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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-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been lost to the annals of history on his blog called, ForgottenWeapons.com Ian blogs 6 times a week reviewing guns, historical reference books and posts some incredible old photography as well.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

Resources for today’s show

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Episode-855- Understanding Caliber, Millimeter, Gauges and Ballistics

The 30-06 is the Father and Grandfather of Many Rounds

The 30-06 is the Father and Grandfather of Many Rounds

When I stated I wanted to do some more shows on firearms topics I was flooded with emails by new shooters that all basically said some version of this…

“Jack can you do a very basics style show that explains what all these calibers and rounds mean.  Sometimes when you are talking about a firearms subject I am fine then you start saying something like the 38 special is 35 caliber and I just don’t get it.  Or that a 40 S&W is equivalent to a 10mm in a carbine.  None of this makes sense, please help.”

Often I feel that those of us who grew up reading gun magazines and shooting our entire lives forget how long it took for us to actually “know what we know”.  My hope today is to condense this stuff into an hour long show in a way that will make sense to newbie.

I also hope that those of you who know this stuff will gain a better understanding of how to explain it to others.  Just because you know something doesn’t mean you know how to teach it.

One thing I can promise you is that even if you are brand new to shooting and ballistics after today you will likely want to pull your hair out the next time you hear some idiot behind the counter at a sporting goods store giving out advice.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Cartridge vs. case vs. bullets
  • What happens when you pull the trigger
  • Rim fire vs. center fire
  • What is a caliber
  • What is the difference between millimeters and calibers
  • What is a gauge
  • What are some common caliber to millimeter equivalencies
  • What actually does the killing when it comes to a gun shot wound
  • Power mythology – real numbers from real shootings
  • What is “sectional density”
  • What is “ballistic coefficient”
  • How “new” rounds usually come into existent
  • The effects of longer barrels on handgun rounds
  • Choosing a round is not as hard as people try to make it

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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.

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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-357- Call in Friday 1-15-10

Today we do our second edition of call in Friday where I take listener calls and comments on the air.  To call in an leave your own question for me just dial 866-65-THINK and leave a message and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join me today as we discuss

  • Where to find chickens for your homestead
  • How many eggs does an average hen lay
  • What protection do chickens need in winter
  • What about filtering water during a city water contamination
  • What is a good book for your BOB
  • If you are buying your first two guns, should both be handguns
  • What is the purpose of a handgun
  • What can people in very cold climates do to be able to grow food
  • Is liberty given as a gift not understood and valued the way liberty fought for is
  • What can we learn from the earthquake in Haiti
  • What would Jefferson say if he was around today
  • Why are three Navy Seals in trouble because a terrorist got a bloody lip
  • Is a solar rebate “taking the governments money”
  • How do you store food long term with Mylar, buckets and O2 Absorbers

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-258- Listener Questions 8-17-09

Today we do another round of listener questions.  We have some great questions today on things like handguns, dealing with wildlife, securing weapons in a home with children, storing fishing gear and more.

In the intro segment we name Roxana Mayer as assclown of the day for pretending to be a doctor while at a town hall meeting with Shelia Jackson Lee in support of Obamacare.  We also name Charles “Gus” Agusto, Jr. as hero of the day for taking out four armed gunmen with an old pump shotgun.  Oh by the way “Gus” is 72 years old.  Salute to you sir!

Tune in to hear me answer the following questions…

  • How do you store fishing line long term?  (easy one)
  • What about the 40 S&W for a defensive handgun round?
  • What’s up with the expiration dates on thing like rice, pasta and beans?
  • How do you deal with bears, does bear spray work?
  • How do you safely keep a gun in the home with an autistic child?
  • What should you do to prep if you live on an island?
  • What about buying real estate with an IRA and making improvements to it?
  • What type of food do you keep in a BOB in very hot climates?
  • Is water collected from an AC condenser good for the garden?
  • How do you build a community in an everyday neighborhood?

Resources for today’s show…

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