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National Safety Month Gun Safety Campaign

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Safety Solutions Academy is the name of my company and it shouldn't…
Thunderbird Guns

0346 - Modifying training to ensure safety with Daniel Shaw

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If you spend any reasonable amount of time training with firearms,…

Grooming the Tactical Beard

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We are in the midst of "No Shave November" and I am amazed at…

0318 - Interview with Wade Stevens of TerraLUX Tactical Lights at NASGW 2012

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One of the areas in tactical gear where tremendous progress has been made in the past few years is tactical lights. With advances in LED technology lights have gotten brighter, smaller, and much more feature rich. One of the problems that comes along with features, however, can be complexity. When we are involved in any type of emergency situation that requires the use of our light, we want the operation of that light to be both simple and intuitive. Different manufacturers have found different solutions to the simplicity problem to varying degrees of effectiveness. I sat down with Wade Stevens of TerraLUX to talk about thier lights and some innovative features that may work as a solution to the complexity issue.

0268 - Interview with Zach of Helix Arms

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Today we have an interview that literally had me laughing out loud both during the recording and again throughout the editing. I hope you find the conversation I had with Zach of Helix Arms as much as we did. We do talk about some serious topics, and no, you shouldn't load your shot shells with rock salt.

0266 - An Interview with Julie Golob and Jerry Miculek of Team Smith and Wesson

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The best in the business are at SHOT Show and there is no doubt that it can be tough to gain access to some of the top names. SHOT Show is a busy time. Julie Golob and I started to try and get a time scheduled weeks ahead of SHOT but with both of our crazy schedules finding a common time was tough, but finally we made it. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I showed up at the Smith & Wesson booth and had the chance to interview both Julie and Jerry Miculek. Today we will talk with two champions who still find time for family, the outdoors and folks like you and me.

The Doors open to SHOT Show

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Yup, in just 5 minutes the mad rush will begin to find out about…

0240 - Proper Maintenance of Life Saving Tools

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It is really a pretty simple. Life saving tools have to work. Your seat belts must function every time you wreck your car. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers must work every time there is a fire. You should be getting the point. When your life is on the line you must have well maintained equipment. I have talked about some of the pass times I have pursued in my younger years. Among them were climbing and diving. Both pretty intense when it comes to life saving gear. You better bet that as a climber I took pretty good care of my harness, rope, carabiners and rack. Ignoring any signs of wear or damage could have deadly consequences in what would normally be a routine fall. Routine inspections and replacement of worn gear was a regular occurrence. The same was true with my diving gear. Being at 165' of 40' fresh water is no less dangerous that 165' off the deck. If gear fails the consequences are catastrophic. Maintenance takes place on an annual basis or at the first sign of any problems. Why would we treat our self-defense handgun any differently. We shouldn't.

0231 - Special Operations Equipment Muff Wraps

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Many folks consider SOE's gear to be the highest quality gear on the market. I certainly cant argue with that. But John and his crew do something much more important that make quality gear. They solve problems. You will find SOE in some of the roughest places on some of the roughest men. These are the kind of folks that give frequent feedback whether you want it or not. Well SOE wants it. They put it into practice. They solve problems. My issues were not the biggest deal out there, however, if John is willing to put that much effort into designing a ear muff wrap to make sure it works it should be pretty clear how he will handle the rest of your rig.

0227 - Knife Carry

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Lots of folks out there that care about their personal safety carry knives, and for good reason. They are outstanding tools that can help us to accomplish many tasks that we couldn't complete without them. In addition, they can be a formidable weapon. When we look at the legality of knife carry though, we quickly run into a quagmire of legal considerations that can be confusing, restrictive and in some situations, down right ridiculous. Today we will try to sort out some of the issues of knife carry.

0224 - When Life Gives You Lemons, Train!

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Either life is full of problems, or life is full of opportunities depends on our outlook. What we make of those situations is also up to us. When I get a choice, I learn from my challenges so that the next set of challenges will be even easier to deal with than the last. The more experience, the simpler life gets. What do you do?