Causey and Effect (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 137, November 15th, 2015)

“(Seeking) Medical training acknowledges that you might fail, and people don’t like (thinking about) that.” – Caleb Causey – Lone Star Medics

Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics joins us to talk everyday tactical medicine. First though, John shares his thoughts on the recent terror attacks in Paris. Afterwards, we discuss what you should know, and be carrying, to stop the red stuff from coming out of you. Surprise of all surprises, just like with anything else, we find out that MINDSET plays a huge role in trauma medicine. Additionally, John has to utilize a strong fence to deter Jack from assaulting him while on air. Excelsior!

Red 6 Standing By! (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 136, November 8th, 2015)

“There are very well known instructors that I disagree with. Doesn’t mean they are wrong, so much as it is a difference of opinion.” – John Johnston
John is joined by por…. Jack, to answer YOUR questions. Ammunition selection, status checks for your gear, pistol sight selection, and why you may or may not want a fixed blade center line knife. Additionally, Jack accidentally on purpose, punches the microphone. Check it out!

The 1996, 3rd District HQ Ambush (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 135, November 1st, 2015)

“I got on my sights and I remember thinking ‘Front sight. Smooth press. Front sight. Smooth press.’ and at that point, I was delivering actual effective fire.” – David Williams – Defensive Force Decisions


At last! The almost lost episode with David Williams. In this one we discuss the May 23rd, 1996 Dayton Ohio 3rd District HQ ambush. Using your sights, reloading, cover, the ineffectiveness of handgun rounds, auditory exclusion, time dilation, just some of the topics covered in this one.

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Context? We don’t need no stinking Context! (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 134, October 19th and 25th, 2015)

“When we look at statistics, when we look at what it is that happens, over and over and over again with high frequency we can start to break down what might be critical for some individuals to know. …If we pay attention to those most important skills, those skills that are going to be used in, most, of the defensive gun uses that are out there we can start to …put it into the context for the average person.” -Paul Carlson, Safety Solutions Academy

An episode so good we had to play it two weeks in a row, and not just because my plane had a small electrical fire midair and had to make an emergency landing while I was flying home last Sunday. Listen in as Paul Carlson from SSA joins us to discuss the state of the training industry, and specifically the differences between the training that people seek versus the training they may actually need. Do our training priorities reflect our likely reality? Paul and John spend the show examining that, and other, questions.

The Importance Of Being Ernest, Langdon (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 133, October 11th, 2015)

“It was kind of instilled in me… …that whatever you’re teaching there has to be whys behind it. You can’t just say ‘Do it like this’ you have to explain why. Because understanding the whys behind the technique is what validates it and makes people really understand the reasoning’s behind doing it a certain or specific way.” -Ernest Langdon

Everyone at Ballistic Radio, especially Andy, is really excited this episode. Why? Because Ernest Langdon joins us to slaughter some of the more prolific sacred cows of self defense shooting “fundamentals”. Trigger reset, Surprise breaks, movement, force on force, why the WHY is so important… We cover it all!


These blast points… too accurate for Sand People. Only EOTechs are so precise. (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 132, October 4th, 2015)

“I think the main problem facing most of the people that start out with training is not really clearly identifying (or understanding) what they want to learn, or need to learn… The thing is understanding the context of what you’re trying to (learn) and also too identifying who is best able to teach that to you… When you’re at a lower level, one of the problems (you face) is that you’re not able to separate what you’re learning into ‘Ok here’s what’s applicable to me in (my) day to day, and here’s what’s applicable to me in the fantasy gun camp scenario that I have’.” – John Johnston

John and The Minion sit down for yet another show dedicated to answering the online user questions: EOTechs VS. Aimpoint, EDC load-out, Understanding your training priorities, the “TACTICAL™” benefits of the shotgun over the carbine, and more!

Special thanks to Raven Concealment System for providing this month’s prize, a VG2-Advanced, for the winning question!

I Petty the Fool With Poor Vehicle Tactics (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 131, September 27th, 2015)

“The tactics have to make sense to a person and there has to be a fundamental understanding, or they’re not going to use it when (the shit) hits the fan. So, even though they come to the class, if they really don’t believe it or they really don’t believe what you’re saying, then they won’t use it when it’s for all the marbles. That’s exactly what we try to do in the vehicle class, is that we try to get people to experience and see firsthand what we’re talking about, and then we build our tactics based off of that…. You have to understand how it works to get the most out of the class.” – William Petty


William Petty joins us on the show to talk about vehicle tactics. William talks about his vehicle program and how they reversed engineered the car (in a sense) to come up with new guidelines for ballistics and how they based their tactics off of those ballistics. He discusses how the rear of the vehicle has better ballistic protection, offers better mobility, and is essentially a place of high ground. John shares his experience of shooting through a ham sandwich. Plus, we talk about the differences in construction of modern bullets versus older designs, and using the vehicle as a weapon.

A Stoegeringly Good Competitive Shooting Show (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 130, September 20th, 2015)

“You’re going to rise to the level of the people around you. And to me that’s what makes competitive shooting so interesting. My angle is I like to go practice. To me, that’s the best day is where I have my old pickup truck with all my shooting target stands, and props, and metal targets in the back. I like to go to the range and practice.  But what drives that practice is competitive shooting.” – Ben Stoeger

Ballistic Radio goes USPSA in this episode as we welcome Ben Stoeger on the show. Ben and John talk about John’s experience shooting his first USPSA match ever (carrying appendix of course), and how well it went without having a plan. Ben talks about stress, using timers in training, and how it all translates to becoming a better shooter.  We get Ben’s take on what good shooting actually is and how shooting with others who are better then you can be a huge motivator. Plus, Ben talks about how your gear won’t do the work for you, and that it’s up to the shooter to put the work in to develop skill.