AIWB Carry Isn’t For Everyone, But Maybe It’s For You (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 148, January 31th, 2016)

“If somebody ends up gravitating toward [appendix carry] because it has advantages, that’s a much better way to get there than to just jump out into the deep end of the pool and assume that your habits are such that you’ll be just fine.” — Todd Louis Green


Todd Louis Green is back on Ballistic Radio to talk about the ever-controversial Appendix Inside-the-Waistband (AIWB) carry. After telling us where he was first introduced to the method of carry Todd tells us about the pros and cons of the carry method as well as many of the misconceptions people have about safety. Todd shares what he believes to be the most unsafe means of carry (it’s not what you think) and John and Todd talk about how to holster AIWB without ever pointing a gun at yourself as well as the best holsters for the position. John carries on his tradition of dropping calls from Todd. JackJack gets another identity and John teases project with SKD Tactical that will be benefiting Todd’s charity, Rampage for the Cure.

Not, a Little Short For a Facebook Show PART DEUX… (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 147, January 24th, 2016)

If you are serious about self defense and this is something you have to budget closely and you’re trying to decide between one or the other? Classes, then ammo. — John Johnston


It’s part two of the Facebook user, SHOT show extravaganza! While John and JackJack time travel and return from SHOT they answer your Facebook questions about the best protection for eyes and ears, stereotypes in the gun industry and what bullet setback is and what it might mean for your gun. (Spoiler alert: kaboom!)

JackJack manages to keep his job this episode and Joe, the producer, weighs in again. John tells us about the pros and cons of red dots on pistols and what kind of upgrades are good to make to your firearm after you’ve gotten comfortable with it’s performance. Is there such a thing as too many lumens? Why do we eat our own in the firearms industry? What is coming down the pike for Ballistic Radio for 2016 and what is the team most excited about seeing at SHOT? Find out on tonight’s episode.

Not, a Little Short For a Facebook Show… (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 146, January 17th, 2016)

If you’re going to choose to go armed in public you have a responsibility to yourself, loved ones and everyone else around you to seek the highest level of training that your resources allow for. — John Johnston


It’s a SHOT Show extravaganza! John and JackJack turn to you, the loyal Facebook users, to fill two full episodes with your questions. John answers questions about the drawstroke, caliber selection, what he would purchase if gun laws suddenly evaporated and whether or not it’s worth it to get an aftermarket barrel for your Glock. Joe, the producer, makes his debut performance, JackJack gets fired and rehired (again) and John makes subtle jabs at his most beautiful and amazing of employees.

Join us as we discuss the ethics of carrying firearms without being well trained, what happens at the ATF booth at SHOT show and find out what gun John  would choose if he could only have one.

It’s True. All Of It… (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 145, January 10th, 2016)

“I think a lot of people overlook the value in having room to make a mistake, and change your mind.” -John Johnston

It’s another Facebook user episode where John and JackJack answers the questions you submitted on Facebook! Will a trigger modification hurt you in court? Should you carry a revolver as a primary gun? Weapon-mounted light or handheld for personal defense? Those questions and more answered in tonight’s episode. John antagonizes JackJack while discussing the application of shoot house training, how to improve trigger control and selecting a fixed-blade knife. JackJack gets fired and rehired. All in a single episode.

If Today Be The Day… (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 144, January 3rd, 2016)

“We have to look at our foundation. So many people build an incredibly beautiful peacock of themselves on top of eggshells. I would rather have concrete under a shack.” – Erik Utrecht


John and JackJack are joined by Erik Utrecht from Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute (MDFI) to talk about the Brian Terry Foundation and the auction going on through Proceeds go to support the families of fallen border patrol agents like Brian as well as to scholarships for those looking to get into law enforcement.


But wait.. There’s more.


Erik tells us about the need to have a good foundation with your chosen gear before you can go on to more advanced classes, as well as the benefits in being put under stress in training environments. John talks about how (so very) many times he’s screwed up in training, while JackJack contemplates the loss of his identity to the Ballistic Radio machine. Don’t miss this episode.

Larry Lindenman, I Presume. (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 143, December 27th, 2015)

“I think most of it is a training error. Where we’re always on the line, we’re always drawing and firing, and we’re looking to increase our par times rather than assessing, and then dealing with… ‘what’s our best thing to do right now,’ especially if we’re not going to [need to] shoot.” – Larry Lindenman


In tonight’s episode John and JackJack are joined by the long-awaited Larry Lindenman, to talk about the “don’t shoot, yet” problem. Larry points out how in some cases, preemptively drawing a firearm on aggressors, can change the dynamics of a situations so that no shots need to be fired in the first place. He lists training opportunities for people, on how to acquire the skills to handle compliant subjects after they’ve been held at gunpoint. John asks Larry about what kind of experience instructors should have before they can instruct in certain topics, and why training scenarios can sometimes be more stressful than real-life encounters. Larry warns us we might hear gunfire and also at the beginning of the show John demonstrates how little he actually cares for JackJack. All here!

Playing Not To Lose Isn’t The Same As Playing To Win… (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 142, December 20th, 2015)

“Be realistic about what you may or may not do from a reactionary standpoint. You may flee. You may freeze. You may fight. But you may also get into that kind of defensive shielding type posture and it’s recognizing those things and going, ‘Okay, I’ve had this natural reaction. I have this moment of clarity. I have an opportunity to fight. Let’s fight.’ Because that’s what’s going to end the situation the fastest.” -Melody Lauer

It’s Star Wars premiere day and the boys can barely contain their excitement! They start the day by talking to Melody Lauer, the most recent addition to the Ballistic Radio team. John and Melody preview some of their most recent research regarding the upcoming class for armed parents they’ve been working on as well as some of the difficulties they have had along the way. Melody shares some of the misconceptions she had when first starting to prepare for defending her own children from violent encounters and some of the tactics she has come up with since then. They discuss talking to your children about being armed, coming up with plans that include them, the little discussed shielding response, as well as the tactics that end violent encounters the fastest. Check it out!

But this one is… BIGGER! (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 141, December 13th, 2015)

“I think one of the problems in the industry today is the way we belittle people who don’t do ideal things… If I have to pick between someone carrying a suboptimal choice that maybe I don’t agree with, versus not carrying at all, as long as that person is safe… cool. You just need to have a really clear understanding of what the limits and liabilities of whatever your chosen equipment is, and plan accordingly.” – John Johnston


John and JackJack answer your questions in yet another throw away shhhh…. Facebook user episode. JackJack tells all about (or does he) what it’s like working for John. John talks less than lethal vs lethal force options, answers questions about when you know it’s time to start working towards speeding up,  as well as the utility of the pelvic girdle shot. JackJack cons John into listing his top five firearms instructors (top 11 actually) and more!

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Super Dave! (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 140, December 6th, 2015)

“You can’t second guess yourself… What I do know is that under pressure, if you do not have absolute confidence in your ability, the chances of you taking that shot, let alone making that shot… it’s not going to happen.” -Dave Harrington

In this episode, John, JackJack and Super Dave Harrington discuss selecting defensive equipment based on personal factors and application as well as how to evaluate personal skills for a violent encounter. John asks what challenges most shooters face when entering training environments and how to overcome them. Dave discusses the importance of mental and physical synchronization, the importance of performance on demand and how competition shooting can be used to challenge a shooter to push his skill and confidence to new levels. Super Dave also helps clear up some of John’s witticisms. Check it out!

If You Or Your Partner Suffer From A Curved Dr. Aprill (Podcast – Season 3, Ballistic Radio Episode 139, November 29th, 2015)

“The most common reaction to being shot with a handgun, is no reaction at all.” – Dr. William Aprill

Dr. William Aprill joins us again to talk about what it takes to mentally prepare for violence, how we respond to violence, and who we should be willing to do violence for. John and JackJack continue to struggle with their maturity and William encourages bad behavior.