Many people are going through the “first-time gun buyer” experience & purchasing a defensive firearm for the very first time in their lives. We dedicated this show to helping those people and helping out long time listeners educate the first time gun buyer in their lives.

Our Warrior of the Week shares a scary experience with us; catching a burglar in the act while at home. What can we learn from this situation and what ammunition is right for personal defense against all predators? 

Remember, we are still running the Duracoat Badass Finish challenge. Start working on your projects and you could be a winner. 

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Two gun rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against a Georgia judge who suspended concealed carry permit applications in his county, arguing that the decision violates the Second Amendment.

The Firearms Policy Coalition and the Second Amendment Foundation filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta against Cherokee County Probate Judge Keith Wood, the county itself and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lisa Walters, a member of both gun groups. She said she was barred from applying for a new concealed carry license, locally known as a Georgia Weapons License or GWL. Ms. Walters had let a previous GWL lapse.

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#1 Choosing Your First Gun: Handguns
Picking your first gun can be a daunting task. By the time you reach the gun store counter you’ve likely received more advice from friends and family than you can remember. Unfortunately, much of that advice might have been contradictory.”My First Gun” is aimed at helping you by delivering real, true information, arming you with facts to make your next gun purchase a success.

Your Uncle Jim said to buy a revolver, the guy at work said to buy a “compact. 22”, your buddy from the gym said “get a Glock”. What’s a person to do?

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Zachary Markel, affectionately known as the Shipping Ogre, is an intricate member of the Student of the Gun team. Zachary co-hosts the radio show, publishes the material for public consumption and produces Morning Mindset with Paul G. Markel. As the Shipping Ogre, Zach oversees the SOTG Gear store. He ensures that every package he touches is handled with care.