Student of the Gun Radio Celebrates Five Years

Student of the Gun Radio Paul G. Markel
Student of the Gun Radio host Paul G. Markel

USA –-( Where has the time gone? The entire Student of the Gun family is celebrating 5 years of SOTG Radio. March 8, 2018 is the official five year anniversary for the Student of the Gun Radio program.

“We have come so far in the last five years it’s strange looking back to where we were and see where we are now.” said Jarrad Markel, co-host and producer of SOTG Radio. He continued, “When we started out, we only had one microphone and a direct feed to a laptop. Now we have a dedicated studio, professional production equipment and Zachary, the Shipping Orge, is part of the team.”

During the last five years Student of the Gun Radio has grown from humble beginnings as an iTunes only podcast. In addition to iTunes, the show is now available on iHeartRadio, TuneIn, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and most every on demand audio player. SOTG Radio is listened to in over 170 countries and, in December of 2017, the show surpassed 4 million downloads.

“The idea from the very beginning was to use the audio format to speak directly with our audience, on a more personal level.” related Paul Markel, host and founder of Student of the Gun. “With every episode, we have the opportunity to make a personal connection and I believe it is that aspect that has kept people with us for five years now.” is your 24/7 source for all manner of gun related topics.

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Student of the Gun; a beginner once, a #studentforlife.

Being a Student of the Gun is not about being a novice or beginner. Student of the Gun represents a life’s journey of education, enlightenment, and the enjoyment of firearms.

Sometimes deadly serious, sometimes just for fun, Student of the Gun will always strive to educate and entertain their viewers while offering them an insider’s look at the world of firearms.


Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor.

Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print.

Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program.

Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.


Not just another pretty face, Jarrad Markel has experience and training beyond his years.

Jarrad has been training to be a fighter since elementary school when he first learned the art of collegiate wrestling.

Now skilled in Jujitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Sambo, the Way of the Fighting Pistol and Fighting Rifle, Jarrad is a well-rounded, tactical athlete with several professional MMA & Boxing fights under his belt.

More than a brute, Jarrad has brains as well. He is the Producer of Student of the Gun TV & Radio. He is the President of Think On! Productions, creating a wide variety of video & audio material.

In addition, Markel is a skilled webmaster & digital marketer, designing websites and providing T.O.P. Quality Multimedia Marketing for Student of the Gun.