Civilian Carry Radio 111 - AJ Zito US Army VET, founder, gunsmith & lead instructor of Practical Performance

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Today is September 11th 2019 (also referred to as 9/11). It has been 18 years since the September 11th attacks of 2001 when our country experienced the worst act of terrorism that our nation has ever experienced. 

Those attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead, with losses still being incurred to this very day, such as the loss of Marcy Borders 9/11 survivor, the iconic “Dust Lady” who passed away from cancer on August 24th 2015. 

September 11th also marks Benghazi attack of 2012 which occurred 7 years ago today.

The September 11th 2012 Benghazi attack was a coordinated attack against two United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya by members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia.

At 9:40 p.m., September 11, 2012 members of Ansar al-Sharia attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979. At around 4:00 a.m. on September 12, the group launched a mortar attack against a CIA annex approximately one-mile away, killing CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty and wounding ten others. Initial analysis by the CIA, repeated by top government officials, indicated that the attack spontaneously arose from a protest which was false. Subsequent investigations showed that the attack was premeditated, although rioters and looters not originally part of the group may have joined in after the attacks began.

I would like to take a moment of silence for respect, contemplation, prayer and reflection on both of the attacks that occurred on September 11th… 

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tonight’s guest: AJ Zito US Army VET, founder, gunsmith & lead instructor of Practical Performance

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AJ’s BIO:  A.J. is the founder, gunsmith, and lead instructor for Practical Performance. He is a former member of the U.S. Army, and private security contractor.  A.J.’s focus after leaving the security and protection world has been on the concealed/covert carrying and deployment of firearms. He currently holds multiple Master ratings in IDPA and various ratings in USPSA. He also holds several Expert and Master ratings in multiple firearms disciplines including pistol, carbine, and precision rifle through various entities.  In 2017 A.J. completed a full-time, three year gunsmithing program in general to advanced gunsmithing, as well as custom competition, carry, and guild quality firearms. He teaches basic and custom pistol smithing for one of the most reputable gunsmithing schools in the country. A.J. is a NRA certified instructor, as well as a graduate of Tom Givens (Rangemaster) Instructor and Advanced Instructor programs, amongst others. He brings a vast knowledge of ballistics, instruction, competition, and real world employment of firearms to the table.


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Wednesday September 18th 2019 - 112th episode - Claude Werner The Tactical Professor

Wednesday September 25th 2019 - 113th episode - GW Ayers 22 year US Army Vet and VP Govt Relations at Rainier Arms.

Wednesday October 2nd 2019 - 114th episode - Craig Douglas Retired LEO and owner of Shivworks  

Wednesday October 9th 2019 - 115th episode - Rob Haught LEO and owner of Symtac Training- 

Wednesday October 16th 2019 - 116th episode - John Hearne LEO and of Rangemaster 

Wednesday October 23rd 2019 - 117th episode - Dr Sherman House owner of The Civilian Defender 



Registration is open for TacCon 2020.

Location: Dallas Pistol Club in Carrollton, TX.

Date: March 27-29, 2020

DC Project Rally for Gun Rights

Join the DC Project to support women and men from the firearms industry as they discuss pressing issues for today.


In the words of our good friend and mentor Lynn Givens "I do not carry a pistol so I can impose my will on someone else. 

I carry a pistol so someone else cannot impose their will on me"

Good night good folks, please take care, stay safe, be positive and remain vigilant. See you all next week! God bless and Goodnight!