The Gun Cranks Podcast

The Gun Cranks Podcast

Every week, join GUNS Magazine Editor Brent Wheat, American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale and other equally-not-so-esteemed guests from the world of guns and shooting.

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April 4, 2024 38 mins

The Browning Hi-Power is one of the most revered pistols of all time, and for good reason. But that fact alone apparently isn't enough to stop American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale from committing heresy, prompting the Gun Cranks to dive into the changes and innovations seen in modern high-power firearms and challenging the notion that classics should remain untouched.

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From a new American-made 9mm and an established brand's first foray into the handgun market to an update on Garland v. Cargill — the Supreme Court case regarding bump stocks — the Gun Cranks share their views on the latest industry news.

Plus, viewer letters and the ever-popular "Hey, hold my beer!" segment.

00:00 - Welcome

02:20 - News & Views

29:50 - Mailbag

44:50 - "Hold My Beer" Awards --

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The Gun Cranks are back! Yes ... for real this time. After a brief hiatus and a little reformatting, the Three Stooges of the gun world return to dish on the latest news, weigh in on controversial issues, and share what's in their mailbags. And make sure you stick around until the end to find out what rendered all three Cranks nearly speechless.

00:00 - Welcome

02:20 - News & Views

15:13 - Mailbag

28:17 - "Hold My Beer" Awards

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There's one thing more essential to survival than food, and that's water. It makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight afterall. This week, the Gun Cranks continue their series on emergency preparedness. How much water should you store per person in your household? Where else can you find potable water if you're really in need? What filtration/purification gear do the Cranks keep in their kits? We dive into these questions and ...

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The Cranks are back! This time, for a multi-part series on emergency preparedness. Let's kick things off by talking about food. How much land does one person need to produce enough food to survive year-round? Is canning food underrated? How much backstock should the average person keep in case of emergency? We dive into these questions and more. 

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September 27, 2023 30 mins

How custom should your carry gun be? This week, the Cranks tackle yet another controversial topic — this time, at the suggestion of Roy Huntington. 

Where do you fall on the spectrum: factory gun, fully custom or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments.

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September 15, 2023 31 mins

What the heck is happening in Albuquerque? The Governor of New Mexico just outlawed carrying guns despite the U.S. and State Constitution, along with countless instances of case law. Has she lost her mind, or is this the precursor of things to come? The Gun Cranks dissect the end game of this unbelievable move.

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September 6, 2023 36 mins

Our resident Gun Cranks — Roy Huntington, Tom McHale, and Brent T. Wheat — take on one of the most contentious self-defense topics: Are laser sights a good or bad thing? Hear what the guys have to say about these high-tech shooting tools that, depending on who you ask, are the best things since sliced bread or a quick way to end up in a pine box!

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Everybody is talking about climate change. Everybody's got an opinion, and some folks even believe it's the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. As usual, the Gun Cranks have unique insights on the topic and ask some pointed questions that need to be discussed.

Don't miss this sure-to-aggravate episode as The Cranks cuss and discuss whether climate change will get us all in the end!

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August 25, 2023 42 mins

The Gun Cranks are back this week to respond to comments and answer real questions from real readers/listeners. All topics are on the table.

Want to add your two cents? Leave us a comment or email guncranks@fmghq.com.

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The M1 carbine is arguably one of the most iconic firearms in U.S. history. With over six million made during World War II, the M1 remains popular today. Light, easy to handle, and low-recoil. What’s not to love? The Gun Cranks explore the pros, and maybe cons, of this little rifle. Love it or hate it? Let us know!

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In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." And while no one really wants to dwell on their own mortality, it's important to have a plan for what to do with your guns when you inevitably meet your demise. In this must-watch episode for all gun owners, the Gun Cranks share tips on making a plan for your firearms, including downsizing, documentation, and potential challenges to consider.

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What do motorcycles have to do with shooting? Plenty, if you take part in Motoschützen — an invitation-only shooting industry event. This year non-biker GUNS Editor Brent T. Wheat joined the group for a sidecar ride. In this episode of the 'Cranks, he reports back about the guns, the gear and what it's like to cling like a Zebra mussel to a hurtling death-bike!

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Potato Guns! The mere mention brings shudders of fear to the unwashed masses. But fear not, the Gun Cranks demystify the secrets, challenges and those ner-do-wells who populate the potato gun crowd. Did you know potato guns are illegal in some states?! Yikes! Tune in … and wear your seat belt!

Warning: We don’t recommend anyone try anything we talk about in this video. We’re “experts,” so got away with it ... mostly.

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The Gun Cranks share their varying experiences from the full-auto machinegun world. Fun or fearsome? They are legal — sort of… assuming you’re OK with spending tens of thousands of dollars and a lifetime’s worth of government regulation. We answer the big questions… What’s the best full-auto fun gun? Will these outrageously expensive pieces of hardware become worthless with some bureaucrat’s stroke of the pen? Is there enough ammo ...

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Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers anymore. Loaded with real-life scenarios, dynamic targets, and interactive drills, the technology is being adopted by shooting ranges and law enforcement agencies across the country. In this week’s episode, the Gun Cranks weigh in on whether VR simulations are useful or useless for weapons training. Have you ever trained using VR simulations? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Guys can be pretty persnickety about gifts. Whether it's for Father's Day, a birthday or whatever other gift-giving occasion, skip the socks and ties and opt for one of these suggestions from the Gun Cranks instead. Tune in for Brent, Tom and Roy's picks on the best guns, gear and accessories to gift.

What would you add to the list? Or what gift would you like to receive? Let us know in the comments.

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The guys get wild and talk about Big Foot, Sasquatch, Skunk Apes and all the other cryptozoological hominids allegedly frolicking in the wilderness. What kind of gun should you use if confronted, and what kind of gun would Big Foot carry? Find out answers to these questions and more, plus see what happens to Brent, in this weird and wooly episode.

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Unscripted and unedited, the Gun Cranks sound off on the ATF's new pistol brace regulations — which, at the stroke of midnight on June 1, turned who knows how many law-abiding citizens into felons instantly. Penalties for owning an unregistered short-barrel rifle (SBR) could result in up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. But the real kicker ... Congress didn't have a lick to do with it! So, how can they be illegal ...

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Steam locomotives were a cool thing, and they're still around to some extent as tourist attractions, but there are better ways to move trains. GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat argues the same is true of black powder and handguns.

Tune in to this episode of Gun Cranks to find out if Tom McHale and Roy Huntington agree. Share your thoughts in the comments about using black powder for self-defense.

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