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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 1, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   This is Why You MUST Have Retention on an Open Carry Firearm I posted an article about this incident when it happened, but there are plenty of people who didn’t get the message.  Watch […]

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Free Books- Part 108

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Think Before You Act- The Traffic Stop Edition

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News and Tactical Advice

Written By: Greg Ellifritz   This story was relayed to me by a friend and fellow police officer (who will remain anonymous).  He told me about a traffic stop he recently conducted where the driver’s actions almost led to fatal consequences.  He wanted armed citizens everywhere to know about what happened and learn from the […]

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When the Criminal is Armed with Pepper Spray

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It finally happened.  After nearly 21 years of police work, a couple weeks ago I was threatened by a person wielding pepper spray.  I’ve sprayed lots of criminals over the years and been sprayed by some errant shots from other cops on the street, but that was the first time […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 24, 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.   Officer’s Firearm Repeatedly Malfunctions on Camera In all my shooting classes I stress the need for malfunction drills. Your “100% reliable” pistol will not be 100% reliable in a gunfight. Improper grip (caused by […]

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Some Recent Press

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I wanted to let you all know about a couple of websites that have recently mentioned Active Response Training.  The first is the Wasted Ammo Podcast.  These guys put out a humorous podcast about guns and self defense.  In a recent edition, they took some advice from this blog and […]

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Bridging the Gap

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week, I grew tired of all the political rhetoric being tossed about on my Facebook page.  I wrote the status update listed below.  Many people wrote and asked me to share those words on my website so the people without Facebook accounts can read it.  This is what I […]

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Lessons Learned from the Orlando Shooting Police Response

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week I wrote a post about the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando Florida.  In it, I outlined the story and provided some guidance that would help the average citizen survive a similar homicidal killing spree.  Go back and read it before you move on to the second part below. […]

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Knowledge Dump- Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting Special Edition

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Weekend Knowledge Dump

After the Pulse Nightclub shooting last Sunday, lots of folks all over the internet had all kind of important things to say.  I attempted to add the links into my Weekend Knowledge Dump, but yesterday’s edition got overly ponderous.  I pulled out all the stuff about the shooting and active killers in general and put […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 17, 2016

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Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Baggage Claim Ed talks about some of the dangers present in the baggage claim area of a third world airport.  He’s right.  Lots of shady characters hang out there.  Be careful.  Two more tips: […]

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The Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Early Sunday morning  on June 12, a murderer (who won’t be named here) pledging fealty to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, entered an Orlando gay nightclub and shot more than 100 people.  Preliminary accounts indicate that 49 innocent victims were killed and an additional 54 victims were hospitalized with injuries.  […]

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Waiting will get you killed

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Today’s article is a guest contribution from my friend Ed Monk.  Ed is a police officer, retired Army officer, and owner of the Last Resort Firearms training company.  In this article, Ed shares some valuable active killer research.  I will be posting my thoughts on the Orlando massacre tomorrow. -Greg       By Ed […]

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Are Cops Good Shooters?

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week an article on the Bearing Arms website caused a bit of controversy.  Check out HARSH REALITY: Police Are Not Highly Trained Firearms Experts.    The article essentially describes how most police officers simply aren’t very good shooters or tacticians.  A lot of folks who have never been shooting with […]

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Field Medicine for Terrorist Attacks

Editor’s note: Lots of folks are asking about tactical first aid classes after yesterday’s active killer attack in Florida.  Medical professionals on scene reported that their initial response included 40 paramedics and even with that, they were overwhelmed.  People were not getting the care they needed. You may not be in a position to kill […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 10. 2016

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Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   How To Survive A Riot When All Hell Breaks Loose A very long article with lots of good tips for surviving crowd violence.  Along the same lines, you may also want to check out […]

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Free Books- Part 107

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Attacked on a Bicycle

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It’s spring and people are venturing outside on their bicycles.  That also means that criminals and thugs look to victimize these bicyclists.  Every spring we see an increase in attacks and robberies of victims on bikes.  For an example, check out what happened last week at the link below:   […]

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Weapon Handling in an Active Killer Event

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Written by Greg Ellifritz   Last weekend I taught an Active Shooter/ Active Killer response class at The Tactical Defense Institute in southern Ohio.  Myself and several other instructors presented three days of material for 27 eager students.   One of the key learning points we discussed all weekend was how to avoid being mistaken […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 3, 2016

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Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Check Your Six: Looking AND Seeing Some thoughts on an after-action scan.  I actually favor the technique taught by Craig Douglas.  Instead of merely looking by turning the head or turning your back on your […]

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Calling the Shots

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Book Reviews

I recently read Jenna Meek’s new book Calling the Shots-Self Protection and Firearm Choices That Work For You and really enjoyed it.   The book serves an important role in your shooting library and will help you explain the basics of firearms use and carry issues to the folks in your life who aren’t “gun […]

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