In a bold move to bring the very best shooting and hunting shows into the homes of even more enthusiasts, InterMedia Outdoors recently changed television networks. The move nearly doubles the distribution of the highest-rated, award-winning shows our readers love to watch.
Beginning October 2008, your favorite outdoor shows can be seen on Sportsman Channel , Pursuit Channel, FOX Sport South, FOX Sports Midwest (hunting shows only), and Wild TV Canada.
For firearms enthusiasts, the new seasons are chock-full of never-before-seen episodes, first looks at new guns and the very best in personal defense tactics. We've even added a new show called "Tactical Impact" that takes an entirely new approach to police and military arms coverage.
On the hunting side, Petersen's Hunting, North American Whitetail, and Bowhunter Magazine TV will all be back with more eye-popping bucks, bulls and bears than ever before, and we've added a hip new show called Arrow Affliction that will amaze viewers with off-the-wall trick shots and adventures.
Here are just some of the highlights of what our new seasons have in store for you in the world of firearms TV...
Guns & Ammo Television
For more than 50 years, when people have wanted to know about guns, they've gone to Guns & Ammo, the world's leading authority on the firearms industry.
Today, your favorite source is backed up by Guns & Ammo Television. See the magic of the most trusted and experienced names in the industry brought to life in the comfort of your home. See the most recognized authorities in the firearms industry put the most respected gear through its paces. Hear arguments and interviews, Classic Tests and thrilling stalks. See guns test-fired and laugh your way though another weekly Torture Test. When manufacturers want sportsmen, lawmen, plinkers and professionals to know about their latest developments, they have G&A's unmatched experts wring out every ounce of performance.
Today's most credible authorities come to your place and share their knowledge and observations as if you're right there on the range: Craig Boddington, Bart Skelton, Wayne van Zwoll, Patrick Sweeney, Terry Wieland, Bob Forker, Payton Miller, Greg Rodriguez, Steve Gash, Doug Larsen, Robert Kolesar, Richard Venola and others share their passion and expertise.
From curious beginners to grizzled veterans, collectors to reloaders, hunters to claybusters, when you want to know about what's new or where we've been, point the remote to Guns & Ammo Television, the only gun show for everyone.
G&A Television is where we all come together, and the industry knows it. So if there's a new gun on the block, you'll see it first on Guns & Ammo Television. On the same show, viewers can join an African safari where they use engraved double rifles costing more than a Mercedes, or defend a suburban apartment with a concealable handgun costing a tad more than dinner. And there are accessories too.
Each week features accessories and extras of interest to amateur and professional alike, from rail lights to lasers to targets to lubes. Whether on the range or in the field, patrolling the streets of Columbus or Kandahar, testing reloads in the hottest magnums or examining the rarest antique, Guns & Ammo Television is the exciting front line as well as the richest, most welcoming home of the shooting world. --Richard Venola
Personal Defense TV
Crime happens. We not only know that, but we incorporate that fact into our lives. You're careful, you stay alert, and you own guns, right? In fact, personal protection is the No. 1 reason for people owning guns. You're armed, so you're prepared, right?
Of course, we all THINK we know how to use a gun for personal protection, but there's a saying that covers this -- you don't know what you don't know. Not to worry. We can get you started.
We created Personal Defense TV to address your personal defense concerns. In its first season, PDTV grew to be the highest rated 26-week shooting show on its network, and that level of interest hasn't let up. This weekly half-hour show features the very best instructors in personal defense. PDTV is not about becoming a high-speed, low-drag, black-clad Ninja. It's about finding all the areas of training you didn't even know existed, and what's useful in your everyday life. This show exposes you to the world of advanced personal defense training, teaches some cool techniques, and we even make sure you have some fun along with us.
PDTV's host, Tom Gresham, assembled an all-star cast of self defense and firearms experts. With decades of real-world law enforcement and training experience, these trainers take you through daily life choices to keep you and your loved ones safe. PDTV is about real people and real personal defense, including establishing a self-protection mindset and having an action plan.
Each week Gresham visits the top self-defense training schools in the country including Gunsite, Thunder Ranch and Shootrite Academy, bringing their personal defense teaching concepts into your living room. PDTV features instruction ranging from an awareness mindset to clearing a house. Special correspondent Massad Ayoob provides a weekly "Action Plan" helping viewers avoid dangerous situations — and showing how to handle them if everything else fails. Firearms expert Dick Metcalf shares his knowledge of the latest "Survival Tools" to keep yourself and your family safe, while "Skills Drill," featuring Clint Smith, leaves you with self defense homework assignments you can practice on your own.
PDTV is not exclusively a gun show. It's about personal defense, and as such covers everything from knives to pepper spray. It stresses the need for training and awareness, conflict avoidance, and winning a fight.
On PDTV you'll see shooting at ranges measured in inches, shooting inside houses, shooting from your back, using a rifle inside your home, fighting with a knife, and you meet the country's top instructors who can entertain as well as help you stay alive. --Scott E. Mayer
Viewers asked us to develop a show that addressed the fast-growing interest in tactical firearms and techniques; defensive pistols, black and sniper rifles, night vision and specialized optics. They also said they wanted it to have a format specially developed for television, where technical information would be combined with interesting storytelling and fast-paced action.
The result is Tactical Impact.
Well-known Special Forces operator, pistolsmith and firearms trainer Larry Vickers will host Tactical Impact. His resume includes special missions all over the world in more than 20 years of service with America's most elite forces. An expert with every sort of small arms used on the battlefield today, his know-how about what small arms and accessories are the right choice for any situation is unmatched.
Joining him will be Aaron Roberts, another veteran of elite Army formations, as well as a former Texas State Trooper and trainer at the fabled Blackwater school. He will add invaluable insights from the law enforcement side of tactical operations.
Each week, Tactical Impact takes a particular tactical problem and analyzes how it might have been approached in the past, with recommendations about how it would be tackled in the present day. Vickers and Roberts analyze the hardware and tactics that worked in the past, and how today's arms, ammunition and accessories have reshaped the battlefield.
They'll also take a hard look at the ways habits built up on the range can get you killed if followed on the battlefield or on the street.We all have groaned at the ways Hollywood uses and misuses guns, and Tactical Impact makes an often-wry examination of some more boneheaded Tinseltown gun handling.
Ever wonder what you'd have chosen for personal armament at the OK Corral or Iwo Jima? Vickers and Roberts debate the right tool for the job.
Tactical Impact is a show unlike any other you'll find on television today, bringing the expertise of men who've been on the receiving end of gunfire and know what it takes to prevail when the bullets fly.--Robert W. Hunnicutt