Maybe you’ve heard of the Ultimate Hybrid Holster, or Hoftac Industries. Either way, we interview the guy behind both companies - Nick Hoffer, a supremely entrepreneurial mind who has started two successful holster businesses. We pick his brain on just about everything holster related, and what it takes to start a business in the firearms world.
While the firearms world has been male-dominated since its inception, more and more women are entering into the sport of shooting. At Range Minded, we think this is a great thing, so we sit down with Sarah VanAcker, an instructor at the shop who helps run the Independent Woman Shooting Club, and all-female group who shoots at Independence every week. We also talk about some of the specific challenges women face both in the sport of shooting, and in concealed carrying.
Maybe you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat better, or save monet. In this Steve-free episode of Range Minded, Ricky, Mark, and special guests Scott and Rolando talk about what their New Year’s resolutions are in the shooting world.
This week, Steve, Ricky, and Mark sit down with two regular shooters from Independence, Scott and Rolando. Scott and Rolando both work in an industry where they have to enter people’s homes during the day, so we ask them about what sort of skills they have to have with regards to situational awareness, and what options they have to protect themselves while on the job, dealing with uncertain situations.
Even the best, most high-speed low-drag concealed carry rig is useless if you have no situational awareness. You have to know what’s going on around you before you can even begin to respond to a threat. In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark go through what situational awareness is, Jeff Cooper’s Color Codes of Awareness, and why situational awareness is the most important thing to have with you at all times.
In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark dive into a somewhat quick review of the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ .380 pistol, then talk about the upcoming ban on bumpstocks, and what the implications could be for future gun laws.
Even if you’re always carrying, there are some situations where you shouldn’t, or can’t carry a gun. Or, maybe you want someone to be able to defend themselves, but they don’t want to carry a firearm. Situations like those, among many others, are the reason it could be smart to carry a less-lethal self-defense tool. Steve, Ricky, and Mark go over a few of the many options (some of which may surprise you) and talk about the pros and cons of each.
When you pull the trigger on a firearm, you’re already halfway through a series of steps that happens over and over again every time you go shooting. In this educational episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark go over the eight steps in the cycle of operation in a firearm, and talk about why they’re important to know.
If you have kids, and firearms in the house, you have a huge responsibility to keep the guns locked up, and the kids safe. In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark go over how you can teach your kids about firearms with a special cameo from one of our instructors, Bill.
Sure, you carry a gun everywhere you legally can, but what if you’re in a situation where you can’t deploy your gun, or you’re faced with a defensive situation where you can’t carry a gun? That’s what Adam Boyce of Spartan Mode and Martial Blade Concepts educates Steve, Ricky, and Mark on in this episode. There’s also a lot to consider if you do decide to carry a knife, and if you’re going to ask anyone about it, it should be Adam Boyce.
So you’ve taken a class or two, and you’ve learned a lot…now what? In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark go through how to make the most of your range time to sharpen your skills and apply what you’ve learned. They also go over some of their favorite dry- and live-fire drills, and talk about the philosophy of training with a purpose.
College campuses are a unique place in the American landscape…should lawful CCW holders be allowed to carry there? That’s what this listener-requested episode is all about! Steve, Ricky, and Mark dive into campus carry, policy versus law, and the philosophy of concealed carry in general.
At Range Minded, we always feel like it’s a good idea to take a look at current events around the firearms world every once in a while, so in this Ricky-Free episode, Steve and Mark bring up a few newsworthy items, talk about their significance, and dive into some firearms philosophy.
Have you ever stopped and taken a step back to see where you are in your firearms journey? That’s exactly what Steve, Ricky, and Mark do in this episode - they talk about how each of them get into firearms, where they’re at in their training and education, and where they’d like to go in the future.
In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark decide they all want to talk about different things, so why not talk about everything in a free-for-all-style episode? A little bit of everything is covered, from Steve’s new adventures, to an article in the Boise Weekly featuring Mark, and a few philosophical questions from Ricky.
In this episode of Range Minded, Mark has a family member from Chicago visit the shop, and she’s never fired and AR-15 before. In fact, her only experience with one is what she’s seen on the news…so naturally, Steve, Ricky, and Mark tell her what shooting an AR-15 is really like, get her out on the range to see what she thinks, and she asks a ton of great questions on training, CCW, and more. This episode really goes to show that education can conquer fear, every time.
When you think of your average gun owner, you may think of an older or middle-aged man. But as time goes on, young people are getting more and more into firearms, especially concealed carry. Steve, Ricky, and Mark dive into a special report called "Young Guns" from newsy.com, and that leads to conversation about young people in the firearms world in general, and what we can do to get more people (young and old) involved in the shooting sports.
There's a lot more that goes into CCW than just strapping a gun on your waist and walking out the door. In this episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark highlight two incidents that happen in Florida about why it's so important to go through the mental training of carrying a firearm. They also touch on active shooter situations, and the NICS background check, and finish the episode with a study from NPR which uncovered that not all gun violence reporting is as true as it seems, and why you need to do your own independent research on news and information.