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GUNS Magazine Podcast

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America's oldest newsstand gun magazine brings you entertaining interviews with the most interesting people in the firearms, hunting and outdoor industries.

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February 22nd, 2024


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#222.- Assault Acorn! The Okaloosa County Police Shooting

February 23rd, 2024


A deputy and his sergeant with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office in Florida fired on his patrol car after being startled by an acorn. The internet …

#221 - Author James Tarr: Ghosts and Madmen

February 16th, 2024


A former police officer and private investigator, James Tarr is the author of several best-selling, genre-bending "science faction" novels, including …

#220- De-Junk Your Gun!

February 9th, 2024


The temptation to add dozens of aftermarket gizmos and gadgets is strong, but Brent and Roy discuss why it's not such a good idea.

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#219 - Can The NRA Be Fixed? A Talk with Buz Mills

February 2nd, 2024


In January, long-time board member Buz Mills penned an impassioned open letter to the National Rifle Association of America's board of directors, …

#218 - Massad Ayoob Reboot: After-Action 2.0

January 19th, 2024


In this encore presentation, Massad Ayoob talks about after-action considerations for use-of-force by armed citizens.

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#217 - Suzi Huntington: "What I Carry"

January 12th, 2024


People are always asking us — the so-called "pros" — what we carry as everyday self-defense guns. Today, we put Suzi Huntington on the spot to find out her choices for concealed carry.  Suzi is saucy as always and …

#216 - Baywatch: It's Not What It's Cracked Up To Be

January 5th, 2024


One of our most requested podcast guests is back! In this episode, Suzi Huntington reveals it wasn't all sun, fun, sand and surf when working the …

#215 - Funny Things Retired Cops Do

December 29th, 2023


Roy Huntington and Erick Gelhaus join Host Brent T. Wheat to share stories about some of the unusual mannerisms and rituals of retired cops.

Have a topic idea or guest you’d like to see in a future episode? Let us know. …

#214 - A Gun Under the Christmas Tree

December 22nd, 2023


For most folks, receiving their first gun under the Christmas tree is one of the most magical memories of life. Roy Huntington and Host Brent T. …

#213- Revolvers NEVER Went Away!

December 15th, 2023


Every generation seems to think they've discovered something new. Roy Huntington joins host Brent T. Wheat to discuss the trend of younger shooters "finding" wheelguns.

Have a topic idea or guest you’d like to see in …

#212- Irons in Your Optic: Pistol Co-Witnessing

December 8th, 2023


What if your pistol optic gets filled with mud or decides to stop working? Editor and trainer Erick Gelhaus discusses options for …

#211- After-Action Worries 2.0 w/ Massad Ayoob

December 1st, 2023


Use-of-Force Expert Massad Ayoob answers your legal concerns about using deadly force in the current legal landscape.

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#210- The BEST (Or Worst?) Gift Guide for Shooters

November 24th, 2023


Have one of those hard-to-shop-for people on your gift list? Need help answering when loved ones ask what’s on your wish list? We’ve got you covered! In this week’s episode, GUNS Magazine contributor Trent Marsh talks …

#209- Freedom Arms Model 97 Popularity Explained

November 17th, 2023


Roy Huntington made a wildly popular video about the Freedom Arms Model 97, but why did a 150-year-old firearms design catch fire with viewers? In …

#208 - House Guns with Will Dabbs, MD

November 10th, 2023


People often wonder what gun writers ACTUALLY use to defend their homes, so we posed the question to Will Dabbs, MD.

Have a topic idea or guest you’d like to see in a future episode? Let us know. Email

#207- How to Keep Your Reloading Supplies Organized

November 3rd, 2023


We write a fair amount about how to reload in American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine. But in this week's episode, American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale discusses something often overlooked — why keeping your reloading …

#206- My House Guns

October 27th, 2023


People are always asking, so in this episode host Brent T. Wheat talks about the guns he uses to defend his own home.


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#205- The Big Guide to Gun Finishes

October 20th, 2023


Blue or black? Plum or nickel? Or ... ? Which gun metal finish is best? Roy Huntington helps answer this frequently asked question.


#204- Gun Data Is Your Friend

October 13th, 2023


It might seem overly complicated or "too much," but measuring and knowing the exact information about your shooting — such as trigger pull weight, …

#203- Here Comes Da' Judge: The Taurus Judge

October 6th, 2023


There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about the Taurus Judge. In this episode, Roy Huntington talks about why he personally likes the Judges.

#202- Gunsite Academy Update

September 29th, 2023


Lots of things are happening at Gunsite Academy. In this week’s episode, host Brent T. Wheat checks in with CEO Ken P. Campbell about the changes.

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#201- Snake Shot Cartridges Demystified

September 22nd, 2023


Are snake shot cartridges useful, or are they a gimmick? Roy Huntington talks about his experiences, including his tests on the deadly potato!

As …

#200- Marlin Magic

September 15th, 2023


In this 200th episode, unofficial co-host Roy Huntington joins us to discuss the "new" Marlin lever-action rifles — the first since their purchase by Ruger.


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#199- Endangered Species: Neighborhood Gun Stores

September 8th, 2023


Roy Huntington joins host Brent T. Wheat to discuss whether all of our collective nostalgia regarding the local neighborhood gun shop is warranted!

#198- Roy & Suzi Takeover!

September 1st, 2023


It's a hostile takeover! Actually, host Brent T. Wheat is out with some type of mucus overload, so Roy and Suzi Huntington stepped in to take over the podcast. In this episode, they argue about women in shooting …

#197- 3 Keys to Reloading Accuracy

August 25th, 2023


Reloaders are always chasing smaller groups, and in this episode, expert reloader and editor of American Handgunner Tom McHale shares his top three tips for getting the utmost in accuracy.


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#196- The T/C Contender & Encore FAQ

August 18th, 2023


Have you ever wondered why the Thompson/Center Contender and Encore have such a devoted following? In this episode, Roy Huntington explains the …

#195- Basic Training is Like Driver's Ed!

August 11th, 2023


It's a quote every instructor hates to hear: "I already know how to shoot; I went to basic training 30 years ago and got my marksmanship badge!" In this episode, we talk to well-known trainer Erick Gelhaus about why …

#194- Guns On The Water

August 4th, 2023


It's late summer and lots of people are heading to the water. In this episode we talk to Roy Huntington about keeping your guns safe while boating, fishing or hanging out at the lake.


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#193- The Art of Writing Gun Stories

July 28th, 2023


Whether you're a consumer, a content creator or an old grey-bearded gun writer, this episode is for you! GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat and Roy …

#192- Are New Guns Better Than Old?

July 21st, 2023


It's been said, "They don't make 'em like they used to!" but is it a true statement? In this episode, Roy Huntington discusses why he thinks we're …

#191- WWII Tommy Guns: Kill or Be Killed

July 14th, 2023


Will Dabbs, MD is one of GUNS Magazine's world-class weapons experts. In this episode, he shares some of the stories he's been told by those who …

#190- Roy Huntington's Shop Tour

July 7th, 2023


By popular demand, we take a tour of Roy Huntington's "Imaginarium," otherwise known as his shop.  For the video tour, visit

#189- Should You Buy A Machine Gun?

June 30th, 2023


After a day of shooting at the range, Brent and Roy talk about whether it makes sense to actually buy a machine gun and the things you need to consider before you do. 


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#188- "Naked and Afraid" with Zac Benton

June 23rd, 2023


Have you ever been Naked and Afraid? Zac Benton has! In this episode, the former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper and firefighter shares the lessons he …

#187- Author James Tarr on Zombies and Dinosaurs

June 16th, 2023


A former police officer and private investigator, James Tarr is the author of several best-selling, genre-bending science faction novels, including …

#186- Bedside Guns

June 8th, 2023


"What was that?!?"  We've all experienced that 'bump in the night' moment and in this episode, we talk about the guns we keep next to the bed and other ideas for keeping your home safer.


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#185- The Care and Feeding of Pistol Optics

June 2nd, 2023


Erick Gelhaus is a true expert when it comes to pistol-mounted optics, aka "red dots," and he shares some important tips and tricks to keep your …

#184- Snubbies: For Experts Only!

May 26th, 2023


Short-barreled revolvers are great — in the right hands. However, those hands need to belong to an experienced shooter. In this episode, Roy …

#183- Travel Safety Tips

May 19th, 2023


Experienced world traveler Roy Huntington just got back from Italy and talks about his experiences, how to stay safe and what he and his wife Suzi did to foil an Italian purse snatcher!

Have a crazy travel story or …

#182- Beyond "Shoot/No Shoot!"

May 12th, 2023


Erick Gelhaus discusses the recent "Cognitive Conference" and how shooters got to experience the challenges of thinking — instead of reacting — …

#181- Smart Guns: A Dumb Idea?

May 5th, 2023


"Smart Gun" technology is making a huge resurgence and has become a darling of the mainstream media. Tom McHale, editor of American Handgunner, talks …

#180- How To Fight A Naked Guy

April 28th, 2023


Have you ever stopped to consider the self-defense challenges of dealing with somebody who isn't wearing clothes but is trying to harm you? GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat has been in that situation on countless …

#179- Silencer Ownership Made Simple

April 21st, 2023


In 42 states, you can own a silencer, though the paperwork is challenging, to say the least. In today's talk with Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central, he explains the many benefits of a silencer and how his …

#178- Trail Cameras: A Home Security Secret

April 14th, 2023


Got an under-employed trail camera? Use it to increase the security around your home, farm, cabin or even boat! Trent Marsh of Spypoint gives some great ideas on how to stay safer using trail cams.


#177- How Much Accuracy Should You Expect From a Pistol?

April 7th, 2023


Everybody talks about handgun accuracy, but how important is it really? When you evaluate a gun, what factors are actually critical?  Host Brent T. Wheat and Roy Huntington share their thoughts.


#176- Why a Pistol-Caliber Carbine?

March 31st, 2023


Pistol-Caliber Carbines might be "the most popular guns nobody talks about." In this episode, we talk to Roy Huntington about why they're a useful …

#175- Military Gun Collecting

March 24th, 2023


What do you get when you combine a history buff with a gun aficionado? In this episode, we talk to Will Dabbs, MD about his addiction, er, hobby of …

#174- Why Not A Shotgun?

March 17th, 2023


We ask the question: Why not a shotgun?  If you look at the “popular press,” the shotgun doesn't exist despite millions of people who use them every …

#173- Don't Buy a Crummy Holster with Mitch Rosen

March 10th, 2023


Mitch Rosen is one of the original top-tier holster makers, and in today's episode, he talks about his company and what you need to know in order to …

#172- New Revolvers For 2023

March 3rd, 2023


Tom McHale, editor of American Handgunner, discusses some of the new revolvers recently released at the 2023 SHOT Show.


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#171- Hot New Pistols for 2023

February 17th, 2023

Tom McHale, editor of American Handgunner, discusses some of the new pistols recently released at the 2023 SHOT Show.


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#170- Game Warden Stories

February 10th, 2023


Larry Case was a conservation police officer (aka "game warden") in West Virginia starting in the 1970s. As you might imagine, he has countless …

#169- Veteran Suicide Prevention

February 3rd, 2023


Dr. Matthew Miller is the executive director for VA Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this hard-hitting and instructive episode, he covers how to talk with someone who might be …

#168- The Day I Got Shot (Reboot)

January 27th, 2023


In this "Greatest Hits" reboot, host Brent T. Wheat talks about the day he ended the topic of conversation for two trauma surgeons.


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#167 GLOCK Gunsite Service Pistol

January 20th, 2023


Gunsite CEO Ken Campbell gives us the inside story on the GLOCK Gunsite Service Pistol.


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#166- Zen and the Single-Shot Rifle

January 13th, 2023


Roy Huntington talks about single-shot rifles and how they can lead to a deeper, more meaningful shooting experience.


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#165- Fear of the Dark: EDC & Weapon Lights

January 6th, 2023


Carrying a light — be it an EDC or weapon light — is a key to both convenience and survival. Expert Erick Gelhaus gives a series of great tips for using both pocket and weapon lights.


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#164- Pistol Reliability

December 30th, 2022


Reliability is a key component of a self-defense firearm. In this episode, Roy Huntington talks about two things most shooters don't consider when it comes to reliability and other great tips on how to make sure your …

#163- Douchebags and Divas

December 23rd, 2022


Hunting camp is a place where people sometimes like to "let it all hang out" to the discomfort of others. In this episode, Suzi Huntington gives her advice for females headed to camp and more importantly, how to avoid …

#162- Deadly Reloading Mistakes

December 16th, 2022


Reloading is very safe, but it can also be dangerous if you don't pay attention. In this episode, Tom McHale talks about the techniques he uses to stay safe when reloading ammunition.


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#161- Bizarro Single-Action Calibers

December 9th, 2022


Ever heard of a Single-Action Army in .223? How about one in .25 ACP? Of course, somebody's done it, and in today's episode, we discuss the why and how of such things, along with examining how some guns eventually see …

#160- How to Accurize Your 1911

November 25th, 2022


There's lots of theories and ideas on how to accurize a 1911 but in today's post-Turkey-Day episode, we talk to Roy Huntington and learn some of the …

#159- Teamwork for Two

November 18th, 2022


Team tactics aren't just for military door-kickers or SWAT cops. Guest Erick Gelhaus talks about why everyday citizens need to learn the techniques of working with their spouse, partner or travel companion just in …

#158- Are You a "Gun Plumber"?

November 11th, 2022


Do you work on guns with the proper tools and after formal training? Or do you just "wing it"? If wingin' it seems like the better idea, you might …

#157- Happy Birthday/Editor At the Mic

November 4th, 2022


Today, we celebrate the 3rd birthday of the GUNS Magazine Podcast while we cover updates and upcoming events!

Link: GUNS Magazine Reader Survey


Episode #114: Where the Mildew Grows

Episode #130: The …

#156- Everything You Want To Know About MOLLE & PALS

October 28th, 2022


It seems so simple but there's a lot of ways to do MOLLE & PALS gear wrong! In this episode, John Boyette talks about the right and wrong of setting up your load-bearing gear.


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#155- You NEED a .22 Pistol!

October 21st, 2022


They're almost ubiquitous, but today we're talking about the reasons why everyone should have a .22 pistol in their collection — and maybe a few …

#154- Cop Stories: Choir Practice

October 14th, 2022


It's a rite of passage, a way to blow off steam and something lots of cops did and do — choir practice. In this episode, host Brent T. Wheat and Roy Huntington discuss these after-hours social gatherings.

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#153- How To Refinish A Gun Stock

October 7th, 2022


Refinishing an old, worn-out gun stock is probably one of the most common DIY gun projects. In this episode, we talk to Roy Huntington and learn the …

#152- Sunken Guns - What To Do?

September 30th, 2022


If you've experienced flooding or storm surge from a hurricane, we've got tips on how to save your guns.

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#151- Special Report: Hurricane Prep

September 26th, 2022


In this special, unedited episode, we talk about the things you can do to be prepared for the landfall of a hurricane. FMG Publications Digital Editor Ashley McGee and American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale share their …

#150- Altor: The Cheapest Pistol You Can Own

September 23rd, 2022


Is it practical? Is it tactical? Is there even a reason for the Altor pistol to exist? Roy Huntington and host Brent T. Wheat discuss this polarizing …

#149 - POS Guns

September 16th, 2022


In this episode, we talk to Roy Huntington about those handguns we've all owned but are embarrassed to admit — "POS" guns!

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#148- Safety Tips For Female Runners With Amy Robbins

September 8th, 2022


Following the recent abduction and murder of Eliza Fletcher in Memphis, we talk to Amy Robbins about how women can stay safe — and stylish — while …

#147- Are RVs All They're Cracked Up To Be?

September 2nd, 2022


Well-known outdoor publisher and journalist Jim Shepherd bought an RV during the pandemic to attending shooting industry events and enjoy general travel. Now, two years later, was it worth it? Listen to Jim talk about …

#146- Uvalde: What Really Happened?

August 26th, 2022


Do you really know what happened during the Uvalde school shooting at Robb Elementary? A lot of people think they do, but guest Suzi Huntington …

#145- From My Cold, Dead Hands: Your Last Gun

August 19th, 2022


It’s an age-old shooting discussion — what would be the last gun they’d pry from your cold, dead hands? In this episode, special assignments editor …

#144- School Safety: Tips for 'The Talk'

August 12th, 2022


As kids go back to school, they are worried about more than readin', writin' and 'rithmetic — they're concerned about school violence. If you're a …

#143- You Don't Know Jack About The Weaver stance!

August 5th, 2022


It seems like everybody's got an opinion on the Weaver stance, but is it based on fact or prejudice? Host Brent T. Wheat gives his take on this contentious issue.

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#142- Are We Making Cops Into Cowards?

July 29th, 2022


Everyone is calling the police officers in Uvalde, Texas, "cowards." But were they? Or is it a symptom of a bigger problem? Listen to podcast guest …

#141- Should I Become A Gunsmith?

July 22nd, 2022


Most avid shooters have wondered at some point: Maybe I could be a gunsmith? Or you might be considering a change of careers and wondering if working …

#140- How do they write gun reviews?

July 15th, 2022


Ever wondered how gun reviews are actually put together before they appear in your favorite magazine or website? Do manufacturers tell us what to write?  How are the guns even selected? American Handgunner editor Tom …

#139 - Cop Stories: Practical Jokes

July 8th, 2022


In this episode Roy Huntington and host Brent T. Wheat get together and tell the stories you rarely hear: cop practical jokes. In the station house, …

#138- Big Bang: Tannerite Reactive Targets

July 1st, 2022


Tannerite reactive targets are well-known among shooters, and today, we talk to Jennifer Lindsey from Tannerite about the history of the product, safe use and some fun ways to make your next shooting adventure even more …

#137- Knee Replacement: What I Wish I Knew Beforehand

June 24th, 2022


GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat couldn't shoot or run like he wanted, so a knee replacement was in order. In this episode, he gives his …

#136 - They're killing your favorite magazine!

June 17th, 2022


Censorship, corporate virtue-signaling and cancel culture have all reared their ugly head again as major companies have pulled gun publications off …

#135- Kids and Guns: Home Safety Tips

June 10th, 2022


First as a parent, now a practicing grandparent, podcast host Brent T. Wheat offers some unique ideas to keep guns safe from kids — but still accessible in your home.

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#134- How to Survive a Mass Shooting

June 3rd, 2022

School shootings and homicidal workplace violence seem to be on the rise. In this episode, learn the single most important concept — whether you're …

#133- How To: Shotgun Reloading

May 27th, 2022


In this third and final episode of reloading 101, we talk to Shari Legate, director of marketing for Gunsite Academy, about how to get started reloading shotgun shells.


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#132- How to: Rifle Reloading

May 13th, 2022


In part two of our reloading series, American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale talks about how to get started in rifle reloading, along with great tips — …

#131- How to: Pistol reloading

May 6th, 2022

In this episode, American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale discusses how to get started in pistol-caliber ammo reloading.

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#130- I Got Shot!

April 29th, 2022

Our host Brent T. Wheat shares the day he became an official "Gun Shot Wound" patient. Part-humor, part-cautionary, it's a tale every shooter should …

#129- How to Ship Firearms

April 22nd, 2022

Shipping a gun is a somewhat daunting process for those who haven't done it. In this episode, we talk to pro-gun photographer Rob Jones to learn the insider tips and tricks to make your gun shipping chores easier and …

#128- Flying with your gun

April 15th, 2022

Did you know you can bring your handgun along when you fly? In most cases and most places, you can — but you have to follow the rules. In this …

#127- The Secrets of

April 8th, 2022


In this two-for-one episode, we talk to Fred Wagenhals, the owner of and Ammo Inc. to learn his story of how the King of Die-cast Cars turns from NASCAR to the shooting industry. We then talk to …

#126- To Shoot or Not to Shoot: Safe Queens

April 1st, 2022


A fun episode talking about "Safe Queens," those guns that live in storage 99.99% of their lives.  Some don't have any, many have a lot and American Handgunner editor Tom McHale and host Brent T. Wheat fess up about …

#125- Are Gun Stores Doomed?

March 25th, 2022


Barry Laws isn’t convinced gun stores will be around much longer.

Laws is the CEO of a shooting range and gun store and has lots of insight and controversial opinions about why the gun business is headed for disaster …

#124- Buying a used revolver

March 18th, 2022


Buying a used revolver can seem complicated but in today's episode Roy Huntington gives his advice for making sure you don't end up with a …

#123- Even Gun Writers Do It: the Negligent Discharge

March 11th, 2022


Today we break the secret gun writer's code of silence and admit: even gun writers have Negligent Discharges (otherwise known as an "Accidental Discharge"). In this episode, the Gun Cranks talk about their experiences …

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