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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

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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-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-599- The In’s and Out’s of Handgun Selection

Photo Credit to bk1bennett

I have had a lot of requests to do a show bout handguns and selection there of.  I have actually been reluctant to do it for a few reasons.  First that no subject is more full of opinion and more opinions that don’t really matter than this subject.  Many guns and many calibers are so close in performance that debating one over the other has little meaning.

Next is that Eric Shelton does a great show almost exclusively devoted to handguns called The Handgun Podcast.  With more than 130 episodes of that show odds are you can hear more about handguns then you need to know, more importantly I don’t like to just redo the work of others.

Lastly is that to me choosing the right handgun is in many ways highly personal, yet after much consideration about how to make this show more than just explanations of a few common calibers and the difference between a revolver and a semi auto I think I am ready to do what I can to help you on your quest for the right handgun for you.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What no gun can ever do for you
  • Why we carry a hand gun or use one in the first place
  • T.V. ain’t even close to reality
  • How bullets kill (overly simplified but what you really need to know)
    • Penetration
    • Shock
  • Hunting isn’t self defense and self defense isn’t hunting
  • Thoughts on common calibers, 380, 9mm, 38 Spc, 357 Mag, 40 S&W and 45 ACP
  • The situational requirements
  • The personal requirements
  • The lethality requirements
  • Capacity – over rated at best, more often a useless crutch
  • Used vs. new
  • Cheap, mid priced, expensive what makes sense
  • Practicing deployment and firing
  • Using airsoft guns for personal training
  • Getting professional training
  • In the end, a gun is only a tool

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Episode-464- Listener Feedback for 6-28-10

Today we have another round of your questions, comments, suggestions and feedback.  Today we discuss topics such as getting reluctant spouses to the gun range, a scientist that says humans are going extinct, GMO Salmon coming to the dinner table and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Humans to be extinct in 100 years of less, so says on scientist
  • Getting a worried spouse on board with gun ownership
  • Considering buying a home and the interaction of location and gas prices
  • Collapsible rain barrels from Sportsman’s Guide, these look damn cool!
  • Building a back up power system
  • Where to get food grade paint cans
  • Buying a first piece of land, what approach to take
  • GMO Salmon, it may soon be for dinner, NOT on my table
  • Can cowboy action shooting make you a better prepper
  • Are all guns “weapons”
  • If I don’t like a round does that mean you shouldn’t either
  • How to easily remove cosmoline with a common house hold item
  • Is sick and vacation time sort of like “money in the bank” in the event of a layoff

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Episode-423- Thoughts on the Use of Deadly Force

I get a ton of questions on “guns for survival situations”, “handguns for self defense”, the “best knife if you need to defend yourself with a blade” and more like that all the time.  Of course I believe in being armed to what ever level your local laws allow, I am all for defending yourself with lethal force if you need to and I do think being trained with your weapons is a great idea.    Yet the number of such questions has led me to ask do people really think about the ramifications of being faced with a lethal force situation?

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The two never discussed myths about killing from Hollywood
  • Fantasies about a “Red Dawn” like scenario
  • The is no glory in death, for the killer or the killed
  • Your gun may be highly ineffective if you are the one being attacked
  • Cover, concealment and movement
  • Home defense, put awareness on your side
  • Handguns are for times when you can’t carry a rifle or shotgun
  • A knife is a terrible weapon for an honorable man (listen before you object)
  • You do not know if you are really capable of pulling the trigger, until you have to
  • You can’t discount the long term effects of winning in a lethal conflict

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Episode-416- Dealing With Violent Confrontations

After spending a week with Val Riazanov on systema and Russian martial arts and filming the new DVD series I thought it might be a good day to do a show on dealing with potentially violent confrontations.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First a correction on my error from yesterday – the RRR is NOT a private army
  • Real violence vs. movie violence
  • The morals of the criminal, he has none
  • Professional = death when it comes to killing
  • The first rule is avoiding the confrontation
  • If you can’t avoid it focus on deescalation
  • If deescalation fails at times controlled retreat is the best option
  • You should always appear relaxed and “harmless”
  • When you do strike it must be with sufficient force for the situation
  • Pressure points are useless in full speed combat, anatomy points are critical
  • The “systema strike” – misunderstood and highly effective
  • Dealing with an armed opponent takes things to another level
  • The knife is the oldest consistently deadly weapon for a reason
  • In dealing with an opponent with a gun 1.5-2 meters is “critical distance”

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Episode-380- Rifles, Shotguns and Handguns for Modern Survival

Today we look at a variety of actions, calibers, gauges and platforms of both modern and traditional firearms.  Don’t be offended if your favorite model number doesn’t come up the show is only about an hour long.   Our focus today is more on how to think about firearms and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • There is no perfect gun for _________, ever
  • Thoughts on shotguns including
    • The Single Shot
    • The Pump Action
    • The Double Guns
    • The Semi Autos
  • Thoughts on rifles including
    • The BOSS rifle (break action single shot)
    • Levers and Pumps
    • The bolt action, “the rifleman’s rifle”
    • Semi Auto Rifles including ARs, AKs and more
  • Thoughts on handguns including
    • The revolver is a solid choice
    • Not all guns need to be or should be glocks
    • What you carry is a personal choice
    • Hunting with handguns
  • Building your firearms collection
  • The reason guns and freedom go hand and hand

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Episode-377- The Why Behind Concealed Carry

I think a lot of people have misconceptions (both positive and negative) about concealed carry.   It is a bit more limited then many seem to believe in some situations.  Additionally it is far safer than many who are opposed to carrying believe.

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Join me today as we discuss…

  • The origins of the 2nd Amendment
  • The real story of the how and why of the Bill of Rights they don’t teach in schools
  • If you need to exercise one right then you need to exercise them all
  • About 100,000 women are raped in the US a year, women with guns and training are the solution
  • The main reason you should carry is to protect others, self defense in many situations is limited
  • The person who carries is less likely to be in any altercation than one who does not
  • Why you should carry in your home not just away from it
  • Why carrying improves your life even if nothing ever goes wrong
  • The fact that you are more likely to need a gun than you might believe
  • How “threat probability” plays into the need for concealed carry

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Episode-255- Mixed Bag Wednesday for The Survival Podcast

I decided to cover a varitey of subjects today and shake things up a bit.  We will talk today about local currency, the Discovery Channel’s show “The Colony”, a simple man who is a hero, more on home defense long arms and an “attack fox” (no I am not kidding about the fox).

Tune in today to hear…

  • The assclown of the day are the economists that say the recession is over
  • Francisco Reyes – Our Hero of the day, a simple man who saved two lives
  • What can we learn about local currencies or “scripts” like the “Pittsboro Plenty
  • What does it mean that any group can decide that any paper is worth something when backed by nothing say about fiat currency?
  • What would happen if a local currency were backed by gold or silver?
  • A review of the colony and some things we can learn such as protecting food, how to barter, using time and resources wisely and thinking practically
  • More on shotguns and my recant of my previous views on “bird shot” I was wrong
  • Will the 223 / 5.6mm fragment on a wall?  The answer is not a yes or no.
  • Your best defense against over penetration is knowledge of your environment and solid training
  • What is a “non dangerous, dangerous animal”?
  • What do we need to know about underestimated wild animals like foxes, coons and coyotes when we live in or travel to rural areas?  Or more and more in many urban areas as well?

Resources for today’s show…

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