Congratulations to Mike Seeklander and to fans of The Best Defense television series!
Michael Bane has made the official announcement that Mike Seeklander will be stepping into the Firearms Instructor/Host role on The Best Defense series starting in January 2012. I am stepping aside to create space for this new perspective and more time for the many other projects I am involved in (including some exciting new ones!). Honestly, I cannot think of a better person to step into the role.
Ironically, I first worked with Mike Seeklander several years ago when he was a guest in the early days of The Best Defense! As usually happens, when we first started the show, it was still a work in progress and the format wasn’t really developed. In fact, that type of development is always a constant process. At that time, we were considering following the traditional “gun TV” format of having guest instructors for each episode. We quickly decided that this chopped and stop/start type of presentation that a different perspective every week brings isn’t conducive to presenting a cohesive body of work. It was certainly no reflection on Mike (or Phil Strader, who was also a guest that season) that we chose to go with a more consistent “one voice” approach to presenting the firearms training info on The Best Defense. Well, now that voice is changing.
If you haven’t heard yet, I announced earlier that I was going to be saying “Goodbye and Good Luck!” to The Best Defense series at the end of this year. Now that the “TBD Gun Guy” has been announced, I wanted to let those of you who are familiar with me, but not with Mr. Seeklander, rest assured that I think the show is in great hands!
In fact, since meeting while taping in 2008, Mike and I have worked together often. Last year, Mike attended a Combat Focus® Shooting Course that he also hosted at U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, plus joined me as a guest instructor in the Personal Firearm Defense DVD Series, so we really got to compare notes and understand a bit more about each other’s approach to training. Mike also joined me as a guest on the second season of S.W.A.T. Magazine TV and did a great job. More recently, I’ve brought Mike on as a regular contributor here at the Personal Defense Network, where his input is helping us maintain our quickly established position as the highest quality source for diverse personal defense and safety information on the Internet.
As I said in my “goodbye” letter linked above, I am extraordinarily proud of my work on The Best Defense and The Best Defense: Survival. It is only natural that I would want a professional to step into my role there and inherit the legacy. It is a privilege to say that the pro stepping in as I step out is a good friend. Thanks to Mike for agreeing to take over the reins at a project that has been, and will remain, very important to me!
I hope everyone enjoys the look they’re going to get at the guns I would pick for a worst-case survival scenario on the new season of TBD: Survival, which starts in July. I’m definitely looking forward to your feedback. And I’m equally looking forward to sitting back and watching The Best Defense in January 2012 … you should be too!
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