Black powder weapons are popular among hunters, target shooters, re-enactors and other hobbyists. Hull said he makes bullets for Dixie Gunworks Inc., of Union City, Tenn., a major retailer of black powder weapons. He also sells to Fort Chambers Black Powder Gun Shop in Chambersburg, Pa., he said.
He pulls in Liddy’s show through an old 10-foot metal television satellite dish in his yard. Every day, the dish sends Liddy into Hull’s workshop.
“I guess I’ll have to listen to (talk show host) Laura Ingraham from now on,” he said.
Hull, a lifelong registered Democrat who “splits my ticket,” began listening to Liddy’s radio show in 1993.
He called in for the first time two years later, he said.
“I’m a regular caller. I call in about once a month or whenever there’s a subject I know about, like firearms, the Vietnam War, aircraft mechanics and amateur radio,” he said. “I call when I have something to contribute.”
Hull, a ham radio enthusiast, served as an aircraft mechanic with the Marines in Vietnam in 1968. He said he suffers from diabetes and was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Hull and Liddy share a politically conservative philosophy.
“We’re both to the right of center,” he said.
Hull said he’s sympathetic to the tea party.
“The Democratic Party is changing. It’s going to the left,” he said.
As for his views on same-sex marriage, Hull said he has no problem with gays or lesbians, “but I think it’s wrong for a person to choose that lifestyle then ask society to support it.”
Asked about the recent mass killings in Colorado, Hull said it had nothing to do with guns or gun laws.
“You can’t stop an act of will. He couldn’t be stopped once he decided to commit mass murder,” Hull said.
Known as the “G-Man” among admirers, Liddy, 82, gained fame for his role organizing the Nixon White House “plumbers” who broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1972.
He was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and refusing to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. He served just 52 months after President Carter commuted his sentence to 10 years.