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023 Let’s Talk About Guns and Gear! And Bourbon Whiskey!

Let's Talk About Guns and Gear! And Bourbon Whiskey!

Do you like just sitting around and talking about guns?  Do you like talking about shooting almost as much as you like SHOOTING?  Do you think bourbon and whiskey are nectars of the gods?  Do you ever wish you could just hang out with other people who like them too? 

Yeah.  So do we. 

David and Mark and their good friend Brad take a much needed break this episode to sit around and just catch up with each and savor some slow sips.  We hope you enjoy it as much as they did!

 

 

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022 Randy Harris on Low Light Training, Tactics and Gear. All the Lumens!

Randy Harris on Low Light Training, Tactics and Gear.  ALL THE LUMENS!

Firearms and tactics instructor Randy Harris rejoins us from Episode 1 and we talk about gun-fighting in low light conditions.  Randy walks us through some of what he trains his students in his classes, we discuss tactics and we talk about gearing up for gun fights in less than ideal lighting conditions.  Statistically more fights happen between 6:00PM and 6:00AM than the rest of the day!  Are you ready for it if the fight comes to you?

 

About Randy Harris:

Randy Harris is an instructor with Suarez International. He has 19 years experience working in the shooting industry, is an NRA certified instructor and has had articles published in several defense oriented internet newsletters and publications. He has been a practitioner at the National Tactical Invitational and has been a presenter at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.

A recent student had this to say about Randy:

“Randy Harris is a subject matter expert that is teaching right in his wheel house. Randy is a nice guy who does not let his ego get involved in the class and what he is doing. He is probably the best firearms teacher that you have not heard of, and he is better than many you have heard of.”

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Randy's Upcoming Low-Light Fight at Night Class
https://www.tngunowners.com/forums/topic/107105-august-11-fight-at-night/

  • August 11, 2018
  • Dayton, Tennessee

 

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StreamLight Lighting
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021 Tony Torre of Urban Survival Craft on Practical Urban Survival Prepping

Tony Torre of Urban Survival Craft on Practical Urban Survival Prepping

Tony Torre of Urban Survival Craft in Miami, Florida stops by to speak with David and Mark about practical urban survival preparation.  We discuss realistic scenarios where a person might need to use a “Get Home Kit” or “Get Home Bag” to evacuate from work or leisure locations, and get back home.  Tony provides advice on the skills, gear, tools and preparedness you should have before disasters strike.

 

About Tony Torre:

Tony is the founder of and principal at Urban Survival Craft in Miami, Florida.  

He has been a bail bondsman for the last 20 years with field experience in surveillance and fugitive recovery.  Previously he was chief instructor with (OPS) Options For Personal Security and an instructor with Praetorian Worldwide Inc. and Common Sense Self-Defense/Street Combat (CSSDSC).  

Tony is an an outdoor adventure enthusiast. He is a practitioner of and certified consultant for (PB-CAM) Plant Based Health Complementary Medicine, and an American Safety and Health Institute Certified instructor teaching First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR.  He has taught courses related to firearms and defensive tactics for more than 20 years and he is a 6th degree black belt in the Filipino martial art of Arnis.

For Tony’s full bio and more information about his training group, head over to UrbanSuvivalCraft.com.

 

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020 Dan McCalmon of Polymer 80

Dan McCalmon of Polymer 80

Dan McCalmon, Executive Vice President at Polymer 80, stops by to chat with David and Mark about the world of 80% firearms.  Dan answers questions from our listeners AND fills us in on some new products coming soon from Polymer 80!!!  Could this be the first time some of these things are revealed on a podcast?!?

 

About Dan McCalmon:

  • Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Product Development, and Inventory functions.

About Polymer 80:

  • Premier producer of do-it-yourself products that the average firearms enthusiast can complete in their home or garage without the need for a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
  • Founded in 2013
  • Product line includes AR15, AR10 and Glock pistol platforms.
  • https://www.polymer80.com

 

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019 Doctor Sherman House on Being the First Responder

Doctor Sherman House on Being the First Responder

David and Mark sit down with Doctor Sherman House of the CivilianDefender.com to talk about his experiences in the arena of trauma medicine and what emergency medical skills everyone should possess.  This is an excellent start to our recurring series on medical skills for the average citizen and Dr. House provides a lively and very informative dialogue on the subject.

 

About Doctor Sherman House:

  • Dr. House is currently in his 22nd year as a healthcare provider, and is a Hospital, Special Needs and General Dentist just outside of Nashville TN. Prior to his career in dentistry, Dr. House was a Fireman and Emergency Medical Technician in Washington State. Concurrently, he was a Shotgun Messenger for several West Coast Armored Truck companies.
  • He holds undergraduate degrees in Law Enforcement, Cell Biology and Philosophy from Gonzaga University. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Meharry Medical College with Honors in Nashville, TN. He earned a Hospital Dentistry Certificate as the Chief Resident from the Metro General Hospital also in Nashville.

  • Dr. House is the originator of the CIVILIAN DEFENDER training concept. He has personally saved lives using CPR, Rescue Breathing, Automated External Defibrillator, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, and Heimlich Maneuver techniques.

  • He has studied extensively in the defensive arts, both armed and unarmed, as well as self-defense law, emergency medicine, criminal psychology, tactical driving and other survival skills from a list of instructors, which reads like the Who’s Who of the training industry.
  • For those interested in Dr. House’s complete biography, you should head over to http://www.CivilianDefender.com and view the About page!

 

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018 Women’s Perspectives on the Second Amendment and the Gun Culture

Women's Perspectives on the Second Amendment and the Gun Culture

It is finally here!  David and Mark hand over the show to their wives, Sandy and Christen, and return guest Tiffany Johnson.  Join them as they talk about the Second Amendment and Firearms Culture from a woman's perspective.  If you're a female gun owner, shooter, concealed carrier, or know someone who is, we think you'll enjoy this!

This episode is the first of what we hope will be a regular part of the Shooters Nation schedule.  Be sure to leave a review on iTunes or send them some feedback by visiting our website.

 

About Sandy Yancy:

  • Sandy is a Registered Nurse and lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, David, their two kids and two dogs.

About Christen Lancaster:

  • Christen also works in healthcare and lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband, Mark, their two kids and two dogs.  Christen and Mark own Squared Away Customs.

About Tiffany Johnson:

  • Tiffany is an attorney, educator, firearms trainer, blogger and Second Amendment advocate.  She lives in Memphis with her two dogs.  Tiffany keeps a fantastic blog on the Second Amendment and Firearms Culture at FrontSightPress.com.

 

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017 Church Safety / Security Teams with US Navy SEAL William

Church Safety and Security Teams

David and Mark speak with guest, William, about establishing an All-Hazards response team and protocol for places of worship.  William is a retired US Navy SEAL who now serves as the Director of Campus Security for a large church and attached private school in Middle Tennessee. 

This episode is packed full of no-nonsense, practical answers to some challenging questions.  We hope that it helps you inspire conversation and improved safety at your own church, synagogue, temple or place of worship.  Be sure to view the show notes or visit our website for more resources related to this topic.

 

About William:

  • We are only using William's first name partially for the sake of operational security and also to establish some separation between his role as a Subject Matter Expert and his day job working for his church.  The leadership team at his church was very supportive of him joining us and hope that this makes other congregations safer, but they are obviously not in the business of providing security consultation to other organizations.

  • William is the Director of Campus Security for a large (5,000+ members) church and private school in Middle Tennessee.  His security career began with 20-years in the US Navy as a SEAL and as a Master EOD Technician (bomb tech).

  • Additionally, he served as the Vice President for Security and Emergency Preparedness at the Los Angeles Dodgers for multiple seasons, served as the Deputy Director for the largest regulatory program within the Dept. of Homeland Security overseeing the security for over 450 federalized airports, and as a firearms and tactics instructor at the Institute of Police Science, Metropolitan DC Police Department.

  • William holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, was selected to pilot the first Transportation Leadership Program in 2010 at the University of Southern California's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security, International.

 

Episode Resources:

1.  http://www.carlchinn.com

Carl Chinn's website exists to help Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations (FBO's) recognize the need for intentional security and to provide simple concepts for starting or improving security programs.  The “Deadly Force History” section is where Carl keeps a log of deadly force events at Faith Based Organizations, the number of which is staggeringly high.

 

2.  https://www.fema.gov/plan

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has published a report entitled “Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers“.

 

3.  https://thomrainer.com/2018/01/new-normal-church-security/

While not directly mentioned in the episode, this was a reference item that David used in preparation for the discussion.  This article discusses some of the resistance to security measures by the “vocal minority” in some congregations, and also some of the reasons why so many churches are adopting security programs.

 

4.  https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2017/november/church-security-how-do-we-keep-our-people-safe-in-world-whe.html

This is another research source that David used but was not directly mentioned in the show.  More information about past violent incidents at churches and Faith Based Organizations and discussion on some of the challenges that smaller churches face when establishing safety teams.

 

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016 Tiffany Johnson on Widening the 2A Tent. Diversity and Inclusion in the Firearms Community.

Tiffany Johnson and Aqil Qadir on Widening the 2A Tent.

(Diversity and Inclusion in the Firearms Community)

 

David sits down with the lovely, armed and responsibly dangerous Ms. Tiffany Johnson, Esq. of the FrontSightPress blog, and her partner Aqil Qadir of Civilians Safety Academy, to talk about diversity and inclusion in the Second Amendment community.  Joined by David's wife for her first-ever podcast appearance, the group discusses how the firearms community is often its own worst enemy in terms of welcoming others to the fold. 

They also take to task the NRA for its questionable marketing tactics and lack of ownership for past mistakes.  Listeners may be interested to learn that many of the United States' gun laws have historically-verifiable racial beginnings.  What role did the NRA play in them?  Listen and find out.  You might be surprised!

We can't thank Tiffany and Aqil enough for placing their trust in us to come onto the show and talk about an issue that so many shy away from.  We hope that you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.  We certainly left with two extraordinary new friends as a result.

 

About Tiffany Johnson:

Tiffany is a “late bloomer” who underwent a 180-degree-conversion in the world of firearms. She grew up subscribing to common fears and misconceptions about guns and gun owners.  After college, she reluctantly enrolled in a Rangemaster handgun safety course, and she was hooked.

In addition to being mentored by Tom and Lynn Givens and other Rangemaster instructors, Tiffany has also trained under Jim Higginbotham, John Farnam, Craig Douglas, Massad Ayoob, Jeff Gonzales, Marshall Luton, and several respected veterans of the self-defense community.

She is member of the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation, and she has earned instructor credentials from the State of Tennessee, the State of Mississippi, the National Rifle Association, Massad Ayoob Group, and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification).

Tiffany is also a lawyer and a teacher, teaching college courses at the University of Memphis where she coordinates their legal studies program.  Prior to starting her own business as a freelance legal writer and researcher, she practiced personal injury and civil rights law.

 

About Aqil Qadir:

Aqil is the founder and lead instructor of Citizens Safety Academy. His background as a firearms instructor started at age 12, teaching urban youth in his father’s gun club.

He followed in his dad’s footsteps, becoming an NRA Certified Instructor at the age of 22. Together they have been teaching Handgun Carry Permit classes since 1993.

Aqil has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, and more than half of that time was spent as a police firearms instructor. Since leaving law enforcement, his passion has been teaching responsible citizens how to protect themselves and their families.

 

 

Episode Resources

Tiffany's Blog – Front Sight Press 
http://frontsightpress.com/

 

Citizens Safety Academy
https://citizenssafety.com/

 

 

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015 Traveling While Armed (It’s Time for Vacation!)

Traveling While Armed.  It's Time for Vacation!

The Summer months are here and for many of us that means traveling for vacation!  David and Mark discuss the ins and outs of traveling while armed, share their personal experiences of flying with guns and dealing with the TSA, and driving across state lines with firearms.

As always we want to remind our listeners that this podcast and the statements made within it do not constitute legal advice.  You should always research, for yourself, the gun laws in the states and towns that you are visiting before going armed.  Likewise, you should always be cognizant of the laws that relate to specific modes of travel (planes, trains, buses, ships, etc.) and to the venues that you will be visiting.

A quick call to local law enforcement in the area where you will be staying can typically yield the answer to basic questions, and a multitude of research options exist on the Internet as well.

 

Episode Resources

 

Websites for Checking Gun Laws

 

Websites for Checking Local Crime Stats

  • City-Data is a great place to start researching a neighborhood. It provides crime rates broken down by type and compared year to year.
  • Family Watchdog  combines data from state sex offender registries to provide information on registered sex offenders. You can narrow down the results by zip code or by exact address.
  • Crime Reports partners with law enforcement agencies to provide public access to information. Areas where incidents have been reported will show on a map detailing the type and frequency of crimes.

 

Apps for Checking Local Crime Stats

  • Crime and Place has both a free and paid version (depending on the desired features). Use this app as you check out houses — it provides a moving map and compass to see the crime statistics in the surrounding area. It offers both personal and property crime scores and an interactive heat map.
  • CrimeMapping provides law enforcement data in a GPS-enabled map, so it will update as you travel through different neighborhoods.
  • SpotCrime gives real-time crime information for things like robberies, thefts, shootings, arrests and more.

 

 

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014 Debrief on Making Our Schools Safer (Ep 13) with US Navy SEAL William

Debrief on Making Our Schools Safer

Listen Episode #13 before this one!  Our last episode was huge and left a lot of thoughts racing through our minds.  US Navy SEAL, William, gave us a ton of things to think about and our listeners sent in quite a few questions that they wanted answered afterward.  In this episode, David and Mark work through the listener questions and do a debrief of what William shared with us about making our schools safer.

If you listened to Ep #13 and had questions or have been busting at the seems trying to talk to other people about it, this episode is very much for you.  Be sure to listen to Ep #13 first if you haven't already.

 

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