I grew up Tucson, AZ, a city that’s “just right” in terms of size, topography and food. I spent six years in the U.S. Air Force, three of them in England. After five years of bouncing between school and a wide variety of jobs, I got back in uniform in ’08 and hosted the Handgun Podcast for three years. Wanting broader horizons, I became a gov’t contractor in 2011. Now I travel the globe while pursuing a Master of Liberal Studies with Arizona State, which I intend this blog be a capstone for. I’m a blessed husband with an ever-patient and loving wife, and joyful father to our son and daughter.

I’ve been to 4 out of 7 continents and swum in 3 of the 4 oceans. I’ve been a member of the NRA, Mensa, a concealed weapons instructor, Boy Scout, PADI Open Water scuba certified, and I got stick time piloting a Cessna when I was thirteen. A motorcycle was my only vehicle, freezing rain or shine. I’ve built medical-grade digital cameras, taught kids to swim, driven a truck for a living and spent Thanksgiving in a British jail cell.

I love gizmos, design, analytical thought, good food & drink, and pop culture.

All pictures and images featured in the header are taken and owned by me. And yes, it’s tough to find photos that look good cropped to those dimensions.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Welcome back, I was/still am a fan of your pod cast and I’m look forward to reading your blog. Your three percent challenge got me started in 2nd Amendment advocacy. But I have to admit I’m still only a 1.5 percenter…(Sent several emails to state legislature, but have not had a chance to meet with and elected officials at the state or national level.

    Take Care and good luck. If you ever find yourself in Central NC I would like to buy you an adult beverage of your choice.


  2. I heard you speak about considering a podcast return on The Gun Dudes microcast.
    Take care, I’ll look forward to it. I was lucky enough to be answered by you by name in the early episodes of Handgun Podcast. Stay safe.
    Tom from Roanoke

  3. Eric I have a question about one of your Podcast for the Handgun podcast. Since Mark took down the site I can’t find the answer to the question I have. I remember you had an interview I guess with some member of the clergy. During that interview there were some verses from the book of Luke. I wish I could go back to the podcast and save it. If there is anyway I could get that one emailed to me or posted would be great if not just the parts of Luke that were discussed. Thanks

  4. So funny finding this site through Thoughts and Ramblings site that I found working on my blog on gardening and permaculture from a faith based perspective. Talk about just a few degrees of seperation. I had to go to the about page to see if it was you. Miss the podcast. China has moved to Salt Lake City and is working as a nanny. Brody is being a typical 16 year old male with only mom to blame when he gets moody. Wish he’d start coming to church again. Too much to go into here, but I’m glad I started the blog. I’m really enjoying doing it. Hope you will be able to start up a podcast again, even if it’s not on guns. I’m enjoying this site, kind of out of my usual fare, but great to broaden my horizons. Take care, Eric. Glad you’re still around. It makes the world a better place

  5. Eric, I too would like to access some of your old Podcasts. I recently listened to an conversation you had with Mark after a conference and really enjoyed your insight. You spoke of metals and ever since I’ve been trying to figure out where I could access such information. Additionally, you spoke about magazines and how they all seem to support the buying decision. I’m looking for more balanced information to make educated decisions. Thanks!

  6. I heard about your KLR blog on the Pace Podcast. I’ll start by saying I 100% agree – many KLR owners are nuts. I recall a post which seriously asked how plan for getting one running after an EMP.

    Adventure-touring on a KLR? Not impossible, but not at 80mph, especially on an older-generation version. The 08′ and newer ones are better though. Where the older ones wobble and shimmy at speed, the newer ones are just enough better to make the difference.

    The change to the cams, stiffer forks, improved brakes, better lights, switch housing, generator output and slightly shorter suspension travel make the current gen KLR a better road bike. A proper jet kit and associated mods will allow it to rev happily to redline also – then you just need to gear it properly for your desired use. Suspension-wise, the soft springs and limited damping are easy enough to tune.

    The real issue with the KLR is the cost of making it go from ok/good to very good – suspension mods will run 400-700, panniers and crash protection will run $1000-1500, pipe and jetting another 300-400. If you buy the bike new at MSRP, you’re at $7500 by the time you’re done. For comparison, you can probably find a good condition KTM950 adventure for $9-11K, and it’s a MUCH better motorcycle for adventure touring.

  7. Hey Bud,

    Looks like you’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from FB but I realised I didn’t grab your email address when I had the chance. I’d like to keep in touch (who knows you may get a wedding invite to Australia at some point) 🙂

  8. Hey Eric just wondering if you’ve considered coming back to the handgun podcast or something equivalent? I always remember your show being the best one around for so many reasons. So many YouTube channels are out there putting out BS just to get hits on their page. Your podcast was always the best.
    Hope to here from you



    • Hey Jeff,
      I considered it for a while, but the truth is I’m still burnt out on talking talking about guns all the time. Or rather, I’m burnt out on giving good information to people who already think they know everything. That, and the hours of effort on something I couldn’t monetize just don’t make it likely I’ll pick it back up. I’m going back to school, working towards a masters degree, and my wife and I have a little boy now that just turned 14 months old. My priorities have shifted too far for the HGP to ever come back. I might consider doing one on critical thinking, though. I’m going to try and be much more active on this blog over the next two years as part of my masters program, and a podcast could be a good supplement.

      • I, too, miss The Handgun Podcast, but I can also appreciate that the only constant in life is change. I certainly enjoyed the podcast, learned a LOAD of great info at a time when I was completely new to the firearms scene. It was the heyday of podcasting, wasn’t it? You and the GunDudes walked us thru the ins and outs of choosing a handgun, daily carry equipment, staying out of condition white, and I also learned what a brand new Glock looks like after it’s been drug around the dessert behind a pickup!! You were the right guy in the right place at the right time. Good Times indeed!
        Congratulations on getting married and starting a family! ANYWAY – as Bob Hope would say – Thanks for the memories! One thing while I’m here, I’ve always wanted to know – is Carly really THAT short?? And is Tom Nelson as nerve- wracking in person as he was in the early GunDudes episodes? Nothing but respect for the man, but it took determination to listen to the entirety of those early B-Team (GunDudes) episodes! Take care and stay well!

  9. Hey Eric, I stumbled across your blog and just wanted to say hello. Really cool to see that you now have a little boy. I hope all is well.

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