Shoot Better in 15 Minutes

I know the title of this article sounds a bit like “click bait,” but it really isn’t.    Would you believe me if I told you that I could significantly improve your shooting performance in less than 15 minutes while firing 30 total rounds?  Read more about my methodology and give

Shotgun Stopping Power- Buckshot vs. Slugs

Last week I posted an article titled Shotguns for Home Protection.  When I posted the article on my Patreon Page, as supporter asked the following question:   “Thoughts on slugs versus buckshot?”   It’s a good question and it deserved a more in depth answer than I could provide in a Patreon comment. 

Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 30, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Blue Brief: How To Survive a Carjacking Cars are becoming increasingly difficult to hot wire.  We’ve become increasingly distracted by our phones.  Criminals are figuring out that if they want

Free Books- Part 226 | 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

Shooting Drill- Reston Group Standards

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Jared Reston is a sheriff’s deputy and firearms trainer from Florida.  I’ve never personally trained with him or his crew, but they have a very good reputation in the training community.  Reston himself is famous for winning a remarkable gunfight where the criminal shot him seven

Shotguns for Home Protection | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Just a few short years ago, the cool kids in the gun game didn’t like shotguns.  The modern disdain for the scattergun ran afoul of the most common expert advice I learned in my youth.   When I was growing up, a pump shotgun was universally recommended as

Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 23, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Top Concealed Carry Errors Explained Are you making these errors?     Double Action Only Rationale Massad Ayoob schools us on the history of the double action trigger pull and how it was once the

The St. Ann’s Hospital Shooting

Last week in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio police officers had to shoot an armed patient in a local hospital.  Officers recorded the entirety of the close range shooting with their body cameras.  The shooting was unusual both by happening in a hospital and requiring a close quarters empty

Protecting Local Businesses from Looters

I received an interesting question from one of my readers.  He wanted to know the best course of action to prevent his local businesses from being burned to the ground or looted during a violent protest.   “Hi Greg I’m a big fan. I know you say that a person should

Your Tactical Training Scenario…Attacked on the Bus

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Read the story below.  Imagine what you would do if you were riding the same bus.  Would you have intervened?   Detroit Bus Rider Killed Protecting Fellow Passengers   An aggressive (and likely mentally ill) man is threatening a young couple who are clearly terrified.  You don’t know either the

Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 16, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Peep Sight vs Open Sight: A Tale of Two Radii Interesting data.  I enjoy reading casual studies like this one.  Want more science?  Read DO YOU NEED A VERTICAL FORE GRIP

Free Books- Part 225 | 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

Old Ammo- Will it Still Work?

Written by Greg Ellifritz   In my former job as the police department’s armorer, it was my responsibility to dispose of all the old ammunition that people brought in to the department.  You would be shocked at the amount and type of old ammunition I saw.  Rarely did a week go

Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 9, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   100 Shoppers Became Hostages in a NY Protest. Here’s How to Survive in a Protest Turned Hostage Situation With the never ending protests/riots heating up again, it’s prudent to plan for

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Road Rage

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     I don’t know the back story for this video other than what the man filming the incident wrote.  That may or may not be correct, but here is his description of what happened:   “Yesterday I jumped out of my car to kick a lead pipe away from

2021 Rangemaster Round Up | Active Response Training

Last weekend I taught a few classes at the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference .  It’s one of my favorite training events.  This was my 9th year teaching there.  I taught two sessions of my new lecture class “Safe Travels in Dangerous Places.”  I also taught a beginner’s live fire

Teaching Tips- Process Before Product

Written by: Greg Ellifritz It’s common that instructors will occasionally have frustrated students who “aren’t getting it.”  The students may actually even be proceeding at a normal rate, but feel bad because other students are performing better.  Most instructors find it’s hard to help a student in this situation.  The

Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 2, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Why “Gray” Is the New Black: Assessing Baseline and Blending In Daisy discusses why it’s important to blend in and how to achieve the “gray man” look.     Chumming For Monsters Michael Bane shares

Free Books- Part 224 | 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

Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 26, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Molotov Cocktail 101: How They’re Made & How to Defend Against Them Some strategies for dealing with Molotov Cocktails.     Dry Practice on the Road Claude Werner’s tips for conducting dry fire practice while traveling.     The

Why the Hammer Pair? | Active Response Training

This is a guest post from my friend Darryl Bolke.  Darryl is currently writing a book about the history of formal firearms training throughout the 20th century.  I’m very excited to read his book when he gets it on the market.  Until then, follow Darryl’s writing at DB’s Shooting

Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 19, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   If You Go to Guns You Failed “If you go to guns you failed” means that you failed multiple opportunities to take preventive measures in ensuring your personal security and that

Be Smart | Active Response Training

 I live in Columbus, Ohio.  In the past couple weeks we’ve seen several shootings at local shopping malls (two at Polaris, one at Easton).  We’ve also seen a couple shootings outside of bars in seedier parts of the city.   It’s spring.  We see this stuff every year as the temperatures