Louisiana born, but Oklahoma bred. Lee Matthews has been in the radio business since 1982 both behind the mike, behind the scenes and in most all formats. "Talk Radio is my favorite format because it is the one format left that still reaches the listener one on one", Lee said.
One of Lee's favorite charities is the Leukemia Lymphoma society. "Working with the late Mark Shannon tought me a lot about living. If dancing around Bricktown stark naked would help raise money to find a cure for that terrible disease then I'll do it!". Frequently you will see Lee running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and other local races, in Mark's honor raising money for the cause.
Lee's other hobbies include cooking, music, scuba diving, model railroading, antique clocks, and playing the ukulele. "Nothing bad can happen to you when you are playing a ukulele", he said.
Lee's mom is from Louisiana, but his father and father's family hails from Seminole and Maud; which is why you will frequently hear him reference it on the air. "I have a grand aunt that once said at a gathering, 'Maud, I sure do love that little town!' and it has become a family joke I use on the air".
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You may have heard things got a little HOT at Heartland Outdoors? Some knuckle-head, (I would love to use stronger language), thought it was OK to shoot tracer rounds at an indoor range. This sparked a minor fire and Heartland has had to temporarily close for the clean up. They plan to re-open in full swing Tuesday 11/20/12. For the record, tracer rounds are permissable on only VERY FEW ranges. THEY START #$@%! FIRES!
One caliber I have neglected in my many reviews has been the lowly .25. With more power but less versatility than .22, .25 caliber certainly has more stopping power. Accuracy at distance? Well just have a look at the videos below! This week's tests were conducted at the Oklahoma City Gun Club's outdoor range. For those of you in Maud, TRACER ROUNDS ARE NOT ALLOWED THERE EITHER!
James Bond's fire arm in the early books was the Beretta .25. My good friend David Elderton of KyTac Premier Gear & Training let me shoot his Model 20.
Listen carefully and you can hear the round hit the target with a PING
The Beretta Model 20 is small, easy to conceal, holds 9 rounds, double action, and the pull after the first is short with an easy reset. This is the perfect pocket pistol and at close range will up the odds better than many of the smaller calibers. The rounds are not as large or powerful as many of the fire arms I have reviewed here but aim high, go for head shots and you'll be OK!
Beretta Model 20 Positives:
-small, light-weight, easy to conceal.
-ammunition cheap and easy to find.
-holds 9 rounds, much more than most of it's size.
-accurate up to 100 yrds. but I would aim high at close range.
Beretta Model 20 Negatives:
-the first pull is a little tight and long.
-not as much stopping power as a .380 or larger calibers.
-out of production, (but an M-21 is available), so check the internet or your next gun show.
I have not bought nearly as many guns as I have inherited. One of which was my Grandfather's.
It is an Ortgies .25 manufactured right before WWI in Germany. Heinrich Ortgies died in 1919 and production continued through the Wymar Republic by a company called Deutsche Werkes. My Grandfather said he bought it from an antique dealer in Philidelphia around 1934. I have always loved it for it's small size. It wasn't until lately I discovered how accurate it is. .32 and 9mm were also manufactured but you'll have to try your next gun show or the internet to find one. This model has NEVER jammed on me.
Once again listen closely to hear the round striking the target.