Category Archives: Interviews

066 ProArms BroadCast meets the Practical Defense Podcast

Alex Haddox and Gail interview Martial Arts Champion Graciela Casillas-Tortorelli. Graciela is living proof that strength and femininity are not mutually exclusive attributes. The holder of world championships in multiple fighting forms, from boxing to kick-boxing, Graciela discusses her famous incident on the Pacific Coast Highway when a rapist became a classic example of what Mas Ayoob calls “cause of death: sudden and acute failure of the victim selection process.” Listen to a true role model fighting female!


The ProArms crew is proud to bring you an interview with one of the survivors of the cataclysmic gunfight that occurred in a southern Miami suburb now known as Pinecrest, 25 years ago this coming April 11.

New information continues to emerge from this extremely complicated engagement. It had been reported that Hanlon had passed out from loss of blood after being wounded and seeing his companions killed alongside him, but we now learn from the man himself that he never lost consciousness.

In the moments before the shooting erupted, while Hanlon was trying to force the suspects’ car off the road from the left side, Agent Richard Manauzzi had rammed the fugitive vehicle from behind, spinning it out of control. Mas had reported back in the ‘80s that Manauzzi had done so to keep either of them from shooting Hanlon or his partner Ed Mireles, but Hanlon reveals that Manauzzi had actually seen suspect Michael Platt raising his rifle toward Hanlon and Mireles. In risking his own life to ram them, Manauzzi probably saved the lives of the agents. Without that action, the fatalities on the FBI side would likely have doubled. We are pleased to be the venue in which this important information was revealed.

Steve and Mas, two of our ProArms members with many years in law enforcement, both feel that Hanlon’s comments about the character needed for the job should be played to police recruits on their first day at the Academy.

All of us salute the eight courageous agents, living and dead, whose selfless actions brought to an end the long, murderous rampage of Michael Platt and William Matix, and we particularly thank retired Special Agent John Hanlon for sharing his recollections and observations with us and our listeners.

064 ProArms Broadcast – Women in the Gun Media Part Deux

First off we visit with Suzi Huntington the Editor of American Cop Magazine. Suzi shares with us her vast experience of being a police officer especially being a woman in a “mans” world. Then we talk about  her newest career, since she “retired” (as if anyone who works so hard can be considered “retired”), as editor of American Cop Magazine.

Pete Brownell and Frank Brownell celebrate winning Shooting Industry Masters awards with Suzi Huntington of FMG Publications

Photo courtesy of Brownell’s

Second we talk with our good Friend Kathy Jackson, we wanted to talk about her new book The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry.  As usual we strayed from the topic at hand to talk about shopping and training and some Christmas gift ideas.

More Links from the Show:

Massad Ayoob Group

Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network

United States Concealed Carry Association

The Cornered Cat

In The Gravest Extreme

Galco Handbags (Couldn’t find a link for Safariland purses but Galco makes great purses)

060 Protecting Yourself on the Street and in Court

We’re back with another set of interviews for your listening pleasure. First we will hear from Tom Givens of Rangemaster in Memphis, an excellent training facility who probably has the dubious distinction of have trained the largest number of armed citizens that have been involved in a self-defense incident that required them to draw a weapon. You can find information about their Tactical Conferences there too.

Tom also writes for SWAT Magazine and we talk about his recent review of the Taurus Judge. Sorry but the article isn’t on like but I have linked to the issue.

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Second up will be an update on The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network with Marty Hayes. the network has grown considerably since it’s inception almost three years ago. Marty talks about a case the network worked on you can find more info on the case in the September ACLDN Journal.

059 Proarms Broadcast – Shooting Stars

It’s another ProArms Broadcast. This episodes theme is “Shooting Stars”  First, we visit with Joanna Lenczewska a true Star Shooter. We met up with Joanna and her husband Ken Ortbach last January at the SHOT Show, where we talked with them about all the shooting sports they are involved in and a lot more.

Next it’s Debbie Albright who runs a women’s shooting program in Sierra Vista, AZ who we just happened to run in to at the range while we were there teaching the first MAG 40 class.

Links For this Episode:

Go To Meeting

Ben Avery Range

Sierra Vista Rod and Gun

Shooting Stars

Joanna Lenczewska and Ken Ortbach.

Joanna’s beautiful Christmas Present Revolver

Joanna; “Kicking some Butt”

Debbie Albright founder of “Shooting Stars”

Debbie teaching at one of the Shooting Star Classes

Typical Shooting Stars Target.

O53 On the Road Again, with Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus

Another “On the Road” Episode, this time Gail Interviews Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus.

Grant Cunningham:

Grant Cunningham’s website and blog:

Grant’s Facebook personal page.

Rob Pincus:

I.C.E. Training

Personal Defense Network

The Best Defense


Armed American Radio

And more links to the topics Steve & Gail Discussed:

Flagler Gun Club

Flagler IDPA

Pro Arms Store in Live Oak, FL

Massad Ayoob Group

052 Interview with Bob Stasch of the Chicago Police Department

Another “On the Road” Episode, this time we talk to a 30 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who shares a wealth of his experience with us. We caught up with Bob Stasch at the ILEETA conference in Illinois last month and in this episode Mas talks to him about his many years “on the job” … and the many line of duty gunfights he has survived and won.

Bob Stasch in his office in Chicago

First Shots is coming to Live Oak, Florida!

Pro Arms is having a First Shots Program at their Live Oak Florida location. First Shots is a great introduction to shooting for anyone interested in the shooting sports, no experience necessary.

Date: June 26, 2010

Time 1:00 & 3:00 PM

To sign up call 386-364-GUNS and ask for Steve.

051 Dr. Paula Bratich on Concealed Carry in Illinois and Kathy Jackson

Links from the show:

Flyer for the  Will County Town Hall Meeting on May 25, 2010

Flyer for the Cook County Town Hall Meeting on May 27, 2010

Illinois State Rifle Association

ISRA’s YouTube Channel

Illinois Carry

Second Amendment Sisters

Massad Ayoob Group (for the Class Paula was talking about)

How to Make Your Wife Hate Guns

First Shots

050 Interviews with David Lawson and Adam Orlov, Two of the Plaintiffs in the McDonald v Chicago Case

This week we wrap up our series of interviews with the Plaintiffs in the McDonald v Chicago case.

First we talk with David Lawson and then we speak with Adam Orlov, both interviews were obtained on our recent visit to Chicago.

Please see previous episodes with interviews with Otis McDonald and Colleen Lawson.

049 A Conversation with Otis McDonald

Anyone who has been following Massad Ayoob’s Blog knows that we have been working on a series of interviews with the Plaintiffs in the McDonald v Chicago Case presented before the Supreme Court. First he presented an interview with Colleen Lawson, today we present our interview with Otis McDonald and our next episode will have interviews with the last two of the four plaintiffs David Lawson and Adam Orlov. So now, sit back and enjoy the conversation Mas had with Otis McDonald.