Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 26, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   How to improve your situational awareness with natural threat detection mechanisms A situational awareness primer.  For more information, check out PREPARATION: THE BEST COMPLEMENT TO SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.     Robbers Lose To Officer With

Free Books- Part 222 | 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

Legendary Lawman- The Story of Quick Draw Jelly Bryce

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Delf “Jelly” Bryce was an old time gunfighter who started his career as a lawman in the 1920’s.  He served as a Oklahoma State Game Agent, Oklahoma City Police Officer, and later an FBI agent in the agency’s heyday fighting gangsters and alcohol smugglers. He received

How Should I Flee from an Attacker?

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Many people consider flight to be a prime option for dealing with criminal violence.  In some cases, it’s a good plan.  In other cases, not so much.   Before relying solely on your sprinting skills to keep you safe, honestly assess your abilities.  When is the last time

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 19, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.  On conquering COVID, the invisible suspect Did you know that 196 police officers died from Covid-19 in 2020?  That was four times greater than the number killed by firearms.     What Shot Feedback

“Tragically Misguided” School Shooter Drills

Written by: Greg Ellifritz As the nation continues to cry out for police reform and the creation of a kinder/gentler law enforcement presence, school safety drills are being increasingly criticized and abandoned.  After Columbine and several other high visibility school shootings, the public clamored for more cops in schools.  They

Squib Loads | Active Response Training

Because I see occasional squib loads when shooting .38 special ammo, I start every snub revolver class by allowing the students to fire a primed case to feel the difference between a squib and a full power round. It’s an idea I stole from Micheal de Bethencourt.   I got this

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 12, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.A look at “quiet eye” research and how it relates to winning gunfights.  The best case scenario is that sighted fire becomes such an “overlearned” skill that you can trust

Upcoming 2021 Open Enrollment Classes

Covid-19 combined with ammunition scarcity continue to make scheduling classes for 2021 quite difficult.  With that said, I have quite a few classes open for those of you itching to train again.   I’m doing more medical, shotgun, and knife classes in 2021.  Shotgun ammunition has been the easiest to find

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Bank Robbery Gone Wrong.

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Watch the video of this takeover-style robbery of a bank in Brazil.  It’s odd enough that it merits some discussion because the same type of events can also occur here.   Take a look at the surveillance video below before I detail some discussion points.   The video, along

Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 5, 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: Part 2 Another excellent article from Lucky Gunner.     The Sound of Silence – An Overview of Firearm Sound Suppressors Suppressor basics.     By the Numbers: Gun Ownership Through the Years Very interesting

Free Books- Part 221 | 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

Features to Avoid When Buying an IWB Holster

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   New Fobus IWB holster. Photo from The Firearms Blog –   While perusing the internet looking for new guns and gear to write about, I came across the  Fobus inside the waistband (IWB) holster. I have to admit that I’ve never been a Fobus fan. In fact, I

Avoiding Surprise Attacks | Active Response Training

This post is a guest article written by my friend Ron Borsch.  Ron is a Viet Nam veteran, (1965-66 U.S. Army paratrooper 101st Airborne) and is retired from two careers, 30 years as a police officer including SWAT and 17 years as a police trainer. Supported by seven SEALE

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 29, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   5 Best Rimfire Loads for Self-Defense These are the .22 loads I carry in my defensive rimfire handguns.     Best Showers Guns to Protect Your Bathroom I’m about as paranoid as anyone can imagine,

Carrying and Using the LDK Knife

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Many of you are aware that I designed the Ka-Bar TDI Last Ditch Knife.  I recently received a question from a reader about some design features:   “Greg: I noticed you mentioned you designed the Last Ditch blade for Kabar. I would be interested in an article about

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 22, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   WHAT IF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS ATTACKED BY AN ANGRY MOB? This is a prescient article for those who are paying attention.  I predict that some of our countrymen will need to

Free Books- Part 220 | 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

Ohio’s Changing Knife Laws | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Ohio has some of the most vague and confusing knife laws in the country.  When I teach a knife class, I generally have to take more than 30 minutes to explain the intricacies of the legal requirements in the state.  Despite all that explanation, I still

Assessing Neighborhood Safety- Gang Graffiti

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   In my book Choose Adventure- Safe Travel in Dangerous Places I have a section of advice discussing how to assess whether an area is “safe” or not in a foreign country.  I wrote:   “Given the massive differences in culture, customs, and income, how can you tell if

Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 15, 2021

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   A Guide for Parents: Understanding Youth Mental Health and Preventing Unauthorized Access to Firearms This looks like an excellent resource for gun-owning parents.     Road Rage Statistics An in-depth analysis of the issues involved

Rangemaster Baseline Assessment Drill | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I got this one from the Rangemaster Instructor Course I attended last year.  It is also described as the “drill of the month” in Rangemaster’s December 2020 Newsletter (opens to PDF).   Here are the specifics:   Rangemaster Baseline Skills Assessment Drill   Use a B-8 repair center, FBI-IP-1 bullseye, or the

Back From Brazil | Active Response Training

A week ago I arrived home from an eight-day trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   As I’ve written extensively about Brazil in past articles, I’m not going to cover the normal tourist stuff.  Instead, I’m going to discuss travel during a worldwide pandemic and the different perspectives other populations