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.
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.