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Episode-1276- Beth Warford of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth and Family of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth and Family of PrettyLoaded.Org

Beth is the founder and owner of Pretty Loaded. Her husband has been a listener of TSP since 2008 and she has listened to many TSP episodes over the years. She has had specialized ICU and Sedation experience in numerous Children’s Hospitals which has given her extensive experience performing under life and death moment stress.

Beth has had 18 years of concealed carry experience, and has been thankful for that opportunity, especially working off hours and in less than safe conditions in urban areas as a young nurse. She is married and has 4 wonderful young girls, lives on a homestead, practices a traditional “real food” Paleo lifestyle, is an organic produce farmer with 28 laying hens, and is CFO for a local health care practice owned by her husband.

Beth has had significant firearms training with an NRA Certified instructor and more specialized defensive training with Fortress Defense Consultants.

She is also an avid upland game hunter and has a private shooting range for honing her skills. She is a NRA certified instructor in the disciplines of Pistol Instructor and Personal Protection In the Home (first and currently only female certified in this discipline in ND) as well as Affiliate Instructor for the United States Concealed Carry Association. She has had extensive Krav Maga training as well and partners with a Master in Krav Maga for martial arts training for her clients.

Beth’s inspiration to start Pretty Loaded came from numerous female friends asking Beth to teach them to use a firearm and basic defense mentality. Although she’s a “the glass is half full” kind of person, she believes in the mantra “it’s better to have the skills and not need them than need the skills and not have them” and doesn’t take the safety of she and her family for granted.

Beth credits her training from Fortress Defense mentors as being critical in focusing her vision on the importance of training women specifically. Her husband, being a student of defense, combat, and firearms for 20 years has always been vigilant and supportive of her development as a skilled and empowered woman.

Beth feels women need to learn situational awareness, self defense mindset skills, and basic firearms training to be fully well rounded in defensive skills. Her goal is to create Women Warriors to protect themselves and their loved ones from the low life thugs that walk our streets and force their evil upon unwanted victims.

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Episode-1114- Jeremy Lesniak on Martial Arts, Conflict Avoidance and Fitness

Jeremy Lesniak of Vermont Computing

Jeremy Lesniak of WhistleKick.com

Jeremy holds a degree in computer science and a black belt in both tae kwon do and karate. His company, Vermont Computing is a technology consulting company that he founded in 2001. His company provides simple solutions to complex technical problems for both commercial and residential customers.

Jeremy joined us a few months ago to discuss technology and using it to create redundancy in your life and or business.  Today he joins us to discuss his other passion, Martial Arts.

Jeremy has a few takes that are not exactly the way I might handle things but I found him to be a great guy with a solid understanding of training to fight so hopefully you don’t have to fight.

His comments on instilling patience, respect and determination in our youth were particularly spot on.

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Episode-844 – Thoughts on “Take Down” Guns for The Modern Survivalist

One of the many suggestions made for “suggest a show day” was one on take down guns.  A take down gun is exactly what it sounds like, a gun made to be “taken down” so that it becomes smaller, takes up less space and packs easier.   Another advantage is that when it “taken down” form it will be less likely to set off, “hey that bag looks like the guy might have a gun in it alarms”.

The take down gun is often seen in spy or assassin type movies.  Yet it has many other practical applications.  For some people carrying a handgun is out of the question due to laws and regulations.  However in some states you can always carry a rifle if not loaded.  PLEASE CHECK your local regs as in some states an unloaded gun, locked in a trunk can even get you in trouble.

When back packing a small take down rifle or shot gun packs easily and is a better game getter then any handgun.  If you ever were to end up in crisis situation during some sort of mass shooting a rifle is a better tool for the job. Remember that in the Bell Tower shootings in Austin a private citizen with a rifle assisted the officer who stopped the shooter.  Not to mention other armed citizens returned fire and pinned him down.

So the take down gun indeed has many advantages.  As I own a few and have shot a few others I though this would be a great topic to cover.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Take down styles
    • Single shots
    • Double and combo guns
    • Semi auto barrel removal
    • Bolt action barrel removal
    • The AR is a “take down” platform
    • The lever action take down
    • The foldable platforms
    • Pump and semi auto shot guns
  • Thoughts on various models
    • The AR7 (22 LR)
    • Springfield M6 (22LR and 410)
    • The Marlin Papoose (22 LR)
    • The NEF/H&R/Rossi Style Single Shots (mufti caliber and gauge)
    • The KelTec SUB-2000
    • The KelTec SU 16 and 22 Series
    • Browning, Winchester, Savage and Marlin Lever Action Take Downs (various calibers)
    • Pumps like the Remington 870, Mossberg 500 etc.
    • Semi Autos like the Remington 1100
    • All double shot guns and break action combo guns
  • Misunderstandings
    • The 22 is only good for small game
    • Take down guns are only for people that want to “hide a gun”
    • Take down guns are not good for SHTF scenarios
    • Take down guns are more prone to failure
    • Take down guns are not accurate

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Episode-758- Frank Sharpe on Coming Unrest and Home Defense

Frank Shape Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. joins us today to discuss the potential for major civil unrest arising from events like Occupy Wall Street and other events that may soon follow.  Today we discuss the role of shotguns and rifles for home defense, organizing your neighborhood, building community and more.

Frank has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Some follow up from a recent class with TSP members
  • Checking your equipment before you need it
  • What may result from Occupy Wall Street and prepping for it
  • The importance of organizing your neighborhood
  • How bad civil unrest can become and how quickly it can blow up
  • The role of long guns (shotguns and rifles) for home defense
  • Securing your home
    • The role of firearms
    • Security systems
    • Dogs
    • Recognizing threat levels
    • When to go, when to stay
    • Making the choice, when to pull the trigger
    • Who is at greatest risk in the coming unrest

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Episode-737- Frank Sharpe Jr. on Emerging Threats

Frank Shaper Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants joins us the point man on our interview blitz.  Frank is a sponsor of TSP and has been a firearms instructor for over 10 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI).

Frank has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Join us today to learn from Frank’s years of experience including some frightening predictions he has for America’s future.  We discuss the current unrest in much of the world, potential terrorist activity, the link between food and global crisis and building a strong defensive community.

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Episode-681- Frank Sharpe Jr. on the Harsh Reality of a Dangerous World

Frank Sharpe Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants joins us the point man on our interview blitz.  Frank is a sponsor of TSP and has been a firearms instructor for over 10 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI).

Frank has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Join us today to learn from Frank’s years of experience including some frightening predictions he has for America’s future.  Learn about training to “run any gun”, using airsoft for scenario training and more. Overall get ready to “get real” today, leave all Hollywood nonsense out of your head before tuning into this one.

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Episode-626- Prepping from Starting Out to Advanced Tactics

Food Storage is One Major Component of Survival

Food Storage is One Major Component of Survival. - Photo Credit to Linda & Clark via flickr

With the disaster in Japan I am getting a lot of emails from brand new people and long time listeners, the basic question is “what should we do”?  Well this may be hard for you to believe given the non stop media coverage of the burning reactor but the answer is, unless you are in Japan you should probably not do anything.  That said getting out of Japan unless you are part of the relief efforts probably isn’t a bad idea.

You certainly shouldn’t go spend 100 dollars for a bottle of potassium iodine on eBay because you will be able to get all you want for about 15 bucks a bottle in about a month, there is really nothing for you to do, perhaps other than make a contribution to the relief efforts in Japan.

What we all should be doing right now personally is using this current disaster as a gut check of sorts.  Rather than worry about some fictitious cloud of death, that just isn’t going to happen you should be asking the following.  What would it have meant to me had this disaster occurred in California or New York?  What if it had just been a tsunami, just a nuclear accident or just an earth quake but had happened much closer to me, would I have been prepared enough to shelter in place or get out of dodge?

With that in mind I think it is time we take a show to go back and just talk about prepping in general, the tenets of preparedness and self evaluation of how we would handle a disaster that wasn’t thousands of miles away.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why now is not the time to panic but to plan
  • Why 30 days is the absolute minimum amount of food you should have on hand
  • Why having a means of water purification is more important than water storage
  • Why you need both lethal and non lethal methods of self defense
  • Getting started with personal energy independence
  • Understanding how most people are enslaved by the systems
  • Realizing the link between liberty and prepping

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Episode-620- Frank Sharpe Jr. on Armed and Unarmed Self Defense

Frank Sharpe Jr. of Fortress Self Defense Consultants

Frank Sharpe Jr. is the founder and owner of Fortress Self defense, a top notch institution for training in both armed and unarmed combat.

The cadre of Fortress Self Defense Consultants has a combined total of over 75 years of teaching experience, their goal is to offer you the best training possible!

Their curriculum consists of state-of-the-art techniques and a practical application philosophy, and we strive to equip our students with the skills they need to achieve victory in a self-defense encounter.

If you are going to be armed and exercise your second amendment rights you have a responsibility to be well trained, safe and effective with your weapons.

Join Frank and I today as we discuss…

  • Why “civilian training is different than LEO/Military training
  • Why your next firearms investment may need to be in training vs. another gun
  • Why Fortress provides female specific courses and what the advantages of it are
  • Why a handgun is for when you don’t have the option of a rifle or shotgun, not a first choice
  • How to remain able to fully defend yourself while on an airplane (awesome stuff)
  • Why training someone you have a pre existing relationship with can be problamatic
  • Using airsoft for realistic movement and force on force training
  • How a “basic handgun course” differs from a state required concealed carry permit course
  • Options for non lethal self defense
  • Why Frank believes if you carry a gun “you must carry pepper spray”
  • The wisdom of “we don’t go to stupid places, with stupid people and do stupid things”
  • Why you never want to have to pull the trigger but must be read to if you have to

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Episode-599- The In’s and Out’s of Handgun Selection

Photo Credit to bk1bennett

I have had a lot of requests to do a show bout handguns and selection there of.  I have actually been reluctant to do it for a few reasons.  First that no subject is more full of opinion and more opinions that don’t really matter than this subject.  Many guns and many calibers are so close in performance that debating one over the other has little meaning.

Next is that Eric Shelton does a great show almost exclusively devoted to handguns called The Handgun Podcast.  With more than 130 episodes of that show odds are you can hear more about handguns then you need to know, more importantly I don’t like to just redo the work of others.

Lastly is that to me choosing the right handgun is in many ways highly personal, yet after much consideration about how to make this show more than just explanations of a few common calibers and the difference between a revolver and a semi auto I think I am ready to do what I can to help you on your quest for the right handgun for you.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What no gun can ever do for you
  • Why we carry a hand gun or use one in the first place
  • T.V. ain’t even close to reality
  • How bullets kill (overly simplified but what you really need to know)
    • Penetration
    • Shock
  • Hunting isn’t self defense and self defense isn’t hunting
  • Thoughts on common calibers, 380, 9mm, 38 Spc, 357 Mag, 40 S&W and 45 ACP
  • The situational requirements
  • The personal requirements
  • The lethality requirements
  • Capacity – over rated at best, more often a useless crutch
  • Used vs. new
  • Cheap, mid priced, expensive what makes sense
  • Practicing deployment and firing
  • Using airsoft guns for personal training
  • Getting professional training
  • In the end, a gun is only a tool

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Episode-416- Dealing With Violent Confrontations

After spending a week with Val Riazanov on systema and Russian martial arts and filming the new DVD series I thought it might be a good day to do a show on dealing with potentially violent confrontations.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First a correction on my error from yesterday – the RRR is NOT a private army
  • Real violence vs. movie violence
  • The morals of the criminal, he has none
  • Professional = death when it comes to killing
  • The first rule is avoiding the confrontation
  • If you can’t avoid it focus on deescalation
  • If deescalation fails at times controlled retreat is the best option
  • You should always appear relaxed and “harmless”
  • When you do strike it must be with sufficient force for the situation
  • Pressure points are useless in full speed combat, anatomy points are critical
  • The “systema strike” – misunderstood and highly effective
  • Dealing with an armed opponent takes things to another level
  • The knife is the oldest consistently deadly weapon for a reason
  • In dealing with an opponent with a gun 1.5-2 meters is “critical distance”

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