Arik Levy

Firearms Nation Podcast

Go behind the scenes of the people who make up the Firearms Nation
Firearms Nation Podcast

Description

Every week on the Firearms Nation Podcast, Arik Levy interviews the gun world's best competitive shooters, gun writers and bloggers, TV personalities, police and military. Popular guests include: Michael Bane, Bruce Gray, Keith Garcia, Tony Blauer and Jessie Duff. Popular topics include: gun culture, gun laws, shooting competition, self-defense, and tactics.

Episodes

FNP 107 : Dave Spaulding - Handgun Combatives for All

Apr 12, 2019 57:02

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Dave Spaulding was a part of law enforcement for 36 years. During that time he was on his agency’s SWAT team, worked narcotics and was a trainer. Dave has gone to multiple schools and taught at law enforcement conferences and seminars. When Dave retired, he went on to become a full time instructor and opened his own training company, Handgun Combatives.

In addition, Dave has written for numerous gun magazines such as Combative Handguns and S.W.A.T. Magazine. Dave has developed sights and trigger parts for Glocks and other handguns.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://handguncombatives.com/

http://www.shooterssummit.com

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FNP 106 : Mike Green - From NYPD Detective to Celebrity Bodyguard

Apr 6, 2019 54:39

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Mike Green worked as detective for the NYPD for many years. During that time he handled a lot of cases as well as developed a skill set when dealing with the criminal element. Mike used those skills to write a book on surviving travel to New York City. In my discussion with Mike, I learn what it takes to be a detective, what is was like to respond to the Twin Towers on 9-11, and how he became a bodyguard for Kendall Jenner.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://amzn.to/2UBPOSG

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FNP 105 : Keith Tyler - The Process of Shooting

Mar 29, 2019 56:07

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Keith Tyler is a law enforcement officer out West and a competitive shooter in USPSA. He’s reached the rank of Grandmaster and is also a firearms instructor. Keith has designed a unique program for his training academy that lasts seven months long. One of the nice things about Keith is his focus on the process of shooting to get his students (and himself) better.

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www.shooterssummit.com

FNP 104 : Nick Yanutola - The Practical Shooter

Mar 22, 2019 57:45

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Nick Yanutola - is a Grandmaster in Production.  Nick started in IDPA and quickly shot up the ranks and won High Overall at the Carolina Cup in 2014.   He also made Grandmaster that same year and has since taken top 16 at many USPSA National Championships.  Nick also has been a frequent guest on the popular podcast Practical Pistol Show with World Champion Ben Stoeger.

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FNP 103 : Autumn Clifford - The Lady Sheepdog

Mar 15, 2019 54:58

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Sheepdog Nation Podcast and was very intrigued by the host, Autumn Clifford.  Autumn is a nine year law enforcement officer and started a podcast to get her thoughts out into the world and ended up gaining a following.  Now her podcast also has guests on each week.  Furthermore, she started a membership site for officers and other people interested in becoming better leaders which is a passion of hers.

Autumn prides herself with her background in the martial arts as something that brought her confidence and helped her as a woman succeed in law enforcement.  Autumn speaks her mind and just note, she’s not afraid of curse words so if you listen to this in an open not safe for work area, plug those headphones in.  And, maybe this isn’t the episode for the kiddies. 

Anyway had a great time talking with Autumn and check out the links in the show notes to get over to her podcast or follow her on Instagram.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://podcast.thesheepdognation.com/

Lady Sheepdog on Instagram

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FNP 102 : Ryan Cleckner - From Army Sniper to Lawyer

Mar 8, 2019 58:51

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When I think of an army sniper, I usually think of Bob Lee Swagger, tough, gritty, All-American and not giving a crap.  But I was surprised when I spoke with guest that he not only was a sniper, but a lawyer, professor, writer and app developer.

Ryan Cleckner is an US Army Ranger Sniper and served two combat deployments in Afghanistan.  Once he left the Army, Ryan took a different route and went to law school.  Along the way he also worked for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Remington Outdoor Company.  Ryan also started teaching Constitutional Law at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Ryan is an author who not only writes articles online but he published two books:  The Long Range Shooting Handbook and There’s Only One You, which is a gun safety book for children.  Both are very successful. 

Finally, Ryan has a significant online presence with his Mayday Safety app which is meant to get your list of people to know when your in trouble and Rocket FFL, which is an online training course to get your Federal Firearms License.  With his little bit of free time Ryan also produces two podcasts.

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Links mentioned on the podcast:

Mayday Safety - Emergency Management Software

RocketFFL - Get Your FFL

RocketCCW - Online CCW

GunUniversity.com

Episode with David Harsanyi Episode 86

"Long Range Shooting Handbook"

"There's Only One You"

Gilbert Perez - Regular Practice with a Regular Guy

Mar 1, 2019 54:05

Description:

Gilbert Perez  is a Grandmaster in Single Stack and Production.  Gilbert is the owner and head instructor at the Patriot Firearms Academy.  Gilbert has competed in several World Shoots on the US Team for Single Stack.  Gilbert is a former law enforcement officer and currently shoots on Team Bul.

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FNP 100 : Steve Anderson - 100th Episode Hangout!

Feb 15, 2019 01:07:48

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This is my 100th episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast and I could not have made it without all of you, the listeners.  Along the way, I met with some amazing guests who allowed me to ask them all sorts of questions that can bring value to you.  One such guest was Steve Anderson.  Steve is a prolific teacher of shooting and is known as the "dry fire guy".  I first met Steve through his podcast, "That Shooting Show" and then took some classes from him.  He has been a friend and coach for many years as well as being a guest on this show and every Shooter's Summits.  On today's show, Steve and I talk about how to get into "Match mode" and even take your questions which I gathered from Facebook.

Links mentioned in the show:

http://andersonshooting.com

http://shooterssummit.com

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FNP 099 : Ron Avery - Reactive Shooting Science (Summit Replay)

Feb 10, 2019 01:36:03

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This is a massive episode!  I had Ron Avery as a guest on the first Shooter's Summit back in 2016.  This interview with Ron is fascinating and the amount of info he breaks down for shooting whether you're in law enforcement or a competitive shooter, is extremely detailed.  Ron has a scientific method to shooting and has taught many students who've gone one to become champions.  Ron spent years as a police officer for a career and took that background plus his martial arts training to develop his style.  While this is about 2 hours long, it has a wealth of knowledge in it!

The 2016 Shooter's Summit is still available only when you purchase the 2018 Summit.  Go to http://shooterssummit.com for more info.

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FNP 098 : Tim Herron - Back Again With His Own Podcast

Feb 1, 2019 57:41

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Tim is back on the show with a lot going on.  While he and I didn't go to this year's SHOT Show, we discuss what it's like to be an sponsored shooter and if it's important.  Also, Tim talks about his new podcast, "Make Ready Podcast" and what type of content he is going to be putting out.  Tim has starting teaching and is hoping to go full time in 2019.  

Links in the show:

Make Ready Podcast

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FNP 097 : Dave "Boon" Benton - Courage and Training

Jan 18, 2019 50:59

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If you saw the movie “13 Hours” or read the book “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” then you know who my guest today is.  Dave “Boon” Benton was one of four contractors who held the line in Benghazi when all odds were against them.  Boon also had served previously in the Marine Corps and as a deputy sheriff.  Currently Boon is teaching tactics and shooting to civilians and law enforcement.

In today’s episode, I talk to Boon about his training, competition, how to develop courage and even a little bit about his favorite movie topic, “Star Wars”.  At Boon’s request we are not discussing the incident in Benghazi at this time, but we do find out what gun choice he uses for home defense.

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FNP 096 : Mason Lane - Shoot at YOUR Speed

Jan 11, 2019 49:10

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It’s a balmy 78 degrees here in S. Florida.  We hope you folks in the Northern states are taking care as a new storm makes it’s way across the plains.

I had an interview ready to go when the computer took a dump and the recording got screwed up.  Instead of trying to re-record, I decided to bring out one of the excellent interviews from the 2018 Shooter’s Summit.  This week I bring back a guest I had on in 2017, now grandmaster competitor Mason Lane.  Mason also is teaching at the SigSauer Academy and had a great year in 2018 coming in 4th at Nationals in Carry Optics (the guns with the red dots on them).  Mason is part of these young up in comers dominating USPSA.  Not to mention he’s a really nice guy and friend.  In the interview you’ll hear me reference a video of a drill he did for the Summit.  Each of the instructors this year provided a video drill that they felt either helped them make grandmaster or give out to students for their journey.

If you are so interested, the 2018 Shooter’s Summit is available for purchase for under $25 by going to shooterssummit.com.

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FNP 095 : Gabe White - Different Approaches to Pistol Training

Jan 4, 2019 01:02:02

Description:

Happy New Year!  2019 is looking to be a great and interesting year and I’m excited to share the year with you, the firearms nation.  Last year I finished the third shooters summit and it got me looking at all the great interviews I’ve done since I began the summits.  One interview I always liked was with a guy that a lot in the community don’t know much about.  His name is Gabe White and he’s a shooting instructor in Oregon with his company, Pistol Shooting Solutions.  While Gabe is known for teaching defensive pistol, he also tests his skills in USPSA and achieved a Master classification shooting Limited from concealment.   Gabe also is the only person to every shoot the challenging Rogers Shooting School Test from concealment.  Gabe has a very analytical approach to shooting, vision and practice so as we all get busy training again or want to start training with our handguns, I thought I would share this interview from the 2017 Shooter’s Summit.

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www.shooterssummit.com

 

FNP 094 : Yong Lee - Advanced Pistol Optic Management

Dec 21, 2018 01:06:17

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I was able to train with Yong Lee for the first time since I met him when we were on TEAM SIG.  This past weekend I took his first Advanced Pistol Optic Management course.  It was definitely an eye opener when it comes to shooting a red dot on a pistol.  With more agencies going to the red dot, I wanted to share some of the insights I took away from this class.  Yong is retiring from law enforcement and will be teaching this class around the country.

Yong Lee on YouTube Yleegm

2018 Shooter's Summit

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FNP 093 : Q&A with Steve Anderson

Dec 14, 2018 01:08:35

Description:

As you know the 2018 Shooter’s Summit is over but I hold special live events for the folks who purchased the All Access Pass.  As a way to add value, Pass holders had the opportunity to join the conversation this week with Steve Anderson.  Steve is a top trainer and host of the successful podcast “That Shooting Show”.  Steve also has been given the moniker of The Dry-Fire Guy simply because he’s authored three books on dry-fire.  Steve’s take on training and practice has made a lot of people into successful shooters in both competition and law enforcement.

I thought it would be interesting to share the audio rip from that live show as the concepts and answers to the questions can help many people.

If you are interested in the Shooter’s Summit, you can get your Pass at shooterssummit.com.

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FNP 092 : Chuck Rossi - Fomer Facebook Director Fights for Firearms

Dec 7, 2018 56:18

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation podcast.  We have such a special treat.  How many of you have had issues with Facebook when it came to one of the ads you were running?  Or maybe your page, group or even your profile was banned for violating the firearms policy?  Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to someone on the inside of Facebook to know what is the correct practice when it comes to posting firearms content?

Well, funny you should ask since my guest today was that guy.  Chuck Rossi was the director of release engineering at facebook and also worked on fixing the firearms policies.  After 11 years at Facebook, chuck retired and I was able to get him on the podcast.

Chuck is one of us.  He enjoys shooting since a young age and helped shed light on the good of firearms when the media only focused on the bad.  Lots of value here today.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Facebook Ad Policy with Age

Facebook police on weapons

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FNP 091 : Elias Frangoulis - Shooting for Glory

Nov 30, 2018 51:25

Description:

The 2018 Shooter’s Summit is underway and last week I gave you two short interview teasers to get you interested.  Well today, I’m upping my game.  Here is a full interview from the Summit with World Champion, Elias Frangoulis.

Elias came from a soccer background and a devotion not only to practice but to God.  Elias quickly rose up to the level of Grandmaster in USPSA and went on to win the World Championship this past year in the Classic Division.

The 2018 Shooter’s Summit brings 18 of the top level Grandmaster shooters to share their backgrounds and tactics to help you make GM.  The Summit started on Nov. 25th and will run until Dec. 1st..which is almost here.  So how can you still see the Summit?

Purchase the All Access Pass for only $19.95 and you get 18 hours of interviews, a podcast version of the Summit and special drills to download that each speaker brought to the Summit.  Don’t wait and ACT NOW.  The price will go up to $24.95 come Dec. 2nd.

Go to:

www.shooterssummit.com/order

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FNP 090 : 2018 Shooter's Summit Teaser

Nov 23, 2018 20:39

Description:

This episode is a teaser for the 2018 Shooter's Summit.  For the past two years I've created a Shooter's Summit where I interview a group of firearms instructors to discuss various topics.  This year I decided to go very specific in the topic and we are talking about Making Grandmaster.  

In USPSA, there are over 30,000 competitors and the top 5% are in the Grandmaster classification.  A lot of people want to make it to that level, but for whatever reason, find it difficult and think that it's an impossible task.  

This year's Summit proves that anyone can make GM and through the interviews I get actionable ideas that sets competitors down the path.

The Shooter's Summit is a free to watch from Nov. 25h through Dec. 1st.  In order to watch the Summit you must register first at www.shooterssummit.com and you'll get the email with instructions on how to watch it online.

For today's podcast I'm sharing clips from two of the Summit interviews.  Casey Reed and Bob Vogel.  Casey is a GM in Production and has not been shooting that long but is dominating his division.  Bob is a world champion and has shot for a long time.  He was a former police officer in Ohio and now is a full time firearms instructor.

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FNP 089 : John Lovell - Warriors and Poets

Nov 16, 2018 01:05:41

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We are about less than two weeks away from the launch of the 2018 Shooter’s Summit.  I can’t wait to bring it to you as the content is amazing.  This year’s focus in on competition and the title of the Summit is Making Grandmaster!  By the time this podcast episode launches or shortly there after, you’ll be able to sign up for the Summit.  Even if you signed up year’s previously you’ll still need to sign up again.  Go to shooterssumit.com to get yourself registered as the Summit runs from Nov. 25th through Dec. 1st.

I thought about this week’s episode and went to last year’s Summit where I talked with John Lovell.  John is a former Army Ranger and currently has a successful YouTube channel and company called Warrior Poet Society.  He teaches rifle, shotgun and pistol as well as all manner of every day carry. 

With all the active shooter situations of late, I’m re-releasing this session with John since we get into dealing with active shooters as well as home defense.  I really think you’ll like this interview and of course check out John’s channel afterwards.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://warriorpoetsociety.us/

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FNP 088 : Riley Bowman - Active Shooters and Armed Citizens

Nov 9, 2018 01:14:02

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My guest this week is Riley Bowman from ConcealedCarry.com and the Concealed Carry Podcast.  If you are looking for information on how to carry legally across the nation or what gear is best for concealed carry, Riley’s website is by far one of the best out there.

Riley recently completed a study on Active Shooter events and how many were stopped by a armed citizens.  You will be surprised when you hear the number.  This is often not talked about by national media and when you look at the facts..well they don’t lie.

Active shooter events or mass shootings are tragic and raise the political temperature.  I’m sure you have had discussions on solutions and what the right course of action should be.  I suggest you listen to Riley talk about this study and read it from the link in the show notes.  An educated opinion is a good opinion. 

Active Shooter Study

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FNP 087 : Max Leograndis - PCC Triggers and Mouse Clicks

Nov 2, 2018 53:12

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I’m back with another competitive shooter and now National Champion.  Max Leograndis only started shooting four years ago, almost to the day this podcast is being recorded.  In four years he developed his own method of practice, not taking classes, not seeking out a coach, but rather closely watching himself and figuring out what to do to get better.  How to be more efficient.  And now Max took first in PCC at the National Championships that just wrapped up in Florida.  PCC or Pistol Caliber Carbine is shooting a rifle in a pistol match.  How much fun is that!

Max has won numerous titles this year including the 2018 Lucas Oil PCC World Championship, a match that last year he was disqualified from.  Max shares that story in the podcast as well as how he used video games to help him get a faster trigger finger and develop mental management.  Max is now an instructor at the highly regarded Tactical Performance Center and talks about how he came so far in such a short amount of time.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Tactical Performance Center

Max’s YouTube Channel

Max’s Facebook Page

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FNP 086 David Harsanyi First Freedom

Oct 26, 2018 01:12:23

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My guest today is a senior editor at The Federalist and is also a nationally syndicated columnist.  His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and the Washington Post.  He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and other talk shows or podcasts.  And finally, my guest has written three books including the one we are talking about today.

David Harsanyi’s latest book is “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun” and was released earlier this month.  If there was a book that represented the cause and feeling of my show and channel, Firearms Nation, “First Freedom” comes very close.  It’s a book I found to be a good read and took value in all the historical facts. I have a good idea on the origins of several iconic firearms but I was impressed at the lessons included in the book that superimposed how those firearms came to be.  America has a history wrapped in firearms and a right of self-defense.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

David's Website

The Federalist

https://www.amazon.com/First-Freedom-Through-Americas-Enduring/dp/1501174002/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540577017&sr=1-1&keywords=first+freedom+a+ride+through+america%27s+enduring+history+with+the+gun&dpID=51MlnK7%252BL8L&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch&tag=tactic053-20

FNP 085 : James Kuzak - Shot, Paralyzed and Shooting for Glock

Oct 19, 2018 01:05:28

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Normally on my deconstructing gunfight series I talk to guests who were involved in a shooting were both sides shot back.  For today’s episode I my guest was shot multiple times responding to a disturbance call which really was a violent home invasion.  Officer James Kuzak served for 18 years up to the that fateful day where he found himself saving the lives of the woman and children inside but ended up paralyzed after being shot.

James was rescued and survived the shooting and trial, but then had to get on with the rest of his life.  A life no longer as a law enforcement officer.  James told me that the one thing he never thought about on the job was being shot and ending up a different person.  Many of us in law enforcement or the military will think about surviving a gunfight but most think about walking away from the injuries.  James did not walk ever again and now speaks at academies and is a brand ambassador for Glock.  I was put in touch with James after a friend saw him shooting a USPSA match wearing the Glock jersey and James was gracious enough to share his story with the podcast.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Donate to Officer Kuzak

Facebook Support Page

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FNP 084 : JJ Racaza - Faster than a Speeding Bullet!

Oct 12, 2018 55:35

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Welcome back to the firearms nation podcast.  The build up to this year’s massive 9 Days of Nationals for the USPSA is about to start in little more than a week.  I’ve interviewed some of the top contenders for this year’s championship to help give you a better idea what perfomance on demand with a handgun entails.  This week I give you one more interview with another top champion.  JJ Racaza was born in the Philippines and started shooting at a young age.  JJ went to the range with his father who was also a competitive shooter who ended up sacrificing his hobby to help his son grow in the sport and see him become a world champion.

JJ became somewhat of a media celebrity for being a third place performer on the successful TV series “Top Shot” and showed the world how fast someone can shoot.  JJ always was a fast shooter and brought his natural speed and physicality to the sport.  With this background he took the world championship speed shoot or steel challenge three times and broke multiple speed shooting records.  He also took the silver medal twice at the IPSC World Shoots in 2011 and 2014.

In today’s interview JJ talks about growing up in the Philippines and how that culture shaped his life.  How his focus on physical performance is the majority of his current training and finally how he plans to compete at this year’s Nationals.

I was excited to get JJ to talk to me despite his busy schedule and work demands.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

JJ Racaza Training

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FNP 083 : Hwansik Kim - Analysis of Performance

Oct 5, 2018 01:03:19

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Last year I had Hwansik Kim on the podcast and was amazed to hear his story (that was Ep. 31)  Hwansik came from Korea and was a self described geek who was chubby and uncoordinated.  He was introduced to competitive shooting and took his ability to study and research to excel in USPSA in a very short time.  Now Hwansik is a very strong contender to win at this year’s National Championship which begins later this month. 

In one year Hwansik shared with me that he completely changed his shooting style.  Plus, he just launched a joint project with World Champ Ben Stoeger called PSTG or Practical Shooting Training Group.  It’s a web based training membership site which we talk about in the podcast.  With Nationals coming up, I wanted to get some of the best competitors on the show to get everyone training for the event pumped up.  Not to mention the nuggets of information they provide any type of shooter.

Fair warning:  This episode gets deep into the mechanics of top performance from Hwansik.  Seriously if you have a pen and paper, there is a ton of material Hwansik talks about.  He is very passionate about it.  If you’re driving, well maybe you will have to listen again with that pad and pen.   Also, if you think you are training hard..you will see how it stacks up to Hwansik’s approach.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

PSTG

Hwansik's website

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FNP 082 : Jacob Hetherington - Junior Shooter goes to the Army

Sep 28, 2018 46:11

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“The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) wins national and international shooting competitions, supports Army marketing engagements, and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability, connect America to its Army and enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat. USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Marketing Engagement Brigade and Army Marketing and Research Group”

This is a quote from the AMU’s webpage.  In all of the shooting sports we have competitors who are from the AMU that either currently dominate or who graduated and are now shooting for factory teams.  What is a factory team?  SIG, Glock, Remington and so on.  And the names include some of the people I’ve had on the podcast like Shane Coley and KC Eusebio.  Today, my guest is also from the AMU, Jacob Hetherington. 

Jacob was known as a top junior shooter not that long ago.  It’s pretty amazing how a kid made grandmaster at 15 years old and caught the eye of the AMU where he is serving and promoted to sergeant not that long ago. This past year Jacob has been dominating his division in USPSA and is in contention to win this year’s National Championship.  So how did a such a young man do so much in his shooting career?

In this podcast you’ll hear about what it’s like to be a part of Army Marksmanship Unit, what “pressure poops” are and what to tell your junior shooter (if you have one) to focus on when coaching them.

I recently interviewed Lanny Bassham in episode 80, who also was a major force at the AMU.  It was great to now hear from a dedicated young man continuing that tradition. 

FNP 081 : Bob Vogel - It's all in the Grip!

Sep 21, 2018 01:03:42

Description:

This week I bring out a session from the 2017 Shooter’s Summit that I recorded with Bob Vogel.  Bob is a world champion, national champion and has won 90 plus matches since he started competing.  Bob was also a police officer, SWAT team member and firearms instructor.  In fact, since he retired from law enforcement, he still makes a living teaching people to become better shooters.


Along the way he’s also made several videos on pistol shooting and competition.  Interesting enough, Bob was one of the only people to ever beat the world’s best shooter (and podcast guest #79) Eric Grauffel in a shooting competition (I was there!)  In today’s podcast, Bob goes over the fundamentals of pistol shooting, how important grip and grip strength is, why a timer is so important to training and finally, why going fast is the best strategy.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Vogel Dynamics

Panteao Prod. "World Class Pistol Skills" DVD

Panteao Prod. "Stage Tactics of Practical Shooting" DVD

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FNP 080 : Lanny Bassham - With Winning in Mind

Sep 14, 2018 01:12:28

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95% of all winning comes from the same 5% of the competitors.  What makes them different than the rest of us?  Their mental game is better than the others.  Anyone can practice a sport or hobby and develop skill at that sport, but the ones with a better mental system will always win in the end.  How does a person get a better mental game?  My guest today started out as the guy least likely to get to the Olympics as a small kid in 6th grade.  Fast forward to the 1976 Olympics where my guest, Lanny Bassham took the gold medal in small bore rifle shooting.  But it wasn’t an easy road.  Lanny had previously gone to the ’72 Olympics and choked in the gold medal match where he walked away confused and with a silver medal.  In the next four years he would develop his trademarked mental management system that in the past 40 years has lead many students to world championships and other victories.

How do we learn about this system?  Lanny goes over the highlights from the system and his book he wrote, “With Winning in Mind” today with me.  “With Winning in Mind” is mentioned several times in previous podcasts as one of the tools that took good shooters to make them great.  This system also has been taught to special operations and Secret Service.  You’ll learn today why you should value the process and not the outcome, highlight solutions and not problems and finally how to coach your kids to be winners.

I looked forward to speaking with Lanny for a long time.

Here are the links mentioned in the podcast:

Mental Management Systems

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FNP 079 : Eric Grauffel - Lessons From the Terminator (Summit Replay)

Sep 7, 2018 01:05:12

Description:

What if you found out that all the years you’ve put in your shooting, that you were doing it all wrong…Well that’s how I felt after speaking with World Champion Eric Grauffel.  I had the opportunity to speak with Eric on last year’s Shooter’s Summit.  The Shooter’s Summit is an event I founded back in 2016 where I speak with competitive or tactical shooters on specific topics.  Stay tuned to the end of the podcast to find out the date of this year’s Summit.

Eric is probably one of the best shooter’s in the world.  I only remember one time in history where someone actually beat him in competition.  We talk about that episode during my interview with Eric.  I would easily say Eric falls in line with the Michael Jordans, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzkys, Usain Bolts types of exceptional athletes.  People refer to them as machines but it’s really us coming to terms about someone who is blessed with both talent and skill.  Eric and discuss the basics of shooting and I learn that he does pretty much everything different when it comes to grip, sights and trigger.  I don’t know what that means but it’s worth evaluating for yourself.  That’s another takeaway from this interview:  Learn to adjust your grip and shooting for what works for you, not what someone tells you is THE way.

Eric is a busy man shooting all over the world so I was lucky to get this interview and I’m happy  to finally share it on the Firearms Nation Podcast.  If this is your first time here, this podcast gets into the minds of all types of people in the Firearms world and please consider subscribing so you get the episodes every week without having to look for it.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Team Armscor

Eric’s Pro Shop

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FNP 078 : Kaizad Hansotia - Cigars with Friends and Guns

Aug 31, 2018 55:39

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One of the distinct pleasures myself and a lot of other people enjoy is smoking a cigar while out on the range.  I see it a lot at shooting competitions.  I’ve also seen it after tactical classes.  There is something about the concept of enjoying the cigar with friends that can’t be smoked in a hurry.  I really don’t know where cigars and shooting came together, but it is something that my guest today knows a lot about.  Kaizad Hansotia grew up in India with a love of watches and firearms.  He ended up buying a dying cigar company for under $200 and made it into one of the top cigar brands in the world.  Gurkha Cigars is named after the legendary fighters from Nepal who fought for the British in numerous wars.  Their spirit is what drives Kaizad to constantly make top rated blends that sometime sell for thousands of dollars.

Along the way he made connections to the SEAL Teams and made a special cigar for them to travel with overseas. In fact his passion for firearms paired Gurkha and Grey Ghost Precision (a company who makes high end rifles and pistols) to design a limited edition rifle up to Kaizad’s specifications. 

In this episode we explore the nexus between cigars and shooting, how Kaizad made his success as well as a primer on how to go about getting into cigar smoking.  Granted I know some people hate the smell of cigars, but I have to say, sharing a smoke with some scotch and a group of friends is never a bad thing.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Gurkha Cigars

Grey Ghost Precision

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FNP 077 : Bruce Gray - Shooting with No Emotion

Aug 24, 2018 01:10:41

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. About ten years ago I had the pleasure of being invited to a class devoted to pulling the trigger properly.  It was a class on the basics but it wasn’t a basic class.  In fact it was as someone coined it “..a PhD in trigger management”.  This class also put me in touch with a renowned gunsmith and competitor Bruce Gray.  Bruce and I maintained a friendship since that class and I even call him a mentor.  And it was at the USPSA National Championship in 2014 when Bruce reached out to me right after the match with a text “Do you want to shoot for Team SIG?”  He didn’t have to ask twice.  For the next two years I had a blast shooting matches with a great group of guys and gals all running the new P320.  That gun is still my competition gun and I also use it for duty.

Bruce has always been know as the go to guy to have your SIG or Sig Sauer pistol worked on to make it shoot even better.  But since the P320 came around, his business took off with parts for it as well as SIG’s successful LEGION series.  His company, Gray Guns, has grown and is in the process of moving to a bigger warehouse.  More recently, Bruce dove back into competition and he is revisiting his methodologies that are now over 20 years old.  I discuss with Bruce the differences as well as how us, as shooters, can over come our emotions while we shoot.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Gray Guns

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FNP 076 : William Petty - Gunfighting Around Cars

Aug 17, 2018 01:06:59

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Recently there was a video release at a trial in Pennsylvania where two troopers were trying to arrest a suspect and he resisted.  The suspect ended up shooting both of the officers and then fled the scene.  Luckily they survived.  How does this happen?  According to a 2014 study, 83% of officers who are killed in the line of duty die conducting self-initiated activity in or around vehicles.  That is an alarming statistic as I can tell you from personal experience that 83% of our training is not from a vehicle.  So what can a law enforcement officer or civilian do? I include civilians since aggravated assaults and robberies also are around vehicles.

My guest is William Petty from Centrifuge Training.  William specializes in teaching close quarter vehicle tactics and his program is a data driven exercise in what works and what doesn’t when in a gunfight around a car.

William and I discuss the Pennsylvania shooting with his takeaways on tactics that would have helped the troopers as well as another shooting of cops in Sacramento.  William also gives away a list of actionable ideas you can implement into your arsenal and ways for you to win in a vehicle gunfight.

Links mentioned in the show:

https://centrifugetraining.com/

Pennsylvania Troopers Shooting

Sacramento Police Shooting

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FNP 075 : Andrew Branca - Stand Your Ground (Audio Replay)

Aug 10, 2018 01:21:38

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  Do you carry a gun for self defense?  Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were involved in a shooting?  Most people at some point have had these thoughts and usually end when the gun goes off and they win.  But, there is a different battle, a battle just as important that happens right after and that’s the legal battle.  I am a firm believer if you carry a gun, you need to know the law and how to use force when necessary.  My guest today is an expert in self defense law.  Andrew Branca wrote the book “The Law of Self Defense” and has been a guest before on the Firearms Nation Podcast as well as the 2017 Shooter’s Summit. 

Recently there was a shooting in Florida in a parking lot that brought Stand Your Ground back on the daily news and internet.  But what really is Stand Your Ground and do we not have a good understanding of it.  I had Andrew join me for a live stream to discuss the difference of Stand Your Ground and self defense.  I bet you have it wrong so please listen to this show so you can educate your friends.

We also talk about a concealed carry shooting and other concepts you need to know if you carry a gun.

Links mention in the show:

http://lawofselfdefense.com/

“Law of Self Defense” book

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FNP 074 : Chad Reilly - No More Tennis Elbow

Aug 3, 2018 01:10:59

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. I’ve been shooting a gun for over 15 years.  That includes time as a law enforcement officer as well as a competitive shooter.  Plus, there is the training and dry fire practice.  Unfortunately, I’ve developed time and again, a horrible disgusting pain in my elbow that sometimes is unbearable.  And I’m not alone.  Millions of people suffer from tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow or something called shooter’s elbow.  This is tendonitis or more appropriately tendinosis. 

My guest today is an expert in healing the walking wounded.  Whether it’s tennis elbow, back pain or neck pain, Chad Reilly has been a physical therapist for over 11 years and he’s also a Master class shooter.  Chad placed 12th in the USPSA National Championship back in 2011 and has developed a treatment that has cured some of the top professional shooters as well as SWAT personnel.

Chad’s approach is not only based in logic but through his clinical studies and evidence based research.  He doesn’t regurgitate the old treatment of rest, ice and massage simply because science has now shown those techniques will not work for this problem.

As I currently suffer from a severe case of tennis elbow I get evaluated by Chad and he comes up with a plan that I will try and of course, report my results over on the Firearms Nation Facebook page.

This is a fascinating interview with lots of great advice to help all of you or someone you know who has this same problem.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://www.absolutept.com/

https://spinalflowyoga.com/

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FNP 073 : Hana Bilodeau - Proving hard work pay off!

Jul 27, 2018 57:47

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. I’ve been fortunate in my competitive shooting career to be a part of a gun manufacturer’s factory team.  From 2014-2016 I was a part of Team Sig or Sig Sauer and from that team I met a variety of folks from the company.  One of them was an instructor from the Sig Academy who had a background in the Federal Air Marshal service.  Hana Bilodeau started as a local police officer then moved on to become an Air Marshal.  Being in that position brought her to the attention of the academy who then hired her full time.  More recently Hana was promoted to Director of Training for all of Sig Sauer.

Closer to home, Hana was part of the 2017 Shooter’s Summit.  She is a contributing writer for RECOIL magazine and now has been shooting videos for shows on some big named cable networks.  Hana’s specialty was teaching female shooters and we get into some of the obstacles she had to overcome as a female in a male dominated industry.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Sig Academy bio

SIG

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FNP 072 : Steve Anderson - Why We Like Losing

Jul 20, 2018 01:08:54

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. I just got back from shoot ing the 2018 IPSC US Nationals at the Universal Shooting Academy and first off, I have to say this was an excellent match and thanks to Frank Garcia and Shannon Smith plus all the range officers for putting on the match.  This is a very important match as it serves as one of the qualifiers to be a part of the next World Shoot coming up in a couple years.  I believe it’s going to be in Thailand.  IPSC rules are different than USPSA rules which is the action pistol sports that I compete in.  I still feel that competition is the best way to get better at shooting.  But that leads me to today’s podcast.

One of the big takeaways from the match was the constant negativity that I heard from other competitors.  Everyone would only talk about their misses or other screw ups.  How their time sucked, or they screwed up their stage plan.  Even worse when someone gave them a complement, that person would down play it and again bring up their mistakes.  Why can’t we focus on the positive?  What is this fascination with being a loser?

I bring back on the show, Steve Anderson who is one of the top instructors who talks a lot about the mental game and the keys to being successful.  Steve has written three books on the subject and also has his own podcast, That Shooting Show, which discusses in detail, between Van Halen breaks, how we need to know what our level of participation is and define success.  Steve also has been on the Shooter’s Summit and I knew after hearing about all this misery…that I needed to discuss what we can do to change our mental programing. 

Links mentioned in the show:

http://www.andersonshooting.com/

http://shop.andersonshooting.com/Books/

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Audio Replay of Firearms Nation Live - With Shannon Smith

Jul 16, 2018 01:10:47

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This week I was prepping for the 2018 IPSC US Nationals which was held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL.  The match director was Shannon Smith who always puts on a terrific competition.  I recently had Shannon on my second YouTube live stream and this is the audio replay from that show.  The focus of the show was shooting the red dot sight for competition or duty/everyday carry.  We also get into some match specific advice after taking questions from the audience.  I'll be doing more live shows so stay tuned on Facebook (Firearms Nation) where I do most of my posting.

 

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FNP 070 : Range Talk on Red Dots - Jon Dufresne and Scott Jedlinski

Jul 6, 2018 44:23

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Jon Dufresne and Scott Jedlinski are two up in coming instructors.  They are the new generations of firearms preachers who take what is known about shooting and format it to a more modern approach.

Jon is a former Army Ranger who now teaches for Sage Dynamics and for Frank Proctor.  Jon not only was a guest of the podcast but was a Shooter’s Summit instructor.   

Scott Jedlinski or “Jedi” teaches under his own company, Modern Samurai Project and is an avid Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and master class competitive shooter.

Both teach classes with the red dot sight on pistols and that’s where I was with them. 

On today’s podcast, I’m recording a different kind of interview.  I interview both Jon and Jedi after day one of the Modern Samurai Project’s Red Dot Pistol Course at the awesome Homestead Training Center in Homestead FL.

So a couple of notes.  Yes, this is being recorded on a live range at the end of the day and “That Guy” showed up at the very end to shoot in the next bay.  He had to dump his ammo.  So that being said, there will be some gunshots in the background.  Also, I learned that the type of mic you use on a range is important and I had to use some noise reduction on Jon’s and Jedi’s tracks..so you don’t need to tell me your heard some hiss in the background.  You might not notice it.

I’m learning the red dot myself and I’ll be competing with it and this year’s IPSC Nationals next week.  Lots of knowledge bombs in the range podcast.  Enjoy…

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Sage Dynamics

Modern Samurai Project

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FNP 069 : North Hollywood Shootout - John Caprarelli

Jun 29, 2018 01:34:05

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There have been a few events in law enforcement history that went on to change policies across police departments.  On February 28th, 1997, the North Hollywood Shootout would leave a gaping wound of how outgunned police really were.

In the second episode of the Deconstructing Gunfight series, I talk with former Los Angeles Police Department officer John Caprarelli who was one of the responding officers that fateful day.  John had spent 15 years as a police officer and had been in various units but nothing would have prepared him for what he was going to face that day.

Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu were a pair of bank robbers who had escalated to murder during a previous heist.  Their acts of violence got worse each time they committed another robbery.  On Feb. 28th, 1997 they hit the Bank of America in North Hollywood.  They were prepared.  Each of the men were covered in layers of body armor and both carried fully automatic rifles and hundreds of rounds.  The LAPD had handguns and shotguns.  What follows is a first hand account that comes from the book John wrote called “Uniform Decisions”.

In this second episode I’ll find out what is was like to face men who had no regard for life or the law.  Men who would rather die than get caught.  We also discuss the aftermath and the wounds not just of the body but of the mind and John’s second fight, the fight with PTSD. 

It was truly an honor to speak to John who now enjoys retirement about what it was like to be there amid the rounds flying through the air and a city on edge in this second episode of Deconstructing Gunfights.

Links mentioned in the show:

John's website

"Uniform Decisions" by John Caprarelli

Helicopter footage of the shootout

Audio dispatch from LAPD

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FNP 068 : Josh Froelich - Shotgun Secrets from the World Champ

Jun 22, 2018 01:07:04

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  Imagine you start competing in the shooting sports about 4 years ago.  Imagine you decide to start shooting shotgun exclusively in competition.  Imagine you go to the IPSC World Shoot for Shotgun earlier this month and finally, imagine waking up on June 11th to find out your the World Champion.  Josh Froelich didn’t have to imagine any of this…he lived it.

Josh always had a competitive gene in his body that made him play sports growing up.  In fact he supported himself and paid for college not by working at a fast food restaurant but by fighting professionally in MMA.  But something happened in 2014.  Josh decided he wanted to be better at shooting and went to his local IDPA match and the shooting gene kicked in.  Fast forward a second and it’s June 2018 where he’s standing on the podium in France representing his country as a gold medal winner in the Open Division.

I get to talk to Josh about his journey and the World Shoot.  We also discuss the little things like how he won matches and how to shoot the dot in Open or Carry Optics, and of course..how to be fast (which is why you’re  in Open anyways).

I found Josh to be down to Earth as most people from the Mid-West tend to be.  Hardworking, devoted and willing to get the job done with a bunch of practice. 

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://www.facebook.com/onlyshootopen/

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FNP 067 : Brian Enos - Zen Master of Shooting (Summit Replay)

Jun 15, 2018 01:11:53

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Brian Enos is considered to be one of most critical thinkers in the realm of handgun shooting.  In 1990 he wrote the book (link below) "Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals" which is the collection of over ten years of notes and ideas Brian had regarding pistol shooting and competition.

Brian was raised in Ohio but moved to Arizona to work at the State Prison where he first learned about shooting competitions.  Soon the bug of shooting hit him and he shot a PPC (Police Practical Combat) match and then he quickly moved to IPSC competitions.  At his first match he met Rob Leatham and they became friends and training partners.  The two dominated the local and state matches and then they went national shooting Steel Challenge.  Brian's journey continued and he realized he enjoyed a different kind of match such as the Bianchi Cup, The Masters and the Sportsman's Team Challenge.  He won the Bianchi Cup in 1983 and 1984 and the Masters in 1989 plus he was a five time member of the Sportsman's Team Challenge National championship.  He also qualified for the US Gold Team for IPSC multiple years.

Brian was a sponsored shooter for many years but in 1991 he left his sponsors and Bianchi Cup matches for the new USPSA and it's new Limited Division.  He shot USPSA and Steel Challenge until 2000 and then won multiple Area and National championships.  In the year 2000 he retired from competition and built a website and forum (Enos Forum) which is the largest competitive shooting forum on the internet.

Brian also developed a gun lubricant "Slide-Glide" which has the ability to stay on parts and protect firearms from wear and corrosion.  It also softens felt recoil in pistols.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Enos Forums

brianenos.com

"Practical Shooting - Beyond Fundamentals"

2017 Shooter's Summit Homepage

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FNP 066 : Audio Replay of Firearms Nation Live - With Yong Lee

Jun 8, 2018 01:15:56

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This is the audio from the Live Session with Yong Lee in Podcast form.  Yong sat down with me to discuss in detail the red dots on pistols, something that I'm very interested in.  He also takes a bunch of questions from the audience regarding sights, training techniques, holsters and much more.

If you are interested in being a part of a live show, stay tuned to Firearms Nation on YouTube or Facebook as I have more guests lined up to discuss shooting and red dots.  I'm making the move to red dots on both my competition gun and duty gun.  Follow my journey and start yours with Firearms Nation.

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FNP 065 : Jessie Harrison - Sponsorships and the Winning Mindset

Jun 1, 2018 01:05:34

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  One of the great parts of producing this podcast is getting to speak with world champions, elite soldiers and brand ambassadors.   I’m lucky today to bring back an extremely talented, super nice and professional sponsored shooter, Jessie Harrison.  Jessie first came on the the podcast back on Episode 7 which was recorded at the 2017 SHOT Show.  And just for the record for all you that fact check, I mention in todays podcast that I sat with Jessie in 2016, but as we get older, our memories get cloudier so keep that in mind (no pun).

So why am I bringing Jessie back on?  If you don’t know who she is, Jessie was the first grandmaster female shooter in USPSA.  The grandmaster classification is awarded to literally like 5% of all of the 30000 competitors.  The GMs are the top and some are considered professional shooters…meaning they get paid to shoot matches and be brand ambassadors.  A dream job for a lot of people, including me.  But for the most part we mortals would be happy getting sponsored for equipment or support and being able to throw the company logo on are shooting shirts.  Jessie and I discuss the pros and cons of sponsorship and what you can do to get sponsored.

We also talk about the stress of the mental game in shooting competition which is one of the only sports where the competitor is left to figure out how to shoot and compete on their own.  Hours of self-reflection and practice for a 10 to 30 second event.

I’m very pleased to talk to Jessie who is coming off of another steel challenge victory and is preparing for the World Steel Challenge in two weeks from the time this podcast is being recorded.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

https://www.metagroup.us/

https://www.taurususa.com/team-taurus.cfm

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FNP 064 : Deconstructing Gunfights - Jared Reston

May 25, 2018 01:02:20

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to be in a gunfight?  Chances are if you are listening to this podcast you might carry a gun on a daily basis.  You might be a competitive shooter or armed professional.  Either way anyone who has picked up a firearm has had the thought to themselves “what would I do?” 

This week I’m starting a new series of podcast episodes where I deconstruct gunfights and speak to subjects who were involved and walked away.  I get into the circumstances of the event and break down the play by play of the shooting.  The actions of the bad guys as well as the tactics the winners, not survivors, used to overcome the odds.  I’ll look at what lessons can be learned from the event so that you can develop your mindset and train accordingly.

I came up with this idea for the series after interviewing Scott Reitz on episode 57.  Scott, the former LAPD SWAT officer, was involved in five gunfights in his career and was able to teach the lessons he learned to his students.

On this first episode I’m also speaking with a law enforcement officer who’s been in multiple gunfights.  Jared Reston works for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and is a SWAT officer.  He is also a firearms instructor for his company the Reston Group.  On January 26th, 2008, Jared was working an off duty detail at a shopping mall when security notified him and his partner of two shoplifters attempting to flee.  One of the shoplifters ran away and Jared chased after him.  After catching up to the suspect, Jared got into a confrontation with him and thought he was punched in the face.  In reality the suspect had been able to draw his gun and shoot Jared in mouth.

Once Jared fell down an embankment, the suspect went in to finish Jared off, but Jared’s will to win kicked in and the gunfight was on.  Find out what Jared did to win on this first episode of Deconstructing Gunfights.

Special thanks to Dean Scoville.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://restongrouptraining.com/

Reston Group Facebook Page

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FNP 063 : Yong Lee - Shooting with Red Dot Sights

May 18, 2018 01:12:38

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Mini-red dot sights or just “red dots” on pistols is not a new thing, however, more and more people are finally adopting them.  Pretty much every handgun manufacturer is building optic ready guns and some are selling the guns with the optic already on it.  Carry Optics is a very popular division in USPSA with the other shooting sports following suit.  Instagram is also flooded with photos of tactical folk driving their gats with red dots and compensators.  But with all the new guns with optics, how does one learn to shoot them?

Well today I’m glad to welcome back the crowd favorite, the keeper of the title with most downloaded podcast, SWAT officer, firearms trainer, and 4 division grandmaster..Yong Lee.

I’ve known Yong for many years and shot with him when we were on Team SIG together.  Yong also was a speaker on the first Shooter’s Summit.  One of the most distinguishing facets about Yong is his ability to shooter extremely fast and accurate.  I’ll link to his YouTube channel so you can see him shooting and you’ll be amazed at the superhuman trigger speed he can produce.

Yong is currently teaching an instructor course for his department on transitioning officers to using red dot pistol on duty.  I’m also in the process myself of getting a red dot for work and competition so I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to pick his brain.  As more people go to the red dots, we need to train so we can be just as proficient as Yong…well, maybe just be proficient. 

Links mentioned in the episode:

Yong’s YouTube channel

Yong shooting a match with 35 yard plate rack

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FNP 062 : Charlie Perez - Path to Focused Effort

May 11, 2018 01:06:08

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  What makes one person go on to achieve the highest level in their endeavors or hobbies always fascinates me.  Whether it’s getting a black belt or making grandmaster in competitive shooting, the practice and talent always seem to get together.  For some, the goal is elusive and unattainable but for a few, they can achieve it and sometimes at an accelerated pace.

Charlie Perez is one such individual.  Charlie, like me, came to competitive pistol shooting later in life and he went from unclassified or novice to grandmaster in 18 months.  It wasn’t just that he out practiced everyone.  It’s that his nature is very analytical and he understood exactly what he needed to practice instead of copying the standard routines of drawing the gun and reloads.

Charlie also went on to become a top level competitor in the sport of USPSA or practical shooting where we “run and gun” with pistols.  Along the way and years later, Charlie now is an instructor and just released his first book on shooting and competition called “Path to Focused Effort”.  You don’t have to be into competition to listen to some interesting nuggets on shooting especially his complete analysis on the shooting grip and what misunderstanding there are out there regarding it.  He also talks about shooting sooner rather than faster which I think puts everything into perspective.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://bigpandaperformance.com/

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FNP 061 : Garrett TeSlaa - Be the One

May 4, 2018 56:38

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast.  I’ve always been fascinated by people who have a full time job but then pursue other ventures such as creating a podcast.  Something that I can totally relate to.  I have always been a fan of the podcasting space and gave up on terrestrial radio 15 years ago when I started to patrol on the midnight shift.  Listening to podcasts helped pass the time plus there were no annoying ads.  One of the podcasts I listen to now is called the Squad Room hosted by Garrett TeSlaa who is a sergeant at a sheriff’s department in Southern California.

The Squad Room podcast has interesting guest who cover all aspects of personal development specifically for law enforcement officers but the ideas and strategies can be applied to everyday civilians.  Wether it’s how to get better sleep or what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a gunfight, this podcast does an excellent job of transmitting quality information.

Garrett shares a similar story of how he became a cop and the choices he makes each day when out patrolling the streets.  I found the interview fascinating and once your are done with my show, please check out the Squad Room Podcast, especially if you are or going to be working in law enforcement. 

Links mentioned in the interview:

http://www.thesquadroom.net/

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FHP 060 : KC Eusebio - Speed Shooting Through Life

Apr 27, 2018 01:01:49

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Welcome back to the Firearms Nation Podcast. My guest today is by far one of the fastest shooters in competition.  KC Eusebio started shooting at the ripe old age of 9 years old and made the rank of Grandmaster in USPSA at 12 which still is a record. He is a National and World Champion and holds many speed steel, also known as Steel Challenge records for the fastest times.  KC was selected for the prestigious US ARMY Marksmanship Unit or AMU and enlisted for a four year tour of duty.  There he trained other soldiers as well as help the recruitment operations of the Army.  When he discharged he signed on to TEAM GLOCK and shot for them for three years and over 40 competitions around the world.

Now KC has his own training company which he founded with another speed shooter and first lady of shooting, Jessie Harrison.  Their company, MetaGroup, started teaching civilians, LE and military personnel in not only pistol skills but long range rifle and tactical medicine.  They have their first Meta Group Skills Summit coming up in this October where for three days students will be provided guns and ammo and can focus on learning all sorts of skillsets to be a better shooter.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

https://www.metagroup.us/

https://steelchallenge.com/

http://www.zevtechnologies.com/

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FNP 059 : Bob Keller - The Basics Are Cool

Apr 21, 2018 01:09:52

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Have you ever wondered what you would do or how you would react to being in an actual gunfight?  What kind of training do you do to prepare for it?  Do you have the mindset to win?  It would be nice to know the answers to those questions..well today my guest has been “down range” as they say and can tell you what you need.  You need to be well versed in the basics of shooting.  Simple as that.

My guest is Bob Keller who is currently a firearms instructor for his company, Gamut Resolutions.  Bob is a veteran of US Army Special Operations and completed several deployments overseas where he engaged in combat against the enemy.  When he retired he saw that there was an abundance of training over social media that focused on matters that don’t really help you in live fire engagements and decided to put up his shingle and teach law enforcement and civilians what they needed to do to win if they ever needed to defend themselves with a firearm.

In addition to his training company, Bob also has several videos with Pantaeo Productions on rifle and handgun and recently introduced a signature rifle that just hit the market.

When talking to Bob it was apparent he has a laid back personality with the confidence of a man who has nothing to prove.  His enforcement of the basics and the simplicity of getting it done, comes from being someone who analyzed what works and what doesn’t and now can transmit it back to his students.  I agree with that philosophy and believe you should take that attitude with everything you do so you can throw out the fluff that while might be fun, doesn’t help you excel towards mastery.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

http://gamutresolutions.com/

Bob's Rifle DVD

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FNP 058 : Shannon Smith - Using Competition for Tactical Shooting (2017 Shooter's Summit Replay)

Apr 13, 2018 01:05:26

Description:

This podcast is a replay from the 2017 Shooter's Summit.  The Shooter's Summit brings together over 30 of the top firearms instructors, both from the competition and tactical worlds, to help you become a better shooter.

Shannon Smith – Is a veteran of the US Army where he also spent 6 years in special operations in the 2nd Ranger Battalion.  He was honored to be a team leader and sent to numerous schools in firearms, leadership and small unit tactics.  He also discovered competitive shooting while stationed in the state of Washington.

Shannon is a Grandmaster shooter in USPSA (United States Pistol Association) and works for the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL.  There he coordinates multiple major shooting events each year for USPSA, Steel Challenge and 3 Gun.

He is also ranked as one of the top competitors in USPSA who also was on Team USA at the 2008 World Shoot.

Shannon teaches military, law enforcement and civilians at Universal Shooting Academy.  He recently started his own Podcast “Shannon Smith Shooting” which can be found on iTunes.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

https://shooterssummit.com/

http://www.shannonsmithshooting.com/

http://universalshootingacademy.com/

FNP 057 : Scott Reitz - Winning a Gunfight

Apr 6, 2018 01:11:17

Description:

Welcome back to another episode of the firearms nation podcast.  In the world of law enforcement, tactical firearms instruction and SWAT teams, one man stands out as a leader in all those arenas.  Scott Reitz served on the LAPD for 30 years.  Scott started on patrol and worked his way to the Special Problems Unit, which handled the druggies and other issues in the Wilshire and Van Nuys divisions.  From there he made “Metro” which is an elite division in the LAPD and then finally after about ten years he got on the SWAT team.

The history of law enforcement comes from departments like the LAPD or NYPD and it’s important to remember the cases and shootouts that formed tactical training including firearms.  Scott or “Uncle Scotty” was in five shootings durning his career and learned not only the technical skills, but the overwhelming legal battles that will follow any gunfight whether you are a cop or civilian.  In fact, Scott now serves as an expert in deadly force and testifies in many federal and superior court trials.

I had the pleasure of having Uncle Scotty train me almost ten years ago and the lessons I took away from that class were incorporated into almost every training class I taught as a firearms instructor.  To this day, I still remember some nuggets that have kept me alive when dealing with the criminals on the streets. 

We also talk about his book “The Art of Modern Gunfighting Vol.1” and the sequel coming out later this year.

This podcast is brought to you by the Shooter’s Summit.  Both the 2016 and 2017 Summits can be purchased online that provide over 40 hours of interviews with the top firearms instructors.  Go to www.shooterssummit.com to find out more information.

Links mentioned on the show:

http://internationaltactical.com/index.html

FNP 056 : Stephen Halbrook - Gun Control in the Third Reich

Mar 30, 2018 01:13:03

Description:

This podcast is a little different than the normal fare as I discuss a dark time in the world’s history.  I was given a copy of the book, Gun control in the third reich several years ago and was moved after reading it.  The author, Stephen Halbrook, is a well regarded attorney who has argued cases in front of the Supreme Court and won.  Stephen is also somewhat of a historian and has written several books including this one.

Nazi Germany brings up a slew of emotions from hatred to sorrow depending on your preceptive.  The book begins immediately after the first world war when Germany was in turmoil and violence was on the rise.  Gun laws were passed that were severe but also began the process of registration of ownership.  Something that would later haunt the populace especially the Jewish Germans.  The warnings were there that lists of gun owners could fall into the wrong hands of an extremist group…and that’s exactly what happened. 

So I ask you to come with me as I go back to the 1920 and 30s in Germany were we discover one of the major aspects to why Hitler and his Nazi party were so successful..

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://stephenhalbrook.com/

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FNP 055 : Steve Tarani - Using Your Mind to Stay Safe

Mar 23, 2018 01:11:39

Description:

Steve Tarani is the first person to be interviewed twice on the Firearms Nation Podcast!  Steve is a rather imposing fellow, tall, strong and well versed in multiple ways to take you down.  He has studied numerous martial arts, mostly from the devastating knife arts of the Philippines and Indonesia or Eskrima and Silat.  Steve also mastered the firearm arts and became an instructor at Gunsite which is the start of modern combat training.  Professionally, Steve worked for the CIA and other Federal and Military divisions doing..”work” that can’t be talked about on open forums.  I really don’t care what he did but I do know he currently works by teaching, writing books and protecting clients.  I’m just glad that he’s on “our” side.  Today we talk about knives and concepts from his new book “Your Most Powerful Weapon – Using Your Mind to Stay Safe”.

Links mentioned in episode:

www.stevetarani.com

By the book on Amazon:

Your Most Powerful Weapon - Using Your Mind to Stay Safe

FNP 054 : Phil Strader - Never Look Back

Mar 17, 2018 01:05:56

Description:

Today I was joined by Phil Strader who is currently the Pistol Product Manager at Sig Sauer, which makes some of the finest firearms in the world.  Phil is the spearhead of the new P320 series of striker fired handguns that have been taking the market to task.  With this pistol Sig got the Army pistol contract and more recently was awarded the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) contract.  It is the gun I shoot with and carry every day.  Last year the gun was surrounded by controversy over failing a certain unmeasured drop safety test.  I talk to Phil about this and how Sig overcame the issue.

Phil previously not only worked for Remington, but was the past president of the USPSA who, under his tenure, brought about some major changes including the Carry Optics division.  Phil also started his career as a law enforcement officer working for the Capitol Police.  Oh, and along the way he's won major shooting championships and we talk about being a winner.

Links mentioned in the show:

https://www.sigsauer.com/

https://uspsa.org/

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FNP 052 : Shane Coley - The All American

Mar 9, 2018 01:06:03

Description:

Shane Coley is the son of a law enforcement officer who grew up in Mississippi playing baseball and football.  But what Shane really liked was going to the range with dad and learning how to shoot.  Soon Shane began competing in USPSA and started winning matches.  That caught the eyes of the scouts from the Army Marksmanship Unit who recruited Shane to enlist.  Shane spent seven years in the Army and when he left, Shane was fortunate enough to be hired by Glock, Inc. to be Team Captain.  Shane enjoys the life of a professional shooter and also incorporates Crossfit into his training.  Shane learned early on that the body should be a peak performance to settle the mind and win matches.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

https://us.glock.com/

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FNP 052 : Julie Golob - Nice Girls Finish First

Mar 2, 2018 56:40

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Julie Golob is a professional shooter who is sponsored by Smith and Wesson.  She grew up competing in practical shooting and was selected to be a part of the elite Army Marksmanship Unit whose mission was too recruit and enhance various units inside the Army with their shooting.  Julie left the military and competes now in USPSA, IDPA, 3 Gun and NRA Action Pistol.  Julie also finds time to be a mother to two daughters and became a writer.  Her most recent book is a gun safety book for children, a cause dear to her heart.  Currently she was nominated to run for the Board of Directors of the NRA where she (if elected) wants to help the NRA modernize their shooting sports and get more members involved.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://www.juliegolob.com/

https://home.nra.org/

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FNP 051 : John McClain - Mr. Fun Guy

Feb 23, 2018 01:08:05

Description:

John McClain is a funny guy.  He is known for wearing very loud golf pants on the shooting range not to intimidate his competitors, but rather to have…fun.  What a concept?  Having fun while shooting.  This tactic also is proven to help people during competition.  John started late getting into firearms but once he started shooting at the range, he knew this was for him.  Now John is a grandmaster shooter in USPSA and also competes in 3 Gun.  John currently works for Armscor.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://armscor.com/

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FNP 050 : Iain Harrison - From Top SHOT to RECOIL Magazine

Feb 16, 2018 01:19:06

Description:

Iain Harrison holds the title of being the first winner of the shooting reality TV show Top SHOT!  Iain used that victory to enter the world of firearms and began working in the industry doing PR at the laser grip company CrimsonTrace.  According to Iain, he was always the type of person who took advantage of being at the right place at the right time and was chosen to be the editor-in-chief at the new RECOIL magazine which now is the most popular and influential gun magazine on the market.  He now sits on top of three other successful sister magazines and launched RECOILweb to bring more to shooting world.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://www.recoilweb.com/

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FNP 049 : Michael Bane - Catching up with Michael

Feb 9, 2018 47:05

Description:

For the past three years at SHOT Show, I've been lucky to sit down with Michael Bane who is a media mogul in the shooting world.  Michael produces pretty much all of the top gun shows on the Outdoor Channel like, BEST DEFENSE, GUN STORIES with Joe Mantegna, SHOOTING GALLERY as well as his podcast and webshow on DOWN RANGE TV.  In addition, Michael is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to firearms, ammunition and history in the gun world.  I always feel honored that he shares this with me on an otherwise busy schedule but I also enjoy getting his take on the political world.  If you are interested in hearing about new products as well as conspiracy theories, press play now..

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://www.downrange.tv/blog/

http://outdoorchannel.com/

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FNP 048 : Mike Foley - State of USPSA 2018

Feb 2, 2018 01:01:54

Description:

Mike Foley is the President of the US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) going on his third year.  The first year he had to deal with the problems from the previous administration.  Year two started his agenda and now in year three, this is Mike's presidency.  There are several pressing issues that the 30,000 plus members are very concerned about.  Mike took the time at the 2018 SHOT Show to sit down with me for an interview and addressing those pressing issues.  I hope it answers some questions you have on how Mike is doing.

Links mentioned in episode:

https://uspsa.org/

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FNP 047 : Adam Kraut - Running for the NRA Board

Jan 27, 2018 01:04:33

Description:

Adam Kraut is running for the NRA Board of Directors.  Adam is a lawyer and worked at a gun store before he got into the arena of political action.  Adam has shot firearms since he was a child and currently works on concealed carry issues in his state.

The election is in about two months so I wanted to discuss some of the issues with Adam to get his take on it.  Adam is younger than most of the current board but he brings fresh ideas to a out of touch organization.

The NRA is the gun lobby and has a lot of power but like them or not, they carry the mantle of all firearms owners.

Links mentioned:

http://www.adamkraut.com/

https://home.nra.org/

 

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FNP 046 : Dave Hartman - 3 Guns are Better Than One

Jan 19, 2018 01:08:43

Description:

My guest today is Dave Hartman who is the host of the 3Gun Show podcast https://3gunshow.com/ which is a weekly show covering matches as well as interviewing the people in the 3 Gun world.  Dave had a corporate job out of college and after a 3 gun match one day, he decided to throw it all away and travel the county shooting and interviewing people.  He's been travelling for 3 years now and the hobby has become his business.  In today's show, Dave teaches how to get into 3 Gun and which organization to join.  Also, Dave discusses his firearms setup and why it works for him.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://3gunshow.com/2017/11/07/160-the-importance-of-vision-with-jerry-miculek-3gs-greatest-hits/

 

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FNP 045 : Ava Flanell - The Gunfunny Business

Jan 13, 2018 56:41

Description:

 

Ava Flanell is the host of the Gun Funny Podcast and is the owner and instructor at Elite Firearms and Training in Colorado.  Ava became an instructor after leaving the fast paced world of New York City and move back to Colorado after her mother (who was also a firearms instructor) passed away.  Ava learned to shoot from her mother and took on the mantle of becoming a very successful firearms instructor herself, which is her full time job.  On the part time she produces and hosts the Gun Funny Podcast where she and her host, Shawn Herrin talk to other members of the firearms world and get in a prank call as well.  Ava has worked her way up in the male dominated firearms world and is a very down to Earth role model.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Gun Funny Podcast https://gunfunny.com/

Elite Firearms and Training https://elitefirearmsandtraining.com/

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FNP 044 : Kerry Davis - Stop the bleeding!

Jan 6, 2018 01:01:11

Description:

 

Kerry Davis also know as “Pocket Doc” is a former ER Medic in the United States Air Force, from 1991 to 2007.  While he was serving, he also was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC as a flight medic.  Once he retired from the Air Force, he became a civilian paramedic and then worked as a RN in a critical care and emergency room.  Kerry is also a shooter who previously taught for Magpul Dynamics and currently is part time with the Sig Sauer Academy where he teaches both firearms and his class, “Bullets and Bandages”.

Dark Angel Medical

Sig Sauer Academy

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FNP 043 : Wayne Dobbs - The 4th Rule

Dec 30, 2017 01:00:25

Description:

This is a 2017 Shooter’s Summit replay on a fascinating topic..the 4th Rule in gun safety.  Col. Jeff Cooper created the 4 Rules that appear at every gun range, firearms book or DVD and even on some YouTube videos.  Violate any of the rules and you could have a catastrophic event.  Wayne talks about the 4th rule (Be aware of what’s in front of your target and beyond it) and why it’s so important to people who carry a gun for a living or self-defense.

The Summit is over but check on this website for opportunities to pick up the All Access Pass which will get you all the videos as a reference.

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FNP 041 : BJ Norris - The Fastest Man of Steel

Dec 23, 2017 01:08:30

Description:

BJ Norris is a several time World Champion and National Champion in Steel Challenge.  He started shooting at the age of 11 and went on to win the Junior National Championship three years later.

He is also a world record holder for having the fastest score in history in a Steel Challenge World Championship in the Limited division.  Currently, BJ works for Freedom Munitions as the marketing manager.

BJ also competes in 3 Gun and is sponsored by Wilson Combat.  He also runs a membership site to help people become better shooters called My Gun Tips.

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FNP 041 : Arik Levy - Replay from Concealed Carry Podcast

Dec 15, 2017 01:17:05

Description:

Arik Levy is well...me.  I was fortunate enough to be a guest on the Concealed Carry Podcast with Riley Bowman.  You might remember Riley as a guest on my podcast and he'll also be one of the 31 speakers on the 2017 Shooter's Summit!

The 2017 Shooter's Summit will launch on Dec. 17th till the 23rd.  Sign up now so you won't miss a session.  Go to www.shooterssummit.com today to register.

FNP 040 : 2017 Shooter's Summit Preview

Dec 8, 2017 13:19

Description:

This is a short preview of some of the content you'll get on the 2017 Shooter's Summit.  Over 30 of the top firearms instructors discuss all sorts of topics:  competitive shooting, every day carry, shooting around vehicles, getting women into shooting and much more.  

Some of the instructors include: Brian Enos, Ben Stoeger, Bob Vogel, Eric Grauffel, Steve Anderson, William Petty, Rob Pincus, Hana Bilodeau, Annette Evans, John Johnston, Melody Lauer, Patrick Kelly, Keith Garcia, Wayne Dobbs, Jon Dufresne and the list goes on..

Go to www.shooterssummit.com to claim your FREE ticket.  Hurry, the Summit launches December 17th through the 23rd.  Sign up today!

FNP 039 : Randy Lee - Apex Tactical Master Gunsmith

Dec 2, 2017 01:00:50

Description:

Randy Lee is the president and gunsmith at Apex Tactical, a company that specializes in gun parts for pistols.  Apex took off when they introduced a replacement sear for the Smith and Wesson M&P pistol line which made those gun shoot much better with a better trigger pull.  From that moment on, Apex Tactical was always the go to part for any M&P and now Glock, CZ and even FN.  Apex further their skills by releasing a “Apex Grade” barrel for the M&P which is capable of a sub inch group at 25 yards!

What I learned from Randy was: Flat triggers can help you with your trigger pull 2) that adjustable rear sights can be used for every day carry and 3) Apex Tactical is working on their own HANDGUN!  I can’t wait to see what that will look and shoot like.  Congrats Randy…

Links mentioned in the episode:

www.apextactical.com

Also, great news!

The 2017 Shooter’s Summit launches on Dec. 17th and runs through Dec. 23rd.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Enos!  Sign up to listen to 30 of the top firearms instructors from all sides of the house.  The content this year is amazing so you don’t want to miss it.

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FNP 038 : Yong Lee - 2016 Shooter's Summit Replay

Nov 25, 2017 01:04:17

Description:

This is a replay from the 2016 Shooter's Summit with 4 division Grandmaster in USPSA, Yong Lee.  Yong is also a full time law enforcement officer, firearms instructor and SWAT team leader.  He is certified as an instructor for the Force Science Institute and teaches officers not only how to shoot better but survive a gunfight.

The 2017 Shooter's Summit is going to be released on December 17th through the 23rd.  There will be over 30 instructors discussing various concepts in shooting not only performance improvements.  Stay tuned on Facebook "Shooter's Summit", the Firearms Nation website (firearmsnation.com) or go to Shooterssummit.com.

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FNP 037 : Scott Jedlinski - Red Dot Jedi Master

Nov 17, 2017 59:15

Description:

Scott Jedlinski also known as “Jedi” which is a very cool nickname to have, better than “gopher”..Scott is the brains and teacher for the Modern Samurai Project which is his training company.  His primary focus is teaching students the fundamentals of shooting their handguns with mini red dot sights or RDS.  Red dots on handguns are here and will be the future of shooting.  Jedi also competes in USPSA as a Master class shooter in Carry Optics.  He uses competition as a way to becoming a better shooter.

Scott is a strong proponent of hand to hand combat and regularly studies Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  The similarity between BJJ and shooting is something Jedi teaches to his students.  Finally, Scott is a sponsored shooter and shoots for Agency Arms with their Glock 34. 

Three takeaways from today’s episode are 1) proving that red dot sights can shoot fine in the rain 2) Cat Crap is not from the litter box but is actually a great product that keeps glass from fogging up and 3) you can run a compensated pistol as an every day carry gun.

I am very excited to bring you an up in coming instructor today, so let’s get into the interview.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://www.modernsamuraiproject.com/

redhilltactical.com

www.agencyarms.com

www.f3tactical.com

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The 2017 Shooter’s Summit launches on Dec. 17th! 

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FNP 036 : Alan Normandy - The Battle Comper

Nov 10, 2017 53:40

Description:

Alan Normandy is the brains and CEO of Battle Comp Enterprises which makes one of the most successful muzzle devices for AR-15 rifles.  It’s called, well, the Battle Comp which is short for compensator.  For the uninitiated, having a compensator allows gas to leave the rifle in a designed fashion.  The Battle Comp made the rifle shoot with minimal muzzle rise and had a decent flash reducer.  The timing was right and the internet helped skyrocket the comp to be a best seller. 

 

But who is Alan Normandy.  Alan served for 28 years as a police officer in South San Francisco.  When he retired, he was a Lieutenant overseeing patrol and the Neighborhood Response Team.  He also served on the departments SWAT Team and held a variety of duties during his tenure.  Alan also found fame as a consultant for the very popular “Mythbusters” TV show which aired on the Discovery Channel.

 

Alan is passionate about the gun community and it’s rights. 

 

I’ve known Alan for many years and from the first time I spoke to him on the phone I could tell he believed in his customers, his partners and his community.  I’m pleased to bring you some insight into the man behind Battle Comp.

 

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://battlecomp.com/ 

 

Also,

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FNP 035 : Brian Wilson - Build a Better Mousetrap

Nov 3, 2017 56:15

Description:

Brian Wilson, not the singer, is the brain in charge at UM Tactical, a firearms accessory company.  Brian is an insightful designer who worked in both the auto and home industries before falling into the world of firearms.  By finding a solution to mounting a red dot on his handgun led him to rethinking parts on guns to make them run better.

Along the way UM Tactical has won numerous design awards.  Brian is constantly innovating and also sponsors some top 3 Gun Shooters including the winning Keith Garcia.

In talking with Brian the takeaways are 1) when using a red dot on your handgun you should make sure that if it comes off that it retains it’s zero 2) how it’s now possible to tune a muzzle break to the shooter and make the gun shoot flatter and 3) why customer service can help your company stand out in a crowded market.

I was lucky to get a discount code from UM Tactical for their products.  Stay tuned to the end of the episode to get that code.

 

Links mentioned in the show:

https://www.umtactical.com

https://www.instagram.com/umtactical/

 

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FNP 034 : Ashely Rheuark - Team Glock's Young Ambassador

Oct 28, 2017 48:11

Description:

My guest today has had an amazing shooting career…at the age of 19.  Ashley Rheuark is a USPSA National Champion as well as a IDPA Distinguished Master.  Ashley shoots not only USPSA and IDPA, but is a very strong competitor in 3-Gun.  Since she became sponsored by the legendary Taran Butler, her talents thrived in competition, slamming down rifle stages like men two decades older than her.

 

Three takeaways from today’s show are 1) why physical fitness is important to be a strong competitor 2) try to just shoot the match, no matter what size it is and that way you won’t feel the pressure and 3) how to use video analysis to nit-pick your faults so you can improve.

 

Ashley is a true ambassador to the shooting sports.

 

Links mentioned in the podcast:

https://www.facebook.com/AshleyRheuark.shooter/

https://us.glock.com/team/member/rheuark

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FNP 033 : Mason Lane - The Kid Can Shoot!

Oct 19, 2017 44:10

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I have to tell you there are not many people that make me feel old, but when I was talking to today’s guest, well that thought came into my mind.  The young Mason Lane, who is one of the top competitors in the country, has accomplished so many titles and yet is only in his early twenties.  You would think that someone so young would be arrogant and misbehaved but Mason comes from a disciplined family and was an Eagle Scout.  Ideals that I fear are becoming out of vogue and corny for some but I respect him for the path he is following.

Mason also had a great year. I recently was able to bring on a bunch of competitors, specifically in action pistol who put in a huge amount of practice and work.  Each one of them had the opportunity to go to the IPSC World Shoot which only happens every three years.  But I was very interested to hear Mason’s journey as he is pretty young to be shooting on the world stage.  Luckily for Mason, he is also sponsored by the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire.  The Sig Sauer Academy is one of the top training facilities in the United States and offer a ton of classes on a variety of shooting disciplines.

Three takeaways from today’s show are 1) why you need to use emotion in order to motivate you in training 2) why dry fire will take a so-so shooter and make them better and 3) to remember that if you are not having a good match or suck in practice, no one is going to remember that..but you.

Mason might be young but has a lot of great material.

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https://www.sigsaueracademy.com/

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FNP 032 : Ben Stoeger - The World Champion

Oct 13, 2017 50:19

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What is it like to be a world champion?  How much focus and dedication goes into performing at that level.  Could you do it?  Could you do it knowing this might be the last time you were able to go to a world championship?

Most competitive shooters in action pistol or USPSA (if you live in the US) know my guest as one of the best production class (that’s the somewhat stock guns) shooters.  Ben Stoeger has won 6 national championships (five of them back to back) but never took first on the world stage..until this year.  Ben achieved that goal but the win meant more to him.  Earlier this year he was diagnosed with cancer and had an operation to remove it.  Knowing that if it spread or reappeared he would never have the opportunity to get the world champion title.  Going into the World Shoot in France this year, Ben secretly kept that feeling to himself but he was under an extreme amount of pressure. 

In this episode three takeaways from Ben are 1) what is it like to compete under enormous pressure?  2)  Why getting a sponsorship doesn’t mean free stuff and 3) training in the environment where you’ll be competing will give you an edge over other competitors.

Ben has a reputation as a bad boy in USPSA but after knowing him and what he’s been through he comes across as a knowledgeable instructor and champion.

I’m very pleased to bring you my interview with Ben Stoeger… 

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Ben’s Website for classes.    http://www.benstoeger.com/

Ben’s Store.    http://benstoegerproshop.com/

Books and DVDs (affiliate)

“Dry Fire Reloaded” http://amzn.to/2yjtnGc

“Practical Pistol Reloaded” http://amzn.to/2g5s6bA

“Skills and Drills” http://amzn.to/2yjclI0

“Practical Pistol Foundations” DVD http://amzn.to/2ye9XR3

“Training to Win” DVD http://amzn.to/2xCaBpK

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FNP 031 : Hwansik Kim - Faith Based Shooting

Oct 6, 2017 57:14

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How do you go from being a computer playing kid to number 2 at a National Championship?  My guest today is Hwansik Kim, a 29 student raised in S. Korea.  Hwansik or “Chic” as his friends call him picked up a real firearm only four years ago and started competing a year later.  Today, he is sitting back after a great year taking 2nd at Optics Nationals and 5th at Iron Sight Nationals.  What kind of drive and determination does it take to rise to that level?

Chic also shoots for Walther Arms as a sponsored shooter in addition to being a full time student.  One thing I learned about Chic was how devoted to God and his faith he is after surviving a horrific car crash which changed his life.  Chic spends hours a day not only practicing but studying videos of athletes from a variety of sports just to pick up their techniques for success.

In this episode you’ll learn how you can dry practice WITHOUT a gun.  Why gripping the pistol as hard as you can will lead to predictable shots.  And finally, how to occupy your mind to control anxiety and emotion during a match.

Chic is by far one of the most dedicated competitors I’ve interviewed.

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https://www.hkimshooting.com/

“With Winning in Mind” by Lanny Bassham http://amzn.to/2yrLx9T (affiliate)

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FNP 030 : Shannon Campbell - The Private Security Contractor

Sep 29, 2017 57:25

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The name Blackwater brings out the mystic of the money for hired mercenary, traveling to a far land to get involved in things best left to tough men.  The thrill a minute job speeding through the streets of a non-permissive environment trying to protect your client while being shot at.  Who signs up for this kind of work?  What are the job requirements?

My guest today worked for the notorious Blackwater private security company.  Shannon Campbell was an avid martial artist who got into competitive shooting back in the early 90s.  Next thing he new, he was sitting in a van being taught how to protect high value ambassadors with teammates fresh out of the “Teams” or “Recon”.  Shannon thrived in this environment and spent years as a private security detail or PSD.  He left that side of the house and began working for a training company that specializes in teaching mostly State Department officials how to survive in areas of the world where the US is not the most liked.

On today's show, Shannon explains what it’s like to be shot at when driving in Baghdad, what it takes to become the type of person who earns up to $1000 a day working a security detail in a war zone and finally, why shooting competition helped him survive critical incidents by teaching him how to process information faster.

This is a rare look at a shadow world with one of it’s warriors. 

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FNP 029 : Shannon Smith - The Match Manager

Sep 21, 2017 01:14:28

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My guest this week is Shannon Smith.  Shannon just got back from the 2017 World Shoot in France.  The IPSC World Shoot takes place every three years and it’s comparable to the Olympics of the action shooting world.  Shannon is a grand master shooter in USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) shooting both open division (that’s the race guns with red dots on them) and limited division.

Shannon is a National Champion in USPSA, a US Steel National Champion and Pro Am Champion. In addition he is a 8 time Florida State Champion, and finished 3rd in the world in 2008 and 12th this year.

He is a professional shooter and works as the match director at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL.

Before he ventured into competitive shooting, Shannon was in the Army in Special Operations as a Ranger.  There he was involved in small unit tactics, firearms training and attended several major schools.

In this podcast we learn what it means to manage a match when shooting a competition.  What you should shoot the match your NOT ready for.  And, what’s more important to be a champion, skills or a mental game.

I’m excited to get this podcast out, so without further adieu, here is my interview with Shannon Smith…

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http://universalshootingacademy.com/

https://www.blackscorpiongear.com/

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FNP 028 : Aaron Cowan - Red Dot Sights for Everyone

Sep 16, 2017 01:01:37

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My guest this week is Aaron Cowan.  Aaron served in the Army and National Guard as an infantryman.  There he served as a rifleman and designated marksman in addition to learning small unit tactics and close quarter combat techniques.  After his service, Aaron became a private security contractor where he protected convoys, worked on personal protection details and also provided security during natural disasters.

Aaron also advanced into the realm of law enforcement and swat officer on the federal level.  He quickly became a trainer for his department and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association as well as a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.

Despite his tactical background, Aaron is also versed in the sciences and a voracious reader.  He credits his upbringing that taught him how to always be reading and writing which translates into Aaron being outspoken with his ideas. 

Aaron is the lead instructor for Sage Dynamics, a training company he founded that teaches civilians and law enforcement weapons proficiency and tactics.  Aaron also writes a blog which became a Youtube channel where he post regularly.

Aaron recently published a white paper on the use of Red Dot Sights on pistols which quickly spread across the internet.  To date, this document is one of the most thorough researched studies on red dot sights, which are the future of sighting for handguns.

On this podcast we find out why putting a red dot sight on your handgun will greatly enhance your shooting abilities.  How using a 3 dimensional target can help your practice program.  And finally, by solving the “why” in your shooting will better prepare you for an actual gunfight.

I’m excited to get this podcast out, so without further adieu, here is my interview with Aaron Cowan..

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FNP 027 : Caleb Giddings - Diary of an "F-list" Shooting Celebrity

Sep 6, 2017 56:15

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My guest this week is Caleb Giddings.  Most people first met Caleb when he was a contestant on the first season of the History Channel’s Top Shot series.  Before he was on the show, Caleb served in the Coast Guard and was a competitor in a variety of competitive shooting sports.  He is a Five Division Master in IDPA and also competes in USPSA and NRA Action Pistol.

After Top Shot, Caleb was part of Gun Nuts Media and worked in all forms of media for them. He was a host on the Powerfactor Show podcast and  More recently Caleb went back to the military and signed up as a reservist with the Air Force as a combat arms instructor, which is a perfect fit considering his background.  Caleb has some serious opinions on guns and gun ownership which he shares on his blog and YouTube channel.  He challenges the often phony or ridiculous claims perpetrated by internet commandos.  These challenges routinely lead to heated debates but Caleb stands by his opinions.

On this podcast we get into: what it was like to be on a top television show where you are not only tested on your shooting skills but also have to deal with the pressures of a dramatic reality show.  Also why carrying a round in the chamber of your handgun is a good idea and finally, what is the best plan of action when dealing with survival after a major natural disaster.

I’ve been wanting to have Caleb on for a while so sit back and let’s get into the interview…

Links mentioned in the podcast:

http://www.gunnuts.net/  (Blog)

https://darkstargear.com/ (good holsters)

http://www.history.com/shows/top-shot/videos/meet-caleb-giddings (Top Shot)

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FNP 026 : Shawn Ryan - The Vigilant Guardian

Aug 30, 2017 57:51

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My guest this week is former Navy SEAL Shawn Ryan.  Shawn served in both Iraq and Afghanistan on SEAL Teams 2 and 8.  Once he finished his deployments he left the Navy and took a contractor position working for the CIA overseas. 

Shawn has 14 years of combat experience and fighting terrorism.  While deployed he also help protect our athletes during the Olympics in Greece and developed a skill set to branch out on his own when he returned to the United States.  Shawn started his own training company Vigilance Elite where he not only teaches rifle and handgun shooting classes but also some tactics for survival to law enforcement and civilians.

Shawn also is an Outreach Consultant for Veterans Advocacy Services, a organization that helps and supports Special Operations vets.

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Vigilance Elite www.vigilanceelite.com

Veterans Advocacy Services http://veteransadvocacyservices.org/

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FNP 025 : Aaron Barruga - Using Guerrilla Tactics

Aug 22, 2017 44:09

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My guest this week is special forces veteran and firearms instructor Aaron Barruga.  After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan Aaron branched out to form his own training company, Guerrilla Approach.  He wants students to push themselves out of their comfort zone because that’s where the real learning begins.

Aaron also has made a name for himself publicly questioning current training techniques and norms that have been propagated specifically on the internet.  These challenges of course have rustled a bunch of feathers but the truths he professes are only beneficial to all shooters.

In this podcast Aaron explains the steps you need to take to respond if you are caught up in a terrorist attack, how to redefine what you see as training on instagram and use a critical eye and finally why competition will help you develop the tactical techniques you need as a shooter.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Guerrilla Approach https://guerrillaapproach.com/

Aaron’s Blog https://guerrillaapproach.com/blog/

Aaron’s DVD on Vehicle Tactics (affiliate link)

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FNP 024 : Mike Hughes - Next Level Thinking

Aug 15, 2017 31:15

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Mike Hughes is a force to reckon with.  He played college football before he went on to become a patent attorney.  Along the way he got into pistol competitions and soon developed a dry fire tool called the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger Training Pistol or SIRT pistol for short.  This tool is basically allowing people to dry practice with a trigger that can be adjusted and has two different color lasers coming out of it.  One red as the finger gets on the trigger and the other green as the shot breaks.  It is a great diagnostic tool for instructors as well.  The SIRT pistol comes both in a Glock and Smith and Wesson M&P styles and when I caught up with Mike at this years SHOT Show, he was proud to announce a Pocket Pistol form factor.  This allows the EDC crowd to get their reps in as well.

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https://nextleveltraining.com/

http://www.history.com/shows/top-shot/season-3

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FNP 023 : Tim Kennedy - Defeating Evil

Aug 8, 2017 48:54

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Tim Kennedy is the closest thing we have to a real Captain America.  For those of you in a cave and don’t know who he is, Tim is an active duty Green Beret sniper.  Before he was a sniper, he was a door kicker in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  After 9/11 he was so committed that he signed up for a program that has a pipeline directly into the Green Berets..as long as you passed some of the hardest selections the military has.

 

In addition to being an all around warrior, he has time to compete in this little organization called the UFC or Ultimate Fighting Championship.  As a middleweight fighter he is currently ranked 13th.  Most people retire from the military and then take on something like another job or become a pro fighter but did managed to stay on active duty and fight in UFC.  Is that all…

 

Hardly, recently he has found the time to hunt one of the most evil person to walk the Earth..Adolf Hitler.  Wait, you thought he was dead?  So did I until I did the research and learned that the facts don’t add up and we were told a lie.  And now the History Channel is producing an awesome show called Hunting Hitler where the past two seasons Tim and company go down to S. America to find the truth.  The 3rd season is set to air this fall.

 

In this episode you’ll learn what evil is and how to stand up to it, how to be the 1 percent better version of yourself that the day before and what is a sheepdog and why you should be like them.

 

Links mentioned in the podcast:

https://timkennedymma.com/

https://sheepdogresponse.com/

http://www.history.com/shows/hunting-hitler

 

His podcast:

https://sheepdogresponse.com/podcast/

 

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FNP 022 : Jon Dufresne - Fighting at Night

Aug 1, 2017 59:53

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Jon Dufresne is a former Army Ranger and now a firearms instructor.  He teaches for both Sage Dynamics and Frank Proctor (who was an instructor on the 2016 Shooter’s Summit.)  Jon’s focus as an instructor is not only on fundamentals but low light techniques and emergency tactical care.

In todays podcast you’ll learn why more lumens (that’s the rating on flashlights) is better when you need to fight at night, the danger of setting up your gear wrong, and answering the question of do you really need iron sights.

I had a great conversation with Jon and I hope you will get out of it as much as I did..

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http://www.sagedynamics.org/

http://www.wayofthegun.us/

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FNP 021 : Ben Simonson - The Grip Master

Jul 25, 2017 59:34

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Ben Simonson is the owner and craftsman behind the company Boresight Solutions.  If you have a plastic framed gun, you probably already know about Boresight Solutions.  They were one of the first companies stippling (creating texture on frames) guns which forced the gun makers to develop better grips.  Boresight goes further in the custom work that you can do on the frames.  The work is very detailed and functional.

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FNP 020 : Ben Stoeger - The Champion (Shooter's Summit Replay)

Jul 18, 2017 57:45

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Ben Stoeger is a five time national champion in USPSA (action pistol).  He also is a world class competitor and firearms instructor.  Ben has written several books on shooting, dry fire practice and live skill training.  In addition he had time to produce two DVDs on shooting (“Training to Win” and “Practical Pistol Foundations”).  Finally, Ben has his own podcast “the Practical Pistol Show” where he co-hosts with Matt Hopkins and sometimes Tim Herron (both who were on this podcast..).

This is a replay of the interview I did with him on the 2016 Shooter’s Summit.  This is slightly edited for time and content.

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http://benstoeger.com/

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FNP 019 : Wayne Black - Defeating Normalcy Bias

Jul 11, 2017 54:36

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Normalcy Bias is a mental state for people in a crisis.  It makes people underestimate the crisis and the effects of the crisis by thinking things will always be normal.  This keeps people from preparing…

Wayne Black has provided security protection details for several high powered clients including the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and Pamela Geller who was the target of the first ISIS attack in the US.  Wayne also worked Narcotics in Miami in the 80s during the Cocaine Cowboys era living Miami Vice.  His current company Wayne Black and Associates handle security, investigations and assessments for not only individuals but churches, synagogues and several US Sea Ports.

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http://www.wayneblack.com/

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FNP 018 : Riley Bowman - Concealed Carry for everyone..

Jul 5, 2017 01:05:57

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Riley Bowman is the host of the Concealed Carry Podcast, a top 200 ranked podcast which talks and analyzes self defense shootings and discusses best practices when it comes to carrying a gun.

Riley is also a NRA and Post Certified firearms instructor in Colorado and works full time at concealedcarry.com, a site that has news articles, resources and gear all in a one stop shop for people interested in learning how to safely and lawfully carry a gun.

Riley is an advocate for the safe possession of firearms and helps promote gun rights through the podcast and website.  If you ever thought about owning and carrying a gun, take a listen to Riely here:

https://www.concealedcarry.com/news/the-concealed-carry-podcast/

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FNP 017 : Lucas Apps - Junk Science and Triangles

Jun 27, 2017 01:00:53

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Lucas Apps is the host of the Triangle Tactical Podcast, which is a weekly show that covers all things USPSA or IDPA.  Lucas has done gun and gear reviews as well.  Recently he has expanded the podcast into three shows:  the main podcast, Junk Science and a live Q&A.  If that’s not enough, he has a Patreon news show for folks who support him.

Lucas is a supporter of gun rights and talks about those issues as well on the show.

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https://triangletactical.net/

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FNP 016 : Yong Lee - Being a spectator to your own shooting

Jun 20, 2017 01:13:58

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Yong Lee has been a law enforcement officer for over 28 years and a firearms instructor for 25 of those years.  He also is on the departments SWAT team for the past 11 years.  In addition he is the departments Firearms Training Coordinator, Chief Firearms Instructor, and Use of Force instructor. 

He is a Certified Analyst and instructor for the Force Science Institute who’s mission is to analyze countless shootings in law enforcement and are often called to testify in trials involving firearms and shootings.

Yong competes in USPSA for the past 25 years and has achieved GrandMaster classification in four divisions (Limited, Limited 10, Open and Production).  He shot for Team SIG and now shoots for Team Gray Guns.

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FNP 015 : Joe Dawson - The Truth Teller

Jun 13, 2017 59:00

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My guest today is a writer, instructor and competitive shooter.  Joe Dawson writes about guns and gear for Recoil magazine, Breach Bang Clear and Modern Service Weapons.  He teaches swat officers and military guys how to reach out and touch bad guys at long distances with a rifle and he also competes in PRS and Action pistol sports.  I found his articles really capture his personality and look online if you are interested.  We talk about long range shooting, how to keep our kids safe and then get into the cult of firearm instructor personalities.

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www.recoilweb.com

http://www.breachbangclear.com/

http://modernserviceweapons.com/

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FNP 014 : Andrew Branca - The Lawyer

Jun 6, 2017 01:06:07

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My guest today is an attorney, an author, competitive shooter and tv guest host.  Andrew Branca has been a lifelong shooter and reached master class in IDPA.  Knowing that there was a lot of misinformation on being involved in a self-defense shooting, he focused his legal career to learn the subsection of criminal law the deals with use of force and defending your life.  He quickly became a subject matter expert on the laws of self-defense and has been quoted in major newspapers and on nationally syndicated broadcast shows. 

He recently became a guest host on the hit tv show on the Outdoor Channel, “The Best Defense”.

Andrew has written the go to book called “The Law of Self-Defense” which is in it’s 3rd edition and that is the name of his website.

Finally, Andrew teaches classes around the country on this topic and was a guest instructor at the prestigious Sig Sauer Academy.

This is probably the most important episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast.  If you have to draw your gun and defend your life, knowing what we are about to talk about will certainly save you tons of heartache.

Book “Law of Self-Defense”

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His website

www.lawofselfdefense.com

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FNP 013 : Tim Herron - The Nice Guy

May 30, 2017 01:01:40

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Tim Herron is a grandmaster level shooter in USPSA and has won the Missouri State Championship 4 times in a row.  He also has won his division (Single Stack) at 3 Area Championships.  Time has been shooting since 2010 and struggled in B Class for many years until he learned how to practice. 

Before getting into shooting, he competed in SCCA which is racing stock cars.  Tim is a mechanic by trade and also has a passion for bourbon and fine cigars.  Tim was part of Team SIG from 2014-2016 and now shoots for Federal Premium and Atlas Gunworks. 

Tim is also a guest host on the “Practical Pistol Show” with Ben Stoeger and Matt Hopkins.

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https://www.federalpremium.com/

http://atlasgunworks.com/

 

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FNP 012 : Steve Anderson - The Dry Fire Guy

May 23, 2017 01:01:48

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Steve Anderson is the host of the podcast “That Shooting Show” a several times a week podcast that is part Van Halen retrospective and part shooting variety show.  He talks about what shooters need to become better at shooting and competing.  Steve also has written three books and dry fire practice and competition, “Refinement and Repetition”, “Principals of Performance” and “Get to Work!”.

Steve also teaches classes around the country with one and two day formats.  He was an instructor on the 2016 Shooter’s Summit and will be on the 2017 Summit.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

andersonshooting.com

“Get To Work!”  http://amzn.to/2rvvUdD

“Principals of Performance”  http://amzn.to/2rvjLFi

“Refinement and Repetition”. http://amzn.to/2qbvbdE

Lanny Bassham’s “With Winning in Mind”. http://amzn.to/2rKDAG4

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FNP 011 : Steve Tarani - The Pretector

May 16, 2017 23:29

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Steve Tarani has served in the US Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities for over 25 years.  He is an instructor for the DoD, NSA, FBI, DEA and Homeland Security  Before that he worked for the CIA and DoE.  He has published 8 books and is also known for his work with Filipino blades such as the karambit.  Steve also worked at the Gunsite Institute as a firearms instructor.

 

Steve’s latest book is “PreFense The 90% Advantage” which goes into more than situational awareness, but how to spot the attack before it happens, and the anatomy of the attack.  He teaches people to not rely on 911 to be your self-defense, and the mindset to survive.

stevetarani.com

 

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“PreFense The 90% Advantage”

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“Left of Bang”

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FNP 010 : Bennie Cooley - The Legend

May 9, 2017 34:41

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Bennie Cooley is both a competitive shooter and tactical operator.  Bennie has won numerous World and National 3 Gun championships.  He not only competes in 3 Gun, but also in High Power which are those scoped bolt action rifles that shoot far distances.  Bennie works full time on a SWAT team and as a firearms instructor.  He teaches private groups for competition and elite military and law enforcement personnel with his training company, Crisis Resolution Training Consultants.

Bennie has been shooting his entire life and currently lives out in Idaho.  Recently Bennie launched his own product for rifles which allows the person to stay on the scope while seeing if the rifle is level.  It’s called “Send It!” 

www.benniecooley.com

Links mentioned in the episode:

www.christensenarms.com

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FNP 009 : Tony Blauer - Choose Safety

May 2, 2017 51:51

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Tony Blauer has been teaching people to protect themselves for over 37 years.  His SPEAR (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) system of close quarter defense is currently being taught in all levels of law enforcement and in military groups.  His company is Blauer Tactical Systems and it has several branches to meet the needs of elite athletes, high speed SWAT officers, and even the soccer moms.

Tony can be controversial to some people who claim he is against their brand of martial art but Tony explains that no matter what martial art or self defense class you take, there is no way to train for an ambush.  You can’t know where you will be or what you will be doing when the ambush happens, but you can learn to utilize your flinch response and make that the launch into what ever art you’ve learned.

Self defense is a big part of the Firearms Nation.  Tony helps you get to the “what’s next” when you “Choose Safety” and “Be Your Own Bodyguard”.

 

To find Tony and start training with him go to:

www.blauerspear.com

Links mentioned in the episode:

www.instagram.com/tonyblauer

blauerspear.com/the-be-your-own-bodyguard-course

Video with Israeli soldier being stabbed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnJ3N0eHgwU

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FNP 008 : Michael Bane - The Entertainer

Apr 25, 2017 43:38

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If you watch the Outdoor Channel you probably have seen some of the hit shows like The Best Defense, Shooting Gallery, Gun Stories with Joe Mantegna and Shootout Lane.  All these shows are the brain child of Michael Bane. 

Michael has been around the gun world for over 40 years and during that time he’s written 22 books, shot four different shooting sports, worked with Hollywood and trained with the best instructors out there.  To say Michael knows something about guns is a huge understatement.

If you want to learn not only how guns are made but the why and where, Michael shares that knowledge on his TV shows which also promote safe and fun firearms use.

It’s always an honor to speak with him.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://outdoorchannel.com

http://michaelbane.blogspot.com

http://www.downrange.tv

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FNP 007 : Jessie Duff - First Lady

Apr 18, 2017 39:57

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Show Notes

Jessie Duff is a professional competitive shooter.  She is sponsored by Taurus Guns, Leupold, Hornady and several other well known firearms or gear companies.  Jessie competes in handgun competitions and was the first female to make Grandmaster classification in USPSA in the Open Division.  An accomplishment that was dominated by men since the sport was created.  Jessie also competes in Steel Challenge, Bianchi Cup (NRA Action Pistol) and IPSC.  Recently she won (again) the High Lady Champion at the Steel Nationals and is currently preparing to represent the United States at the World IPSC Shoot in Paris.

Jessie started shooting when she was a young girl who went to the range every weekend to watch her father compete.  She competed in Cowboy Action and used the name “Jasmine Jessie” when she was on the range.  Since then she has won numerous World and National titles.

Jessie works hard to be a brand ambassador to not only her sponsors but to the shooting world, showing the a woman can be just as good as a male shooter.

Links mentioned in the episode:

www.jessieduff.net

https://www.facebook.com/jduffshoot/

http://www.taurususa.com/

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FNP : 006 Anthony Cruz I Shooter's Mindset

Apr 11, 2017 30:09

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Anthony Cruz is the host of the weekly YouTube show, “The Shooter’s Mindset”.  The show has been running since 2013 and he has had all sorts of top competitive shooters on the show in addition to gun makers.  He shares the hosting duties with other up and coming competitive shooters (mostly 3 Gun) and has over 2 million channel views.

 

Anthony is a competitive shooter as well and competes in IDPA, USPSA, Steel Challenge and most recently 3 Gun.  He works in the security and firearms world but prefers to relax and fish instead.

 

You can follow Anthony and the Shooter’s Mindset at:

 

http://www.theshootersmindset.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheShootersMindset

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/prchico520

 

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FNP 005 : Matt Hopkins I The Thinker

Apr 4, 2017 38:57

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Matt Hopkins is a Grandmaster shooter in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).  He has competed since he was a young boy when his father took him to the local bowling pin matches.  Matt’s drive continued and once he became grandmaster, he was able to connect with a major firearms manufacturer, CZ-USA.  Since 2010 he has not only been sponsored by CZ-USA, he also works for them.

 

Matt is also a big thinker when it comes to shooting as well as the sport itself.  He gets a platform on the successful Practical Pistol Show with Ben Stoeger to discuss his ideas which were actually implemented this past year in USPSA at matches.

 

Matt finds the time amid his busy match schedule to teach firearms mostly individually to people who want to take their competition to the next level.

Links mentioned in the show:

www.hopkinsshooting.com

http://cz-usa.com/

 

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FNP 004 : Bob Vogel and Jessica Hook - Powerfactor Couple

Mar 28, 2017 36:14

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Robert Vogel and Jessica Hook are quite the power couple.  Robert (Bob) is a world champion competitive shooter.  He competes in both USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) and IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association).  Bob also shoots for Team USA in the IPSC World Shoot.  Bob has won 3 world championships, 23 national championships and also had time to be a full time law enforcement officer in Ohio where he was a firearms instructor and SWAT operator. 

Bob retired from law enforcement and competes full time as a professional shooter.  He has made several videos on pistol shooting and now teaches across the world with his company Vogel Dynamics.

Several years ago he was introduced to Jessica Hook who was a game designer.  Jessica met champion shooter Taran Butler and soon began shooting under his banner (Taran Tactical Innovations) along side an all female shooting team.  TTI’s ladies team is not just pretty faces.  They are constantly winning titles from pistol competition to 3 Gun.

It was interesting to get to know both Bob and Jessica as they both work in the shooting world.  It’s hard to maintain a relationship with the demands of competition and training, plus the extra attention Jessica gets as a female shooter.

Links mentioned in the episode:

vogeldynamics.com

https://tarantacticalinnovations.com

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FNP 003 : Bruce Gray - The Gray Wizard

Mar 25, 2017 43:33

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Bruce Gray is a master level gunsmith, competitive shooter and reserve deputy sheriff.  He has worked in the firearms world for over 40 years.  Bruce is known as the guy who makes your SigSauer pistol sing, in fact he just released a new trigger for the highly successful striker fired Sig P320 (which just won the new Army pistol contract). 

 

Bruce stared working on guns when he was 16 years old and then began competing in International Pistol Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and then United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) when it formed.  He rose as a sponsored shooter to the level of grandmaster and now teaches other shooters not only “how” to shoot but how to control your emotions when shooting.  He was also featured on the 2016 Shooter’s Summit.

 

Bruce lives in Oregon where is takes a few free seconds to serve as a reserve deputy sheriff.  I catch up with Bruce at the 2017 SHOT Show.

 

Links mentioned in the episode:

 

www.shooterssummit.com

 

www.grayguns.com

 

www.sigsauer.com

 

www.opspectraining.com

 

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FNP 002 : Mike Foley - Mr. President

Mar 25, 2017 43:09

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Mike Foley is the president of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).  He was elected a year ago and since then the membership has gone up and he has introduced a new division, Pistol Caliber Carbine, into competition.  Mike has also taken on several major issues including having a Spring Nationals (the Optic Nationals going on the weekend of 3/25/17) and possible explosion from the International Pistol Shooting Confederation (IPSC) which governs the 2017 World Shoot in France.

 

Mike has a background in competitive shooting and worked for a company that sold shooting related products for many years.  Mike talks about how to get new shooters into the sport, how to keep and maintain a solid Ladies division and will US competitors be arrested in France if they show up with their firearms for the World Shoot.

 

Links mentioned in the episode:

 

https://www.uspsa.org

 

https://uspsanationals.org/2016/11/03/2017-uspsa-optic-sight-national-championship/

 

http://www.ipsc.org

 

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FNP 001: Keith Garcia - Surfing Mavericks

Mar 25, 2017 36:05

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In the first episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast I talk with 3 Gun Nation competitor Keith Garcia and we talk about guns in California, shooting PCC and surfing.

I learned that Keith has been a California police officer for over 20 years.  He has run the gamut of various positions in the department but is know for being on the SWAT team as it's leader.

Keith started competing in 2004 in local police matches and then USPSA but once he tried shooting 3-Gun, his life changed forever.

Keith won the first ever "3 Gun Nation" shoot-off at SMM3G in 2010 and in 2011. He also had his first major match victory at the first "Pro Series" match in St. Augustine Florida. Keith also won the 3 Gun National Championship in 2013.

Links for items mentioned in podcast:

http://3gunnation.com/

cobaltkinetics.com

Be sure to check out the 2016 Shooter's Summit to hear Keith as well as 22 other firearms instructors, both tactical and competitive talk about what you can do today to be a better shooter.

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