Mon, 22 January 2018
George Burton Adams said:
“There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
Armed Citizens News, Michael J. Woodland on bore sighting, what is it? I have a new project coming, and encouraging the old guys, the OG’s
Crossbreed Holsters dot com and the United States Concealed Carry Assoication present, the black man with a gun show , the show that celebrates Americana, freedom, encourages, inspires, and introduces interesting people, new products from the internationally known Black Man With A Gun, and that’s me, Kenn Blanchard. If you would like to reach me my contact info is on black man with a gun dot com
I have discovered that the best people in my life, listen to this show.
I didn’t go to the SHOT Show because I didn’t have a plan. I could go, spend the money, see folks in the industry that I love but couldn’t motivate myself to do it.
I am trying to do something more than just beg for money and look like I am doing something. I want to really make a difference. I’m older now, don’t like wasting time, yours or mine.
You with me on that?
This show is dedicated to the guys that have survived to sport the gray hair. Fellas, don’t be ashamed, don’t get stressed out about being older, or not looking like you did when you were 25. Going to talk about middle age a little on this show and let you know its better than OK. Its going to be our redemption song. Maybe it’s the Jamaican coffee but I am feeling mellow, so this show is going to stay low key. This show might put some of you 5-11 shorts, tactical vest chest wearing, never been in combat, 3 pt slinging call of duty addicted, adrenaline junkies to sleep but that is alright, this is for the OG’s.
This is for the fathers of adult children, the men that remember who Walter Cronkite was, watched the Jetsons, the Beverly Hillbillies, got a transistor radio for Christmas, remember when the Dick van Dyke show wasn’t a reference to a girl on girl porno flick, saw Johnny Carson on TV, JFK, and the Beatles.
Fellas, I was born in the same year as Wesley Snipes, Tom Cruise, Matthew Broderick, Axl Rose, Ralph Fiennes, Demi Moore, Jim Carrey, and Sheryl Crow. The year was 1962. I survived civil rights, school busing, and some stuff that I can’t even speak about. You should be proud to have made it too.
I know if you are active on the net, facebook, forums etc, the younger guys rule for the most part and you can feel kinda out of it. I am here to tell you, its all good. We were young once too. If they are fortunate that might make it to our age. It made me think about the movie The Unforgiven and the Shootist, Rooster Cogburn and the movies where the old guys still got it.
When I started in security and then law enforcement I was trained with and carried a smith and Wesson model 19. That means I used the fabled speed loaders extensibly. Courses were really static practical pistol courses back then with a lot of time and barricades.
I carried a revolver in my travels prior abroad too, I switched to Browning Hi-Power however when I started doing executive personal protection details in Central and Latin America and the Middle East. The coveted trainers were the now gone guys, Charles Taylor, Jeff Cooper and their disciples. Masaad Ayoob was there too, but he was the smarter one. He dealt with the mind more than the macho. He has progressed and kept up with the times unlike many of the old dudes. It was the age of the .45. You weren’t cool if you carried a 9mm but I usually did because it was easier to obtain 9mm internationally, and made a smaller footprint. Who was the gringo looking for .45 caliber ammunition esse? I trained ivy league types going into hostile environment, I qualified police and security officers for duty. I shared some of my mistakes carrying in countries where it was illegal for a foreigner to be armed. I shared stories of what happens when the feces hits the oscillating device. By the time I got to the Far east, I was using the Glock 17 first generation of course! In the 90’s I opened a business to help security guards qualify for armed duty and the new gun owner be safer that bombed. The guards didn’t want training they just wanted permission to carry so they could get paid higher than the unarmed post. Most hated firearms, didn’t know about gun rights, history or the sports involved.
I’ve actually hit more bad guys when I was driving in the protective details I was on that I have shot people but that is something for another time.
I was checking out the AR-15 world and on the rifle front, I am kinda lacking. I carried an uzi and a HK MP-5 a few times when I wasn’t the advance or on hot seat. I carried an M-16A1 back in corps. All back in the days of wine and roses of course.
Today, I hear the same arguments I did back in 1991 when I started my firearms training company. I think that is why I am so melancholy, been doing this stuff a long time and didn’t win the war.
Still hear folks talking about 9 mm over the .45.
For the record, I agree that the 1911 has its place but your choice for a self-defense side arm should be a newer polymer, double stacked something. We used to say if you need more than two rounds you are in combat and have the wrong firearm anyway. Well, I have since understood that bad guys have evolved and become more tribal. You are likely to have multiple attackers, a mob or a gang and need that spare magazine. Folks don’t stay down when shot. They don’t surrender if you don’t stop them and life in general is just going to suck during and after the incident so get over it, get through it and survive.
Everything is not combat though. You can’t live in a Call of Duty condition. So listen up you wanna-bee, mall ninjas, keyboard commandoes, three gun gear nerds, if you decide to get a concealed carry permit, its not a hunting permit on people that piss you off. All threats don’t require lethal force. If you can you can leave, leave. If someone hurts your feelings, insults you wife, live with it. I am saying this because just it just seems to be a rash of stupid people making the news. Too many immature, untrained and unskilled guys out there itching for a gunfight.
The only person I know out there teaching you how not to end up on the news, on YouTube, and in jail through necessary judicious use of force curriculum is Massad. I know you bought the firearm, You got the magazines, the pouches, the belts, the pants with the pockets, you got ammo for days, but every day is not combat.
Sun, 14 January 2018
This has been a season of challenges. I lost blackmanwithagun.com website twice (Jan 1 & 2) and Michael J. Woodland has been encouraging me to do video. You’ll find two videos on our YouTube Channel, please subscribe to blackmanwithagun.tv.
I have launched and started a ministry and podcast called http://SpeakLifePodcast.com. You may have heard me mention it a few times already that I started in Oct 2017. I am working on making it a full time nonprofit charity and helping people in our community. I have been at it harder since the New Year started. http://blanchardministries.com is where it is online. Take a look.
Also been at work comforting those that are going through cancer. One of my friends from the Marine Corps is having a really tough time and we are fundraising for him at http://gofundme.com/keithenglish .
SHOT Show in Las Vegas, is happening this week and I want to plug another buddies site that is bringing you all the showing goodness at http://gunsholsersandgear.com .
Get peace of mind with http://USCCA.Blackmanwithagun.com and don’t forget Crossbreedholsters.com if you want a CCW rig.
More later, and thanks for listening.
Fri, 5 January 2018
As I listen and watch what others have been putting out in the media I realize that I am not trying to compete with that. I am here to remind you that communication of our way of life, the American way, truth, justice, freedom is in your hands. Communication is a powerful tool. It helps online and in your home life. This episode I take some bits from episode 134 and put a new spin on communication for us pro-rights folks. Michael J. Woodland defines MOA for us.
Fri, 5 January 2018
Gun Back Backs, tips for the new gun owners, "Purity Test" from David B Cole from blackmanwithagun.com Shoot Don’t Shoot http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1993-09-21/news/1993264006_1_intruder-slaughter-shotgun Interview with conservative political tv mogul Tucker Carlson taken from an episode 353 And a whole lot of old Christmas era commercials that I grew up with to put you in the holiday mood.
Fri, 5 January 2018
Tis the season of feeling blue, and contemplating futures at the same time of celebrating the birth of Jesus and commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. (Hanukkah) Going to whet your whistle in building your own AR platform rifle. Michael J. Woodland and I have a great conversation that you are welcome to join.
Thu, 4 January 2018
Enjoying the day which is Christmas 2017 and put together a episode with bits from 2010 you may have forgot about. episode 196 Barbara Baird from Womens Outdoor News and the Women's Gun Show podcast talks about buying a gun for someone else. Yo Mama Jokes. Historical account of the year 1968 with things from Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Old ad from Mark Craighead of Crossbreedholsters.com Michael J. Woodland on bore sighting. And a Christmas message in the style of the Speak Life Podcast.
Thu, 4 January 2018
Happy New Year and thank you for listening to the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast. In response to feedback that you liked when I did a little history, I am going to share some bullet points of the history of slavery in America up until the Emancipation Proclamation. There was a old celebration of freedom that has been perverted called “Watch Night.” It involved my ancestors and I want to share that with you. Michael J. Woodland, talks about cleaning your rifle and you might here a few other things in this one.
By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit: "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom. "That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States." Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued. And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages. And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service. And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh. By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
Mon, 27 November 2017
This episode marks exactly ten years of podcasting for me. It is bitter sweet as I ponder where I go from here. I get some help from going back to episode 187 where I got the chance to be on the red carpet in Hollywood with some pro-gun stars at a fundraiser for the City of Hope. You'll hear my thoughts then which came out in 2007. You'll hear my conversations with actors Keith David, Ernie Hudson, and Patrick Kilpatrick along with some products from vendors at the event. There is even a retro ad with the actual voice of the founder of CrossBreed Holsters.
PSA for the http://MarylandShallIssue.org meeting coming in December.
Johnny King introduces me to 3-gun competition.
Michael J. Woodland on rifle slings because I asked him.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Sat, 18 November 2017
Interview with a new black hunter, joking about Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Michael talks about a new company DelphiTactical.com
Sun, 12 November 2017
NRA Wayne LaPierre interview (c. 2009) Fear as it relates to gun ownership, life and marketing, a journey of a podcaster that has been doing it for ten years. Tip from Michael J. Woodland.
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
thank you for supporting me through http://patreon.com/blackmanwithagun
Check out and support me through http://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com