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Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 29, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   .45 ACP to the Midface If you think your handgun really has stopping power, check out Sherman’s account of a patient with a .45 slug stuck in his face complaining of a toothache.  You’ll […]

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Everyday Carry of Trauma Medical Gear

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Articles, Gear Reviews

Written by: Greg Ellifritz One of the most common questions my students ask during my tactical medicine class is “How can I carry essential trauma medical supplies when I wear normal clothes.”   It’s a good question.  Most of us won’t wander around everyday public life with a large backpack filled with trauma supplies hanging […]

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Shooting Drill- 15 in 10

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Shooting Drills

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     My friend Dave Spaulding introduced me to the 15 in 10 drill in a recent article he wrote for Handguns Magazine.  According to the article, the drill was originally developed by Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions.   It’s a great drill for developing rapid shooting skills at (relatively) small […]

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Triggering a Lockdown

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Articles

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Many of you who have been reading my work for a long time recognize that I have been vocally critical of the “lockdown” process in the past, especially in the case of school shootings.  While I have been critical, I don’t have any problem with the idea of lockdown itself….I just […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 22. 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.   Escaping Common Restraints – Greg Ellifritz @ Rangemaster 2016 A short interview from Dr. Z about some of the restraint escape options I taught during the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.     The History of […]

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Free Books- Part 104

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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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Deep Concealment Options for the “Non-Permissive Environment”

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Articles, Gear Reviews

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last weekend I enjoyed the days off from my police and teaching jobs by going to a couple of concerts.  I really enjoy seeing live music, but I don’t enjoy the “security” ordeals at most live music venues.  One of the venues I attended did patdown searches.  The other used […]

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Safe Rooms vs. “The Red Menace”

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Articles

This is a guest post from my friend and fellow police trainer Ron Borsch.  In it, he discusses some of the realities involved in securing buildings from active shooters and some of the problems we unintentionally create.  Greg     When I was the founder, manager and lead trainer for a regional police training academy, […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 15, 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.   America’s Best Years Were When We Had No Income Tax Since today is tax day for Americans, we’ll start out with some interesting facts about the income tax.     The Glock 19: The […]

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“Forging the Hero”

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Book Reviews

John Mosby sent me a pre-release copy of his latest book Forging the Hero to review.  He asked me to write a blurb for his website.  This is what I wrote: “Mosby starts his book with a chapter called: “Shit Just Ain’t Right.”  It’s a feeling that many of us share, but few are working […]

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Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot?

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Reader Questions

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I had an interesting question posed to me by a student in the Systems Collapse Medical Class I taught last weekend in Virginia.  He asked me: “If I have to shoot a criminal in a gunfight, should I provide first aid before the paramedics arrive?”   It’s a good question.  […]

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Old Ammo- Will it Still Work?

Written by Greg Ellifritz   In my former job as the police department’s armorer, it was my responsibility to dispose of all the old ammunition that people brought in to the department.  You would be shocked at the amount and type of old ammunition I saw.  Rarely did a week go by that I didn’t […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 8, 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.   A Beginner’s Guide to Suppressors: Part 1 Everything you want to know about suppressors.  Part Two covers the legal issues involved in acquiring one and how to make the purchase.  Part Three covers maintenance […]

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Free Books Part 103

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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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Teaching Tips- Process Before Product

Written by: Greg Ellifritz It’s common that instructors will occasionally have frustrated students who “aren’t getting it.”  The students may actually even be proceeding at a normal rate, but feel bad because other students are performing better.  Most instructors find it’s hard to help a student in this situation.  The student’s frustration creates a continuing […]

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The Secondary Device

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   One of the most commonly used terrorist bombing techniques of late is the use of what is called a “secondary device.”  Most recently. a secondary device was planted (but did not go off) in the Belgium airport bombing.  A recent terrorist attack where the secondary device worked as planned occurred […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 1, 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.   Taming the 12 gauge: Shotgun Recoil Management Some useful techniques if you are a dinosaur like me who still uses a scatter gun for home protection.     Gear check! Something that many of […]

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In the Name of Self Defense

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Anyone who has studied the science of self protection for a long time will recognize the name Marc “The Animal” MacYoung.  I first started reading MacYoung’s books when I was in high school.  Back in the late 1980s, he was one of the few authors who wrote about real life street combat and the psychology […]

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Some Information on Upcoming Classes

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What's New

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Just wanted to let all of you know about some upcoming classes I have scheduled….   For those of you in the Virginia area, I have a few more openings for my upcoming classes in the Culpeper in a couple weeks.   I will be teaching a close range shooting […]

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Dynamics of Police Shootings

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I was going through some references the other day and a found some very in depth notes I had taken during a class I took a couple of years ago.  The class was Force Science Research Center’s “Dynamics of Police Shootings” Course.  When I realized that I hadn’t published these […]

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