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The official podcast of T.Rex Arms. Weekly live conversations between various team members discussing equipment, training, history, politics, and of course, the behind-the-scenes stuff regarding the business and technology of developing and making tactical gear.

Episode Date
Grey Man Theory
3751

Lucas Botkin talks about how to become the elusive and mysterious Grey Man. He has the right equipment and clothing, not to mention friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages and knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear. You'll never see him again. With any luck he's got the grail already.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/JpYWmnKC60E
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Apr 15, 2021
Building Liberty: Reading List Part 2
3680

Isaac returns to discuss censorship, gun laws, and to finish his recommended reading list of important books.

Government
The Second Amendment Manifesto - John Paine
Slaying Leviathan – Dr. Glenn Sunshine
Great Christian Revolution - Otto Scott
Lex Rex - Samuel Rutherford
Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos - a 1579 Hugenot pamphlet
Magdeburg Confession - The Pastors of Magdeburg
The Christian and the Magistrate - Pierre Viret

Kid's Books
The Ride of Paul Revere - Longfellow, Ted Rand
Father May I Come - Peter Spier
The Eerie Canal - Peter Spier
The Ox Cart Man - Donald Hall, Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
What Do People Do All Day - Richard Scarry

Economics
Biblical Economics in Comics - Vic Lockman
Economics in One Lesson - Hazlitt
Basic Economics - Thomas Sowell

History
Diary of an Early American Boy - Eric Sloane
Wealth and Poverty of Nations - David S. Landes
Connections - James Burke
Skunkworks - Ben Rich
My Night with Saddam - Dr. Mark Green


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Video Link: https://youtu.be/7pJ0t_0S2l0

Apr 08, 2021
How to Play Uno
3490

Stay on top of manufacturing or draw 25. Lucas explains the strange and confusing saga of the AC-Uno, the plate carrier of mysterious origins that appeared on our site on April first. The product is not a joke, but someone did get fooled.

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/lYBRe9FyEwY

Apr 02, 2021
How to Market a New Company
3390

T.Rex Arms is a very old company; almost 8 years old. But if Lucas were to begin marketing a NEW company, here's a few things he would do.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/ZfYv2V5Pexo
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Mar 25, 2021
Tour of the Holster Production Pipeline
4066

Isaac walks around our current production pipeline, and explains how we make holsters now... but also talks through how we've been scaling and rebuilding our shop to make holsters faster in the future! The shop is loud, so sorry about the audio quality.

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/1UBGAHKmc1A

Mar 18, 2021
2021 Firearm Legislation
4534

Isaac talks about some of the various gun-related legislation at the Federal level, and here in Tennessee, while at the VERY SAME TIME David Botkin testifies before the TN Criminal Justice Committee in defense of Constitutional Carry. His remarks begin at the 1:00:00 mark.

Vide Link: https://youtu.be/TiAAFx14PVM
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Mar 11, 2021
Ask Lucas: Gear, Airsoft, Training
3784

Lucas does Q&A on gear, airsoft stuff, and training, many of which came from folks who watched the airsoft video we released on YouTube last week.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/zue6Jip52n8
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Mar 04, 2021
Chameleon Targets and Tech
3572

Isaac does Q&A on the Chameleon Target System, explains how it has developed over the last year, and discusses various T.Rex Arms technology projects; projects that were, projects that are, and some projects which have not yet come to pass.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/r1jct9bGHlI
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Feb 25, 2021
The Doctrine of Anti-Fragility
1910

Isaac reflects on various lessons from the recent bad weather, Big Tech de-platforming, and the death of Rush Limbaugh - and why we need to be more sturdy and anti-fragile. 

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Feb 18, 2021
Scopes, Lights, and Rifle Attachments
3775

Lucas talks about rifle builds, particularly the attachments and accesories of various rifle builds, after Isaac makes a quick political announcement about various gun bills. This is essentially a revisitation of the material from our lost September 16th episode.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Sts6fDnZyTw
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Feb 11, 2021
Warbelt Setup Overview
3688

Lucas talks about setting up warbelts, and all the holsters, mag carriers, medical gear, and various other bags, pouches, and first line equipment that goes on the belt.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/RGFPzz8Wrbw
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Feb 04, 2021
The January No Topic Q&A Stream
3541

It's been a long time since we did a regular Q&A stream to talk about whatever YOU want to talk about. So here it is. Our YouTube viewers ask Lucas and Isaac a bunch of completely random questions.

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video link: https://youtu.be/Qr87ccoFjVg

Jan 28, 2021
Inauguration, Overreaction, and Response
1041

Isaac Botkin talks about lessons from the escalating reactions to everything surrounding the election and inauguration. Don't let the overreactions fool you.

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"But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. While the king, and all in authority under him, were believed to govern in justice and mercy, according to the laws and constitution derived to them from the God of nature and transmitted to them by their ancestors, they thought themselves bound to pray for the king and queen and all the royal family, and all in authority under them, as ministers ordained of God for their good; but when they saw those powers renouncing all the principles of authority, and bent upon the destruction of all the securities of their lives, liberties, and properties, they thought it their duty to pray for the continental congress and all the thirteen State congresses...

...This produced, in 1760 and 1761, an awakening and a revival of American principles and feelings, with an enthusiasm which went on increasing till, in 1775, it burst out in open violence, hostility, and fury.”   - John Adams

Jan 21, 2021
Airsoft for Training?
3641

Lucas just got back from a major airsoft event, and has some thoughts on the training value of airsoft gear and activities. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/kaFHQYBIOy8
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Jan 14, 2021
The Second Amendment Reading List
3587

On January 6th nothing happened that we're allowed to talk about on a YouTube Livestream, so Isaac talked about the books that T.Rex Arms recommends folks be reading in 2021. These are books on the 2nd Amendment, the history of tyrannical governments and resistance, and other topics TOTALLY unrelated to any events that are happening today.

Second Amendment Books:
That Every Man Be Armed - Stephen Holbrook 
The Founders’ Second Amendment - Stephen Holbrook
The Second Amendment Manifesto - John Paine
Aiming For Liberty – David B. Kopel
DeInfringe – Joshua Baker

Pre-American Interposition Books:
Lex Rex - Samuel Rutherford
Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos - a 1579 Huguenot pamphlet
Magdeburg Confession - The Pastors of Magdeburg
The Christian and the Magistrate - Pierre Viret
Great Christian Revolution - Otto Scott

American History Books:
1776 - David McCollough
Paul Revere’s Ride – David Hackett Fischer
Of Plymouth Plantation - William Bradford 

General World History Books:
Modern Times - Paul Johnson
Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson

General Politics:
The War on Guns - John R. Lott, Jr. 
Parliament of Whores - PJ O’Rourke

In the next episode, we'll try to cover military studies, economics, fiction, philosophy, and more!

Video Link: https://youtu.be/B4Zj8gTkz_c
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Jan 07, 2021
2020: Year in Review
3792

It's been a rollercoaster of a year, both for T.Rex Arms and the whole rest of the world. Isaac and Lucas talk about lessons and takeaways.

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/-L95edUj5EY

Dec 31, 2020
Why Christmas in 2020 is Merry
3748

Isaac talking about end of year stuff, future stuff, and the true meaning of Christmas.

Fuddbusters ATF Letter Video: https://youtu.be/cnfZOoRNtys
Spread of the Gospel Map: https://vimeo.com/113801439

Video Link: https://youtu.be/UVTZOq9nikk
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Dec 24, 2020
The T.Rex Arms Ready Rig
3799

Lucas describes the new chest rig we're making, and answers questions about its development and use.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/c748JXTkgMM
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Dec 17, 2020
The T.Rex Arms AC1 Plate Carrier
3685

Lucas provides information about and answers questions about about our new minimalistic Plate Carrier. This one is a little more visual, so it might be worth looking up the video version if you want to see the demo. 

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/Ya5BMXeam5U

Dec 10, 2020
Why Customer Service Matters
3768

Lucas and Kyle talk about why T.Rex Arms puts such a priority on customer service, how we built our CS department, and a few lessons we've learned over the years.

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/1WpsLS6TYfw

Dec 03, 2020
Black Friday Sale and Thanksgiving
614

Check out this brief announcement about how to take part in the T.Rex Arms Black Friday Sale! Also, check out the new layout of the shipping and inventory area (in the video version, anyhow), hear about a few of the things that we are thankful for this year, and go have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/2XQkdPHDbcA

Nov 25, 2020
How to Navigate Internet Censorship and Manipulation
3911

There's been a lot of talk about how Social Media platforms have or have not been censoring and manipulating the flow of information throughout 2020. Isaac and Noah Botkin will talk about how much control these platforms have, and a few ways to be less affected by that control.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/DExH0l3lvdw

Nov 19, 2020
Mainstream Media vs. Internet Hearsay
3724

So it's still election night, forever, and nobody trusts nobody. We talk investigations, division, misinformation, and a bit about Black Friday and T.Rex plans for the rest of the year.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/2eiZBcQqTaI

Nov 12, 2020
Election Night Aftermath
4206

There are no results from last night's presidential election yet, but that's all that the internet to talk about, so I guess we're going to talk about it. But mostly we'll just answer questions about why we aren't losing hope.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/FBVCyDCN0Ls

Nov 05, 2020
How and Why to use DMR Radios
4347

Analog radio is awesome, but digital radio has some very valuable abilities. Isaac and David discuss how to program DMR radios and why you might want a business license in addition to an amateur license.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/h0GdPra8-oI

Oct 29, 2020
The Strength of the Gun Economy
4486

2020 has seen a bunch of changes that have affected different parts of the economy in different ways. Let's look at them, especially as related to skyrocketing gun sales, ammo sales, and related manufacturing.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/WCJ4dp-ZPBk

Oct 22, 2020
How Lucas Marketed T.Rex Arms
3800

Lucas Botkin talks about how he marketed T.REX ARMS back in the old days... Before the dark times... Before the shadowbanning. Also, general Q&A, because he always does that.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/6bplQwQEFfA

Oct 15, 2020
How and Why to Resist Tyranny
3588

Isaac Botkin talks about the ATF's new cease and desist letter concerning the Q Honey Badger pistol, and interviews the CrossPolitic team who were recently arrested for singing in public in Moscow, Idaho.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/hwVbUaaAZp8

Oct 08, 2020
How Weapon Technology Affects Culture
3580

Isaac Botkin talks about how firearms have changed over the centuries, and how these changes have affected culture. Culture also affects how firearms are perceived, and how laws are changed around them.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Bl-VnP7rtIo

Oct 01, 2020
Everything I Know About Business I learned from X-Com
4413

Isaac and David talk about how old DOS games about fighting aliens can actually teach solid business lessons, and how games often teach solid economic models.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/PBBhSYsk5FQ

Sep 24, 2020
The Lost Episode
615

On September 16th, we tried to do our regular weekly livestream, but were shut down! When we switched to another platform to try again, we were cancelled again. This is the explanation of what happened behind the scenes, and some of our plans for the future. 

The email address referenced in the episode is trextalk@trex-arms.com

Sep 17, 2020
The History of the Second Amendment
3796

The Second Amendment did not come out of a vacuum. Isaac and David Botkin talk about some of the historical ideas and presuppositions that led to private arms ownership being protected in the Bill of Rights, and the opposing ideas that challenge the concept of an armed citizenry.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/iGxHdE2j-5g

Sep 10, 2020
White Lights and Laser Beams
4028

This episode was streamed live after dark, so Lucas could demonstrate lights and lasers, in the visible spectrum and IR. More than any other podcast so far, this one really should be seen and not just heard, so make sure you check out the video stream.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/2QHjJ3TnLOs

Sep 03, 2020
New Product and Media Launches
4020

The Weekly T.Rex Livestream is back! And a bunch of stuff has happened while we were away. Hear about some new products and some new media stuff, and a bit of behind-the-scenes observations about manufacturing and supply line issues in 2020.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/VUGidS34LJM

Aug 26, 2020
Holster Setup and Use
4118

How the various T.Rex Arms holsters can be set up and adjusted, some various ways to use them, and why we make them the way we make them.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/wFax53n8xgQ

Jul 08, 2020
American Independence
3876

A discussion on the main lessons from the War for American Independence, the men who led, and some comparisons to other revolutionary movements before and after.

Book Recommendations:
Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer
1776 by David McCullough

Video Link: https://youtu.be/7A7KXOGBvto

Jul 01, 2020
How We Set Up Rifles
3613

There are a lot of way to configure modern rifles to do different things. This will be an overview. This has a lot of visual demonstrations, so it's probably worth checking out the video link below.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYhlh_guZI0

Jun 24, 2020
Father's Day Conversation
4192

A discussion on the best lessons our Dad has taught us, and all the ways that he has influenced us in our lives and the building of T.Rex. 

Jun 17, 2020
Gun Laws and Weapon Systems
4606

Lucas and Isaac talk about weapon systems: in general, how they get built around gun laws, and how things should be.

Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzL9a92lLVY

Jun 10, 2020
Riots and Revolution
3601

A conversation about civil unrest and societal change throughout history, looking at specific examples of tyranny, injustice, and resistance after the dust has settled.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/BH1Pal4Yho4

Jun 03, 2020
Pistol Upgrades
4415

Lucas and Steve talk about upgrades that you can make to your pistol, and to yourself. 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7S2TRJNMjw

May 27, 2020
Comms Conversation
3883

Isaac and David have a conversation about emergency and radio communications, answering your questions about gear, systems, strategies, encryption and more! 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU1w1shrr-E

May 20, 2020
Rebuilding America
4278

Isaac, Lucas, and David have a discussion on business and economics, difficulties and opportunities, and things you can be doing to help build a stronger American economy.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vLAANzBMBs

May 13, 2020
Armor and Plate Carriers
4418

ucas and David and Steve talk about different armor tech and plate carrier options.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkXzD0p0bts

May 06, 2020
Night Vision Conversation
3536

Isaac and Lucas have a discussion about night vision tools, from technical to practical to financial. All categories, all price ranges, all uses.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZOqApoIyrI

Apr 29, 2020
Quarantine and DON'T Chill
4060

Game, movie, and book recommendations from the T.REX team. How to improve yourself and make the most of your time.

History:

  • "1776" by David McCullough
  • Basically anything by Paul Johnson
  • "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer
  • "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen Ambrose

Economics:


Video Link: https://youtu.be/7NxPC309q5k

Apr 22, 2020
Ask Lucas Anything
4221

Lucas Botkin takes questions regarding training, firearms, equipment, and the products T.REX ARMS creates.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyJnGurCYA8

Mar 23, 2020