Is That Your EDC Gun or Are You Just Happy To See Me? (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 108, April 19th, 2015)

“What without why is useless in the business of gunfighting.” – John Chapman


John Chapman joins us this episode to talk about a multitude of topics. The first item of discussion is EDC (everyday carry) gear, and what people want to carry vs. what they actually need to be carrying. He also discusses the use of a pistol mounted light, spare magazines, and why it’s good to incorporate some sort of hand to hand class into your training regime. The two Johns talk about whether the size of your gun matters or if it really is about how you use it. Plus, we take a look at some of the recent events in the media concerning law enforcement officers.

The Newhall Massacre of 1970 (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 107, April 12th, 2015)

“I was driving to work as a computer operator when I turned the corner on the Old Road and saw the gunfire, I saw two CHP cars and a red car. I always say my brain said to get out of the way, but my feet ran the wrong way.” – Gary Kness, private citizen who intervened during the Newhall Massacre…

“For some reason everybody thinks that they’re going to get confronted by some crackhead with a Raven, and nobody ever stops to think about how bad the bad guys can be. ” – John Hearne

This week John Hearne joins to us to discuss the  1970 Newhall Massacre., and the lessons we can learn from it. Mr. Hearne talks about the importance of tailoring your training  and equipment to match your likely response to an unexpected violent encounter. Additionally,  it is demonstrated  the event that sometimes the bad guys are not only well trained and equipped, but also highly motivated.

“Bunny Ears” For Easter, With “The Gun Lawyer” (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 106, April 5th, 2015)

“I’m not saying national reciprocity is necessarily a bad thing, but when the federal government starts meddling with things, it does make me nervous. Because, quite frankly, I don’t think they do anything efficiently” – Derek Debrosse

Bunny ears are flying everywhere in this episode that, coincidently, falls on Easter. Joining us in studio for all these flying bunny ears is The Gun Lawyer himself, Mr. Derek Debrosse.  Derek was the very first guest we ever had on the show, so there’s been plenty of time to come up with things to discuss. So, what exactly did we discuss, might you ask? We talk about; stand your ground laws, duty to retreat, castle doctrine, the 2nd Amendment and moving toward a pro self defense side of things, national reciprocity, and NFA items. That’s not all, though. Derek gives us his take on talking to the police after a self defense shooting, and some things to keep in mind as a concealed carry permit holder. As well, he highlights the advantages of training from a legal standpoint. I promise the legal jargon was kept to a minimum, so all you non-laywery types, don’t be afraid to take a listen.


Twisted by Starbucks, The Facebook Show Has Become (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 105, March 29th, 2015)

“If you feel like you’re pushing yourself, quit it. But on the other hand, you want to push yourself a little bit because chances are if you need a gun in a defensive situation, it’s going to be at the time least advantageous to you, most advantageous to someone else. And the bad guy’s really not going to care if you’ve got a stuffy nose, or a boo boo or if you’re tired that day.” – John Johnston


The third time is a charm, right? Let’s all find out, as we kick off season 3 of Ballistic Radio! There’s no way we could have made it this far without the support of our loyal fans, so what better way to kick off the new season then by answering your questions. We get right to it by discussing something that seemed to make people lose their minds (that never happens on the Facebook page).  Starbucks! Are they really commie bastards that want to talk away our precious freedom, or perhaps did they just make a polite request? John also discusses training for new CCW holders and how to encourage others to seek training. The topic of shooting/ training while injured comes up. Plus, at what point in your training should you practice drawing and firing a loaded firearm? All this, and more! So, get to duh choppa! Do it now!!!

Geometry vs. Basket Making (Trust Us, We Have Microphones) (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 104, March 22nd, 2015)

“I think too many people haven’t put the work in to understand what a training scar truly is, where they come from, and how to have one or not have one, and what it takes for that to happen. The usefulness of competition, and I think quite frankly, too many “tactical” people…  can’t shoot, or they’re afraid to put their ego on the line, and get up in front of other people and shoot.” – Chuck Haggard

We here, at Ballistic Radio, love when people stop by the studio to chat. And for this episode we’re graced with the presence  of  Mr. Chuck Haggard. Wait, what do we talk about though? How about whatever we can think of! Such as; isosceles vs. Weaver style shooting stances, the importance of where your trigger finger is positioned on the gun, and being ego invested in your firearm or gear. Plus, we discuss what training scars are and how exactly you get them. But that’s not all! We introduce the completely new concept of training! Ok, so we may have talked about that one or twice, but this time we talk about how training gives you the ability to articulate why did what you. Which may just save your hind end if you find yourself in court.

Negative Outcomes 101, Part 2 (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 103, March 15th, 2015)

“You have to understand that a gun fits in a situation, and it’s just part of a situation, and it’s a limited purpose tool that will solve a few problems. And for those problems, it solves them relatively well, and may be the only tool that does a good job of solving them. But that set of circumstances is relatively narrow, and along with that set of circumstances where it works, it can definitely bring about things that don’t work.” – Claude Werner


Claude Werner is back for part 2 of our Negative Outcomes show, and there’s plenty more to talk about. In this second installment, Claude talks about unjustified shootings and the importance of knowing and understanding the laws. John and Claude discuss needlessly getting arrested and chasing criminals after they’ve been run off. The topic of lost and stolen guns is brought up briefly. Plus, what do you do with your firearm when nature calls?

Firearms Instructing for Dummies (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 102, March 8th, 2015)

“You have a responsibility here because you’ve donned the mantle of instructor and they believe you. And now you’re telling them to do something that maybe you just want to attach your name to because it looks cool on the internet, and you can get some hits off of it, and make a couple of bucks. But is this going to get somebody killed?” – David Williams


The firearms industry’s crazy uncle, David Williams joins us in studio for this show, and the silliness runs rampant. This time we dive into the topic of firearms instructors and training classes. We discuss such things as acceptable standards for classes, and the problems with classes that don’t fail anyone. In addition, David talks about what exactly qualifies someone to be an instructor, and what discerns the good from the bad ones. Plus, should an instructor actually know how to shoot well?

Negative Outcomes 101, with The Tactical Professor (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 101, March 1st, 2015)

“When you’re in your home there are two competing probabilities. The one probability is that it is a member of your family, and the other probability is that it’s an intruder. Well the probability that it is your family member is about 98%, and the probability that it’s an intruder is about 2%.” -Claude Werner

The Tactical Professor, Claude Werner, joins us on the show once again. This time we’re talking about negative outcomes. Claude talks about the different types of things that can cause negative outcomes. He discusses ways to help decrease the chance of having a negative outcome, such as having a flash light and dedicating more time to properly handling your firearm. As well, Claude talks about how practicing to talk with a gun in your hand, and how just asking a simple question such as ‘Who’s there?’ can greatly decrease the likelihood of accidentally shooting a family member.

Episode 100: Attack of the User Questions (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 100, February 22nd, 2015)

“The whole energy transfer or energy dump, is a very 1980′s concept… In handgun calibers specifically, though, energy transfer or hydrostatic shock is not something that really is part of the terminal ballistic equation. The only thing we’re looking at is the permanent crush cavity caused by the bullet…Then why do manufacturers list it?(Ft.-lbs. of energy) Because, once again, people that don’t know what they’re talking about think it’s important.” – John Johnston

100 episodes, hooray!!!! We can’t thank you guys enough for letting us be on the air for any remote amount of time, let alone this long. Ballistic Radio wouldn’t be what it is without the fans. So, what better way to thank you guys by answering some more of your online questions. Oh, but that’s not all. We have a very special prize from SKD Tactical for the best question. And what are some of those questions that we answer? Well, we answer such questions as; should you test your carry ammo in ballistic gel/water? Is there any sort of special training that lefties should be doing? What are the pros and cons of altering your carry gun? What can we, as a shooting community, do to promote a positive image for the shooting community? And many more! Plus, we find out what the Minion uses to cure a fever.

Shoot, Rinse, Repeat (Podcast – Season 2, Ballistic Radio Episode 99, February 15th, 2015)

“If you can’t do it right, you’re just doing it wrong. And practicing being wrong over and over and over again, you might get better doing it the wrong way, but you’re still doing it wrong. To a certain point you have to be doing it right before you should try doing it faster. But the mistake is to believe that if you keep getting smoother and smoother and smoother, speed will just happen by itself. The only way you get fast is by trying to be fast.” – Todd Green

This week, we’re glad to have Todd Green of back on the show. Todd talks about having to relearn how to shoot after having issues with his right arm that led to several surgeries. John and Todd discuss the ‘slow is smooth and smooth is fast’ cliche’, and how to get faster with your shooting goals and priorities in mind.  And in an attempt to break the internet again, John and Todd talk about how 1911′s are the most fun pistol to shoot in the history of history! Plus Todd tells us about his charity, Rampage For The Cure.