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Welcome to the first episode of The Metal Excellence Podcast, an edgy, uncompromising approach to real achievement and lasting change. It’s about maximizing all that you are, and all that you can do, for a purpose greater than yourself.

In this episode, I’m sitting down with Pat McNamara (“Mac”) of TMACS, Inc. and Combat Strength Training. Former U.S. Commando who lethally operated in some of the most dangerous places on the planet and now trains everyone from the military to law enforcement to the average pedestrian. Not only is he an all around bad ass, but he’s a lifetime, hardcore fan of heavy metal!


Pat McNamara (Mac) has 22 years of Special Operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics.

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 provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line 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 Sentinel and T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting). He also owns and operates TMACS Inc, a tactical training and consulting company.

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Special Mention

Special thanks goes to my good friend, Metal Mike Chlasciak (guitarist for Halford, Sebastian Bach, Testament & Painmuseum) for donating two his killer tracks off his “Metalworker” album for my intro and outro. Learn more about Metal Mike here.

I’d also like to thank my good friend, Sean Tex Dehart, of Home Music Tools for editing and finalizing this podcast episode to make it sound the best it can.

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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    4 replies to "Metal Excellence Ep. 01: Face-to-Face with Pat McNamara (Elite Commando)"

    • Cody

      This episode wont play. Just a heads up MetalMotivator. Stay cool!

    • C. J. Ortiz

      Thanks so much, Cody. Should be working now.

    • Daniel DeLucie

      Thank you for this. I dig the message youre putting out there and the high energy attitude. Stay metal!

    • C. J. Ortiz

      Thanks, brother.

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