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?



Mister Roger’s Shoot House (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 113, May 24th, 2015)

“(People) want to believe that whatever they have in their hands is going to be a magic death ray, when in fact, nothing you can hold in either of your two hands or both of your two hands is going to guarantee that you can stop somebody at any given time. ” – Pat Rogers


It’s been a long time, but we finally welcome Pat Rogers back on for another show. And he brings with him plenty of stories from his law enforcement days, all with lessons to be learned. Such lessons include; the ineffectiveness of handgun rounds and the importance of hitting what you aim for, why bad hits and misses are common, and how it’s possible to get into the frame of mind to go down when you’re not even hurt. John and Pat talk about why people believe that what they have in their hand is a magic death ray. As well, we discuss body armor, the shoot house, and what it does for shooters.


Egos Where I Go (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 112, May 17th, 2015)

“You tend to see two big spikes of things. People expecting something incredibly unlikely and not getting it, or people expecting something incredibly likely and not getting it. But on both ends they’re not likely to get that single one thing (they’ve) focused on.”  - Dr. William Aprill


If you didn’t get your weekly dose of psychology, then we have just what the doctor ordered. Actually, we have the doctor. Dr. William Aprill, that is. This time, we talk about the recent video of an attack on a toddler, and the psychology behind peoples’ reactions. From there, William branches off to talk about schema, what it is, and how it relates to our perception of reality. He discusses actively seeking information from your environment, and how thinking about what actually could happen should be used to drive our decisions. And what would a show revolving around psychology be without talking about the ego?


Training, Practice, and Shooting Standards (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 111, May 10th, 2015)


“What we’re not doing, I think, in the training community is emphasizing enough about, that you need to practice after training to really ingrain the skills that you learn in training.” – Claude Werner


Joining us once again, The Tactical Professor himself, Mr. Claude Werner. We discuss a slew of topics on the show including; psychological stops vs. shooting accurately to physically stop an attacker, the fact that we don’t care if a bad guy lives or dies, just that they stop what they are doing, and realizing that if an attacker isn’t stopped with body shots, maybe we need to aim for the head. In addition, Claude takes about training vs. practice and it’s correlation to unconscious or conscious competence. Plus, picking training protocols that have a high probability of success, and making sure to constantly increase your personal shooting standard. John and Claude also discuss the recent event in Garland, Texas.

Close Encounters of the Burch Kind (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 110, May 3rd, 2015)

“You need to stay conscious. It doesn’t matter if he can foul your draw, or if he can even get your gun, if you’re unconscious. At that point he can do whatever he wants. He might not even know you have a gun. He’ll just stomp your head. At least if you’re conscious, you can keep fighting.” – Cecil Burch


Cecil Burch joins us for another exciting episode of Ballistic Radio! We get Cecil’s take on appendix carry, in fight weapon access, and the use of a proper appendix carry holster. As well, he talks about the pros and cons of different holster locations on your body, and the dangers of accessing a weapon too soon. Cecil also discusses being entangled with an attacker and the importance of protecting the head to stay conscious. Plus, what classes Cecil has coming up, and did John just agree to get choked out!?