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.
One of the most overlooked but important parts of a shooting range bag is the Individual first aid kid, or IFAK, as it's known. Steve, Ricky, and Mark take apart Steve's first-aid kit to go over what an IFAK is, what exactly goes into an IFAK, and why you should carry one in your kit.
PSI to mm/hg conversion - note that a normal blood pressure is equivalent to about 2 or 3 PSI.
Steve and Mark are reunited with Ricky after his two week training/vacation. During his time away, Ricky trained with the NRA in their new Carry Guard class, so he shares his biggest takeaways from the class, and how he's going to adapt his classes to the Carry Guard training. Plus, Steve and Ricky try to convince Mark to try appendix carry.
One of the most important aspects of gun ownership is safely securing your firearms away from prying eyes and unauthorized users. We talk with our resident safe expert, Old Man Rob, who's been selling safes for over 20 years. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about safes.
It seems like the gun world is filled with all kinds of gadgets, gizmos, and gimmicks to make you shoot better, keep you safer, or make life easier. In this episode, while Ricky is away, Steve and Mark go over some of the more popular types of gadgets and gizmos, with no shortage of opinions and jokes, and decide whether or not they're worth adding to your collection.
Rick, Steve, and Mark are back for the back half of the two-part episode of Range Minded, where they're busting more myths and misconceptions about the gun world!
We've all heard 'em, and maybe we believe some of them, but in part one of this two-part episode, Steve, Ricky, and Mark dispel a bunch of myths and misconceptions about the gun world. Follow along with the links below!
Steve, Ricky, and Mark interview Bill Hanley, one of the firearms instructors at Independence Indoor Shooting, who has served in the Marine Corps, and spent many years as a police officer. Bill shares a few things with us from his huge wealth of knowledge and experience, including how to start training with a firearm, the thought process behind how classes are laid out, and what he loves most about training people to safely enjoy shooting.
If you want to sign up for a class at Independence Indoor shooting, find our full class list here!
Steve, Ricky, and Mark all brought something in to talk about, so they take a more "open forum" approach to this episode, where they touch on the importance of training, concealed carrying at work, and even traffic frustrations.
Steve, Ricky, and Mark decide to get into firearm mechanics and discuss the differences between hammer- and striker-fired pistols. Which is better? Well, it depends not only on what you're planning on doing with it, but your personal preference as well.
Steve, Ricky, and Mark are re-united, and, in addition to the four rules of firearm safety, they go over a few things to think about when you go to the range. Plus, you'll hear a few interesting stories of real things that have happened in the range.
Recently, the FBI released a report on active shooter situations that happened in 2016 and 2017. Ricky and Mark discuss the stats in the report, expand on the conclusions drawn by the FBI, and talk about what the report means for the average citizen.
Wait, you can own guns in Australia? Ricky, Steve, and Mark figure who better to ask than an Australian? Special guest Chris talks about the process to obtain firearms in Australia, what kind of guns you can own, and how popular the sport of shooting is becoming again in his home country.