PTS 024 – Kirsten Joy Weiss and Jessica Hook

Women Shooters Kirsten Joy Weiss and Jessica Hook join us to talk women in shooting, Lanco Grip Stop, FailZero BCG, and Taran Tactical Baseplates. 10014895_683825511664288_1151882885_o

Show Theme: Austin Powers

Practically Tactical - Episode 24

Hosts: HandGunNewbie(Nick), WalkerArmory(Matt)

Guest: Jessica Hook and Kirsten Joy Weiss

HGN: Yeah baby, yeah….Welcome to Practically Tactical Episode 24 brought to you by the Firearms Radio Network, please visit to find out more information! Tonight we are joined by a couple of our favorite women competition shooters, Jessica Hook and Kirsten Joy Weiss. For more information on the show, to find links to our guests Jessica and Kirsten, gear and guns we discuss, please visit Practically Tactical Podcast hits iTunes every Sunday at Noon CST, so be sure to click on that subscribe button in iTunes! The theme for this weeks episode is Austin Powers….yeah baby...yeah!

HGN: Our first special guest of the evening is Jessica Hook. Jessica is a Senior Texture Artist for Activision and a world famous competition shooter. When Jessica isn’t playing Call of Duty, she likes to spend her free time playing with her evil cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Thanks for coming on to tonight’s show!

Jessica: Thanks for having me (or whatever you want to say there). We will prompt for websites, facebook, places where people can find you online.

WA: Thanks for coming on tonight Jessica...the show should be a smashing time! Our other special guest for the night is Kirsten Joy Weiss.  Kirsten just returned from a 30 year cryogenic freeze to fight Dr. Evil. In her downtime when not saving the world, she continues to train in her shooting disciplines 3 position and prone smallbore rifle to continue her career as a US olympic shooter and a NRA smallbore champion.


HGN: Thanks for joining us this week ladies. I enjoy having women on the show of this kind of caliber. By caliber I mean the length of their barrels and the quality of their characters. For all of our listeners out there, this weeks show we will be talking about the Lanco Grip Stop, FailZero bolt carrier group, and Taran Tactical Baseplates...

HGN: As usual, your co-hosts for this evening are myself and Matt. My name is Nick, I drive a shaguar and I am only scared of two things, and one is nuclear war.

WA: I’m Matt from the WalkerArmory. For some time Practically Tactical has been attempting to create a tractor beam to draw in new guests on our show. Our early attempts at a tractor beam went through several preparations. Preparations A through G were a complete failure. But now, ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a working tractor beam, which we shall call...Preparation H!


HGN’s Segment - Throw Me A Friggin Bone Here..Need the Info

Our first segment of the even is THROW ME A FRIGGIN BONE HERE..NEED THE INFO on Jessica and Kirsten

  • How did you get into firearms?

  • Can you give us a little intro about yourself and how you got started into all this shenanigans and what you do?

  • We’ve had you on our show once before...but basically you have an awesome YouTube channel with lots of guns and shooting…




  • Getting women involved in shooting - Ask specific person

    • obviously both of ya’ll are very prominent women in the shooting world...what recommendations would you give to other women wanting to get into firearms in general and even competitive shooting?

    • What advantages or disadvantages do you think you have being a woman in the firearms and shooting industry?


  • What type of competitions do you compete in?

    • Jessica - pistol - (IDPA, USPSA?) - anything else (3gun?)

      • Gear needed for competition?

      • Is there any gear that you would use as a girl that might be different from what a guy would use?

    • Kirsten - small bore rifle - anything else?

      • Gear needed for competition?

      • Is there any gear that you would use as a girl that might be different from what a guy would use?


  • Training

    • What do you do for your training regimen?

      • How important is dry fire training?

      • What drills do you do to help you practice?

      • How many rounds of ammo do you go through in a day, week, month of training?


Mindset when shooting?

  • Can you walk us through taking a shot?
  • What do each of you do?



WA’s Segment: Whose gun line is it anyways?

Rapid Fire



  • Is 9mm better than .40S&W?
  • Have you ever been DQ’ed from a pistol match?
  • Does Glock make the best handgun ever made?
  • Are you a better shooter than 22Plinkster?
  • Is stippling better than griptape?


  • Is the AR a better rifle than an AK?
  • Are you a better shot with a rifle than Peter Palma?
  • Do you think that HandgunNewbie is attractive?
  • Do you have a secret stash of .22lr?
  • Is firearm precision more important than speed?

Double Tap:

Alright let’s move on to the next segment called Double Tap. This game is a little bit different...instead of having a question that is answered with a YES or NO, you will work together to double tap these questions with the first answer that pops in your head one right after the other. You are still not allowed to explain...just the first answer that comes to both of you will be answering these questions one after the other...again HandgunNewbie will be awarding you points based off of your answers and creativity and keeping track of your score. Are you ready?

  • What is your favorite handgun?
  • What is your favorite rifle?
  • What is your favorite shotgun?
  • What is your favorite red dot non-magnified optic?
  • What is your favorite caliber?
  • Name a shooter that you look up to?
  • If you had to pick one, would it be an SBR or a Suppressed Rifle?
  • If you could build an AR in any caliber other than 5.56, what caliber would it be?
  • What is your most wanted handgun to shoot that you haven’t yet?
  • What is your most wanted rifle to shoot that you haven’t yet?


Favorite store - teevana

Worst Gun Ever - Hi-POint

Color - red

Favorite Rifle - TTI Ar15

Favorite Pistol - Sig P238

Name something found in a nail salon - nail polish

Pick a number - 13

Favorite color - teal

Body Part - toe

Best quality in a man - integrity

On one sunny afternoon, two super spy best friends Kirsten and Jessica decided to get their nails done together at the local mall. While they were getting their nails painted in the salon, there was a sudden commotion across the mall at the (favorite store) store. Soon they saw a person in the crowd with a (worst gun ever) wearing a (color) mask trying to rob the store! Jessica and Kirsten quickly devised a plan to help save the other shoppers. Kirsten grabbed her (favorite rifle) and took cover behind the (name something found in a nail salon) while Jessica used her tactics that she learned from Call of Duty to close the gap between her and the bad guy with her (favorite pistol). With Jessica just a few feet away from the bad guy now, Kirsten lines up an impossible shot on a thin wire that is (pick a number) feet away that is holding a hanging sign just above the bad guy. Kirsten focuses her super spy rifle powers and breaks a clean shot and the sign swings down and hits the bad guy in the (body part) disabling him. Jessica quickly moves in to disarm the bad guy why he’s distracted and saves the day! The girls return back to the nail salon to finish their (favorite color) sparkled nails and all was good in the mall thanks to Jessica and Kirstens (best quality in a man)



HGN’s Segment - Groovy Time Machine

HGN: FailZero BCG

Jessica: TTI Basepad

WA: GripStop


WA’s Segment - Practically Awesome Video of the Week

We’ve got a new segment in our show where we’re going to pick the best and and most Practically Awesome video that we saw on YouTube this week. This is our video of the week that we think is awesome and you that guys need to check out! You can find the video link in our show notes at

Our video pick of the week is “Gun Gripes Episode 85: Final Farewell” by Iraqveteran8888. I’m sure that the majority of the people listening to our show are familiar with the YouTube channel Iraqveteran8888. This past week, unfortunately, Barry passed away. We lost a great friend in the YouTube community, and a great 2nd amendment supporter and gun lover. You can find the link to the video on our website. Go and leave a comment on their video in YouTube and give them some support from Practically Tactical.


Segment: Live Audience Questions

In this segment we will be fielding questions from our Live YouTube audience. Want to get your questions answered live? Visit for upcoming episodes and times! Also, feel free to email with your question!


WA’s Segment: Closing


So let’s move on to our last segment of the show. This is the part of the show where it’s time to start wrapping up another episode of Practically Tactical. Jessica and Kirsten, Thank you so much for coming onto our show this week. So let’s take some time now to discuss what we have coming up with each of us in the near future and where you can find us on the mysterious interwebs...


HGN: I want to give a shoutout to another podcast on the Firearms Radio Network, that probably isn’t what you would call Matt and I’s “Cup of Tea”. I want to talk about Fat2FitHQ. It is an absolute great podcast hosted by Carol Silva. She is a great host that adds quite a bit of fun and her personality to the show. The podcast is about people’s journeys from Fat 2 Fit which is never a bad thing to be in the firearms that is. Specifically, people need to check out episode 85 of the show which featured JJ Racaza of Top Shot and competitive shooter fame. Checkout for the show notes of that episode.


WA: A great podcast I’d recommend to you guys this week is the AR15 podcast. They’ve got a great show over there talking about all things that are AR15. This past week they released episode 69 with an interview with Marty Daniel, President of Daniel Defense. Marty talks about some great stuff going on with Daniel Defense and how the company was originated. You guys can find more out about the AR15 podcast and episode 69 at