Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 11, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Are your schools ready for an active shooter?Some tips for determining if your child’s school is prepared for an active killer attack.  Drop It!This is a skill that you should be

Recent Active Killer Trends | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz A short post today containing my observations about two recent active killer attacks. The first was an attack on a police station in Vermont.  In that case, a man (who had likely just murdered someone) drove up to the front door of a local police station at

Institutional Memory | Active Response Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I read Chris Cerino’s recent article titled A Short History Of Pistol Shooting Techniques.  It was a great article and identified many problems with which the firearms training community continually struggles.  Tom Givens and I were just having this  discussion last week . We both lamented the

Active Killer Response Options for Armed Citizens

Written by: Greg EllifritzI’ve been thinking a lot lately about active killer events.  I’m convinced that it is getting incrementally more and more dangerous to intervene in such an attack.  A study came out last week stating that 8% of Americans have a CCW permit/license.  Unlicensed concealed carry is

Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 4, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Revisiting The 21-Foot RuleThe “21-foot rule” has been widely misunderstood and misapplied in the years since it was first published.  Here is a good discussion of the evolution of this

Free Books-Part 189 | 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

Free Books-Part 189 | 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

Knife Attacks: Dealing with the Charging Attacker

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week, I saw several body cam videos of police officers being attacked by charging, knife armed attackers.  That’s a difficult scenario to handle and a lot of cops give in to their natural reaction to back up and create distance.  The problem is that the

Knife Attacks: Dealing with the Charging Attacker

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week, I saw several body cam videos of police officers being attacked by charging, knife armed attackers.  That’s a difficult scenario to handle and a lot of cops give in to their natural reaction to back up and create distance.  The problem is that the

Should I Leave the Scene of a Defensive Shooting?

Written by: Greg EllifritzLast week, I received the following question from one of my readers: “I have discussed ‘what to do’ after a successful ‘stop the threat’ shoot. Some have said that they would leave the scene rather than be subjected to the legal hassle, or additional danger, (depending on

Should I Leave the Scene of a Defensive Shooting?

Written by: Greg EllifritzLast week, I received the following question from one of my readers: “I have discussed ‘what to do’ after a successful ‘stop the threat’ shoot. Some have said that they would leave the scene rather than be subjected to the legal hassle, or additional danger, (depending on

Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 27, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1A very useful two part series on church security.  Read Part Two Here.  Spare Gun Parts: Why You Need Them NowI personally believe that one’s firearms

Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 27, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1A very useful two part series on church security.  Read Part Two Here.  Spare Gun Parts: Why You Need Them NowI personally believe that one’s firearms

Tactical Training Scenario- Vehicle Ramming

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Imagine being in a shopping center parking lot.  You see an enraged man getting into what appears to be his own pickup truck.  The angry man starts up the truck and begins crashing into other cars, pushing them into a concrete pillar.  What would you do? A

Tactical Training Scenario- Vehicle Ramming

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Imagine being in a shopping center parking lot.  You see an enraged man getting into what appears to be his own pickup truck.  The angry man starts up the truck and begins crashing into other cars, pushing them into a concrete pillar.  What would you do? A

Tactical Training Scenario- Vehicle Ramming

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Imagine being in a shopping center parking lot.  You see an enraged man getting into what appears to be his own pickup truck.  The angry man starts up the truck and begins crashing into other cars, pushing them into a concrete pillar.  What would you do? A

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 10, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Criminals Often Carry Ineffectual Guns that are Broken, Unloaded, or ToysAn article about the types of guns carried by criminals, including a link and discussion of my research on the

The Best Tourniquets- A Research Review

Written by: Greg Ellifritz With the growing number of commercially made tourniquets, an increase in availability of medical courses focusing on gunshot wounds, a greater chance of getting caught up in an active killer event, and the classes like Stop the Bleed being offered everywhere, the issue of tourniquets is

Best Red Dot for a Pistol Caliber Carbine

The pistol caliber carbine (PCC) has been the new hotness in recent years.  Small carbines with folding or collapsing pistol “braces” allow rifles to essentially be labeled as “pistols” under a loophole in Federal law.  These short barreled “pistols” look very similar to the short barreled sub-machine guns chambered

Lock Your Damn Doors- 2019 Edition

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Five years ago, I wrote an article titled Lock Your Damn Doors.  In that article I looked at a month’s worth of burglary and theft reports from the city where I worked and tracked how many theft victims had left their houses or cars unlocked before

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 3, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated GuideAn informative infographic about escaping zip tie restraints.  This is useful, but the best advice I can provide is to AVOID BEING

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 3, 2019

Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated GuideAn informative infographic about escaping zip tie restraints.  This is useful, but the best advice I can provide is to AVOID BEING

Free Books- Part 178 | 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

Free Books- Part 178 | 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

Compliance Doesn’t Always Ensure Your Safety

Written by: Greg Ellifritz  Many of my students tell me that, should they ever be robbed, they plan on complying with the robbers’ demands.  While I can’t presume to tell anyone the individual best course of action during a dangerous situation, I can provide some general statistics about past events. Statistically,