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Weekend Knowledge Dump- December 19, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Gear Review: 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout For those of you looking for a compensator for your AR-15, this is a comprehensive evaluation of the options on the market. They looked at which one […]

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Free Books- Part 71

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 your personal computer.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader for your […]

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The Nigerian Mosque Bombing

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Did you hear about the Nigerian Mosque bombing/shooting on November 28th?  If not, you’ll want to pay attention.  It was one of the most deadly terrorist attacks this year; 120 died and 270 more people were injured.   Read about it HERE.     The tactics in the attack were simple […]

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Everyday Carry Survival Kit

I spend a lot of time traveling to dangerous third world countries.  Most of the places I go are actually fairly safe overall, but there are always dangers when you travel overseas.  I worry a little more about being stranded in the wilderness…either the jungles I’m hiking through or the concrete jungles of the cities […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- December 12, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Kahr CW9 200 Yard Shot I find that the technique of “shooting out of the notch” to be much more reliable than merely “aiming high” for long distance handgun shooting.  As you […]

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New Knife Class in South Bend, Indiana

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I will be coming to visit all of you Hoosier-State residents in early March.  I will be conducting a one-day defensive knife course on Sunday, March 8 in South Bend, Indiana.  The class is hosted by Defensive Solutions LLC and is bargain priced at $150.  If you want to learn […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…A Fast and Deadly Robbery

  This video was originally posted by Fernando at The Modern Survivalist.  It’s a great website that I recommend.  Fernando is from Argentina and talks about living through the economic collapse that occurred in that country 10 years ago.  He has a lot of very good survival information.   He posted the video below, which […]

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The “Black Friday” Active Shooter in Austin

Written by: Greg Ellifritz On the day after Thanksgiving, a man used a rifle and improvised explosives to attack four buildings in downtown Austin, Texas. Amazingly, despite firing approximately 200 rounds in about 10 minutes, he didn’t kill or injure anyone. Because no one was injured (it was 2:30 am), the crime received very little […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- December 5, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   What is the value of training? Have you ever asked yourself the question “Why do you train?”  The Tactical Professor explores the issue here: “The value of training is to make you think and […]

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The 2013 LEOKA Report- Studying the Cop Killers

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     The FBI recently released its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.  According to the FBI webpage:     “The FBI publishes Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted each year to provide information about officers who were killed, feloniously or accidentally, and those officers who were assaulted while […]

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Ammunition Choices for 9mm Revolvers

Written by- Greg Ellifritz   With Ruger’s recent introduction of a 9mm version of their LCR revolver, many people will undoubtedly be looking for the “best” ammunition choices to feed it.  With the right loads, the 9mm (even out of a short barreled revolver) should offer significantly better performance than most of the .38 special […]

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Surviving Mob Attacks on Your Vehicle

Written by- Greg Ellifritz Watching some of the “protests” last week in Ferguson, Missouri got me thinking about individual tactics for escaping riots and demonstrations.     One scenario I saw playing out over and over again was when a mass of protesters blocked a road or highway. Those “protesters” would occasionally attack people in […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 28, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     There Is Nothing to Say About Ferguson A lot of folks have contacted me asking for my opinions on the mess that is going on in Ferguson, Missouri.  I agree with Aaron’s […]

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Free Books- Part 70

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 your personal computer.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle reader for your […]

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Fighting Against the Odds

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Read the story below:   In Kenya, Al-Shabab gunmen slay 28 bus passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed   A band of 20 Islamist terrorists armed with automatic weapons tried to stop a bus filled with local citizens in Kenya. The driver heroically kept driving. The terrorists raked the […]

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Mob Mentality…Escaping from Riots and Flash Mobs

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Re-posting this one in the hopes that it may provide some options for those of you caught up in the Ferguson Missouri-related violence.     I’ve read some articles by various “tactical gurus” advising that if people get caught up in a riot or confronted by looters, they should start cutting throats and shooting everyone […]

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The Florida State University Shooting

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Early last Thursday morning (November 20), a mentally ill man entered the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus and began shooting.  It was 12:30 am and approximately 100 students were studying in the library at the time.  The mentally ill man had complained to friends about government conspiracies […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 21, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Ferguson National Response Network The grand jury decision from the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting is due out any time…most likely next week.  This is a comprehensive listing of the planned protests in the […]

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5 Tips for Making Ebay/Craigslist Transactions Safer

Written by Greg Ellifritz   A friend sent me the following question last week:   “Greg, I have been shopping on eBay and Craigslist lately and it brought some concerns to mind.  I was wondering if you have any safety advice regarding buying items on eBay/Craigslist.  My two main issues are: 1)      Personal safety when […]

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Timing…a Missing Component in Training

Written by Greg Ellifritz   One of the hardest things I do as a firearms and self defense trainer is convincing people that their lives are worth defending.  Many students come to my classes with an attitude that displays an extreme lack of self worth.  It’s hard for me to comprehend, but many people do […]

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