Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Podcast of the Week - The RoadGunner
Photo courtesy of the Un-Named Trucker
Okay, I admit I am probably the last gun guy in America to discover the RoadGunner Podcast. But I'm here now, and that's what counts.
Over the last year my gun podcast repertoire has expanded to cover the 30 plus mile commute that I face twice a day. I have gotten to where I listen to music maybe two or three afternoons, but beyond that my drive is taken up.
I started hearing about this new podcast called the RoadGunner, hosted by an over the road trucker. Okay. I've known a few over the road truckers in my time, so in my mind, this was a wonderful podcast full of stories of duck hunting and hog hunting and deer hunting and squirrel hunting and coyote hunting. I am not a hunter. So I held off.
Man, was I wrong.
After the Gun Dudes hosted Mas Ayoob's MAG40 class out in Utah, they started talking about what a good guy this new podcaster was. He goes by the name The Un-Named Trucker, because he's a trucker and he prefers to remain unnamed. He drives an over the road big rig, for a company whose policies prevent him from carrying a firearm for protection. I understand completely.
The man has a gift for talking about guns and shooting and self defense, as well as just about every other topic. This is understandable, since a trucker's life is spent behind the wheel, and he has ample time to work out not only the solutions to all the world's problems, but effective and memorable ways to express them. He records his show while driving through the lower 47 states of America. He doesn't visit New Jersey.
From his first show, this podcast has not failed to entertain and inform. Since he visits so many places, he's become an expert of sorts in the gun laws of the various states and locales. He knows where all the good gun ranges are, and, like any trucker, he knows where the best food is, so he includes a food review of some kind in every episode.
He is also a very good interviewer, and he uses that skill in a lot of the episodes. His interviews are very conversational, and I imagine this flows well from a trucker's natural skills - someone who spends almost all his day in the cab of a truck would probably be a very good conversationalist once he got to talk to someone in person.
Since I am late to the party, I am going back and listening to the old shows. The RoadGunner Podcast is published every weekend (again, this makes sense, since this is when a trucker is home the most) so I can fit it into my schedule any day. This is definitely a welcome addition to my weekly rota.
The RoadGunner podcast is a member of the Gun Rights Radio Network, and is available for subscription on iTunes.