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Riding Shotgun With Charlie is a aims to entertain and educate people who are into firearms. However, not everything is firearm related. We may talk music or politics or whatever may come up during a conversation between the driver and the passenger.

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Riding Shotgun With Charlie is a aims to entertain and educate people who are into firearms. However, not everything is firearm related. We may talk music or politics or whatever may come up during a conversation between the driver and the passenger.

    RSWC #078 LaKasha Robbins

    RSWC #078 LaKasha Robbins

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #078
    LaKasha Robbins
    Massachusetts Women Gun Owners
    Gun Owners Action League
    The DC Project
     
    It was sometime in 2018 when I met LaKasha. She was modeling for the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) Concealed Carry Fashion Show. I was the emcee. We were running into each other at 2A events put on by GOAL, The DC Project (DCP), and even trap shooting locally. Finally after about a year and a half of telling her she should be on the show, while we were sighting in some ARs recently, she agreed!  She’s been interviewed by Tom Gresham & Cam Edwards, this ought to be like shooting a .22!
     
    LaKasha Robbins is a relatively new shooter and gun owner.  She’s had a license for several years, but things really started moving when she and some other female 2A activists in Massachusetts, started Mass Women Gun Owners (MWGO). She’s got some computer experience and organization skills, so she volunteered to help get materials and information out.  She and the others started the group just to exchange ideas about self defense, the woman’s right to protection, and how to figure out what carry methods work well for women. Even though she’s isn’t fond of public speaking, she’s testified in DC and Boston. 
     
    From there, she started taking classes and became interested in becoming an instructor so she can help other new female gun owners learn to shoot, about firearm safety and self defense. This is her calling. We’ve taught at some GOAL events and she’s lots of respect from some veteran instructors. 
     
    The MWGO hosted a summit in 2018 to raise money for the organization. One of the guest instructors was Amanda Suffecool from Eye On The Target Radio and The DC Project. After a day of shooting and talking, LaKasha jumped on board as the MA Representative of the DCP.  She’s been going to DC every year, teaming up with other female 2A activists and taking DC by storm, speaking to politicians across the country about the woman’s right to self defense. Unfortunately, this year, they had to not gather in our capitol. 
     
    In June of 2019, LaKasha went to Texas to raise money for the DCP, and she and the other DCP ladies got to hang out with Jerry Miculek and John “TIG” Tiegen.  The DCP Team Match is set for the end of October 2020.
     
    LaKasha and I shared some fun stories about trap shooting a few years ago. She also tells us that she’s really met so many wonderful and great people in the 2A community that help raise each other up. The DCP is looking to branch out at the state level.  So, if you’re interested in helping out in any way in your state, check out the DC Project link below, look for your state rep and message her to get involved.  You won’t be sorry. LaKasha has only been in the 2A community for a few years, and already, she’s working with many big name folks from around the country. 
     
    Favorite Quotes
    “I thought it was kind of silly to have a gun and not use it”
    “I’ve meet the nicest people in the gun community.  Just so helpful. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of everyone.”
    On joining The DC Project: “It sounded amazing, so I said “I’ll do it!”...Afterwards, that’s when I got anxious… But I went thru, I did it.”
    “People need to realize that they’re (politicians) are just people, too”
    “Every year you do it (testifying) it just gets easier”
    “I encourage people to get out of their comfort zone, even if they’re scared”
    “My passion is helping other women learn how to use a firearm just the way other people have helped me”



    Mass Women Gun Owners
    https://www.womengunowners.org/
    Gun Owners Action League
    https://goal.org/
    The DC Project
    https://www.dcproject.info/



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    • 42 min
    RSWC #077 Dawn Hillyer

    RSWC #077 Dawn Hillyer

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #077
    Dawn Hillyer
    Hiding Hilda
     
    Dawn and I were both models at the concealed carry fashion show at Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Chicago, 2018. I was modeling a holster undershirt.  I’m sure she was modeling one of her own products made by her company, Hiding Hilda. I told her that I wanted to do a show in every state and secretly she wanted to be my Indiana passenger. We made it happen in Fort Wayne, Indiana last month. 
     
    Dawn Hillyer, like many people, didn’t grow up around firearms or shooting. She got involved with firearms a year after a dating relationship ended and she was stalked for 6 years by her ex-boyfriend. There were death threats not just to her, but her family and friends, too. It kept escalating and escalating. The ex-boyfriend was very computer savvy and sent fake emails to himself making it look like she was going after him. She changed her phone number and email yet he still found and stalked her.  
     
    She had a bad feeling one evening and took her children to her ex-husband’s and kept her husband’s gun for the night.  She was convinced that this particular evening, the ex-boyfriend was coming to get her. 
     
    Her story ended up on Katie Couric’s show, Stalked. Ms. Couric, of course, was interested in the firearm aspect of the story. Dawn may be the only person in the gun community who had a ‘good’ experience with Ms. Couric. After the show with Dawn aired in December 2013, she became much more vocal about domestic abuse and stalking.  She’s spoken around the country on these issues and started a Facebook page dedicated to women who are stalked by men.  She also recounts her story on her blog posts (see link below). 
     
    Dawn tells us that she went from not shooting, to gun ownership, to becoming an instructor, to deciding to be her own hero and make her own line of products for women to use to carry concealed firearms. She enjoyed the NRA AM in Indianapolis in 2018  when she co-emceed the Realize FAC and Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association concealed carry fashion show with Amanda Suffecool. 
     
    Dawn has taken this horrible and scary 6 years and turned it into something that has helped women across the country. These women have been educated, trained, and inspired by what she has been doing. And they can buy her products, and Hiding Hilda will help them be their own heroes!
     
    Favorite quotes:
     
    “I had to take control...I truly thought my life was in danger”
    “I named my first firearm Hilda. Then I was still hiding Hilda, but I could live out loud”
    “You have a routine. You can’t get away from it. You have to live.”
    “I think women should be pretty and badass! I didn’t want to lose my pretty to be badass!”
    “Be your own hero!”
     
    Find Dawn’s website & social media, read her stalker story, and buy her products for the female gun owners (and a few things for the guys, too!)
     
    Hiding Hilda Website
    https://hidinghilda.com/
    Hiding Hilda Facebook 
    https://www.facebook.com/hidinghilda/
    Hiding Hilda Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/hidinghildallc/
    Hiding Hilda Twitter
    https://twitter.com/HidingHilda
    Hiding Hilda Blog (Stalked Story)
    https://hidinghilda.com/blogs/stalked
     
    Dawn Hillyer Anti-Stalking Advocate
    Facebook  with Katie Couric
    https://www.facebook.com/205612966292988/posts/255494204638197/
     
    Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association
    https://isrpa.org/

    The 2A Project
    https://the2aproject.com/
     
    Kayle Browning at Gunsmoke Media
    https://www.facebook.com/gunsmokemedia




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    • 36 min
    RSWC #076 Lauren Nelson

    RSWC #076 Lauren Nelson

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #076
    Lauren Nelson



    This what one of the things I love about the 2A community is how easily we connect with others.  I met Patrick Collins in Phoenix.  He was able to connect me to Lauren Nelson when I asked about finding someone in Vermont to be on the show. 
     
    I met Lauren and we headed to her local gun shop in Wells River, VT, called Gateway Sports. They have a nice little shop that was recently redone inside.  While we were there, the store was busy with people looking to trade in some handguns, buying new handguns for some women, and even a few people with their young kids. Lauren shares a story about trading in a pink BB gun to buy her first gun at Gateway,too. 
     
    Lauren grew up south of Boston in a non-gun household.  She became interested in getting a handgun after she was married.  Her husband is mostly into long guns. Since they live in Vermont, they have their own range on their farm. They mostly shoot outdoors and usually in fair weather.
     
    We get into how Vermont is a unique state politically.  There are residents on both sides of the aisle and it keeps the state on top of things. Vermont has been the longest state with constitutional carry. As a matter of fact, we used to call it Vermont style carry before it was constitutional carry. We also spend time talking about how the laws vary from state to state and how it affects small New England states more than some larger states in the west. 
     
    We also talk about the 80% lowers and the story that was on one of the major networks. I’ve got a story about an “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” 80% lower that I may have. And there’s a photo of my friend’s “Murder Hornet” AR style.  
     
    We finish up talking about the looks that people get when they stereotype people.  Whether they are gun owners or motorcyclists, we’re all good folks that are doing something we enjoy. Even if it takes us to Vegas for the SHOT Show, the kitchen and bath show, or the AVN awards, all in the same week. 
     
    Thanks to Patrick Collins for connecting us!



    Favorite quotes:
    “I bought it because it was cute”
    “I went to my first gun show a few years ago. It was like a flea market or craft fair for guns”
    “I’m pretty lucky that I moved to a state that when I decided to own a gun I could just go in with my squeaky clean record and buy one”
    “We don’t shot for the month of May, until the ground gets tilled. We don’t shoot because of the manure issue”
    “Respectful gun owners and hunters are a good thing”
    “There’s no cell service. There’s nothing. There’s moose, then you come into the downtown area”
    “If you want to own a gun, you should have the right to do so, if you’re not a felon and you pass a background check”




    CBS Story from 60 Minutes about ghost guns
    https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/mgn3I4VK0t0JgbzEBMyz43XS6LWpBSL5/how-build-it-yourself-firearms-skirt-most-federal-gun-laws/
     
    To get a face-mask from A Girl & A Gun, please visit their website.
    https://www.agirlandagun.org/category/store/





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    • 36 min
    RSWC #074 Mike Hughes Britt Lentz

    RSWC #074 Mike Hughes Britt Lentz

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #074
    Mike Hughes & Britt Lentz
    Next Level Training
     
    I met Mike & Britt at SHOT Show 2020 thanks to  Klint Macro & Matt Mallory from Meet The Pressers. They said they’re great guys from Next Level Training  and they needed to get in the stagecoach.  You may have seen Mike Hughes from History Channel’s Top Shot Season 3. 
     
    Before Next Level Training and SIRT pistols, Mike was a football player and a patent attorney who enjoyed competitive shooting. He spent a lot of time training and running his business, but having a family took over, and competitive shooting took a backseat. 
     
    The SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) pistol was Mike’s idea.  It took a lot of work, effort, and research to make the pistols and assembly them, which is all done in Washington state. They’ve got a number of types of pistols, like a GLCOK 17/22, S&W M&P, SIG P320, and a bolt for the AR 15 platform. 
     
    We did cover a little about the differences in intellectual property and functional features about making a training pistol that is similar to other pistols. Mike is a great person to cover that, being a former patient lawyer. 
     
    Britt brings up Mike being on History Channel’s Top Shot and we talk about that process to get onto the show and some of the behind the scenes stories. Mike really likes how Top Shot brought firearms to a bigger and broader audience and put firearm ownership in a new light for people. He shares that Top Shot was unscripted.  It was a long six weeks for Mike, but he shared his secret to success. 
     
    Britt has a similar background to Mike.  They played football against each other in college.  They became best friends at birthing classes. Britt has been on board since the beginning of NLT. 
     
    Mike shares one of his favorite and first moments on Top Shot. His first gun to shoot was a Smith & Wesson 500 against Cliff Walsh, a Grand Master with the USPSA. 
     
    Mike & Britt were kind enough to give us a coupon code.  If you use the code, “RSWC” at https://nextleveltraining.com/ you’ll save 10% on your purchase. Please let them know you saw them on RSWC!  A SIRT pistol would be a great item to buy while we’re still in quarantine/lockdown/stay at home. So use RSWC in the coupon code and save 10%!




    Favorite quotes:
     
    Mike: “We’re talking about hard times, two or three years in, you basically fail. But we’re too stupid to realize it. We’re the walking dead for 9 months. ….in the end, you just keep at it. Pick up the battering ram and keep hitting the wall. ...Things are going pretty phenomenal now.”
    Mike: “From what I understand about reality shows, they’re scripted reality… Top Shot is not scripted.” 
    Mike: “Achievement is kinda simple.  You just understand the parameters, and what can go wrong, and you prepare like crazy. And you win. You succeed.”
    Mike: “It's like everything in life. Which is premised on relationships: respect, courtesy, being kind.”




    Next Level Training Website (Use RSWC for the coupon code!)
    https://nextleveltraining.com/
     
    Next Level Training Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/NextLevelTrainingLLC/
     
    Mike Hughes Top Shot Facebook Page/
    https://www.facebook.com/MikeHughesTopShot/
     
    Next Level Training Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/nltsirt/
     
    Top Shot: Trick It Up Clip
    https://youtu.be/Rd786i6qry4




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    • 32 min
    RSWC #073 John Costa

    RSWC #073 John Costa

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #073 
    John Costa
    The Gunrunner LLC
     
    When I called John Costa, owner of The Gunrunner LLC,  was on the phone with Glenn Beck. I read this story the day before about his gun store. I left my number and a couple hours later, we set up the time for an interview the next day. 
     
    During the breakout of COVID-19, many businesses and stores in Massachusetts were ordered to close. MA Governor Charlie Baker made a (vague) list of essential businesses.  President Trump eventually said that gun stores were essential businesses and should remain open. On March 31, Governor Baker included firearms retailers in the essential businesses.  Within hours, Governor Baker retracted firearms retailers on the list. Then Attorney General Maura Healey tweeted that gun stores were NOT essential and that gun owners were a danger to police officers, first responders, and domestic violence victims. The gun stores in Massachusetts would also not be on the list of businesses that could receive financial help from the government. Firearm instructors were also sent an email stating they were not approved to be teaching courses in person or virtually until at least May 4, 2020. 
     
    The Gunrunner in Middleboro, MA, a small business since 1986, decided to stay open to sell guns and ammunition to those who needed a firearm to protect their families and loved ones. 
     
    The owner, John Costa, came to the United States when he was 2 from the Azores. He learned to speak English when he started school.  His mother struggled to earn enough money to get her husband and young John to bring them to America. John served this country during the VietNam War. 
     
    Like other businesses, The Gunrunner has struggled through challenging times and done well in good times. But this government overreach, telling small businesses, who can remain open and be essential and which businesses are not essential and must close, was too much for The Gunrunner. 
     
    We spent a lot of time talking about how things have changed and quickly! Mr. Costa is very worked up about how this socialism is taking over the country and how easy it has been for us to give up our Rights, when this is what he and many others fought to stop around the world. 
     
    The Gunrunner had the Board of Health show up at the store with a cease and desist order and Mr. Costa took the order and threw it on the floor. 
     
    Currently, The Gunrunner is selling firearms and ammunition and will continue to do so. He’s been reaching out to suppliers and other stores and driving up to 4 hours roundtrip to get supplies to sell. 



    Favorite quotes:
    “No I am not closing my shop. No I am not going to stop selling firearms. I am going to protect us, the citizens, from the tyranny of these socialists.”
    “I, myself, call it bully shootings. Because that’s what I think it was.”
    “Why in the hell is she (Maura Healey) letting the prisoners loose? A crook is a crook always. They don’t change.”
    “Stopping the gun classes has nothing to do with the virus. This is all about gun confiscation.”
    “I don’t want to start a riot.  I don’t want to do any of that. But I want you people to wake up! See what’s going on!”






    John Costa on The Blaze with Glenn Beck
    https://www.theblaze.com/news/gun-shop-owner-openly-defies-massachusetts-governors-order-to-close
     
    The Gunrunner LLC Website
    https://thegunrunnerllc.com/
     
    The Gunrunner LLC
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Gunrunner-LLC-1436275726607329/



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    • 29 min
    RSWC #072 Mike Ox

    RSWC #072 Mike Ox

    RSWC 
    #072
    Mike Ox
    Dry Fire Training Cards
    Thanks to the Meet The Presser gents, Klint & Matt, for the use of their Vegas rental car!
    Attending a SHOT Show 2020 gathering is where I met Mike Ox.  He’s an instructor, author, and creator of the Dry Fire Training Cards. The Dry Fire Training Cards would be GREAT to have while the country is working through the virus of March 2020.
    “Ox” has been shooting since he was a young man.  After years of playing sports he got a number of concussions. When he was ‘no holds barred’ fighting in college, he learned to work with Olympic coaches on mental imagery and visualization and control his adrenaline response. Taking this training and combining it with firearm training, he ended up making a dry firing program for himself and it worked very quickly.  It became the Tactical Firearms Training Secrets book. He found out he was suffering with vertigo almost every night for 3 ½ years and learned about neurology and how to not have vertigo and keep doing IDPA Nationals. With some research, he discovered that a Vitamin B metabolization issue was causing the problem. After changing types of vitamins, he was healed. The drills he was working on to keep functioning also worked well for performance enhancers, things like visual, balance, hand-eye coordination, improved reflexes all improve his ability to acquire the front sight of his gun. 
    He took these ideas and started teaching students with immediate results. These students improved 20% running full speed at the exercises. He’s lot of methods to teach students to improve their skills very quickly. 
    We do talk about some of the similarities between teaching firearm students and me teaching band students. From the slow is smooth and smooth is fast, to putting information into your brain by gaining knowledge, but more importantly by practicing these skills. 
    He also developed methods to teach people to shoot on the move. Your shoulders have to stabilize the gun, your neck has stabilize the eyes, while your brain makes sure you don’t fall. His methods help you get through various stages and formations of your body to learn to shoot at different positions and be able to see better. There’s no method like it in the country.  He can also help you virtually and online.    
    Ox shares things he learned about the brain about parts I’ve never even heard of. And he shares a story about teaching a course to a number of doctors and how his information was able to save a doctor from getting a back surgery. 
    There’s a lot of information that you’ll get from this episode. Make sure you check it all out and visit his website to get lots of information on his training programs. 
    Favorite quotes:
    “I started using it with students and had ridiculous, immediate results”
    “You can learn knowledge at a firearms class. You are not going to learn a skill. You’re going to learn about a skill.”
    “The only way to get from A to B is brute force and a lot of repetition and a good bit of luck.”
    “If you lay down a foundation of a consistent and efficient draw stroke, speed becomes a byproduct.”
    Dry Fire Training Cards Website
    https://dryfiretrainingcards.com/
     
    Dry Fire Training Cards Blog
    https://dryfiretrainingcards.com/blog/
     
    Tactical Firearms Training Secrets Website
    http://www.tacticalfirearmstrainingsecrets.com/
     
    Tactical Firearms Training Secrets Book
    amazon.com/Tactical-Firearms-Training-Secrets-Competition/dp/1470082829

    Tactical Vision Training Website
    https://tacticalvisiontraining.com/
     
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What a concept!!!

I really love this concept and this Podcast!! In these interviews you learn history - not just pertaining to the Second Amendment - around the country, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be entertained. Also you’ll hear about Second Amendment events, activism and opportunities you (may not have been) aware of!

I’ve found other Second Amendment friends from this Podcast!

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Fun guests

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Great podcast.

Love listening to these...while I drive of course!

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