Prof. Paul and Jarrad are on the road to Tennessee to teach you hippies some classes! So to bide the time, we’re giving you the full, uncut interview that we did with Ken Hackathorn, addressing his internet breaking opinion about weapon lights. But not only that, as he and the Professor reminisce and lament about the State of Policing in the country today, and what it would take to get either of them to sign back up for that job.

Spoiler Alert: You can’t afford it.

So yeah, we have Ken Hackathorn on the show today, an internationally recognized trainer, to follow up on the discussion we started last week in regard to lights on handguns. There is much more than a one minute video short on YouTube. He and Paul talk all about the State of Policing, weapon lights, electronic sights, and more.

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