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Trigger Talk Tuesday - October 3rd, 2023

October 03, 20233 min read

Firearms and Self-Defense: Expert Insights from Trigger Talk Tuesday: October 3rd, 2023

Firearm Safety, Training, and More: Insights from Green Monster Firearms and Shadow Hawk Defense


In the latest Trigger Talk episode, broadcasted on October 3, 2023, the hosts at WEPM and WCST welcomed experts from Green Monster Firearms and Shadow Hawk Defense. The show, presented by Green Monster Firearms, covered a wide range of topics related to guns, firearm safety, self-defense, and more. This blog post provides a summary of the insightful discussion.

The Pumpkin Spice Conundrum

The episode began with a playful remark about the absence of pumpkin spice-related products in the gun industry. However, it was soon revealed that there is indeed a mythical "pumpkin spice Glock" floating around the internet. The hosts and experts shared a light-hearted moment before delving into more serious topics.

Gun Safety as Seasons Change

With fall approaching and hunting season beginning, the discussion shifted towards gun safety. As experts pointed out, safety is paramount year-round. However, during hunting season, it's crucial to be cautious if you're in the woods, as hunters might mistake you for game. The experts emphasized that gun safety is universal and should be practiced continuously.

Training: A Depreciating Skill

The conversation turned to the importance of training. The experts stressed that gun skills are depreciating and need regular practice. They encouraged individuals not to become complacent after completing basic training but to continue learning and improving their skills. Various levels of training, from basic firearm handling to advanced courses, were highlighted.

The SA 35: A Historical Firearm

The hosts and experts discussed the Springfield Armory SA 35, a 9mm pistol based on a design by John Moses Browning. This pistol, modeled after the historical high power, was praised for its handling and reduced recoil compared to larger caliber handguns.

Try Before You Buy

One of the key takeaways from the episode was the importance of trying a firearm before purchasing it. Green Monster Firearms and Shadow Hawk Defense offer a "Try Before You Buy" program where customers can test different firearms to find one that suits them best. This approach saves customers money and ensures they're comfortable with their chosen firearm.

Firearm Maintenance Training

While the experts don't perform firearm cleaning for customers, they do provide guidance on proper cleaning and maintenance. New gun owners are often unfamiliar with disassembling and cleaning their firearms, so receiving guidance on these basic skills is crucial.

The Path to Competitions

For those interested in competitive shooting, the experts advised mastering basic pistol skills first. They emphasized the importance of feeling confident with your firearm and mentioned that the shooting community is welcoming and not overly competitive. Competing against oneself and continuous self-improvement were highlighted as core principles.

Upcoming Events and Location

Listeners were reminded that Green Monster Firearms has moved within Newborough Plaza to 1514 Winchester Ave. For those interested in training courses and more information, Green Monster Firearms can be found at greenmonstafirearms.com, while Shadow Hawk Defense offers various training opportunities at shadowhawkdefense.com.


The Trigger Talk episode with Green Monster Firearms and Shadow Hawk Defense provided valuable insights into firearm safety, training, and the importance of continuous learning. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced shooter, the message was clear: safety, practice, and education are key in the world of firearms.

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