Range Minded - Episode 41 - The Nick Hoffer Interview

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.

Hoftac Industries

Ultimate Hybrid Holsters


Range Minded - Episode 40 - The Independent Woman With Sarah VanAcker

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.

The Independent Woman Shooting Club

Independent Woman Shooting Club Facebook Page

Keepers Concealment AIWB Holsters

Range Minded - Episode 38 - The Real World With Scott & Rolando

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.

Range Minded - Episode 36 - The Benefits of Situational Awareness

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.

Jeff Cooper’s Color Codes of Awareness

Active Self Protection

Netflix Series: Medal of Honor

Range Minded - Episode 35 - The Shield EZ & The Bump Stock Ban

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.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ

The Firearm Blog (March Article) - DOJ Moves to Reclassify Bump Stocks As ‘Machine Guns‘

Battle Creek Enquirer - 18-Year Old Battle Creek Man Suing Dick’s Sporting Goods Over Gun Policy

CNN - Trump Administration To Announce Final Bump Stock Ban

Idaho Second Amendment Alliance

Range Minded - Episode 34 - The Less-Lethal Options to Carry

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.

John Lovell - Warrior Poet Society - NO Silencers on Home Defense Guns


Tactical Whip

Self-Defense Cane

What Is A Sai?

Range Minded - Episode 32 - The Many Ways To Teach Kids About Guns

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.

Idaho Teen Shoots Home Intruder

University of Michigan - Kids and Screen Time Addiction

Student Suspended for “Liking” Picture of Gun

Family Visit Gun Range - Their Kids Get Suspended From School

Col. Dave Grossman’s Assassination Generation

Range Minded - Episode 31 - The Martial Blade Concepts, and the Benefits of a Knife with Adam Boyce

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.

Adam Boyce - Spartan Mode

Adam Boyce - Instagram

Martial Blade Concepts

Martial Blade Concepts’ Distance Learning Program

Tuff Writer Pens

Range Minded - Episode 30 - The Training Between Classes

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.

Range Minded Podcast’s NEW Facebook Page

MantisX Training Tool

Guerrilla Approach’s Consistency Target

Dot Torture Test

Range Minded - Episode 29 - The Campus Carry Debate

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.

Campus Carry By State

Active Self-Protection - This Is Why You Carry With A Round In The Chamber!

University of Kansas Concealed Carry Policy

University of Kansas Concealed Carry FAQ

Students For Concealed Carry Organization

Everytown for Gun Safety on Guns on Campus

The Daily Signal - Concealed Carry On Campus Is More Common, and Useful, Than You Think

Range Minded - Episode 28 - The Latest In Current Events

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.

Boise Kavanaugh Protest Turns Confrontational

Tueller Drill

Grey Man Theory

Black Scout Survival

Florian Lahner And The Telescoping Baton

Scientists Found A Way To (Sort-of) Trace 3D-Printed Guns

Range Minded - Episode 25 - The Free-For-All

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.

U.S. Law Shield

12-year-old Girl Shoots Home Intruder

Homeowners Son Kills Three Burglars with AR-15

RIP G2 Ammo

Fast & Furious Scandal

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed Arrested

FBI-MLK Letter

BBC Report: Gunmakers of the Phillipines

Anarchist Cookbook

Boise Weekly Article

Range Minded - Episode 24 - The Visitor From Chicago Shoots An AR-15 For The Very First Time

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.

Posted! App


US Law Shield

Sutherland Springs, TX Shooting

Range Minded - Episode 23 - The "Young Guns" Documentary

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.

Newsy Documentary: "Young Guns"

Newsy "Young Guns" Article

Bearing Arms: Younger Gun Owners More Likely to Embrace Concealed Carry

News 5 Cleveland: Younger Gun Owners Embrace Concealed Carry

Stanford University Concealed Carry Study

Range Minded - Episode 22 - The Florida Incidents & NPR Report

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.

Florida Uber Driver (and CCW permit holder) shoots man

Jeff Cooper's Color Codes

NPR's Report: "The School Shootings That Weren't"

Center for Crime Prevention "Botched" Study on US Mass Shootings