Rank #1: 052 Interview with Bob Stasch of the Chicago Police Department
Another “On the Road” Episode, this time we talk to a 30 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who shares a wealth of his experience with us. We caught up with Bob Stasch at the ILEETA conference in Illinois last month and in this episode Mas talks to him about his many years “on the job” … and the many line of duty gunfights he has survived and won.
Bob Stasch in his office in Chicago
First Shots is coming to Live Oak, Florida!
Pro Arms is having a First Shots Program at their Live Oak Florida location. First Shots is a great introduction to shooting for anyone interested in the shooting sports, no experience necessary.
Date: June 26, 2010
Time 1:00 & 3:00 PM
To sign up call 386-364-GUNS and ask for Steve.
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May 22 2010
Rank #2: 054 Jeff Hall and The Firefight at Manley Hot Springs
Our series of interviews with those who have prevailed in gunfights continues. In this gripping episode, famed Alaska State Trooper Jeff Hall discusses the cataclysmic gunfight in which he killed the serial murderer who had just mortally wounded Jeff’s partner. Jeff offers deep insights into the mindset required for winning a gunfight, and explains why after a long career in law enforcement he is a staunch advocate of a responsibly armed citizenry.
Jeff Hall demonstrates a double-tap with a Nighthawk 1911.
Jeff’s Story at Tactical-Life.com
Story from the Gadsden Times
ESCA Tech for the D Lead Soap
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Jul 05 2010
Rank #3: 060 Protecting Yourself on the Street and in Court
We’re back with another set of interviews for your listening pleasure. First we will hear from Tom Givens of Rangemaster in Memphis, an excellent training facility who probably has the dubious distinction of have trained the largest number of armed citizens that have been involved in a self-defense incident that required them to draw a weapon. You can find information about their Tactical Conferences there too.
Tom also writes for SWAT Magazine and we talk about his recent review of the Taurus Judge. Sorry but the article isn’t on like but I have linked to the issue.
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Second up will be an update on The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network with Marty Hayes. the network has grown considerably since it’s inception almost three years ago. Marty talks about a case the network worked on you can find more info on the case in the September ACLDN Journal.
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Oct 04 2010
Rank #4: 011 The Glock Pistol and Chris Edwards talks about GSSF
The ProArms Team takes a look at the ubiquitous Glock pistol in all its incarnations. Present for this Discussion are: John, Terri, Mas, Steve, Herman, Mike, Gail and Claudette the Rottweiler. Since its inception the Glock has proven itself to be a very popular pistol in the Military, Law Enforcement and civilian markets.
All the participants have not only “taught and shot” the Glocks extensively, but all have substantial experience carrying them. All likewise have considerable experience shooting matches (and frequently winning) with Glocks in calibers 9mm, .40, .45 ACP, and even .45 GAP. Two have carried them on police duty, and one has been involved in court cases that focused on shootings with Glock pistols.
We also go into the Glock Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF) matches, and include an exclusive interview with The Man Himself, Chris Edwards, head of GSSF!
If all you know about Glock is what you hear in the movies like this quote from Die Hard 2:
“That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me! You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it costs more than you make here in a month!” You defiantly need to listen to this podcast.
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Nov 10 2008
Rank #5: 101 On The Dot.
Another visit with Karl Rehn, who presented a shorter version of his Red Dot Study at a recent MAG40 class held at his range in Texas. His Red Dot Study, looked at the differences in shooter performance comparing slide mounted Red Dot sights, Frame mounted laser sights and Iron Sights and it just might not be what you expect.
He had published a lot more information on the study on his blog, “Notes from KR” Karl also runs an excellent shooting school, KR Training, it is well worth looking him up for some novel classes and innovative thinking.
Some more links from the show:
Brilliant Backstraps – so you can get your bling too!
May 28 2017
Rank #6: 075 Legal Issues and the Colorado Shooting
We are back!!!
This year it have been particularly difficult getting the podcasts posted, not for lack of good material but for lack of time to be able to sit down at the computer. This podcast was made possible with a lot of editing help from our friend Miguel. Okay, he did all the editing. You may know Miguel from his blog; The Gun Free Zone or from Concealed Carry Magazine, or all the other places he haunts on the internet, we owe him tons of thanks for helping us to get back on track. Thanks Miggy!
This podcast was recorded at a Continuing Legal Education class in Washington presented by Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network.
Links from the show:
May 13 2012
Rank #7: 023 High Quality for Your Caliber
A discussion about ammunition selection for personal defense. Each member of the ProArms team talks about what ammo they have chosen to carry and why. Also a sneak peek at a new gun under development by Ed Brown, too bad we didn’t have this one for episode 014, our discussion of the high quality 1911 handgun.
Federal HST showing the expansion after it passed through bone and tissue.
That same bullet from the rear.
Massad Ayoob signature edition by Ed Brown.
Our choices for quality self defense ammunition.
Apr 27 2009
Rank #8: 084 The Bonaci Jewelry Store Attempted Robbery
In May 0f 2013 and armed robber attempted to rob the Bonaci Jewelry Store in Kent, WA. The robber came in with his gun drawn, Bob Bonaci had little time to react but react he did. He performed the indicated response and the robber was found dead on a bench some time later.
There are many lessons to learn from this incident. The first lesson is how fast this can and did happen and how little time you may have to react. We have several videos from a couple of different angles showing how quickly this transpired.
First video is the attempted robbery at real time:
Attempted Robbery at 1/8th speed:
Same view in 1/8th time:
Four Views of the incident in real time:
Feb 02 2014
Rank #10: 046 McDonald v Chicago
In light of the upcoming McDonald v Chicago Supreme Court Case we present a recording made at a Press Conference recorded at the last SHOT Show.
Participating in the Press Conference are Joe Tartaro and Alan Gottlieb of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
For more information on the case go to chicagoguncase.com
Mar 11 2010
Rank #11: 055 “We’re Getting the Band Back Together” to discuss the .357 SIG cartridge
We had a podcast powerful enough turn goat piss into gasoline!
It’s been a long time since we had the whole Band together, this time we have everyone but Mike (he was up “nort”) to discuss our experiences with the .357SIG cartridge. The topic was by listener request. Learn how many state police departments have adopted it, why it can be an ideal personal protection round in rural areas, and why some of our podcast team members carry that caliber daily.
Links from this episode:
Ocala Sportman’s Association
First Coast IDPA
IDPA New Rules
Warren Tactical Sights
Cover of Mas’ book that we discussed in the episode
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Jul 11 2010
Rank #12: 072 LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!
It was world news a few months ago when a crazed man released his menagerie of wild animals upon his community, and then committed suicide. It was left to the Muskingum County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Matt Lutz to contain the dangerous animals before they could maul or kill citizens.
A link is provided here for the report by the Sheriff’s Department. Here, we present the story told by those who were there. A detective who had to blast a lion at close range with a 12 gauge. A deputy who killed a charging bear with a single shot from his Glock .40, just an instant before the bear reached him. The patrol and SWAT deputies who hunted through the night with their patrol rifles and SWAT precision rifles, until the last threat to their community was extinguished. And the high Sheriff, who had to answer for it all.
Thanks to our friend, associate, and consultant Keith Jones, who participated in the discussion.
The Ayoob Files in American Handgunner
Esquire Magazine article by Chris Jones.
Jan 15 2012
Rank #13: 028 The Browning High Power
Hi, folks –
To fill in our podcast notes on the Hi-Power episode, #28, the first thing we have to tell you is that we neglected something so basic to Browning Hi-Power shooters that all the experienced people who fit that description on the podcast forgot to mention it. While the gun has always been listed as a fourteen-shot pistol (thirteen in the magazine, one more in the chamber) Team ProArms goes with the collective wisdom that it is usually wise to download the magazine by one. Mas notes that when he was in England, British SAS troopies told him they were penalized a day without pay for each Hi-Power magazine they were found carrying with more than twelve rounds. Apparently squeezing in the thirteenth round not only makes reloading difficult with the slide forward (no flex left in the magazine spring due to densely packed cartridge stack), but for the same reason causes additional friction drag between the topmost cartridge and the bottom of the slide as the pistol cycles after the first shot. This, characteristically, causes a jam between the first and second shots. While it doesn’t happen with all Hi-Power magazines, it has happened with so many that we recommend downloading to twelve per mag.
The magazine article Mas is heard quoting from is one that he wrote several years ago for the magazine The Accurate Rifle. The article is attached to the podcast notes.
“Flinger-Dinger” is the local terminology (in Suwannee County anyway) for what is more commonly known as the Rotator target. For complete description go to the link provided here for Better-Bilt, the steel target company run by Steve Camp in Illinois.
To add to the confusion, two men with the same name come into play here. The other Stephen Camp is the Browning Hi-Power authority who runs the website http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com, which all of us at Team ProArms strongly recommend.
CAVIM is the acronym for the Venezuelan company that manufactures very hot NATO spec 9mm Parabellum ammunition.
Ed Lovette, mentioned in the podcast, is a former CIA operative and current writer and trainer whose work appears in Combat Handguns magazine. We here all know Ed and strongly recommend that good gun people become familiar with his work.
The two gunsmiths most prominently mentioned in the podcast for top-level “carry gun” Hi-Power modifications are Wayne Novak at Novak’s .45 Shop in West Virginia, and Bill Laughridge (pronounced “LOCK-ridge”) who owns the Cylinder and Slide Shop in Nebraska.
The manufacturer of the Hi-Power .22 Long Rifle Conversion Unit that was mentioned is Jonathan Arthur Ciener.
For information on the Polite Society combat match and Tactical Conference, go to www.rangemaster.com. Gail and Mas both went this year and found it pleasant and instructive, and Gail took High Lady honors at the match.
The book mentioned as the best reference on the topic is “The Browning High Power Automatic Pistol” by R. Blake Stevens, published in 1990 in Ontario by Collector Grade Publications. Also of interest is “Inglis Diamond: The Canadian High Power Pistol” by Clive M. Law, from the same publisher.
This podcast came directly from listener feedback that we received at the ProArms section of GRRN, Gun Rights Radio Network. We’re eager to hear your feedback, and your ideas for future podcasts. One we’ve already decided to do and are planning for, at listener request, is an episode focusing on the AR15.
Oh…and don’t forget to stick around at the end of the podcast for the comments by Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patty…?
Photo Captions High Power Podcast
028_A: Parts made in Belgium, gun assembled in Portugal, this Mark III Hi-Power 9mm is currently available at ProArms and is an excellent example of current “best of breed.”
028_B: This is Mas’ 7.65mm (.30 Luger) Hi-Power, bought for teaching and carrying in a South American nation where out-of-country concealed carry permits are available, but no one except local police and military can carry anything larger than .32 caliber.
028_C: This is Mas’ Browning Hi-Power 9mm customized by Bill Laughridge at Cylinder & Slide Shop. He has carried it from Washington State to England to South Africa.
028_D: To our knowledge, the only “made in USA” Hi-Power, from Charles Daly. Sights are XS Express.
028_E: Original style Hi-Power burr or rowel hammer configuration pinches web of hand upon firing, as shown.
O28_F: Spur type hammer just misses hitting average size hand of this male shooter. Shortening hammer spur will save bigger hands from impact.
028_G: IDPA Five-Gun Master Jon Strayer shoots his Hi-Power. Spent casing is going past head but gun is still on target. Controllability is one thing master shooters love about this gun.
028_H: Mas demonstrates how to lower hammer of Hi-Power without inserting a magazine or removing magazine disconnector safety. Seen from above with slide removed for visibility, right hand is holding gun-frame, left hand middle fingertip pad is pressing the disconnector forward. Without magazine, hammer will now fall when trigger is pulled.
Jul 06 2009
Rank #14: 024 ProArms Training Tips
Each member of the ProArms Podcast Team shares some of their training regimen with the listeners.
There’s not too much text for this episode; first the links and then on to the videos.
The targets you see Steve and Gail shoot are available at: RTKBA Targets
The target Herman is shooting is the Optional USPSA Target from: Target Barn
John talks about the CED7000 timer which most of us use is available here: CED timer
The article Gail refers to is : Drills for the Public Range by Andy Kemp, who also offers excellent training in Illinois and Idaho.
Steve shows us how to trust our “wobble zone” in Shake, Rattle and Roll
Mike stresses how important is is to practice with your non-dominant hand.
Mas practices re-loading and maintaining sustained fire
Herman shows us how he practices a “Focus Drill”
Terri, who excels at distance shooting demonstrates her long range “Focus Drill”.
In this video you can really see how she deals with being cross-eye dominant, she is right handed with a dominant left eye.
John demonstrates String three of the IDPA classifier.
Chris does the “Gunsite Drill” and a drill of his own.
Gail shows how we can adapt to practice/train on a public range.
May 11 2009
Rank #15: 017A Homing in on the Defensive Shotgun
It’s our last episode of the year and it is Magnum sized, so big that we had to divide it into two parts so be sure that you get both parts! (A double-barreled podcast, so to speak.)
In response to lots of listener feedback and questions we thought that we would discuss the shotgun for home defense.
Feb 02 2009
Rank #16: 087 The Spencer Newcomer Case
On June 10, 2012 Spencer Newcomer shot and killed his next door neighbor in self defense. On this episode of the ProArms Podcast we listen in as Spencer recounts his experiences on that day and during his subsequent incarceration and eventual acquittal of a First-Degree Murder charge.
Friend of the ProArms Podcast and founder of the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, Marty Hayes, was an expert witness for Spencer’s defense.
Live Blogging of the trial here.
Some local coverage of the case:
Apr 11 2014
Rank #17: 100 Getting the Band Back Together
Links for this episode:
- Gail carries an extra magazine now because of SnagMag.
- The Federal Air Marshal’s Qualification Course.
- Glock Training.
- Glock Shooting Sports Foundation.
- Hudson H9
- The photo is Terri’s new Roscoe.
May 14 2017
Rank #18: 063 Rhino? Why, yes!
The Rhino is a homely beast
but you should try one, at the least.
– With apologies to Ogden Nash.
This is a long episode. First the ProArms team was charged with testing a Chiappa Rhino and we found a lot to like about this new revolver of revolutionary design.
In the second part we talk with Grant Cunningham about the mechanics of the Rhino, and more.
Chiappa Rhino Website
Grant Cunningham’s Blog Posts on the Rhino, excellent pictures here.
The cutaway Rhino from the SHOT Show 2010
The 2″ Rhino we tested for this review
The “Cocking Lever” and rear sight. Red “Cocking Indicator” can be seen on the left side on top.
A closeup the the Rhino’s hexagonal cylinder showing the pins and the extractor star.
This is the group Mas shot out of the Rhino Revolver.MagTech Gold 125 grain .357 Magnum hollowpoint at 25 yards, 5 shots, 3 in one hole.
Our Lovely Holster Model Chris, shows off the Rhino in it’s sleek custom holster.
Some new info from the Manufacturer:
RHINO PERFORMANCE KITS
A revolver bred for competition! The Rhino Revolver’s unique combination of ergonomic design and physical characteristics will make it a natural born revolver for competitive shooting. Chiappa has developed a series of competitive enhancement kits to meet the specific needs of competitive shooting sports which will increase the Rhino’s performance to the greatest degree. Both double action pull and single action release will be greatly enhanced by these performance kits. Please note, that due to the lighter pull obtained, some of these kits may not be suitable for defensive purposes and should not be utilized in a “Service” revolver. Every Rhino will be manufactured with a standard “Fire Control” set, however you will have the option for the following performance “Fire Control” sets:
Stage 1: While maintaining reliability for a “Service Revolver”, Stage 1 Fire Control reduces both double action trigger pull and SA release from the standard model bringing the DA pull to approximately 8-10 Lb, with a very smooth DA cycle.
Stage 2: Perfect for combat / tactical competition, Stage 2 Fire Control kit reduces the DA trigger pull is reduced and will allow speed on trigger release. DA Trigger pull is reduced to 7-8 pounds delivering a very soft but reliable DA trigger pull with reliable ignition* (this set must be used with soft primers to insure reliability)
Stage 3: For speed events and precision shooting, the Stage 3 fire control kit is the perfect choice! Stage 3 reduces the double action pull to a mere 6-7 pounds, providing a very smooth and lightning quick trigger return. (This set must be used with soft primers to insure reliability)
Only authorized service centers can perform these modifications, because they will have necessary tools and original components for replacement.
Nov 19 2010
Rank #20: 025 Review of the Ruger LCR
We got our hands on a Ruger LCR and put it to the test in this episode of the ProArms Podcast. To see a picture of a dismantled LCR check out our pictures from episode 19. In addition check out Steve’s article on the LCR atOfficer.com
A 21st century revolver amid some 21st century accoutrements.
The Group Steve shot with the LCR that we talked about in the Podcast
The Ruger LCR shown with the Galco pocket holster
The LCR with Gail’s Blade Tech holster made for the SP 101
May 25 2009