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Mike Drop

The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

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002 Nick “The Reaper” Irving

Hear firsthand the gripping account of what it’s like to end 33 lives in 4 months with a sniper rifle in Afghanistan. Nick “The Reaper” Irving joins us to talk about his experiences as an Army Ranger sniper in the global war on terror.Being the first black sniper in 3rd Ranger battalion's history, we also delve into the tense race relations in this country and how our similar backgrounds can be a means to move forward working together as a nation.

9 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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003 Jay Dobyns

After being an All Pac-10 wide receiver and not making the cut at the NFL combine, Jay Dobyns was on a new mission. That mission was a dangerous one of busting criminals as an undercover agent with the ATF. With a lightning-fast learning curve of being shot on his first operation, he spent the next 20+ years infiltrating all manner of criminal enterprises — including the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club.

26 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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030 Shawn Ryan

Former Navy SEALCIA security contractorTrained Keanu Reeves for John Wick to be even more of a bad assReminds you of Dirty Harry 2.0 with his Sahara Desert bone dry sarcasmThis episode I sit down with Shawn Ryan of Vigilance Elite to discuss all things bad ass. No feelings spared here (are you surprised at this point?) and lots of good info and stories shared in true Mike Drop fashion. Vigilanceelite.com instagram.com/shawnryan762

12 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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010 Andy Stumpf

This guest has pushed the boundaries of human performance in wingsuit flying and smashed world records in doing so, is a decorated combat veteran Navy SEAL and all around Patriot. Andy Stumpf and I talk about his experiences that have gotten him to where he is today, and also answer a lot of your questions regarding hot bed political and societal issues relevant in our country today. There’s no shortage of perspective and solutions in this episode.AndyStumpf.com

5 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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005 Clark Impastato

This episode, I welcome a former SEAL training classmate who I’ve not seen in over a decade, Clark Impastato. He has run the full gambit of Navy SEAL, overseas security contractor, and undercover cop with Phoenix PD. We delve into the journey that many of us veterans face when getting out of the military and trying find our way with our unique set of skills. There’s no shortage of jokes and ridiculousness with us catching up after all this time. You can follow Clark on Instagram - @frogman2155

27 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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023 Eddie Penney

The parallels of character that exists in a SEAL team 6 operator & devoted father who suddenly found himself taking care of several children by himself immediately returning from combat is incredibly inspiring. I sit down with Eddie Penney, CEO of Contingent group & former SEAL team 6 operator. He gives us amazing insight into the incredibly competent and world famous unit that has been responsible for numerous high level operations.Instagram.com/eddie.penney www.contingentgroup.com

1 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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021 Jeff Nichols

Have you ever wondered how our nations most elite counter terrorism strength and conditioning coaches get those pipe hitters in world class shape? Imagine one who also spent years as a tier one operator himself, then became that same units lead mofo to condition those guys. Good news- you don’t have to imagine. This episode I sit down with former Navy SEAL and CSCS Jeff Nichols @jeffcscs to talk about both his time in the teams as well as becoming the lead human performance coach in the community.

21 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 50: Clint Emerson and Shane Hiatt

This episode is especially meaningful for me. Two of my closest friends, (Clint Emerson and Shane Hiatt) that I’ve been to war with,  and all three of us close with Glen Doherty.  We talk about our time together with Glen in platoons at SEAL team 3, Iraq, and transitioning out into entrepreneurism afterward. Never a dull moment with these two bad asses. Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa @bubsnaturals

1 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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031 Chris Osman Part I

If a former Marine turned SEAL started his own tactical gear company at the turn of the century before all the big name companies do, what do you suppose would come of that? A self made entrepreneur with a ton of lessons learned the hard way so you don’t have to. In this episode I sit down with Chris Osman who graduated BUD/s class 215 with me, we talk about his military time, combat & transitioning into a multi-million dollar business owner. @_chris_osman_designs

19 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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013 Jeff Gonzales

What’s not intense about U.S. special operations battling it out with cartels? From executing counter narc tactics in central and South America, fighting in Panama and then turning it into one of the most successful shooting, consulting and training schools - this episode we sit down with former Navy SEAL and Trident concepts owner Jeff Gonzales to talk about all that and some serious fitness training as well. Packed episode as always and in true Mike Drop fashion.

31 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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011 Jeremy Mahugh

This episode is a powerful one that will surely hit home. I sit down with Jeremy Mahugh, fellow SEAL and co-founder of Deliver Fund, an anti human trafficking organization. Deliver Fund is a non-profit that utilizes special operations members’ specific skill sets and operational experience to help support law enforcement in combating the human trafficking trade here in the U.S.

20 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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017 Dr. James Mitchell

Have you ever wondered what the inside scoop is on waterboarding and breaking the worlds most dangerous terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Well, you’re in luck. This episode I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. James Mitchell, the man and patriot behind the interrogation of Al Qaeda leadership in shadowy CIA black sites, as well as the implementation of the enhanced interrogation techniques immediately after 9/11 to thwart future attacks. This one is real eye opener!

2 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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004 Chief Beck (Kristin Beck)

After a 20 year career in the SEAL teams conducting 13 deployments and spanning the globe, Chief Beck came out as the first openly transgender SEAL. We have an incredibly candid talk about the many political and societally-charged issues surrounding our nation in regards to this topic.There are a number of perspectives that Chief Beck has that will surprise you — and rest assured you won’t hear a talk like this on mainstream media outlets.

9 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 47: Jason and Iris Gardner - Back to the Basics

Our way of life that has become routine and ordinary is one of the biggest contributors to our societal degradation. The only way to fix this issue is for each of us to act, and that starts with setting the example. In this episode I sat down with Jason and Iris Gardner, and they exemplify such an example. Very raw emotion from both about life experiences, the horrors of combat, sexual assault, and the positives we can all draw and learn from with those experiences. Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa

25 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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016 David Rutherford

It’s Mr. positivity on this episode folks, Dave Rutherford joins me to talk about all things motivation and a lot of good life lessons. There’s no shortage of meaningful and deep conversation in this one, and journey that Dave has undertaken is truly inspiring. Settle in and enjoy, this one showcases many good rules to live by!

26 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 45: Nick Koumalatsos - Excommunicated Warrior

The rivalry between Marine Raiders (MARSOC) and the SEAL teams is fierce and constant. I'm often asked about the difference between the two, and what they are like. In this episode I sit down with Nick Koumalatsos to talk about them, Force Recon, and all things leatherneck. More importantly, we dive into his book "Excommunicated Warrior" to discuss the path and struggle that exists for veterans as they find their way back into the civilian world upon exiting from the service. Great info and insight about struggle and how to overcome it. Sponsored by @originlabs @originusa

11 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 52: Eddie Gallagher - Retired Navy SEAL

Arguably the most polarizing story in the history of the SEAL Teams, the war crimes accusations surrounding Eddie Gallagher have made it a tumultuous story for our entire nation. The president intervened when pre-trial confinement protocol wasn’t being followed, the media has portrayed a narrative and perspective, now it’s time to hear Eddie’s side of the story. I sat down with Eddie face to face, and wanted to get all of the questions I think most of us have answered. Irrespective of what side of the fence you sit on, listen to the whole thing and get all sides before you judge. Support the Gallagher non-profit foundation benefiting service members and law enforcement personnel at www.pipehitterfoundation.org Apparel, accessories, protection dogs, and online training at https://trikos.com Online dog training at https://teamdog.pet Team Dog Facebook - @TeamDog TrainingBooks, Blog, Media and more from Mike Ritland at https://mikeritland.com

13 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 48: Nikki Selby - Airborne Angel

A strong, powerful and independent woman who perseveres through whatever stands in her way... is a perfect description for my guest on this episode. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lt. Commander Nikki Selby, a combat veteran flight nurse with an absolutely incredible story she was kind enough to share with us. Prepare to be inspired folks- this one is fantastic. Sponsored by @originlabs @originlabsusa

7 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 51: Mike Glover - The Fieldcraft Survival Expert

The inspiration that comes from speaking with real life heroes is impossible to quantify. I continue to be humbled by the caliber of individuals that are willing to share their story with me. In sitting down with former green beret/unit member and owner of Fieldcraft Survival, Mike Glover, I continue to be amazed. After 20 years of service to this country in the highest of capacities, we talk about his experience as tomb guard, green beret, and Tier 1 operator. More importantly, we talk about how those experiences shaped who he is and how he brings that knowledge to your everyday citizen through his company, Fieldcraft survival. - Jump to a Topic - 18:36 - Childhood/growing up 23:15 - Joining the military 31:49 - Tomb of the unknown soldier duty 40:50 - Special Forces training 49:10 - Special ops deployments/operation redwings 1:24:00 - "The Unit" 2:03:40 - Benghazi 2:15:06 - Friends lost in combat and how to deal with it 2:18:56 - Getting out of the military 2:46:20 - Active shooter/ 2nd Amendment 3:04:55 - How to fix politics and D.C. Apparel, accessories, protection dogs, and online training at https://trikos.com Online dog training at https://teamdog.pet Team Dog Facebook - @TeamDogTraining Books, Blog, Media and more from Mike Ritland at https://mikeritland.com Survival and weapons training at www.fieldcraftsurvival.com Fieldcraft Survival on Instagram - @fieldcraftsurvival Follow Mike Glover on Instagram - @Mike.A.Glover

15 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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027 JP Dinnell

When teachers of leadership & excellence share their motivation & lessons learned, it’s imperative that they have the real world examples of walking that walk to back it up. The guest of this episode couldn’t be a better example of overcoming odds and setting the example for all of us to live by. I sat down with former SEAL & Echelon Front instructor JP Dinnell where he gives us the riveting example of what determination and never settling while striving for greatness looks like. instagram.com/jpdinne

22 Mar 2019

Rank #20