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This used to be one of the best firearms related podcasts. So happy to hear it’s back on.

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Glad GC is back!!!! Excellent content.

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Glad to see this back.

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This used to be one of the best firearms related podcasts. So happy to hear it’s back on.

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Glad GC is back!!!! Excellent content.
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Rank #1: GC-031 Gear

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In this episode I talked about gear and ways to set up your rig.  Particularly chest rigs and components. I also announced a raffle for a Sure Fire millennium series weapon light. All you have to do is send GC $10.00 to enter. I have four ladies T-Shirts to give away as well. Details in […]

May 08 2010

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Rank #2: GC-089 Scott Ballard on the 1911 Part One

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This episode of Gunfighter Cast, John sits down with Scott Ballard from Sig Sauer Academy to have a very long talk about the ins and outs of the 1911. Sig Sauer Academy Paratus Academy Handgun Vitals I and II in Utah August 10th and 11th.  Register here Paratus Academy Facebook Warrior Summit Sponsors Ares Gear […]

Jul 25 2013

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Rank #3: GC-114 | Interviewing Instructor Zero

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Jeco Biccelli: What you don't know.
In Gunfighter Cast Episode GC-114, I conduct the longest interview Instructor Zero's history.  We talked about the 2nd Amendment through the eyes of an Italian and contrastingly, the defense challenges inside the EU.  Zero also answered questions that many people have asked, like why he wears the Aussie flag and a lot more.
Instructor Zero and the Second Amendment
"...basically, what I try to explain is that if you have a lot of shooters and you put all the sheep inside a pen, and you're going to remove the sheepdogs, you need to ensure that the wolf never gets inside. Otherwise, for the wolf it will be very easy to kill all the sheep. And this is what's exactly what's happening now in Europe..." IZ
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Dec 01 2016

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Rank #4: GC-095 Dave Grossman with a Sense of Urgency

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This episode Daniel talks with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman about what motivates evil humans, threats, veterans, and more. You can sign up for the Wichita Sheep Dog Seminar for Churches or find one in your area HERE Join other Gunfighter Cast fans who are supporting us with reoccurring or one time donations HERE Take a […]

Sep 01 2014

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Rank #5: GC-148 Handgun Stoppages and Reloads

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-148 Daniel talks about handgun stoppages and reloads, Identification and clearances.

Gunfighter Cast is one of the top gun podcast on the web, we do our best to bring the quality thought provoking content that you want to hear.

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Jun 30 2017

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Rank #6: GC-085 You Are The First Line of Defense

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In this episode, Daniel talks with Paul Carlson from the Safety Solutions Academy about preparation through training. Paratus Academy Two Day Handgun Course June 29th and 30th Warrior Summit

May 30 2013

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Rank #7: GC-097 Active Shooter Response

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The purpose of Gunfighter Cast is to discuss firearms equipment and training as it relates to self defense from a military, law enforcement and responsible citizen perspective. Founder, Host and Producer:  Daniel Shaw, retired marine infantryman, current Director of Training for Thunderbird Tactical, 406 N Seneca, Wichita KS (316)613-2336.  daniel@gunfightercast.com Host and Producter:  John McGregor, […]

Mar 16 2015

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Rank #8: GC-064 Rob Pincus Talks Fit Shot

Jul 05 2012

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Rank #9: GC-132 Joe Weyer: Home Defense | Harden Your Home and Develop a Plan

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In Gunfighter Cast Episode GC-132, Joe and I talk about developing a home defense plan and offer ways to harden your home based on historical criminal attacks and burglaries.

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Mar 13 2017

44mins

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Rank #10: GC-151 Company Profile | Primary Weapons Systems

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In GC-151 I talk with Dean Sylvester about his company Primary Weapons Systems. I have been running PWS rifles hard for many years and thought you needed to hear more about why I do. PWS is not bashful and has an amazing and rare company culture of end users that shoot, compete and train with the products they make.

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Sep 18 2017

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Rank #11: GC-083 Scott Ballard on Personal, Family and Executive Protection

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In this episode, John talks with Scott Ballard of the Sig Sauer Academy. Scott has an extensive background in Executive Protection (EP), and talks about EP training and how it relates to self defense training. www.aresgear.com http://darkangelmedical.com/Training.html www.modernserviceweapons.com One Handed Pistol Operator: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=237 Protective Shooting: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=239 Principles of Personal Survival: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=229

Mar 07 2013

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Rank #12: GC-119 Steve Fisher | I Don’t Hate 1911 Handguns

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-119, Steve Fisher from Sentinel Concepts and I discuss everything one needs to know to enter the 1911 world.  Contrary to what some people took from my video "4 Reasons I Don't Trust The 1911 with my Life" I don't hate 1911s. In fact, I am dedicating many hours, training sessions and classes to the 1911 platform to insure that my choice to not carry one is the correct one.  I am interested to see what I find this year.

Jan 07 2017

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Rank #13: GC-030 Episode 3 the Conclusion of the Anti-Terrorism Series

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I covered Hotel, Home and family security and answered questions on painting gear and choosing a first handgun.

Apr 28 2010

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Rank #14: GC-090 Scott Ballard on the 1911 Part Two

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This episode of Gunfighter Cast, John finishes up his interview with Scott Ballard from Sig Sauer Academy talking all things 1911. Sig Sauer Academy Paratus Academy Paratus Academy Facebook Warrior Summit Sponsors Ares Gear Dark Angel Medical G-Code Holsters Souls Harbor

Aug 22 2013

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Rank #15: GC-124 Erik (Trek) Utrecht | How to Take a Class and What to Expect

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-124, I talked with Erik Utrecht from Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute about what a student should expect when taking any training class, etiquette, the safety perspective and how to get the most out of your class.

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Jan 31 2017

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Rank #16: GC-135 Rob Leatham | Aiming

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In GC-135 Rob Leatham and I talk about aiming techniques and what it actually means to aim.  Rob and I have had some interesting discussions recently about some of the myths and concepts that are propelled more through institutional inertia than through actual effectiveness.

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Apr 24 2017

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Rank #17: GC-136 Rob Leatham | Trigger Manipulation

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In Gunfighter Cast Episode GC-136, Rob Leatham and I talk about the trigger press and prep or the jerk and reset. Stand by for more from Rob in the next few days.

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Apr 25 2017

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Rank #18: GC-129 Buying an NFA Item | What You Need to Know

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In Gunfighter Cast Episode GC-129, I spoke with Brandon Light from Thunderbird Firearms Academy about how to purchase an NFA item. I get a lot of questions about how one can obtain a suppressor or short barreled rifle, so we did our best to answer those here.

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Mar 02 2017

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Rank #19: GC-106 Steve Fisher | You Need a Red Dot on Your Handgun

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In Gunfighter Cast episode 106, Daniel talks with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts about red dots on handguns.  Steve has more knowledge and experience in this area than anyone I know and many national level trainers and companies look to Steve for advice in this area.

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Oct 24 2016

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165 – Advanced Safety | Thinking Beyond the 4 Firearm Safety Rules

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In today’s episode of The MagLife Podcast (formerly Gunfighter Cast), our discussion involves safety in the context of fighting with a gun. The 4 rules of gun safety are often taught from a “going to the range” or “attending a class” perspective, but they must be maintained when the fight is on as well. A self-induced Bad Thing is just as bad on the two-way range as it is in practice.

How complex can the fight be? How should you structure your training to address the most likely scenarios that might require you to defend yourself with deadly force?

You must control what you can control, hold yourself accountable for your own physical safety, your own personal weapon handling, and learning to fight realistically while following safety rules, such as the commonly used 4 rules of gun safety. That is advanced safety. That is advanced gun-handling.

Some of the terminologies used for the so-called “fundamental rules” have changed over the years, such as the rules that Daniel and Varg use, but the necessity to understand advanced gun-handling, to be viscerally aware of your trigger finger, your muzzle, your foreground and background, and all other surrounding factors — none of those have. Nor will they.

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/165-Advanced_Safety_Thinking_Beyond_the_4_Firearm_Safety_Rules.mp3

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

Check out some of the main topics discussed below:

  • 1:55 it gets complicated
  • 3:40 navigating unpredictable movement
  • 6:13 look like a good guy
  • 11:30 high ready vs low ready
  • 12:39 artificiality of training
  • 14:41 aiming cold guns
  • 18:40 DS rule #1
  • 20:12 VF rule
  • 25:00 muzzle positioning
  • 26:23 DS rule #2
  • 28:30 safety
  • 31:47 know your target
  • 32:59 gas station example
  • 37:13 get online with your partner

1:55 VF says,

“I prioritize what I teach, by what I think is important through my experiences. Having seen a lot of violence and having been around a lot of really poor gun handlers in violent situations…[T]here were a lot of things that I picked up on that I incorporate into what I teach very naturally;

If you’re talking about fighting with a gun, the most important aspect is to not add more harm to the situation than is already there.

The way that we make a situation worse, is by not adhering to a level of safety that is conducive to keeping people safe.

The standard safety rules, the big 4 that people use, or the 3 from the NRA, those are circumstantial … and there are modifications that need to be made. I know a lot of people don’t like to stray from that because it ‘gets too complicated’. But fighting with a gun is a complicated thing, and if you can’t think on a somewhat complex level, then your ability to operate under pressure is probably not going to be that great.”

This is true in every aspect of life. Every bullet has a potential life attached to it. Proper gun handling is of paramount importance no matter where you’re walking out or stepping off — or for that matter why you picked up that weapon in the first place.

3:40 VF says,

“When I have a weapon out in a public situation: One of the biggest concerns is, how do I move around other people who’re moving unpredictably?”

Safe gun-handling will likely become more difficult in an actual deadly force encounter. This is a screenshot of a church service in Texas from December 2019. It shows a man who shot and killed two people before two members of the church security team shot and killed him. Muzzle awareness and backdrop are obviously of great significance here.

“The security guys were armed and they drew their guns out. One guy nailed the bad guy from the back of the church and put him down, but he had already shot 2-3 people. It was the aftermath that we can learn the most from. You see all these security guys, and they pull tier firearms out in a church full of scared people because people had just been shot. So, people are panicking, some are on the floor, some are standing up, some are frozen, some are beginning to move. And you got guys running through the room with their pistols out, pointed in all these different directions. There’s no standard of movement and control amongst this group of people.”

“Mitigating risks is easy to do, if you train for it.” -VF

Look and Sound like the Good Guy

6:13 DS Says,

“To the observer, to someone entering that room who just heard gun-shots and knows people have been shot and they see someone mishandling their firearm… that does not put in my mind that this person is well trained… my first thought may be, that looks like that bad guy. I’m a big believer in looking and sounding like a good guy when you have a gun out in a public environment. That is a part of safety. Not necessarily weapon’s handling, but it totally ties into weapons handling.

Or, you see someone moving with a purpose, handling their weapon in a way that is safe for everyone around them, and safe for themselves in a way that looks like they have some level of training and understanding of what to do when the gun is out in a public environment. Officers tell me all over the country that he may get commands, but he’s not getting bullets.”

4 Rules of Gun Safety

As Daniel Shaw instructs them.

  1. Be relentlessly aware of your muzzle ensuring it is always pointed in the relative safest direction.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the conscious decision to fire.
  3. Keep the weapon on safe until you are on target and have made the conscious decision to fire.
  4. Be certain of your target and that its foreground and background remain clear.

Example: Muzzle Awareness

8:25, VF says,

 “If we talk about muzzle control during movement, and we talk about ways to manage your space, manage the muzzle, keeping control of the weapon. If there’s going to be contact or you’re in a potentially contact situation. How to achieve two-handed control on the weapon with muzzle control.

…One of the big things I talk about, is manipulation. Sometimes you have to manipulate your weapon in a downward position. Sometimes it needs to be up. To be able to change like that on the fly, and understand how to manipulate your weapon in those different positions, as the environment dictates, is truly a mark of someone that’s accomplished with their weapon [handling].”

There have been so many accidents throughout the years by guns that are understood and thought to be unloaded. That mindset that my gun is unloaded, so I can treat is differently now, is a horrible mindset to be in for any kind of weapons handling. -DS

9:46 DS says, “I need to be carrying, transporting, ready to deploy my gun in a way that is safe for me, safe for everyone else around me, but still, lethal for the bad guy.”

12:52 VF gives an example;

You’re at Dairy Queen, and active shooter breaks out, and there’s a whole baseball team of seven-year old’s having ice-cream. Sole position and muzzle down, is probably not going to be cool with a bunch of 3-foot-tall humans running around.

…you should think constantly, what does my environment call for me to do to keep this safe for me, and others around me, while still being effectively dangerous for the bad guy(s).

14:45 DS says, “There has been so many accidents throughout the years by guns that are understood and thought to be unloaded. That mindset that my gun is unloaded, so I can treat it differently now, is a horrible mindset to be in for any kind of weapons handling.”

Daniel & Varg Discussion on Safety Rules 

18:40 DS reveals his rule #1,

“My rule number one, no matter what situation you’re in, whether you’re in a house or a gas station, whether you have your child in front of you and you have to draw your gun, no matter what’s going on, be relentlessly aware of your muzzle, ensuring it’s always pointed in the relative safest direction. … a safe direction is relative to yourself, everybody else, and your bad guy.”

 “My number one rule in the safety briefing is that; it is your responsibility to always know the condition of your weapon at all times, no exceptions. -VF

Ex:

“You can be in a situation where you’re cleaning your weapon and [then] you’re loading it, then you hear your child screaming from outside in bloody horror. You run out and they’ve fallen and ripped their knee open. There’s this big drama and your mind is now completely distracted. [Meanwhile], Number one, there’s a loaded weapon, unholstered laying on your workbench. Number two, will you remember the gun’s condition when you come back to it?”

It is not limited to just situational awareness and being switched on. Complacency kills, overseas at home. On the job, on the street, at the range, in the home. A responsible gun owner or gun-carrying professional strives to avoid complacency in training, in gun handling, in anything whatsoever do with that weapon.

20:12 VF explains another rule [one that isn’t in the standardized “4 Rules of Gun Safety”]:  “Don’t handle a weapon unless it’s in your master grip…

It’s master grip, full muscular control, intentional awareness of the gun when it’s in your hand. That’s how we start knowing the condition of the gun at all times.

This is a complex situation and you have complex problems that you have to solve when you’re going into a fight with a gun. And it’s [going to] get very, very confusing for some people if you’ve never trained before. If you have to jump into a home defense situation, there are moving parts that you don’t understand or have never thought about before. In the midst of all this coming at you, you still have to intentionally control that gun and have complete control over yourself at the same time…. This requires constant practice.”

26:23 DS next rule:

“Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard, until you’re on target and you have made the conscious decision to fire. Your finger doesn’t go on the trigger while changing levels, or [when you’re] moving from position to position. Your finger should only be on the trigger when you’re in the act of shooting…The last thing I’m going to do is flip the safety down while not even losing time on this. You have a skill deficit if you believe the safety slows you down. If it does, you need more training.

31:47 VF says, “You should always know your target, what’s behind it, what’s in front of it, and what’s flanking it on both sides. As shots start firing and people start panicking and running, how many people could run in your line of fire?”

How many guns in the fight?

If I’m not online or I don’t allow my partner to move online and I’m not being a good partner. I am bringing more risk to myself. You have to do your best to allow everyone to get in that fight. It’s going to keep you safer and everyone else around you. -DS

40:10 VF responds, “Absolutely, and that’s the kicker right there; the compounding of combat power. Bringing the biggest force you can to the fight. If you cut your partner out of it, you’re endangering yourself more, because there’s one less gun in the fight.”

Final Thoughts 

We hope this episode of The MagLife Podcast has inspired thought beyond the surface of safety rules as they are often presented and discussed. If you have any questions, comments or ideas send us an email or comment on this post. We would love to hear from you.

Aug 06 2020

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164 – Preparation for and Avoidance of Asymmetric Violence

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This past weekend marked an increase in violence surrounding demonstrations across the country.  Lives were lost as a result. Many people — protesters and bystanders alike — were injured. We saw it at the Austin protest, a rally in Louisville, at a demonstration in Seattle, and in other places. Today it seems appropriate to discuss some of the events we’re currently faced with and what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from danger.

The best thing we can do in our position as podcasters, bloggers, and instructors and teachers, is to talk about safety and survival objectives, including:

• threats and how to recognize them

• threats and how to avoid them

• response without reacting to emotional triggers

• preparation, precautions, and preemptive measures

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

Below is a break-down of some of the main topics discussed during our podcast today. Feel free to find the topic of your choice;

  • 2:18 A shooting in Austin
  • 2:39 A shooting in Colorado
  • 2:52 A shooting in Louisville
  • 5:30 What to know right now
  • 7:36 How to mentally prepare
  • 8:00 Stock up
  • 9:30 Avoidance
  • 10:24 Getting caught in a mob story
  • 11:32 Normalcy bias
  • 12:40 Standing your ground
  • 17:18 How to start preparing
  • 18:13 The importance of strength and fitness
  • 21:20 The importance of self-control

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/164-Preparation_for_and_Avoidance_of_Asymmetrical_Violence.mp3

2:18 VF reflects on the recent violence across our country,

“This past weekend, we had a major shooting during a protest in Austin. There was a protester with a rifle, and there was a car that tried to drive through the protest…that guy with the rifle ends up getting shot to death. Another protester ends up shooting at the vehicle also, so there were at least three guns involved in that.”

Armed BLM protester Garrett Foster was shot and killed by the driver of a vehicle during an Austin protest just a few days ago.  Events surrounding (and justification or lack thereof) for the shooting remain disputed. As of this writing, no charges have been filed.

2:52 VF continues, “Most notably in Louisville we had hundreds of militias show up on different sides of the aisle, fully kitted out, fully armed, and one of the militias had a negligent discharge in their staging area, injured two or three of their own members…

A group of protestors tried to stop a truck driving through, and the occupant of the truck drew a gun and put it in the protester’s face, so the protestor then drew a gun and put it in his face. They’re viscously yelling at one another with guns pointed just inches from their faces.”

The Austin protest was not the only demonstration to see gunfire lately. A negligent discharge at a rally by the “Not Fuc&!ng Around Coalition” led to three NFAC members being hospitalized.

7:30 VF Asks, What do you think are some ways we could take that information, about the escalation of violence and what we’re clearly seeing happen and act on that in some way in our own lives?

DS Replies, “Nothing changes with my outlook, I have been preparing for this for a long time. My hope is, this gives a sense of urgency, to a lot more people to be more prepared.

We recently did an episode on Home Defense here, where we can harden our house, harden our structure, protect our families better.”

There’s a lot happening right now and it’s a scary times to be unprepared… -DS

This video screengrab shows a man who drove his car into a police barricade in Seattle and smashed into a crowd of protesters before exiting the vehicle while brandishing a firearm

9:30 VF suggests, “The first thing to know (Just like I teach in classes and anytime we’re talking conflict and violence) avoidance is the first, best option. However, you can get caught off guard in conflict.

DS Replies, “I have a friend of mine, who I’ve known for many years, and his daughter had no idea what she was driving into. She was heading to work, and she ended up in the middle of one of these mobs. She rolled her window down, smiled, and thinking that they were going to let her. She was thinking they’re a peaceful protest, no big deal.

She was getting assaulted and she barely got away. But she was totally oblivious that this was a danger. She didn’t even know that her life was in danger right then.”

There are things you can do; if you see something a couple miles down the road that looks questionable, find another route -VF

Start NOW

17:18 VF Says, “You can step back now and say, [I want to] train and have the responsibility to take care of myself and take care of my loved ones, be my own protection and first responder, have my own medical, equipment, knowledge and skills.

That kind of stuff is very important and if you’re just getting on board and realizing that now with the recent events, that’s good, but you’re behind the curve. So, you better catch up [quickly], because I don’t know how much time we’re going to have if this keeps escalating.”

Training Strength & Fitness 

18:13 VF suggests where to start if you’re just starting now,

“Your strength and fitness should be number one, because no skill, and no amount of weapon, gear, or knowledge, is useful if your body cannot move to deliver it. All of the knowledge, skills, and equipment require your body to physically deliver those. If you get overwhelmed physically by the smallest tasks like going up a flight of stairs… all of the other preparations are not going to help you at that point.

And then:

Have some weapons training, a little bit of fight training, some medical training, have the gear to support those skills, and learn about clarifying your mission…All the decisions you make should be based on that mission.

Training Your Mind: Self-control  

21:45 VF recommends,

The first thing I’d try to accomplish in the category of self-control, is to resist being emotionally charged by any headline, or any video, or any post on social media, or anything you see that comes at you from a remote distance. If you [get] emotionally charged, you’re allowing something outside of yourself to take control of you and your emotions. Your decision making is going to be [impaired] based on those emotions. Now your decision making is not entirely yours anymore. You become very predictable and very controllable.

…the things that charge you up emotionally, you should recognize those immediately and stop yourself from allowing that to happen. Step back and be logical, be rational, and be objective about your decision making.

Final Thoughts 

26:21 DS says,

“Now it’s virtuous for you to do exactly as the government says, and it’s not virtuous to go against anything. Nevermind all the different scientific studies saying different things. Nobody really knows what’s going on right now. But there are people who fight and argue with people they used to care about…

We have to take a step back and remember, above all else, be a good person. Be kind to each other. If we can stay with those tenets; self-control kindness, gratitude…then we won’t let them divide us.”

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Jul 29 2020

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163 – Range Bag Essentials

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In today’s podcast, we discuss all the essentials Varg and I have with us when we’re at the range. Our minimum equipment preferences allow us to be safe, prepared, and proactive. Although the contents and brands may vary, we’re going to highlight some of our favorite equipment and brands. Hopefully, this will help you prepare for your next training session or range day. And as always, feel free to share your preferred kit in the comments below — and definitely sound off if you think we’ve missed something!

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/163-Range_Bag_Essentials.mp3

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

The following timestamps showcase some, but not all, of the essential topics we cover in Range Bag Essentials: Gunfighter Cast episode 163. 

Range Bag Essentials

  • 1:40   Bag preference  
  • 3:00  5.11 Range Ready -Daniel’s everyday bag
  • 3:51   Trauma kit
  • 9:25   magazine brands
  • 11:45  Vortex impact 1000 range finder
  • 12:00  two sets of eyes and ears (eye protection and hearing protection)
  • 12:30  Outdoor range preparation
  • 14:20  high dexterity and thick gloves
  • 16:00  fix-it-sticks
  • 17:30  cleaning kit, lube & rag
  • 18:26  flashlight
  • 18:47  duct tape
  • 20:30  shot timers
  • 23:37  sharpie
  • 24:45  ear protection
  • 26:40  notebook
  • 28:57  water and protein snacks
  • 29:00  Targets
  • 29:49  backup gun
  • 32:50  D-Lead wipes
  • 35:00  staplers

3:05 For his everyday range bag, DS suggests,

“I use the 511 Range Ready 43L. It’s got great compartments. I don’t use every compartment in it [due to] the way they’re designed, but I’ve always found it to be a very good range-bag. It’s taken a beating throughout the years and it’s held together and hasn’t fallen apart, so I’ve been really impressed with it for a very long time  

Ok so you have your favorite bag, maybe you have a more than one… next step:

Your Range Bag: how to beef it up

If you’re going to the range and you don’t have a trauma kit and at least two tourniquets, I’m not so sure that you’re prepared to be on the range -VF

3:52 DS Says, “For a trauma kit, [I have] one on my gear, one on my body, one on my belt and one in my bag that comes out and stays near us wherever were doing training at that time. I usually have one on me, maybe two [at all times]. If I’m in my car I have a trauma kit, If I’m at home we have three kits placed in three different locations throughout the house… So, we do like our trauma kits in the Shaw family.”

In an emergency situation, seconds matter. You want to be prepared to help yourself and those around you with a fully equipped trauma kit. Here is an example of Varg’s Emergency Bleed Compact kit equipped with a CAT7 TQ that fits into the bicycle frame bag perfectly.

6:14 DS Consensus says, “The most likely people to save lives in a mass casualty event are the on-scene responders, the people who’re right there, fumbling through the medical kits and [using the lessons] they’ve done [through] a basic stop the bleeding course… Keep your skills up and practice it, [because this is what will save lives].”  

Magazines 

9:20 DS Says, “If I’m training with myself, I am not very picky about what magazines I use… if I’m shooting a Glock for example, I’m using Glock factory mags, BUT, if I’m going to the range, I have no problem with running some KCI, some ETS, even some SGM tactical, pro mag, some magazines we know are not the highest in quality…there are some magazines that just work better than others. Encountering a problem with your gun that you didn’t create, that you didn’t know was coming, is definitely a training opportunity.”  

Range Finder: Vortex Impact 1000

I was using for a long time – a vortex impact, under $300 bucks, great little range finder, accurate up to 1000 yards, I had good success with that. -DS

Snivel Gear

Prepare for the Weather 

13:47 DS Says, “People shut down when they get incredibly uncomfortable because of the weather. If you gave up a lot of money to go to a class. You gave up two whole days… you have to be as comfortable as possible or your retention, your ability to apply what you’re learning, is going to be decreased dramatically.”

More items to consider while training outside for 2-3 days;

  • Hat
  • Packable rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • water
  • chapstick
  • bug protection
  • back-up gear 

Shooting Gear

You can’t fit everything into a typical range bag. Some of the things we think you should have with you might not easily fit into a pack or bag. 

Gloves – Have A Few 

14:24 DS  Says, “I like minimalist gloves; high dexterity gloves myself. When you go buy high dexterity gloves somewhere, don’t be disappointed if you get a hole in your glove… it comes with the game with these high dexterity minimalist gloves, they do not last forever…I also like to have a thicker glove, maybe with some insulation in it for removing a hot suppressor.”

If these old crusty, falling apart flight gloves could talk… I tried to put them on, but they started falling apart. I’ll never make any new memories while wearing them, but these gloves have protected my hands through some tough times in the toughest of places as well as many good and less good memories. -DS

(Non) Shooting Gear: Tools

Fix-It-Sticks

16:37 DS “Its little minimalist tool kits that are designed for working on guns. The way they package these things and the little carriers for them, it’s pretty impressive how small they are and how well they work. I need some tools to work on guns, so having something portable that I can use to work on my house, or the range is pretty awesome.”

When it comes to tools, I can’t decide – so I bring them all. -VF

Duct Tape 

18:48 DS Says, “Keep some duct-tape. A lot of times students need some tape on their gear  OR.. something starts getting in the way of a holster [Straps [or] something ] when a gun’s going back in the holster. When I grew up in the Marine-Corps, any kind of strap was always getting folded and taped, you never have anything dangling anywhere. That is a rule; everything is taped and [as a result] there’s duct tape all over your gear.”

“Duct tape is probably the best thing you can have in your bag for any type of thing that needs to be fastened quickly on the fly” -VF

Ear Pro

Invest In Safety 

24:50 DS Says, “Spending the extra money, on some good, active hearing protection that is going to allow you to get noise-canceling to protect your ears, and also to be able to hear what’s going on around you, is a learning thing, it’s a safety thing… it is an investment that we should all make if we are out there training and carrying open firearms.”  

32:49 DS Says, “You don’t want lead particle poisoning. One of the first things to happen with erectile dysfunction is potentially erectile dysfunction. To avoid this, have some D-lead wipes that you can wipe your hands down and offer to your friends around you to use. That way you can eat your lunch without [having to worry about] taking in all this lead.”  

Record Your Learning

28:00 VF Says, “All the way back to when I begin firearms training as a student, I can’t even count how many notebooks I’ve filled up. Stacks of them. And I can probably recite back, reading through then, all the key points of the class, and my thoughts about the class, and in my mind, that was me getting maximum value for everything that I had spent, time, effort, money… and here I am years later, I can still go back and look at the lessons that I learned.”  

See live video discussions, join in chats, or ask questions during future conversations by following Daniel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/danielshaw0369

More information, background, and learning opportunities: https://vargfreeborn.com/.

Next Up: Preparation for and Avoidance of Asymmetrical Violence

Jul 23 2020

37mins

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162- Physical Fitness for Self-Defense Minded People

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As Daniel prepares to embark on a fitness journey designed by co-host Varg Freeborn, we thought it would be appropriate to reflect on our own journeys and discuss functional fitness from the perspective of a defense-minded individual. Check out some of the main topics discussed during this episode of the podcast

  • 1:30  Varg’s definition of functional fitness
  • 3:15  FF what to focus on
  • 6:32  How to begin cycle training
  • 6:40  What to look for in a coach / trainer
  • 9:45  Daniel’s training focus
  • 12:00  Varg adds one more focus: posture
  • 13:00  Gun-based functional carry examples
  • 18:00  What you need to build a functional training program
  • 22:00  Repetition to muscle failure
  • 30:00  Stress creates adaptation
  • 34:00  Where to find Varg
  • 40:00  Daniel’s training tips

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/162_162-Physical_Fitness_for_Self-Defense_Minded_People.mp3

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

0:58 DS Asks, When someone says “functional fitness”, we hear that a lot in the military, in law enforcement, around defensive-minded circles… what is your definition? VF says;

“As a coach, I look at the term functional fitness and I’m not fond of that term in the first place. There was this [one] world where we had; people who worked out in the general public, and then we had sports specific athletes. And we got this idea that we should train the average individual for the sport of life. Then you don’t know what to call it, because do you call this person an athlete (well of course that’s what CrossFit does – everyone’s an ‘athlete’ now), But then do you call life a sport? That doesn’t really apply. You can’t say sport-specific, you have to say functional… But in reality, [it’s]:

…Anything you do that has a goal, that has an application and real movement and real tasks that you’ll do, in the course of your daily life, or your work, or your sport has a functional purpose to it. Fitness that should have the goal of increasing your capabilities within the likely demands of whatever job, sport, or tasks you’re going to face.”

3:15 DS Asks, So if we’re looking at self-defense; your average armed citizen who may have to fight, who wants to live longer, wants to get healthy, wants to be able to fight with a handgun, [or] unarmed to defend themselves, the ones they love – the SWAT officer out there, the military guy…What should they [all] be focusing on when it comes to fitness? VR responds,

“To start that out, I’ll point out a common trap or pitfall that most people fall into; They get pocketed into one specific single stimulus and adaptation loop Anything that we train, we are going to introduce a stimulus, to the physiologically demanding tasks – the stimulus is going to promote adaptation in the body to make you stronger, faster…for certain movements. These are all adaptations to training. We [tend to] get stuck on doing one or two things.

Varg Freeborn’s training focuses on functional fitness, preparing it for real-life movements and activities through a variety of approaches. This is the gym where an Olympic Weightlifting Seminar took place in Utah last year.

Ex: “I shoot a lot and I do jujitsu”

But you’re missing strength, speed, and agility, endurance training, etc. So, there are all these other adaptations that you’ll need in a fight that you’re not addressing in your training program.”

What to look for in a professional coach Varg’s advice:

6:40 VR Says, “You can go through an experienced coach who knows both the art and science of programming and should have quite a bit of experience and toolsets outside of just one method. For example; You don’t go to a powerlifting coach to learn how to be a great runner. Someone who’s going to coach GPP (General Physical Preparation) that is someone who’s going to have a broad general skill set and a coach that has experience in multiple methods.”

“Some people are just genetically predisposed to responding to training phenomenally and some [other] people are hard gainers and hard changers. Then you just have to work and work and optimize. You have to optimize, and that’s where coaching knowledge really comes in. …You want them to have a [vast array of knowledge] so that they can look at a cross-section of things and see ways to optimize you outside of just one small toolbox.”  

Apart from full-body-training, what’s the focus? 

Daniel’s Take: 9:45 DS Says, “I’m not a huge guy and I’ve tried to get big a few times in my life, trying different techniques from people who had a lot of size… and I ended up gaining like five pounds in six months…I wasn’t getting enough ROI on it so I ended up stopping. But I’ve always worked hard on having strong legs and really good grip strength.”

11:12 DS continues, “I find that those come across for me whether I’m in a fight that’s unarmed or I’m using a handgun, or I’m using a rifle…whatever I’m doing, the grip strength and leg strength are incredibly important. There’s always something I’m doing that’s using those two things. I’ll have this huge muscle dude that’s been to the gym picking up heavy stuff and putting it down for like…ever. He’ll have some problem with his rifle, and I’ll go fix it in no time. Because I have more grip strength than this monster of a guy.”

Varg’s Take: 

12:00 VF Adds, “I would just add; posture. For me, my big triad is posture, legs, and grip. That’s your foundation for everything. Everything that you do in a fight comes from your legs and your posture; Anytime you lock up with someone – creating the force, absorbing the force, changing directions under load, all of those things have to do with the strength with your foundation which is your posture and your legs. And then, getting a hold of someone and grappling, that is grip strength.”

Tremendous emphasis on postural strength and stamina in postural muscular control is found in Oly lifting. Posture is central to effectiveness in physical combat and more importantly it is central to health and wellness anatomically.

Varg’s Functional Fitness Training Ex: 

“I’m a huge proponent of farmer carries – if your training program doesn’t have heavy carries in it, you’re not doing it properly. Especially unilateral carries…the effect on the hip health and hip strength of having unilateral carry is HUGE. But during that process, your grip is holding that weight. I like to use the rogue carry handle so that I get this big, fat grip and that forces your hand to really work for that grip. It’s your posture, legs and grip all getting hit every time…That and any other barbell workout working on posture that is going to translate into a fight.”  

Build Your FF Program 

18:00 VF Says, “You need to take what specific things that you would like to do and build those into your program technique that you truly own is only gained through skill conditioning You take the skills that you are going to use and you repeat them in such a manner that you incite the body into adaptation…[maybe even to muscle failure] and when you do perform the technique later, you truly earned it and owned it.”  

The beauty of repetition – often witnessed in boxing: When you do a particular movement enough times, your body will begin to find a way to do that movement more efficiently and effectively. Many times this is unintentional.

Daniel’s Experience Training To Failure

“I used to box right before I went into the Marine Corps. I had a 1986 Toyota Pickup, stick shift and this dude would call me, “champ” all the time. He made me do workouts and one day he graduated me up to bags. I was so excited he was gonna show me all these punches and combos – NO…I threw jabs for over an hour straight.

I get back in my truck to leave after I thank him for killing me and I put it in reverse and my left arm just doesn’t work. It is DONE. It does NOT work.

So…I’m trying to run the wheel with my right hand, drive with my knee, but then I can’t hit the accelerator. Then, I have to switch knees… I’m just grinding gears, trying to drive home because I have one [working] hand… I didn’t have a good technique for driving my car, but man…did I get a better jab!”

Welcome The Discomfort

“Many people workout for years without getting the ROI on their time. They’re not challenging themselves or creating enough stress to create the adaptations they’re looking for” -DS

“You don’t adapt unless there’s enough pressure on the body to have to adapt..It has to be enough pressure, enough stress to force the body to adapt, to be able to handle it better. If you don’t do those things there is no adaptation.” -VF

See live video discussions, join in chats, or ask questions during future conversations by following Daniel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/danielshaw0369

More information, background, and learning opportunities: https://vargfreeborn.com/.

Next Up: Range Bag Essentials 

Jul 16 2020

41mins

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161 – Home Defense | Create The Advantage

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Today we discuss concepts of home defense and home defense advantages. Broadly in this context, we’re referring to the “hearth and home” domicile perspective, i.e. where you live and sleeps and where your family lives and sleeps — it is not limited to such a place, however. A home (domicile) will usually be the location where the things you care about most are located. Although a home is not necessarily also a house, it is typically the most important structure or part of a structure, you might have to defend, and defense may be passive (i.e. keeping it secure while you’re away) or . Barring a work location and in some cases a vehicle, it is also likely the structure or location you’ll be spending the most time in. Prior consideration, planning ahead, and realistic-pragmatic preparation are always going to be the best home security systems you can invest in: though there’s no harm in “defense in depth” or layering!

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/161_Home_Defense_Creating_the_Advantage.mp3

Below is a breakdown of some of the topics covered in episode 161, Home Defense: Create the Advantage. The savvy listener will note that much of this is conceptual in nature – this means you can use such considerations in both your work environment and many travel environments (e.g. an Air B&B, recreational vehicle, hotel room, or even the relative’s house where you’re staying for the weekend.). 

  • 1:00 Home defense definition
  • 1:45 Factors to consider about home defense
  • 2:10 the layers of security
  • 3:40 areas of denial
  • 5:00 Varg’s experience
  • 9:11 coming up with a plan
  • 12:00 home advantage myth
  • 13:30 how to choose area of denial
  • 15:15 good cover options
  • 17:30 concealment vs cover
  • 19:00 gun choices for home defense
  • 20:00 handgun vs rifle
  • 22:00 shotguns
  • 27:00 avoiding accidents
  • 28:00 Have medical kits ready
  • 29:00 10 second execution

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

1:45 DS Asks, What are some of the factors that people need to think about when considering a home defense plan or a full home defense system? VF responds,

“I think that the classic layers of security model is pretty good and you don’t have to have all the technical jargon of the 3 ring security… you just have to understand that you need layers and that layers of security give you buffers.”

“Anything that buys you time is excellent for your external and outer layers of security. That’s going to give you that buffer to set up your plan which is where you begin to consider; what weapon, where you’re going to set up at, where you’re going to create your area of denial and make your stand at… all those types of things happen because you buy yourself the time with those external, outer layers of security.”

A home security camera caught footage of a suspect breaking into a home. Use of security cameras may add additional layers of protection.

8:05 DS Says, I have a ten-year-old son and my considerations would be different if it were just me and my wife or if it were just me alone– so what are some things people should be thinking about out there? VF responds,

“From all the training I’ve done and my personal experience, I think it’s best not to go looking for a fight, or to get sucked into a fight on someone else’s terms. That urge to go pick up your gun and go hunting is probably the worst idea. Especially when everything you love is behind you and you’re going venturing out into the house just aimlessly wandering around until you bump into a fight. That’s not a very good plan.”  

The better plan

“Pick the area you want to have the most advantage to have the fight at and then choose to have the fight there. Layouts are going to determine if it is possible for you to do this or not.The best possible option is to have an area of denial; this could be your bedroom and your kid’s bedroom…”

“If there’s missed rounds in that fight then there’s going to be missed shots from his end, and when there is, you don’t want to be standing right in front of your family.You need to set these areas up in a way that determines where the areas of fire are, where the missed rounds would go and also with enough space to keep them away from you and your loved ones and have that fight happen away from you.” –VF

  • Check out Daniel’s recommendation for your door reinforcement: HERE

Myth Alert

“One of the myths we don’t want to slip into is that you’re at an automatic advantage because this is your house and you know the terrain. That’s a ridiculous line of thought. The reason I say this is because it’s not like your house is incredibly different than anyone else’s house. We all have our houses set up in a very similar way… It’s not that hard to navigate intuitively.” –VF

Deciding on your area of denial

“First of all, you have to have everything you care about behind you… and you have to have your position set up in a way that puts you at an advantage in terms of visual before they have a visual. Try to use cover so that you can have muzzle and eyes on the other end of the hallway, or the opening where they’re likely to emerge from and you have time to positively identify them before they get a full picture of where you are.”

“…Then you have this space they can come through, but in order to come through it, they would have to come through your superior position of firepower. That would be incredibly overwhelming and difficult for them. In most cases you could discourage that fight from happening.”-VF

19:00 DS You can’t have a discussion on the internet about home defense without talking about gun choice… what do you recommend to people? VF replies,

“You know, that a little bit of a personal matter, but as a recommendation, I start with the AR. It’s a very easy weapon to handle, and ballistically it works very well inside of structures, especially if you choose the right type of ammunition. It can lose a lot of its mass going through walls, it doesn’t have as much over-penetration, choosing the proper ammunition of course.” -VF

“A pistol can be very effective, but again it comes down to experience and how much you have trained with that. A pistol can be pointing at any direction at any time and if a situation gets chaotic, you have to know which direction that pistol is pointing.“-VF

“…it is much easier to be more accurate with a rifle, than it is with a handgun. But it’s also heavier, harder to grab that gun and employ it and carry my child at the same time… There a lot of things to think about there. But if you have a distinct lack of training with a handgun, the handgun may not be the best choice.” – DS

Shotguns?

22:00 DS says; “[I] Love me some shotguns, but unless you’re shooting non-lethal ammunition, or breaching doors, for me personally, the shotgun doesn’t have a place in my life anymore… If you’re using a shotgun, you need to go pattern [it] because you need to understand what that shotgun is doing at the distances you’ll be using it.”  

Identify your target

27:00 DS says, “There’s been so many cases throughout history where armed citizens have killed loved ones in their homes because they didn’t realize it was it was a loved one. I can’t think of a bigger nightmare, than me hurting a family member because I chose not to positively identify what I was going to put a bullet in. This is a grave responsibility, when you take a firearm in your hand, in the darkness at nighttime, with your family around, because you think you have an intruder in your house. You’ve got to know where very single family member is and where every single bullet is going.”

Whether you have a handheld EDC flashlight type “torch” or a weapon light (WML), ensuring you identify your target is always and absolutely essential.

Other Considerations

28:00 DS recommends to Have your medical kits staged; 

“We have three locations all over the house with trauma kits. Having medical kits staged [for any minor injuries] and having phones [readily available] to call 911 is essential.”

29:00 VF says; “After analyzing a decent amount of home invasion tapes, it seems like from the first kick to the point of fully breached inside of the house, is ABOUT ten seconds… So having that [plan] together, understanding where your family needs to be [and] having them understand… It’s been rehearsed… everything is ready to go, the family is ready to go, everything is in place and then boom, you’re in position and now the fight can come to you and you’re absolutely ready.” –VF

Check out Varg’s blog, Considerations for Home Defense: HERE

See live video discussions, join in chats, or ask questions during future conversations by following Daniel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/danielshaw0369

More information, background, and learning opportunities: https://vargfreeborn.com/.

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Next up: Physical Fitness for Self Defense-Minded People  

Jul 09 2020

31mins

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160 – Off-Body Carry. Should you? Shouldn’t you? It depends.

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Today, the topic of discussion is what is often referred to as “off body carry”. Off-body typically refers to a concealed carry method where the weapon is located somewhere other than a traditional on-person location, e.g. in a purse or backpack instead of in a holster at the waist or on the ankle.  Today’s discussion will address the following topics relating to :

  • 0:50: What is off-body carry?
  • 1:40: the negativity associated with OBC
  • 2:20: Varg’s views on OBC
  • 4:00: Why OBC isn’t for everyone
  • 8:35: Why lifestyle matters
  • 8:48: risks associated with open carry
  • 9:15: having a dedicated kit
  • 10:24: the slow-draw argument
  • 11:00: Daniel’s bag preference
  • 15:00: Varg’s bag preference
  • 19:50: How much room to allow for medical
  • 21:15: Daniel’s real example of using his medical kit
  • 22:50: OBC training

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

What to Consider When Carrying Off-Body

Defining it:

0:50 DS asks, What is off-body carry?

VF replies, “I would say it’s carrying a weapon in any fashion that is not attached to your body or the clothing on your body: a backpack, a purse…it’s not attached to you.” “I was one of those people who were largely 100% against it, I would say. And I actually still am not supportive of most people doing it based on a few important criteria that we are going to talk about today…I changed my own views and softened them up a bit when I started to see the utility of it. And also, the techniques and creating better equipment to do the off-body carry with – all these things improved over time. It actually became more viable through more developed technique and better carry gear, [so] that also played a part in changing my own personal views about it.”

4:00 DS asks, Why do you think off-body isn’t for everybody? VF replies,

“Carrying a weapon is a consciousness exercise. It has to be conscious of that weapon at all times and for most people, they just haven’t cultivated that level of awareness or dedicated attention towards one thing all day. You have to have one slice of attention always aware. I don’t think most people have developed that. I have started to off-body carry a lot more. Sometimes I’ll be [have] both -a smaller handgun on me and a much larger high capacity handgun so I’ll have both going on.”

You have to be fully conscious and aware and understand that this is now a part of you. It can’t be something that you come home and just set down -VF

The Importance Of Lifestyle  

VF says, “If you have a life where you would put a gun in a bag and then get up and start your day in your car for 8 hours because you can’t have it in your workplace, OR you’re going to several places during the day and you can’t carry the bag in with you; Then off-body carry doesn’t make as much sense because the majority of the time you are without that gun that’s exposed. [AKA car-carry]”

“The reason that I was so against OBC was primarily because of purse carry and all the accidents and child shootings that were happening because kids would dig into mom’s purse, find a gun and blast themselves or their bro or sis in their face and You got kids dying because people are unconsciously carrying a weapon off-body. And that, I am against.”  

“The reason that I think it’s nice to have a dedicated kit for carrying a weapon, is because if you carry a purse every day, throwing a gun in it is not going to change the utility of the purse for all the other things that you use it for. All the things you do with that purse every single day, it’s not likely you’re going to stop doing those things just because you threw a gun in it…So [a dedicated kit], will help with that type of awareness building and understanding how to build new strict habits.”

Bag Selection For Off-Body Carry

Daniel’s choice:

The little sling bag from Viktos, it’s small, but it’s just the right size for carrying a large sized handgun, but it also has a very nice pouch for medical that can be used for potentially multiple casualties… I really like how its sized because when I had bigger [bags] in the past, I just keep filling them up with more stuff and next thing you know that bag weighs 20 pounds.” -DS

What about Medical Gear?

“I try to stay pretty trim on it. I don’t want to carry a whole bunch of stuff. I want to make sure what I’m carrying has a purpose for me that fits between what I’m likely to encounter and what I can fit in my bag comfortably and reach a compromise there. Because I don’t like to take up tons of room with a bunch of heavy gear… and never use it. If you need it someday you might regret not having it. You have to draw the line somewhere and We all draw the line in different places…I’m a little lighter on the medical gear and maybe a little heavier on other things.” -VF  

Final Thoughts?

Make sure your lifestyle supports it, make sure that you are with the gun more than you are separated from it, and make sure a piece of your attention is always dedicated to that gun. -Varg Freeborn  

Be real about your question when you look at yourself: Do I have the discipline to do this? Especially if you have small children around you or people who may access [your firearm] …you have to keep it ON you. -Daniel Shaw  

See live video discussions, join in chats, or ask questions during future conversations by following Daniel on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/danielshaw0369

More information, background, and learning opportunities: https://vargfreeborn.com/.

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Next up: Home Defense / Create the Advantage 

Jul 02 2020

26mins

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159 – More the Knowledge, Lesser the Ego

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We have lots of new, green gun owners taking responsibility for their own personal and family protection turning to forums and social media to gain knowledge and information. Often in the firearms industry, we see a certain kind of person who feels empowered and has a serious ego attachment to certain ideas and using the correct terminology. In this podcast, we dissect the self-proclaimed experts and terminology police, and talk about what our real priorities should be.  

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/159-Prioritizing_Knowledge_Over_Ego.mp3

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Transcriptionist and Producer: Leah Ramsden

Ego in the Firearms Community 

A Closer Look

1:35DS explains, On one hand we say we need to get more new gun owners fighting for our Second Amendment…Then when they come along we get really mean to them when they call a magazine a clip. Where does this originate from? VF replies,  

“People craft this ability to only talk about things that they’ve learned the standard set of information about. You’ll notice that you won’t hear these people talk outside a few topics. The reason they do that is because they don’t know everything and they don’t want to be called out in the ways they call other people out.

They create this world where they live in just a few topics and they’re willing to spend this unhealthy amount of time talking about these things when they could be learning about these other topics that they avoid. They could actually become proficient in the other topics, but they’d rather spend time calling other people out like they’re the terminology police of the gun community.”

Don’t be a know-it-all by using terminology to cut others down. Instead, work on continuously improving your range of skills and transfer that knowledge.   

Prioritize the Right Information

5:30 I’ve had people come up to me at the end of class and say “Hey that new guy who’s never really shot a gun before and he came to your handgun class, he called this thing a clip – all day, and you didn’t say anything to him,” DS responds, 

“Well why would I? I’ve got a brand-new shooter; he just got a gun, he’s showing up, he’s getting a concealed carry permit, he wants to learn how to defend his family, I’ve got 2 days that are 8-9 hours each with hi to teach him how to fight, how to defend himself, how to think – I’ve got so much information I’m trying to get across to this guy. I’m trying to change his mindset… I have 0 time to stop and tell him what something is called. When I know he’s talking about a magazine, you know he’s talking about a magazine. Who cares? I’m just glad you’re here. Let’s get some important information out there and not take time talking about the stupid stuff.”

7:40 “As a coach or instructor, you understand that a person has a limited amount of information that they can absorb at a time, and a good instructor prioritizes that information individually, based on the rate their moving at in their progression, their development, how they’re absorbing information. You learn these things over a couple of hours… If I start throwing terminology into this, about things that aren’t going to affect his performance right now, whether he calls it a magazine, a clip, or a black banana, I don’t give a shit what he calls it, but if he’s putting it into the gun properly, right now that’s what I need to focus on.”

“Find ways of actually prioritizing self growth and as you get that, help bring others up.” – Daniel Shaw 

Daniel Shaw on the range during a Handgun Fundamentals course.

Broaden Your Knowledge Base    

DS says “I hate when someone on the internet posts – oh well MY instructor teaches this. First of all, you lost me in that conversation because you said “my instructor.” That means you have one bank of knowledge you’re gaining from and one person is not going to have it all figured out. They’re going to have their own priorities, Varg’s gonna have his priorities, I’m going to have mine… and if you only had one instructor, you’re probably going to be missing a few things, I don’t care who that instructor is.”

13:40 How would somebody out there new to the gun world that just listened to a podcast for the first time ever, how would they identify the right person to associate and listen to? VR replies, 

“How negative are they?

…I use a rule; if you look at someone’s social media and do a quick scan of their last week of output. Do a quick estimate of how much they say is negative and how much is positive. And that’s probably the first indicator. For example; if I find 75% of what comes out of them is negative or smack talk, or attacking someone- boom you’re done.”

“What you do online is your brand. Even if you don’t have a company, you are your brand, you are your own advertisement and how you present yourself is who you are… If your output is mostly negative, no one is going to think you’re [a] good person.”  

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Jun 25 2020

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158 – The One Thing You Should Practice Everyday

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In episode 158 we discuss individual/personal mission and its importance particularly in the context of current events. We are seeing substantial division across the country on social media, in the news, on the streets (often in the form of protests and even riots) emphasizing the civil unrest. Helping people understand their mission, particularly in the context of self-defense or the defense of others, is important for many reasons — not least to demonstrate the dangers of stepping outside your mission.

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/158-The_One_Thing_You_Should_Practice_Everyday.mp3

Listen to the podcast for some fresh, new content. Below you’ll find a few excerpts. Some (by no means all) of the topics you’ll hear include:

  • 2:25 Host Daniel Shaw identifies his personal mission
  • 3:48 Discrepancies between mission and action
  • 5:52 Knowing when to intervene
  • 6:10 Two examples of mission: Shooter Rughi
  • 8:10  Having a clear mission with a clear plan
  • 9:34 Mission violation and how it happens
  • 11:30 The consequences of violating mission
  • 12:21 The role of ego
  • 13:44 Self-control as a practice
  • 18:00 What host Daniel Shaw wishes he had learned earlier in life

Varg Freeborn teaching on the range: gun-handling skills are important if you’re going to carry a firearm, but so too is the proper mindset. Crucial to a proper mindset is an understanding of a personal mission.

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Producer and Transcriptionist: Leah Ramsden

The Importance of Mission

Defining It

1:00 Asked what mission means to a regular armed citizen [or] law enforcement officer, VF responds,  

“Mission is, primarily what you’re willing to do, what you’re allowed to do, who you’re going to do it to, having all those questions answered before anything ever happens.It’s made up of boundaries, external and internal parameters;

External being the use of force policies or rule of law – what’s allowed for self-defense in the area or municipality you live in, understanding those things helps determine your mission.

And your internal parameters; what are you willing to kill or die for. How can you set yourself up for the moral aftermath of what might be involved in defending yourself, is that a part of your parameters?

Your mission is built from understanding what lengths you’re willing to go through and what your limitations are.  – that’s going to determine your gear, how you train, it really is what drives the whole train.”

Violations: Mission vs Action

“If you step out of your house every day and you say your primary mission is to protect your family and yourself so you can live out your life with your family…then you go out and you get involved in every fight that you see happening because you want to be the hero. That’s a discrepancy between mission and action…

If you can’t have a majority of these decisions made before the fight, you’re going to stumble during the fight. You’re going to have hesitations and, you’re going to have uncertainties, those are things that we train to eliminate in fighting so that we can be effective…And you can’t do that if you’re unclear about; what you’re willing to do, who you’re willing to do it to, when you’re willing to do it.”

“There’s this huge plethora of consequences, unintended but very avoidable consequences that will come from violating your mission…You could have consequences that you are not properly equipped because you stepped into something bigger that what you [had prepared] for.”

Before you step forward to intervene in something you must weigh that action and its possible consequences against your mission. Will taking that action impede your primary mission? Does it put anyone else – who actually be your mission – at risk? Is it prudent, proper, or pragmatic to take action? This holds true whether you’re at the grocery store or caught up in riotous civil unrest.

Importance of Self Control: Separating Ego

14:00 Asked, How do you practice self-control? Is it easy for you? VF responds,

“Absolutely not! If anyone gets angry about stuff… I’m up there…

If you allow [your ego] to push you into a confrontation, I would hope that you didn’t have a mission to get into every ego-based confrontation that you could find in a given day because somebody makes you mad.

The way to handle situations like that is to put your ego aside and understand that your ego and your feelings don’t have anything to do with your mission and it needs to be separated. You can never allow your emotions or your ego to push you into a confrontation because that simply cannot attach to a well thought out, properly formed mission.”

“…Hatred is at a high, all this hatred, all this division – it gets worse and worse and people think they can say whatever. Self-control is a constant thing in [our] environment. All day long you deal with annoyances and disruptive behavior by people. Every single instance of that is the opportunity to practice self-control.”

“Self control isn’t just something we practice on the range or in the gym, it’s something we practice all day […It could save your life].”Varg Freeborn

A book covering the topic of self-defense from Varg’s, first-hand perspective. It covers criminal violence, self-defense, lethal force, mindset, firearms training, and concealment.

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Be safe, self-disciplined, and mindful of your mission! Looking to get some more learn on? Take a look at other episodes of our tactical podcast.

Next up: More the knowledge, lesser the ego

Jun 18 2020

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GC-157 The Weapon Snatcher | A Study in Mission

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Pretty much everyone has seen the viral footage of a man snatching a stolen AR-15 rifle from a protester during the recent Seattle riots. However, not everyone knows this was not the first, but the second rifle the “Weapon Snatcher” took away from a rioter that day.

📣 You might have noticed a new feature on The Mag Life: a podcast. We are now working closely with Gunfighter Cast, the longest running firearms related podcast on the internet, to bring you even more insight and informed opinions. More on this soon. In the meantime, you can always check out the Listen and Learn category to see what’s available. 📣

Shooter Rughi

The “Weapon Snatcher”

Listen to the interview with the Weapon Snatcher by your hosts Daniel Shaw and Varg Freeborn

https://media.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/s/content.blubrry.com/gunfightercast/GC-157.mp3

“Shooter Rughi” shares with us the importance of mindset, training, and core values. These are what led him to take successful action in a situation that could have gone horribly wrong.

After blending into the crowd, chanting their slogans, and being “the grey man”, this experienced protection specialist (think executive protection) launched into action quickly and decisively to resolve what might well have been an extremely bad development.

Listen to the podcast. There’s a ton of good information in it. Below you’ll find a few excerpts. Some (by no means all) of the topics you’ll hear include:

•25:00 What he carried and why. Medical kit and skill obligations.

•26:57 Rughi’s background and experience.

•23:30 The advantage of true concealment and being the Gray Man.

•40:21 Breaking cover and the draw.

•45:30 What could have gone better?

•47:20 Looking like a good guy: how do you avoid getting shot by another good guy?

•54:30 What would you do differently?

Warning: Explicit language…F bombs ahead.

Podcast Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Transcriptionist and Producer: Leah Ramsden

Mindset and Mission Clarity During the Seattle Riots

A lesson for your everyday thinking.

“I was able to make that decision so rapidly because I had framed my mindset into what I was gonna go into that day.” (09:07)

Being Decisive: the Element Of Surprise

“They produced another rifle bag out of the back of the second vehicle, which they pulled the rifle from…I drew my pistol from my pocket and I came up on him pretty much the same way as the other. the only difference was I had further distance to cover.”

“Most of everyone there didn’t know what happened with the first shooter and me taking his rifle…violence and surprise. [With] the guy acting like a sheep the second he saw me, I was able to snatch that weapon – he didn’t want any of it. He immediately took his hand off the fire control.”

The Fundamental Difference Between A Job vs A Duty

07:10 Asked, what was the thought process for you to leave your principles (his protectees) and deal with the stolen police rifle, SR responds,

“From the moment I saw the firearm, I knew it was in the hands of someone that was illegally obtaining it…they were escalating everything they had done from that day..to the moment I decided I needed to get my hands on that weapon and get it away from them…I headed a job to do. I needed to protect my team. So, I made the choice to do my job, and I protected my team. I got them around cover and I told them do not fucking move.

Rughi “the Weapon Snatcher” walking protectees riotous streets during the Seattle riots.

We had briefed beforehand and I told them you need to listen to me because if you don’t listen to me, and you create a variable that I don’t know or that I don’t expect, that’s going to cause a lot of problems for us. So, they were very aware that I needed them to listed, and they did.”

Brandi Kruse of Q13 Fox News; Twitter @BrandiKruse

“I put my team into cover and it wasn’t about me doing my job anymore, it was about me doing my duty. And my job and my duty are two different things…My job was keeping them safe, and that was taken care of. But then my duty came into play. It was to protect others around there and deescalate the situation if I could.”

A scene from the streets of downtown Seattle during recent protests there (this was prior to the establishment of the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone“).
Seizing control of a rifle stolen from a police vehicle during recent protests in Seattle.

Handgun or long gun, and why?

14:05 When questioned about sticking with his handgun instead of using the rifle he was now in control of, SR (a former Marine infantryman and experienced security contractor) explains,

“You gotta look at my situation. Was I in a gunfight? No, I wasn’t. I was not in a gunfight. I was trying to deescalate that from happening. The situation dictates tactics…I was in a situation where I was one guy surrounded by thousands…that were angry and riotous. Now if I was in a gunfight, if rounds were flying, absolutely, that would have been the tactical decision I would have made…but that would be escalation of force and I was trying to deescalate the situation, get back to my team and get us out of there.”

“And, I mean, they’re police firearms. I did not need to be confiscating police firearms just to turn them on civilians. That’s not it.”

Want to know more? Hear about the ethos that drove him to be protective, or his opinion on America’s problem with leadership and culture?

Listen to Episode of 157 of Gunfighter Cast.

Make the decision about who you want to be: people need to stop acting selfishly and start acting selflesslyShooter Rughi

You might also check out @firewatchofficial.

A screenshot from news coverage of the unrest in Seattle.
The scene in the downtown area couple of days after the start of the Seattle riots;  after the establishment of the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” by protesters (more about that on Reason).

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Next up: The One Thing You Should Do Every Day

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Jun 10 2020

1hr 11mins

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GC-156 What Obstacles Do You Place in Your Way?

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Varg and Daniel discuss how we hold ourselves back from doing the things we should be doing for ourselves, others, family or even careers by creating our own hurdles that make no sense to anyone but us.

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support the show is always to share it with your friends.

Stay safe.

Next up: A Study In Mission

May 21 2020

31mins

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GC-155 QuaranTraining

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Daniel Shaw and Varg Freeborn talk about how we can improve ourselves and our positions while some of us have a little more time on our hands than usual.

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Stay safe.

May 05 2020

36mins

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GC-154 Positivity… Not just for hippies. With Byron Rogers

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Byron Rogers and I talk about what Byron always loves to talk about – become a better person for all things in life through warriorship.

Apr 25 2020

1hr 14mins

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GC-153 Concealment with Dave “Boon” Benton

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Dave “Boon” Benton and I talk about concealment. Most of you will recognize boon because he looks just like the actor who played him in “13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” Boon is a guy who has had his life and other lives depend on him being able to conceal his firearm, intentions and skills and knowledge. Give it a listen.

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Stay safe.

Mar 11 2020

1hr 29mins

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GC-152 Experience in Violence with Varg Freeborn

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Varg Freeborn is one of the most experienced men I have ever met in terms of observing violence and criminal behavior first-hand as well as being an active participant in violent encounters. His views, concepts, and ideas are straight to the point and well-articulated.
Varg Freeborn interview: Jump to timeline and some excerpts.
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20:00 Varg Freeborn: introduction

22:00 Harder to kill: qualifications to instruct

25:00 Violence: on the receiving and giving end…and going to prison

39:02 Violence and physical training

43:46 Reading the crowd, Avoidance, and the vibrations of a room

51:11 Human predatory skills and behavior for defense

01:11 What the training community gets wrong
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[I teach mostly] things that have to do with fighting up close and personal with a firearm or loan and that is more likely geared towards civilians or lone patrol officers, that type of situation. So I try to stay very clearly in my lane, of experience there.

I have a lot going on, but it all has to do with coaching and making people stronger, better, safer, healthier, and harder to kill.
Harder to kill: qualifications to instruct
I try to stay pretty humble, so I’m not gonna get grandiose with this, but the thing that I think would make me qualified is that I talk from experience. When I talk and I teach from experience. I’m passionate about it because these are often things that either kept me alive or mistakes that I’ve made that nearly cost me my life  ̶  or mistakes that I made that did cost me large pieces of my life that I can’t get back. So that makes it very important information to me.

So when I’ve passed that information on to other people, that information is coming from a very intense place. It’s not just something that was dreamed up in a dojo or on a range somewhere. It’s information that is driven by a personal experience that had a great cost.
Violence, on the giving and receiving end…and going to prison.
When I was 18, I was involved in a pretty serious fight… and I was cornered by three very intoxicated and high individuals that were in a very dangerous condition. I fought my way out of that and I ended up stabbing one of them a couple of dozen times. That led to me being charged, which also led to me, being locked up for five years in prison. So at 19, I began a prison stay that lasted for five years. So 19 to 24 I spent in the brutal world of the penitentiary.

That was a very enlightening experience…a very strong development in my life in terms of who I am…that shaped a lot of my views on violence, my views on fighting, and my views on criminal mindset…I was simultaneously one of them, and also an observer. A person who disliked the people I was around, which made me very tuned into what type of people they were, how they operated, watching every manipulative behavior, predatory behaviors, all of those things were necessary for survival. But also, I was driven by just my sheer dislike of these people. That made me have to understand how they operate.
Violence, true self-defense, and fitness.
You have to get a higher fitness level, but you can’t break yourself down and exercise so hard that you can’t move the next day. You have to be physically capable of fighting to protect yourself, your wife, and kids.

I was in prison during the “good old days”,

Feb 23 2020

1hr 39mins

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GC-151 Company Profile | Primary Weapons Systems

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In GC-151 I talk with Dean Sylvester about his company Primary Weapons Systems. I have been running PWS rifles hard for many years and thought you needed to hear more about why I do. PWS is not bashful and has an amazing and rare company culture of end users that shoot, compete and train with the products they make.

Gunfighter Cast is one of the top gun podcast on the web, we do our best to bring the quality thought provoking content that you want to hear.

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Sep 18 2017

37mins

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GC-150 Carbine Stoppages | Part 2

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-150 Daniel talks about carbine Identifying and clearing stoppages and reloads.

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Sep 12 2017

22mins

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GC-149 Carbine Stoppages | Part 1

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-149 Daniel talks about carbine stoppages and reloads. Up next is Identification and clearances.

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Sep 03 2017

21mins

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GC-148 Handgun Stoppages and Reloads

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-148 Daniel talks about handgun stoppages and reloads, Identification and clearances.

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Jun 30 2017

37mins

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GC-147 Post Engagement Scan

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-147, Andy and I talked about the post engagement scan, what it is and what we should be looking for and thinking about.

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Jun 30 2017

28mins

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GC-146 Visualization and Mindset for Training

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In Gunfighter Cast episode GC-146. Andy and I spoke about visualization during training, training mindset and controlling emotions.

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Jun 30 2017

32mins

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Glad to see this back.

By Difidysudkf - May 21 2020
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This used to be one of the best firearms related podcasts. So happy to hear it’s back on.

GC is back!

By Myers431 - Feb 25 2020
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Glad GC is back!!!! Excellent content.