Patrick McNamara

Mac is a high-octane man amongst men! My time with him was valuable on a number of different levels but what I found to be the most intriguing value about this man was his driving desire to aggressively spread positivity. The conversation went to many different places from EDC tools and principles to physical fitness workouts and routines and even into social dynamics of spy work that he used during the Cold War.

The man seems to be elegant and rough, sophisticated and brutish dichotomy of intensity, intellect, focus, and compassion. To sum it up succinctly I’d say that true warriors understand that being a protector or warrior is one of the highest acts of service and therefore whether they are on the battlefield or back here in the first civilian division fighting the hordes of busyness in civilian life with the rest of us, they are warriors who are busy not only serving the people they love but also humanity in their own personal ways.

Pat is no different. Although he does serve humanity in his own special way by equipping civilians with the protector mindset, bodies that are ready for war and skill sets that can help them manipulate our current tools of battle. I have the utmost respect for this man and it was an absolute honor to have this conversation with him.

Patrick McNamara spent 22years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier special missions unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.

His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective, and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provide courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, online, and standards. While serving as his Unit’s Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations.

Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army. He retired from the Army’s premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of T.A.P.S. TacticalApplicationofPracticalShooting) and sentinel. 

Itinerary of information during the episode :

1:06 – Introduction
2:01 – Sentinel
4:08 – Protection is organic
5:10 – Connected yet disconnected
6:50 – Sense of awareness
7:57 – Sri Lanka
9:42 – Intuition – a gift we’re born with
11:12 – Tactical experience
13:35 – Spy work
15:05 – Job training
16:27 – Motivating people
19:23 – Being the social media guy
21:37 – “I will do today what others won’t, so I could do tomorrow, what others can’t”
23:47 – Progress equals happiness
24:47 – Biggest fan
27:52 – Takeaways from the unit
30:05 – If you’re the smartest guy in the room, you’re in the wrong room
34:04 – Warrior mindset
39:41 – A little backpack
42:51 – What do you love about teaching?
46:50 – Outcome-based training
52:08 – Hard work
54:27 – Performance
56:41 – Utilize your strengths
59:12 – We’re all different
1:05:24 – Fitness not brokenness
1:07:34 – First impression can be a lasting impression
1:09:56 – Family and importance
1:13:34 – What’s your daily routine?
1:15:52 –
1:16:34 – End Credits

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