First Person Defender

First Person Defender

10 Seasons

First Person Defender puts regular people into force-on-force, self-defense scenarios. FPD puts you inside the fight to defend your life, or the lives of your loved ones.

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First Person Defender
  • Shooting a Steady Revolver

    Episode 1

    Speed Shooting Champion Jerry Miculek demonstrates how to shoot a steady revolver using Smith & Wesson's 610 in 10mm.

  • Using a Flashlight for Self-Defense

    Episode 2

    Trainer Greg Lapin demonstrates different ways to utilize a flashlight as a defensive tool using SureFire's Stiletto rechargeable LED flashlight.

  • Sight Control

    Episode 3

    Trainer Greg Lapin discusses sight control, and uses Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield Performance Center firearm to demonstrate front sight manipulation.

  • What Does Trigger Control Really Mean?

    Episode 4

    Trainer Greg Lapin demonstrates what trigger control - AKA "Trigger Flick" - looks like using the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Shield EZ.

  • Extended Mag Drop Technique

    Episode 5

    Trainer Chris Cerino demonstrates an extended magazine drop using Springfield's XD-S.

  • Training to Shoot a DASA Firearm

    Episode 6

    One of the fundamentals to focus on when training is the trigger. Using a Double-Action/Single-Action trigger is something you need to train on. Here, trainer Chris Cerino demonstrates his 'Sideways Gun' drill for using a DA/SA trigger using the Kimber K6S.

  • Snubby .22 for your Defense Toolbox

    Episode 7

    Ryan Gresham discusses why a snubby revolver like Ruger's LCR should be in your defensive toolbox.

  • Is the .40 S&W Dead?

    Episode 8

    Find out why Ryan Gresham considers the .40 S&W a sweet spot for self-defense guns.

  • Self-Defense Barricade Drill

    Episode 9

    Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin demonstrates a barricade drill and discusses how he outfitted his Sig M400 TREAD with accessories.

  • Snubnosed Revolvers for Concealed Carry

    Episode 10

    Ryan Gresham demonstrates the effectiveness of a short-barrel revolver in a self-defense situation at 5 feet, 10 feet, and 15 feet.

  • Carry Guns for Animal Defense

    Episode 11

    What gun do you or would you carry for defense against bears, lions, wolves? Have you considered a 10mm? Ryan Gresham demonstrates with Springfield's XD(m) in 10mm.

  • Is It Dangerous to Carry a 1911 Cocked and Locked?

    Episode 12

    Short answer, No! With the proper training and practice, the 1911 is a great option for self-defense, including the lightweight Ruger SR1911 Commander-Style in 9mm.

  • Precision Shots - Pistol vs. Carbine

    Episode 13

    Ryan Gresham tests his shooting skills for speed and accuracy pitting Ruger's American Pistol against Ruger's PCC.

  • Yes, You Should Use a Silencer on your Home Defense Rifle

    Episode 14

    Ryan Gresham demonstrates why a silencer is needed for your home defense rifle, using Sig Sauer's TREAD.

  • 10mm Ammo Recoil Test

    Episode 15

    Ryan Gresham demonstrates the difference in 10mm recoil using a hard cast 230-grain load, a 180-grain JHP load, and Inceptor's 90-grain (1700fps) copper-polymer blend ARX defense ammo.

  • Choosing the Right Backstrap Size for Your Grip

    Episode 16

    Many defensive pistols come with a few interchangeable backstrap or grip options. How do you choose the right size? Ryan Gresham heads to the range to demonstrate how he chooses a backstrap, using the Smith & Wesson M&P.

  • What Would You Do: Why Training is Important

    Episode 17

    Everyone has bad days, but that can lead to deadly consequences. Trainer Chris Cerino runs through a First Person Defender scenario that really upsets him. Then, Michelle Cerino joins Chris for a parking lot scenario that goes awry.

  • What Would You Do: Approaching Suspicious People in Low-Light

    Episode 18

    Trainer Chris Cerino runs through a a few different low-light First Person Defender scenarios.

  • What Would You Do: Bat-Wielding Man Tries to Attack

    Episode 19

    Trainers Chris and Michelle Cerino run through a First Person Defender scenario of an attacker with a bat. What's their plan for a situation like this?

  • What Would You Do: Two Good Guys, Two Bad Guys

    Episode 20

    Trainers Chris and Michelle Cerino work together in this First Person Defender scenario entering a warehouse with an alarm sounding.

  • What Would You Do: To Enter, or Not to Enter?

    Episode 21

    Trainer Chris Cerino runs through a First Person Defender scenario wherein he arrives home to an open front door. After playing it out, he heads to the range to practice shooting on the move.

  • What Would You Do: School Shooting

    Episode 22

    Trainer Michelle Cerino runs through a scenario of a shooting at school, and then trains to shoot through a barrier.

  • What Would You Do: ATM Robbery

    Episode 23

    Trainer Chris Cerino runs through a First Person Defender scenario of an attempted robbery while using an ATM. On the range, Chris demonstrates what to do when attacked in a small space.

  • What Would You Do: Stranger at the Back Door - Action vs. Reaction

    Episode 24

    Trainer Michelle Cerino runs through a First Person Defender scenario of a stranger at the back door of her home, and then hits the range with trainer Chris Cerino to work on Action vs. Reaction.