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The Absolutes of Firearms Safety: Gunfighter Cast Episode 96

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The purpose of the Gunfighter Cast podcast is to discuss firearms equipment and training as it relates to self defense from a military, law enforcement and responsible citizen perspective.

Daniel Shaw, retired marine infantryman, current Director of Training for Thunderbird Tactical, 406 N Seneca, Wichita KS (316)613-2336

John McGregor, retired from full time law enforcement in 2014.  Currently working full time in the corporate security field, and part time as an instructor for Sig Sauer Academy, 233 Exeter Road, Epping NH.

Daniel started the show in 2009 while stationed in Okinawa Japan.

John joined the show as co-host in 2012.

Starting up the show again with new theme music from KingHyenX.

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The best equipment and tactics don’t matter if you or someone else gets injured at a training session, competition or trip to the gun store, so this show is going back to basics.

Sponsors:  Ares Gear www.aresgear.com and Dark Angel Medical www.darkangelmedical.com


Absolutes of Firearms Safety

Police Officer shoots self in gun store video

A link to the video can be seen at



Comments repeatedly quote accepted firearms safety rules such as:

Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries Volume Two, 1994 pg 43

  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

Regularly over the years, I have seen students who could parrot the firearm safety rules but could not put them into practice.  The theoretical application versus the practical application.

Ex. Student on range with other shooters on to right and left.  Can quote “Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.”  Ask same student to lock their slide to the rear and he brings the gun in front of his abdomen, muzzle facing the students to his left, so he can see the slide catch lever and arresting notch.  Theoretical application v. Practical application.  Student is practicing firearms safety skills, then performing a firearms manipulation.

Our goal should be to have a foundation of firearm safety like a computer program that is constantly running in the background.  Everything else we do builds on top of our firearm safety practices.

Foundation are the absolutes of firearm safety. Muzzle management and trigger finger discipline.

Muzzle management:  Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Safe direction: A direction where, if an unintentional discharge were to occur, there would be no change of personal injury, and the minimal amount of property damage.  

Trigger finger discipline:  Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and have decided to fire.

Trigger finger should be pressing into the frame of the weapon with firm pressure.  Firearms are engineered to feel comfortable with finger on trigger.

Mitigate chances of unintentionally pressing the trigger due to startle reflex, postural disturbance and inter-limb interaction.

Reason muzzle management and trigger finger discipline are the absolutes of firearms safety is that they provide redundant levels of safety.  If only one rule is broken, no one will be hurt.  

We never want to intentionally break one rule and rely on the other.  


Theme music by KingHyenX



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GC-095 Dave Grossman with a Sense of Urgency

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This episode Daniel talks with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman about what motivates evil humans, threats, veterans, and more.

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GC-094 Trek’s Trek for The Brian Terry Foundation


This episode, Daniel talks with Erik “Trek” Utrecht about his upcoming 2000 mile bicycle ride to raise awareness as well as donations for the Brian Terry Foundation.

I will no longer be placing the buckle on Ebay. I’m now giving away two Gunfighter Cast Aegis Enhanced buckles by Ares Gear, one to the person who makes the largest donation to the Brian Terry Foundation and the other to the winner of a drawing comprised of all who made donations to the Brian Terry Foundation until September 5th regardless of amount donated. Just send me your receipt to dl.shaw@live.com to enter.

Check out the webley for Trek’s giveaway HERE

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On a side note in other news just in case you missed it, Cory Jackson (Range Time) = Stolen Valor

GC-093 Half Cocked


Daniel speaks with two of the stars from the animated reality show Half Cocked by Primary Weapons Systems. Dean and Carrie then stepped out of character to talk about PWS reliability, company culture, and 2nd amendment responsibility.

While you’re at the PWS YouTube Channel watching the Modern Musket Video, check out Half Cocked to see what the heck we were just talking about.

Modern Musket Video (Absolute Must Share)

Check out the PWS MK114 Shaw’s All

Take a few minutes and check out the products from FirstSpear and if you buy something, tell them we sent you.

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Get Gunfighter Cast patches HERE.

Support Gunfighter Cast by downloading Vitals of Defense HERE.

Get the episodes you are missing HERE.


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Dark Angel Medical

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GC-092 We’re Back

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John McGregor and Daniel Shaw return with this thought provoking and profound episode…just kidding, there is not much to it, but we have a heck of a lot coming so subscribe now and check back next week for the next episode.

Take a few minutes and check out the products from FirstSpear and if you buy something, tell them we sent you.

Enter to win a Battleborn billet AR-15 lower boy ordering a patch today.

Get Gunfighter Cast patches HERE.

Support Gunfighter Cast by downloading Vitals of Defense HERE.

Get the episodes you are missing HERE.


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

GC-091 Silent Night Holey Night


Getting all Christmasy and taking a chapter from Kenn Blanchard’s podcasting book by singing carols in this episode of Gunfighter Cast.  Just kidding, we talk about all things suppressors and attempt to dispel some myths and general misinformation surrounding these stocking stuffers.

Support Gunfighter Cast by downloading Vitals of Defense HERE.

Get the episodes you are missing HERE.


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

GC-090 Scott Ballard on the 1911 Part Two


This episode of Gunfighter Cast, John finishes up his interview with Scott Ballard from Sig Sauer Academy talking all things 1911.

Sig Sauer Academy

Paratus Academy

Paratus Academy Facebook

Warrior Summit


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

Souls Harbor

GC-089 Scott Ballard on the 1911 Part One


This episode of Gunfighter Cast, John sits down with Scott Ballard from Sig Sauer Academy to have a very long talk about the ins and outs of the 1911.

Sig Sauer Academy

Paratus Academy Handgun Vitals I and II in Utah August 10th and 11th.  Register here

Paratus Academy Facebook

Warrior Summit


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

GC-088 Daniel Sucks at Competitive Shooting and Maybe You Should Too


In this episode of Gunfighter Cast, John and Daniel talk about the choice between training properly or training for competition.  There is mention of NASCAR, Kilts, Highlander, Justin Bieber, and of course Sig handguns.

G-Code RTI Video

Sign up for this weekend’s (June 29-30) Paratus Academy/Safety Solutions Academy course in Ohio.


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

GC-087 AR-15 Zeroing Options


Daniel Shaw and John McGregor discuss their personal choices of zeroing ranges for the AR platform and the gained benefits from choosing the right range for you.

Vitals of Defense

2 Day Safety Solutions Academy and Paratus Academy handgun course

Travis Haley Adaptive Carbine


Ares Gear

Dark Angel Medical

G-Code Holsters

GC-086 A Master Holster Craftsman and His Mad Ogre


For this first ever semi-video episode I traveled to Jacksonville NC to spend the day with Scott Evans and George Hill at G-Code HQ.

I have been a huge fan of the G-Code RTI system for some time now and really enjoyed the chance to sit down and talk about their products.

Make sure you check out the HSP/G-Code INCOG IWB Holster and the sexy KRYPTEK patterns they now offer.

Purchase Episode I of Vitals of Defense

GC-085 You Are The First Line of Defense


In this episode, Daniel talks with Paul Carlson from the Safety Solutions Academy about preparation through training.

Paratus Academy Two Day Handgun Course June 29th and 30th

Warrior Summit

GC-084 Where Have We Been?


In this episode of Gunfighter Cast, John and Daniel discuss what has been going on with them and why Daniel has not been available to podcast.

GC-083 Scott Ballard on Personal, Family and Executive Protection


In this episode, John talks with Scott Ballard of the Sig Sauer Academy. Scott has an extensive background in Executive Protection (EP), and talks about EP training and how it relates to self defense training.


One Handed Pistol Operator: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=237
Protective Shooting: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=239
Principles of Personal Survival: http://sigsaueracademy.com/Courses/ShowCourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=229

GC-082 The Balloon Safety Solution Cast

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This episode, Daniel sits down and talks current 2nd Amendment attacks and how we should respond, as well as news from SHOT show with Ron Larimer of the Balloon Goes Up Blog and Paul Carlson from the Safety Solutions Academy. You can find links to the foundations that defend our God given right to protect ourselves on www.gunfightercast.com

Flashbang Holsters can be found at http://flashbangholster.com

GC-081 Protecting our Children at School


This Episode of Gunfighter Cast, John McGregor and Daniel Shaw wrap up the past year by thanking our Sponsors Ares Gear and Dark Angel Medical as well as the many guests that have joined us on the show in 2012. We plan and hope for an even bigger and better year for Gunfighter Cast and our friends and audience in 2013.

We then discuss idea for protecting our children while at school with hopes of preventing such horrible mass murders as those of Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School.


John Lott Article Daniel referenced.


GC-080 Dark Angel Medical


In this episode, John talks with Kerry Davis of Dark Angel Medical. Kerry discusses how and why he got involved in tactical medical training, as well as his training and products offered through his company, Dark Angel Medical.


Dark Angel Medical can be found on Twitter @Dark_Angel_Med

Kerry’s email address is kerry@darkangelmedical.com



GC-079 The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors


Daniel goes solo and talks about The Professional Code of Defensive Shooting Instructors.




GC-078 The Double/Single


This episode of Gunfighter Cast, John and Daniel discuss the double/single action pistol and how they feel it is still a great handgun option.




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GC-077 With Brannon Lebouef From HSP and NOLATAC


Daniel and Brannon talk Brannon’s resume, Preparedness, Haley Strategic Partners, and NOLATAC.





GC-076 Post Election Purchasing


John and Daniel discuss purchasing plans in light of the election results and how those results impact us gun loving consumers.
Show some love to our sponsor Ares Gear at www.aresgear.com
Long term food storage http://www.shelfreliance.com

GC-075 With Jon Hodoway


Daniel Shaw and Jon Hodoway discuss all manner of things ranging from Gundudes, to firearms instructors, and optics. Jon also invites Daniel to Nighthawk Custom Training Center to hold his first carbine course.

Be sure to vote for Gunfighter Cast for best in education for the 2012 People’s Choice Podcast Awards http://www.podcastawards.com

Ares Gear www.aresgear.com
Nighthawk Custom Training http://nighthawkcustomtraining.com
Paul Howe Article


GC-074 Chipmunkz, Gravity Guns and a Sig P Two-Two Something


John and Daniel talk Chipmunks, hover boards, gravity guns, and Zombies.

Brought to you by Aresgear.com

GC-073 The Killing Toll


This week, we discuss the before, during, and after effects of using deadly force.

Daniel wasn’t a mic hog at the beginning, we just lost John’s audio for the first couple of minutes.

On Killing http://www.amazon.com/On-Killing-Psychological-Learning-Society/dp/0316040932

GC-072 One Handed Pistol Manipulations


John and Daniel discuss one handed pistol manipulations.



GC-071 HD Series – Guns and Lights


John and Daniel discuss advantages and disadvantages of different firearm choices to be used in home defense.


GC-070 HD Series – Body Armor

Tom Snake

In this second episode of the Home Defense Series, John and Daniel discuss options for body armor on a budget and talk a little about armor itself.





GC-069 Home Defense


John and Daniel discuss ensconcing in the home and give a few ideas for your plan.


GC-068 Recoil Said What? With Rob Pincus


Daniel Shaw and Rob Pincus discuss the MP7A1 article in issue 4 of Recoil Magazine.

The thread on TFL http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5213228#post5213228

Dump Recoil Magazine Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/DumpRecoilMagazine

GC-067 Precision With a Handgun

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Daniel and John discuss precision pistol sooting and its application.

Article we discussed


BMG Freedoms Network


Ares Gear


GC-066 The AK-47


Daniel is solo for this episode as he talks about the AK-47 and its variants.

Support Gunfighter Cast by visiting our sponsor Ares Gear and picking something up from them today. http://www.aresgear.com

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GC-065 Jorge Amselle Interview


John Interviews freelance gun writer Jorge Amselle.


GC-064 Rob Pincus Talks Fit Shot

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Rob Pincus joins us to talk about Fit Shot and other Rob Pincus things.






GC-063 Daily Carry


In this episode, John and Daniel discuss daily carry options and ideas.

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GC-062 Howard Leight Hearing Protection


John and I talk about our experiences with the impact Sports Howard Leight Electronic Hearing protection.

I didn’t know what the show was going to be about until about 30 seconds before I hit record. Once recording, I let John know. I think it showed.



GC-061 Question Show


John and Daniel answer listener email questions.

Links to discussed sites




GC-060 Body Language


This episode Daniel talks body language with Mike George from Homeland Security Solutions Inc.


GC-059 Appendix Carry


The Gary Sinise Foundation



Through Stitcher, on your mobil device, search for CATO Institute and scroll to the stand your ground discussion.

GC-058 Warning Shots


John and Daniel discuss warning shots, answer listener email, and present a scenario to talk about in the next show. Join us in the scenario discussion at http://gunrightsradio.com/forums2/index.php/board,69.0.html

GC-057 The OODA Loop


John and Daniel cover the OODA Loop principle.

Link to LA Police Gear backpack


GC-056 Lessons From John’s Mentor. TacTrack


In this overdue TacTrack, John talks about his most valued lessons from his mentor George Harris.

GC-055 Have Fun


This week, John and Daniel remind you to have fun and give you a few tips on how to do that.

GC-054 Double Tap, TacTrack


This week we begin our new weekly feature we call a Tac Track. John talks about training for the double tap engagement technique.

Link to Stitcher Radio


Link to Support Gunfighter Cast


GC-053 Question Show


This episode John and I separately recorded our answers to a few questions that had been emailed to us by listeners.

GC-052 More on IDPA With Three State Champion Steve Koski


This is the second show released this week (call it IDPA week), so if you missed episode GC-051 go back and get it. You Gundudes listeners will be familiar with the guest on this episode. You can get more from Steve on the Gundudes podcast. If your not listening to them, you’re missing the funniest podcast around.

GC-051 An IDPA Powerhouse Duo


Scott and Sara Peacock join me via Skype to talk about getting your significant other out at an IDPA match, carry options for women, and of course skinny jeans came up.

GC-050 Range Safety and Stuff


John and Daniel discuss range safety.

No skinny jeans were harmed in the production of this podcast.

Link to Daniel’s thank you note.


Link to Daniel’s “how to not shoot yourself post”.


Link to Tex Grebner shooting himself video.

GC-049 Don’t Shoot the Good Guy


Inlight of the recent shooting that led to the death of an ATF agent in New York, John and I discuss ideas to help prevent a similar senerio from happening to you. its a tough topic to takle, so I hope we did it justice.

GC-048 Back Up Guns


In the first episode with GC’s new co-host John McGregor, we discussed back up guns, skinny jeans, and how buying your wife a Bersa .380 could lead to divorce.

GC-047 Gundudes MAG-40


I sat down with Carl and Stan to talk about the MAG-40 Class.

I had more fun than is healthy that week. Thank you Gundudes and thank you all who helped get me there and back home.

GC-046 Carrying on a Military Installation…Please?


George Hill and I talked about this in an earlier episode of GC. He made a quick post on this on his blog that inspired me to give it some attention on this show.
In light of another attack on US service service members in the continental United States, I think its time to take appropriate action. Lets allow these men and women of the military, who have chosen to and are trained to defend our nation, carry a firearm on and off base while in uniform.


GC-045 The Fast and the Furious, with Eric Shelton


Eric and I discuss Project Gunrunner/Walker (The Fast and the Furious)
Resources for this topic



Eric’s Podcast


GC-044 A Conversation with a Mad Ogre – George Hill


George and I talked about his new book Uprising USA and where its going along with some other zombie/gun rhetoric.


GC-043 A Conversation With a GunDude – Stan


This show I had a talk with Stan from the GunDudes show.  We talked about what we have going on with guns and the upcoming GunDudes MAG-40 class.

GC-042 What I did in Guns


I recorded this a while back.  I covered what I did in guns, slipstream weapon lube, and hits some listener email.


Link to Crusader Weaponry/Slipstream http://www.crusaderweaponry.com/shop.php?id=1

Link to Adventure Medical Kits http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/

Link to SIRT Pistol http://www.lonewolfdist.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=126840&CAT=251

Nike Sensor can be found at best buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple&%23174%3B+-+Nike%2B+iPod&%23174%3B+Wireless+Sensor/9401408.p?id=1218099253370&skuId=9401408&cmp=RMX&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9401408

Nike Plus site http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/language_tunnel/

A Tribute to Our Colors and What They Stand For


Link to Music http://www.rememberamerica.net

GC-041 So You Wanna Buy a Gun.

Guns & Gun Parts

Aubrey and Daniel discuss what a new responsible owner of firearms needs to know.

Safety Rules http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp

GC-040 Next Level Training SIRT Training pistol


Aubrey and Daniel discuss the SIRT training pistol and give an intro to the next show that will be released in the next day or so.

If you decide to purchase a SIRT pistol, please let the seller know you heard about it here.


GC-039 Micro Cast 2, Surviving Natural Disaster in Japan


All clear for now in Okinawa, thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.

My friend neighbor Kalem who lives in the apartment above me is stranded at Narita airport in Tokyo and was there for all of the massive earthquakes. I was able to get him on the line via Skype to talk about his experience.

GC-039 Micro Cast 1, Surviving Natural Disaster in Japan


  Look for new micro cast periodically throughout the day and the next day or so as my family and I await an imminent Tsunami and prepare for the high possibility of more earthquakes.  I have gotten numerous emails and face book messages from listeners and friends checking on us and want you all to know that we are OK and have not yet been affected by the catastrophe that is happening on mainland.  In this show I shared some elements of my plan and how I am and have prepared for this event.

 I also guiltily admit mistakes that I have only today realized I have made by not doing everything I could have to prepare.

GC-038 Getting Started with Kydex


  In this episode I talked about getting into molding kydex. I forgot to mention how I sit on a C4 satchel charge crate to press the foam in order to mold the kydex to the shape of a knife. I also failed to mention that the bottle I was talking about for my wife was not only a beer bottle but also a baby’s bottle. I am sure you will get a kick out of that one.

GC-037 Rob Pincus Interview Part 2, Training and Trainers Series


Here is the 2nd part of my interview with Rob Pincus.

GC-036 Rob Pincus Interview Part 1, Training and Trainers Series


This is the first half of a two part interview with Rob Pincus, I hope you enjoy. 

You can find Rob and his work at


GC-035 George Hill Interview Part 2, Training and Trainers Series


Here is the link to the Warhammer that George mentioned. 


GC-034 George Hill interview Part 1, Training and Trainers Series


George and I hit it off from the get go, I hope you enjoy the back and fourth between us.

Here is a link to the amazing folks at the Rohrbaugh forum that took care of me in a big way.  Again, thank you so much, your gift was right on time.


GC-033 with Massad Ayoob and Gail Peppin, Training and Trainers Series


The Training and Trainers series is started off with an interview with Massad Ayoob and Gail Peppin representing the Massad Ayoob Group.



GC-032 Question Show, Options On a Tight Budget


In this show I answered some listener email and announced the winner of the Sure Fire weapon light give away.

There are details at the end of the show on how you can win a free Maxpedition Versipack Manta.

Gunfighter Cast Promo.

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Probably a little late, but I figure its better late than never.

GC-031 Gear


In this episode I talked about gear and ways to set up your rig.  Particularly chest rigs and components.

I also announced a raffle for a Sure Fire millennium series weapon light. All you have to do is send GC $10.00 to enter.

I have four ladies T-Shirts to give away as well. Details in the show.

I forgot to mention that on the Gun Book face book group, I am looking for a good picture to use as the title picture. Just post a picture of all your sexy guns and/or gear to enter. The best photo will win a one point sling and a TAG 8 Mag MOLLE, magazine pouch for a chest rig.

GC-030 Episode 3 the Conclusion of the Anti-Terrorism Series


I covered Hotel, Home and family security and answered questions on painting gear and choosing a first handgun.

GC-029 Episode 2 of the Anti-Terrorism Series


In this commercial free episode, I talked about surveillance detection/reaction, Air travel, ground travel and general recognition/reporting of suspicious activity.

GC-028 Anti-Terrorism


Episode one of the Anti-Terrorism series.

In this show I gave an overview of the series and touched on a few basic themes.

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