Handgun Radio 206 - Making The Most Of Your Gun Store & Training Experience

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Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we discuss making the most of your gun store experience and choosing a trainer!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: BIRTHDAY BASH! (Music, Fire, Smoked Pork BBQ chicken) Got 100 rounds of 9mm and a nice smith and wesson tshirt!

-Replaced Batteries in dads Kimber.
 

Weerd
 

Drink Segment: Bourbon

Farmgirl Nancy:  Mezcal, Muddled Cucumber and Ginger, Lime Juice, Honey Simple Syrup.

Main Topic: Making the Most of Your Gun Store & Training Experience!

-Dont be afraid to ask for help!

-Dont be an A-hole.

-You don’t know everything

-Neither does the employee behind the counter (but they still most likely are pretty knowledgeable)

-Know your prices before going in.

-Try to support your local gun store in little ways, even if you arent buying a gun. Accessories, ammo, etc. Anything goes a long way toward making sure we have strong local shops instead of incompetent big box stores.

-Understand that a gunstore is still a business with a bottom line, and understand what constitutes a reasonable value/price when it comes to a purchase or trade.

-Muzzle Control, make sure the firearm is clear. The “gun store handshake”. (Cop Desk Pop)

-Recommending the snubby .38 to the “lil ol lady”

Choosing a Trainer:

We know to stay in our lane….so here is some wisdom

From Nick at Practically Tactical:

1. An instructor who still trains
2. An instructor who says you need to train with others aka not dogmatic
3. Has a certain amount of credibility/reputation as a great instructor. Not just “nra certifies”

Another important one, which is a great talking  point that most don’t think about, is the instructor you choose is a reflection of your character. Imagine that instructor having to come to court and help defend you. If you wouldn’t want that instructor in front of a judge and DA, probably shouldn’t train with that person.

DA would paint a bad picture in a court case if you choose a bad instructor.

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Until Next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 096 - Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham, author & instructor, to discuss how the various trigger systems can affect the training experience.

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Week In Review:

Ryan:

Grant:

-Tested .22’s

Main Topic: Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

In the world of firearms, particularly handguns, we have a myriad of options. This is a good thing, as it allows the shooter to customize the handgun to their liking. Having choices about gun fit, and being able to utilize handguns that fit us properly will translate into improved shooting. Rather than focusing on how the handgun DOESN’T fit you properly, you will be focusing on your fundamentals and ultimately becoming a better shooter. One really imporant aspect of gun fit & function is the trigger system. There are numerous ones out there, but typically the most popular are Single Action or SA Only, Double Action or DA Only, Single-Action/Double-Action a la Sig-Sauer and Beretta and finally pre-set striker style, like you might see on a Glock. These different trigger systems have their advantages and some have disadvantages, and encountering them in the training environment can make things sometimes very complicated.

  1. First, an overview: Single Action; Double-Action or DAO; SA/DA; Pre-Set Striker Style.
  2. As a trainer, you have some people who are sometimes beginners in the shooting world. What do you see as the most common reasons for preferring one of the above trigger systems? Reach, comfort or something else?
  3. In your eyes, what do you feel is the best trigger system to start someone on if they have never fired a firearm?
  4. What are some of the problems that can happen with each trigger system mentioned above, with a particular focus on the training environment?
  5. Have you ever encountered a situation where you have actually recommended something like a DA/SA?
  6. How does having different trigger systems present on the training range affect the course?
  7. If you could have one trigger system that worked great for everybody, what would it be?

Thanks so much Grant for coming on!

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 057 - A Discussion with Massad Ayoob

HGR 057 - A Discussion with Massad Ayoob Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Massad Ayoob about his career & experiences as a Law Enforcement Officer & industry professional, along with his training and writing endeavors. 

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Not much going on this week, but I do want to let you all know how the LCP experiment is going. As you all know from last week’s show, I switched from carrying my trusty S&W Model 60 in .38 Special in a Galco pocket holster, to a Ruger LCP in .380 ACP in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. So far, I have been very impressed with the LCP. It does give up some shootability to the slightly larger and heavier revolver, but it’s thin profile and light weight do not weigh down the lightweight summer pants/shorts that are commonly worn in humid hot environments. The summer this year in Maine has been unusually humid and sticky, and the Galco pocket holster was becoming uncomfortable to have in my pocket. The LCP is causing none of these issues. I will update you all next week as to how its going moving forward, but this looks to be a great summer carry piece! Make sure you keep an eye out on the Firearms Insider for the review of the holster!

That about wraps up the Week in Review, so we are going to head into our main topic, a discussion with Massad Ayoob!

Main Topic: A Discussion with Massad Ayoob

1.) As a young man you started carrying a firearm at an early age. Can you tell the listeners what that was like to be entrusted with such a responsibility so early on?

2.) What prompted you to get into the firearms industry, both as an enthusiast as well as a competitive shooter and trainer?

3.) Moving to the Law Enforcement side of things, how did your presence in the firearms industry alter the gear you chose or the things you carried while on-duty?

4.) Looking at modern LEO training, what would you say is the BEST development of the modern training world? What would you say is the WORST (or have you seen something that hinders proper training?)

5.) You started writing early on in your career, can you tell the listeners how your writings have evolved over the years? Has the advent of the internet and other media forced you to alter the way you approach your writing?

6.) I am a HUGE fan of the “Greatest Handguns of the World I & II” books, can you shed a little light on what drove you to write those books?

7.) I love the “Ayoob Files” collection but the book version of it is somewhat scarce. Are there any plans to offer an updated and expanded reissue of that great collection?

8.) On the ProArms podcast, the defensive shooting interviews (along with the roundtable discussions) offer a great deal of information for the defensive hand gunner. What do you think is the most important thing that an armed citizen can take away from those discussions?

9.) If you could make the modern handgun manufacturers make one change, be it in the manufacture process or on the gun itself, what would it be?

Please check out more of Mas’s offerings at Massad Ayoob Group as well as at the The ProArms Podcast.

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Obscure Gun We Want:

Ryan: This week, I am really in the mood to see H&K come back out with their fantastic P9S Target. This was a 9mm Para pistol produced from 1965 to 1978 that utilized the roller-locking delay system and could have the trigger pull adjusted down to nearly 2.5 pounds! A really interesting and not all too common firearm.

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Until Next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 055 -Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham, proprietor of the Personal Security Institute and Paul Carlson, proprietor of Safety Solutions Academy, to discuss a recent training class they held together, and to get the perspectives of the trainer and trainee when it comes to defensive handgun training!

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We are going to skip the Week in Review and head straight into the Main Topic

Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Earlier this month, Grant held a Defensive Revolver Fundamentals training course with Paul Carlson at Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio. Paul hosted Grant, but also took part as a trainee in the course. We have both gentlemen here with us tonight to discuss the different perspectives and what they have learned that will help you get the most out of your defensive firearms training.

General Questions:

1.) What are some of the most common misconceptions people have when they first show up at a training course?

2.) How specifically do you structure your training time? Do you place more value/emphasis on “classroom” time as opposed to range time or do you prefer to have an equal amount of both?

3.) One thing I have heard over and over again from a lot of people is “I just don’t see the value in paying for training”. How do you overcome that sort of mindset as a trainer?

4.) Do a lot of the training techniques/methods cross-over to several different disciplines or do you have to tailor a lot of the training to the specific platform you’re instructing on? (i.e. revolvers, semi-autos, rifles, shotguns)

5.) How can an instructor maximize the value of the training, especially with the current up and down ammunition shortages we seem to be experiencing?

Trainee Perspective:

1.) Having an open mind as a trainee is definitely one of the most important things when attending a course. What other things are very important when attending a course as the trainee?

2.) What sorts of things should the trainee look for when choosing an instructor?

3.) Are there any types of training that people should avoid? (i.e. situations where the risks of the training outweigh any perceived benefits.)

4.) As the person spending the hard-earned money on training, what sorts of things would you like to see more of in the courses that are offered around the Country?

Obscure/Nonexistent Gun we want:

This is a new segment where we get to pick a gun that is obscure that we want simply because we want it, or a gun that isn’t made that we want to see made. Money is no object and this is purely a thought exercise so have fun with it!

Ryan: I still am waiting for Ruger to make me an LCP in .22 LR

Grant: Authentic Biathlon Rifle

Paul: Integrally Suppressed S&W M&P 15-22

Wrap-Up:

Until Next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!


HGR 041 - Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy & The Remington R-51

This week, myself and special guest Paul Carlson, the proprietor of the Safety Solutions Academy, discuss his work in the defensive training world as well as his experiences with the new-for-2014 Remington R-51.

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Week in Review:

paul carlson
paul carlson

Ryan:

  • Getting stuff ready for next week’s test of the Glock 42 and the XDs 4.0! Hope to get some great footage of these handguns!
  • My dad found a bunch of old holsters from his early patrol days, as well as the original wooden target grips for the S&W Model 19. I can’t wait to get those on there and see how it looked in it’s original format!

Main Topic: Safety Solutions Academy with Paul Carlson & the Remington R-51 Saga

Safety Solutions Academy:

  • What prompted you to start Safety Solutions Academy?
  • I notice you train people in many different disciplines, such as Unarmed Defensive Training, Long Guns, and have done trainings such as Mas Ayoob’s MAG-20/40 training. Do you have a particular formula that leads you to offer a wide variety such as this? Some way that you balance “knowledge” education with practical education i.e. range time?
  • In your experience, what are some of the more common training “mistakes” made by people who may be new to the training world?
  • With the great increase in firearms sales over the past several years, we have seen a corresponding increase in people offering training services. Many of these people are reputable, knowledgeable individuals such as you & your business, but many are not. For those people that are looking to spend some money and get some training, what are some things to note when looking for a good instructor/training company?
  • What do you have planned in the future for SSA?
  • What are some firearms you are really excited about for 2014?

The Remington R-51 Saga:

As many listeners know, I was extremely excited about the R51, because I am a huge fan of the Colt 1903 and it was nice to see a design from the period being brought back to life. Unfortunately, the R-51 seems to be experiencing quite a few problems. Paul has some videos over at the SSA YouTube page that you can check out!

  • First off, with a hands-on view of the gun like you have (I have not handled one yet) is it living up to much of the hype regarding its controllability and other “advantages”?
  • What are some of the issues that MOST concern you about the pistol? (Maybe from most concerning to least concerning?)
  • Do you have any thoughts as to what might be causing some of the issues you’ve experienced?
  • I really want this gun to work. It is really awesome when a company chooses to resurrect a classic design and they get it right. This is not the case with the R51 it seems. Do you have any thoughts on changes they could make to increase functionality?
  • If you could have the ultimate single-stack 9mm, what would your specifications be for the Paul Carlson 9mm?
  • What classic design would you like to see a modern company reintroduce? (my vote is the Colt 1903.)

Wrap-Up:

HGR 040 - Training with Handguns

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of central maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, myself and guest Steve, the Marketing Director and Law Enforcement specialist for the Firearms Radio Network discuss some of the various things you might encounter while training with handguns, along with some different methods of training.

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Did some more videos this weekend with the Sig-Sauer 516 & 716, as well as a video showing the difference between suppressed and unsuppressed using a Ruger SR-22. Go check it out!
  • Doing a video range test with the Glock 42 and XDs 4.0 at the end of April so I should be able to come back with some impressions of them for you all!
  • Also have an interview upcoming with Paul Carlson of the Safety Solutions Academy to discuss his work in the training world. He has also had quite a bit of experience with the Remington R51 and I would like to hear some of the impressions of it from someone who has fired it fairly extensively.

Steve:

  • Took a friend and his wife shooting for the first time.  Started with a safety briefing and moved to the range from there.  Wife had never touched a gun, friend had fired some once before with me a few months ago.  They ended up purchasing a home defense gun, Sig P226.  I think he has the handgun bug now, he’s already talking about buying more, possibly an M&P.

Main Topic: Training With Handguns

Due to his experiences in Law Enforcement, Steve has had the opportunity to take many training classes relating to the proper and effective use of handguns in his daily duties as well as in his off-duty hours. I’d just like to discuss some of the trainings that Steve has taken part in, along with some do’s and don’ts pertaining to handgun training. The most important thing I feel is that the training is beneficial, and that the inherent risk associated with the training is minimized to the absolute lowest degree.

Trainings Attended:

  • Multiple beginner, intermediate, and a few advanced classes
  • Currently required to train at least once per quarter, often times I actually train more and also in my off time
  • Basic firearms handling, multiple targets, moving and shooting, close quarters shooting, target identification and quick decision making

Special Equipment Needed?:

  • One thing to note in particular is the importance of balancing “Hardware” and “Software”. Oftentimes, we are so fixated on having the latest gun or the latest newest piece of gear that we neglect to train in the fundamentals to use that piece of gear in the most efficient way possible.
  • Ammunition is definitely hard to come by in larger quantities, with many retailers restricting the amount of ammunition any one person can buy at a time. If you are a proficient reloader, that can be one way of getting the needed ammo, but components for reloading can also be scarce.

Considerations When attending training (Stuff you needed you never thought to bring):

  • Wear clothing that will be appropriate to the training you are attending. Loose clothing, without a proper belt will be a huge hinderance to a good training experience.
  • Bring the equipment you actually use or plan to use to your training.  Its a great place to test your equipment and see what you really like versus what marketing or hype has lead you to buy.
  • Bring all the food, water, snacks you could possibly want; nothing makes a range day worse than being hungry or having a hunger headache.
  • Bring appropriate bug juice or sunscreen.
  • ALWAYS bring extra ammo.

Miscellaneous Tips & Advice:

  • Ego has no place in training
  • Must come to training open minded to learn new things.  Even if you thing the instructor is crazy trying to get you to try something, at least give it a try, you might like it and it may or may not work for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to call out unsafe actions if necessary
  • Train for firearms failure drills

Wrap-Up:

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Until Next Week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!