The Taurus Judge Revolver

Hating on the Taurus Judge

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   The Taurus Judge Revolver   One of my retired officers came to the range to shoot his requalification course a while back. He brought a new toy to play with…the Taurus Judge. This is a pistol that amazingly popular among neophyte gun owners. It’s a five-shot revolver with an alloy […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- February 5, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Do you carry religiously? You may not be as safe as you believe. Grant brings up a very good point here and I tend to agree with him.  I travel out of the country […]

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Book Review- Gun Digest Book of the Revolver

  I know what you are thinking….who carries a revolver?  I do.  So do many other knowledgeable firearms instructors.  In a recent conversation with John Benner (founder of the Tactical Defense Institute), I learned that John relies on a revolver for his PRIMARY night-time home defense weapon!  That’s what is on his bedside table closest […]

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A Robbery, a Shooting, and Citizen Intervention

 Written by: Greg Ellifritz   A Seattle TV videographer was in the right place at the right time and caught the take down of a robbery suspect on camera.  The video is remarkably clear and shows just how chaotic criminal encounters can become.   In the incident, a man allegedly robbed a jewelry store.  As […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Sudden Deadly Attack

    Take a couple of minutes and watch the video in the link below.  Even if you aren’t a police officer, it highlights a dangerous situation for which you should probably be prepared.  If you are a cop, do you have a plan for dealing with a pursuit suspect who quickly jumps out of […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 29, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Beginner’s Guide to CCW: Arm yourself with knowledge   Arm yourself with knowledge. Are you a CCW permit holder who wants to learn more about protecting yourself? Tim lists a very complete list of […]

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Carrying and Using the LDK Knife

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Many of you are aware that I designed the Ka-Bar TDI Last Ditch Knife.  I recently received a question from a reader about some design features:   “Greg: I noticed you mentioned you designed the Last Ditch blade for Kabar. I would be interested in an article about the design and […]

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Violent Crime Went Up in 2015

Written by: Greg Ellifritz According to the preliminary research put out by the FBI, violent crime went up in the first six months of 2015.  The crime of Rape was the fastest growing of all violent crimes.  The Number of reported rapes in the country rose 9.6 per cent.   I will let the criminologists […]

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SHOT Show 2016 Roundup

Written by: Greg Ellifritz If you have been vacationing off the planet, you may not realize that the world’s largest trade show for shooting enthusiasts was held in Las Vegas last week.  The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (SHOT) show is the second largest trade show in Las Vegas every year.  70,000+ shooting industry professionals […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 22, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Skill Drills For New Pistol Owners Some fun pistol shooting drills for your next range trip.  Don’t forget to check out my shooting drills archive as well.     Make a Secret Bookshelf Stash […]

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Free Books- Part 98

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 find […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Denial

Written by Greg Ellifritz Read the first paragraph of this article about the 2011 active shooter event in Arizona. “Pam Simon’s first thought was “this is not happening.” The aide to Gabrielle Giffords’ next thought was “that’s a toy gun.” A moment later: “It’s happening.”    This shooting was so outside her reality that she […]

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The Colorado Planned Parenthood Active Shooter

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Yesterday, I wrote an article about a horrendous active killer attack in Indonesia.  In that article, I advised folks not to engage.  I postulated that escaping would lead to a far safer outcome.   But not all active killer events are the same.  Let’s contrast the Indonesian attack with the […]

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The Jakarta Terrorist Attacks

    Last Thursday, ISIS terrorists conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.  As has been the trend worldwide, these coordinated or “symphonic” attacks involved guns, bombs, and grenades.  Up to 14 terrorists conducted the attacks on seven locations in a period of three hours.  If you haven’t seen the […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 15, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend. Glass bottle attempt: concealed weapon breakdown This type of situation is one that many entry-level CCW permit holders find extremely challenging.  Watch the video and read the excellent analysis.  A woman high on drugs walks […]

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Two February Classes Scheduled in Manassas, Virginia

Written by Greg Ellifritz   John Murphy of FPF Training is hosting me again on February 13-14.  The classes will be held at the amazing Elite Shooting Sports facility in Manassas, Virginia.   On Saturday the 13th, I will be teaching my Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine course.  It’s a full day of […]

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Criminal Weapon Selection

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I’ve written before about criminals and the guns they carry.  My study was obviously limited by the relatively small number of guns my upscale suburban police department seizes.  Other police departments seize far more guns than we do.   Currently, the Chicago Police Department seizes the largest number of firearms used […]

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When the Intruder is a Cop

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week at work I responded to an urgent call for backup.  An armed homeowner pulled a gun on one of my fellow officers.   In the end, everything turned out fine.  No one got shot.  By the time I arrived at the home, both officer and homeowner had secured their […]

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Odd Position Shooting

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It’s been a little more than five years since two officers were shot in a dramatic gunfight in a trailer park in Enon, Ohio.  The gunfight is even more remarkable when considering that there was a photographer on scene taking photos as the shots rang out.   The photo  above […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- January 8, 2016

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Back-up Iron Sights Buyer’s Guide All of my red dot equipped fighting rifles have backup iron sights.  Yours should too.     Defensive Shooting Myths and Misconceptions: “I shoot that gun really well.” A […]

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