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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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Legendary Lawman- The Story of Quick Draw Jelly Bryce

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Delf “Jelly” Bryce was an old time gunfighter who started his career as a lawman in the 1920’s.  He served as a Oklahoma State Game Agent, Oklahoma City Police Officer, and later an FBI agent in the agency’s heyday fighting gangsters and alcohol smugglers. He received the nickname “Jelly” […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 20, 2015

  Links to some of the best information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Ambush Fact Sheet A useful piece of information for my cop friends from the IACP.  It’s an analysis of recent ambush attacks on police officers.     Top 10 Ways to Guarantee […]

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Free Books- Part 75

*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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Weapons and Carry Methods for Foreign Travel

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   In last weeks’ article, I talked about the common guns I see carried all around the world.  As a traveler, since you aren’t likely to be able to legally acquire firearms overseas, this continuation of last week’s theme covers some of the weapons you ARE able to carry.   When […]

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Shooting Drill- FBI Qualification Test

Written by: Greg Ellifritz     To the amazement of my armed citizen friends, most police qualification courses are little more than a joke.  With a full day’s worth of pistol training, I can get almost everyone to the point where they can pass their state’s police qualification course.  In Ohio, our course is so […]

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A Failure to Acknowledge Reality

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I took a call a couple of weeks ago at work.  A woman was reporting that she had been “attacked” by an aggressive dog several times over the last year.  As I talked to her to find out what happened, I learned that a neighbor’s dog regularly barks at her as […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 13, 2015

Links to some of the best information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Mindset & The Determined Adversary: An LE Training Perspective For my cop friends… “The past history of CONUS active shooter events has typically ended with the shooter committing suicide upon the arrival […]

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Preparing for Foreign Travel- Guns

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Last week I took a short trip to the Dominican Republic.  My trip prompted some friends to ask me how I planned on protecting myself in a third world country where it is illegal for me to carry a firearm.  I’ve spent an average of at least six weeks a […]

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Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I recently completed Massad Ayoob‘s new book Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense.  I enjoyed the book and think it would be a valuable addition to any shooter’s library.  Massad is well known to most shooters and one of the most prolific gun writers in the industry.  In […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Defeating Pepper Spray

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Have you ever thought about what you might do if a criminal sprays you in the face with pepper spray?  That scenario happened recently in New Jersey when a shoplifter sprayed two store security guards who confronted her after she stole some merchandise.  The spray incapacitated the security guards and the […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 6, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Best Flashlights of 2014 Some superb flashlight evaluations and discussion on this site.     Cultivating Threat Recognition Skill A great primer on threat recognition, predatory movement detection, and countering tactics.   […]

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Free Books- Part 74

*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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Your Tactical Training Scenario…A night time knock at the door

Written by: Greg Ellifritz       You watched the evening news before bed and heard a report about police attempting to locate a wanted murder suspect.  The suspect was reportedly last seen in the area of your apartment complex.  Making sure all your doors were locked and that you had a handgun nearby, you […]

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“Preclusion”- The legal concept you must understand

Written by Greg Ellifritz   The news articles linked below describe the actions of a retired firefighter with a concealed carry permit who shot and killed an elementary school teacher after a confrontation about a loud party.  The entire confrontation (22 minutes long) and the shooting was videotaped by the shooter.  He was charged with […]

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Don’t Evacuate into a Parking Lot

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I recently taught a class that covered the skills an armed citizen needs to respond to a terrorist bombing attack. In the class, I spent a lot of time talking about the concept of the “secondary device.” The secondary device is some hazard that is designed to injure or kill […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 30, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   The Polygraph & Polygraph Countermeasures How a polygraph works and how to beat it.     FO Podcast Episode 016 – Special Operations Veteran John Mosby An enlightening podcast episode about enhancing […]

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