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Episode-1860- Fun, Training and Family Time With Airsoft Guns

The KWA LM4-PTR is a "Professional Training Rifle" Designed for Military and Police Training with Airsoft.

The KWA LM4-PTR is a “Professional Training Rifle” Designed for Military and Police Training with Airsoft.

Today we delve into the misunderstood world of airsoft.  I think airsoft has an unfair and undeserved stigma among many of the “tactically minded” due to the majority of enthusiasts being gamers.  While I have no interest in the game aspects of airsoft I feel even this community is misunderstood and many unfair assumptions are made about them.

Today though I will focus on what I call “Airsoft for Practical Training”.  By that I mean real world training that benefits the average civilian that either carries a gun for defense or keeps a gun in their home for the same purpose or both.

While I love things like IDPA and IPSC shooting and I have great respect for the many tactical training schools like my good friends Frank Sharpe Jr. and James Yeager run, or even the big time schools like Front Sight provide, I don’t find what they teach particularly valuable to the average guy with a job, two kids, wife and a dog to protect from a group of thugs or an armed intruder in the middle of the night.

Join me today to discuss…

  • The reason people dislike airsoft
    • It is just a toy
    • Gamers that think they are heroes
    • It isn’t realistic (rate of fire, machine guns, etc.)
  • Why people should love airsoft if they are gun owners
    • Cheap practice
    • Practice every day
    • Realistic practice (in ways you never thought of)
  • The basics of airsoft guns
    • Springers
    • AEG (automatic electric guns)
    • Gas (blow back and non blow back)
      • CO2 and “Green Gas”
    • Pellets, yes they matter
      • Just forget .12 they are flatly junk and ruin guns
      • .20 is the most common and the “industry standard”
      • Generally, .25-.36 can be more accurate in many guns
      • The heavier they are the more they cost
    • Guns I own and what I like about them
    • Getting started
      • Springers are cheap and do work for draw and shoot practice
      • I would avoid AEGs for practical training
      • I would avoid CO2 due to long term economics
      • Almost all “green gas” guns are blow back gun
      • Get an adapter and run propane
      • Use your carry holster if you carry
      • Don’t get bogged down in deep tech specs
      • If your gun doesn’t have a “clone” get something close
      • Search google for “model name airsoft gas blow back”
      • Why it is hard to find some specific GBB Clones
    • Some training ideas
      • Every morning/evening quick shoot
      • Practicing after dark with a light
      • Play “knock out” with your kids
      • Draw and shoot, make safe, return to holster, repeat
      • Variations on draw and shoot
    • Target ideas
      • Professional airsoft steel
      • Sheet metal cut outs
      • Heavy steel – (nice because it works for lead pellets too)
      • Heavy plastic jugs
      • Cheap pots and pans (Walmart, Dollar Store, Goodwill)
    • Spreading gun rights and gun ownership with airsoft

Resources for today’s show…

Some Good Places to Buy Airsoft Guns

Some Good Low Cost Guns and Accessories on Amazon – Like I said on the air I had lousy luck with the few people offering GBB guns on Amazon, use the stores above for that.  But here are some things you can get on Amazon.

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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…

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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.

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Episode-681- Frank Sharpe Jr. on the Harsh Reality of a Dangerous World

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.  Learn about training to “run any gun”, using airsoft for scenario training and more. Overall get ready to “get real” today, leave all Hollywood nonsense out of your head before tuning into this one.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-671- Becoming a Better Shooter and Trainer with Airsoft Guns

Today we are going to delve a bit into the world of Airsoft as a training tool for marksmanship and tactical application.  Airsoft has immense potential for introducing new shooters to the shooting sports and offer very realistic fully accurate reproduction weapons to work with.  I think Airsoft gets a bad rap with many people who see it only as a way for pseudo military types to “play war games”.

The reality is even if gaming isn’t your thing Airsoft has a ton to offer in the way of affordable training that you can safely practice just about anywhere.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Some of the different options in Airsoft weapons
    • Spring
    • Gas
    • AEG (automatic electric guns)
  • The value of all metal gas blow back airsoft pistols for training
  • How Airsoft can let you shoot more often
  • Building a “target/training range” anywhere
  • The value of “cheap plastic spring pistols”
  • Accelerting the learning curve for new shooters
  • Being a better coach because you can be more relaxed
  • Using airsoft to replace fear with respect
  • Transitioning new shooters to conventional arms
  • Protecting the 2nd amendment by promoting gun ownership and safety

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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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

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Episode-348- Listener Feedback 1-04-10

Today we have some really interesting listener questions and feedback.  We will discuss subjects like casting lead bullets, The Appleseed Project, Permaculture, harvesting roadkill and Monsanto’s role in the global warming scam.

I will also dedicate today’s show to James Kavanaugh who passed away on December 29th after a long illness.  James Kavanaugh was an amazing writer and among my favorite books by him are “God Lives“, “A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church” and “There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves“.  Many of you many have never head of James Kavanaugh but when I was 21 and just out of the Army seeking answers his work influenced my life.  I will read two short passages by Mr. Kavanaugh in his memory today, listen and I am sure you will see how his voice has been speaking to you via my podcast for a very long time.

Join in Today as We Discuss…

  • New Discounts for the MSB coming from Backwoods Home Magazine and Self-Sufficient-Life.com
  • A lesson from a listener on the finite nature of food storage
  • My mistakes about describing The Appleseed Project
  • Why growing food is the way to solve the finite issue with food storage
  • How to use growing food to spread survivalism
  • Thoughts on casting lead and harvesting fired bullets for lead
  • How to create expanding bonded bullets with lead casting
  • The Survival Podcast (one episode anyway) becomes required listening at a Law Firm
  • Is Monsanto part of pushing for cap and trade and involved in the lies about Global Warming
  • Why is global warming such a divisive topic
  • What are the rules if you are going to harvest “road kill” to stay safe and legal
  • Thoughts on a possible Break Up of the U.S. similar to what happened in the USSR in the 90s

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-126- Airsoft and Airguns for Training and Practice

Today we are going to delve a bit into the world of Airsoft and to a lesser extent conventional air gun shooting as well.  Airsoft has immense potential for introducing new shooters to the shooting sports and offer very realistic fully accurate reproduction weapons to work with.

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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