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Don’t Depend on the Police to Save You

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Read this article.   In last week’s Tunisian attack, the first cop who arrived refused to go after the killer because he (the cop) wasn’t wearing body armor (which likely wouldn’t have stopped an AK round anyway). A man who worked at the hotel beach activities stand took the cop’s gun and […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 3, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   Beach massacre gunman went back to kill 17 MORE victims The most detailed account I’ve found about the Tunisian active killer who shot tourists on the beach last week.  He was armed […]

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Some Thoughts on the Greek Economic Collapse

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I’ve been watching with interest all the news reports of the ongoing financial collapse in Greece and can’t help but wonder when it will happen here in the USA.  Most of you reading this article will be thinking something along the lines of “It can’t happen here.”  I’ll remind you […]

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Active Killer Activity- Good News and Bad News

    This is a guest post from my friend Ron Borsch.  Ron has compiled one of the most inclusive active killer incident databases in the world.  His perspective on the issue is an important one. -Greg       ACTIVE KILLER ACTIVITY: GOOD AND BAD NEWS© Copyright 2015 Ron Borsch   We recently took […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario- Shaking Hands

Written by: Greg Ellifritz You are out shopping one night in an area with lots of pedestrian traffic, bars, restaurants, and stores. A drunken man approaches you and engages you in an argument, walking away after taking a swing at you (that didn’t connect).  The drunk reappears about 15 minutes later. He apologizes for his […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 26, 2015

Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   NYPD Active Shooter Recommendations and Analysis A solid piece of work published by NYPD.  In addition to providing trend data and best practices for dealing with an active killer, the report also provides details […]

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Free Books- Part 84

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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Some Gun Problems from Last Weekend’s Class

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Everyone seems to love it when I write about the guns and gear I encounter in my classes.  Last weekend I taught an extreme close quarters handgun shooting class at FPF Training down in Virginia.  I had 18 students in the class.  Three of them had some fairly significant gun […]

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Hating on the Ruger Mini-14

Written by Greg Ellifritz   Last week, I read this article in the American Rifleman asking folks to “Reconsider the Mini-14.”     Please don’t.     The Ruger Mini-14 is a poor substitute for a good AR-15.     Some back story is necessary.  In 1999, my police department was fearful of Y2K and […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Violence at Church

 Yesterday I reposted an article from Ron Borsch about preventing church shootings.  That article primarily dealt with what churches as organizations could do to prevent violence.  Here is another article that takes a more individual approach.  These are the questions church attendees should be asking themselves to evaluate their relative safety.   – Greg   […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 19, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.   .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire ballistic test Range Hot conducted ballistic gelatin testing of numerous .22 magnum rounds out of both a handgun and rifle.  I really like this round.  Loaded with the […]

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Church Safety

I’m reprinting this article after some people wrote in asking advice out of concern for the church shooting in South Carolina last night. – Greg   This is a guest post written by long-time police trainer Ron Borsch.  Ron has been a friend for many years and has done more research on active killer events […]

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Words of Wisdom

Written by: Greg Ellifritz I recently finished reading Mark MacYoung’s latest book “In the Name of Self Defense.”  The book was excellent and I plan on writing a review of it soon.  I want to share a quote from the book:   “Until you: 1. Develop the ability to take a hit without having an […]

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Test Fire Your New Guns!

Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Here’s a quick cautionary tale…   I recently purchased a Smith and Wesson 351C.  It’s a cool little titanium airlight .22 magnum 7 shot revolver.  I have a couple of other similar guns.  They shoot well and are great pocket “backup” guns.  I was excited to shoot my new purchase.  […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 12, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     How Much Does Wind Reading Ability Matter? Quality information about reading wind for you precision rifle shooters.  You’ll also want to check out the series’ overall summary as well.     TacRack […]

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Free Books- Part 83

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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Shotgun Tips from John Motil

This is  a guest post written by TDI General Manager and Instructor John Motil.  John is at every shotgun class taught at TDI and put together a few notes based on past experience about what works and what doesn’t.  It’s good advice! -Greg     – Make sure your shotgun has a stock (either polymer […]

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Stockpiling Ammunition

Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week I read an article titled Is Ball Pistol Ammo Worth Stockpiling?   The author talks about how ball ammo might not be the best for defensive purposes, but for a prepper on a budget, it might be worth considering.  I think the author is right, but he misses some […]

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Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 5, 2015

Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.     Massad Ayoob’s Concealed Carry Tips and Techniques Mas Ayoob discusses how to effectively carry a pistol in appendix or crossdraw positions.     When Six Is Not Enough – Myths of […]

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The Firearms Manifesto Part Three- A Comparison of .380acp Pocket Pistols

Written by Greg Ellifritz   I wrote the article below in May of 2012, shortly after starting this blog.  It has been the single most-read article on my site and continues to get approximately 5000 pageviews a month three years after I published it.  You guys like your .380s!  Technology has changed significantly in the […]

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