Episode 340: Surviving a Mass Shooting

Topic: Surviving a Mass Shooting

Today, Riley and Matthew talk about the recent mass shootings that happened in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We talk about strategies for prevailing if you ever find yourself in one. And we also talk about how to avoid getting mistaken as a “bad guy” by cops in the chaos if you do indeed choose to respond with your own gun. Let us know what you think in the comments!!

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Leoanrd Pasquini on August 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Episode had no discussion about How I would survive a mass shooting. Just a discussion of mass shooters. Poor discussion related to title of episode.

  2. Brownie the Destroyer on August 22, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Matthew & Riley: Great conversation on Mass Shootings and strategies. However, I want to re-emphasize a point Matthew made halfway through the show specifically regarding the pre-inclined thought process of what will I do when it happens. MY thought process is self-preservation first, targets of opportunity second. Let me expand on that.

    In a mass shooting event I’m much more concerned about the other concealed carriers in the place or group or audience misidentifying me as the shooter and me getting shot just by being in possession of a firearm. In Afghanistan, at the chow hall on base we were told repeatedly: the safest place to be when an Afghan local grabbed an unsecured weapon and started shooting would ideally be the floor. Not because we weren’t all well trained and armed every moment, but because you would be a target for every well-intentioned military member responding to the shooter. The same is true in a large congregation, even one that has a security team. I’m a target the minute I draw my pistol. For that reason it is a weapon of last resort in a mass shooting scenario. It’s not that I’m uncommitted to my actions and not prepared mentally to respond with violence if I need to. Knowing the bigger picture may extend my life however.

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