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Episode-1750- 10 Gun and Ammo Combos and What they are Great At

The Belgian Browning Auto 5 - One of My Favorite All Time Guns

The Belgian Browning Auto 5 – One of My Favorite All Time Guns

With a title like 10 Gun and Ammo Combos you may think of this as a top ten list type of thing.  As in Jack’s top ten guns, it isn’t.  I personally love guns and the science of ballistics.  I love the art of the gun, the design that goes into everything from a tactical AR15, to a lever action design that is more than a century old at this time.

No these are guns that in general are simply great guns, have a real role if put to proper use and the caliber or gauge that I feel really makes a particular frame sort of sing, and again this is just my opinion.

My goal is for the show today to be fun and expand the listeners knowledge of various guns and calibers.  To get off of the Glock/AR rut I think many are in today.  Don’t get me wrong, both are great guns, but they are a tiny fraction of the beauty, quality and tradition that is firearms as a whole.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What makes a gun “great” to me
  • What makes a cartridge “great” to me
  • My ten guns we are going to discuss today
    • Remington Model 7 – in 7mm-08
    • Marlin 1894 – in 44 Magnum
    • M1 Carbine – in 30 Carbine
    • Ruger Single Six Convertible – 22LR/22mag
    • Remington 7600/760 – 30-06
    • Marlin Model 60 – 22LR
    • Marlin 336C – 35 Remington
    • Remington 870 Wingmaster – 20 Gauge
    • Belgian Made Browning Auto5 – 12 Gauge
    • NEF Handi Rifle – 357 Magnum
  • Final Thoughts

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My Special 44 Special Load for Quiet Carbine Use

This is a 44 Special Load from an older Lee Manual.  Do NOT reduce any further!

300 Grain Lead Bullet
Standard Large Pistol Primer
9.8-11.5 grains of H4227

I settled on an even 10 Grains of Powder.  In a 20 Inch barreled 1894 Marlin 44 Magnum it is quieter then most Break Barrel Pellet guns and will penetrate 7 inches of solid pressure treated lumber at 25 yards and is accurate to about 50 yards before the low velocity takes over and drop becomes extreme.

Similar loads should be possible for rounds like,

357 Mag – Try light 38 Spc Loads
45 Colt – Try Cowboy Action Loads to start out

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

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Check out InRange.TV

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-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-844 – Thoughts on “Take Down” Guns for The Modern Survivalist

One of the many suggestions made for “suggest a show day” was one on take down guns.  A take down gun is exactly what it sounds like, a gun made to be “taken down” so that it becomes smaller, takes up less space and packs easier.   Another advantage is that when it “taken down” form it will be less likely to set off, “hey that bag looks like the guy might have a gun in it alarms”.

The take down gun is often seen in spy or assassin type movies.  Yet it has many other practical applications.  For some people carrying a handgun is out of the question due to laws and regulations.  However in some states you can always carry a rifle if not loaded.  PLEASE CHECK your local regs as in some states an unloaded gun, locked in a trunk can even get you in trouble.

When back packing a small take down rifle or shot gun packs easily and is a better game getter then any handgun.  If you ever were to end up in crisis situation during some sort of mass shooting a rifle is a better tool for the job. Remember that in the Bell Tower shootings in Austin a private citizen with a rifle assisted the officer who stopped the shooter.  Not to mention other armed citizens returned fire and pinned him down.

So the take down gun indeed has many advantages.  As I own a few and have shot a few others I though this would be a great topic to cover.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Take down styles
    • Single shots
    • Double and combo guns
    • Semi auto barrel removal
    • Bolt action barrel removal
    • The AR is a “take down” platform
    • The lever action take down
    • The foldable platforms
    • Pump and semi auto shot guns
  • Thoughts on various models
    • The AR7 (22 LR)
    • Springfield M6 (22LR and 410)
    • The Marlin Papoose (22 LR)
    • The NEF/H&R/Rossi Style Single Shots (mufti caliber and gauge)
    • The KelTec SUB-2000
    • The KelTec SU 16 and 22 Series
    • Browning, Winchester, Savage and Marlin Lever Action Take Downs (various calibers)
    • Pumps like the Remington 870, Mossberg 500 etc.
    • Semi Autos like the Remington 1100
    • All double shot guns and break action combo guns
  • Misunderstandings
    • The 22 is only good for small game
    • Take down guns are only for people that want to “hide a gun”
    • Take down guns are not good for SHTF scenarios
    • Take down guns are more prone to failure
    • Take down guns are not accurate

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

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Episode-486- Guest Host Chip Monk on Survival Firearms

Since I am on vacation one of our long time listeners named “Chip Monk” volunteered to do a guest show.  Today he covers Firearms for the End of the World as we Know it.  I thought it was really good so he is pinch hitting for me today while I am on vacation.

Notes are exceedingly brief due to the fact that this is a guest show but you really should check out the thread on our forum that led to his book and this episode.

“Firearms for TEOTWAWKI”-(PDF Book Under Construction)

Note – This is a long podcast and you may want to listen to it about 50% today and 50% tomorrow because there won’t be an episode tomorrow ask I will be on the road some where in Tennessee or Arkansas.

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Episode-424- Listener Feedback 4-26-10

Today we have another round of your questions including things like Arizona’s new immigration bill, left handed AR shooting, China’s growing influence in Africa, the movie Food Inc and more.

Join me today as I discuss your feedback on…

  • The reality of the new Arizona Immigration Law\
  • Could we have State level deportation, well sort of if I was Governor
  • Watch Food Inc. be aware it may change how you see food
  • How Food Inc. and illegal immigration are linked
  • How do you set priorities in dealing with debt and living in a place you don’t like
  • Should left handed shooters learn to shoot right handed
  • What is a master eye, why does it matter
  • What is China doing in Africa and why should we care
  • Concealed carry for the dress wearing lady, (help me out gals)
  • A simple law in Georgia leads to deep constitutional and libertarian questions

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Episode-415- Listener Feedback for 4-13-10

Okay I am back!  Today I am going to try to work on the huge backlog of listener questions and feedback I now have.  We have great questions today on things like dealing with heavy recoiling rifles, taxation, castor oil for storing rice and beans and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • If there was no income tax how could government provide basic services like roads and schools
  • How do you deal with heavy recoil from large caliber rifles especially from the bench
  • Protecting rice and beans from insects with castor oil
  • The government does something right with “sustainable agriculture”
  • Avoiding contempt for your fellow American sheeple
  • Obama gets a private army, the problem is a lot bigger than Obama!
  • Are unpaid internships about to die off, what might be the next big brother step in that world

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-378- Listener Feedback 2-15-10

Time to get back to our Monday tradition of answering listener questions.  Today we have questions on economic issue, dogs, gardening, guns and more.  Also make sure to check out our links and resources today as we have a tremendous number of very valuable resources today.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • A few of my upcoming appearances
  • How would cap and trade create a new fiat currency
  • What are the advantages of the scout rifle concept
  • What is Google Map Buddy (kick ass free software)
  • How SaveOurSkills.com will help preserve traditional skills
  • Why do rifleman often prefer a bolt action to a semi automatic
  • What advantages does a bolt action offer when training rifleman
  • Is last minute hording a “pioneering” concept
  • How do you keep digging dogs out of a garden
  • What factors should you consider with “inside” and “outside” dogs
  • Your skills are something no one can take away from you

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Episode-296- Listener Questions for 10-13-09

Because I have a large backlog of questions and failing voice due to some type of common crud going around (I don’t think it is the swine flu, but who knows) I decided to do back to back listener questions shows this week.

Also please help nominate TSP for the Podcast of the Year Awards, learn more here.

Tune in today as I answer…

  • What is UNA and how can it save you money on prescription drugs
  • What knots should you make part of your basic skill set
  • Buying a first shotgun, Remington 870 or Benneli Vinci -“back problems” are part of the equation
  • Thoughts about a private mortgage among family members
  • How do you find what arms are currently being surplused in the mil surplus market
  • What is a C&R license and why might you want one
  • Should you store vinegar and is it easy to make your own
  • Should you store more fuel then you need for extended range based on things like being fully loaded, stuck in traffic or pulling a trailer
  • What about those cool stainless steel water bottles
  • If I can only afford one gun what should I buy
  • What is that beer bread recipe again

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