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Vortex Nation Podcast

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Welcome to the Vortex Nation Podcast. Brought to you by lovers of hunting, shooting, public lands, the Second Amendment and dang good food.

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#10MinuteTalk - The Basics of Shooting Off a Tripod

February 23, 2021 12:00 - 17 minutes - 15.9 MB

Precision rifle shooting, hunting scenarios, bolt guns or AR’s - Integrating a quality tripod purpose-built for shooting (which Vortex not coincidentally offers) into your system is like having a portable bench and third arm that never gets tired. How they attach to your rifle, positioning of the tripod’s legs, positioning of your legs, shooting techniques to optimize the platform, and more, Nick Laufenberg helps us cover some super interesting ground. Listen in only if you’re ok considering...

Ep. 171 | This Birding Enthusiast is Now a Hardcore Shooting Fanatic - Mike McDowell

February 22, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 67.5 MB

Mike McDowell, Vortex’s in-house expert for everything birds, bugs and binos, takes us through his journey into firearms, shooting and the “friends” he lost because of it along the way. Any time we chat with Mike, we can’t help but dive into super cool bird stuff. We inevitably do that, tell the story of the famed “Golden Crowned Sparrow Conspiracy” and his “involvement”, as well as cover his new-found passion for guns, shooting and how it affected his reputation in certain circles…It just m...

#10MinuteTalk - Metal and Polymer Mags: Why Two Types?

February 16, 2021 12:00 - 17 minutes - 16.2 MB

Polymer Vs. Metal Magazines. Is one better than the other? If so, why? Jimmy and Mark tap into frequent magazine user/competitive shooter/Military and LE Account Manager/amateur historian, Adam Maxwell, to get his take on the pros and cons of each. Sometimes, to get the answers we seek, you have to go back to the  beginning. And for Adam, that is always “The Cold  War”.

Ep. 170 | Steve Rinella’s Near Death Experiences

February 15, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 72.5 MB

Steve Rinella  - Writer, author, host of MeatEater TV, expert outdoorsman, true conservationist, talented story teller and tons of other complementary traits, sits down with Jimmy and Mark to share some of his “highlight-reel” near-death experiences incurred along the way of this crazy thing we call life. From icy water, to icy roads, with a fair bit of humor (you can always laugh about it later if you live to tell the tale) and a whole lot more, this was a fun one you won’t want to miss! We...

#10MinuteTalk - Vacuum vs. Chamber Sealer - What’s the big diff?

February 09, 2021 12:00 - 16 minutes - 15.4 MB

Caught or shot, game and fish might as well be gold bricks in your freezer. So it’s good to make sure it’s prepped for long-term storage. Vacuum and Chamber sealers are two of the best ways to do just that. Jim and Mark go through the benefits of both styles, where they shine, and what style may fit your needs best. 

Ep. 169 | Wind, Weather and Ballistics in the Palm of your Hand

February 08, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 59.1 MB

Wind, weather, ballistics, technology and more! Jim, Mark, and Reuben sit down with Kestrel long-timer Katie Godfrey to chat through these fascinating devices, their evolution, and Kestrel’s jump into the shooting/ballistics arena. From sailing, rowing, Coxswain’s and how fast air comes out of your hand dryer, to all the tech that goes into these pocket-sized weather statin/ballistic solution marvels, Kestrels are very cool, very interesting and very important for any long-range shooter. As...

#10MinuteTalk – Should You Free Float Your Barrel?

February 02, 2021 12:00 - 14 minutes - 13.4 MB

“Free Floating” your barrel seems like the popular thing to do. Whether it’s AR’s, or bolt guns, it seems as though any non-free-floated barrel is automatically doomed to a life of complete and utter inaccuracy… Right? Ryan Muckenhirn, Jimmy and Mark discuss free floated barrels and whether or not it really is the all-or-nothing way to extracting maximum accuracy out of your rifle - and if a rifle that’s not free floated can even shoot well at all.

Ep. 168 | Budget Rifles – What You’re Getting and What You’re Missing?

February 01, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 64.4 MB

A “ Budget Rifle” doesn’t always mean budget performance. In fact, in many cases, quite the opposite. Consumers today are blessed with solid options from major manufacturers that deliver accuracy, durability and shootability rivaling their pinky-up counterparts. Jimmy and Mark grab Ryan Muckenhirn and Reuben Aleckson to cover the finer points of these utilitarian powerhouses. What makes a budget rifle a budget rifle? What are you getting? What are you missing out on? Will it do everything yo...

#10MinuteTalk - One Riflescope Magnification for the Rest of Your Life

January 26, 2021 12:00 - 16 minutes - 15.3 MB

Look, if you only had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment…Wait, in this podcast you only get one magnification for the rest of your life. So what’s it going to be? Jim and Mark take this hypothetical to a group of Hunters, 3-Gunners and Precision rifle shooters to get their take on the single magnification to do it all. You might be surprised by the answers.

Ep. 167 | Night Hunting Coyotes – Guns, Gear, Tactics, and More

January 25, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

Increase your coyote encounters by 10X – Take to the night. Jim and Mark sit down with two-time world coyote calling champion (using his voice) and expert night hunter Matt McHugh to soak up every last ounce of his night hunting expertise.  Hunting personally and guiding, Matt spends approximately 150 nights afield each year chasing these crafty critters. To say he speaks from experience is an understatement. We cover calling setups, thermal, night vision, firearms platforms, cartridges, tri...

#10MinuteTalk – Binocular vs Monocular Rangefinders

January 19, 2021 12:00 - 13 minutes - 12.5 MB

What rangefinder is right for you? Rangefinding binocular or monocular style? Do you bowhunt or rifle hunt – or both? How far are you shooting? Paul Neess “The Neess” sits down with Jim and Mark to break down the pros and cons of the different styles of rangfinding optics, in a variety of scenarios, for a variety of hunters. Tune in, identify your primary needs and make the best choice.

#10MinuteTalk - Choosing the Right Rangefinder

January 19, 2021 12:00 - 13 minutes - 12.5 MB

What rangefinder is right for you? Rangefinding binocular or monocular style? Do you bowhunt or rifle hunt – or both? How far are you shooting? Paul Neess “The Neess” sits down with Jim and Mark to break down the pros and cons of the different styles of rangfinding optics, in a variety of scenarios, for a variety of hunters. Tune in, identify your primary needs and make the best choice.

Ep. 166 | Rapid Fire Q&A with the Janis Putelis of MeatEater

January 18, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 85.6 MB

Jim and Mark get the distinct privilege of having Janis Putelis from MeatEater in the office and take the opportunity to “dive into the mind of a Janis”. We cover blacktail hunting together with Steve on POW, freediving for Sea cucumbers, his hunting origin story (he has two), going from ski instructor to elk guide, behind the scenes MeatEater stuff and more. Habitual handkerchief use, a shared love of the wild turkey, getting surprised by ducks, Janis’s Latvian roots and more - this was a s...

Ep. 165 | Which Tripod is Right for You?

January 13, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 68.3 MB

What has three legs, a head, and is arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have on a glass-intensive hunt or at the range? Tripods, of course! Mark and Jimmy hang out with the very tripod-obsessed Ryan Muckenhirn to talk about why these pieces of equipment are so important, how you can choose which type of tripod is best for you, and not only glassing off tripods, but also shooting off them as well! Best of all, we get to talk all about the entirely 100% brand new lin...

Ep. 164 | LPVO, Red Dot, or Prism for your AR?

January 12, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 78 MB

Looking for an optic for your AR? Maybe you already have one set up, but you’re curious about the other options and what makes them so special? Jimmy and Mark sat down with Reuben and Adam, our in-house AR junkies, to talk all about red dots, magnifiers, prism scopes, LPVO’s, offset red dots, etc. What’s so special about each one of these categories? Why would someone want to pick one over the other? Does one option reign supreme as the best overall way to go? Are any of them potentially jus...

Ep. 163 | How Rangefinders Really Work

January 11, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 66.6 MB

What’s the deal with rangefinders? We did an episode a long while back on some really important tips, tricks and how-to’s when it comes to understanding how they’re used in the field and maximizing their performance (See Ep. 65), but this time we figured it would be best to go even deeper into understanding HOW they actually work. What we all take for granted as an easy “Point and shoot” tool to give us extremely valuable information for our accuracy down range involves some pretty incredibl...

#10MinuteTalk – Optic/Ring Height

January 05, 2021 12:00 - 18 minutes - 16.6 MB

You’ve got the gun, you’ve got the rifle, now you need to get the best rings to hold them together… But what height? That’s the question we address here in this episode with Reuben Aleckson across the table from Jimmy and Mark. Full disclosure, if you’re looking for a definitive answer for your particular gun and scope combo, this isn’t going to be it, unfortunately. That said, we do go into all the reasons why that is such a difficult goal to achieve and all the aspects of your setup you sh...

Ep. 162 | The Life of a Special Operations Medic

January 04, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 109 MB

Jimmy and Ryan Muckenhirn are joined by former special operations medic, James Davenport, and DJ Struntz of North American Rescue to talk all about James’ incredibly interesting life in the armed forces serving as a medic in some of the most hostile environments on the planet. We should note that if anyone out there gets lightheaded from listening to someone talk about traumatic injury and blood, you may not want to listen to this one while operating any heavy machinery! James tells us about...

#10MinuteTalk – 6-Mils-To-a-Grand: The 28 Nosler

December 31, 2020 12:00 - 14 minutes - 12.9 MB

A cartridge screaming out of the barrel so fast it only takes six Mils of adjustment to get to a grand? That can only mean one thing - we’re talking about the Nosler family of cartridges, and to be even more specific, the 28 Nosler! These cartridges are well known for achieving some impressive velocities and being very flat shooting, but with a guy like Ryan Muckenhirn at the table for the discussion, surely there’s even more to learn about these cool rounds!

#10MinuteTalk – The .257 Roberts: The Classic Quarter-Bore

December 30, 2020 12:00 - 10 minutes - 9.72 MB

In a cartridge-era dominated by data tables filled with racy exterior ballistics, is there any room for modesty anymore? The fellas take 10 to pay mind to a fantastic-classic not soon forgotten in hunting camp: The light-recoiling, soft-spoken, and absolutely adequate for North American medium-game .257 Roberts. 

#10MinuteTalk – The Incredibly Efficient 6.5 Grendel

December 29, 2020 12:00 - 12 minutes - 11.4 MB

The “cutest” cartridge in our holiday series, the 6.5 Grendel, is not to be overlooked because of its size. As our in-house cartridge expert Ryan Muckenhirn discusses with Jimmy and Mark, this little guy is as sweet-shooting as they come with an incredibly efficient design, super light recoil and excellent packaging in an AR platform. 

#10MinuteTalk – Evil Roy – Weatherby’s Mighty .300

December 28, 2020 12:00 - 14 minutes - 13.5 MB

After nearly being threatened by one particular listener (You know who you are) for our lack of a 10 Minute Talk around the Weatherby cartridges, Jimmy, Mark and Ryan Muckenhirn finally discuss these unmistakable, round-shouldered magnums, with the 300 Weatherby being our specific focus. We also learn why Ryan calls his 300 Weatherby “Evil Roy”!

#10MinuteTalk – Sharp (Shoulder) Shooting – The .280 Ackley Improved

December 27, 2020 14:00 - 13 minutes - 12.4 MB

Jimmy and Mark chat with cartridge man Ryan Muckenhirn about a series of cartridges with one of the most iconic silhouettes - the sharp-shouldered Ackley Improved cartridges. In this case, we speak most specifically to the .280 AI, being one of P.O. Ackley’s earliest mainstream wildcats, and its long journey to becoming an increasingly popular SAAMI spec’d round.

#10MinuteTalk – O’Connor’s Special – The .270 Winchester

December 26, 2020 14:00 - 12 minutes - 11.3 MB

By overwhelming demand, we bring you a 10 Minute Talk on the ol’ standby – the .270 Winchester… How have we not done this one yet?? Jimmy and Mark chat with Mr. Ryan Muckenhirn all about what is certainly one of America’s most classic deer cartridges. We address not only where it came from and what made it so special to begin with, but also what it’s future might be as the round seems to be gaining in popularity with the long range community with the development of some new, high-stepping pr...

#10MinuteTalk - The “why” behind extreme distance rangefinders

December 22, 2020 12:00 - 11 minutes - 10.5 MB

Why the hell would a person need to range 5000 yards or beyond anyway?...We’ll tell ya. Jimmy and Mark sit down with Paul Neess (AKA “The Neess”) and Ryan Muckenhirn to dissect this interesting question. In some ways the extreme ranging horsepower of  an optic like our Fury HD 5000 is akin to when we practice shooting at long range – the fact the unit can hit 5000 well, makes closer work like 2500 yards a chip shot in regard to speed, pinpoint-precision and distance reading accuracy. A perso...

Ep. 161 | Cold Weather Clothing and Shelter

December 21, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 79.1 MB

Jimmy and Mark are joined by Ryan Muckenhirn to discuss staying warm in the dead of the late season winter hunts. We discuss everything from clothing to shelter, understanding of course that everyone has their own personal preference for how they like to stay warm, but it never hurts to get a few new ideas now and then. Mark obviously brings up the incredible merits of the puffy jacket (Which we all agree on here), Ryan discusses his extremely well-thought-out cold weather shelter setup, and...

Introducing the 6.5 BC – a Wildcat Special: The 6.5 BC takes its first wild game!

December 16, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour

Incredibly, the crew has developed a load that not only functions but does so well enough to be worthy of taking on an antelope hunt in Wyoming. In true dirtbag fashion, Mark, Jimmy and our video man Cooper loaded up the Subaru for a turn and burn trip to a unit with limited public land in hopes to shoot at least one doe antelope each. As the title implies, the cartridge worked as intended, but to hear just how it all went down you’ll have to tune in! What do you guys want to see in the futu...

Introducing the 6.5 BC – a Wildcat Special: Loading, Testing and not Blowing Up

December 15, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour

In our last episode, Ryan Muckenhirn walked us through the process of getting into wildcatting your own cartridge and also unveiled our concept for the 6.5 BC. This is all fine and dandy on paper, but when the powder starts pouring, how are we going to go about making sure we loading something that works, is remotely effective, and, perhaps most importantly, safe!? In typical Vortex Nation Podcast form, we’re going into this with a good idea, but not a ton of experience, to give you a relata...

Introducing the 6.5 BC – a Wildcat Special: How to Start Wildcatting

December 14, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour

Remember that time after our first podventure when Jimmy and Mark said they’d never reload again? Well, technically we’re not reloading just yet… We’re wildcatting! Wildcatting is essentially the process of throwing caution to the wind, along with all other familiar territory and off-the-shelf parts for loading your own ammunition and attempting to develop your own cartridge. Of course, Mark and Jimmy aren’t going to do this by themselves, so they’ve enlisted our local cartridge expert, Ryan...

#10MinuteTalk - Do Monoculars Need More Love?

December 08, 2020 12:00 - 12 minutes - 11.9 MB

You don’t need to be a cyclops to enjoy all the benefits a Monocular offers. We grab resident optics expert and coinsure Michael McDowell to break down these handy optics and all the great performance they offer. Light, fast, and mechanically simple, monoculars are easy to carry and always at the ready when you need them!

Ep. 160 | Think Wilder with Your Wild Game Cooking

December 07, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 65.5 MB

Jeremiah Doughty from @fromfieldtoplate joins Jimmy and Sawyer (Mark was out on a Blacktail hunt) to talk all things wild game cooking. Jeremiah himself is a self-proclaimed wild game chef and spends his time traveling the world hunting and preparing amazing meals with the meat he harvests. While we can all agree that pretty much anything wild game is going to taste great, you may be feeling stuck in a rut with steaks and jerky time after time following the hunting season and want to venture...

Ep. 159 | Safari Club International – More than meets the SC I

December 03, 2020 12:00 - 58 minutes - 53.2 MB

What’s in a name? We’ll, lots of things – and possibly even some misconceptions. Safari Club International (SCI) has been fighting for hunters, rights, traditions, culture, and essentially our way of life for years. They are all about domestic and international hunting, but make no mistake, it isn’t all lions and zebras. Tune in to this super interesting conversation with Ben Cassidy from SCI as we chat about, what SCI is doing for you, how they are doing it and some serious battles they are...

#10MinuteTalk – When to Swap Your Spotting Scope Eyepiece

December 01, 2020 12:00 - 18 minutes - 16.6 MB

Reuben Aleckson joins Jimmy and Mark to talk about spotting scope eyepieces and when it might make sense to swap your included variable zoom eyepiece for a long eye relief, wide angle, and/or reticle eyepiece. The ability with certain spotting scopes to change the eyepiece allows for the opportunity to specialize your optic to specific applications, making it much more effective for searching, spotting, calling shots or seeing more clearly at different times of day or different distances. We...

Ep. 158 | Land Navigation with Greg McHale

November 30, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 65 MB

Map and compass: Archaic tools of hunters past or essential kit for anyone navigating the wilderness. We sit down with Greg McHale (Greg McHale’s Wild Yukon TV) to discuss traditional land navigation, all it’s advantages, and get lost in conversation. Bad pun intended. Tune in or get lost. Bad pun number two! Promise no more, but give this one a listen.   As always, we want to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered on the Vortex Nation™ podcast by asking ...

#10MinuteTalk - 8mm-06 By Our Own Demand!

November 24, 2020 12:00 - 12 minutes - 11 MB

Ryan Muckenhirn joins Jimmy and Mark to discuss a cartridge that came up in one of our many “Podcasts after the podcast” conversations, the 8mm-06. While the cartridge itself is intriguing, it’s the history behind why it was made and the people who requested its creation that is so awesome. We’d love to know if any of you out there are using or loading for the 8mm-06. If so – let us know in the comments on YouTube or on Instagram!

Ep. 157 | How Cold Weather Affects Your Hunting/Shooting Equipment

November 23, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 71.1 MB

As the temperatures drop, there’s no mistaking the fact that we feel colder and time spent in the woods or on the mountain gets a bit more uncomfortable. Sure, the right gear and a healthy dose of mental toughness can simply get you through the cold temps, but how about your gear? What affects does the cold weather have on your optics, electronics, firearm, bullet, etc? Also, even if you “Feel” fine, what sorts of things can be happening to your body in extreme cold that you should be aware ...

Ep. 156 | The 7.62x54R and Mosins – Listener Special

November 19, 2020 12:00 - 59 minutes - 54.1 MB

One of our long-time listeners and fellow gun enthusiast, William Elliot, joined us for an episode talking all about the 7.62x54R cartridge and the most famous gun in history to shoot the cartridge, The Mosin Nagant. He even brought some of his own for show and tell! Ryan Muckenhirn was also in attendance to drop his historical knowledge on the platforms and the cartridge. We discuss how Mosin’s went from dirt cheap to expensive in relatively short order, how accurate they really can be, the...

#10MinuteTalk - Packing Your Pack…The Right Way!

November 17, 2020 12:00 - 13 minutes - 12.7 MB

Do you suffer from sloppy pack syndrome? Maybe you don’t even know you have it? There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to properly packing your backpack for a hunt – on the way in with gear and on the way out when you’re hopefully loaded down heavy with meat! There’s an order of operations, spots weight carries best, tricks for utilizing straps and more. We sit down with Joey Pyburn, Outdoor Line Radio Host and frequent packer-outer of big game, as he details the tricks of the trade.

Ep. 155 | Terminal Ballistics 101

November 16, 2020 12:00 - 54 minutes - 50.3 MB

Terminal ballistics, how your bullet performs once it hits a game animal. We talk a lot about velocity, BC’s, etc., but if your bullet doesn’t work how you want it to upon impact, well, F. Mark and Jim connect up with Jason Nash from Federal ammunition to get the rundown on this more than interesting topic. Bonded bullets, polymer tips, bullets that retain weight, bullets that “dump energy” - We cover a lot of ground and ultimately feel like there may be more meat on the bone with this one, ...

#10MinuteTalk – Sam Soholt, Stamp it Forward, Duck Stamps and Conservation

November 10, 2020 12:00 - 14 minutes - 13.2 MB

We sit down with Sam Soholt to chat through his super unique and impactful “Stamp it Forward” program and all the cool stuff 98% of every duck stamp purchase has done for wild things in wild places. The Federal Duck Stamp  -  It isn’t just another license. It’s a conservation win for the ages! And one thing is certain, it gets our “Stamp of Approval”.

Ep. 154 | Light Transmission – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

November 09, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 56.4 MB

Jimmy and Mark are once again joined by one of the optical engineers here on the team at Vortex, Christian Benson. Christian schools us on all the questions we could muster around the topic of “Light Transmission” in the optics we use. What is “Light transmission”, how is it measured, what makes an optic better/worse in low light scenarios and all the common misconceptions about light transmission. He also walks us through an optical glass chart and discusses lens design, coatings, size and ...

#10MinuteTalk – Jack Rabbit Stew

November 03, 2020 12:00 - 12 minutes - 11.7 MB

Jimmy and Mark try a recipe from Hank Shaw with some surprise frozen jack rabbit found at the back of the podcast room freezer. Why do Jack rabbits seem to get a bad rap for their flavor? Can a bold tasting stew like this one make it better, or did we get ourselves into a pickle by using a half-broken ninja cooker to whip it up? Have you guys tried Jack Rabbit before? If so, how did you do it and how did it turn out?

Ep. 153 | Unorthodox Rut Tactics w/ Zach Ferenbaugh of THP

November 02, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 70.5 MB

Zach Ferenbaugh of The Hunting Public joins Jimmy, Mark and Erik to discuss “Unorthodox rut tactics” in what couldn’t be a timelier podcast for deer season! As many who follow the THP crew know, they're a huge proponent of hunting from the ground and can often be seen making moves that break the traditional “Rule book” of whitetail hunting. Zach shares why you should never sit idle and wait for a “locked down” buck to come to you (since it probably won’t), why making noise while hunting migh...

Ep. 152 | Turning Your Passion Into Your Career – Mark Kenyon from Wired to Hunt

October 29, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 56.6 MB

Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt joins Jimmy and Mark remotely from camp to discuss the history behind starting Wired to hunt, what led him to want to quit his “Regular” job and make podcasting and journaling a full-time gig, and why he loves hunting whitetails so much. Wired to Hunt is undoubtedly one of the longest standing and most popular hunting podcasts in the industry and the fact that it was started by a regular guy with a passion for the outdoors and a hard work ethic makes for an even ...

#10MinuteTalk – Offhand Shooting Tips & Tricks

October 27, 2020 11:00 - 14 minutes - 13 MB

Offhand shooting in and of itself is skill completely unique and different from shooting with any form of rest. It adds in so many more variables to the equation and we immediately see how unsteady we can be when trying to maintain pin-point accuracy with only our bodies holding the weight of the rifle in front of us. The gun begins to get heavy and our muscles begin to shake, the motion created by our breathing begins to affect point-of-aim and even our heartbeats can be a factor! Ryan Muck...

Ep. 151 | Identical Draw – The New Hunter Project and killer content!

October 26, 2020 11:00 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

Cool content and taking hunter recruitment by the horns – We sit down with Tom and Nathan Crick of Identical Draw to chat about their revolutionary “New Hunter Project”, where they have dedicated their season to taking folks from 0-to-60 on the bowhunting scale. Multiple states, multiple species, and multiple sets of hunters they’ve never met before will make this a season for the books – and quite possibly transform the lives of all involved in a positive and meaningful way. There is always...

Real Life Defensive Training – Home Defense

October 22, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 81.9 MB

Adrian and Pete from Vortex EDGE join Jimmy and Mark after a full day of training home defense scenarios in the indoor shoot house at our facility. In this episode, we discuss mentally preparing for a home defense situation and the many different ways it can present itself. The Vortex EDGE crew explains why “Clearing your own house” is a bad idea, but rather, how you should actually consider movement through your home and prioritizing what’s most important at that given time to develop your ...

Real Life Defensive Training – The Body

October 21, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 70.2 MB

Kyle McNally, First time podcast guest and our instructor for practical martial arts for the day, joins Jimmy and Mark following a morning of learning the fundamentals of real world self-defense without a firearm. In this episode, we discuss the profound importance of understanding how to defend one’s self without relying on the deadly force of a firearm using basic and intuitive movements from martial arts, wrestling and other hand-to-hand combative disciplines. Kyle explains how the non-de...

Real Life Defensive Training - The Fighting Carbine

October 20, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 79.2 MB

Pete and Justin of Vortex EDGE join Jimmy and Mark following a full day of working the fundamentals of marksmanship with the fighting carbine (AR-15’s in this case). In this episode we discuss the importance of the carbine and training with it to ensure one’s ability to maximize the capability of the platform. We go over good drills anyone can do at their range to increase their skill and be much more efficient with ammo rather than simply dumping rounds down range without much purpose. Also...

Real Life Defensive Training - The Pistol

October 19, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 85.4 MB

Pete and Adrian of Vortex EDGE join Jimmy and Mark following a full day of working the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship as well as a classroom session around the physical, mental and legal sides of concealed carry and deadly force. The pistol is perhaps the most common firearm for people to gravitate towards first when considering a gun for self-defense, and for many good reasons. The Vortex EDGE crew goes into the importance of understanding not only how to handle and shoot a pistol, but...


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