How does situational awareness play into our discussion of personal defense? Our Warrior of the Week question leads us into a discussion of action versus reaction, situational awareness, and much more. 

What is new at Student of the Gun? Zach, the Shipping Ogre, has been working behind the scenes to give you guys more deals and specials. Miss Nancy has even gotten involved.  We have a new Bad Ass! Challenge with our partner at Duracoat. 

We have a special guest, Scott Hambrick of Online Great Books joins us to consider ideas of liberty. Jarrad, Scott, and Paul will discuss the importance of critical thinking for the modern American. This is a segment that will surely make you think.

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You’re a Beginner Once, a Student For Life!

Topics Covered During This Episode:

  • Warrior of the Week
    • Go to and use Promo Code “SOTG”
    • TOPIC: From Melissa Ridings – I was wondering, if you get into your car, say, after stopping at a store. You come out and climb in not knowing someone else is climbing in on the opposite side at the same time in the backseat.  If they had a gun or knife pulled out and pointed at you. What would be the best way to get out of a situation like this? I actually had a dream about this recently and was at a loss of how to escape alive.
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    • Ask a clear and concise question
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  • Get in on the Badass Contest!
  • Huge thanks to our Partners:
    Brownells | Century Arms | Crossbreed | Duracoat | SWAT Fuel
  • Ideas of Liberty brought to you by – Guest Host Scott Hambrick



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Zachary Markel, affectionately known as the Shipping Ogre, is an intricate member of the Student of the Gun team. Zachary co-hosts the radio show, publishes the material for public consumption and produces Morning Mindset with Paul G. Markel. As the Shipping Ogre, Zach oversees the SOTG Gear store. He ensures that every package he touches is handled with care.