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The Sheriff of Baghdad Podcast Is Now Available

Friday, September 11th, 2015

John “Shrek” McPhee called me a couple of weeks ago, telling me that he was launching a podcast along with co-host Spencer Pratt.  I didn’t realize that he already had two webisodes in the can. 

Check it out.  Available Here.


Sheriff Of Baghdad – Fall Training Schedule Released

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

SOB Training

Sheriff of Baghdad has announced that the Fall 2015 John “Shrek” McPhee training scheduled has been released.

For more info and to sign up, either contact or visit

John “Shrek” McPhee Introduces Gunfighter University

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


John McPhee aka Shrek aka Sheriff of Baghdad is a top-tier firearms trainer. Now, he’s launched an entirely new way of providing feedback to shooters. Gunfighter University utilizes analysis of video of the shooter combined with online feedback. McPhee has been using the Coach’s Eye software for several years now and has even been recognized by Coach’s Eye for his innovative methods.

But, Gunfighter U takes the whole thing to a different level. McPhee offers an affordable option for those who can’t make it to a formal class by offering individualized coaching based on the videos you provide. He’ll take a look at the mechanics of your shot (stance, presentation and grip) and recommend changes. Additionally, he continues to offer class enrollment for those so inclined.


His methodology is straight forward. It’s a three-strep process that can be accomplished virtually anywhere you can shoot your firearm and record yourself.


For more information, visit

My Favorite SOB Is Back!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

John McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad is launching a new website, May 1st.


Sign up now to enter a chance to win one of a series of prizes he will be giving away from his sponsors each of the first 10 days of May.

John “Shrek” McPhee is BACK ON TAP at Grey Group Training!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Today Grey Group Training announced that John “Shrek” McPhee has signed on as Director of Training. Congrats to all!

Grey Group Training is pleased to announce that John “Shrek” McPhee is BACK ON TAP at Grey Group (Q the righteousduke “back on tap” T-shirt). As you may know, GGT is under new ownership and has chosen to invest in building a robust and comprehensive training program. In addition to providing excellent hands on training himself, John will be filing the role as the Training Sergeant Major here a Grey Group working next to Ramia, the Training Coordinator and primary contact for training. He will be leading the way by taking GGT into an organized progression of skills method taught by the best instructors in their respective fields. As a retired Army Sergeant Major, serving at the absolute pinnacle of warriors, with extensive combat experience in multiple theaters, no one knows training better!


Please be patient, as we will not overlook anyone that wants to reach out to John or take his classes. If you have already signed up for his class with Alias Training, please contact us (via phone at 910-323-4739 or email at and we will walk you through the simple process to move your booking to GGT. We are working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. We will proactively re-enroll you into the SAME class on GGT and if you have already given a deposit to Alias (once your money is refunded) we will establish your deposit or enrollment fees. We apologize for any inconvenience and want to make this as painless as possible for you. At the end of the day this is about you the student, giving you everything you need, and making you as survivable and lethal as possible.

In addition to our commitment to provide excellent training, we are bringing added value to the student. We are proud to announce the following sponsorship agreements for Shrek: Arc’teryx, Velocity Armor, Mayflower Consulting, Kryptec Camo, Sheriff of Baghdad, and Combat Flip Flops. Students training with Shrek will receive a coupon code good for discounts on products from his sponsors. In addition, we will be offering “Training Packages” where students who attend a class with Shrek may purchase specific items your instructor endorses for a discounted price.

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Gunfighter Moment – John McPhee

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Shrek’s Ten Warrior Commandments



Leave no room for doubt. Kill them, then kill them twice to be sure, then check and make sure they are dead. Crush your enemy. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is not a James Bond movie where your enemy spills his guts and then gets away. Do not waste one word. Kill them and make sure they are dead. If they aren’t dead, they will seek revenge. Crush them not only in body and spirit, but take their will to fight. This especially includes warriors with no honor.


If it’s time to get your kill on, then start killin’ first. If you need to get through gunfire, get through the fire first. If you lead the way, this tells other warriors that if they want to get a kill in today, “You better beat me!” It tells your soldiers that if they want to prove themselves as warriors, they need to be on their “A Game” just to fight by your side.


As a warrior, remember who got you to the dance. That vehicle didn’t fix itself. That weapon works because of your armorer. Spend time with those around you. Get to know everyone personally. This will ensure that in any situation, everyone that surrounds you will give you personally 110 percent.


You can trust a friend, as long as he remains honorable. But a warrior’s friend today might become his enemy tomorrow. Those who worship you today have envy, and will stain your armor and break your sword if given the chance. When the time comes, you will know who has honor, and honorable warriors will always forgive, for they understand your actions as a warrior.


Defend your subordinates to the bitter end. Defend them against any and all friends, enemies and warriors. Let it be known to anyone under your control or aligned with you, that you will kill for your warriors if anyone else tries to test your territory or boundaries. This tells others to come to you first; because you rule your warriors. Other honorable warriors will understand this and want that same respect in return. Your subordinates will feel protected and go to the ends of the earth for their master.


It’s every warrior’s job to want to be the master. From day one with your pupils, you’re training them to be the master. Withhold no information, no skills, nothing back from them. Give them everything they need personally to become a master. If you have 5 masters, versus 1 master and 4 pupils, this will strengthen your force. Honor will keep the balance of power for you, if you are the true master.


Always let warriors solve their own problems or conflicts. If it’s between warriors, let them go. Watch every move they make to ensure the problem gets fixed and no one gets killed. There will always be problems. As the master, watching this will show you if the problem was fixed, or if your warriors have a problem with honor.


When fighting another master or formidable enemy, always let your pupils have the final killing blow while you watch. This is the biggest form of dishonor to anther master. Being crushed by warriors of lesser stature will haunt him for eternity.


Savages always smell like scum. They will always bring their families to a gun fight. This includes babies and small children. If you don’t wash your clothes, you will smell like a savage, and if handling savage babies they will not cry. Babies use smell to identify who you are, friend or foe, so smell like a savage.


Know where your own kit is and use it! Messing around with another warrior’s gear is against any warrior code. This is viewed as hiding another warrior’s sword, and he won’t know until he is in battle. This is a sure way to get yourself beheaded, and this is not an honorable death between warriors.


SGM (ret) John McPhee served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.

Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
US Army Sniper School
NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

Coming Soon – Shrek’s 10 Warrior Commandments

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013