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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 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.   EXCLUSIVE: France ‘Suppressed Reports of Gruesome Torture’ at Bataclan Massacre Read this account of the atrocities faced by the hostages at the Bataclan theater.  If it doesn’t motivate you to prepare yourself to prevail […]

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“Have Ellifritz, Will Travel”

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   For those of you who might have missed it, I was a guest on Ballistic Radio a week ago Sunday.  From the episode summary:   “Ballistic Radio is joined by none other than the least police officery police officer John knows, Greg Ellifritz, of Active Response Training. Greg joins us […]

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Guns vs. The Environment

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Written by Greg Ellifritz   Here’s the short version of the article: the environment wins.   Last week I wrote an article about how I was incapacitated after surgery and needed to change the gun I normally carry.  I chose to carry my S&W 351C revolver.  I had been carrying it for about a week […]

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For the Cops Out There, How do you carry your badge?

Written by: Greg Ellifritz With the huge increase in active killer and terrorist events of late, I’m re-posting this article for my cop friends.  If you plan on taking any action off duty against one of these killers, this info may prevent you from getting shot by a fellow cop or CCW carrier. – Greg […]

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When the Killer’s Gun Jams…Can you Recognize an Opportunity for Action?

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News and Tactical Advice

  Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I’ve written quite a bit about malfunctioning guns over the years.   I published Criminals and the Guns They Carry.  That article was a study of all the unloaded broken and malfunctioning guns police take from criminals.   A couple weeks later I wrote Weapon Malfunctions in the Active […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 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.   Day of Rage Protests Are Scheduled for July 15th in These American Cities Lots of violent protests scheduled today. Check out the article for places to avoid this afternoon/evening.  Snopes says this is fake.  […]

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Free Books- Part 109

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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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Self Defense After Surgery

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz As I write this post, I am about three weeks into my recovery for a fairly major abdominal surgery.  I was under the knife for almost three hours and now have seven healing incisions in my belly.  It also required an overnight stay in the hospital.  I’m happy to say that […]

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How to Help a Cop During a Life-Threatening Struggle

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   With the violence directed against cops in Dallas and a few other locations recently, a few people have asked me to re-post this article.  If you want to help a cop in trouble, read it.  And be sure to read PART TWO, how you can help a cop even if […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 8, 2016

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Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The ABC’s of keeping our daughters safe Good research about the true ways our children are victimized and how to protect them. Part Three of the series is a good read as well.   […]

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The Law of Self Defense- 3rd Edition

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Book Reviews

    I recently finished reading the updated third edition of Andrew Branca’s book The Law of Self Defense. This is a book that belongs on the shelf of any of you who are interested in defensive firearms use and self protection. Buy it. Read it.   In 2014, I reviewed the second edition of […]

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Istanbul Airport Terrorist Attack

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz     Last week, three ISIS terrorists conducted  simultaneous attacks on the unsecured areas of Istanbul’s international airport.  They entered the airport armed with AK rifles and suicide bomb vests.  They split up, went to separate areas of the airport and began shooting and blowing up their bombs.  A total of […]

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Teaching Tip- Coaching the Struggling Shooter

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Teaching Tips

  Written by: Greg Ellifritz     I’ve known for a long time that the words we use when coaching a shooting student can affect how quickly that student grasps a certain concept.   One important concept I’ve used over the years is to express all of my coaching cues as positive statements.  If you […]

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Bangladesh Terrorist Attack

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News and Tactical Advice

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Read these two news articles: Bangladeshi police prepare to storm restaurant where Islamist terrorists are holding 20 hostages Dhaka hostage standoff   My cop friends really need to pay attention to the international news. Take a look at this attack.  Nine Islamist militants attacked an upscale restaurant/bakery with pistols, swords, […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 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.   This is Why You MUST Have Retention on an Open Carry Firearm I posted an article about this incident when it happened, but there are plenty of people who didn’t get the message.  Watch […]

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Free Books- Part 108

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Think Before You Act- The Traffic Stop Edition

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Written By: Greg Ellifritz   This story was relayed to me by a friend and fellow police officer (who will remain anonymous).  He told me about a traffic stop he recently conducted where the driver’s actions almost led to fatal consequences.  He wanted armed citizens everywhere to know about what happened and learn from the […]

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When the Criminal is Armed with Pepper Spray

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   It finally happened.  After nearly 21 years of police work, a couple weeks ago I was threatened by a person wielding pepper spray.  I’ve sprayed lots of criminals over the years and been sprayed by some errant shots from other cops on the street, but that was the first time […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 24, 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.   Officer’s Firearm Repeatedly Malfunctions on Camera In all my shooting classes I stress the need for malfunction drills. Your “100% reliable” pistol will not be 100% reliable in a gunfight. Improper grip (caused by […]

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Some Recent Press

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I wanted to let you all know about a couple of websites that have recently mentioned Active Response Training.  The first is the Wasted Ammo Podcast.  These guys put out a humorous podcast about guns and self defense.  In a recent edition, they took some advice from this blog and […]

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