The Melody of Training (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 122, July 26th, 2015)

“I really do think that some people think of the human body like it’s a balloon. And if you just poke holes in it, the blood will come out, and that it doesn’t matter where you hit them, an equal amount of blood will come out no matter where. (Then) eventually they’ll just bleed to death and go away. That’s not how the body works. The body is a very efficient and miraculous machine, that takes quite a bit of accuracy to stop efficiently.” – Melody Lauer


We welcome Melody Lauer back again, as she discusses some points and topics of her recent article in Lucky Gunner. John finds how un-funny he is without The Minion to laugh at his jokes. Melody talks with John about such things as self defense myths, the importance of being able to think while handling a firearm, and some of the less talked about topics in the training world. Melody talks about differing views of trainers and how some tend to twist those views to justify not training for a certain situation. Plus, is making accurate shots really something we need to train to do? All this and more!!!


Dynamic Duo, Avengers Initiative 2: Age of Palooza (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 121, July 19th, 2015)

“Aside from seeing (John) choked out, there are other good reasons to come to the (Paul-E-Palooza) conference… For the price of one weekend of training, and really a very affordable weekend of training at $300, you can sample 21 trainers, and decide do I want to spend a whole weekend with Greg Elifritz, or Chuck Haggard, or Chris Fry. You can try them out for a 2 hour or 4 hour block to get a taste of their material, and decide who you want to train with later.” – William Aprill


We have the dynamic duo back on the show! William Aprill aaaaaaanndddd Sherman House both join us to discuss the third Paul E Palooza training conference coming up on August 15th and 16th just outside of Garrettsville, OH. Also, it’s been a long while but John manages to hang up on both guests right off the bat! And that’s just the beginning. Sherman and William talk about how the conference benefits the children of the late Paul Gomez, the array of trainers and classes they’re offering, and answer some of the common questions about the training conference. Once his McDonalds order is complete, Sherman has to split leaving William and John to discuss the recent attack on military recruiting stations. It’s an informational and entertaining show, so don’t miss it!!

A Sinister New Facebook Show Emerges From the Underworld (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 120, July 12th, 2015)

“Given the right situation, it might be better to just draw and burn somebody down as fast as you can while you have the advantage of surprise, rather than try to move to cover/concealment, possibly get shot at while you’re doing that, and then engage the threat. People are always looking for these black or white answers to these questions, but you don’t really know until you’re in that situation.” – John Johnston


We asked for questions and everyone delivered…. big time. Our latest show took in a whopping 150 or so questions from the Facebook users to be answered live on air. Of course, we couldn’t answer everyones’s question, but we did get to some of the ones that we thought were the best and beneficial to everyone. We get right to it and talk about; informing friends and co-workers that you carry a firearm, pelvic girdle shots as an alternative target, and preferred zero for a civilian use AR-15.  John also briefly talks about “The Gadget” (not to be confused with the Rescue Ranger), and why we don’t go to Camelot.

Let’s Whitlock And Load (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 119, July 5th, 2015)

“We should be really proud of ourselves in the firearms industry. We really (don’t) stereotype in this current generation. We’re very welcoming of either gender. It doesn’t matter what you subscribe to in the firearms community. You show up to class, you perform, you step it up, you behave safely and respectfully, and you show and prove that you’re a dedicated student… Nothing else matters, whether you’re male or female.” – Tatiana Whitlock

On the air with us this week is Tatiana Whitlock from ID Target Systems. Tatiana is a mother and Fine Arts major who got into firearms 5 years ago, and has since become an instructor, NRA spokesperson, and started ID Target Systems, which makes 3D targets. Tatiana talks about the advantages and differences of shooting 3D targets vs. paper targets, and how they help us be able to better visually process information in order to make a shoot/ no shoot decision. We discuss women in the shooting community, stereotypes that may or may not exist, and get her thoughts on “gun bunnies”. As well, Tatiana talks about being the black sheep of her family by being in the firearms community, and talking with those not in the community about firearms and training.

Where The Aneurysm Has Gone There Will Be Nothing, Only Paul Sharp Will Remain (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 118, June 28th, 2015)

“You need to stay focused on what’s important to you, what you love, and determine that no one is going to take you away from (what you love). Whether it’s your child, your wife, your brothers and sisters, (or) your family. Whatever it is, that’s going to motivate you. Now determine within yourself that there’s nothing on this planet that can remove you from that person’s life. They cannot live without you, and you’re not going to let it happen. Period.” – Paul Sharp


Paul Bunyan… er, I mean, Paul Sharp joins us for an episode of silliness, but mainly to talk about mental toughness and how we prepare to get through the things that happen to us. Paul tells his personal tale of dealing with a brain aneurysm, how his mental toughness made him push through days of pain, strange smells and dizziness (even though he probably shouldn’t have), and how his mental toughness helped him get through the ordeal. He talks about things he has done to make him mentally stronger and how you can do the same. Things such as; doing a physical activity and pushing beyond the point of stopping, using your loved ones as mental motivation, and even looking into adventure companies.



How Much Active Shooter Knowledge Could a Chuck Haggard Chuck? (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 117, June 21st, 2015)

“It’s a really bad idea to carry a gun if you don’t have the ability to apply deadly force when you need to. That’s just a bad idea. A gun is not a talisman, it’s not a good luck charm, it’s not bad guy repellant. It’s a tool of deadly force.” – Chuck Haggard


Chuck Haggard joins us for another Ballistic Radio episode to talk about the subject of active shooters, why they happen, and his own personal experiences with them. Chuck covers some things to think about as an individual who wants to prepare for an active shooter scenario, and how personal skill, training, and equipment determine one’s decision on responding to and trying to stop an active shooter. He talks about the importance of just being armed, and being able to get gunfire/tactical pressure on the shooter. We discuss why having a “truck gun” or long rifle in an active shooter incident could have a negative outcome for you. Additionally, we talk about why having medical training and supplies for a mass casualty incident could be critical in reducing number of lives lost.

User Question Episode VII, The Facebook Awakens (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 116, June 14th, 2015)

“It is very easy to do choreographed drills… and over-inflate your estimation of (your) skill. I think that it is very important to incorporate decision making and ambiguity into your training. Whether that’s in live fire or force on force is up to you, but… if you’re not challenging yourself or you’re not feeling challenged, you’re probably not doing it right.” – John Johnston


You have questions, we have answers… hopefully. It’s time, once again, to take a handful of questions the Facebook users have asked and answer them on air. We talk about everything from how adrenaline affects you under stress to handgun thumb placement to properly manage recoil. John discusses odd ball calibers, gives his opinion of .300 Blackout, and what the best piece of advice he’s gotten in his career is in relation to firearms. Plus, The Minion shows up tardy to the party. Will he keep his job? Probably, but listen anyways to find out!

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To Shoot or Not To Shoot, An Important Question (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 115, June 7th, 2015)

“We always base our current performance, or how we think we’d do in a fight (or) altercation, on the best us that we know. And the best us that we know, may not be who we are right now.” – Craig Douglas


Craig Douglas of  Shiv Works joins us this week, as he drives to Goshen, Indiana for a training class. Craig talks about his stint as an undercover officer and how sometimes it’s important to be able to develop tactics on the fly. He discusses legal shootings, (a.k.a. a justifiable homicide) and the importance of being able to make a no shoot decision. On the training side, Craig talks about adding ambiguity and making sure to pressure test your training. John and Craig get into the ego as John recalls getting his butt handed to him at his first ECQC. Plus, Craig talks about the tendency of one to base current performance on how we think we’d do, or the best ‘us’ we know.

Yeti ‘Nother Shotgun Show (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 114, May 31st, 2015)

“You need to learn the technique. You need to approach it from a manner of a learning principle. Not a, ‘hey I’m going to do this and look cool’, and just start running the gun as hard and as fast as possible. It’s a matter of learn proper technique, proper application, then follow through with it.” – Steve Fisher 


The Yeti is back, and this time he’s talking shotguns! For those who don’t know, the Yeti is none other then Steve Fisher, and if you don’t know who Steve Fisher is, then you really should listen to this show. Steve talks about some reasons why the carbine is often chosen over a shotgun, and some key elements to properly run a shotgun. We discuss some of the common myths associated with shotguns, such as racking a round as a deterrent. Plus, we get into load selection, acceptable patterns, and are there really hardware solutions to software problems?