger (no need to rack the slide).

Training is the foundation for excelling in pistol and rifle craft.  A majority of training involves gun handling.  SIRT Training Systems are designed for simplicity.  These inert training systems lower barriers to entry allowing  training to happen virtually anywhere. Low reoccurring cost and quick set-up make training rewarding.

Join Mike and I Today as we Discuss…

  • How Mike got into competitive shooting
  • What is high volume, self diagnostic training
  • SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger)
  • What is a
  • Why Mike started NextLevel Training
  • What its like to compete on a show like Top Shot
  • Where is the firearm community going in the near future
  • Why is important to support all shooting sports not just our personal favorites
  • The best way we can support and protect the 2nd amendment
  • How you can integrate SIRT training into all your daily life

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-758- Frank Sharpe on Coming Unrest and Home Defense

Frank Shape Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. joins us today to discuss the potential for major civil unrest arising from events like Occupy Wall Street and other events that may soon follow.  Today we discuss the role of shotguns and rifles for home defense, organizing your neighborhood, building community and more.

Frank has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Some follow up from a recent class with TSP members
  • Checking your equipment before you need it
  • What may result from Occupy Wall Street and prepping for it
  • The importance of organizing your neighborhood
  • How bad civil unrest can become and how quickly it can blow up
  • The role of long guns (shotguns and rifles) for home defense
  • Securing your home
    • The role of firearms
    • Security systems
    • Dogs
    • Recognizing threat levels
    • When to go, when to stay
    • Making the choice, when to pull the trigger
    • Who is at greatest risk in the coming unrest

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-737- Frank Sharpe Jr. on Emerging Threats

Frank Shaper Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants joins us the point man on our interview blitz.  Frank is a sponsor of TSP and has been a firearms instructor for over 10 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI).

Frank has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Join us today to learn from Frank’s years of experience including some frightening predictions he has for America’s future.  We discuss the current unrest in much of the world, potential terrorist activity, the link between food and global crisis and building a strong defensive community.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-620- Frank Sharpe Jr. on Armed and Unarmed Self Defense

Frank Sharpe Jr. of Fortress Self Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. is the founder and owner of Fortress Self defense, a top notch institution for training in both armed and unarmed combat.

The cadre of Fortress Self Defense Consultants has a combined total of over 75 years of teaching experience, their goal is to offer you the best training possible!

Their curriculum consists of state-of-the-art techniques and a practical application philosophy, and we strive to equip our students with the skills they need to achieve victory in a self-defense encounter.

If you are going to be armed and exercise your second amendment rights you have a responsibility to be well trained, safe and effective with your weapons.

Join Frank and I today as we discuss…

  • Why “civilian training is different than LEO/Military training
  • Why your next firearms investment may need to be in training vs. another gun
  • Why Fortress provides female specific courses and what the advantages of it are
  • Why a handgun is for when you don’t have the option of a rifle or shotgun, not a first choice
  • How to remain able to fully defend yourself while on an airplane (awesome stuff)
  • Why training someone you have a pre existing relationship with can be problamatic
  • Using airsoft for realistic movement and force on force training
  • How a “basic handgun course” differs from a state required concealed carry permit course
  • Options for non lethal self defense
  • Why Frank believes if you carry a gun “you must carry pepper spray”
  • The wisdom of “we don’t go to stupid places, with stupid people and do stupid things”
  • Why you never want to have to pull the trigger but must be read to if you have to

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Maglula Magazine Loader from Mag Lula / Butler Creek

I never really minded loading up a magazine or two for some basic shooting but when I spend a full range day it can get kind of old.  I have fooled around with a lot of magazine loading tools over the years but nothing until now really seemed to have a cost to performance ratio that I found acceptable.

About a month ago a listener sent me a video about the Mag Lula Magazine Loader for the AR15 from Maglula / Butler Creek wanting to know if it worked as good as it appeared to.  So I ordered one from CheaperThanDirt.com and I have not been disappointed for a second with it.

I figured with Christmas coming this might be a good time to post this review.  If you have a shooter in your family that shoots the AR of any of the weapons they make a loader for I can promise you they will love one of these.  You can find this loader and loaders for other guns like the AK, Uzi, MP5, Universal Pistol, FN FAL and others at this link http://amzn.to/eqnm4y

Episode-551- All About Shotguns

I know it is Monday and we are supposed to do a listener questions show for people that email in questions and commentary but once in a while it is good opsec to change things up.  Seriously I was just thinking about shotguns this morning and realized how many questions I get about them.

I also realize that my audience ranges from firearms experts to complete firearms newbies and even some that have never owned a gun in their lives.  Additionally we have a lot of overseas listeners that live under the tyranny that comes when men are not protected by the right to bear arms.  In many of those nation one of the things you can own is a shotgun.

The shotgun is really a do it all weapon, from home defense, to small game and even big game it really can be your only gun if necessary.  There are also many myths and misunderstanding about shotguns and both there capabilities and limitations.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What exactly is a shotgun and where did it come from
  • What is “shot” and what do those numbers mean
  • What exactly is a “gauge” and what relation does it have to caliber
  • Anatomy of a shotgun shell
    • Case
    • Primer
    • Powder
    • Over powder wad
    • Shot cup wad
    • Shot (payload)
    • Overshot wad (optional)
    • Shot buffer (optional)
    • What is a magnum
  • A look at shotgun actions
    • Break action (double and single)
    • Pump action
    • Semi auto
    • Bolt
    • Lever
  • Shotgun uses
    • Small Game
    • Big Game
    • Sporting (clays, etc)
    • Defensive/Offensive
  • Chokes and uses
    • Cylinder bore
    • Skeet
    • Improved Cylinder
    • Modified
    • Improved Modified
    • Full
  • Gauges and thoughts on them
    • 10 Gauge – .775 “caliber”
    • 12 Gauge – .729 “caliber”
    • 16 Gauge -.662 “caliber”
    • 20 Gauge – .615 “caliber”
    • 28 Gauge – .550 “caliber”
    • 410 Bore – .410 “caliber”
  • Patterning reality
    • Point and pull is a myth
    • Ammunition can have a huge effect on pattern
    • It is more about density than size
    • Patterns on moving targets are different than still targets
    • Precision shooting is the key
  • Choosing a shotgun for your use
    • What do you want it to do for you
    • What budget do you have
    • What weapons do you already own
    • Consider fit as it relates to function
    • Don’t discount the 20 gauge

Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air

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