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Should I Pull the Fire Alarm During a Mass Shooting?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     As more details about the Louisiana movie theater mass shooting emerge, we learn that one of the shooting victims pulled the fire alarm to facilitate evacuation as the shooter was targeting victims.  For more information about the incident, check out the link below: Hero Lafayette shooting survivor tearfully describes […]

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Back from the Peruvian Amazon Jungle

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     If you noticed the lighter posting schedule during the past couple weeks, it’s because I’ve been traveling.  I went down to Peru for two weeks.  I had visited Peru about 10 years ago and have already done all of the normal tourist activities like hiking the Inca trail, visiting […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 31, 2015

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.     11 Things I Learned From Working In Social Media Alternate title: “Why stupid people drive me insane.”     Former Cop Shares Lessons on Deadly Force I like it when I see cops […]

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Free Books- Part 86

For those of you reading this in my email update, click the “Free Books” link above to see all the selections.  Your email browser may not allow the content to be delivered as seen on the web page.*     Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can […]

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Shooting Drill- Viking Tactics Rifle/Handgun Transition Drill

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Viking Tactics owner Kyle Lamb has a very fast paced rifle/handgun transition drill you should be trying if you have a range that allows for forward movement towards the target.  The drill covers strong and weak shoulder rifle shooting, sling transitions, and pistol transitions in a very short time frame.   You’ll […]

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Surviving a Movie Theater Shooting

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last Thursday evening a man began firing rounds in a Louisiana movie theater.  He fired 20 rounds from a .40 Hi-Point pistol, hitting 11 people before killing himself when police arrived.  Have you ever thought about what you might do if you were engaged by an active killer while watching […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 24, 2015

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Open carry – really, for jackasses. Ralph says it best “No one likes a jackass.”  Save the open carry for in the field while hunting or hiking or at organized political demonstrations.  If you […]

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Recognizing the Sound of Gunfire

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   With all the recent active shooter/active killer events happening worldwide, I’m continuing to see reports of the exact same phenomenon….people don’t recognize the sounds of gunfire when they are being shot at.   In almost every mass shooting, victims report that they heard a loud noise, but thought it was some […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Where do you Draw the Line?

Written by : Greg Ellifritz   You are walking down the street on a Saturday morning when a car pulls up to the curb.  The driver jumps out, pointing a gun at you.  He demands your wallet.  You comply and give it to him.  After taking your money, he demands your pants as well.  What […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 17, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Closing with the enemy The Tactical Professor brings up some good points about resisting the urge to unnecessarily close distance with your adversary.  I too have seen this both in scenario training […]

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Lessons Learned from a Home Invasion Attempt

 Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I’m reposting this article after several recent questions about home invasions.  Enjoy! -Greg   I was working day shift police patrol when a call went out at about 9:00 a.m.  I was dispatched to a very large house in a nice neighborhood. The dispatcher said that the resident had called […]

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The Distance Bias

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Think about your last firearms training session.  From which distance did you spend the majority of your time shooting?   Next question…   When you visualize possible scenarios when you might have to defend yourself with a firearm, how far do you imagine the criminal shooting at you will […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 10, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Why you should ALWAYS carry your gun What you can learn from the gunfights that 65 of Tom Givens’ students have been involved in.     The Magical Content Tree Dmiti Orlov […]

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Free Books- Part 85

For those of you reading this in my email update, click the “Free Books” link above to see all the selections.  Your email browser may not allow the content to be delivered as seen on the web page.*     Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  On average, you can […]

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The Cat is Out of the Bag

This is a guest article from Dr. Lauren Pugliese, a veterinary surgeon.  Readers contacted Lauren after her previous articles and requested a similar article about treating injuries in cats.  I cover lots of trauma medical techniques (for people) on the blog.  Here is something some knowledge about our furry friends.  If you are interested in […]

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Don’t Depend on the Police to Save You

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Read this article.   In last week’s Tunisian attack, the first cop who arrived refused to go after the killer because he (the cop) wasn’t wearing body armor (which likely wouldn’t have stopped an AK round anyway). A man who worked at the hotel beach activities stand took the cop’s gun and […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 3, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Beach massacre gunman went back to kill 17 MORE victims The most detailed account I’ve found about the Tunisian active killer who shot tourists on the beach last week.  He was armed […]

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Some Thoughts on the Greek Economic Collapse

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I’ve been watching with interest all the news reports of the ongoing financial collapse in Greece and can’t help but wonder when it will happen here in the USA.  Most of you reading this article will be thinking something along the lines of “It can’t happen here.”  I’ll remind you […]

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Active Killer Activity- Good News and Bad News

    This is a guest post from my friend Ron Borsch.  Ron has compiled one of the most inclusive active killer incident databases in the world.  His perspective on the issue is an important one. -Greg       ACTIVE KILLER ACTIVITY: GOOD AND BAD NEWS© Copyright 2015 Ron Borsch   We recently took […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Shaking Hands

Written by: Greg Ellifritz You are out shopping one night in an area with lots of pedestrian traffic, bars, restaurants, and stores. A drunken man approaches you and engages you in an argument, walking away after taking a swing at you (that didn’t connect).  The drunk reappears about 15 minutes later. He apologizes for his […]

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