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Michael Bane

Michael Bane

Michael Bane defies stereotypes. He has leveraged a successful career as a journalist, writer, and constant adventure seeker into hosting some of the best shooting sports programming in the world. While Michael spends most of his time pursuing extreme sports, fervently promoting the Second Amendment and hosting the successful Outdoor Channel programs Shooting Gallery, MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense and MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense: Survival!, his journalistic credentials are strong and diverse. In fact, he is such a rare figure that The Wall Street Journal, once asked, “How did Michael Bane become the George Plimpton from hell?”

Michael’s writing credits include features in Esquire, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, along with articles in hundreds of other publications. He has also authored 22 books, most recently a novel about a lawyer-turned-shooting instructor.

In addition to his diverse accomplishments as a journalist and an author, Michael also developed the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Media Education Program. This program allows Michael and other industry leaders to share their knowledge of the media with firearms manufacturers and enthusiasts.

What sets Michael apart from most industry professionals is that he never stops learning or exploring. Finding new products, new stories to tell and taking-on new adventures are factors that make for great television.

With exciting new episodes of Michael’s programs slated to air throughout the year on Outdoor Channel, Michael Bane continues to be an unlikely hero of the shooting sports industry and an innovative thinker dedicated to moving the industry forward. Whether on-camera or behind the scenes, Michael is always ready to break the next big story or take the next big adventure.

In addition to the tv shows on Wednesday night, Michael also hosts a weekly radio show and a weekly video podcast.

Michael Janich

Michael Janich

Michael Janich has been studying and teaching self-defense and the martial arts for more than 30 years. He has earned instructor’s credentials in American Self-Protection (ASP – an eclectic art that includes elements of judo, aikido, boxing, fencing and French Savate), the Filipino art of Serrada Eskrima, and Joseph Simonet’s Silat Concepts and is a member of the elite International Close-Combat Instructors’ Association. He has also trained extensively in wing chun gung fu, tae kwon do, wu ying tao, Thai boxing, arnis de mano and military combatives. Janich is also one of the foremost modern authorities on handgun point shooting and is one of the few contemporary instructors to have been personally trained by the late close-combat legend Colonel Rex Applegate.

Janich served nine years in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, including a three-year tour at the National Security Agency (NSA). He is a two-time graduate with honors of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (Vietnamese and Chinese-Mandarin) and a recipient of the Commandant’s Award for outstanding linguistic achievement. After completing his military service, Janich was recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and served as an Intelligence Officer for that agency’s Stony Beach Program in Hong Kong and the Philippines. He also served as an Investigation Team Leader for the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) and Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA) and has led numerous investigations into remote areas of Vietnam and Laos in search of information regarding American prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA).

Janich is the sole author of six books and co-author of seven, including Bullseyes Don’t Shoot Back: The Complete Textbook of Point Shooting for Close Quarters Combat, which he wrote with the late close-combat legend Col. Rex Applegate. He has also been featured in 15 instructional videotapes. In addition to books and videos, Janich has been published in more than a dozen magazines and newsletters and is a contributing editor to Tactical Knives magazine.

Janich is widely recognized as an authority on edged-weapon design and has designed many custom and production knives. Currently he serves as Category Manager for BLACKHAWK!® Products Group™, overseeing both their knife and tactical flashlight categories of products.

Mike Seeklander

Mike Seeklander

Seeklander has authored more than 20 lesson plans related to basic and advanced firearms training. He was the COO and Director of Training at the United States Shooting Academy. He now runs his own business, Shooting-Performance out of Tulsa, OK.

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