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Firearms Nation Podcast
73 minutes | 13 days ago
FNP 165 : Jay Beal - Nice Guys Finish 5th at Nationals
Jay Beal is an up and coming USPSA competitor. Jay started out with practical carry for self-defense and quickly realized that competition would only make him a better shooter. Jay dove into USPSA and devoted a ton of time and practice to get better. Once Jay made grandmaster he went this year to the 2020 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship and took 5th place. Jay has some great training tips in this episode. Links mentioned: Jim Zubiena in Miami Vice Jay’s Facebook Page
73 minutes | a month ago
FNP 164 : Mike Wood - Is there a Revolution Coming?
This is the third part of an ongoing theme on the current unrest in this country. Mike Wood joins me again to bring the history around the left’s revolution they so desire. This isn’t anything new. We’ve been here before but now it seems with all the 24-hour coverage, we might be on the brink. Mike is a historian and tactician who brings a much-needed perspective and a good dose of history to understand what we are seeing. Links mentioned: Mike’s column on PoliceOne.com
60 minutes | 2 months ago
FNP 163 : Caleb Giddings - Where did all the ammo go?
Caleb Giddings is back on the show. Caleb was last on three years ago and since then he has grown as a writer and instructor. Caleb is in the Air Force as an instructor for firearms and continues to write for different blogs and magazines. He wrote an article on the current state of ammunition sales and the shortage we are facing. Where and why did this happen? Caleb and I also discuss new guns and his fascination with running revolvers with optics on them… Links mentioned in the show: Caleb’s blog on Target Barn Caleb’s article on Recoil Magazine about ammo
58 minutes | 2 months ago
FNP 162 : Chuck Rossi - Fighting Facebook's Policies
This is a replay of an interview I did with Chuck Rossi back in 2018. With all the problems with social media these days, I thought it would be a good idea to bring this interview back. 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 from 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
52 minutes | 3 months ago
FNP 161 : Yong Lee - Yong is Back!
Yong Lee is a former police officer, SWAT team leader and 4-time grandmaster shooter in USPSA. He recently retired and now teaches shooting classes for other law enforcement officers, specifically on how to run the dot on their pistols. Red dot sights on handguns are extremely popular. Understanding how to shoot them properly is an important skill that too many people don’t invest the time to learn. In this podcast you’ll hear interesting concepts that will help you shoot the dot regardless if it’s for competition or defensive shooting. Yong’s Facebook page
63 minutes | 3 months ago
FNP 160 : Yousef Badou - Former Marine Teaching How to Stop Threats
Yousef Badou served in the Marine Corps with an interesting twist. Yousef was born in Kuwait and is half Arabic. That benefited him when he was deployed to Iraq and helped his command as a tactical interpreter. Yousef went on to assist in forming the Combat Hunter program and teaching it to Marines. Combat Hunter taught them how to better their situational awareness and develop behavior analysis. Once he left the Marines, he wanted to continue teaching this program and formed his own company called Emergence. Now in addition to teaching law enforcement and military, Yousef is helping religious institutions and everyday folks. Links mentioned: Emergence Emergence Facebook
62 minutes | 3 months ago
FNP 159 : Andrew Branca - Getting Perspective on Recent Cases
Andrew Branca is the man behind the Law of Self-Defense. It’s not only a great book to read and have in your range bag, but it’s also a website with tons of information that will keep you up to date on case law and opinions related to people like you who carry a gun. There have been several recent cases that I wanted to discuss with Andrew: The first was an LAPD cop who was involved in a shooting where the suspect ended up dying. The attorney for the plaintiff suggested the officer was liable since she was a “competitive shooter” and gunslinger. Second, the case of Ahmed Arbury in GA who was killed after being stopped by two citizens who now are facing murder charges. Finally, we talk about the McCloskey’s in St. Louis where the husband and wife defended their home outside with firearms while a mob walked by and threatened them. Listen and let me know your opinions on Facebook or Instagram (Firearms Nation). Links mentioned in the show: Law of Self Defense 1st interview with Andrew Episode 14 2nd Interview with Andrew Episode 113
72 minutes | 4 months ago
FNP 158 : Raul Martinez - Kickin' Ass From Fieldcraft Survival
Raul Martinez works for Fieldcraft Survival as the Training Director and head combatives coach. Raul spent time in Iraq serving in the US Army after growing up in the South Side of Chicago. He eventually returned to Chi-town and became a police officer. During his time in Chicago PD, Raul worked undercover in narcotics as well as an instructor at their Academy. Raul recently took a class with my friend, Tim Herron, who is a grandmaster shooter in USPSA. We talk about that experience, Raul’s time in the military and what it’s like to run on the mean streets of the city. Links mentioned on the show: Fieldcraft Survival Raul’s Instagram page
58 minutes | 4 months ago
FNP 157 : Christian Sailer - Tips from the Youngest National Champion
I was happy to bring back on the show Christian Sailer who has gone ahead and become a National Champion since the last time we spoke. Christian is still in college but has switched guns and shooting teams and now shoots for Team Infinity. Christian is now also a firearms instructor and teaches mostly on the West Coast. He told me a lot has changed with his training program and we discuss what’s new and where he’s going. Links mentioned in the show: Christian’s Instagram page
65 minutes | 4 months ago
FNP 156 : Brian Conley - Enhancing Vision with Hunters HD Gold
Brian Conley has been working in the vision care world for a very long time. During his tenure, Brian figured out what sunglasses worked well for hunting. A side effect of those glasses was that they worked extremely well for competitive shooting. All types of competitive shooting, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Hunters HD Gold are the sunglasses that have become the official sunglasses for the USPSA. A lot of top competitors have made the switch so I wanted to find out more about Brian and his process. The best thing about his company is his commitment to customer service. Links mentioned in the show: Hunters HD Gold
78 minutes | 5 months ago
FNP 155 : Keith Garcia - Making 3 Guns Great Again
Keith Garcia is one of the top 3-Gun competitors. He won the 3-Nation Championship back in 2014 and took home over $55k for his trouble. That kind of pressure is hard to overlook. Even today, Keith works hard at competing in 3-Gun although the sport has seen its share of problems. Keith just released his 4 hour full 3-Gun DVD up on Panteao Productions. The link down below will take you to the page to either buy it or sign up for Panteao’s full line up of instructors. The video covers everything you need to know to shoot and compete in 3-Gun including drills and dryfire practice. Links mentioned on the show: Panteao Productions with Keith Garcia Keith’s Instagram page
57 minutes | 5 months ago
FNP 154 : Mike Foley - Competing out of COVID
Mike Foley is President of the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association). USPSA is one of the largest organizations in action pistol. Recently, all of the matches had to stop because of COVID19 and now we are able to get out there again and compete. I caught up with Mike as two National Championships were taking off. We talk about how USPSA has grown, the increase in the weight of guns, and where the organization goes next. Links mentioned in the episode: USPSA website Link to the FREE Shooter’s Summits Enter the coupon code: COVID19SUCKS to get all the Summits (Be sure to click Add 2016-2017 Summits).
69 minutes | 5 months ago
FNP 153 : Mike Wood - Understanding Antifa and Riots
I have to say, 2020 has been the opposite in terms of being a great start to the decade. We are halfway through the year and it seems that life as we know it is changing. I thought COVID was horrible until I started seeing riots in the street and attacks on cops. Of course, this reminded me of a podcast episode I did with Mike Wood talking about the lessons we can learn from the 60s and 70s law enforcement officers. So I brought Mike back on the show to help explain what we are dealing with and how to respond. Mike Wood is the son of a 30 year veteran of California Highway Patrol and Mike wrote the book “Newhall Shooting-A Tactical Analysis”. This book breaks down the horrific shooting of four CHP officers and what was learned. Mike also is a firearms instructor, teaches at the NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association) and s columnist for PoliceOne.com. His column is called Tactical Analysis and provides insight on how officers can better protect themselves out on the streets. Links mentioned on the show: Podcast Episode 129 Police Lessons from the 70s Latest article on PoliceOne.com about Crowd Control Newhall Shooting – A Tactical Analysis by Mike Wood
68 minutes | 6 months ago
FNP 152 : Eric Grauffel - 7 Time World Champion in Practical Shooting
Eric Grauffel is by far one of the best shooters in the world. He’s won seven World Championships in Practical Shooting (IPSC) and shoots in several divisions. Eric always dominates the competition and is known for being a Terminator on the range. Eric is from France and was a guest on the 2017 Shooter’s Summit. He also has been going at the fitness aspect of shooting and totally changed his program to include workouts along with shooting practice. With the COVID pandemic, Eric was able to start instructing online and now has a waitlist to get into the program. Links mentioned in the podcast: Eric’s website Eric’s Instagram profile …Join the Nation!
68 minutes | 6 months ago
FNP 151 : BJ Norris - You Want to Shoot Fast?
BJ Norris is a World Champion. BJ shoots a bunch of shooting sports but is known for his killer speed at Steel Challenge. He has won numerous World Championships in that sport as well as top placements in USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, and 3 Gun. What does it take to be fast? In this replay of a recording I did in 2017, BJ goes into detail on how he practices, what type of guns he likes, and what it takes to go faster at shooting. Links mentioned on the podcast: My Gun Tips (BJ’s site) Link to PewPew Tactical’s “10 Best New Optics for 2020”
64 minutes | 6 months ago
FNP 150 : Pat McNamara - Competition and Fundamentals
Pat McNamara served over 22 years in special operations and worked in the Unit. Like so many of the top tier cadre, they focused heavily on the fundamentals of marksmanship followed up with major doses of competition. Pat is a highly motivated individual who inspires thousands of Instagram fans with his Sentinel Sermons and Basic Dude Skills clips. Pat has a podcast, The School of Badassery, and has written two books and an e-book (along with writing in several magazines.) Pat teaches both firearms and his Combat Strength Training full time and recently launched his online training site (linked below.). Links mentioned in the episode: Pat’s website TMACS inc. Combat Strength Training Pat’s Online Coaching Pat’s book “T.A.P.S. Tactical Application of Practical Shooting” PewPew Tactical’s article on “The Ammo Equation”
57 minutes | 7 months ago
FNP 149 : Chili Palmer - Military Advisor on the New Movie Extraction
Chili Palmer (his nickname) was one of the military advisors for the hit Netflix film “Extraction” starring Chris Hemsworth. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I have to say why not? If you are into excellent action movies with fantastic gunplay, then “Extraction” is for you. Too often Hollywood gets it wrong with things like taking the safety off a Glock or holding a pistol with a crazy grip. What about non-existent reloads? All of this can take people in the know (like the folks of the Firearms Nation) out of the movie and walking away with a big thumbs down. Well, the producers of “Avenger’s Endgame” and “Captain America: Civil War” got it right. They hired Chili Palmer. Chili was not the only advisor on the film but his contributions made the climax of the film stand out as one of the best action sequences in a long time. Watch it you’ll see what I mean. The movie “Extraction” came out last weekend and after watching it, I reached out to Chili who graciously accepted to come on and share some of his experiences and participating on the set. Chili served in the Army for 25 years and had over 13 deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. His first mission was the historic raid in Panama taking in the corrupt Manuel Noriega into custody. Chili served in the Unit alongside Kyle Lamb, who happened to be on last week’s episode and is an instructor for Viking Tactics as well. Links mentioned in the show: http://www.vikingtactics.com/ PewPew Tactical’s Beginner’s Guide to Guns To get all three Shooter's Summits click on this link: https://firearmsnation.thrivecart.com/2018-shooters-summit/ and use the coupon code: COVID19SUCKS
89 minutes | 7 months ago
FNP 148 : Kyle Lamb - The Guy Behind Viking Tactics on a Crusade
Kyle Lamb is a former Army veteran who served the majority of time in Special Operations, and in the Unit (SOFD-D Delta Force). Most people just say “The Unit”. During that time he served in Iraq, Bosnia, and fought in the Battle of Mogadishu. Once he left the military, Kyle starting teaching firearms instruction and also formed his gear company, Viking Tactics. Kyle has also written several shooting books and a book on leadership called “Leadership in the Shadows” (which he narrates the audiobook version). Kyle also has a very successful podcast, “Team VTAC Podcast” where he interviews other gun industry people and covers historical events. Kyle is currently writing two more books that we talk about on this show. Links mentioned on the podcast: Viking Tactics “Leadership in the Shadows” Audiobook Team VTAC Podcast PewPewTactical.com article on 6 Best Guns for Concealed Carry Under $400 To get all three Shooter’s Summits click on this link: https://firearmsnation.thrivecart.com/2018-shooters-summit/ and use the coupon code: COVID19SUCKS
78 minutes | 7 months ago
FNP 147 : Jack Carr - Navy SEAL, Author of "Savage Son"
Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Once he retired from the Navy, Jack went on to pursue his second career goal of becoming a fiction writer. Jack released his first book, “The Terminal List” in 2018 and followed up with the highly successful “True Believer” in 2019. Both stories contained the same main character, James Reece who was also a Navy SEAL. The great thing about those two novels was the fact the Jack was a been there, done that kind of guy so he infused the stories with realistic tactics and a strong knowledge of guns and gear. On April 14th, 2020, Jack’s third book, “Savage Son” will be released. It was great having Jack on the podcast to discuss his new book as well as other interesting topics. Links mentioned in the show: Jack’s website Jack’s Instagram page Link to PewPew Tactical’s article on 10 Things New Gun Owners Need to Know
93 minutes | 8 months ago
FNP 146 : Steve Anderson - Live Q&A
Steve Anderson is a firearms instructor as well as the host of the popular podcast “That Shooting Show”. Steve has also written three books and dryfire practice and competition shooting. Recently Steve became a certified instructor of the Mental Management system developed by Lanny Bassham, who was an Olympic gold medalist and World champion. In this episode, I did a live Q&A with Steve and took the audio as well for the podcast. If you have any more questions for Steve, you can send it to: andersonshooting.com Here is a link to the article on facemasks and gasmasks on PewPew Tactical. And you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGAEqpWc2Qk
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