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Fighting Against the Odds

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Read the story below:   In Kenya, Al-Shabab gunmen slay 28 bus passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed   A band of 20 Islamist terrorists armed with automatic weapons tried to stop a bus filled with local citizens in Kenya. The driver heroically kept driving. The terrorists raked the […]

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Mob Mentality…Escaping from Riots and Flash Mobs

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Re-posting this one in the hopes that it may provide some options for those of you caught up in the Ferguson Missouri-related violence.     I’ve read some articles by various “tactical gurus” advising that if people get caught up in a riot or confronted by looters, they should start cutting throats and shooting everyone […]

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The Florida State University Shooting

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Early last Thursday morning (November 20), a mentally ill man entered the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus and began shooting.  It was 12:30 am and approximately 100 students were studying in the library at the time.  The mentally ill man had complained to friends about government conspiracies […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 21, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Ferguson National Response Network The grand jury decision from the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting is due out any time…most likely next week.  This is a comprehensive listing of the planned protests in the […]

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5 Tips for Making Ebay/Craigslist Transactions Safer

Written by Greg Ellifritz   A friend sent me the following question last week:   “Greg, I have been shopping on eBay and Craigslist lately and it brought some concerns to mind.  I was wondering if you have any safety advice regarding buying items on eBay/Craigslist.  My two main issues are: 1)      Personal safety when […]

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Timing…a Missing Component in Training

Written by Greg Ellifritz   One of the hardest things I do as a firearms and self defense trainer is convincing people that their lives are worth defending.  Many students come to my classes with an attitude that displays an extreme lack of self worth.  It’s hard for me to comprehend, but many people do […]

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Bird Shot for Self Defense and Some Stopping Power Statistics

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Tacoma man shoots would-be burglar in the face   The link above shows what happens in  a typical birdshot defensive shooting. The birdshot created the desired response (stopping the attack), but it certainly didn’t incapacitate the burglar. If the burglar had been armed, do you think he would have been out […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 14, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   5 Gunfighting Myths Debunked By Massad Ayoob A very insightful article from Massad Ayoob.  You’ve heard these myths espoused  by gun store commandos.  Ayoob dismantles them all.     The Death Of Expertise […]

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Free Books- Part 69

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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Bad Language

Written by Greg Ellifritz     Last week I posted a book review on the site.  In the review, I quoted the author.  The author said the words “shit” and “fuck.”  That apparently spun quite a few of you up.  I received several email complaints, a few negative comments, and had the largest mass exodus […]

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Emergency Reloads Shooting Drill

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Although I think that the skill of speed reloading is one that gets overemphasized in most shooting schools, there is certainly a place in your training for practicing the skill.  My standard practice is to load up at least three magazines and place them on my belt when I’m […]

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Top Row L-R: Model 10, Model 327 (L-Frame .357), Model 10.

Middle Row L-R: Model 10 (nickel), Model 242 (7-shot L-frame .38) with CT laser grips, Model 12 (airweight nickel)

Bottom Row L-R: Model 15 (adjustable sights, nickel), Model 10, Model 12 (airweight)

K and L-Frame Snub Revolvers

Written by: Greg Ellifritz       I may have a slight problem…an addiction to snub revolvers.  Oh, I love a good J-frame and carry one around almost daily. but my true passion is the J-frame’s almost unheard of larger cousin…the K-frame snub.     Many of you know all about Smith and Wesson’s K-Frame […]

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Some Good Press

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Several of my classes received rave reviews on various web forums and podcasts last week.  If you are on the fence about taking one of my classes, check out the following short reviews:     My Extreme Close Quarters Shooting Class was reviewed on The Liberal Gun Club Forum.   […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 7, 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Shooting Technique: One Handed Shooting, Canted or Vertical? Mark talks about the advantages and disadvantages of canted one-hand shooting.  I urge my students to try both methods and determine which one they like best.  […]

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“The Reluctant Partisan”

  I recently finished John Mosby’s The Reluctant Partisan book.  I read a lot of books in the field of survival, firearms, and tactics.  I’m rarely impressed with most of the books I read.  Not so with this one.  The Reluctant Partisan gets a well-deserved five-star rating.     Billed as “the prepared citizen’s answer […]

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Lessons Learned from a Successful Use of Pepper Spray

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Watch the excellent surveillance video of a store owner and his wife fighting two robbers armed with knives. The store owner is able to access a large can of pepper spray and blast his attackers. He then holds one attacker down on his counter while his wife kicks the dude […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Shots in the Dark

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   You and a family member hear noises outside the house at 12:30 am.  Suddenly, your electricity is cut off.  You think that someone is outside messing with your electrical hookup.     Your family member decides to go outside and check it out while you barricade yourself in your locked […]

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Medical Class AAR

  Tim from Gun Nuts Media was a student in a medical class I taught a couple weeks ago.  He wrote a very thorough review and even caught some good video of me teaching some suturing basics.  Check it out at the link below.   Tactical First Aid and “System Collapse” Medicine with Active Response […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 31. 2014

Links to some of the best reading on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler Some superb travel information here.  If you like the content of the article, check out the author’s book How to Travel the World […]

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Free Books- Part 68

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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