yea, milkshape is what I learned on. I may swap to another program at some point but for now this is working ok for me. I tried to get the free version of 3dsmax, but it seems that they don't offer it anymore when I looked for it. Plus I dont feel up to totally relearning a modeling program right now.
For making the weapon models I don't see the need for a different program, skinning might be better in some other programs.
sorry for the double post, MSN me. :)