Jim Supica recently retired as Director of the NRA Museums Division, where he co-authored the just-released Illustrated History of Firearms, 2nd Edition, with NRA Museum Senior Curators Phil Schreier and Doug Wicklund. The 1st Edition of this book was the best-selling firearms book of all time, and the new 2nd Edition is greatly expanded.
Jim has co-authored eight books and written numerous articles on firearms history and gun collecting. He is the new Editor of Standard Catalog of Firearms. On television, he has co-hosted six seasons of NRA Gun Gurus and NRA Guns & Gold, and regularly appears on other national firearms-related shows such as Outdoor Channel’s Gun Stories.
Jim is an antique firearms collector and consultant. He’s a former member of the NRA Board of Directors. He holds Juris Doctorate and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kansas. He and Eve have moved from the DC area back to their home in Olathe Kansas.
Since “retirement” Jim has a few irons on the fire:
Don McDowell is the host of the Shake, Rattle, and Troll Radio Show for 17 years and running.
This award winning show received the 2104 AZGFD Commission Media of the Year Award.
To his list of accomplishments, Don adds:
Professional Bass Angler
Saltwater Charter Master
Member of the United States Coast Guard
Don has also served as the 2017 Federal Advocate-Conservation Director for AZBN & TBFAZ.
He is President of AZ Deer Association, Board member of AZ Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation and others, USCGAUX Flotilla 10-11 Commication Staff Officer -10-11 FSDC-CM
Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations.
In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.
In addition SRTO is retrofitting a 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, twin diesel powered, to accommodate wheel chair bound veteran on the saltwater to learn and enjoy the saltwater fishing experience. The vessel “Challenged America” has handicap ramps, head, full galley and USCG certified crew and expert deck hands to mentor and care for the veterans. The “Challenged” America” is certified as a USCG Certified Facility to assist in USCG AUX patrols in San Diego Sector during down times, off season or on an as needed basis.
Conservation Director – AZ BASS Nation- (AZBN) B.A.S.S.
Conservation Director-The Bass Federation AZ- (TBF) FLW
Arizona Lead for BigGame Forever-Maricopa County
Active Member United State Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-11, District 11, San Diego Sector
Committee Member with Senator John McCain, Sportsmen and Veteran’s Coalition
Member Board of Directors:
Anglers Feeding America-(AFA),
Arizona Sportsman for Wildlife Conservation- (AZSFWC),
Arizona Deer Association
Wildlife Conservation Committee-(WCC)
Military Families Foundation (MFF), Inc. and Project We Remember (PWR)
Member Board of Directors Continued
Military and Veterans Services (MAVS) committee, Subcommittee Chair for Outdoor Recreation
Member-Southwest Fur Harvester’s
Member – International Game Fish Association (IGFA)
Member – National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member-Sportsmen’s Constituency Group (SCG), Steering Committee and Subcommittee Chair for Legislative Affairs
Member-AZFGD Fisheries Branch, Tournament Assessment Committee
Member-Central AZ Quagga Mussel Team
Member-Gila County Angler Round Table
Member-Tonto Nation Forest Planning Team
Kids at Bass Days
Kids at Bass Days
Don’s appearances include the American Fishing Television Show, Good Morning Arizona and Fishing with Johnny Johnson . He further has conducted and participated in bass fishing seminars for Wal-Mart , K-Mart and various sporting goods stores in the Southwestern Region.
Don’s passion has to be kids and fishing. He has worked to promote and participate in Valley Big Brother and Sister Annual Fish-A-Ree , Make A Wish Foundation , C.A.S.T and Pathway to Fishing and Cast for Kids . These programs have been developed for children including the physically and mentally challenged.
Hook & Bullet CertifiedDon’s goal is to expose his sponsors products and services to a serious marketplace while promoting good sportsmanship. His passion for the outdoors coupled with his extensive professional sales and marketing experience has made him a natural for the highly competitive world of bass fishing and performance bass boats.
Coast Guard MembershipThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Co-Editor and contributing writer for Arizona Boating & WaterSports, “Tight Lines”,
Booking agent for Blue Mule Outfitters, Huites Bass Club and Adventures South of the Border.
Rachel Malone is Texas Director of Gun Owners of America. She passionately promotes the right to keep and bear arms in legislation, training, and public perception.
A nationally-certified firearms instructor, Rachel participates regularly in Run n Gun biathlons and teaches defensive handgun and rifle. You can hear some of her strong opinions on the Polite Society Podcast.
Rachel has served as the Operations Director of the Republican Party of Texas and was previously a professional classical musician. She remains dedicated to training others to safeguard liberty and justice for all.
Hour #1 Guests:
Jim Supica – is the Director of the multiple NRA Museums. On television, Jim has co-hosted six seasons of NRA Gun Gurus and NRA Guns & Gold. He has also co-authored seven books and written numerous articles on firearms history and gun collecting, including regular columns for American Rifleman and Shotgun News. He is here to talk about the history of firearms and the importance of preserving that history in museums.
Hour #2 Guests:
Rachel Malone – Founder at Texas Firearms Freedom, former Director of Operations at Republican Party of Texas, current Texas Director of Gun Owners of America.
Rob Morse – Host of the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-host of the Polite Society Podcast. He blogs at his Slowfacts blog and his articles appear at Ammoland, at Clash Daily. Rob just completed training at FASTER Saves Lives and is here to tell us about the program from a first-hand perspective.
Don McDowell – the host of the Shake, Rattle, and Troll Radio Show for 17 years and running. He is a Professional Bass Angler, Saltwater Charter Master, Member of the United States Coast Guard, and Hunting Enthusiast.
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