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No One Should Live in Fear! The Self Defense Podcast for everyone! We talk about using a firearm for self defense and awareness.

Modern Self Protection Podcast Ben Branam

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No One Should Live in Fear! The Self Defense Podcast for everyone! We talk about using a firearm for self defense and awareness.

    How to get the most out of Class Podcast 304

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    Today:
    I got a question from a listener named Scott about how to get the best out of a recent class he took.  Scott was concerned that most of the instructor’s time was spent with newer students and that he didn’t all he could of out of the class.  He wanted to know how to do it better.
    This podcast is a bunch of tips for beginner to expert students on how you can get more out of your class budget.
     
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    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 60 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership OUTLINE:
     
    Question from Scott 
     
    Went to a pretty good training class over the weekend.  I noticed that the instructors focus most of their attention on the students that needed the most work. How do "better" shooters get the help they want in a class?
     
    We always want to get the most 
    expensive  time-consuming  ammo  travel   
    What you can do 
    be ready  Sleep and travel  read course description  make a checklist of what to bring and bring extra everything  know the area, map study and driving lost at a class in houston  open mind parachute  prepare to listen and not talk  objective to do something during the class  go out to dinner with other class members   
    Specific advice 
    New Shooter / First Class  go at your pace  learn as much as you can  dont worry that you arent learning everything  be safe, go slow, enjoy being in the range with other shooters  middle of the class  Try and push yourself for speed once you got the techniques  most important part go slow and learn the techniques then work on speed set an object of learning as many different techniques as you can, ones you don't know already  meet people to hang out with and become friends with  enjoy yourself, be safe  Advanced students  be ready mentally for what course you are taking  ask specific questions about the technique you are being taught learn the techniques being taught even if you can shoot faster another way  go slow and get the techniques perfect, especially when you see the instructor watching you specifically  get in as many reps as possible at everything  volunteer for everything  no stories, and no helping unless specifically asked  no reprimanding the instructor in front of his students for just about anything, be a pro do it one on one on the side  get coaching from the instructor   
    Thanks for listening, don’t forget to check out the Shooter’s Club, and if you need ammo check out Lucky Gunner.
    Stay Safe,
    Ben
     
    P.S.  I just set up a self-defense handgun course for Sep 2020 in San Antonio, check it out
     

    • 54 min
    Prepare and Test Podcast 303

    Prepare and Test Podcast 303

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    Today:
    Are you as prepared as you think you are?  Have you been tested?  Have you tested yourself?  Are you improving everything in your life?
    We all like to think we are prepared for anything.  And if you have your mindset right, you can get through anything.  You are prepared.  But can you do it better?
    The answer to everything in life is always yes.  You can do it better.
    I use after actions on everything to do it better next time.  I have a simple formula that can help you.
    Check out the podcast and see how you can do everything in life better.
    This came up for me when I had to bug-out unexpectedly two weeks ago.  I thought I was prepared, but there are things I can improve.
    I bet you are the same way.  Here is how you can be better.
     
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    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 60 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership OUTLINE:
    Every time you do something do an after action review:
    What went well What needs practice What needs to be changed  
    Formal After Action:
    Go through step-by-step Do it as soon as you can Take input from everyone involved Write it down Change your plan Test again  
    Informal
    Write down notes to organize your thoughts Don’t forget what went well Set yourself up for success next time  
    Takeaway:
    Do an after action review Set yourself up for success next time  
    Thanks for listening, don’t forget to check out the Shooter’s Club, and if you need ammo check out Lucky Gunner.
    Stay Safe,
    Ben
     
    P.S.  I just set up a self-defense handgun course for Sep 2020 in San Antonio, check it out
     
     

    • 32 min
    How Much Self Defense Practice do You Need? Podcast 302

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    Today:
    How much do you practice your self-defense skills?  All of them?  Your handgun, rifle, knife, hand-to-hand, physical fitness, and avoidance all need practice, training, and work.
    Where do you start?  How can you be good enough?  How much time should you make to practice your skills?  How much training should you get?
    From my experience in 11-gun fights, you will never be as good as you want to be.  You will always wish you worked on something more.  You will never wish you worked on your skills less.
    In this podcast, I created five categories of handgun self-defense skill sets.  Which one do you fall into?  Are you working to get to the next category?
    Announcements
    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 60 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership  
     
    OUTLINE:
    My Experience in 11 Gun Fights Set a standard for what you want to accomplish How good do you want to be at: Shooting, knife fighting, hand-to-hand, physical fitness, and avoidance? Not easy. I wish I could work on my self-defense as a full-time job Handgun Self-Defense Shooting Novice: No formal training Can load and fire a gun Can hit a target out to 5 or 7 yards with their self-defense firearm Knows the law from TV and talking to friends Goes to the range once a year or less Handles the gun away from the range once a year or less New Learner Taken at least one formal course, could be military or law enforcement Can draw and fire a gun from self-defense carry in the same manner consistently Can clear a malfunction, but it’s very slow and has to think about it Can reload the gun without having to think about it and can do it consistently Can hit a man-sized target out to 10 yards Has some formal learning about the law, either a CHL class or military/law enforcement class, or self-defense firearms course Goes to the range a couple times a year Understands dry fire practice and does it a couple times a year Fighter Taken more than one formal class and tries to take one every other year or more Can hit a target out to 25 yards Draw and hit a target from self-defense carry in under 2.0 seconds at 5-7 yards Can reload the gun under time pressure consistently around 3 seconds Can clear malfunctions without a lot of thought Can hit a man-sized target out past 25 yards and is learning his/her limits in distance Can do headshots out to five yards consistently Learning that fighting with a handgun is more than just shooting and is learning tactics Continues to read and learn about the law. Knows that it is always changing.  Understands how the courts also make self-defense law Tries to go to the range more than a couple of times a year Dry Fires once or twice a month Advanced Fighter Going to multiple courses a year and has been doing it for years Probably shoots competition Goes to the range to practice with a plan Try’s to learn tactics for fighting as much as shooting Can draw and hit in 1.5 seconds at 5-7 yards Reloads are below 2.5 seconds Clears malfunctions without thinking and can have discussions about types and why he/she clears it in that manner Can hit targets out to around 50 yards and know his/her distances Can make headshots every time at 7 yards Is practicing movement and shooting Seeks training and knowledge in the law Dry Fires more than 2 times per month Tries to go to the range once a month and t

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Learning from Jarrad Markel at Student of the Gun Podcast 301

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    Today:
    Jarrad Markel from Student of the Gun is my guest.  Jarrad is a great guy and has been working on Student of the Gun for almost 10 years, carrying a gun since he was legally able, was a professional MMA fighter for about 5 years, and started taking self-defense firearms courses when he was 16!
    Jarrad has a unique place in the world since his father is Paul Markel.  Paul has been a trainer and in the firearms industry for almost 30 years.  Jarrad got to grow up learning and handing out with a lot of big names in the firearms and training community. 
    Even with those advantages, it turns out he has a bucket of holsters like the rest of use.  But when it comes to holster selection, he has been using the same one for almost 10 years. 
    Jarrad has his own business.  A consulting group where he helps other people get through the social media landscape and other things.  And we talk about how much both of us like social media right now.
    I asked the obvious questions about what gun and holster he carries, how he is doing with the riots across the country, and why a professional fighter carries a gun.
    Listen to the podcast to learn more.
    Announcements
    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 60 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership  
     
    OUTLINE:
    Mater Mind Media and Consulting Group
    Mindset Transfer form Self Defense to Business Better to have the right mindset over skills… with the right mindset you can get the skills Teaching New Students
    Social Media Manipulation
    Extra gear we all still have
    What holster and gun does Jarrad carry and why
    Current Rioting
    We’ve been here before in human history Noting is new under the sun Why a professional MMA Fighter still carries a gun
    Best tip from Jarrad about Self Defense: Mindset is the most important thing
    Links Mentioned in the Episode:
    Mater Mind Media and Consulting Group Beam Hit Mantis X 10 Elite Student of the Gun Crossbreed Holsters Online Great Books Barbell Logic James Yeager 7 Training Tips that can Save Your Life  
     
    Thanks for listening, don’t forget to check out the Shooter’s Club, and if you need ammo check out Lucky Gunner.
    Stay Safe,
    Ben
     
    P.S.  I just set up a self-defense handgun course for Sep 2020 in San Antonio, check it out

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Podcast 300 Basic Mindset for Survival

    Podcast 300 Basic Mindset for Survival

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    Today:
    Back to basics: Mindset. 
    Mindset is the most important skill you can learn.  You need to learn to be positive and that you can and will survive… and even win if it comes down to it.
    In a violent encounter, you need to have your mind in the right place to win.  In fact, it starts before you get into any encounter.  What is your mindset?  Are you in it to win it?  Are you there to survive?  Or do you mind avoiding the fight altogether?
    If possible, have the mindset to avoid the fight.  It is the only fight you can’t lose.  Once in a physical altercation, anything could happen.  Even people with no skill or training get lucky sometimes and when.  You don’t want to depend on luck for your self-defense. 
    If you can’t avoid the fight, you have to have the mindset that you are going to win and get back to your family.
    Winners go home, survivors go to the hospital, losers go to the morgue.  Which do you want to be?
    And you have to win all three aspects of the fight:  The violent encounter itself, the phycological battle of what you did or didn’t do, and the criminal “justice” system.  None of these are easy, but you need to be ready by getting your mindset right first.
    You are going to win the violent encounter because you know what your mission is and why you are fighting.  You are going to win the phycological battle because you have already thought about what you will and will not do or allow done to you and your family.  You know your lines in the sand.  And you are studying the legalities and politics of the use of force in your area so you can stay within the law.
    Get your mind right and you can win any battle.
    Announcements
    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 60 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership  
    OUTLINE:
    “I’m a Survivor” is BS.  Don’t just survive… win.
    “Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6.” 
    Yes, but why does it have to be either-or… how about we win the fight legally and avoid being tried by 12 and carried by 6.  Just a thought.
    Change your mindset in your life from either or, to both, or find another way.
    Basic Mindset Talk:
    It can happen to you Use enough force Never Give Up. Never Give Up.  Never Give Up!  
    Thanks for listening, don’t forget to check out the Shooter’s Club, and if you need ammo check out Lucky Gunner.
    Stay Safe,
    Ben
     
    P.S.  I just set up a self-defense handgun course for Sep 2020 in San Antonio, check it out
     
     

    • 44 min
    FMF 31 Travel Safety: Do Your Research

    FMF 31 Travel Safety: Do Your Research

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    Today:
    This is Five Minute Friday (FMF), just a little quick tip on how you can think differently about your self-defense in today’s modern world.  Things are always changing, but we always have to remember the basics.  These tips are designed to keep the perspective of basic self-defense while looking at our ever-changing world.
    Last week I went to Dallas Texas for an interview.  I’ve been there a dozen times and driven every time.  I normally don’t research what’s going on there, but because of COVID and Riots I took 20 minutes before I left to research what was going on in the city and surrounding area.
    Do you research where you are going before you travel?  It’s a good idea to find out what normal is before you get that.  And avoidance being the best way to defend yourself, you can find out where you don’t want to go.  This way you can avoid stopping in the worst parts of town where you are the most likely to have a problem.
    Check out the Video Here
    Announcements
    Upcoming Courses Click here for current course list. Got Ammo? Need it? Go to Lucky Gunner.  When I need ammo, it’s where I go.  Check it out.  Great prices and a really easy site to use. ShootersClubMembers.com Get Better for only a couple bucks a month Over 80 pieces of content to train you to be better. Free Video on the front page Discounts to courses and holsters Newest Interview gives you all the information you need to know about Pelvic Shots: Do they work? Should you use them? Sign Up Here! $75 Annual Membership $8 Monthly Membership  
    Thanks for listening, don’t forget to check out the Shooter’s Club, and if you need ammo check out Lucky Gunner.
    Stay Safe,
    Ben
     

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

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130 Ratings

130 Ratings

Junky John ,

Modern Self Protection

Podcast: 300
This was a great one. Yes, plenty of Mind Set stuff out there, but you did this one with a great twist. You are getting better and creating your own style. Would love for you to have one aimed for older guys, like 75.

SlowFacts ,

sdgs

Ben speaks from what he knows, and that is a lot of practical wisdom.
Training has its fads. This is timeless, and worth your time.

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Great information.

Lots of great information & easy to listen to! Very good variety of information.
Informative and great voice of the self protection community.

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