Pulling the Trigger
Featured Guests: John Fink, Kyle Lamb, David and Easton Holder, Brittany Boddington
This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, we're ‘Pulling the Trigger’ and immersing ourselves in the world of hunting firearms and the skill that's involved to shoot without excuses. Are you struggling with shot placement and inconsistent groups? Have you checked for subtle errors in your equipment? Perhaps your scope rattled loose and is sending your bullet downrange off into obscurity. Maybe your rings are out of whack, you’re shooting subpar ammunition or your barrel is overheating. Then again, maybe it's 100% attributed to operator error - which is most likely the case. Your shoulder pressure and trigger pull might vary from shot to shot. Your understanding of weather conditions and how they affect shooting performance may be nonexistent and, quite frankly, your shooting posture and rest most likely suck. So, joining our hunting firearms talk this week will be John Fink who is the Director of Product Management for Firearms at Remington Arms, plus Kyle Lamb of Viking Chronicles, David and Easton Holder from Raised Hunting and Brittany Boddington of Petersen’s Hunting and The Boddington Experience.
John Fink is the Director of Product Management for Firearms at Remington and he joins The Revolution to talk about a great new rifle set to hit the shelves in the coming weeks. The Model 700 American Wilderness Rifle (AWR) is a high end rifle that has all the features of a custom gun, for a fraction of the price. John says, “If you were going to have one rifle in your safe to be able to do it all, coast to coast, this is a rifle that is going to be able to cover all your big game hunting needs.” The 700 AWR features a 416 stainless steel barreled action with a black Cerakote finish that protects against corrosion as well as the wear and tear that the outdoor elements provide. It has a 24-inch and 26-inch free-floated barrel with 5R rifling that enables longer periods between cleaning. That is all solidly anchored with a high-end, high-performance Grayboe stock that is pillar bedded and offers the utmost in accuracy. John then turns his attention to the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. John says it’s important to remember that pull weight isn’t everything, but, in addition, having a trigger that breaks cleanly and crisply, too. John says the X-Mark Pro breaks like glass and offers excellent shot control and offers custom-grade performance in a production trigger and is user adjustable. Get an inside look at the Model 700 American Wilderness Rifle from Remington that is set to hit dealer shelves in the next few weeks. Listen in!
Becoming a skilled marksman takes patience and dedication to mastering the craft. Sergeant Major Kyle E. Lamb (retired), spent more than 21 years with the United States Army, more than 15 years of which were with the U.S. Army Special Operations. His experience has made him a highly sought after military and law enforcement trainer, conducting leadership and weapons training courses around the globe. He is also the host of Viking Chronicles Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel. Tune in as Kyle stops by The Revolution to talk about the importance of being a skilled shooter in any situation or environment. Kyle kicks off with follow up shots and says that it is something he trains for. Although a one shot kill is ideal, you have to be prepared to take a follow up shot so that if necessary the animal you are targeting can be recovered. “Sometimes it saves you a lot of trouble if you can quickly make those follow up shots.” He’ll then discuss the benefits of having a good rangefinder. Kyle says there are great tools out there to simplify or take the guess work out of a possible shot, but he likes the Leupold RX-1200 TBR. One feature he discusses in particular is the True Ballistic Range readings that can help hunters when shooting at angles to help them determine where to aim for the correct point of impact. He then leaves us with sound advice when it comes to practicing. Kyle is an advocate for training, not necessarily practicing. He encourages shooters to take the shots they may be taking in real life situations, to train with their support hand and to learn to use things around them (trees, backpack, shooting sticks) to aid in a good shot.
“We turned an episode into this story about them and their battle and how hunting helped get him through that and how hunting helped us relate to that.” – David Holder
Every two minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this week on Raised Hunting on Outdoor Channel the Holder family is shining a light and raising awareness on the disease. David and Easton Holder stop by The Revolution to talk about their very special episode “Hope” that features special guest David Mitchell and his wife Tammy, a stage III breast cancer patient and survivor. Friends for the better part of two decades, a breast cancer diagnosis for Mitch’s wife Tammy brings David and Mitch closer than ever before, and enables both families to reflect on the precise nature of life.
While Tammy was not a fan of her husband’s hunting pursuits, battling and beating cancer reminded her about the importance of pursing a passion. After a change of heart, David took his best friend Mitch outdoors to stalk and, eventually, harvest the largest whitetail of his life. Tune in to Outdoor Channel October 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET for “Hope” and see how friendship and hunting intertwine. In addition to this special episode of Raised Hunting, they have also released a special pink version of their arrow wraps so hunters can carry one in their quiver to honor all women that are fighting the battle of their lives.
“I’ve done everything backwards. I shot a wolf in Macedonia, I shot hyenas in Africa, but I’d never shot a coyote.” – Brittany Boddington
Brittany Boddington has traveled the world pursuing adventure and hunting big game in some of the most exotic locations on earth. As the daughter of renowned hunter, Craig Boddington, most would assume that she has been chasing dangerous game for the bulk of her life. However, Brittany tells Jim and Trav that she didn’t grow up hunting and shooting, it was only after she graduated high school and went on her first safari with her father that her hunting career really began. Brittany says her dad taught her how to shoot beginning with a .22 and then moving up to larger calibers with the goal of hunting, not necessarily range shooting. Recently, Brittany spent some time coyote hunting and she discusses her setup, a .22-250 with a suppressor. When it comes to the benefits of hunting suppressed she notes the reduced sound and recoil and says that for many new comers to shooting who are wary of the “bang”, learning to shoot with a suppressor could be advantageous. Finally, Brittany talks about her passion for the outdoors and says, “I love seeing new places. I love being out in the middle of nowhere. And I love being the only one out there.” She says regardless of whether she’s at home or abroad, as long as she’s looking at wide open spaces with animals, she’s happy. Find Brittany on Petersen’s Hunting Sundays at 9 p.m. ET and The Boddington Experience Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.