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Plan For The Worst- Preparing for Abduction and Restraint

  Read the following story and tell me if you are prepared to handle a situation even remotely similar to this.  This woman was abducted, bound and gagged with duct tape, transported to a Detroit alley, set on fire, and shot.  It truly shows the extent of savagery that some criminals are capable of. Pregnant […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 29, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Spot shooting “When I explain this concept to students in my Defensive Pistol classes, I reference the Internet meme […]

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Book Review- “Mettle- Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement”

    The advanced practitioner in the combative arts quickly realizes that a proper mindset trumps skill and equipment issues in a fight. Two of the most common questions that I get from my students are “How do I learn how to control my reactions to fear” and “How do I cultivate the mindset of […]

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Medical Class Scheduled in Upstate New York

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Chris Fry from MDTS is hosting my Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medical class in Marcy, New York on Sunday, November 2nd.  Cost is only $150.  Check out the flyer below or go to the MDTS site to register.     I hope to see some of you there! […]

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Pig Carcass Wound Ballistics Lab

In my AAR of the Paul-E-Palooza 2 training event, I mentioned that one of the medical classes involved a wound ballistics lab where two (humanely killed) pig carcasses were shot with various weapons in order to take a look at the accompanying tissue damage.   Dr. Brian Springer taught the class and led the exploration […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 22, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Flying With Guns The Beretta Blog gives some good guidelines for traveling with your guns.     When Citizens […]

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Paul-E-Palooza 2 AAR

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Last weekend I had the honor of teaching at Paul-E-Palooza 2 with some of the top firearms, medicine, and combative instructors in the nation.  The training conference was organized by Sherman House and William Aprill as a fund raiser for our late friend Paul Gomez‘ children.   The conference was […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Racking a Shotgun

Written by: Greg Ellifritz How many times have you heard this statement?   “Just get a 12 gauge pump shotgun for home defense.  The noise of the slide racking will make any burglar piss his pants and run.”   Does that actually happen?  Sometimes, yes.   Here’s a recent example where a store clerk sent […]

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New Zealand Travel- How the Beaver got his Tail Back

  I wrote last week about my girlfriend’s and my trip to Australia.  What I didn’t mention is that my girlfriend is starting a new job and has some extra time off before having to report for duty as a newly-minted veterinary surgeon.  She chose to use her extra time off to continue her travels […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 15, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend. Steel Plates – An Opinion Max Velocity provides some information about hard armor rifle plates.  His book Contact is a […]

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Free Books- Part 63

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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Shooting Drill- “99″

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Here’s a great shooting drill for you to try.  I got it from Todd Green’s PistolTraining.com website.  The site has a treasure trove of valuable drills you can use to improve your shooting performance.   This is the most recent one I’ve tried.  It’s called “99″ and involves shooting (you […]

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Police Shootouts (WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE)

Written by Greg Ellifritz Tom Givens, firearms trainer and owner or Rangemaster Shooting School made an important observation in a recent class I attended.  To paraphrase, Tom said “The average person gets most of his education about firearms and gunfights from television and the movies.”     It’s an important idea…and it’s important that we […]

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Back from Australia (and Hawaii)

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   You are astute if you’ve noticed that posting has been a little sparse over the last couple weeks.  I just got back from spending two weeks in Australia with a couple days on either end of the trip in Honolulu to reduce the jet lag.  22 hour flights just plain […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 8, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   I’m working with appendix carry, and noticed something interesting. Grant Cunningham discovered an often unrecognized benefit to appendix carry. […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Fighting Multiple Attackers

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Depending on the source of the research you read, you’ll find that about 40% of violent criminal attacks will involve you fighting more than one attacker.  Fighting one person is bad enough.  Fighting a group is exponentially worse.   Take a look at this video for a good example of […]

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Focus on the Basics- Dot Drills

Written by Greg Ellifritz   A series of drills we use at the Tactical Defense Institute with beginning-level students is what we call “Dot Drills.”   As instructors, we also use Dot Drills to warm up and to keep our own skills sharp. A smooth presentation along with excellent sight alignment and trigger presses are […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 1, 2014

Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Tourniquet Best Practices: How to Prep, Store and Apply a TQ Watch this video from my buddy Caleb and ITS […]

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Shot in the back! How does it happen?

Written by Greg Ellifritz With predictable regularity, the media and various civil rights groups become indignantly incensed when the cops or an armed citizen shoot a criminal in the back.  It somehow violates society’s ideal that all confrontations should be settled “face to face” and be a “fair fight.”  That doesn’t happen very often in […]

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SureFire Fury Flashlight Modifications

The SureFire Fury PX2 tactical flashlight has become very popular amongst shooters who use it as a very powerful everyday carry light.  Its streamlined construction, simple operating system, and 500 lumens worth of light make it a great choice for this role.  The sub-$100 price tag doesn’t hurt either.     One of my long-term […]

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