One of the best parts of the SHOT Show is meeting all of the people you converse with on the phone and by e-mail, and renewing friendships with those you haven’t seen in a while. Â This year I had the chance to meet a lot of new people and strengthen relationships with old friends.
In no particular order, I’d like to mention these online media writers, podcasters and publishers who I ran into this year. Â Each one does a great job with their projects, and I encourage everyone to check them out.
Safety Solutions Academy
Paul at the Safety Solutions Academy publishes a daily podcast on all things personal safety and defense. Â He’s got a great perspective and excellent radio voice. Â He’s also a good guy with whom to share a beer and stories about great deeds accomplished and imagined. Â Paul’s podcast is excellent, and I encourage everyone to take a listen.
Many folks already know Jay G of the MArooned blog for his insightful, humorous andÂ occasionallyÂ snarky reporting on all things guns and nanny-state. Â Jay and I have swapped e-mails and talked on the phone, but this was the first time I had a chance to shake his hand. Â Next year, I hope we’ll have enough time so I can buy him a beer.
Black Man with a Gun
Kenn Blanchard is the original Black Man with a Gun. Â An incredible man and podcaster, Kenn is one of those special people that I am glad to say I have met and consider my friend. Â Please check out my brother from a different mother at his website. Â Also, Kenn just released a new book for the Kindle called Zen of Gun Ownership.
Best selling author and one of the most interesting men in the world, Cork runs Cork’s Outdoors and is a fellow columnist at Guns & Patriots. Â Cork is another person with whom I have swapped e-mails and spoken to on the phone, but had never met in person. Â It was great meeting him. Â If you have not already done so, consider reading his book The Bamboo Chest, which details his experiences in Vietnam.
Women’s Outdoor News/Babbs in the Woods
Barbara Baird (aka Babbs in the Woods) is aÂ phenomenallyÂ versatile Intertubes-media-type. Â Â In addition to her writing at the Women’s Outdoor News, she is also published in numerous other publications, is a contributor to the Black Man with a Gun podcast and is a handgun instructor. Â Oh, and she is one of the coolest people I know.
I had a chance to catch up for a few minutes with Jim Braaten, a friend who I first met several years ago at a writer’s conference at BLACKHAWK!. Â Jim writes on all types of outdoor activities, most notably on hunting, fishing and trapping. Â A long time SHOT attendee, Jim has embraced the “new” media platforms. Â Get over to his site and take a look.
Have I missed anyone? Â Yep, I’m sure I have. Â IÂ apologizeÂ up front for all of my friends andÂ acquaintancesÂ that I missed. Â The show is very draining, and it is tough to recall everyone who I saw and said hello to. Â Feel free to correct myÂ egregiousÂ errors in the comments!