Episode 65: Two cartridges for hunting season, and the Mosin reburbishment project

.30-06 and .308 Win cartridges

The advantages of reloading your own cartridges are numerous. Two of the ones that I happen to enjoy are the .308 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield. Now, any discussion of these two cartridges usually ends up in a holy war of Ford/Chevy/Dodge proportions. That’s not what I’m after here. We will discuss the capabilities of these two cartridges, since they’re so wildly popular. I happen to favor the .30-06 by a bit, but I also reload, shoot, and enjoy the .308 Win as well. The first segment will be .30-06. The second segment will be about the .308 Win.

Finnish Mosin M39

Then, we get to the ongoing Mosin-Nagant project. This is a Chinese-made barreled receiver (stripped) with essentially a sewer-pipe-like barrel (meaning: there was virtually no rifling left). I took this Mosin and am in the process of saving it, turning into something that I hope will be great. When you run across an old milsurp rifle that hasn’t been treated very well, it’s OK to do a total refurbishment and modernization. It’s not “bubba’ing” a rifle at all in such a situation. In this case, I’m going for sort of a “Finnish M39 with a strong American accent” sort of rebuild. And yes, the rifle is getting *totally* rebuilt. New barrel, new bluing, scope mount, and more.

Episode 64: Recovery from Censorship, New Shooters, and New Reloading Manuals, Oh My!

Censorship Is Against Liberty
Censorship Hurts Liberty

Censorship…we saw it during the horrible McCarthy era back in the 1950’s and the “House Un-American Activities Committee” (HUAC). I had hoped we’d never see it again. But it appears we have been seeing it for the last couple of years. And at last, it even happened to me.

The Liberal’s Gun Corner got bumped off the Internet, apparently because my provider didn’t like that it was getting popular, at least not with another Liberal promoting the 2A. We’re going to talk about that, because we need to be reminded that this is not Stalin’s Soviet Union, Kim Il Sung’s (or his grandson, Kim Jong Un’s) North Korea, or any other dictatorial regime. This is the United States of America, where ideas are supposed to be freely expressed, even you don’t agree with them! We are having a major problem with that right now, folks…and THAT’S BAD. VERY, VERY BAD. Yeah, we’re gonna talk about this!

We also discuss how to help new shooters so that they might want to continue exploring the sport of marksmanship. It’s important not to inadvertently end up scaring people away from it, even though we’re well-intentioned. We’ll discuss that as well.

Civil Liberties need defending
America Means Civil Liberties, Patriotism Means Defending Them

And finally, there are new editions of two popular reloading manuals out there, namely Lyman’s Reloading Manual, 51st Edition, and Modern Reloading, Second Edition, 2021 Update. There are some changes in these books that you should be aware of if you’re thinking about reloading, or if you’re an experienced reloader.

But I’ll tell you this…no matter how hard they try, no matter how long it might take me to get this podcast back online…I’m not letting the forces of censorship win; that is definitely not who I am. This is America.

Episode 06: The Case for the Private Face-To-Face Firearms Transaction

Every time there’s a shooting of some sort that makes the news, there’s this call for “closing down” something that the Bradys and their allies call, “the gun show loophole”.  What they’re really talking about has nothing whatsoever to do with gun shows, but it does have everything to do with something called the “private, face-to-face, intra-state transaction” of firearms, better known as the “private sale”.  They want to shut that down and require “background checks” for every gun sale, including the private ones.

“It won’t be a big burden!”, they claim.   “It’ll stop criminals while respecting the Second Amendment!”, they claim.

This entire episode is my case for why that is a terrible idea.  Contrary to what they say, it would indeed prove a HUGE burden on not only just government, but everyone else involved.  It certainly won’t stop crime-related injuries or deaths.  It might even itself get people killed.  And it would be a major blow to the defense of liberty.

I’d like to thank my fellow Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) members for their help in producing this episode.


Episode 05: The “Evil Gun Lobby”, and Attacking Bigotry

The forces against the Second Amendment–the “antis”–like to refer to something called, “The Evil Gun Lobby“. They try to give the impression that the Big, Bad NRA is THE “special interest” behind the pro-2A movement. The antis do this to try to demonize what we, as citizens who care about freedom, do to preserve that freedom. We’re going to talk about the Evil Gun Lobby and just what it is. You may be surprised.

In the second half, we do a slice ‘n’ dice job on the idea that bigotry and religious/racial discrimination are somehow “OK”. Of course, they’re not. To do this, we dissect a call-in that I made into a Conservative talking-head’s show, and we show just how and why arguing for a repeat of Jim Crow is just plain wrong…and un-American.

Bigotry has no place in a civilized society. Whatever happened to “the content of one’s character”?

Episode 04: Differing Opinions, Egos, and a Date with a Russian

One of the great advantages of having your own show is that you get to choose what gets on.  🙂  Here on the Liberal’s Gun Corner, that will at times also include positions which aren’t necessarily Cowboy T’s.  One of the aspects of being a good Liberal is being willing to consider–and even present–ideas that aren’t necessarily your own.

It’s equally important, though, to be willing to set aside your own ego at times, and we show an example of the need for that.  We get an example from some years back that we might consider going back to, as contrasted with today.

Also, I had a hot date with a Russian!  🙂  Specifically, I got to shoot a Soviet-era one of these!

1895 Nagant Revolver
1895 Nagant Revolver

This is an 1895 Nagant Revolver in 7.62x38R, the one that seems to have been custom-built for sound suppressor applications.  You’ll learn how our date went and what I thought of my “companion” on the show.

And remember…whatever you do…GO VOTE.


Episode 02: Gun Talk

Typical ad at the general store

Lest you think that “liberalism” is all there is to the Liberal’s Gun Corner, think again!  This time, we’re talking ’bout the other half–GUNS, doggone it!  Straight up!  Specifically, we’re talking guns that I think are very cool and very handy.  Oh, and pretty darn affordable, since I haven’t yet been elected to Congress yet.  🙂  We’re going to talk about the following categories:

1.)  Leverguns, represented by the relatively modern 96/44 in .44 Magnum,
2.)  Revolvers, by the Redhawk, also in .44 Magnum,
3.)  Old military surplus rifles, by the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 in 7.62x54R, and
4.)  Semi-automatic pistols, by the SR9 in 9mm.

There are other cool guns, too.  We’ll be getting to them as well, as time goes on.  I wanted to work a shotgun in there, too, but there’s only so much time we have in a single podcast.  The representative models here are simply ones to which I happen to have ready access.

Gotta love them smokewagons!

I’m especially hopped up about the concept of leverguns and revolvers chambered for the same cartridge.  It was a great idea 150 years ago, and it remains one today.