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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 #160 Dustin Hayes

    RSWC #160 Dustin Hayes

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Dustin Hayes
    Red White and Badass Brew Coffee
    I heard Dustin Hayes on Gun Owners Radio earlier this year.  When I was going to California for San Diego County Gun Owners GunProm, I knew I was going to film some shows, so I reached out to Dustin to see if he was interested and he was! The California trip was non-stop once I got there. John Petrolino (RSWC #093) and I met in San Diego. At GunProm, he was awarded the Media Figure of the Year. He also let me use his rental ‘stagecoach’ while we were out there. 
    Dustin grew up in Oklahoma, in the same town as Garth Brooks. After dropping out of high school, his father encouraged him to join the military.  It was tough to decide which he wanted to join, but the Navy said he could see the world and that’s where he went.  After 13 ½ years in the Navy, he was medically retired due to some injuries. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do so he ended up getting a degree in business. 
    The business degree led him to get a concrete business going with his then father in law. Dustin knew how to run the business, but he didn’t know anything about concrete. That was his father in law’s part of the business.  However, he did learn about concrete.  Doing sales, he was selling over $100,000 in 3 months and things were going well.  Unfortunately, his father in law passed away. Then he ended up divorced.  After a shady third person in the business, they had to sell the business. 
    Again, he wasn’t sure what he should do. Life led him to buy a business washing solar panels. He did this for about 5 months. While he was at a tattoo parlor getting some ink on his back, the tattoo artist noticed something wasn’t quite right with the skin on his back. Dustin went to the doctor and found out he had skin cancer. While he was recovering, he had 2 calls from other veterans who wanted to buy the business. So he sold the business as he was going to be out in the sun often.  One more time, he wasn’t sure where life was going to lead him.
    During recovery, he decided to start  brewing his own coffee. He knew how to market and sell, he just needed to learn about roasting. There was a learning curve in roasting coffee and other aspects of the coffee business he needed to learn.What he wanted to call the brand was too close to another brand name. He made a video about how he liked pumpkin spice coffee.  It got a little traction as some friends thought it was funny.  He made a few more videos, too. 
    Eventually Dustin realized that he needed to take it a bit more seriously so he opted for Red White and Badass Brew coffee. He told me that it takes about a month to get a flavor down to where its just right and what he’s looking for.  He has found some place that will roast the coffee for him, but he does all the package designs himself. 
    RWBB has several flavor options. M.O.A.B (Mother Of All Brews), Red, White, and Brewed, Lifeline Hero Edition, Vanilla Warfare, No Lucks Given. But the best seller is Whiskey Business! All flavors come in 12 oz bags of ground coffee or 5 pounds of whole beans bags. 
    I did come back to New England with a couple bags of RWBB coffee and I absolutely love Whiskey Business. 
    It was great to meet Dustin and hang out with him. I alway love a success story, but I get motivated and inspired by the struggles everyone goes through. 
    Check the links below and tell him you saw him on RSWC! 

    Favorite quotes:  
    “I just worked hard and got where I’m at and  they kinda (the Navy) molded me.”
    “I’ve never been afraid to take risks.”
    “Now I came to a crossroads in life and I’m like ‘what the hell am I going to do now?’”
    “Don’t go get a real job, guys, just go make your own job.”
    “I got into coffee just by pure chance, trying to figure out my life.”

    Red White and Badass Brew Website

    • 56 min
    RSWC #159 Adam Kraut

    RSWC #159 Adam Kraut

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Adam Kraut
    Executive Director, Second Amendment Foundation
    Adam Kraut was another person who Amanda Suffecool (RSWC #009) told me they were stating that they hadn’t been on the stagecoach. I didn’t have Adam’s contact and I couldn’t find him on social media, so I had to reach out to someone to get his contact info.  We were both going to be at GRPC in Dallas and Adam said we should be able to film a show.  
    This was filmed just before Adam joined Second Amendment Foundation as the Executive Director. Here’s a link to SAF’s press release https://www.saf.org/saf-names-attorney-and-2a-litigator-adam-kraut-as-executive-director/ . It’s an honor to have someone who has done so much work for out 2A Rights with several of the big groups on the show. 
    Adam tells us that his love of shooting stems from his Boy Scout years despite growing up in an anti-gun house. After hearing about the ‘power’ of a 12 gauge shotgun and getting over his fears, he decided that he would give it a try. His first shot was saying ‘pull’, squeezing the trigger, and missing the clay. Then the instructor told him he needed to aim before he shot. After some instruction, he was hitting clays.
    After turning 18, he purchased at Remington 870 in 20 gauge. His anti-gun parents told him to get rid of it, which he didn’t.  When he turned 21, he bought a handgun and got a carry permit. His father then told him his life expectancy was going to be ‘pretty limited’ since he had some firearms. A couple years after owning several firearms and shooting, his father then asked Adam to take him to the range. The same smile that Adam had at 18 his father had when he went shooting. 
    Earning a degree in political science, Adam wasn’t sure what he was going to do. During his last year of law school, he decided that it may be a good idea to find an internship with someone so he had some experience and could get a job after graduation. He saw Joshua Prince’s name pop up as a 2A lawyer in Pennsylvania, and decided to reach out about an internship. After the internship, they did offer him a position where he worked for several years.
    He was doing some outside counsel for some cases for Firearm Policy Coalition, and they offered him a position and wore several hats with them. He held that position for 3 years. During that time, he worked with several other attorneys, lots of the state organizations, and many individuals with FPC, NRA, and SAF. 
    Adam was nominated via petition for the NRA Board of Directors three times. At the Great American Outdoor Show in Pennsylvania, he started talking to Tim Knight and Sean Maloney, both NRA BOD members who were impressed with some of his writings. He didn’t get elected the first time, the second time he ran for the 76th seat and wasn’t elected.  The third time he felt he owed it to the folks who voted for him or joined the NRA because they wanted him on the BOD.  His number of votes would have had him in the next in line seat, but he declined as he was working for FPC. 
    At GPRC, Adam spoke about some things going on in West Virginia particularly about the 18-21 year olds. He said Alan Gottlieb (RSWC #100) asked him to look at the WV 18-21 year old cases.. Adam explains that since Bruen, we need to look at the law’s text and tradition about 18-21 year olds, and at the time there weren’t any laws against 18-21 year olds possessing firearms. 
    Adam really gets into the social science about a number of things we’re facing these days.. He also talks about how some people use emotions about the topics, but they really shouldn’t be used. We also get into some 1A talk about what you should be able to talk about, despite how others feel about the topic. 
    Having the chance to spend 35 minutes with Adam was incredible.  He’s been doing a lot for our Rights and as the SAF’s new Executive Director, he’s going to keep doing the same. 
    Favorite quotes

    • 37 min
    RSWC #158 Rebecca Schmoe

    RSWC #158 Rebecca Schmoe

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Rebecca Schmoe
    The DC Project
    1 Million Moms Against Gun Control
    Candidate-Kansas House of Representatives, District 59
    This is how you know you’ve got good friends. On a DC Project events in DC, Amanda Suffecool (RSWC #009) was talking about me to other DCP gals. They were talking about who has gone Riding Shotgun and who hasn’t. Then I get a text message “How come Rebecca hasn’t been on the show?”. Then another with how come someone else hasn’t been on the show. Fortunately, Rebecca and I were both at AMMcon in Dallas recently and we were able to borrow Amanda’s ‘stagecoach’ and film a show. 
    Rebecca Schmoe is no stranger to the 2A freedom fight. And she’s not afraid to do something about it. She grew up around firearms with her father teaching and emphasizing firearm safety. She often had friends who would take her hunting, too. But once the ‘red shirts’ (the Moms Demand crowd) started getting involved talking about what moms wanted for gun control, she started researching women and 2A groups. Rebecca didn’t want the only female/mom voice to be an anti-gun voice. She was a mother raising her children while her husband worked nights and she was home alone with the children.  She ended up finding One Million Moms Against Gun Control (1MMAGC) and they eventually offered her to be the Kansas representative.  That’s where she met Mary Schuster-Callison (RSWC #050).
    When the founder of 1MMAGC had to step away, Rebecca joined forces with Mary and co-leaders.  Mary also told Rebecca about The DC Project and Rebecca got involved there, too. For the last several years, she’s been doing the DCP and all their events. She’s been talking with legislators and politicians (the friendlies and the not so friendlies) from around the country for a decade!  Recently, she has decided to throw her hat into the political realm when an incumbent decided not to run and there was a hole left on the ballot. 
    For the last year or so, Rebecca has been running as a candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives! She won the primary earlier this year. She’s got some great meme building skills (2A and campaign related). And she’s been taking the campaign trail by storm.  Having never run before, she didn’t know how much time and money it takes to run! She’s fortunate to have a job that has given her some grace to be able to fight for our 2A rights, but also for running for office. What is going to be wonderful is when she invites the #TealFor2A shirts into her office in Topeka and takes them around. 
    We cover some mask stories, some family stories, but we spend time talking about what Rebecca has been doing to get elected. The signs, the mailers, it all takes money and donations. She tells us what some of the responsibilities state representatives do for their constituents. 
    Rebecca and I had a fun time filming the show. Every time I’m around her, there’s fun, enjoyment, and education.  The motto of the DC Project is #DoingSomething.  For sure, Rebecca is Doing Something.
    Favorite quotes:  
    “I’m their first line of defense. I'm their only line of defense.”
    “I was really offended by that side telling me that I was safer without a way to protect my family.”
    “We bring the other side of the mom-voice.”
    “Second Amendment people, by and large, are very independent.”
    “It really does make a difference, when we all show up in our teal shirts and there’s 50+ ladies.”
    “I give them public applause when they do well and I scold them publicly when they do not.”
    “If it’s not constitutional, then we have no business doing it.”
    Rebecca Schmoe for Kansas
    Rebecca Schmoe for Kansas
    The DC Project
    1 Million Moms Against Gun Control Facebook
    1 Million Moms A

    • 37 min
    RSWC #157 Lisa Ludwig

    RSWC #157 Lisa Ludwig

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Lisa Ludwig
    She Trains You
    Lisa Ludwig reached out to me and inquired about being on the show. We’ve been Facebook friends for a while.  She’s got a lot of stuff going on with She Trains You. I told her I was going to Tony Simon’s (RSWC #041) Diversity Shoot with John Petrolino (#093) and maybe could help out and we’ll meet there. She’s one of those people that are #MyPeople!  We hit it off right from the start.  She’s a hot ticket and a great instructor. That evening we helped at The Gun For Hire Range and had a great time.  I knew that the show with her was going to be fun. 
    I had to drive from central New Jersey up to Long Island (say Lawn Guyland) to meet Lisa. We drove to Wantagh State Park and drove near Jones Beach. I’ve got to say, it was pretty scenic there. We had some talk about her life and what got her into firearms. Much like me, September 11 changed things for her. She wanted to start doing some prepping and went to a friend in the military. He suggested getting a Remington 870 Tactical shotgun. But after shooting it and missing 5 shots, she put the gun away and didn’t fire it for 2 years. 
    When there was an attempted break-in in her neighborhood, she proposed the question to the neighborhood watch team “If that door would have opened, what would you have done?”.  That got everyone thinking and motivated Lisa to get back into firearms. From there, she took more and more training. Eventually becoming an NRA certified pistol and rifle instructor, CRSO, GLOCK Armorer, NYS Armed Guard, and President of Long Island Women’s Firearm Club. She even has a tattoo of the LIWFC logo on her arm!
    Like anyone else starting a training business, she went to several gun stores trying to make connections. She now got 3 chapters of LIWFC and nearly 100 women in the groups! Eventually, men wanted training from her too!  So she started She Trains You, but her focus is getting women trained, educated, and comfortable with shooting.  She’s also the leader of the A Girl & A Gun Long Island Chapter. What’s really fantastic is that she’s been into martial arts since she was young. She offers one on one training, martial arts, as well as firearms training. 
    Lisa is a great storyteller!  She gives us lots of stories about what’s going on in New York state and what the process is to get a carry permit and even some of the nonsense they have to go through. We talk about how people in general need to pay attention to their surroundings and get out of their phones when they’re out and about.  We talk about the Diversity Shoot from the night before the interview. She covers the growing need for people on Long Island wanting to protect themselves. And how her own network of 2A friends is growing. We like to call it #MyPeople when we meet new folks and have a common love and enjoyment of all things Second Amendment. 
    And she’s even got a quick Waffle House story!
    I know you’ll enjoy all that Lisa shares with us. 
    Favorite quotes:  
    “If that door would have opened, what would you have done?”
    “We need to be our own hero in our own story.”
    “It was pretty scary here for a moment. I don’t want to feel that way again.”
    “The new strong is mobility and flexibility.’

    “I like my crew and I like my crowd. Not everybody needs to like everybody, but we all need to get along”
    She Trains You
    She Trains You Facebook
    She Trains You Instagram
    Long Island Women’s Firearm Club Website 
    Long Island Women’s Firearm Club Facebook
    A Girl & A Gun Long Island
    Second Amendment Foundation
    Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

    • 43 min
    RSWC #156 Nathan Halliwill

    RSWC #156 Nathan Halliwill

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Nathan Halliwill
    I’ve been doing the Concealed Carry Fashion Shows with Amanda Suffecool (RSWC #009) for a few years now. One of the perennial sponsors has been Nexbelt. Last year, I needed a new belt and I went with a Nexbelt with the Gadsden Flag on the buckle. I went to the Nexbelt booth at SHOT Show and talked with Nathan Halliwill about how I love the belt and asked if they wanted to be on the show to talk about their history and belts.  I was excited to see Nathan again at the NRA AM in Houston and we solidified a plan to film at the Nexbelt headquarters this summer. 
    I meet Nathan at the Nexbelt offices in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and borrowed John Petrolino’s (RSWC #093) rental car for the trip! Nathan grew up hunting, camping, and shooting with his family. He was working in the foodservice industry and planning on going to culinary school.  When the virus that shall not be named struck, he needed to change careers to make money.  His brother, who is a firearm instructor at a local range, was also working with Nexbelt and Nathan got a job with the company as the warranty person, then moved to sales. The change from sous chef to salesman took some time to appreciate. 
    As the warranty person at Nexbelt, there’s not really a lot of work. They do encourage their customers to use and abuse their belts and they don’t have an issue fixing them. When Nathan is doing trade shows (SHOT, NRA AM, etc), people will come up to him and show them their Nexbelt and share stories about how well it holds up for them. There are even times when people buy belts at the shows and then leave their old belts with Nathan! 
    Something I learned on this show is that there are places in the California deserts where you can go and shoot!  Often Nathan and his friends will hit the desert with targets and water and do some training. The ranges are BLMs (Bureau of Land Management) and folks can use them for shooting. No one wants to live there so they can be used accordingly. One of the range bag items he brings is a fire extinguisher!  Of course, shooting in the desert could possibly start a fire. 
    The owners of the company are big golfers and started out making belts for golfers. They’ve got belts with divot tools, ball markers, and even bottle openers. When they first hit the market, they took the market by storm. Over the years, the ratchet technology has changed and so have the designs of the belts. They went to a local gun store, where they met Nathan’s brother, looking for some feedback on the belts and decided to move into EDC belts for gun owners. 
    Nathan did his RSWC homework and saw that there have been a lot of the ladies from the DC Project on the show. He said that Nexbelt is going to be working with them to have a DC Project Nexbelt. And they’d really like to partner with the DCP for an exclusive belt.  
    Nexbelt has a lot of options out there for golfers and gunners. The ratchet belts have really taken over and their belts are superior. They’re durable, stylish, and have great options for buckles. It was wonderful to get to learn about Nexbelt and make friends with Nathan. I’m looking forward to running into him and the Nexbelt crew at the events. 
    Favorite quotes:  
    “If you like the product you’re selling, it makes it much easier and enjoyable.”
    “Finding the capability of changing, humbling myself, finding enjoyment at something so different, has not only grown me, but grown my appreciation for the job.”
    “I don’t go and pay to shoot. I hate doing that.”
    “We have a belt for every type of person and every type of carry as well.”
    “It's uneducation that is hurting the stance of the 2A community.”

    00:00 Intro
    01:54 Nathan Halliwill
    03:07 Geography 
    05:28 SHOT Show/Fashion Shows 
    07:18 Sous chef plans
    10:57 Warranty calls
    15:21 Mountain selfie
    16:51 Shooting in the desert

    • 46 min
    RSWC #155 Chris Cheng

    RSWC #155 Chris Cheng

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    Chris Cheng
    Top Shot Winner
    When Chris Cheng came up to me at Gun Rights Policy Conference 2019 in Phoenix, I was buzzing from being awarded the Blogger of the Year the day before.  He said when I was in San Francisco he wanted to be on the show. I’d seen him play the tunes on the Musical Targets, which was like a shooter’s xylophone and told him about the GunGrams.  And that we need to film a duet with him on pitched plates and me on trumpet.  We tried to connect this past summer while I was in California, but it didn’t happen.  However, we were at Rick Ector’s (RSWC #032) Ladies Event in Detroit this past summer and were able to film a show there. 
    As a young man, Chris did some shooting with his dad, but they didn’t go to the range regularly. After working with Google and having some expendable income, Chris started shooting again. He started getting into shooting IDPA and USPSA, and learned that shooting was static and you could run and gun. 
    While watching The History Channel’s Top Shot, Chris decided to audition for the show. That meant he needed some training and practice.  Practicing was nothing new because he also played the double bass and understood that he needed a practice schedule. He was an amatuer shooter who practiced 20-25 hours a week, and worked his way to win Season 4 of Top Shot.  Along with the winning prize, he was now a household name in the firearm community.  
    He was offered a sponsored shooter position with Bass Pro Shop and traveled the country teaching at their stores everywhere. Having access to all kinds of firearms and ammunition was great, but Chris really enjoyed being around like-minded people who enjoyed shooting and sharing his passion with everyone. All of these things lead him to becoming a Second Amendment advocate.  
    After the Bass Pro contract expired, Chris decided to take everything he learned, everything he was sharing, and put it into a book, which is called Shoot To Win: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro. This book is geared towards the new shooters for any firearm, rifle, pistol, or shotgun. It’s a lot of what he studied to get on to and win Top Shot. 
    During the pandemic, Chris was contacted to be on a show called The Go Big Show. He says it's like America’s Got Talent on steroids.  There were many celebrity judges on the show.  Chris got to shoot several types of firearms in many fun situations, but this time it was in an indoor sports area.  He and the producers need to get some lessons on building a safe area where he would shoot. He also said that he was going to need some full auto fun for the show! 
    More recently, Chris has been active with suicide prevention as over 60% of deaths with a firearm are suicides. With the pandemic producing 12,000,000 new gun owners, there’s a concern about preventing suicides. There is a new Suicide Prevention Hotline number which is simply 988.  If you or anyone you know is in crisis and thinking of taking your life, please call that number to talk with someone.  You can even reach out to me and I’ll talk with you. 
    I'm honored that we finally got our schedules to work out and have Chris on the show. He’s accomplished a lot as a shooter and showman. He’s testified in front of Congress in 2021. He’s a force to be reckoned with. And I’m glad to call him a friend. 

    Favorite quotes:  
    “Top Shot made me change my life where it made me realize that the freedoms that we take for granted may not always be there.”
    “We all have to speak up and show up to defend the things we believe in.”
    “There’s a lot of training and education opportunities.”
    “I 100% absolutely need to shoot full auto.I’m not going to come on the show if you will not let me shoot full auto.”
    00:00 Intro
    01:13 Chris Cheng
    04:42 Starting shooting
    06:33 Running & gunning
    07:45 Watching T

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

Eckwin ,

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!

SlowFacts ,

Fun guests

Charlie lets the guests talk.. and he has interesting guests.

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Great podcast.

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

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