Weekend Knowledge Dump- December 4, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   How to Survive a Mass Shooting The post-Covid quarantine mass shootings are starting to kick up. This is good advice to review. We had a respite for awhile, but there are

Free Books- Part 216 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of 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 have a

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Carjacking and Denial

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Place yourself in Carolyn Meadows’ shoes.  It’s mid day and you are leaving a large grocery store.  You get into your car and start to back out of the parking space only to be startled by a shirtless man yelling and banging on the rear of

Lessons From the Revolver Roundup

Written by:  Greg Ellifritz   Last week I was honored to have been invited to teach at the annual Pat Rogers Memorial Revolver Roundup organized by Hardwired Tactical.  It was a weekend training event focused solely on using the revolver.  Instructors Darryl Bolke, Wayne Dobbs, Mark Fricke, Chuck Haggard, and I

The Best Coat Pocket Defensive Pistols

Written by Greg Ellifritz   The weather is starting to get colder.  Many of you folks will soon be wearing large winter coats.  Have you ever tried to draw your defensive firearm while you are bundled up in a winter parka?  Sometimes it’s harder than one might think.   A friend recently sent

Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 27, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   My Mistakes in the Knife Teaching World. Hock’s valuable thoughts about the evolution of knife training.     Understanding Police use of Force Massad Ayoob drops some knowledge.     What About BB? “Let’s get something out of the

Shooting Drill- Double It! | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I got the idea for this drill from Rich Grassi’s article in The Tactical Wire.   In the article, Rich suggests that for a more challenging training exercise, police firearms instructors should shoot their state’s qualification course with TWICE the number of required targets in the same time

Eye Gouges vs. Finger Peels

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Read the story below.  It’s a prime example of everything that shouldn’t happen in a fight, but sometimes does anyway.   Victim at WIBW-TV hangs on to attacker despite punishment   The story describes a situation where an irate man attacked several people who were working at a TV news

Teaching Tips- One Word Cues

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I was recently reading an article called The Coach’s Cue – Breaking the OODA Loop.  It was an excellent read for me because it combined two passions, combative strategy and strength training.  In the article, the author speaks about the importance of simple, one-word, vocal performance

Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 20, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Battle of the Nines: 9mm Luger vs. 9×19 vs. Parabellum Everything you could ever want to know about the differing 9mm cartridges available on the market.     I Guess I Should Buy a

Free Books- Part 216 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of 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 have a

Questioning the Effectiveness of the .380 Auto Cartridge

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   You folks really like your .380 semi-automatic pistols.  Two of the top 10 most read articles on my site are about the .380.  Every post I’ve written about this caliber has been consumed voraciously.  Lots of the email questions I get from readers concern the .380

Ka-Bar TDI Shark Bite | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   *I’m re-posting this article from a couple years ago.  I recently learned that Ka-Bar has discontinued this model.  Whatever inventory is available right now is likely the last opportunity to purchase this excellent non-metallic defense option.  The Shark Bites in the supply line now will soon

Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 13, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Why “Cruiser Ready?” Tim describes the “cruiser ready” storage status with a shotgun and demonstrates that it provides a tremendous safety advantage without slowing down presentation speed.  Link and video open

Dealing with Disruptive Airline Passengers

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Air travel is starting to increase from the nadir of the Covid-19 pandemic.  As more and more people feel comfortably flying, I’ve seen a huge number of incidents where violent or erratic passengers have disrupted airline flights in the past few weeks.  Before reading further, check

Ammo For Sale | Active Response Training

  Back in the day, my police department only allowed .40 and .45 weapons for duty guns. I once had a massive amount of .40 and .45 ammo stockpiled.   In 2016, my agency started allowing 9mm handguns. I quickly shifted to a 9mm duty gun and sold almost all of my

Damaged Defensive Ammunition | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I recently had a reader reach out to me with a very intriguing question: “I’ve got about 50 rounds of quality JHP in 9MM divided between three guns (mine+wife) and they are getting beat up. Question is, do I stick with the beaters (dinged cases or heads,

Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 6, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   TESTING .300 BLACKOUT BALLISTICS Gel testing subsonic .300 Blackout rounds from a short barrel. Speaking of ballistic gelatin, you may also like Ballistic Gel: Purpose, Protocol, & Best Ones.     The Smith & Wesson

Free Books- Part 215 | Active Response Training

Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of 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 have a

Post Election Riots? | Active Response Training

Written by Greg Ellifritz     The US presidential elections are happening right now.  My American readers should be prepared for violent protests and street attacks when the results get counted.   There is constant low-level internet chatter about rioting, looting, and mayhem being planned by different groups depending on which political party wins

Should You Change Your Defensive Ammunition During Colder Weather?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I occasionally get questions from readers about changing their defensive ammo to better defeat heavier winter clothing in the colder months.   People who consider an ammo change generally do it for one of two possible reasons.   The most common is that the person misunderstands wound ballistics.  He wants

Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 30, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   IS YOUR CARBINE’S ZERO WRONG? A good summary of the issues involved in AR-15 zeroing.     AR-15 Magazine Basics Some high-quality information about AR-15 magazines.     Memo to My Family Paul outlines a sensible communications strategy to

Peering Into My Crystal Ball…

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Election-related violence is increasing. So are the reported rates of Covid-19 positive tests. If I were to look into my crystal ball and prepare a worst case scenario forecast for the next few weeks, it would look like this:   Street violence is going to increase as we

Shooting Drill- “The Challenge” | Active Response Training

I got today’s practice drill from The Shooting Wire.  It’s called quite simply “The Challenge.”  Read about it at the link below.   The “Challenge” with Trainers   “The objective of “Rastoff’s Challenge is to place all hits into the 2”x3” oval X-ring over the course of fire, shot with no time limit.” 3

Shootout: Glock 42 versus Kahr CW 380

This is a guest article from friend and student “Gaston Garand.”  I think the Glock 42 and the Kahr are the two best pocket .380 autos on the market right now.  When Gaston found 400 rounds of .380 ammo, he put the two to a test and offered to