#NRAAM2018 Product Showcase: Midland Backpack Shotgun

I learned to wingshoot with a Winchester Model 37A chambered in 3″ magnum 20 gauge, my first real shotgun. My friends all had HR Toppers chambered in .410, and I remember feeling smugly superior to them because my Winchester was an objectively nicer shotgun. But that HR Topper was a ubiquitous firearm in the south; seems like every kid had ...

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#NRAAM2018 Product Showcase: Omega Custom Rifles

One of the more intriguing rifles I encountered at #NRAAM2018 was the switch-barrel rifle from Omega Custom Rifles. Omega is a veteran-owned company based in Meridien, TX, and features a product line of bolt-action rifles built on custom Stiller actions glass-bedded into carbon fiber stocks, but the really part is the option to switch barrels in the field in a ...

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#NRAAM2018 Product Showcase: Mag Pump Magazine Loader

One of the neater doohickeys I saw at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas was the Mag Pump magazine loader. I can think of plenty of times on the range when I spent more time loading magazines than I did emptying them, and had the sore and skinned up thumbs to prove it. The times I’ve had the opportunity to ...

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NRA Annual Meeting, Day Two

Much joinder was was created yesterday at the Lone Star Medics Hydration Happy Hour following the close of the exhibit hall. Many thanks to Caleb Causey for hosting this mixer. I got to meet a great many Facebook friends for the first time in meatspace, and speaking of meatspace, dinner at Texas de Brazil was… epic. There was food, liquor ...

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On Diversity, Inclusiveness, and the Second Amendment

Before I set out for the NRA Annual Meeting, I had a long, serious discussion with my girlfriend over the trip. She knows this is the way I recharge my creative batteries, and I don’t get the opportunity to shoot near as often as I’d like, but she has serious misgivings – I should say misconceptions – about the NRA. ...

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NRA Annual Meeting, Day One

Well, Dallas is dreary and rainy, parking sucks, and I got drenched walking from my remote parking area to the Press Office in the convention center. On the bright side, I’m among my tribe, and I got my press credentials yesterday, so I avoided the line at the door. Estimates put show attendance at 80,000+, and the line to check ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: I Can’t Stand My Partner. What Do I Do?

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I address a listener question on how to deal with the problem partner. Most times, personality conflicts can be resolved with good communication and practicing the Golden Rule. Other times, it may take a supervisor to intervene, and split the crew up. And if we’re honest, sometimes the problem ...

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The #MeToo Movement in EMS: Misogyny is a Problem For Us, Too

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome women EMS leaders Nancy Magee, Tracey Loscar and Catherine Counts to the Guest Table, where they share with us what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated profession. Short version: If you have a Y chromosome, you really have no clue how much crap women ...

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Happy Blogiversary To Me!

On December 23, 2006, I started this blog. I don’t post as much as I used to, but I still write just as much. I’m just more spread out.   Eleven years. 2,469 posts. Many thousands of comments. Well over 4 million unique visitors (I quit counting about five years ago). And many, many new friends. You guys all made ...

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