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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 26, 2016

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Basic Tactics: 360 Degree Security and Formations A few formation options for moving with multiple people.  Each formation has certain advantages and drawbacks.  It’s up to you to practice so that you can understand […]

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Free Books- Part 112

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*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.  If that doesn’t work, your ad blocker may be preventing “live links.”  You would have to adjust […]

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Sentinel Concepts Essential Carbine Employment Class

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What's New

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     A couple weeks ago I attended Sentinel Concepts “Essential Carbine Employment” course.  It was hosted by my friend Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives near Dayton, OH.  Steve Fisher is the owner of Sentinel Concepts and was the instructor for the course.  I had not previously taken any classes from […]

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Drama, Lies, and Social Media

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Articles

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week the police in Rio de Janeiro Brazil determined that three athletes from the US Olympic team falsified information when making a police report about a supposed “robbery.”  It turns out that the athletes weren’t robbed.  They got drunk, damaged a gas station restroom and were detained by a […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 19, 2016

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Practicing Awareness – Part III Claude provides some good techniques for building your awareness.     The Role of the Victorinox Bird’s Beak Fruit Paring Knife as a Self Defense Tool I like weapons that […]

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Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage

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Book Reviews

  I recently read a book about active killers that many of you will enjoy.  Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage by Chris Byrd was just released and is one of the better books available on the topic.   Unlike many books, Chris looks at the problem through the eyes of both police officers and everyday […]

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Deconstructing Some Recent Terrorist Bombings

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Articles

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week I read a couple of insightful news articles about recent terrorist bombings and active killer plots.  They are worthy of study.  Having the terrorists’ “playbook” before they bring the game here is a valuable asset.   The first article describes a series of bombings in Thailand.  What is […]

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Upcoming Knife Class

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  Basic Knife Skills for Concealed Carry Greg Ellifritz from Active Response Training will be teaching a basic knife class in Clarksville, OH (1 hour south of Columbus, 45 minutes from both Cincinnati and Dayton) on September 10 from 9am to 5pm. The Basic Knife Skills for Concealed Carry class will be an introductory course […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 12, 2016

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   What Should You Do If Protestors Surround Your Car? Great advice from Dave Young about what to do if “protestors” attack your car.  I also like pepper spray grenades for this purpose if things […]

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Free Books- Part 111

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*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.  If that doesn’t work, your ad blocker may be preventing “live links.”  You would have to adjust […]

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The Turret Drill

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Shooting Drills

Over the past few years, I’ve posted a few articles from Henry, “The Old Man from Tennessee.”  Henry is 91 years old and lives by himself up on a mountain in rural Tennessee.  Henry has been a lifelong shooter and has a unique perspective on the defensive use of a firearm.  Henry sent me his […]

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Tactical Training Scenario- The Birthday Party Shooting

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Tactical Training Scenarios

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Read about this attack on a large outdoor birthday party.  Could that happen to you?   Imagine that you are enjoying an outdoor birthday party in a friend’s back yard when a man gets out of a car wearing a ski mask and carrying an AK-47. He shoots 30 bullets […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 5, 2016

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Pistol in British Military Service during the Great War Very cool 38 page PDF document covering WWI British pistol use and training.  The training and standards advocated here are more advanced than what […]

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“Survivalist Lite”…Survival Book Recommendations for Reluctant Spouses and Families

Written by Greg Ellifritz   My obsession started early.  As a teenager in the 1980’s I would annoy my school teachers by using class time to catch up on my fictional reading.  The late Jerry Ahern’s “Survivalist” series was always a favorite.  Ahern wrote entertaining stories about living in the USA  following a nuclear bombing […]

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My Favorite Inside-the-Waistband Holsters

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Reader Questions

Written by Greg Ellifritz   The single most common question I receive from my readers is about holsters.  It seems that everyone wants to know what holsters I wear and which holsters I consider “best.”   Most folks who have been carrying for awhile will gravitate towards the inside-the- waistband (IWB) holster for optimal comfort […]

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Scenario Training Ideas from “The Upside of Irrationality”

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Articles, Book Reviews, Teaching Tips

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I recently finished reading Dan Ariely’s book The Upside of Irrationality.  It’s a book about making rational and irrational decisions.  Books like these are a goldmine of information for firearms and combatives trainers.  We regularly see people making irrational decisions in the context of self defense.  It’s nice to figure […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 29, 2016

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Carrying a Pocket Pistol Richard Nance shares some high quality information about carrying a pocket pistol.  If you like the article, check out Richard’s book as well.     Criminals Think Differently – Understand […]

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Free Books- Part 110

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*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.  If that doesn’t work, your ad blocker may be preventing “live links.”  You would have to adjust […]

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Shooting Drill- RE Factor Tactical Shooter Standard

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Shooting Drills

Written by Greg Ellifritz I use the target pictured above (RE Factor Essentials) in a lot of my personal training and in the lower level handgun classes I teach.  The company that makes the target also has a range drill particularly designed around it.  They call the drill the RE Factor Tactical Shooter Standard.  It […]

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More Thoughts on S&W Airlite .22 Revolvers

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News and Tactical Advice

  This article is a guest contribution from Henry “The Old Man from Tennessee.”  Henry has written several articles for my site in the past.  He is 91 years old and lives by himself up on a mountain in rural Tennessee.  Like many of you, Henry has been shooting all his life.  Also like many […]

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