The “Date Night” Restaurant Robbery

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week, some friends and I had a discussion on my Facebook page about a recent incident where two off-duty police officers (husband and wife) interrupted a robbery in progress at a local restaurant.  The incident was captured on surveillance video.   The two cops spread out, flanked

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Violent Airline Passenger

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It seems to happen on a weekly basis…a plane is diverted for emergency landing on the account of a violent passenger.  One of the more recent cases involved a man who attempted to open a door mid-flight, attacked a flight attendant, and placed a passenger in

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 21, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   What to Look for in Defensive Firearm Training “Failure hurts. This is why most people avoid it. But, because of the pain failure has the potential to teach. Those lessons are

Heads Up! Avoid MAWOL | Active Response Training

*This is a guest post from my friend Ron Borsch.  Ron is a long serving police officer, trainer, and researcher.  I enjoy his perspective and I hope that you will as well. -Greg     HEADS-UP! AVOID MAWOL                                                                                                           Copyright 2019 Ron Borsch   Heads up! Is a common phrase meant to alert someone. To be alert

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Three Difficult Disarms

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Most of the gun classes I teach involve tactics at extremely close range.  When you are within arms’ reach of your assailant deflecting his muzzle or taking his gun away from him is often faster than drawing your own gun to shoot.   There are lots of systems

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 14, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   6 Cheap Tips To Secure Your Home Right Now Home safety isn’t solely a function of being armed.  Lock your damn doors!     Magazine Springs and More You do occasionally clean your magazines, right?     The

Free Books- Part 198 | 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

The Most Recent Vehicle Run-Down Terrorist Attack

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week, there was yet another terrorist vehicle run-down attack.  This one was in Israel.  You can read about it in the link below.   12 soldiers wounded, 1 seriously, in suspected terror car-ramming in Jerusalem   A couple points after looking at this attack…   1) Vehicle run down attacks are

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Defeating Pepper Spray

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Have you ever thought about what you might do if a criminal sprays you in the face with pepper spray?  That scenario happened in New Jersey when a shoplifter sprayed two store security guards who confronted her after she stole some merchandise.  The spray incapacitated the

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 7, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Crazy Guy Beats Officer Over the Head With Pepper Spray! Why I advocate that cops (and anyone else who carries pepper spray) should be exposed to it in training before they

Odd Position Shooting | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It’s been a few years since two officers were shot in a dramatic gunfight in a trailer park in Enon, Ohio.   The gunfight was even more remarkable considering that there was a photographer on scene taking photos as the shots rang out.  I still regularly

Criminal Weapon Selection | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I’ve written before about criminals and the guns they carry.  My study was obviously limited by the relatively small number of guns my upscale suburban police department seizes.  Other police departments seize far more guns than we do.   Currently, the Chicago Police Department seizes the largest number

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Denial

Written by Greg Ellifritz Read the first paragraph of this article about an active shooter attack in Arizona.   “Pam Simon’s first thought was “this is not happening.” The aide to Gabrielle Giffords’ next thought was “that’s a toy gun.” A moment later: “It’s happening.”    This shooting was so outside her reality

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 31, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   You Don’t Have to Shoot First; But You Better Do Something! Some of the science involving reaction times relative to defensive shootings.     Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10 – Overview with Steve

Free Books- Part 197 | 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

Do You Need A Muzzle Stand Off Device?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I recently saw this addition to the Smith and Wesson 380EZ advertised on the internet.  Take a look at the site.  What do you think?  Is this a useful addition to your .380 pistol?   This invention has three roles.  It is a compensator, reducing recoil and muzzle

Shooting From the Ground | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Have you ever trained to draw and fire your pistol from any position other than standing?  Most recreational shooters haven’t.   Fights are messy.  Sometimes the unexpected happens.  Take a look at this story.  A man was fleeing armed robbers and slipped on the ice, causing him to

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 24, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Gray Man Concept…You’re doing it wrong Scroll down to the last article on the page.  Embrace the idea of being a gray man.  It might someday be a tactic that

Using a Fire Extinguisher as a Weapon

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   A would-be victim of last month’s London Bridge terrorist stabbing attack used a fire extinguisher to distract/disorient the terrorist as another person stabbed the man with a narwhal tusk to end the attack.   Seeing the photo below got me thinking about how best to use a

Head Shots and Bouncing Bullets

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   By now, you’ve likely seen the news article from a couple weeks ago.  An armed robber shot a compliant victim in the face.  The bullet ricocheted off the victim’s skull and hit the second robber, killing him.  Read about it HERE.   It may seem strange, but it

No One Is Coming To Save You

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   In the last few weeks my social media news feed has been deluged with videos of inept police officers who cannot fight.   Most citizens assume that the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods are competent fighters.  Those people couldn’t be more wrong.   Depending on the state, police officers

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 17, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Seeds of (unconventional) War Pay close attention to the recommendations ISG makes at the end of the article.     Castle Doctrine Fact vs. Fiction Massad Ayoob writes a very comprehensive piece on castle

Free Books- Part 196 | 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

African Counter-Ambush Tactics | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I recently returned from a two-week trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.  The primary focus of the trip was going on safari to see all the legendary animals that inhabit the African plains.  On the trip I did 12 different safari outings, either on foot,