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Assumptions and Biases in Training

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   A friend of mine recently pointed me towards Rory Miller’s blog post about assumptions and biases in training.  I’ve read most of Rory’s material and really like it.  Before reading any more of this article, please check out the link below:   Assumptions and Biases   My friend challenged me […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 27, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Reaper Tips: The Hathcock Shooting Position A shooting position which has undeniable utility in some situations, yet most folks have never used it.  I find that it works pretty well.  If you […]

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New Medical Class Added in Clarksville, Ohio

  G4 Personal Safety is hosting me for a medical class in South Central Ohio on Saturday May, 23rd.  The class is a bargain at only $150 and is limited to 18 students.  As of today, we only six seats remaining.  Sign up quickly if you want in on this one!   Course Description Below: […]

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“Optimal Snubby Skills” Class Review

Written by Greg Ellifritz Last weekend I had the honor of attending famed instructor Ed Lovette’s final class before retirement.  Ed was a police officer in the 1970s eventually working his way into a position teaching firearms and officer survival tactics at his state police academy.  From that position, he was recruited by the CIA […]

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Revolvers in a Grid-Down Collapse Scenario

Written by:  Greg Ellifritz     Considering that I just got back from a snubnose revolver training class last weekend (review coming later this week), I have revolvers on the brain.  It  seems that the proficient use of a revolver has become a dying art in this age of self-loading pistols.  I think that is […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 20, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   The Perils of Concealed Carry: Remember There’s no Prize for the Fastest Reholster   This is the single most common problem I see with relatively untrained shooters.  They are WAY too casual about […]

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Free Books- Part 77

*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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Happy Blog-iversary!

  Today I am celebrating three full years of blogging about self defense, firearms, and personal safety topics.  I started this website on March 18, 2012 and have posted more than 700 total articles since then.   Over the course of the last three years, the website has seen nearly six million total page views […]

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Shooting Drill: The Cloverleaf

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I first shot this drill in a speed shooting class I took with Rob Leatham.  Rob thought it was a fun drill and a very good test of trigger control.  I agree.  It’s one of my favorite drills to shoot, being both fun and frustrating at the same time.  Master […]

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Involuntary Hand Clenches Leading to Accidental Discharge

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I’ve seen several stories in the news recently about cops and armed citizens accidentally shooting themselves.  One recent story discussed how a police officer shot himself after slipping on the ice while serving a warrant.  That type of accidental shooting is far more common than you might think.  It’s critical […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 13, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Finding a Handgun Grip that Fits An excellent tutorial on how to properly grip a handgun and what features you should be looking at when purchasing a defensive sidearm.     […]

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Some Recent Press

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Of late, I’ve managed to find myself mentioned in several media outlets.  In a shameless act of self promotion, I’ll share them here in the hopes that you will find some of the content useful.   Close Range Threat – Greg Ellifritz @ Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2015   Dr. Z […]

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Studying the Historic Gunfighters

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   The nature of gunfighting hasn’t changed much since the advent of cartridge firing pistols.  Gunfights today tend to share the same characteristics as gunfights nearly 150 years ago….close ranges, surprise, darkness, moving shooters, and a relatively limited number of shots fired.     The one big difference between today and […]

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Born to Intervene?

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Read the story and take a look at the video below.  A convenience store customer named CJ Stout was chatting with a store clerk when a robber entered the store.  The robber pointed a gun at both the clerk and Mr. Stout before demanding money from the cash register and […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 6, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   C&R Trigger Pull Test Trigger pull weight comparison on a whole bunch of older rifles.     Day Tripping: Benefits Seen in Psychedelics An interesting article from a mainstream source (Newsweek) about the […]

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Free Books- Part 76

*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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“Five-Second Standard” Shooting Drill

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Legendary special operations trainer Pat McNamara developed this drill and wrote about it in a recent Gunfighter Moment on Soldier Systems’ website.  He calls it his “Five Second Standards.”  The drills are shot on an IPSC target and only the “A-Zone” is used.  Click here for printable A-Zone Targets to […]

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Light Discipline

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Most people don’t practice integrating flashlight tactics into their self defense training nearly enough.  It’s important to be able to use a flashlight correctly if you want to win a fight that occurs in the dark.  Improper flashlight use will get you shot very quickly.   For both armed citizens […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 27, 2015

Links to some of the best information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Five rules for quick shots on target with a handgun If you aren’t shooting using these five rules, you probably could be getting better results.     Polite Society Tactical Conference 2015 A […]

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The 2015 Rangemaster Tactical Conference

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Last weekend I attended my third Rangemaster Tactical Conference.  I was very impressed.  It was a three-day conference and pistol match located at a police training facility in Memphis, Tennessee.  Host Tom Givens from Rangemaster arranged a top tier event that attracted 36 high quality trainers and nearly 200 […]

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