Ep. 111 What are the three main components of a firearm?

Do you know the three main components of any firearm? How about the difference between a bolt action and a lever action?
In Part 2 of our Firearms Basics, Sheriff Terry Thompson and Mike Voss from Smith and Edwards run us through the basic parts of a firearm. This is a great place to start if you’re trying to understand more about firearms.
We talk specifically about pistol grips, which is a feature that was included in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban as something that could make a firearm be considered an “assault weapon”. Understanding what these terms mean is essential to having a productive debate about firearms.
Special thanks to WEBER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE and Smith & Edwards for helping us out with this episode!

Episode 110 The differences between bullet and cartridge.

Sheriff Terry Thompson and Mr. Mike Voss of Smith and Edwards teach us all about how a round of ammunition works while teaching us the official names of all the parts. If you have ever wanted a short and clear explanation of the basic parts of a round of ammunition, here is the video for you. Next week, the Sheriff and Mike will be joining us again to go over the basic parts of a firearm and many of the terms you’ll hear.

Understanding these terms is critical to having a productive conversation about firearms. Please like and share this post so we can educate as many people as possible about firearms.

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Special thanks to Smith and Edwards and WEBER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE for helping with this episode!


Ep. 109 An Honest Conversation about Guns


We had the opportunity to sit down with a fan of the Show Ashley Bigbie and talk to her about how gun education has had a real impact on her life. She had a very interesting perspective when it came to firearms. It was actually something we hadn’t thought about before. Watch as she tells us her story growing up in a household that didn’t allow any guns.

Episode 108 Bans on High Capacity Magazines

In this episode of Guns Explained, host Cameron Porter gets you started on understanding the possible effects and implications of a national ban on high capacity magazines. He discusses whether such a ban would result in fewer gun deaths, both in relation to violent crime in general, and specifically in regards to mass shootings.

What the conversation boils down to is that if there is any impact on gun deaths from a high capacity magazine ban, it’s small enough that it is swallowed up by other variables. When averaging the violent crimes in states that have high capacity magazine bans with states that do not, the states that have them show higher violent crime rates.

Cameron suggests that for those interested in conducting further research, a good place to start would be to chart the violent crime rates specifically for those states before and after their bans went into effect, and see what the rates do. Comparing that with violent crime rates in other states over the same time periods would provide a more accurate understanding of the potential effects of a nationwide ban on high capacity magazines.