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Firearms Nation Podcast

Firearms Nation Podcast gets to know the people who use firearms, talk about firearms or compete with firearms. From tactical instructors, self defense experts to gun writers and even podcasters, Firearms Nation asks the questions you want to know. Each week your host, Arik Levy, knows his stuff as he is both a competitive shooter, law enforcement officer and firearms instructor. Firearms Nation wants you to be a better shooter and know more about firearms. Visit to Join the Nation!


FNP247: Carl Higbie - Standing for the 2nd Amendment
Breaking News: Carl Higbie Takes a Stand for the 2nd Amendment!  In a bold move, Carl Higbie, renowned commentator from Newsmax, has filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the State of New York in defense of our constitutional rights. Join us for an exclusive interview with Carl Higbie as we delve into the details of this pivotal legal action. In this episode, we explore the implications of the lawsuit for Second Amendment rights, examining the importance of safeguarding our freedoms in the face of government overreach. From the intricacies of firearm regulations to the broader implications for individual liberties, Carl Higbie provides invaluable insights into the fight to protect our constitutional rights. Tune in now to hear firsthand from Carl Higbie on his mission to uphold the Second Amendment and ensure that the voices of law-abiding citizens are heard. Don’t miss this critical discussion! #SecondAmendment #GunRights #CarlHigbie #Newsmax #LegalAction #PodcastEpisode  Links mentioned:
20:49 5/10/24
FNP 246 : Christian Sailer - Replay The Secret to Winning World Championships
Christian Sailer has just won the 2024 IPSC Nationals in the United States.  He also won the 2022 IPSC World Shoot in the Open Division. He is 22 years old. How did he do it? Christian started shooting when he was a “short” kid of 13 when his mom took him to the range the first time. He then started competing and learned what it took to win a match. Through his extreme passion and goal setting, Christian went on to win Area Championships and then National Championships. The one goal he wrote down years ago was to win a World Championship. He did… What are some of the things Christian did? –He is an extreme goal setter, defining how to achieve each aspect of the goals. –Christian felt confident at the first stage of the World Shoot, and knew it would go well for him. –Christian has humility and respect for his competition but always knew the trophy was his. You can follow Christian on Instagram or on his YouTube channel.
67:55 4/17/24
You Can Control Your Shooting with Vision - Hwansik Kim
Join us for an enlightening conversation with Hwansik Kim as he delves into the fascinating world of handgun shooting and the role vision plays in mastering accuracy and precision. In this episode, Hwansik Kim shares invaluable insights and techniques on how understanding and controlling your vision can significantly enhance your shooting performance. From visual focus points to eye-hand coordination, learn how to optimize your visual perception to achieve unparalleled results on the range.  And yes, vision can control recoil! Whether you’re a seasoned marksman or a novice shooter looking to improve your skills, this podcast offers practical tips and strategies that will elevate your shooting game to new heights. Tune in now to discover the secrets of vision control and take your handgun shooting to the next level!  Don’t miss out! 🔫👁️ #HandgunShooting #VisionControl #ShootingTechniques #FirearmsTraining #HwansikKim #PodcastEpisode 🎯🎧
75:59 4/3/24
FNP 244 : Should You Evacuate for a Bomb Threat? - Wayne Black is Back!
Wayne Black returns to dive deep into pressing issues on safety and security in our communities. In this episode, we discuss the recent Lakewood Church Shooting, exploring its implications and lessons for improving security measures. We also tackle the critical topic of school safety, examining strategies to enhance security and protect students and faculty. Plus, we delve into the complexities of dealing with bomb threats and offer insights into effective responses. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on safeguarding our environments and fostering resilience in the face of threats. Podcast #Safety #Security #CommunitySafety #LakewoodChurchShooting #SchoolSafety #BombThreats #WayneBlack #Discussion 🎧🔒🏫
42:41 3/18/24
FNP243 : Inside the SHOT Show: A Recap with Keith Garcia
In this special episode, we’re excited to bring you an exclusive recap of the SHOT Show, the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show, featuring insights from none other than Keith Garcia. Join us as Keith shares his firsthand experiences, highlights, and key takeaways from this premier event in the firearms and outdoor industry. Episode Highlights: Showcase of Innovation: Keith discusses the cutting-edge products, technologies, and innovations showcased at the SHOT Show, giving listeners a glimpse into the future of the firearms and outdoor industry. Trends and Developments: Gain insights into the latest trends and developments in firearms, ammunition, accessories, and outdoor gear as observed by Keith during the event. Memorable Moments: Keith shares his personal highlights, memorable encounters, and standout moments from the SHOT Show, offering a behind-the-scenes perspective. Future Outlook: Hear Keith’s thoughts on the direction the industry is heading, emerging trends, and what enthusiasts can look forward to in the coming months.   Links mentioned in the show: DWX Don’t miss this exclusive episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast as we dive into the heart of the SHOT Show with Keith Garcia. Subscribe now to stay informed about the latest in the firearms and outdoor industry. #SHOTShowRecap #FirearmsIndustry #OutdoorTradeShow #PodcastEpisode
67:18 2/5/24
FNP 242 : Conquering Challenges: A Journey to Success with Wylie McGraw
In this inspiring episode, we're joined by the multi-talented Wylie McGraw, a former army soldier, baseball player, and bull rider. Wylie shares his incredible journey and imparts valuable insights on achieving your best, regardless of the challenges life throws your way. Join us for a conversation filled with resilience, determination, and the pursuit of excellence. Episode Highlights: Military Precision:  Wylie reflects on the discipline and precision instilled during his time as an army soldier, and how these principles have influenced his approach to life. Diamond Dreams:  Hear about Wylie's early life pursuing dreams on the baseball field, and the mindset required to excel in different arenas. Facing the Bull:  Wylie takes us into the heart-pounding world of bull riding, sharing the mental and physical preparation needed to conquer one of the toughest challenges in sports. Adapting to Change:  Learn how Wylie navigated transitions between vastly different careers, drawing strength from each experience to fuel his personal growth. Achieving Your Best:  Wylie shares practical tips and advice on setting goals, maintaining focus, and overcoming obstacles to achieve your best in any endeavor. Join us for an engaging and motivational episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast as we explore Wylie McGraw's journey through the military, sports, and beyond. Subscribe now to gain insights into achieving your best, no matter where life takes you. #AchievementJourney #WylieMcGraw #InspirationPodcast #PodcastEpisode
70:58 1/18/24
FNP 241 : Defending the Right to Bear Arms: A Conversation with Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen
In this impactful episode, we sit down with Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. Join us as we explore his perspective on the importance of preserving the right to bear arms, the challenges faced by gun owners, and the ongoing efforts to protect this fundamental freedom. Episode Highlights: The Second Amendment Landscape: Austin Knudsen provides insights into the current state of the Second Amendment, discussing legal challenges, victories, and the broader implications for gun owners. Montana’s Stance: Learn about Montana’s unique approach to upholding the right to bear arms and how it serves as a model for other states. Challenges to Gun Rights: Austin shares his experiences in addressing challenges to the Second Amendment, both within the state of Montana and on a national level. Community Engagement: Explore the importance of community engagement and education in preserving gun rights and fostering responsible gun ownership. Future of Second Amendment Advocacy: Austin discusses his vision for the future of Second Amendment advocacy and the role of attorneys general in shaping policies that protect individual freedoms. Links mentioned in the show: Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s website   Join us for this insightful episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast as we engage in a crucial conversation with Attorney General Austin Knudsen about the ongoing fight to preserve the Second Amendment. Subscribe and gain a deeper understanding of the legal landscape surrounding gun rights. #SecondAmendment #GunRights #AustinKnudsen #PodcastEpisode  
56:52 12/27/23
FNP 240 : On the Front Lines with Doron Keidar Part 2
Welcome back to the second part of our riveting conversation with Doron Keidar, a true guardian on the front lines against terrorism. In this episode, we delve deeper into Doron’s experiences fighting against Hamas, explore the unique gun laws in Israel, and discuss practical strategies for defending your home against potential attackers. Episode Highlights: Facing Hamas: Doron shares firsthand accounts of confronting the challenges posed by Hamas and the ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and security of Israel. Israeli Gun Laws: Gain insights into the gun laws in Israel, how they differ from other countries, and the role of responsible firearm ownership in the defense of one’s home and community. Home Defense Tactics: Doron provides practical tips and strategies for individuals seeking to enhance the security of their homes, drawing on his extensive experience in counter-terrorism. Lessons from the Front Lines: Doron reflects on the lessons learned from his experiences, offering valuable takeaways for listeners interested in personal and community defense. Subscribe and tune in to gain deeper insights into the ongoing fight against terrorism, understand Israeli gun laws, and discover practical strategies for enhancing your home’s security.  #HomeDefense #IsraeliGunLaws #PodcastEpisode Link to Doron’s charity Support for Israel  
34:47 11/23/23
FNP 239 : Urban Survival Tactics: Insights from Air Force SERE Specialist Mitch Wiuff
In this episode, we’re honored to host Air Force SERE Specialist Mitch Wiuff, an expert in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) techniques. Mitch’s wealth of experience in the field offers a unique perspective on surviving and thriving in the complexities of urban environments. Join us as we explore his expertise in adapting military survival skills to urban settings. **Episode Highlights:** – **Urban Survival Principles:** Discover the key principles and strategies for survival in densely populated urban areas, adapting military tactics for civilian scenarios, and eating BUGS! – **Skill Adaptation:** Learn how Mitch’s specialized training in the Air Force can be tailored for urban survival, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and quick thinking. – **Situational Awareness:** Gain insights into the importance of situational awareness in urban settings and how it can be a crucial survival tool. – **Community Resilience:** Mitch discusses the significance of community resilience and cooperation in urban survival scenarios. This episode provides an invaluable opportunity to learn from an expert who has honed his skills in the most challenging environments. Mitch’s knowledge and expertise offer a new perspective on preparedness in urban landscapes. Links mentioned: Agonic Join us for this insightful episode of the Firearms Nation Podcast and discover the essential strategies for urban survival as shared by Air Force SERE Specialist Mitch Wiuff. Don’t miss this chance to expand your knowledge and preparedness for any situation. #UrbanSurvival #SERESpecialist #SurvivalTactics #PodcastEpisode
58:34 11/13/23
FNP 238 : From the SEALs to the Street - Navy SEAL Andrew Sullivan Teaches Law Enforcement Tactics
In this captivating episode, we are honored to welcome Navy SEAL Andrew Sullivan to the podcast. Andrew’s journey from the battlefield to the training grounds of law enforcement agencies is nothing short of remarkable. Join us as we explore how his combat experience is being harnessed to enhance the skills and tactics of our dedicated law enforcement officers. Episode Highlights: – The SEAL Mindset:  Discover the mindset and principles that made Navy SEALs like Andrew Sullivan successful in the most challenging and high-stress environments. – Adapting Combat Skills:  Learn how combat skills and strategies translate into effective law enforcement tactics, making our streets safer. – Training the Next Generation:  Andrew’s mission to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of law enforcement officers and first responders. Andrew Sullivan’s unique perspective, forged in the crucible of combat, offers invaluable insights into how we can better protect and serve our communities.  Andrew also explains his choice of a home defense gun and why you need to train with it.  He also delves into how he would respond to a “Red Dawn” attack, similar to what the terrorists did in Israel.  Join us as we delve into the world of a Navy SEAL turned law enforcement trainer. Links mentioned in the episode: Community 1st website Don’t miss this riveting episode of The Firearms Nation Podcast.  Subscribe and tune in as we explore the incredible journey of Andrew Sullivan and the vital knowledge he brings to law enforcement from his time as a Navy SEAL. #NavySEAL #LawEnforcementTactics #CombatExperience #PodcastEpisode
51:54 11/6/23
FNP 237 : On the Front Lines in Israel with Doron Keidar Part 1
In this gripping episode we sit down with a true hero on the front lines of the battle against terrorism in Israel. Our guest, Doron Keidar, provides us with a firsthand account of the challenges and triumphs of those who dedicate their lives to maintaining security and peace in the region while at war with Hamas. Doron Keidar is a family man, religious and dedicated to his men both in the private sector and in his military service.  Doron has been called up to help defend not just his country, but his family as well.  This is what life is like in a country that Episode Highlights: Doron’s early life: Doron takes us into what his life was like growing up in both Israel and America. Moral and Ethical Dilemmas: As someone who has made tough decisions under extreme pressure, Doron shares the moral and ethical challenges faced in training and deploying in the IDF. Future Perspectives: What lies ahead in the battle against terrorism? Doron offers his insights into the future of security in the region and how you can help. Join us for an eye-opening conversation that sheds light on the sacrifices and determination of individuals like Doron Keidar, who are working tirelessly to keep Israel safe. In a world where security is paramount, his perspective is invaluable. This is the first part of the story.  We cover so much of Doron’s life and perspectives in this episode.  I still have a bunch of questions for Doron that I’ll get to in part two.  Stand by! DONATE to help the Israel Defense Forces with Doron’s charity Cry for Zion here: Doron’s Instagram Subscribe, listen, and gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing fight against terrorism in Israel through the eyes of a true frontline hero, Doron Keidar. #FrontlineInsights #IsraelSecurity #TerrorismFighter #PodcastEpisode
77:22 10/27/23
FNP 236 : She Was Shot 10 Times and Still Won the Gunfight! - Jennifer Fulford Replay
It's been four years since this episode came out and I wanted to share it again.  As a young officer I remember when this shooting happened and was always amazed at how well Jennifer handled herself and won a gunfight with multiple suspects.  Lots of great lessons learned for officers and well as anyone who carry a gun for self defense. Jennifer Fulford was a deputy sheriff back in 2004 when she went to a suspicious incident call. A child on the phone was stating strange men were in the house and on arrival she met up with the female homeowner who was acting strange. It turned out three men were inside committing an armed home invasion. Jennifer got into a gunfight with two of the men and despite being shot multiple times, she was able to take out both suspects. The third suspect gave up. Jennifer went on to have a career in law enforcement and now talks to other officers on how to survive critical events. Links mentioned: Article by Dean Scoville in Police Magazine
57:00 10/3/23
FNP 235 : Kerry Davis - (Replay) Do Tourniquets Still Matter?
  This is a repeat of a show I did in 2019 with Kerry Davis.  Do you carry a tourniquet?  If you do or are considering carrying one, you need to listen to this show. Kerry Davis is the man behind Dark Angel Medical. His company not only sells tourniquets, chest seals and pressure bandages, but pushes out a ton of training. In Kerry’s mind, everyone should have a tourniquet and get the necessary training. In this podcast we discuss if tourniquets are still important considering in active shooter situations, most of the victims are being shot in the chest area and head, not the extremities. Tune in to get Kerry’s take on this… Links mentioned in the show:
56:55 9/19/23
FNP 234 : Police Brief One - How to Spot Police Impersonators
I’ve always wanted to do some podcast episodes to discuss some of the stuff I’ve learned over 20 years as a law enforcement officer.  Some of the topics will be safety related, while some will be more of a historical and trivia related to police work.  Of course, if you have any questions please email me and I’ll do my best to cover it. This episode is dealing with police impersonators.  Yes, they are out there.  How do you deal with getting pulled over by one: Recognizing the Situation Police impersonators can be a real danger, and knowing how to react is key. If you’re pulled over by someone you suspect is not a legitimate police officer, the first step is to stay calm and assess the situation. Remember, you have the right to ensure your safety. Pull Over Safely If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of the vehicle attempting to pull you over, don’t stop immediately. Instead, put on your hazard lights, slow down, and signal your intent to pull over. Choose a well-lit, populated area to stop, like a gas station or a busy parking lot. Observe the Vehicle A real police vehicle will be clearly marked, often with the department’s logo, proper lighting, and an array of emergency lights. Impersonators may use unmarked vehicles or vehicles with insufficient lighting. Take note of these details. Contact Police Dispatch When in doubt, call 911 or your local police dispatch to verify the situation. Explain your concerns and ask if there is a legitimate officer in your vicinity conducting a traffic stop. Dispatchers will guide you on what to do next. Your safety should always be your top priority. If the person claiming to be an officer doesn’t display proper identification or behaves inappropriately, trust your instincts. You can request a marked patrol car and uniformed officer to arrive at the scene before proceeding.  
10:43 9/6/23
FNP 233 : From Marine to Competitive Shooter: Sean Griffith's Guide to Perfect Shooting
🔫 **Exploring the World of Shooting Solutions with Sean Griffith** In this gripping episode, we sit down with Sean Griffith, the mastermind behind Griffith Shooting Solutions. Sean’s extensive background as a marine, law enforcement officer, and competitive shooter has provided him with a unique perspective on the world of firearms and shooting sports. Join us as we dive deep into his journey, expertise, and insights into the art and science of shooting. 🌊 **From Marine to Shooting Expert** Discover how Sean’s experience in the Marine Corps laid the foundation for his passion for firearms and shooting. We’ll explore the parallels between his military training and his current role in the shooting community. 👮 **Serving on the Frontlines** As a law enforcement officer, Sean has firsthand knowledge of the crucial role firearms play in maintaining public safety. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the challenges faced by law enforcement professionals and the evolving landscape of firearm use in policing. 🏆 **Competing to Win** Competitive shooting requires a blend of skill, strategy, and nerves of steel. Sean has excelled in numerous shooting competitions, and he shares his secrets to success in this arena. Get ready to learn how to enhance your shooting abilities, whether you’re a seasoned competitor or just starting out. 🔧 **The Science of Shooting Solutions** Sean Griffith’s expertise extends to the technical aspects of firearms and shooting equipment. Join us as we delve into the innovations and advancements in shooting technology, gear, and training techniques that can benefit shooters of all levels. Whether you’re a shooting enthusiast, a law enforcement professional, or simply curious about the world of firearms, this podcast episode is a must-listen. Sean Griffith’s wealth of experience and passion for shooting solutions will leave you informed and inspired. Listen now on [Your Preferred Podcast Platform] and gain a new perspective on the multifaceted world of shooting. #FirearmsInsights #InterviewWithTheExpert
54:36 8/25/23
FNP 232 : The Untold Story: Jess Mauro's Journey with Team Beretta Sponsorship
🎙️ **New Episode Alert: From Trigger Pulls to Team Beretta: The Jess Mauro Journey!** Hey there, podcast fam! 🔫🎯 Ready to dive into the thrilling world of competitive shooting? Our latest episode features none other than the incredible Jess Mauro, a rising star in the competitive shooting scene, who just landed a coveted sponsorship deal with Team Beretta! 🌟🔥 In this adrenaline-packed episode, we sit down with Jess to hear the inside scoop on her journey from novice shooter to landing a sponsorship that many dream of. Get ready for: 🔹 **Behind the Scenes:** Discover the untold story of Jess’s early days, where her passion for shooting was sparked and how she tirelessly honed her skills to become the sharpshooter she is today. 🔹 **The Grind to Greatness:** Join us as Jess opens up about her passion for fitness, doing two workouts a day but also has time for puzzles and computer games.  She still finds time to shoot 200-300 rounds every day! 🔹 **The Beretta Connection:** Ever wondered what it takes to secure a sponsorship deal with a powerhouse like Team Beretta? Jess spills the beans on her experience, offering insights into the process, the excitement, and what it means to represent such an iconic brand. 🔹 **Training Tips and Techniques:** Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or just starting out, Jess shares her top training strategies and techniques that have helped her rise to the top of her game. Get ready to level up your shooting skills! This episode is a must-listen for sports enthusiasts, shooting aficionados, and anyone captivated by tales of determination, success, and the pursuit of excellence. Jess Mauro’s story is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and seizing opportunities. So, grab your favorite pair of headphones and join us on this electrifying journey with Jess Mauro. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and share the episode with your fellow podcast enthusiasts. And remember, whether you’re a fan of firearms or a newcomer to the shooting world, Jess’s journey will leave you inspired and motivated to chase your dreams – one alpha at a time! 🔝🏆
53:47 8/11/23
FNP 231 : Are You Ready To Take Your Shooting Skills To the Next Level? Learn From Joel Park's Practical Techniques
Joel Park is a grandmaster USPSA competitive shooter.  He is also an instructor in the Practical Shooting Training Group alongside world champion Ben Stoeger and the “professor”, Hwansik Kim.  These instructors have really taken the time to think about practical shooting and redefined the training techniques that have been taught for so many years.  Joel and the other instructors are not shy about sharing entire classes online so everyone can learn and see what they are teaching.  The nice thing about Joel is that he has an easy way about him and relays his ideas on shooting and teaching in a concise way. In this podcast you’ll hear: –Why vision is the key to recoil control. –How muscling the grip does not help your shooting. –What Joel thinks about using dryfire to work out problems in shooting. Links mentioned: Practical Shooting Training Group Joel’s Instagram
68:38 7/26/23
FNP 230 : From SWAT Officer to Trainer : Jack DiCristofalo's Shooting Experiences
Jack DiCristofalo is a 30-year veteran of a major metropolitan police department.  During those years, Jack served on patrol, and tactical units as well as becoming a homicide investigator.  Jack also served on the department’s SWAT team as a sniper/instructor.  As Jack sees the light at the end of the tunnel, he transferred all his skills to be a firearms instructor.  Jack was involved in two shootings, which we discussed.  Jack’s background in tactics and homicide investigations gives him a unique insight into what works when it comes to winning gunfights. Recently, Jack was involved in establishing his department’s “one gun” program where the agency is going to a new platform with red dot sights.  Jack also has his own training company “On Target Training and Consulting” which he plans to teach more once he retires from the department. In this episode, we discuss: –How training consistently helped him in his shootings. –Why he feels red dots on guns are good for all officers. –What officers should focus on between speed and accuracy. Links mentioned: On Target Training and Consulting Jack’s Instagram
59:40 7/18/23
Mastering the Game: Jay Beal's Key Insights for a Top Ten Finish
In this captivating episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Jay Beal, a remarkable individual who defies expectations. While most people know Jay as a dedicated blueberry goat farmer, there’s much more to his story.  I speak with Jay after his top ten finish at this year’s Carry Optics Nationals out of about 500 people! Discover how Jay masterfully balances the demanding lifestyle of a farmer with the rigorous training required in the world of competitive shooting. From cultivating blueberries to honing his marksmanship skills, Jay’s commitment and dedication are truly inspirational. In this episode, we explore: 🔹 Jay’s introduction to competitive shooting and how it became a significant part of his life. 🔹 The mental and physical discipline required to excel in the world of competitive shooting. 🔹 How Jay manages his time effectively to pursue both his passion for shooting and his responsibilities as a blueberry goat farmer. 🔹 Tips and advice for aspiring competitive shooters looking to follow in Jay’s footsteps. Whether you’re an avid shooter, a farmer, or simply intrigued by the stories of remarkable individuals, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in to gain insights into Jay Beal’s unique journey and be inspired to pursue your own passions with discipline and determination. 🌟 Don’t miss out! Click the link below to listen to this captivating conversation with Jay Beal: Links mentioned: Jay’s Instagram
52:03 7/11/23
FNP 228 : Jacob Hetherington - Unleashing Excellence from the Army (Replay)
Jacob Hetherington just took 3rd place at this year's Carry Optics Nationals.  He consistently wins or comes close to winning every major match (International and National) he competes in.  Jacob joined the Army in 2015 and shoots for the Army's Marksmanship Unit.  Jacob already has earned a top spot on the team that will cross over to a major sponsor once he leaves the military following other greats like Max Michel, Travis Tomasi, Julie Golob and KC Eusebio. I originally recorded this episode back in 2018 and after his 3rd place finish, I thought it would be great to hear from him again. In this podcast you’ll hear: What it’s like to be a part of the Army Marksmanship Unit. What are “pressure poops”! And what to tell your junior shooter (if you have one) to focus on when coaching them.
40:47 6/30/23
FNP 227 : Isaac Lockwood - The Man Working to Shoot 6 Shots in Under One Second
Have you ever wanted to shoot fast?  Or get better at your Bill Drills?  Do you know what a Bill Drill is?  That’s 6 shots at 7 yards landing them in the A-zone of a USPSA target.  The standard goal is all 6 in under 2 seconds.  That is speed and accuracy.  Competitive shooter Isaac Lockwood is going for supersonic.  6 shots in under a second.  He is close.  At last year’s Bill Drill Challenge at Nationals, he did the 6 shots in 1.23 seconds.  This weekend he goes back to Carry Optics Nationals and will face the winner of this year’s challenge.  Isaac thinks he can do it. Isaac is a former law enforcement officer from California who now shoots and teaches all the time.  He also is a pro staff member of Howitzer Clothing and shares that position with shooting greats such as JJ Racaza and Max Michel. In this episode, you hear: –How Isaac is able to get the shots off in such a short amount of time. –How Isaac prepares for a National Championship. –What Isaac practices when he goes to the range. Links mentioned in the show: Howitzer Clothing Pro Staff Isaac’s Instagram
69:44 6/23/23
FNP 226 : USPSA Presidency Race Heats Up with Luigi Li's Campaign
Luigi Li is currently running for USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) President and the election is going on right now.  Listeners of this podcast know that I compete in USPSA as it’s one of the shooting sports that makes you a better shooter.  If you want to carry your gun every day or are required to because of your job, going out and competing is a great way to increase your skills.  The USPSA organization has over 37, 000 members that compete in all sorts of firearms, from handguns to rifles.  In this episode, I sat down with Luigi, who I’ve known for several years.  Luigi has served on the board of my local shooting club for 8 years.  He travels internationally to matches and recently shot at the latest World Shoot. Is Luigi the right choice for USPSA president?  Listen and make your own decision.  Also, I kept the Q&A session from the live show this was recorded from. In this episode you'll hear: --Why Luigi thinks USPSA is fractured. --Would Luigi reinstate banned members? --What Luigi thinks the USPSA President really is. Links mentioned: Luigi’s Instagram Email Luigi at
78:45 6/16/23
In force-on-force training, participants engage in simulated scenarios where they face opposition from other individuals or teams. These scenarios involve using non-lethal training ammunition, such as paintball rounds or simulated munitions, to replicate the effects of real weapons without causing fatal injuries. The training can take place in various settings, including indoor facilities, outdoor environments, or purpose-built training grounds. Force-on-force training offers several benefits, including: Realistic decision-making: Participants have to make split-second decisions under pressure, simulating the cognitive demands of actual operational situations. Stress inoculation: By exposing participants to simulated high-stress situations, force-on-force training helps them develop the ability to perform effectively and make sound decisions under duress. Tactical proficiency: The training allows participants to practice and refine their tactical skills, including movement, communication, and target engagement, in a dynamic and interactive setting. My guest today is Don Redl who is a certified instructor in Force on Force from Simunition (General Dynamics.)  Don was also a competitive shooter and runs a security/executive protection company, Executive Options for over two decades.  He teaches Force on Force as well as different tactical shooting classes.  Don is the author of several books including his latest “Force of Force”.  Finally, Don is an expert witness in many training accidents that often go to court. In this podcast you’ll learn: –What it’s like to go on an executive protection assignment. –How to incorporate Force on Force into your training program to round out your skillset. –What steps to take to make sure you’re safe in Force on Force training. Links mentioned: Executive Options  
53:22 6/9/23
FNP 224 : Adam Haidary - Inside Look: How Adam Haidary is Helping Police Fight and Survive
Adam Haidary is a former police training sergeant and spent seven years in law enforcement.  One of the things he realized, was that police officers often had a hard time dealing with combative subjects and weren’t really trained on how to do it.  Old-style control techniques that were not pressure tested, would fail and the situation could easily escalate to deadly force.  Adam created Effective Fitness Training and Effective Fitness Combatives to solve these issues.  The programs utilize Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the use of a firearm as well as various fitness challenges to keep officers in shape.  His company works with police departments around the nation and he has a solid cadre of instructors. Adam also has a massive Instagram page called Police Posts This page is filled with body cam footage and other videos that show critical incidents (from fights to shootings) that are debriefed.  The purpose is not to draw criticism of the officer’s actions but to have an open training dialogue about how the incident could have gone better and lessons learned. In this episode, you’ll hear: –How Adam started his programs after seeing the problems in police training. –Why BJJ is a great tool for law enforcement and why all officers should train. –What is the number one killer of police officers. Links mentioned in the episode: Police Posts on Instagram Effective Fitness on Instagram Effective Combat Website  
53:19 6/2/23
FNP 223 : Joel Turner - Improve Your Shooting with SHOT IQ
Joel Turner, a renowned expert in the field of archery, is the focus of this fascinating podcast episode. As the founder of Shot IQ, a leading organization dedicated to training archers and improving their mental game, Turner has had a significant impact on the sport and its practitioners. With a background in psychology and a deep understanding of the mind-body connection, Turner has developed innovative techniques that have revolutionized shooting performance. His groundbreaking approach to firearms training focuses not only on physical skills but also on mental strategies to enhance concentration, control anxiety, and optimize overall performance under pressure. Throughout the podcast, Turner shares his insights into the importance of mental fortitude in shooting, emphasizing how mastering the psychological aspects can have a profound impact on a shooter’s accuracy and consistency. With years of experience coaching athletes at all levels, from beginners to world champions, Turner brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. Here are some points we discuss: –The difference between open and closed loop processes. –How neurolinguistic programming is a part of firearms training. –What are the four questions you should be instantly thinking about during the shooting process. Links mentioned: SHOT IQ
66:20 5/26/23
FNP 222 : JJ Racaza - World Champion
In today’s episode, we have the privilege of exploring the remarkable journey of JJ Racaza, a world champion in the thrilling sport of practical shooting. Born in the Philippines, JJ Racaza developed a passion for firearms and marksmanship from a young age. His fascination with shooting began with air guns and gradually evolved into a lifelong pursuit. Racaza’s unwavering dedication and exceptional talent propelled him to the forefront of the shooting world. Racaza’s rise to prominence came as he honed his skills in practical shooting, a demanding sport that tests an individual’s ability to engage targets accurately and efficiently under intense pressure. With each competition, he refined his techniques, pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible in the realm of shooting sports. Throughout his illustrious career, Racaza has amassed a multitude of accolades and titles, consistently showcasing his unparalleled skills in various shooting disciplines. His unwavering commitment to excellence has made him a revered figure within the shooting community, and his expertise is sought after by aspiring marksmen worldwide. Beyond his extraordinary shooting accomplishments, JJ Racaza is renowned for his charismatic personality and dedication to sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He has become a prominent instructor, conducting training programs and seminars to inspire and empower shooters of all skill levels. Racaza’s passion for the sport extends beyond his personal achievements; he aims to foster a vibrant community of shooters who push the boundaries of what is possible in practical shooting. Join us as we delve into the life of JJ Racaza, exploring the challenges he has faced, the triumphs he has celebrated, and the invaluable wisdom he has gained along the way. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the mindset and drive that has propelled him to the pinnacle of his sport. This is the Champion’s Journey. In this show here are some takeaways: –How JJ won the 2022 World Shoot while using a stock pistol. –What type of training went into preparing for the World Shoot. –Go behind the scenes of how JJ got together with his gun sponsor. Links mentioned in the episode: JJ’s Website Howitzer Clothing
59:51 5/20/23
FNP 221 : Jack Carr - Only the Dead
The literary world is once again buzzing with anticipation as acclaimed author Jack Carr unveils his latest masterpiece, “Only the Dead.” Known for his riveting storytelling and meticulous attention to detail, Carr has captivated readers with his previous novels, and this highly anticipated release is no exception. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the intriguing world of “Only the Dead,” exploring the themes, characters, and the intense adrenaline-pumping plot that awaits eager fans. Carr is a former Navy SEAL and his first book “The Terminal List” was a successful series on Amazon Prime.  He now has two projects in the works at Amazon, the sequel to “The Terminal List” and a prequel focusing on the Ben Edwards character played by Taylor Kitsch. In this episode, Jack reveals: –What his writing process is when working on a novel. –What Jack’s influences are regarding story ideas and writing style. –What tips he has for people who want to get into the writing business. Jack writes damn good books!  It’s great to have a like-minded individual do so well in the fiction business and have so many awesome projects ahead of him.  We need to support his endeavors.  Buy the book… Links mentioned: Jack’s Website
58:14 5/12/23
FNP 220 : Bruce Gray - Uncovers the Truth
Bruce Gray is a well-known gunsmith and competitive shooter who has been involved in the firearms industry for over 40 years. He is known for his expertise in building high-performance custom firearms and has worked with many law enforcement and military agencies to develop custom firearms for their needs. Gray’s interest in firearms began in his early teens when he started shooting with his father. He later went on to serve in the United States Army and worked as a police officer in California. During this time, he became increasingly interested in firearms and began tinkering with his own guns, eventually leading him to pursue a career as a gunsmith. Gray has worked with a number of firearms manufacturers over the years, including Kimber, Springfield Armory, and Sig Sauer. He is perhaps best known for his work on 1911-style pistols, which he has customized for competitive shooters, law enforcement agencies, and military units. He is also known for his work on the Sig Sauer P320, which he has modified for competition use. In addition to his work as a gunsmith, Gray is a highly accomplished competitive shooter. He has won numerous national and international shooting competitions, including the Steel Challenge, the USPSA Open Nationals, and the IPSC World Shoot. He is also a sought-after instructor and has trained law enforcement officers and military personnel in the use of firearms. Gray continues to be active in the firearms industry and remains a respected figure in the competitive shooting community. He is known for his attention to detail and his commitment to providing high-quality custom firearms that meet the needs of his clients. In this episode, Bruce talks about: –How he tested the P320 for “out of battery” shooting and what his results were. –What he recommends is the best spring set for shooting the P320. –How he is incorporating new training methods to rethink his shooting. Links mentioned in the show: Gray Guns Inc. Bruce’s Facebook page
75:35 5/5/23
FNP 219 : John Lovell - Building a Home Defense (Replay)
John Lovell is a former Army Ranger and Special Forces soldier, as well as the founder of Warrior Poet Society, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality training and education in self-defense, firearms, and tactical skills. In this podcast replay from 2018, Lovell covers a range of topics related to self-defense, personal development, and current events, drawing on his extensive experience in the military and law enforcement. He emphasizes the importance of mental preparation, situational awareness, and physical fitness, as well as the need for responsible gun ownership and use.  We also get into the pros and cons of different weapon systems so you can make the right choice.
61:57 4/28/23
FNP 218 : Steven Gould - Sharing the Police Experience
Steven Gould is a current law enforcement officer in a rural area of Massachusetts.  He is also the producer and host of the “Things Police See” podcast and the “Cops in the News” show.  Steven started these podcasts to share the police experience after working with several LAPD cops while working as a background investigator.  The stories he heard every day made Steven realize that he needed to share them with people because most folks do not know what really goes on in the law enforcement world.  The things police see are sometimes tragic and sometimes heroic but are always entertaining. In this episode you’ll hear: –What makes rural police enforcement so appealing. –Why good fathers are so important to young men. –Should people take up the badge and enter law enforcement? “Things Police See” podcast.
57:40 4/21/23

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