Over the last couple of months I have been hitting the Gun Hobby pretty hard. Along with increased shooting and reading, I have been listening to a variety of podcasts on the subject. It all started with a podcast that I was listening to last year, Down Range Radio with Michael Bane. I’m a fan of the show but I wish the show were more about guns themselves and shooting techniques rather than the broad topic of gun related news and events.
I decided to branch out and see what else was out there. I came across the Gun Rights Radio Network and started looking into the variety of shows available. Below is a small list of the shows that I find myself listening to most often.
I must admit, the first Gun Dudes episode that I listened to left me a little frustrated. I was listening to a group of guys talk about all things gun related. They covered news, shooting techniques, and gun & accessory reviews. Included in this lineup was a sprinkling of politics (I can deal with a sprinkling, if done properly).
Back to the frustrated part, the show is presented as a group of guys sitting down together and talking guns. They have a tendency to talk over one another and crack jokes. It is all in good fun but sometimes I feel like good, solid, information is being talked over and I strain to hear it.
After a few episodes I got into a groove and found myself really enjoying their style. As of late I have been burning past episodes to disc and listening to them during my daily commute (which isn’t long so a single episode lasts a couple of days). In a recent episode they even answered a question that I sent in (lots of cool points here). Of my current podcast lineup, Gun Dudes is easily my favorite both for information and entertainment.
I think that I stumbled on to the ProArms podcast after listening to an episode of The Gun Dudes. The guys had good things to say about the show, so I searched them out on the Gun Rights Radio Network. The show is produced by Gail from the Massad Ayoob Group (Massad Ayoob is the author of Gun Proof Your Children, which I recently reviewed)
The show takes a different approach and deals more with dangerous situations and the aftermath of a shooting. Interviews are featured and a tremendous wealth of information is presented. The very first episode that I listened to was a recounting of the Arizona Shooting by Joe Zamudio (Joe tackled the shooter). After the story is told, Massad Ayoob and guests at the MAG 40 class ask questions, which delves deeper into the scene.
After listening to the Joe Zamudio episode, I found myself going as far back as December 2010 to take in all of what the podcast has to offer. The interviews are fantastic and I intend to listen back as far as possible to absorb all of the information that I can.
The Gunfighter Cast was another podcast that I came across due to the Gun Rights Radio Network. The show is hosted by Daniel Shaw (Shaw? As the Gun Dudes would say). Daniel is an active duty Marine stationed in Japan. His show highlights training techniques to better your shooting.
The episode that got me hooked was Daniel’s account of the Earthquake and Tsunami that recently hit Japan. Daniel put together a pair of short episodes that looked at his survival kit and how he felt it performed in his situation. It was an eye opener as to why everyone should keep a pack with essentials on hand (just in case that “Shit Hits the Fan” scenario strikes).
The Urban Shooter
The Urban Shooter Podcast is produced by Rev. Kenn Blanchard (Author of Black Man with a Gun). The podcast takes on the roll of a variety show as a range of gun related topics are discussed. The focus seems to be more on people (gun owners). This creates a very laid back and comfortable atmosphere.
In addition to the talk portion of the show, Kenn reads an action series on Zombies. This action series really isn’t my thing (I’m more of a Fantasy guy and not into Action and Horror so much) so I generally skip past it. Even though it isn’t my thing, the reading is very popular and in high demand.
Down Range Radio
As I said in the opening portion of this post, I have been an off and on listener of Down Range Radio for a while now. The podcast is presented by Michael Bane from Down Range TV on the Outdoor Channel. It is said to be the audio incarnation of the show (I haven’t seen the show in ages).
I find myself listening to this show when I’m finished with all of the others listed above. It makes for interesting background talk radio in the car, as I drive my daughter home from the babysitter. The show is driven by opinion type topics (For instance, Michael’s thoughts on the Gun Runner AFT scandal) and the host’s accounts of shooting events and guns.
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