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The official podcast of T.REX ARMS. Weekly thoughts and 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. Produced by Isaac Botkin.

222 Episodes
If you are interested in targeted radio communication, you already know who TheTechPrepper is. In this episode he explains how he got into long-range decentralized communications, how his tool development process has changed, and why he is interested in other projects such as multi-spectral camouflage and wide band RF awareness.
"Slaying Leviathan" was written by Dr. Glenn Sunshine in 2020, and it is a fantastic introduction to western political thought, and the different outcomes of different theories and experiments.  Check out the book here
After talking to Hoffman Tactical about their firearm projects, and doing some design work on a future fighting pistol ourselves, we wanted to dive a little bit deeper into firearm development. We review David S. Findlay's Firearm Anatomy series, talk about the different ways that physical constraints and political constraints affect how guns get designed and built, and do some Q&A with the comments on the last T-Rex Labs video.
Tim Hoffman of Hoffman Tactical joins us to discuss how he got involved in 3D printed guns, the death of the maker space and the need for more tinkerers, builders and open source projects.
The early 21st Century is a good time to be thinking about cyberpunk dystopias. Fictional dystopian worlds (and attempted Utopian ones) are interesting thought experiments that have an effect on the populations that read them. 1984 and Brave New World have shaped political discourse in the real world to a substantial degree. But you probably want to be aware of one of the least known and least discussed dystopian novels in recent history. Its obscurity is almost as disturbing as its creepy, all-powerful computer-controlled government. Also, you should be aware of some real-life utopian experiments that have been attempted in the past. Very thought provoking:
Night vision has been one of the most magical and mysterious capabilities fielded by many militaries over many decades. However, times have changed, and Gen 3 night vision is now pretty commonplace for soldiers and civilians alike. PVS-14s and PVS-31s are the Glocks of night vision devices, and yet there are many more strange and esoteric ways to see in the dark then you can possibly imagine. Nick Chen both collects and documents the capabilities of some of the world's rarest goggles and observational tool, and he shows us some in this conversation.
David Botkin gets on the podcast to talk about how history is being rewritten, and some of the books that he has collected to preserve esoteric military data that used to be common knowledge. We also go down a bit of a rabbits trail involving data preservation methods, personal servers, and AI-generated Muppet war. This episode is something of a follow-up to the T.Rex Labs video on digital libraries.
Anthony Miranda of the Armed Scholar YouTube channel joins us to talk about the current state of Second Amendment court cases. As an attorney, Anthony has been involved in many kinds of legal battles, served in many different roles, and is currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the state of California. What is going on during this election year, and what happens next?
There are a few parallels between modern America and the kingdom inherited by Alfred the Great. It was crumbling from within, besieged from without, and poised at the crossroads between greatness and oblivion. How did this unexpected king build the foundations that England and the United States still rest on? And how does he stack up against the pantheon of other Great military leaders in history?
Author Andrew McKevitt's book Gun Country posits that America's unique love for guns appeared in the late 20th century, growing out of a love of cheap WWII surplus arms, Cold War commie fear, and 1960s race riots. Is it this simple? And is his description of "gun capitalism" a helpful way to talk about the Citizen Defense Industry?
Gabe Rench was one of the first guests on the T.Rex podcast, giving us an interview just days after he was arrested for challenging Moscow, ID's pandemic policies. Almost four years later, the court cases have been concluded, and we can finally wrap up the story.We also talk about his work in developing the Fight Laugh Feast podcast network, national conferences, and preparing for the massive changes that are already coming to politics, culture, and media in America. Links:
Today's guest is the enigmatic Lance Captain, admin of the popular military meme page  AND the writer of the deeply thoughtful substack of the same name. How does he balance humor and philosophy so well, and what advice does he have for soldiers who are transitioning back into civilian life, private sector work, and new communities?Links:
 Mike Shelby is a former intelligence analyst who joins us to talk about community networking and preparedness. His company Forward Observer ( publishes reports, builds networks, and offers training. Check out his book on how to do and Area Study, and hear his thoughts on how to get started where you live. 
The Drone Wars videos that we've been posting on the T.Rex Labs channel are valuable explorations of technology meeting combat, but there are certain things that we cannot show or talk about under Google's content rules. Those conversations will come here, to this podcast. Today we look closer at Ukraine's cheap suicide drones and what they mean in the context of just war theory, and the future of war in general.The grim and terrible videos of explosive attacks on defenseless footsoldiers might be verboten on Youtube, but they raise a number of questions. Is technology neutral, or are some weapons too dangerous to go unbanned by authorities? Do FPV drones represent a completely novel groundbreaking type of combat, or merely a new look at the old face of war?
A few months ago, the investigative news magazine Mother Jones turned its sights on T.Rex Arms and published an exposé on this Tennessee holster company. Was it a searing hit piece, or a thoughtful affirmation of our core values? Well, thanks to the high level of political division today, it can be both! How T.Rex Arms got Started: 
There are three grave threats to firearm freedoms: giant unaccountable government agencies, ignorant and emotionally-driven laws, and bad enforcement policies. Sometimes the stars align and you see perfect examples of all three pop up in a single weekend.  Today we will look at the Department of Justice's brand new National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center (NERPORC for short), the even more hilariously named Destroy Zombie Guns Act, and the tragic ATF raid on the home of Bryan Malinowski. 
Isaac Botkin and Michael McMartin sit down to talk about The Pub Club, a T.Rex Arms book club that reads military field manuals, and why a return to basic combat skills is need. In addition to fleshing out the "Citizen's Defense Industry," The conversation includes infantry roles, innovation, the future of T.Rex nylon gear, and the Band of Brothers Cinematic Universe. And as promised, here is a link to the first Marine Corp publication that we are reading: 
We're as annoyed by TikTok as anyone, but the US Government's new plan to control it might be even more chilling than the last.      Find out more about the Restrict Act in this YouTube video from last month:        And learn more about the brand-new Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act in this podcast episode.        And here are some examples of advanced AI-powered libel and defamation, complete with receipts. Real receipts documenting the fake receipts.       
In the olden days, conservative media was simple. We had National Review for ideological discussion and Rush Limbaugh for political commentary. Today, things are a chaotic storm of pundits, personalities, and social media powerhouses battling the legacy media. How can Gun Culture 3.0 handle this, and what should we be doing?Dr. Steve Turley of TurleyTalks joins the podcast to discuss how things are going, and some of the deeper cultural shifts going on beneath our feet, and around the world. In short, Gun Culture 3.0 is poised to be an import part of this ongoing conversation. 
The Future of the NRA

The Future of the NRA


We finally have a ruling in NY's corruption case against the NRA, which presents them with a significant opportunity. Also, we let AI write a summary of this podcast in the style of other podcasts, and it turned out super overblown and melodramatic. Here it is: "Discover the seismic impact of the New York Attorney General's case against the National Rifle Association, where the powerful winds of justice have swept through the corridors of the NRA, leaving an uncertain future for Wayne LaPierre and his associates. As the gavel comes down, join us for a compelling narrative that weaves through the financial consequences, the potential for a court-appointed overseer, and the political shockwaves reverberating across New York's landscape. We analyze the Attorney General Letitia James' steadfast pursuit, compare it to other high-profile New York cases like Donald Trump's, and consider what this means for the NRA's path forward in a post-LaPierre world. Then, we pivot to the crossroads where the NRA stands today, poised between revitalization and obsolescence. Our discussion takes a hard look at the challenges ahead, emphasizing the urgent need for the organization's leadership to enact decisive reforms and redefine their mission to captivate a new generation of gun enthusiasts. We critically evaluate the NRA's strategic positioning, suggesting a bold reversal: to become immovable in their core gun rights advocacy while evolving in their cultural and educational outreach to align with technological advancements and shifting societal interests. Tune in as we offer a blueprint for the NRA's survival, with insights on appealing to a broader audience and securing a place in the future of American gun culture."
Comments (2)

Chris Raymond

Good stuff! I recently found this quote from former Russian chess master Garry Kasparov--a modern critic of both Russian and American propaganda. I think it flows with what you said about identifying the "what is truth" paradigm instead of merely classifying what categories certain propaganda should be placed in. Kasparov said, "The methodology of fake news isn’t to convince anyone exactly what the truth is, but to make people doubt that the truth exists, or that it can ever be known. People are starting to sense this trend in the free world as well, as Russian disinformation campaigns spread globally and these techniques are adopted. That’s probably why I still see this tweet of mine from December [2016] going around: 'The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.'"

Mar 14th

Austin Allen

These guys are heroes.

Jun 7th