Firearms Nation Podcast gets to know the people who use firearms, talk about firearms or compete with firearms. From tactical instructors, self defense experts to gun writers and even podcasters, Firearms Nation asks the questions you want to know. Each week your host, Arik Levy, knows his stuff as he is both a competitive shooter, law enforcement officer and firearms instructor. Firearms Nation wants you to be a better shooter and know more about firearms. Visit www.firearmsnation.com to Join the Nation!
Chris Kuras - Tactical Human Performance
Chris Kuras is a full-time police officer assigned to the Training Unit of his agency. Chris is also on the department’s SWAT team where he utilizes his background in athletics to help push the officers to be better at shooting and fitness. Chris is also an instructor for Condition One Group which has a variety of training courses with a big focus on Close Quarter Battle or CQB. Military, Law Enforcement and Civilians all can train with Condition One and we discuss this in the episode.
Links mentioned in the show:
Condition One Group
Josh Shaw - Shooting a Stock Pistol
Josh Shaw is a grandmaster shooting in USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association). He is also an instructor for Green Ops which teaches people how to shoot different firearms in both the tactical and competitive arenas. Josh worked for the Department of Defense as an intel officer and deployed multiple times overseas. Josh is also a Modern Samurai Project (Scott Jedlinski’s company) endorsed Red Dot Pistol instructor.
Josh recently wrote an article on shooting competition with a stock pistol for various reasons. In this episode, we discuss that concept.
Links mentioned on the show:
Frank Proctor - Thinking About Shooting
Frank Proctor is a former Special Forces operator as well as a grand master competitor in USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association). Frank is a well know firearms instructor who also has the insight to create various products that have helped him as well as other shooters work better with their firearms. Frank has been a guest of this show back on Episode 122 and a live Q&A on Episode 134.
Lanny Bassham - Replay With Winning in Mind
Happy 4th of July! This is a replay from the vault of a 2018 interview I did with Lanny Bassham. Here is a little about Lanny:
95% of all winning comes from the same 5% of the competitors. What makes them different than the rest of us? Their mental game is better than the others. Anyone can practice a sport or hobby and develop skill at that sport, but the ones with a better mental system will always win in the end. How does a person get a better mental game? My guest today started out as the guy least likely to get to the Olympics as a small kid in 6th grade. Fast forward to the 1976 Olympics where my guest, Lanny Bassham took the gold medal in small bore rifle shooting. But it wasn’t an easy road. Lanny had previously gone to the ’72 Olympics and choked in the gold medal match where he walked away confused and with a silver medal. In the next four years he would develop his trademarked mental management system that in the past 40 years has lead many students to world championships and other victories.
How do we learn about this system? Lanny goes over the highlights from the system and his book he wrote, “With Winning in Mind” today with me. “With Winning in Mind” is mentioned several times in previous podcasts as one of the tools that took good shooters to make them great. This system also has been taught to special operations and Secret Service. You’ll learn today why you should value the process and not the outcome, highlight solutions and not problems and finally how to coach your kids to be winners.
I looked forward to speaking with Lanny for a long time.
Here are the links mentioned in the podcast:
Mental Management Systems
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Mickey Schuch - The Carry Trainer
Mickey Schuch, who everyone knows at the Carry Trainer, is a widely known firearms instructor and social media influencer. Mickey travels the country teaching shooting courses with a distinct style and also has a massive YouTube and Instagram following. Mickey has some serious opinions when it comes to training as well as gun rights which he shares in this episode.
Links mentioned on the show:
Mickey’s website “Carry Trainer”
Jon Becker - The Debrief
Jon Becker is the owner of the tactical equipment company Aardvark Tactical. Besides having a cool name, Aardvark makes cool gear including drones and breaching tools. Jon is about to release his new podcast “The Debrief” which has different guests from the special units in law enforcement and the military.
I really enjoyed talking with Jon and look forward to listening to his new show.
Links mentioned on the podcast:
The Debrief Podcast
I have learned a lot of really good information about training by listening to these interviews. As an instructor, I find the insights valuable. My personal favorite episode is the interview with Ron Avery. I’ve listened to that episode at least a half dozen times. Check this one out. This podcast won’t disappoint.
UPDATE: Still The Best gun related podcast year after year
I listen to A LOT of podcast and find Firearms Nation Podcast to be my favorite. Constantly delivering quality content with top level guests and not trying to push sponsored products. Aric Levy (the host) has alway ended his show with “carry your gun, get some training, look out for one another, we’re all in this together”. Never before has this been more important. Still listening and loving this podcast. The latest with JJ is another example of a great podcast with top level guest. Please keep them coming.
Thanks for the rebroadcast of North Hollywood shootout coverage. Yup, missed it the first broadcast and kept me glued to my speaker.
Nathan Gorenstein - Guns of John Browning
Excellent podcast….just excellent. Mr. Gorenstein is an outstanding source for the history of gun making….. a fascinating subject for all.