Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 16, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. State Gun Control in America: A Historic Guide to Major State Gun Control Laws and ActsAn in-depth, state-by-state look at the “red flag” laws currently on the books in this

Hold on Loosely… | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz One of my favorite authors/teachers is David Deida, the author of The Way of the Superior Man.   I was driving around in the police car last week listening to one of his audio lectures. He started out by saying this: “Everything I share is coming straight from my

Active Killer Pre-Assault Behavior | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I found a couple articles yesterday that I would like to share and comment upon.  Both articles cover some behavioral characteristics two recent active killers displayed before their attack. The first one is about the active killer in Dayton. Surveillance Video Shows Shooter Preparing to Carry Out Mass

A Critical (but often overlooked) Holster Function

Written by: Greg Ellifritz While reading my news feeds in the past few weeks, I’ve seen accounts of a couple preventable accidental shootings.  I’d really prefer to see that my readers and students learn to better secure their weapons so that people aren’t injured or killed by unintentional gunfire.  Let’s

Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 9, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Anatomy of an Assault: The 5-Step Attack CycleSteve Tarani identifies the ways criminals evaluate their victims and how they set the victim up for attack.  If you can short circuit

Free Books- Part 185 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can find approximately 11,000 free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t

Active Killer Advice Compendium | Active Response Training

Written by Greg Ellifritz After three large scale active killer attacks in this country last week, people want answers.  People want to know what tactics and strategies will help them prevail should they be present during an active killer attack in a public place. I’ve been writing about the topic for

Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 2, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. The Safe, Not Sorry LessonsRead through some of these horrific shooting incidents described by Massad Ayoob.  Don’t expect your gun to immediately incapacitate anyone.  Clawing and Wedging Your Way to Perfect

Throwing Water on the Police

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Cops around the country have recently been targeted by members of the community who have thrown buckets of water on the officers as they are making arrests.  If you haven’t seen the news and videos about this new trend, check out Dangerous new viral challenge: Assault

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Fighting Multiple Attackers

Written by Greg Ellifritz Depending on the source of the research you read, you’ll find that about 40% of violent criminal attacks will involve you fighting more than one attacker.  Fighting one person is bad enough.  Fighting a group is exponentially worse. I’m seeing lots of recent news articles where groups

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 26, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. The myth of the “concealed carry lifestyle”“Don’t let people assign you to their tribe without your consent. Concealed carry is a tool, not a lifestyle.”  How to Carry Concealed In a

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 26, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. The myth of the “concealed carry lifestyle”“Don’t let people assign you to their tribe without your consent. Concealed carry is a tool, not a lifestyle.”  How to Carry Concealed In a

Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 19, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Crime Guns Obtained Illegally Shortly Before ShootingsResearch that indicates guns used in crime were mostly acquired through the criminal’s friends or family less than two months before the crime.Thanks to

Criminal Motivation | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg EllifritzTrying to figure out why a criminal chooses to commit a crime can be a bit tricky at times. Most crimes have very clear motivations.  The one we see most often is that you simply have something the criminal wants and he thinks he can take that

Prime Day Deals 2019 | Active Response Training

Today is “Prime Day” on Amazon.com.  For members of their excellent “prime” service, they are discounting thousands of items sitewide. It’s kind of like the sales you would see on “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.”  Some really good bargains are available.  You have to be an Amazon Prime member to

“I’ll Just Hold Him for the Police”

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I hear this statement with some regularity from some of my students and the folks who comment on the articles I post.  Have you ever actually tried to hold someone on the ground when they don’t want to be held?  It’s not as easy as you

The Best Tourniquets- A Research Review

Written by: Greg Ellifritz With the growing number of commercially made tourniquets, an increase in availability of medical courses focusing on gunshot wounds, a greater chance of getting caught up in an active killer event, and the classes like Stop the Bleed being offered everywhere, the issue of tourniquets is

Best Red Dot for a Pistol Caliber Carbine

The pistol caliber carbine (PCC) has been the new hotness in recent years.  Small carbines with folding or collapsing pistol “braces” allow rifles to essentially be labeled as “pistols” under a loophole in Federal law.  These short barreled “pistols” look very similar to the short barreled sub-machine guns chambered

Lock Your Damn Doors- 2019 Edition

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Five years ago, I wrote an article titled Lock Your Damn Doors.  In that article I looked at a month’s worth of burglary and theft reports from the city where I worked and tracked how many theft victims had left their houses or cars unlocked before

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 3, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated GuideAn informative infographic about escaping zip tie restraints.  This is useful, but the best advice I can provide is to AVOID BEING

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 3, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated GuideAn informative infographic about escaping zip tie restraints.  This is useful, but the best advice I can provide is to AVOID BEING

Free Books- Part 178 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can find approximately 11,000 free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t

Free Books- Part 178 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can find approximately 11,000 free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle reader or a free App on your phone or personal computer.  Even if you don’t

Compliance Doesn’t Always Ensure Your Safety

Written by: Greg Ellifritz  Many of my students tell me that, should they ever be robbed, they plan on complying with the robbers’ demands.  While I can’t presume to tell anyone the individual best course of action during a dangerous situation, I can provide some general statistics about past events. Statistically,