Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 25, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   THE ANYWHERE DEFENSE: IMPACT WEAPON TACTICS Steve Tarani offers some impact weapon advice.     The Orange Dot Drill Dave Spaulding shares an incredibly valuable shooting drill that doesn’t need a lot of rounds.  And

Why Did My Gun Blow Up?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I had an unusual experience at the range today.  The gun I was shooting blew up in my hand.  In a 20+ year career as a full time firearms instructor, I’ve seen a few guns blow up.  I blew up a Kahr PM-9 once (stupidly) shooting

Shooting Drill- “The Test With No Name”

I found this drill in the “Skills and Drills” section of The Firearms Rack Website.  John Johnston from Citizens Defense Research came up with the drill.  It requires either a Langdon LTT-1 Target, or two B8 Targets separated by two more one inch square targets. According to the link above,

Five Deadly Fallacies of Hand to Hand

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you are undoubtedly familiar with the writings of Justin White from Mad Science Defense. Justin recently contacted me about running a few of his most successful articles as guest piece on my blog.  He is closing down the Mad Science

Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 18, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The New Rules of Engagement If you only consume one piece of content from this post, make it this one.  In Michael Bane’s podcast, he discusses how the criminal threats we

Free Books- Part 212 | 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

Hip-Pocket Medical Drills | Active Response Training

  This is a guest post from Caleb Causey, owner of Lone Star Medics.  Caleb is an experienced Army medic who provides top notch trauma medical training to law enforcement agencies and armed citizens alike.  Caleb intended this article to be a list of potential medical training scenarios for police

Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 11, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Backpack Gun Project Thanks to Lucky Gunner for the kind words and the link to my book!  For more bag carry advice, check out Vertx Commuter Sling.     Strife Happens: What to Do

My New Favorite Electronic Hearing Protection

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Most of you collect guns.  Sometimes I feel like I collect hearing protection.   Hi! I’m Greg and I am a hearing protection addict.   When I started shooting at five years old, no one wore eye and ear protection.  After all, “it was just a .22.” When I started shooting

2020 Open Classes | Active Response Training

It seems that people are itching to train again after the Covid-19 layoff.  All but two of my remaining classes in 2020 are completely sold out.  The two that are still open don’t have many open seats and are likely to sell out as well.  If you still want

The Future of American Policing

I had two different friends send me messages last weekend requesting my thoughts on what policing is going to look like in the future.  I thought about it quite a bit and here are my predictions.     We have to recognize that police are a part of our society as a

Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 4, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   5 Lost Secrets Of The Combat Handgun Mas shares some secrets from the old timers.  Mr. Ayood was exceptionally prolific last week.  You may also like his articles Is the 1911

Free Books- Part 211 | 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

The Chapstick Trick | Active Response Training

Written by Greg Ellifritz   What possible relationship could these two items have?   Do any of you shoot with a tactical light mounted on the rails of your self defense or police duty pistol?   If so, you have likely experienced immense frustration trying to remove the burnt carbon residue from the light’s lens

“I’d just run away”- Are you fit enough to escape?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I find it endlessly fascinating to listen to my students’ thoughts about the “best” course of action to take in a crisis situation.  Especially when teaching female students, I hear a one very common response.  Whenever I ask the students how they would respond to

Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 28, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Staying Alive in the Brave New World Michael bane shares some valuable survival information.  On the same topic, you should also read WARNING: Armed Conflict in America Is a Turning Point.

Shot in the Back! How does it happen?

Written by Greg Ellifritz Tear gas being deployed after recent rioting following a police shooting in St. Louis.   With predictable regularity, the media and various civil rights groups become indignantly incensed when the cops or an armed citizen shoot a criminal in the back.  It somehow violates society’s ideal that all

“I Saw an Opportunity and I Took It.”

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I got a call about a stolen bicycle. A college-aged female rode her bike to a local drug store and went inside. She didn’t lock up the bike. When she came out a couple minutes later, the bike was gone.   Fortunately, several witnesses saw the theft and

Traveling to Mexico During a Global Pandemic

I’d been twitching for awhile.   I hadn’t been out of the country since February.   In a normal year, I travel outside the USA at least four times for a total of about six weeks.  This is the first year since 2006 that I haven’t already taken at least three international trips

The Firearms Manifesto Part One: Your First Gun

Written by Greg Ellifritz   It’s like clockwork.  At least once a week, I open my email and see some version of the following question:   “I’m worried about (your choice: crime, the declining economy, right wing politicians, mutant zombies, societal collapse, left wing politicians, etc) and want to buy a gun.  I

Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 21, 2020

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Top 5 Low Round Count Drills Ammunition is expensive right now.  Here are a few valuable low round count shooting drills to keep your skill levels up.  Do you have

Civilian Carry Radio Appearance | Active Response Training

Last night I joined Chuck Haggard, Wayne Dobbs, and Darryl Bolke for a roundtable discussion of police training issues on Civilian Carry Radio.   I haven’t done a podcast or radio interview for a few years.  I honestly don’t enjoy them all that much and have been turning down any podcast

Free Books- Part 210 | 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