Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast- Episode 51 with Ben Branam

By Rob Morse

Ben Branam Firearms Instructor
Ben Branam Firearms Instructor
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Louisiana- ( The Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast brings you real news of armed civilians each week.  People just like you protected themselves and the people they love.   We report and analyze each incident with a firearms instructor.  Episode 51 features firearms instructor Ben Branam.  Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and well prepared?   H

ow does your training compare to theirs?  Listen and find out. (16 minutes)

All three victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun.

Self Defense Gun Stories
Self Defense Gun Stories
  • First story-  Are you armed at work late at night?  You’re a small Laotian woman.  You manage a laundromat about 15 miles west of Philadelphia.   It is early in the morning and you are at work.  A man walks into your laundromat with his gun drawn.  You’ve been robbed at gunpoint before.  This robber pushes you back toward the back and demands money.  You don’t have any.  Then the robber tells you to strip off your clothes.  He pushes you into a back room.  This time you fight.
  • Second Story- Are you armed at home?  You and your husband are both at home this morning.  You live in a well to do rural neighborhood about 16 miles east of Washington, DC. You turn around and a stranger is standing inside your home.  You ask him who he is, and then tell him to leave.  He doesn’t.  You yell, and then your husband comes toward the front of the house.  He pushed the intruder towards the front door.  The intruder pushes back.  They fight.
  • Third story- Are you armed when you make deliveries late at night?  You have kids at home, and you’re trying to make ends meet.  You’re delivering pizza at 7 at night.  It is dark at that hour given the time of year.  You get out of your car and three strangers step from the shadows around the building in front of you.  One of them already has a gun pointed at you.  They demand your money and the pizza.  You drop the pizza and run.  You’re shot in the arm and the bullet then hits your hip and the gun in its holster. You duck behind your car.

Listen to hear the full story.  Each episode is available to stream.. or for download.   You can also download the podcast to your phone from iTunes and Stitcher.  Put us in your pocket each week.


Self-Defense Gun Stories is part of the Self-Defense Radio Network.

Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Peaver Bogart

I’d bet money on what these thugs have in common.


I am pleased these 3 individuals survived. Incidents like this is why I am always armed. I would say however, I wish they were better shots, as now some liberal democrat judge will kiss the behind of the thugs and quickly release them. Dead thugs do not commit repeat crimes.