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Episode-1487- Ian McCollum on Military Surplus Rifles and More

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Ian McCollum is a firearms writer and researcher specializing in arms from the 1880s to the 1950s or so.  He is interested in the mechanical details of different firearms designs as well as their use in practical field situations.  Ian has run a web site on these guns called Forgotten Weapons for about 4 years, and his work has appeared in publications including Gun Digest and the Canadian Press.

Ian has just recently released the first episode of his new project, InRange TV – an online TV-style show focusing on interesting factual and detailed content, without the drama and BS that is endemic to gun programs on cable TV.

He joins us today to discuss how older guns can be just as good as the modern AR-15 while costing less and looking better.  We start out with what Ian feels is the current best deal in old military arms for long range shooting.  We then discuss how shooting skills translate from one type of gun to another.

We continue with some of the best ways to improve your shooting skills and have a discussion as to is the AR15 really even a “modern firearm” at all and have we gotten out of hand with accessories, add ons, etc.  We finish up with why Ian feels that all gun-related shows on cable TV so horrendously dumb and why Internet Television may be the answer to better gun related video content.

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Episode-1417- The Amazing NEF/H&R Handi Rifle

265 Pound Boar Taken with a NEF Handi Rifle in 45-70

265 Pound Boar Taken in 2002 with a NEF Handi Rifle in 45-70

On Friday I answered a question about the Rossi Combo guns and steered the caller toward the NEF/H&R Handi Rifle mostly due to the options with the Barrel Accessory Program, that would allow his kids a lot of options as they got older.

Personally I have been an NEF fan for a long time.  In fact I have been a member of the NEF/H&R Yahoo email list since 2001.  That list is a treasure trove of information on the Handi Rifle.  It isn’t very active anymore but that is mostly because you can find an answer to almost any question in its archives.

I decided to dedicate today’s show to the NEF Handi Rifle and the huge number of options that are available in it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The basics on the handi rifle
    • Cost
    • Action
    • Advantages
    • Disadvantages
  • How the barrel accessory program works
  • Some of my favorite rifle options available
    • 22 Hornet
    • 223 Remington
    • 243 Winchester
    • 7mm-08 Remington
    • 30-30 Winchester
    • 30-06 Springfield
    • 35 Whelen
    • 357 Magnum
    • 44 Magnum
    • 45-70 Govt
  • Some Cool Shot Gun Options
    • 24″ 12 Gauge with 3.5 inch chamber and screw in chokes
    • 12 Ga 24” Fully Rifled, Rifled Sights
    • 20 Ga 24” Fully-Rifled, w/Scope Rail
    • 20 Ga 26” Mod
    • 28 Ga 22″ and 26″
    • 410 bore 22″ and 26″
  • My thoughts on the Ultimate Combo Kit
    • 22 Hornet
    • 7mm-08
    • 35 Whelen
    • 357 Mag 22”
    • 12 Ga 28” Mod
    • 20 Ga 26” Mod
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1276- Beth Warford of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth and Family of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth and Family of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth is the founder and owner of Pretty Loaded. Her husband has been a listener of TSP since 2008 and she has listened to many TSP episodes over the years. She has had specialized ICU and Sedation experience in numerous Children’s Hospitals which has given her extensive experience performing under life and death moment stress.

Beth has had 18 years of concealed carry experience, and has been thankful for that opportunity, especially working off hours and in less than safe conditions in urban areas as a young nurse. She is married and has 4 wonderful young girls, lives on a homestead, practices a traditional “real food” Paleo lifestyle, is an organic produce farmer with 28 laying hens, and is CFO for a local health care practice owned by her husband.

Beth has had significant firearms training with an NRA Certified instructor and more specialized defensive training with Fortress Defense Consultants.

She is also an avid upland game hunter and has a private shooting range for honing her skills. She is a NRA certified instructor in the disciplines of Pistol Instructor and Personal Protection In the Home (first and currently only female certified in this discipline in ND) as well as Affiliate Instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association. She has had extensive Krav Maga training as well and partners with a Master in Krav Maga for martial arts training for her clients.

Beth’s inspiration to start Pretty Loaded came from numerous female friends asking Beth to teach them to use a firearm and basic defense mentality. Although she’s a “the glass is half full” kind of person, she believes in the mantra “it’s better to have the skills and not need them than need the skills and not have them” and doesn’t take the safety of she and her family for granted.

Beth credits her training from Fortress Defense mentors as being critical in focusing her vision on the importance of training women specifically. Her husband, being a student of defense, combat, and firearms for 20 years has always been vigilant and supportive of her development as a skilled and empowered woman.

Beth feels women need to learn situational awareness, self defense mindset skills, and basic firearms training to be fully well rounded in defensive skills. Her goal is to create Women Warriors to protect themselves and their loved ones from the low life thugs that walk our streets and force their evil upon unwanted victims.

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

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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

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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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Episode-1161- David Byte of SafeToCarry.com – An App to Defend the 2nd Amendment

Get the app and learn more at SafeToCarry.com

Get the app and learn more at SafeToCarry.com

Today we are joined by David Byte an Oklahoma conservative entrepreneur looking for ways to help protect our constitutional rights though the use of technology and social media.

David is the founder of SafeToCarry a smart phone application and website combo that his team launched in January to help provide the most up to date information about the 2nd amendment friendly status of a location based on “crowd sourced” data.  They are now offering to partner with local and regional 2A organizations as well.

David joins us today to discuss exactly what the SafeToCarry app does and how users can add locations that are both pro and anti second amendment. He also discusses other ways they obtain data on specific locations and regions.

Tune in today to learn how you can get this application and more importantly how you can help as part of one of the largest demographics in America today.  Folks there are 55 million gun owners in America, that is about 1 in every 5 Americans.

You want to make a statement about the preservation of the right that guards all other rights?  Well this is a way to do with with your wallet.  Not just based on where we spend out money, but more importantly where we don’t.

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Episode-1122- Examining the Future Role of the Militia in Modern Society

Today I am joined by Ryan Rocquin of The Gun Runner Podcast.  I invite you to join us with a unique discussion on the traditional role of the militia in our past and the potential to reconstitute it in modern form with local control.

You will hear more of a debate today then a typical discussion.  I generally don’t debate with guests but I think Ryan and I were on two different sheets of music here.  While I like his initiative and would support it I would not call it a militia, I would call it more an attempt to increase the number of reserve law enforcement officers in the nation.

That is indeed an honorable goal and one I would support and I want to make clear in spite of debate that I think Ryan does a great job with his show and on matters as a whole we agree far more then we disagree.  Perhaps this discussion can serve as an example of how people with the same goals can disagree and still debate in a respectful way on how to accomplish it.  I am also of course open to the concept that I might be wrong here.

Additionally Ryan published an episode specifically to supplement his views on this one.  In the interest of making sure Ryan’s view is fully heard, I am providing a link to it here.   Note – Ryan has his podcast player and download links at the bottom of his supporting material posts so scroll down below the videos to play it, the videos are only to support the show he did.

Hopefully I can sync up with Stewart Rhodes soon and get him on for another angle into this issue.

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Episode-1116- Gene “Evil Roy” Pearcey on Earth Sheltered Homes and Cowboy Action Shooting

A Performance Building Systems Earth Sheltered Home

A Performance Building Systems Earth Sheltered Home

After a heavy-hearted day yesterday this is a fun interview on two great subjects, one is a total bonus.

Gene Pearcey has built earth shelter homes for over 30 years.  His company, “Performance Building Systems, Inc” manufactures a patented structural system used to build earth shelter arches and domes used mainly for homes and some all out shelters.

They do this by producing steel structural systems that with concrete forms a shell rated in excess of 4000-psi. When sheltered with earth, the home benefits from the constancy of the earth’s temperature, greatly reducing heating and cooling expense. Additionally, the strength of the shell and the shelter provided by the earth combine to protect both the home and occupants from harm.

By designing for the advantages of thermal mass and passive solar, these homes benefit from energy that is clean, abundant, reliable, and free. In fact, their system received an Award of Energy Innovation from the Department of Energy. They have also been featured in Popular Science, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek International, Entrepreneur, Better Homes and Gardens Building Ideas, and many other magazines and newspapers.

In his other life under the name of Evil Roy, Gene is an Overall World and National Champion shooter in both Cowboy action and Wild Bunch shooting.  He has his name on pistols holsters, targets.  Gene is also a regular firearms expert on The Outdoor Channel’s “Gun Stories” hosted by Joe Mantegna best known for his roll on the Criminal Minds TV show.  He was also inducted into the SASS Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Episode-1094- Massad Ayoob on Lethal Force Aftermath

Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob – Joins Us To Discuss Lethal Force Aftermath

Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals.

He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force.

The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob is one of the very few Five Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association, and was the first to earn that title.

He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars.

Massad has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part time police officer for decades. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group.

Massad has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys, through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association, and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appears in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel).

Massad joins us today to discuss protecting yourself as an armed citizen from the threat we seldom consider, our own legal system.  How to make sure you are not in violation of the law, what constitutes justification for the use of deadly force and having a “prep kit” for after a deadly force incident.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • What is the biggest thing most armed citizens fail to plan for
  • What happens in most cases immediately after a “justified shooting”
  • What plans should you have in place in case you ever have to use deadly force
  • How does a deadly force incident differ when it is in your home vs. away
  • What about the castle doctrine, how much protection does it really provide
  • Can a shooting legally justified in one state and not another with the same facts
  • What is the absolute worst thing you can do after a shooting
  • When the police arrive how should you greet them
  • Is there anything you should never say or do in from of first responders to an incident
  • Defense of life vs. defense of property
  • Can the appearance of a weapon influence the outcome of a trial
  • How can ammo selection be used against you

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Episode-1053- Ian McCollum of ForgottenWeapons.com

The Most Lethal Tricycle of All Time, a Great Example of a Forgotten Weapon.

Ian McCollum grew up around his father’s extensive collection of WWII Japanese rifles, and early on developed an appreciation for historically interesting old guns.

His gun collecting began in earnest after leaving college, and expanded into an interest in building guns and studying rare and unusual designs in museums and private collections worldwide.

Today he shares his passion for old military guns specifically many of them that have been lost to the annals of history on his blog called, ForgottenWeapons.com Ian blogs 6 times a week reviewing guns, historical reference books and posts some incredible old photography as well.

He joins us today to discuss surplus firearms and NFA weapons.  We also discuss a bit about current proposed gun legislation and the damage it could do to both historical weapons and the modern gun industry.

Join Ian and I Today as we Discuss…

  • The process for legally buying a machine gun
  • “Cleaning a gun after using corrosive surplus ammo
  • Do NFA weapons have a practical use for the modern survivalist
  • When are surplus military guns preferable to new-production civilian guns
  • Should I get an AR or AK? (answer: it doesn’t matter)
  • Some of the great current values in military surplus rifles right now
  • The good and bad of getting a C&R license
  • Why you should never look at cheap surplus weapons and think they will stay that way
  • Why preserving firearms history is so important
  • Why many guns considered to be of “poor quality” are actually of great quality

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