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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
Wild Arms R&D and Homebuilt Rocket Launchers
3389

Wild Arms Research and Developmemt has spent the last few years building destructive devices. Specifically, developing recoilless launchers and rocket launchers like the Panzerfaust and Fliegerfaust, and then publishing the research for public edification. Isaac Botkin and Jonathan Wild have a free-ranging discussion on munitions design, launcher research, and the two books they have produced so far:

Man Portable Air Defense System : Fliegerfaust
Expedient Recoilless Launcher: Panzerfaust

And, check out video of test firings of the Fliegerfaust: https://youtu.be/5fskM6iUSbA

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May 23, 2022
Behind the Scenes Q&A
2067

It's been a while since we did a Q&A episode, so Isaac fired up his much-throttled Instagram account for a live conversation with real people who asked real questions. This included queries about 3D printers, suppressor laws, customer support, and of course, lots of curiosity about new products.

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May 16, 2022
The Three Worst Gun Control Ideas
1805

There are a lot of different gun control strategies that have been promoted or attempted over the years. Here are three particularly bad ones, and an explanation of who they are actually bad for.

$200 FDM 3D Printer: Ender 3 Pro
2018 T.Rex video about 3D printed guns: https://youtu.be/aJvpfYJ-2Xc

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May 09, 2022
Intro to Thermal Devices
1205

The internet is buzzing about thermal devices, mostly because of GarandThumb's urban survival video (youtu.be/rL5wePSjTL8). Isaac explains a few basics about how thermal works, how to think about, what the key differentiators are between devices, and how to start learning more about them.

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Apr 27, 2022
The Importance of Maps
830

Maps are important. Seems obvious enough. But learning how to read them and use them to do work is the really important part.

Current favorite mapping tool: caltopo.com
Current favorite land nav instructors: redbeardtactical.com
Current favorite GarandThumb video: youtu.be/rL5wePSjTL8

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Apr 20, 2022
The FINAL ATF Rule Change
1483

Well, at least, the final language for the most recent rule change about frames and receivers. Get ready for new rules on braces coming soon!

Fudd Busters episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOwhe-cJ0wQ

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Apr 13, 2022
How To Build Political Relationships
1255

Here at T.Rex Arms we recommend getting involved in local politics. Which leads to the questions "How do I get involved in local politics?" and "Why should I get involved in local politics?"

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Apr 05, 2022
Three Categories of Radio Communication
1401

Due to popular demand, another comms episode! This should be helpful in determining what kinds of capabilities you want to build in one of these three categories:

  • Open Communication
  • Private Communication
  • Secret Communication

And here is a link to a bonus homework assignment: FEMA's DHS radio interoperability course is interesting to read: IS-951

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Mar 23, 2022
The Unpredictable Backlash against Russia
1756

The entire world has now bravely tweeted out Ukranian flag emojis in noble support, and selflessly poured out Russian vodkas in righteous indignation. The internet's reaction to a tragic war has, for the most part, been predictably laughable. And yet, a lot of these emotional kneejerk reactions could have serious long-term effects... 

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Mar 15, 2022
Practical Lessons from Ukraine
2094

We are far from having a clear picture of the geopolitical wrangling surrounding the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, and the livestreamed video of the conflict doesn't actually clarify things much yet. However, it does provide us with a very interesting picture of citizens, militias, and light infantry pushing back against a hostile force. So, let's talk about the need to have:

  • Guns and Ammo
  • Intel Gathering Tools
  • Intel Dissemination Tools
  • Access Denial
  • Tools and Raw Materials
  • Water and Food
  • Medical Supplies
  • Transport Capability
  • Shelter
  • Money

And, as promised, some links to the TV shows Servant of the People and Yes Prime Minister

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Mar 01, 2022
In Memory of P.J. O'Rourke
1746

P.J. O'Rourke was one of the best journalists of the 20th Century; a master of clear, concise, well-structured communication. What better way to honor his memory than a rambling, long, and completely unplanned livestream talking about some of his best work? Isaac describes what made him stand apart, and what T.REX folks can learn from him.

Further Reading:
All the Trouble in the World
Parliament of Whores
Letter from Egypt

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Feb 22, 2022
Starting Conversations about the Second Amendment
829

Over the last couple of years, there have been a record number of guns purchased by the American public, and a shockingly large percentage of those were purchased by first time gun owners. While we can appreciate those folks being better equipped to physically defend themselves, they may not be ideologically able to defend their right to do so. How can we bring them along to a deeper understanding and appreciation for what the Second Amendment really means?

https://www.ammoland.com/2022/02/diversity-no-guarantee-for-enhancing-second-amendment-recognition/

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Feb 15, 2022
Deplatforming Platforms
1427

This was a big week in the ongoing discussion about the regulation and control of large social media platforms that regularly de-platform their customers that they disagree with. All kinds of kerfuffle related to Spotify, Patreon, and GoFundMe has ensued, and a lot of stuff has happened as a result.

FYI, I completely misspoke and called the crowdfunding site givesendgo.com GiveSendMe, for some reason. My apologies!

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Feb 08, 2022
The Drone Wars (Season Two)
1590

Isaac talks about continuing developments and uses of drones. Specific discussion on the Parrot Anafi drones, and newer Skydio drones, as well as the increased use of quadcopter use in Law Enforcement.

https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/anafi-thermal
https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/anafi-usa-old

https://www.skydio.com/
https://www.skydio.com/skydio-x2

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Jan 31, 2022
The State of EmComm Radio in 2022
1484

The number of people building out decentralized radio communication has grown over the last few years, and a lot of lessons have been learned, and a lot of tools and capabilities have grown. Here are a few things Isaac is excited about:

Increased ATAK adoption and plug-in development
Meshtastic
OTTO Lynq Pro
Qmesh
Ripple
DMR-Tools
EmComm Tools
The Tech Prepper
RTL-SDR Kraken
The Greyman Server

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Jan 25, 2022
Shot Show 2022 Review
5378

Lucas and Isaac talk about some of the products that have been announced this year at Shot Show, from optics to pistols to rifles and more. There are some very encouraging trends this year, and some very cool night vision developments.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/p21K8rRTSYY
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Jan 20, 2022
Ryan Busse's "Gunfight" Book Review
2084

Ryan Busse spent 25 years at the Kimber firearm company, climbing his way up through sales to become Vice President of the company. Then, he suddenly switched sides to become an advisor to the Giffords gun control group, work on the Biden Presidential campaign, and write this tell-all book about the terrible radicalizing effects of the horrible NRA and fearsome gun industry.

Isaac has a few thoughts about it.

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Jan 18, 2022
The Actual Insurrectionists of January 6th
1365

Last year, on January 6th, a mob of people entered the United States Capitol Building and had the audacity to walk right past countless statues of America's Founding Fathers. Who were the actual insurrectionists?

webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/Insurrection

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Jan 11, 2022
2021 Year in Review - Behind the Scenes
3714

Isaac talks a bit about some of the experiences we had as a company during the year 2021.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Mj964qyzfaw
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Jan 06, 2022
Welcome to 2022!
1210

Want to find out why Isaac is excited about 2022? Get ready.

Show Links:
https://opensourcedefense.org
https://pewscience.com
https://www.instagram.com/redbeardtactical.de
https://greyman.services

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Jan 03, 2022
How Do We Build Gun Culture 3.0?
1147

What do our next steps look like? As our community develops, what skills do we need? What tools should be acquiring? What principles do we need to understand in order to answer these questions?

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Dec 20, 2021
How Lucas Botkin Learned to Shoot
3564

Lucas talks about some of the experiences he had as a new shooter.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/iiFj_Wa8Wys
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Dec 16, 2021
Three Generations of Gun Culture
1256

There's a lot of talk about Gun Culture 1.0 and 2.0, and Isaac lays out some groundwork on these different phases of our 2A community, in preparation for a few upcoming podcasts...

Everything You Aren't Supposed to Know about Suppressors
John Wick 2 Pitch Meeting

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Dec 14, 2021
Black Friday Wrap-Up Q&A
3970

As we wrap up all the orders that came in during Black Friday, Isaac talks about some of our experiences during this year's sale.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/zMDeulU2xCI
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Dec 09, 2021
The Good Kind of Dangerous
1504

Edward Durr is being called a dangerous man. Why? Because he, a mere truck driver with a miniscule $3,000 war chest, had the audacity to run for state Senate in New Jersey, beating out the entrenched incumbent, a professional politician with immense power, a thirty-year history in Government, and a $300,000 campaign budget.

When he takes office in January, he wants to fight for more gun freedoms and fewer taxes. Isaac talked to him about his reasons, his goals, and the lessons he's learned along the way.

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Dec 04, 2021
What is the Future of Radio Comms?
3911

What kinds of radio gear should you have to communicate with, and how should you be preparing for the future? Isaac talks SDRs, mesh networks, direction finding, jamming, and more. This one is better as video, since there are a few demos. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Ur28ty6Fslo
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Dec 02, 2021
The Purpose of Thanksgiving
1122

Not just the holiday, which this podcast is too late for, but also the actual virtue of being a thankful person, and recognizing the blessings that you need to be grateful for, preserve, defend, improve, and pass on.

Also, this is the 100th episode of the podcast! Thank you all so much for everything that you have done to make the T.Rex products and T.Rex media and T.Rex messages possible!

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Nov 29, 2021
Black Friday 2021
3565

Lucas talks about ways to save money on gear and the upcoming Black Friday at T.REX Arms.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/ELtAa5IJoBs
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Nov 25, 2021
Who Was That Masked Man?
1537

The media has predictably freaked out over the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, calling him a vigilante, a symbol of hate, and worse. Isaac decides to get all philosophical about heroic vigilantes, symbolic outlaws, and freedom fighters of history and fiction. A fast look at Robin Hood, Zorro, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Scarecrow (and Batman, obviously), all compared with men of the War for American Independence and the resistance movements of WWII.

Bonus Content:
The Scarecrow Part 1: https://youtu.be/BaSTjq-fK1M
The Scarecrow Part 2: https://youtu.be/OVaGwXSW4yE
The Scarecrow Part 3: https://youtu.be/1KfNnihTLWA

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Nov 21, 2021
Shooting Fundamentals I Don't Teach Anymore
3749

Lucas talks about some various shooting fundamentals that he used to teach.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/UZz4llHPE2Q
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Nov 18, 2021
Lessons from Kyle Rittenhouse
1069

Isaac talks about the lessons we can learn from Kyle Rittenhouse, the situation he found himself in, and what it means for our kids.

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Nov 13, 2021
Three Months of Sidecar 2.0
3479

Isaac goes over some of the production details involved with the Sidecar 2.0, various things that we've improved and expanded upon, and a few things we've learned. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/DDil5-jWV08
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Nov 11, 2021
The Drone Wars (Season One)
1748

Begun, these Drone Wars have. Isaac gives a super brief overview of unmanned aircraft use, both by big military and small individuals, and some some cool tools that future users could benefit from.

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Nov 08, 2021
Navigation and Maps Q&A
3444

Isaac goes over navigation and maps. Devices, how to buy paper maps, drones, ATAK, radios, and more.

https://maps.mytopo.com/mytopo/
https://caltopo.com/map.html
Ham Radio Crash Course

Video Link: https://youtu.be/48i1ounAkJM
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Nov 04, 2021
Building a More Robust Manufacturing Industry
1178

Isaac talks about why the best tools may not always be the best tools.

tormach.com/right-to-repair
www.baen.com/1632.html

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Nov 01, 2021
What Helmet / Night Vision to Get
3617

Lucas talks about Helmets and Night Vision. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/ojeaBBX-Juw 
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Oct 28, 2021
Firearms on Film Sets, Cameras on Ranges
1396

For those of you that don't know, Isaac used to work in the film biz, and he breaks down how firearms are treated and should be treated on movie sets, as well as some issues related to Alec Baldwin, Adam Baldwin, hypocrisy, accountability, and complacency. There are a few lessons for those of us in the firearm biz.

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Oct 25, 2021
Light/Dark Technical Q&A
3541

Isaac continues low-light October with a more technical Q&A about night vision, flashlights, and optics, and various other things that you use in the dark. Also, robot dogs for some reason.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/CiBOvX5P_Js
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Oct 21, 2021
How Communities Start
1582

Isaac continues on the long and difficult topic of how to build community. Today's rambly thoughts involve Constantine, Benedict, and Boniface. Clearly some fascinating stuff coming up. 

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Oct 18, 2021
Rifle Loadouts Under $3,000
3500

Lucas talks about various rifle upgrades and loadouts.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/EHcoOiQalIA
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Oct 14, 2021
3D Printed Firearms and Legacy of JSTARK
1846

We believe that the ability to manufacture your own firearms is as fundamental a right as the ability to own them. Isaac talks a bit about the different categories of homebuilt guns, 3D printers, and some plans for the future.

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Oct 11, 2021
Flash Light Night Vision Q&A - Low Light October
3742

It's Low-Light October (not to be confused with No-Light November). Lucas answers questions about flash lights and night vision.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/dRT6llJxv_8
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Oct 07, 2021
The Backbone of a Community
814

What are the most non-negotiable, productive, indispensable aspects of a strong community? Can hobby-level pursuits hold people together well enough for long-term success, or are deeper goals required? Isaac tries the trendy practice of recording podcasts in the car, and the audio quality suffers for it.

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Oct 04, 2021
Rifle Build Q&A with Lucas
3885

Lucas answers random questions about rifle builds... mostly ARs, probably. No leaks... probably.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/0-NY_tO48-U
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Sep 30, 2021
OpSec and Persec - Privacy and Security
3740

Isaac Botkin fields questions on Operational Security and Personnel Security. He might answer some. He might not. It depends on clearance.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/y3dd0e77hhI
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Sep 23, 2021
The Four Types of Propaganda
1144

Isaac breaks down four types of propaganda in history, and why and how to resist it. 

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Sep 20, 2021
Plate Carrier Dos and Don'ts
4151

With the AC-1 finally back in stock, Lucas walks through a bunch of ways to use it, and a few ways not to. This is another one that works better as a video demo.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/LAXMN1jJWoA
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Sep 16, 2021
Tennessee's Anti-ATF letter to the Governor
3614

Yesterday, 43 members of the Tennessee legislature signed a letter requesting that Governor Bill Lee and Attorney General Herbert Slatery actively resist the proposed rule changes from the ATF. Today, Rep. Clay Doggett, who led this effort, talks with Isaac Botkin about the current situation.

Link to the letters: https://tennesseestar.com/2021/09/08/...
ATF brace Comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/docum...

Video Link: https://youtu.be/k8ZDZvMYAfM
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Sep 09, 2021
The Future of the Fighting Handgun
1285

Isaac rambles about what the next evolution of duty pistols could be. His ideas aren't so much based on any individual pistol technologies, but a number of external trends:

  1. Increased use of pistol optics
  2. Increased use of suppressors and muzzle devices
  3. Decreased importance of SMGs and PCCs
  4. Increased sophistication of decentralized manufacturing

After some feedback and testing, this could be an interesting video study.

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Sep 06, 2021
Militarism in Afghanistan - The Last 100 Years
1226

The United States isn't the first superpower to leave Afghanistan, and it isn't the first to confuse multiple military issues in its decision-making process. Isaac talks though some comments GK Chesterton made about this very issue over 100 years ago. 

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Aug 29, 2021
Budget vs Rich Rifle - Is It Worth It?
4050

There have been a lot of questions after we posted our hour long(!) budget rifle video, and Lucas is going to address some of those now.

Original Video: Can You Build a Rifle For $1,000?

Livestream Video Link: https://youtu.be/FkC_yfWW4Bc
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Aug 26, 2021
The Need for Decentralized Communication
1057

After watching various crackdowns on free speech last week, and then seeing serious flooding over the last week, Isaac talks about a bunch of things that should be self-evident. As usual.

UPDATE: Waverly did, in fact, lose cell phone service during the flood. I'd been told otherwise before, but I've now heard that emergency towers had to be set up.

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Aug 24, 2021
On the Topic of Force Multipliers
4032

There are a lot of factors that will effect capability, and while mission dictates gear, gear helps. Isaac and David have a discussion of some pieces of equipment that often fall through the cracks of our other conversations.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/W4arU4nrUE4
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Aug 19, 2021
The BATFE vs Rare Breed Triggers
1071

This is a quick episode talking about a potentially important case for firearms freedom, and how it was set up to give the firearm company that has come under fire a more strategic position.

Interesting links:
The ATF's cease and desist letter to Rare Breed Triggers
Kevin Maxwell's response letter to the ATF
Rare Breed Trigger's lawsuit filing

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Aug 16, 2021
Sidecar 2.0 Q&A and Demonstrations
4036

There were a lot of Sidecar questions we didn't get to yesterday, so we're spending some more time talking about the holster system today. Again, this is probably better as a video, but there should be a proper audio podcast on Monday. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/q9O8E8yETSY
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Aug 12, 2021
Sidecar 2.0 Production and Prototypes
4657

Our Sidecar Redesign launched yesterday, and production is already in full swing! This is another episode that works best as video, since we show part of the new production line, and prototypes of the holster system and tourniquet holder attachment. There is also lots of Q&A from folks who are curious about all things Sidecar.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Ur2mZlEaB5A
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Aug 11, 2021
The Most Savage Department at T.Rex
3995

As T.Rex Arms has grown as a company, there is one department that has grown the fastest. Lucas will chat with our terrifyingly effective Customer Service team. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/VzkmCPJW8xM
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Aug 05, 2021
What Makes a Good Holster
3781

Isaac and Lucas try to summarize the lessons they've learned from a few years of holster-making, but since we are currently retooling a few things over at the T.Rex shop in order to make better holsters, it becomes kind of a comedy of errors or trying to avoid leaks and spoilers.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/feQnkm8XObs
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Jul 29, 2021
How the Firearms Industry Drives Innovation
1230

Isaac goes on a long weapons development rabbit trail after reading a gun control suggestion from activist Michael Cogbill. Not only do we have a right to self-defense, and a right to keep and bear arms, but the incredibly high value that civilization has placed on the availability of weapons has resulted in weapons technology driving a huge amount of all other technological development. Naturally, Jeff Bezos is mentioned as well.

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Jul 26, 2021
Rifle Class Training Video Q&A
3553

Now that our free 3 hour long rifle training course has been up on our site for a few days,  Lucas will be taking questions about it!

Oh, and before you go...

"Some changes can't be made quietly. Our IWB holsters are temporarily unavailable for purchase while we finish the last major steps in retooling our production line."

Video Link: https://youtu.be/iKCuxLBxgCk
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Jul 22, 2021
How to Build a Communications Network
3631

Isaac talks through some basics of emergency communications networking. Spoiler alert: Software matters more than hardware. People are the network; radios and computers are the tools. The most important lessons we can learn from effective communication networks in the past are that preparation and relationships are key. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/6ZbY_ERuwCg
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Jul 15, 2021
The Right to Repair Movement
1663

UPDATE: This issue is hot enough that Biden already signed an executive order about it! Not that Biden Admin EOs mean much, since there are so many of them, and this one appears to just be an affirmation of some new FTC rules coming sometime. Nevertheless it's an important issue to discuss, and Louis Rossman is one of the most coherent and forthright proponents of the Right to Repair movement and best contributor to the discussion.

Steve Wozniak speaks on Right to Repair
Louis Rossman on IP Theft in the Electronics Industry
Louis Rossman fixes A1398 Macbook Logic Board

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Jul 12, 2021
Personal Rifle/Pistol Training Q&A
3369

 Lucas talks through different ways to approach pistol and rifle training; with instructors, with videos, teaching yourself, and more. Just in time for dropping ammo prices...

Video Link: https://youtu.be/RvWeOE2aHmY
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Jul 08, 2021
Explaining Independence Day
1485

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate it while you can, and remember the sacrifices, stands, and lessons of those who fought for freedom. Isaac talks to his son James about some common misconceptions about the Declaration of Independence and the War for American Independence. 

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Jul 04, 2021
Analog vs. Digital Night Vision
3530

Is it still worth buying analog night vision? How far away are decent digital options? Isaac talks through the strengths and weaknesses of both, and answers questions on how they work. We had some serious bandwidth issues with the Youtube livestream, which we solved with a VPN partway through, but the audio is clean.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/FRrVeSVHFwQ
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Jul 01, 2021
How Night Vision is Made
1671

Isaac attempts (and fails) to provide a brief explanation of how Gen3 night vision tubes are manufactured, mostly based upon the research of David Kitson:
www.ar15.com/forums/Armory/What-you-will-find-inside-an-image-tube-article-for-those-who-are-truly-bored-or-interested-/18-340822/

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Jun 28, 2021
Should You Buy Older Gear?
3868

As a company that tries to make new gear, we generally like new gear. But old gear has a place, and Lucas wants to talk about it.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/gY7sWX8otn8
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Jun 24, 2021
Government Regulation of Automation
1497

This an Audio-Only follow-up episode to Isaacs discussion on Disruptive Technology. Automation tools tend to be the most disruptive technologies, especially to large unions and government officials, and it's interesting to look through history at ways that advances in automation have been described as destructive, but  usually end up being highly constructive.

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Jun 22, 2021
ATF Comments on Braces and Receivers
3743
Jun 17, 2021
Flashlight Advances, Disruptive Tech, and Olight
1457

Isaac follows up on Lucas's weaponlight video with an audio-only podcast about how much has changed in the flashlight world over the last few decades, how government regulation gets us the wrong kinds of disruptions when a truly disruptive technology appears, and he digs a bit deeper into the Olight flashlight can of worms.

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Jun 14, 2021
Weapon Light Setups and Configurations
4242

Lucas answers questions and demos different ways to set up and run weapon lights on various platforms. This another demo stream that works better as video than as audio, but check back on Monday and Isaac will try to have some audio for you.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/iiZtD1KatDk
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Jun 11, 2021
Welcome (Back) to the Podcast!
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We're trying to treat this podcast more as a real podcast than a mere backup of our YouTube Livestreams, and so we are looking forward to your thoughts on it what should be.

Also, Isaac talks through some of his initial takeaways from a new new study he is doing on the history of the ATF. It's... not real good.

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Jun 02, 2021
Nylon Q&A - Carriers, Chest Rigs, Slings, Belts
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Lucas answers questions about all types of nylon gear. NO KYDEX QUESTIONS!

Video Link: https://youtu.be/2n7dcRbz3zw
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May 27, 2021
The Summer of Peace and Love
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2021 has had an interesting start. The summer will be MORE interesting. David and Isaac discuss resiliency and preparedness, basic radio setups, tactical and technical lessons to be learned from Israel, and why the Amish present a clear and present danger to urban centers.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/i_YAsdw5Pjs
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May 20, 2021
Helmets and Plate Carriers
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Lucas discusses helmets and plate carriers; different types, purposes, support equipment, and more. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/P45owatczB0
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May 12, 2021
3D Printing, Tools, Files, and the Future
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Isaac talks about the latest legal changes regarding 3D printed guns, as well as how and why to get into 3D printing for other purposes.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/I-myjflkelg
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May 06, 2021
How Lucas Botkin Flies with "Things"
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Lucas talks about traveling with various things on various airlines, baggage restrictions, the TSA, and of course, he will answer questions. More questions than Isaac.

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Apr 29, 2021
Ask Isaac: Mostly about the ATF
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Isaac Botkin finally decides to do a regular Q&A stream, but still ends up mostly talking about the ATF, David Chipman, Tyranny, and Law. And also comms. And also a special surprise guest. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/cGPnphDBHP0
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Apr 22, 2021
Grey Man Theory
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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.

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Apr 15, 2021
Building Liberty: Reading List Part 2
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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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Apr 08, 2021
How to Play Uno
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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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Apr 02, 2021
How to Market a New Company
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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.

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Mar 25, 2021
Tour of the Holster Production Pipeline
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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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Mar 18, 2021
2021 Firearm Legislation
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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.

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Mar 11, 2021
Ask Lucas: Gear, Airsoft, Training
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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.

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Mar 04, 2021
Chameleon Targets and Tech
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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.

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Feb 25, 2021
The Doctrine of Anti-Fragility
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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
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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.

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Feb 11, 2021
Warbelt Setup Overview
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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.

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Feb 04, 2021
The January No Topic Q&A Stream
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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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Jan 28, 2021
Inauguration, Overreaction, and Response
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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?
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Lucas just got back from a major airsoft event, and has some thoughts on the training value of airsoft gear and activities. 

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Jan 14, 2021
The Second Amendment Reading List
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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!

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Jan 07, 2021
2020: Year in Review
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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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Dec 31, 2020
Why Christmas in 2020 is Merry
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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

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Dec 24, 2020
The T.Rex Arms Ready Rig
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Lucas describes the new chest rig we're making, and answers questions about its development and use.

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Dec 17, 2020
The T.Rex Arms AC1 Plate Carrier
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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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Dec 10, 2020
Why Customer Service Matters
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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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Dec 03, 2020
Black Friday Sale and Thanksgiving
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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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Nov 25, 2020
How to Navigate Internet Censorship and Manipulation
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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