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hosts   Mark Avery        and        Jeff Pedro          

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It is always a good time to think about what's important. If you've not yet taken the time to join the National Rifle Association, consider that no other national organization has been as effective at protecting your Second Amendment rights. Neither has there ever been a time when it was more important that we as gun owners and outdoors enthusiasts, regardless of preference, stand together and speak with one voice to protect Liberty. If you haven't seen any of the messages about who the members of the NRA really are, here's a sample:

The first time I saw one of these on a broadcast network, I had to back up the DVR and play it again, just to believe it was actually what I thought it was. The anti-gun gang is much better at pulling on emotional strings than we are, but these ads go around the barriers of what some people think the NRA is to who we really are.

Maybe you used to be a member or never officially joined. Either way, it's time to fix that now - and save $10 in the process. Click here or at the Join NRA link at the bottom of any page on this web site. Your grandchildren's grandchildren will be glad you did.

Show Date: 9/27/2014 Information Links - FBI Report on Active Shooter Incidents (PDF, 2 MB)

Show Date: 8/23/2014 - Listen Here

Topics - Legal Special! Joined by special guest Sean Maloney from Second Call Defense. We addressed a wide variety of topics from mental preparation for the violent encounter to ensuring you're prepared to deal with the legal aftermath of a justified self-defense use of a firearm. This is another "keeper" show you'll want to go back and listen to every so often as a reminder. If you want to try out their services free for a month, use Special Offer Code SIM at checkout.

Second Call Defense Link

Show Date: 7/19/2014 - Listen Here

Topics - Insurance and Legal Special! Three guests join the show, Tony Cali, Marty Hayes, and Dave Fetters. They addressed a wide variety of topics from insuring firearms to ensuring you're prepared to deal with the legal aftermath of a justified self-defense use of a firearm. This is a show you'll want to add to your permanent archives and share with other firearms owners and concealed handgun license holders.

Show Date: 12/21/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest - Jake Stoner from our new show sponsor, Stoner Holsters! Also, last chance to get in on the Twelve Days of Christmas Sale at SimTrainer. Special Christmas Eve Day "Last Minute Sale" at SimTrainer - stop by the range between 10 AM and 2 PM on Tuesday to get in on the rockin' deals.

May this be a blessed time for you and yours to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior. He is the reason we do what we do all we do - yes, during this season of celebration, but also all year long. Merry Christmas from all of us at SimTrainer and Shootin' From The Hip!

Show Date: 9/21/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Live from the Dayton Women's Fair! Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Dealing with violent attacks at schools and other "soft targets" - any place where lawful possession of firearms is prohibited. Training opportunities at SimTrainer for everyone, whether you have handled firearms before or not. Selecting a firearm that's right for you, not just one that your friend or significant other thinks is best! Regular training and practice is very important.

Show Date: 8/10/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Ammunition report from NSSF - none of the conspiracy theories were true and manufacturers really are at maximum production. One manufacturer said they're producing over 4 MILLION rounds PER DAY and still are just barely catching up with demand. Huge numbers of guns being purchased, they're all buying ammo for training and practice, and a lot of them never purchased guns before. Buy what you need now, but don't try to build large reserves now - the current demand is still keeping prices much higher than they will be when price begins to drop as inventories increase. NSSF web site has some good info available. Overwhelming numbers of Sheriffs in areas where radical gun control legislation has been passed are standing strong in defending the Constitution, even if it means ignoring or refusing to enforce laws passed in their jurisdictions. Using steel-cased ammunition. New guns available for Try It Before You Buy It. Includes the new DoubleTap pistol. Ruger offering a special through September 2013 - great guns at good prices, plus entry into a raffle for a free gun from Ruger. Number of CHLs issued last quarter exceeded every other quarter, including last quarter which was another new record.

Happy First Birthday, Audrey Pedro (Jeff's granddaughter and miracle child - needed many medical procedures, now doing quite well)!

Gun Violence Messaging Guide - Click to DownloadPreventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging   80 pages, 360 KB

Have you ever wondered why the same, tired lies seem to come from every one of the anti-gun activists, or how they jump on every shocking example of violence and dance in the blood of the victims? Download the document linked here and look through it. This may or may not get discussed on the show, but it's such an amazing document that everyone in the Second Amendment community needs to read it. NRA Headquarters - are you listening?

Download a copy then email it to your 2A friends. Why not just share this link? I can't guarantee this file will continue to be available since I have no idea why the original source of the file referenced in the article by Dave Workman is no longer available either. Of course, once something is out, it's going to stay out - just have no idea whether we will be able to keep this link up or not. The more copies that individuals have, the better!

Show Date: 7/27/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Moving forward after the verdict in the case against George Zimmerman - according to the jury, it was a case of self-defense. Even though completely unrelated to the Florida case, the media and other anti-gun forces have tried to use it as an argument about "Stand Your Ground" laws. Whether self-defense is justified depends on the totality of the circumstances surrounding the case. Turning and running will have no benefit to the victim in most cases. It is now legal to drive across Illinois while carrying concealed if it is legal to do so in your state as long as you do not exit your vehicle. For Ohio residents, that means you have a CHL. The new Springfield Armory XDS now available in reasonable quantities - come down to SimTrainer to try it out! Winchester AA Tracker shotgun shells - a great way to help diagnose tracking errors for trap and skeet. .

Show Date: 5/27/2013 - Special Memorial Day Morning Show - Listen Here

Topics - Special guests Linda Mauro and Anita Miller, past presidents of the Dayton chapter for Blue Star Mothers of America.

Show Date: 4/13/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - WHIO's Jason Michaels joins us in studio to talk about his experience at SimTrainer's First Shots class. Senate decides to begin discussing gun control provisions. Jeff and Mark predict none of the current proposals will become law. Understanding the facts about gun show and Internet sales - nearly all of those transfers already have background checks! None of the current proposals would have done anything to stop any of the recent mass shootings. survey of law enforcement on gun control - overwhelming opposition, and say none of the proposals would affect crime or officer safety. Recertification for second and following renewals of the Concealed Handgun License no longer required.

Show Date: 3/30/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Surveys say most people support so-called "universal background checks." Most people do not really know what it means, but it sounds good. Criminals will never submit to a background check and will still get firearms illegally, just as they do now. Adding obstacles to private ownership and transfers will not affect criminals nor would they prevent crime. Greatest failing in current system is collecting information on mental health issues. Changes to Ohio firearms law passed last year in HB495 now in effect explained - parking in state-owned garages with firearms permitted, no requirement for recertification for second and following CHL renewals, definition of unloaded changed and improved.

Show Date: 1/5/2013 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest former Ohio Representative Dan Bubp talks about HB 495 losing reciprocity provisions, gun control, gun rights, school security, and the right to keep and bear arms.

Show Date: 12/29/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests - Dianne Jennings and Phyllis Williams discuss women in the shooting sports, Women's Wilderness Escape week at the NRA's Whittington Center last summer in New Mexico, firearms selection, dealing with the active shooter situation. Also, renewing the Ohio CHL, when to call 911 if you have to defend yourself using deadly force.

Note: HB495 takes effect March 22, 2013. No range competency recertification will be required for renewal applications submitted after that date.

Show Date: 12/15/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - The aftermath of the mass casualty shooting in Newtown, CT, at the Sandy Hook School.

Show Date: 12/1/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - FBI NICS Checks set a new record on Black Friday 2012, even with all the problems they had with the system. After action report from NSSF.

Show Date: 6/30/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Preparing for adversity, tested with a major regional power outage following severe storm.

Show Date: 5/28/2012 - Memorial Day Morning - Hour 1   Hour 2

Topics - Special guests Ken Waughtal and Scott Bunker discuss the AR15/M16 weapon system and SimTrainer's Tactical Rifle classes. Memorial Day tributes to fallen comrades.

Links: Nick Erdy Foundation, Always Brothers.

Show Date: 5/12/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Stand Your Ground, what it is, and especially what it is not. Again, debunking the myths and correcting the record as reported by most media outlets. Note that no matter what your thoughts about what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground is not a factor, regardless of what the anti-gun lobby and legislators say about it.

Show Date: 4/21/2012 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest - Greg Kennebeck, MD - emergency, traumatic, austere, and disaster medicine. Getting prepared to deal with injuries when help is not available.

Links: World T.E.A.M. Sports "Face of America" Ride - Support Team CrisisEd! Join us to honor Wounded Warriors on a two-day, 110-mile ride from the Pentagon near Washington, DC to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, PA!


Links: The Cornered Cat website, particularly having a home with guns and kids. Interstate concealed carry recprocity article on Buckeye Firearms Association web site.

Show Date: 8/27/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Brendon Reed discusses his 4-H firearms project that received recognition for excellence at the Ohio State Fair. Classes and opportunities at SimTrainer for all ages! Selecting a firearm for carry, training the necessary skills to go with it. Open carry - legal in Ohio, protected by the state Constitution, confirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court. Even so, it will likely get some negative attention in most local urban and suburban areas. Restaurant/Car Carry and Restoration of Rights - both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2011.

Links: FBI Uniform Crime Reports.

Show Date: 7/9/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests Mark Medskger and David Boston. Mark Medskger works at the Boulevard Haus in the Oregon District of downtown Dayton; David Boston is owner of Boston's Bistro and Pub on North Main in Dayton. Brief summary of HB54 and SB17, both bills go into effect on Sep 30, 2010. (Correction: The date the bills were signed is June 30. The bills were filed with the Secretary of State on Jul 1. The effective date is correct.) SB17 contains no charges specifications for entering a posted facility. House Bill 256 - Constitutional Carry. Accidental open carry, when a wardrobe malfunction exposes a concealed handgun, is not a violation of law but it could draw unwanted attention.

Links: Article from Dayton Daily News regarding SB17 that included statements from our show guests.
HB 256: Constitutional Carry (more accurately, legal concealed carry without a license). Excellent bill summary on the Buckeye Firearms Association web site.

Show Date: 6/18/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests - Ohio Representative Jarrod B. Martin discussed the two bills we have tracked throughout the year and which passed this week, SB17 and HB54. Also joining the show with an inside view of the "Gun in Bars" bill, more accurately, Restaurant Carry, was Ada Overstreet, General Manager at Big Bang Columbus. Lively discussion on both sides of the Restaurant Carry issue!

Show Date: 6/11/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - SimTrainer classes, Poaching fines and restitution (Jeff gets owned by listeners!) Transport of an unloaded firearm in checked baggage - know the rules and bring a printed copy with you when you fly - too many airline staff do not know their own rules. Substantial difference between appropriate self-defense and going after someone to "even the score" when a crime has already been committed. Status on bills SB17 and HB54. Carry in commercial vehicles - no restrictions simply because they are commercial vehicles.

Show Date: 6/4/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest - Patrick Kilchermann, Director of Marketing, United States Concealed Carry Association - History, mission, and objectives of the USCCA, including the newest program, Self-Defense SHIELD which launched formally on Monday, June 6.

Carry in other states - non-resident licenses article at Buckeye Firearms Association, maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others. Law summaries of all states also at the NRA ILA Web Site.

Show Date: 4/30/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Live from the NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA!! Guests - NH pro-gun attorney Penny Dean who talks about how she got into firearms law and her perspective on what to do after the fact if you have had to defend yourself with a firearm. Linda Walker from Buckeye Firearms Association, newest member of the NRA Board of Directors! A Cincinnati-area police chief talks about his perspective on Restaurant Carry. Tom Myers from X-Treme Shooting Products talks about new products from this Ohio firearms products manufacturer, including titanium receivers. George Fennell from Steel Shield Technologies describes his company's new Weapon Shield lubricant and protectant.

Show Date: 4/16/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Special guest Alyssa Campbell discusses the NRA's Youth Education Summit. Be sure to listen to the show at the link above or download the podcast if you missed it live! Status on bills pending in the Ohio House of Representatives. Response from Ohio Restaurant Association on why they oppose Restaurant Carry.

The Cornered Cat - - great information for families who have guns.

Show Date: 1/15/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Discussion regarding last week's shooting in Tucson, AZ. Sadly, the anti-gun crowd lived up to their reputations. Note that it was three civilians, one of whom carried but did not use a concealed handgun, who subdued the shooter. It was several minutes before the police could get there and take over for the citizens who stopped the shooter and held him in custody. Statements by the youngest victim's father stating how this tragedy must not be used to restrict personal liberty. Proposal to restrict possession of firearms within 1000 feet of an elected official, even if possible, would not stop a criminal with evil intent. Nobody argues for limiting any other enumerated rights.

Show Date: 1/8/2011 - Listen Here

Topics - Show dedicated to the memory of Clark County Sheriff Deputy Suzanne Hopper. Reflections on her life and the memorial service. Breaking news of shooting in Tucson, AZ, targeting Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Note that the facts are not yet in (reports of Rep Giffords' death captured in this show have since proven incorrect). Although many will try to get ahead of the investigations and file reports, it is far better to wait until all the facts are in before making conclusions. When some group decides to take the issue and use it for their ends, be very skeptical...ask probing questions, and do not be satisfied with pat answers. Note that current Ohio laws prohibiting carry in a variety of sensitive places only serve to protect criminals, not the law abiding citizens who must enter those places only after being disarmed.

Show Date: 12/27/2010 - Special Monday Morning Show!! Listen Here

Topics - Special Guest Bob Glaves from Miami Valley Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic. The Freedom Alliance provides scholarships and assistance for family members of wounded warriors and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Happy New Year from SimTrainer and Shootin' from the Hip!!

Show Date: 12/24/2010 - Special Christmas Eve Show!! Listen Here

Topics - Special Guests Linda Mauro and Kristi Snodgrass from Blue Star Mothers of Dayton. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization of mothers of deployed troops. They provide support to each other and to their deployed family members, plus many others. For more information, contact the Miami Valley Chapter at (937) 671-8636 or browse their web site.

A very merry Christmas from SimTrainer and Shootin' from the Hip!!

Links: NRA News Video, Can Truckers Carry? with NRA Deputy General Counsel Stefan B. Tahmassebi.

Organizations: Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Show Date: 7/3/2010 - Independence Day Weekend - Listen Here

Topics - Guest Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair and Attorney of Record on the BFA/USCCA amicus brief in the McDonald v. Chicago case. Implications for Ohio residents, including eventual restoration of the right to possess firearms in states like New York and Illinois that require licenses for possession but only issue them to residents. Implications of being charged and convicted (or pleading guilty) to criminal trespassing when ignoring "No Guns" signs on commercial establishments. The unheralded gem of central Ohio, Cardinal Center Campground with shotgun fields.

Links: Nick Erdy Foundation, 2948 Quitter Road, Williamsburg, OH, 45176. (513) 625-2501
NRA Institute of Legislative Action statement on UN Gun Ban Treaty.

Buckeye Firearms Association Legislation Guide.

Show Date: 5/8/2010 - Listen Here! 

One year on the air - our first anniversary!

Topics - Mental preparation for the violent encounter, post-traumatic stress, physiological effects. If you are involved in a violent encounter, it is very unlikely that police will be available to assist until well after the encounter. Avoid the situation if at all possible, but be prepared to do what it takes to defend yourself. Registration of firearms is not required in Ohio. Training to shoot accurately under stress. Training for personal defense - Total Personal Defense at SimTrainer for anyone, plus Rape/Aggression Defense (RAD) classes for women at local police departments. Concealing larger firearrms. Traveling with firearms in a Recreational Vehicle - rules differ state by state.

Carry in other states - non-resident licenses article at Buckeye Firearms Association, maps available at US Concealed Carry Association,, and, among others. Law summaries of all states also at the NRA ILA Web Site.

Show Date: 4/3/2010 - Listen Here! 

Topics - Special Guest - Cy Byrd, Past President of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. Finding laws for concealed carry in other states with Ohio and other licenses (links below). Transfer of licenses from other states - not currently possible. Estimated value of some very interesting old firearms. Purchase of firearms requires a NICS background check when purchased from FFL dealers or from anyone in another state. The NICS check for purchase not related to the background check completed by the sheriff when applying for a CHL. Determining when it is appropriate to use deadly force in self-defense.

Gun Laws Links: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) firearms publications, NRA Institute for Legislative Action US and state gun laws summary,,

Show Date: 3/13/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Mike Kinsey from the Appleseed Project discusses restoring the country's lost firearms heritage by training Americans to again be a Nation of Riflemen.

Show Date: 3/6/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association, discussing the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago and Second Amendment incorporation.

Show Date: 1/23/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest City of Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. Crime rate in Dayton and issues related to the recent FBI Uniform Crime Reports showing a drop in violent crime, specific Dayton-area statistics showing significant decrease in crimes including the use of a firearm.

Show Date: 1/16/2010 - Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Special Guest Steve Pierson, defense attorney and show sponsor. When to get an attorney to represent you - earlier is better. If you must defend yourself, call 911 immediately, but make the next call to the attorney who will be defending you. It's difficult to say you're not going to speak to the police, but instead say something to the effect of, "I would like to cooperate, I don't believe I have done anything wrong, but I do have a right to speak with a lawyer and I want to exercise that right." Note that even a police officer involved in a shooting is often advised to speak with a lawyer before addressing the details of the event. Duty to retreat, open carry vs. concealed carry, carry at youth sports events.

(Note: This week's show started late due to the Dayton Flyer's Basketball Post-Game Show. The show on 1/9/2010 was preempted in its entirety because the game that week ran into overtime.)

Show Date: 12/12/2009 - Listen Here! 40k stream  

Topics - Special guest - Cyndi Dalena, NSSF Program Manager for First Shots, celebrating SimTrainer's third year hosting the program, now at 136 ranges in 36 states and reaching over 7,000 new shooters each year. Ohio Attorney General third quarter concealed carry licensing statistics, reciprocity and recognition of Ohio licenses by other states. and Buckeye Firearms Association. (maps also available at and USCCA) Storing ammunition - in accordance with manufacturer's recommendation, generally in human-comfortable conditions, but change defensive ammunition you carry at least once a year. For personal defense, use ammunition specifically designed and marked for personal defense or police use. Shotgun for home protection.

First Shots - Web site and Facebook Fan Page

Show Date: 8/08/2009 -Listen Here!   40k stream

Topics - Jeff Pedro reports from Middletown Sportsman's Club - Single Action Shooting Society concealed carry after having consumed alcohol but not being impaired, liability issues when carry is prohibited, concealed carry vs. open carry - pros and cons, concealed carry while hunting (page 34 of 2009-2010 Hunting Guide), interstate concealed carry information, statewide firearms law preemption - no city prohibitions allowed, classes for handling, operating, and maintaining AR-15 type rifles, report from First Shots participant.

Show Date: 7/25/2009 - Listen Here!  (Portion missing after first break)

Topics - Tragic deaths of two Dayton area children who found their parents' loaded firearms, responsibilities of gun owners, actual statistics regarding accidental deaths by many causes, carry by retired law enforcement under LEOSA, concealed handgun license requirements when moving to a new county, disposing of old ammo, types of ammunition allowed to own.

Sources for reliable statistics: FBI Uniform Crime Reports, National Safety Council Injury Facts

Show Date: 7/18/2009 - Listen Here!

Topics - GOP Trap Shoot recap with special guest Greg Gallagher, shooting pistol with wrong ammunition, inherited firearms and registration issues, Supreme Court Justice Nominee who apparently does not believe owning arms is a fundamental right and should not be confirmed, New Hampshire non-resident license issuance delays, National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, hate crimes amendments.

Show Date: 7/4/2009 - Listen Here! - Independence Day

Topics - Reflections on the birth of our nation and the Declaration of Independence (go read it!)

Nick Erdy Foundation, 2948 Quitter Road, Williamsburg, OH, 45176. (513) 625-2501

Transporting Firearms as Baggage on Airlines - Transportation Security Administration guidelines. Also check with your airline - each has their own requirements and restrictions. Suggestion: Print a copy of both the TSA page and the airline page just before you travel and take the information with you. If one of the employees is misinformed regarding their own requirements, your printed copy of their rules could help resolve the issue. International Travel with Firearms - They recommend registering your firearms with Customs and Border Patrol before you leave so you have proof they are yours when you return.

Show Date: 05/16/2009 - Listen Here! - With segments live from the NRA Annual Meeting

Topics: Ammunition, handgun, and tactical rifle availability.

Our show hit the airwaves on May 9, 2009, after several months in the making. It was a great start!

Show Premiere: 05/09/2009 - Listen Here!

First Shots at SimTrainer - Sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

The Gun Facts Book - a great reference for sifting facts from myths about firearms.

United States Concealed Carry Association - a great source for information surrounding use of a handgun for personal protection

"We've of course heard the term before, often referring to someone who doesn't get all their facts before answering. But this is a gun show - and you're talking about really shooting from the hip!"

Why would anyone be "shooting from the hip" - is it ever appropriate?

Absolutely - it's an advanced skill, one of several handgun techniques variously called instinctive shooting, point shooting, or target-focused shooting, among others. We teach this technique at SimTrainer in our Advanced Handgun Level 5 class - Spontaneous Assault. Done properly, it is remarkably effective out to about 15 feet. However, as with all advanced skills, doing it safely requires proper training and practice. We strongly recommend that people not try this technique for the first time without the supervision of a qualified, experienced instructor.


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