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Review of my “Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting” Class

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Tim from Gun Nuts Media did a very comprehensive review of the material in my recent “Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting” class held in Culpeper, Virginia.  He took the class on his own dime and wrote a very complimentary AAR.  You can check it out at the link below:   Close […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 24, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Competition, Practice, Training, and Testing The Tactical Professor’s thoughts on competition shooting: “One of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard is “I never saw a timer in a gunfight.” It was […]

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New Course Review Posted

Written by Greg Ellifritz     David over at the Musings Over a Pint Blog took my Tactical First Aid and System Collapse medicine class last weekend down in Virginia.  He wrote an excellent course description and review.  If any of you are wondering exactly what I cover in the class, check out his article.  […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Dealing with Molotov Cocktails and Fire Bombs

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I posted this video on my Facebook page the other day and asked my friends to comment. If you haven’t seen the video, it is footage of an attack on innocent motorists in Palestine. A massive (more than 40 people by my count) group of masked and hooded attackers began […]

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Insults and Challenges- 5 Tips for Effective Verbalization During a Violent Encounter

 Written by: Greg Ellifritz     The news story below isn’t all that remarkable. It describes something that happens every day with unfortunate regularity. An armed robber shoots one of his victims.   Dollar General employee shot during robbery   There is, however, a worthwhile learning point in the article. The robber walked into a […]

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Tourniquet Mythology

This is a guest post written by my friend Jonathan Willis in response to some comments made about a previous tourniquet article I published.  Jonathan is a veteran Paramedic, Instructor, and Fire Lieutenant who has actually used the tourniquets he references in the field.     It seems impossible to go online today and not […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 17, 2014

A list of some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Gresham man robbed of pistol at gunpoint while exercising ‘open carry’ right A man robbed of his “open carry” piece. That’s what happens when you think of a gun like a […]

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Free Books- Part 67

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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Shooting Drill- The Humbler

Written by Greg Ellifritz   This shooting drill is one of the hardest I’ve ever attempted.   I got it from Kyle Defoor’s page.  It is a 70 shot drill with 700 possible aggregate points.  Allegedly, no one has ever shot a perfect score.  I certainly haven’t ever even come close.  I’m happy if I […]

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Refund Fraud- Bringing Criminals into the Stores Where You Shop

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I work as a police officer in a very wealthy suburban community. It’s a nice place to be a cop because there are relatively few violent crimes. What we see most often is theft. Thieves like to steal from people who have money and who feel secure enough to leave […]

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My Foray into Revolver Gunsmithing

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I was fortunate to spend 13 years as the primary armorer for my police agency. It was my responsibility to fix, upgrade, and maintain several hundred weapons owned by both the police department and the individual officers. The department sent me to every armorers school imaginable. I can fix just […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 10, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   The Bell-Curve: Shooting Practice by the Odds A must-read article about how to structure your training session to prioritize the […]

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Ron Borsch’s “Duck-A-Rope” Flow Drill

  This is a guest post from my friend and noted police trainer Ron Borsch.  Ron explains a basic flow drill he developed that is useful for both cops and martial artists.       “DUCK-A-ROPE” Flow Drill© Copyright 2014 Ron Borsch   CREDITS AND HISTORY   Over a decade and a half ago, while […]

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“Digital Danger”

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Having built my own website and managed it for almost three years, I generally consider myself relatively computer-savvy. Even though I know how to run the back end of a website, I’m not really up on all of the issues around online crime and the dangers associated with using social […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario: Telephone Scams

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Let me tell you about a call I went on at work last week.  The victim was successfully scammed out of $1500 in a half-hour time period.  Would you fall victim to a similar scam?   Imagine getting a phone call in the early afternoon.  The voice on the other […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 3, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Lightning Review: Rogers’ Tap Rack Training Aid This might be a useful piece of gear to pick up if you […]

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Free Books- Part 66

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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Observations from Last Weekend’s Extreme Close Quarters Shooting Class

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last weekend I was hosted by Ohio Shooting Sports to teach my one-day Extreme Close Quarters Shooting class.  I had a great class filled with 17 very motivated students and everyone seemed to learn quite a bit.   Here are a couple of significant learning points I can share from […]

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“Aim Small, Hit Small” Shooting Drill

      Reader “Franky2Shoes” sent in this description of a shooting drill he developed for an instructor class at the Sig Academy.  I ran it last week and found it quite beneficial.  Here is “Franky’s” description of how to shoot it:     This drill uses the “Press Six” target from pistol-training.com.  It is […]

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10 Lessons Learned from the new FBI Study on Active Shooters

Written by Greg Ellifritz Last week, the FBI released its most recent research report on active shooters in the United States.  The 47-page report is quite informative and worth the time to read.   The study looks at a very small and well defined subset of mass shootings.  According to the publication: “This is not […]

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