Talking With The Gunny – Black Man with A Gun Show 349


November 21, 2013 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

The Gunny Rules.

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show is a conversation with the talented character actor known for his military roles, R. Lee Ermey aka the Gunny. When Kenn could get in he asks the Gunny about faith, food, motorcycles and his new book. And as tough as nails a character as he is on TV, I found him to be a great guy.

R. Lee Ermey is the new author of a book called Gunny’s Rules; “How to Get Squared Away Like A Marine from Regnery Publishing. Gunny shares some history and his opinions on America today based on his 70 years of living. I liked it and loved talking to the Gunny.

Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for eleven years but as you will learn he never really left. I found him to be a genuinely hard working, ethical and sweetheart of a man. I first heard this guy maybe like you did in his most famous (or infamous) role came as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps Commandant James L. Jones, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did two tours in Okinawa, Japan. After injuries forced him to retire from the Corps, he moved to the Phillipines, enrolling in the University of Manila, where he studied Criminology and Drama. He appeared in several Filipino films before being cast as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). Due to his Vietnam experiences, Coppola also utilized him as a technical adviser. He got a featured role in Sidney J. Furie’s The Boys in Company C (1978), playing a drill instructor. Ermey worked with Furie again in Purple Hearts (1984).

 He did win the best supporting actor award from The Boston Society of Film Critics. Since then, he has appeared in numerous character roles in such films as Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Se7en (1995) and Dead Man Walking (1995). However, Ermey prefers comedy to drama, and has a comedic role in Saving Silverman (2001).

The Gunny continues to be one of the best character actors in the business, and is in a boat load of voice acting roles as a military leader.

The Gunny hosted the History Channel programs Mail Call from 2002-2009 and Lock N’ Load in 2009.
He is an active board member of the NRA and still leads by example.

Interview with R. Lee Ermey aka The Gunny from the iconic Full Metal Jacket and recently countless other voices overs and endorsements.


The Gunny has a new book out called Gunny’s Rules which is all his personal thoughts on life, politics, America, what’s right and wrong with today’s society.  It will make you laugh, nod your head and think.  As a former Marine, it made me weep tears of joy.

 “If you’re reading this book, you probably know me well enough to know that I don’t mince words, gild lilies, or play politically correct games,” says “If you want it straight, damn straight, you’ll get it here.”  -R. Lee Ermey

Semper Fidelis!

Happy Thanksgiving.





Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.



Heart and Soul

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July 17, 2013 | Posted in News, Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Something’s you can’t change.  Something’s you shouldn’t change.  There are some things, though that should.  I am working on me right now.  I am taking the time I have been given to look at what I am doing online, and for others.  For the past six years I have been producing the Urban Shooter Podcast.  It started off a gun show by a black guy known as the Black Man With A Gun.   I am not and never have been the only person of color in the gun community, I just might be the most known.

My podcast has been steadily growing, slowly since my audience seems to be predominately affluent “baby boomers,” with advance degrees that make over 100K a year. And a lot that don’t make that kinda bread.   Either way, cool people listen to me.  My show has introduced new comedians; casting calls for new shows and an interviewed a list of well-known names.

Aaargo Jay
Alan Gottlieb
Andre Queen
Barbara Baird
Bill Frady
Bobbie Ross
Brian Dragunuk
Brian Hardy
Brittany Star
Charles Heller
Colion Noir
David Codrea
Derek Ward
Don Dwyer
Doug Koenig
Emily Miller
Ernie Hudson
EW Jackson
Fate of Destinee
Francis Becker
Frank Fiamingo
Gabby Franco
Gene Hoffman
Gil Ash
Greg Medford
Harry Jackson
JJ Racaza
Joe Tartaro
Joseph Davis
Julie Golieb
Kris Koenig
Larry Pratt
Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown
Mark Walters
Marti Hayes
Massad Ayoob
Michael Bane
Michael Piccione
MJ Mollenhour
Natalie Foster
Nikki Goeser
Nikki Turpeaux
Oleg Volk
Patrick Kilpatrick
Paul McKinley
Rabbi Dovid Bendory
Raymond Kohout
Richard “Dick” Heller
Rick Ector
Rob Morse
Rob Pincus
Sam Humphries
Skip Coryell
TDI Ohio – John Benner
Tim Abell
Tim Schmitt
Todd Jarrett
Tom Gresham
Valinda Rowe
Wayne LaPierre
…And others.


I didn’t realize how many people had been on my show until I looked on my computer.

The Urban Shooter Podcast is eclectic.  I describe it as a pro-gun variety show, like a seventies era talk show.  It’s never been just about the gun for me.  It was something I carried defending and protecting life all over the world.  I love the stories and the people behind the guns.  I never get bored hearing about the exploits and challenges of good people.   I use my show to entertain and help my friends “survive another week.”  I am still surviving and like to infuse my show with encouragement and my take on the events that shape our lives.

When I talk about the Zimmerman case or the Newtown massacre it is not for social media juice but to heal a hurting community.  When I talk about racism and politics, it’s to lighten the load of friends caught in the crossfire of hate, ignorance and too much bad news.  Good people get abused.  I do it as a Christian pastor.  I do it as a regular guy has been fighting all of his life in one way or another and prefers peace and freedom.  I’ve been in places and homes torn by fighting.  I’ve been in hospitals, at crime scenes, behind the scenes as a father, brother, and friend.  I’m that dude that has failed at more than he has succeeded.

I am going to tweak my podcast a little to reflect my maturity.  At the same time I am going to try to get a radio show, with a little heart and soul.  I have evolved into not just the black guy with a gun but your soulful brother from another mother that gun rights groups and the media still call for balanced, common sense, and truth.  They don’t call that regularly but when they do, I am here.

Please pardon the inconvienence.  This man is under construction.  Going to try not to muck with the settings on your feed or the way you download, subscribe or receive the show.  Just don’t freak out on me when you see a few new things popping.  Its still me.







Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.



Show #306 Gun Control Extremist

baby chick

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

I was inspired by my friend Sarah’s post on to use the “Funky Cold Medina”  in the intro.  This week we are talking about Maryland, Chicken Little, the Kel-Tec PMR 30, and being falsely accused.  I have an interview with a VP from GLOCK and more.


Gun Control Extremist

ex·trem·ist  -noun -. a person who goes to extremes, especially in political matters

 The Chicken Little Thing.  

Gun of the Week-  Kel-Tec PMR 30

Glock interview


Maryland Shall  (Annapolis, MD stop the Extremist, 2/6/2013)

MAG-40 OC Poster v7-1

Funky Cold Medina – Bones Hooks

Fight the Power- Bones Hooks



Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.



Invictus: The Urban Shooter Podcast

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January 3, 2013 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By


The Urban Shooter Podcast # 302 


Invictus, meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin

This week Bones Hooks with the help of some clips from the Vaudevillian past open with a Marvin Gaye song.  Kenn Blanchard is preparing for the New Year, starting with SHOT Show where he hopes to reconnect with new friends and hopefully find a sponsor for a television project.  All he needs, is your continued friendship, well wishes and prayers.

Red Skelton shares the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Kenn shares what he did over the holidays and sent out a letter to you (if you are on his mailing list) to contact your Congressperson.  One of the most effective methods for a gun rights activist is to send a personal letter to congress.  It beats email, and phone calls which can be screened by interns that don’t have the same impact as a physical piece of paper.  I know its old school but so is our government.  Will you help us out by taking a few moments and sending your representative a letter?

  1. Emily Miller’s post about illegal magazines in the District
  2. Sen. D. Feinstein’s hypocrisy
  3. Barbara Baird from Women’s Outdoor News talks about her Muzzleloader.
  4. A visit to Fred’s Sport’s new Range
  5. Cigar of the Week
  6. Why Are Black People Anti-Gun?
  7. Watches by former Marine and Maryland resident Hager Watches.


This is the 302nd episode of the Urban Shooter Podcast.  This is the 6th season.


The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Kenn is going for the first part of the week.  He didn’t have much success with his first trip there last year and is returning this time a little apprehensive.  Thank God for the friends he has met though.  Looking forward to seeing them again.

Kenn ends with the poem by William Ernest Henley. ( Kenn changed a verse. )    (new open source gun rights blog, looking for contributors)   (forum and mini-social media site for pro-gun bloggers and fans.)   (Mothership connection)



Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.



.22 Caliber Conversion Kit for the Glock Pistol from Advantage Arms, Inc.

Advantage Arms conversion kit

December 24, 2012 | Posted in Firearms | By

I didn’t intend to buy anything when I checked into Nova Armament Gun Shop, at 795 Center Street, Herndon, VA.  I was just saying high and saw the Advantage Arms, Inc. .22 Conversion kit in the showcase.  It caught my eye, like when you see a Cosmopolitan magazine in the grocery store.  I asked to see it and that was all it took.  I bought the thing in hope that it fit my Gen 3 Lone Wolf Distributor Timber Wolf frame.  I built a custom Glock 35 from Lone Wolf but was not real happy with it.  Lone Wolf Distributor is the company that makes custom slides, lowers, compensators and flash hiders that can change the look of your Glock pistol dramatically.  I wanted a 9mm but they didn’t have it right away so I accepted the .40 cal S&W.  I really like the added features on the Timber wolf frame.  It has a rounded trigger guard, a beavertail, a high grip angle and a couple of other features that makes it feel good.  I ordered a 9mm drop in barrel when one was available but needed a different extractor for it to run efficiently.  The drop in barrel wasn’t enough.  I had constant feeding issues while shooting.  I took the barrel back out and put the .40 cal. barrel back in.  I put the gun back in the safe.  I was disappointed.  A few months later I pulled it back out and bought an aluminum magazine well for it that matched the slide.  It looked better but shooting .40-caliber ammunition is expensive.  The extra recoil is not quite the punch of a .45 but snappy to where it’s not pleasurable.  Back in the safe it went.  I pulled it back out when I thought about adding a laser or white light attachment to the rails on the LWD Glock.  The Viridian Green Laser/ White light combo is slick.  It made it my bedside gun for a minute.  The Viridian light fit without a hitch, and was easy to adjust.  I was not a gadget guy until I got this laser and light combo.  I like it.  The green is cool and can be seen in daylight.


Well, now I pulled off the slide, and put on this .22 caliber replacement slide and it went on just like the instruction book said.  At first, it didn’t lock on, but that was also because I didn’t read the instructions.  After I did, I realized you have to put the muzzle on a flat surface and work the slide lock till it gets into the right position.  As soon as it “locked” into place, the smile on my face almost cut my head in two pieces.


Now I have a really cool gun to plink and practice my marksmanship with that won’t cost $50 for a box of ammo.  If you are choosing between a 40, 45 or 9, go with the 9mm.   More on that later.


Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.