A friend and fellow firearms instructor asked me an interesting question a few weeks ago. I thought that my answer would have a broad appeal for the instructors who read my articles. Here is the question, with some details redacted/edited to preserve anonymity: “Hey Greg, I have an instructor question that I would […]
Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot?
Written by Greg Ellifritz I had an interesting question posed to me by a student in a recent Systems Collapse Medical Class I taught. He asked me: “If I have to shoot a criminal in a gunfight, should I provide first aid before the paramedics arrive?” It’s a good question. I’m probably going to […]
Ammunition Choices for 9mm Revolvers
Written by- Greg Ellifritz When I was teaching at the Gunsite Pat Rogers Memorial Revolver Roundup last month (sign up for next year), I had a couple students using revolvers chambered in 9mm caliber. One of the students asked me about best choices for a defensive loads for a 9mm revolver. Looking […]
Why Carry a .22?
I recently posted an article discussing the fact that I occasionally carry a Ruger LCP .22 pistol as a defensive carry gun. I got this email from a long time reader: Greg I know you did a few articles on the Ruger 22 lr in the past. Last I remember you were having trouble finding […]
The Best Handgun Practice Drill Resources
Written by Greg Ellifritz I got the following question from a reader. As I think this answer has a universal appeal, I chose to answer it here so that all of you can benefit as well. Here’s the question: “I want to assemble/integrate your suggestions for practice sessions, but I’m overwhelmed by the […]
Body Armor for Armed Citizens
Written by: Greg Ellifritz People are getting worried. In response to the recent high-profile mass shootings, lots of legislators are hinting about restricting the sale of body armor to private citizens. Obviously, that will do nothing to prevent an active killer attack but they feel pressed to “do something.” With restrictions possibly forthcoming, I’ve […]
What About the 20 Gauge for Home Protection?
After seeing a guest post about the need to have a self defense shotgun, several readers asked me questions about the 20 gauge. Here is one: “Nice article on the shotgun for defensive use. Good to see the old stand by’s discussed from time to time. Question: what’s the 20 gauge equivalent of […]
“Shotguns” Without Stocks
I got a question from a reader about short barrelled, stockless “shotguns” that are technically classified as “firearms” allowing them to have shorter barrels than weapons classified as “shotguns.” They are very popular weapons and have been made in mass quantities by both Mossberg and Remington. “What are your thoughts on a ‘hipfire’ […]
Home Defense Shotgun Questions Answered
A reader from California recently sent me some questions about long gun use for home protection. Due to his state’s restrictive gun laws, he can’t legally own a “normal” AR-15 and is considering using either a pump shotgun or lever action rifle for home protection. His questions (edited for clarity) are below. I get these […]
Pistol Hand Switching
Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week I posted a link to a firearms drill I was practicing. The drill involved switching from right hand to left hand and shooting as quickly as possible. A couple readers wrote in and asked me how exactly I perform my pistol hand transfers. There are lots of […]
Handgun Bullet Penetration Through Interior Walls
Written by: Greg Ellifritz Handgun Bullets: How Do They Penetrate in Home Materials? is an interesting study evaluating how deeply modern defensive handgun rounds penetrate in common building materials. The data is useful. The author’s opinions and analysis are less so. Let’s cut to the chase. We should not be choosing our handgun ammunition based […]
The Best .38 Special Defensive Ammunition
Written by: Greg Ellifritz I recently received this question from a reader. Considering the popularity of the snub nose revolver as a carry pistol, I figured it would be useful if I answered the question in a blog post: “I’m looking to pick up a S&W 340PD here soon as a backup or […]
Traditional Double Action Autopistols for CCW Carry
Written by: Greg Ellifritz There has been a relatively recent resurgence of interest in the defensive use of Traditional Double Action (Also called TDA or Double-Single) autopistols for defensive purposes. I think this resurgence is being driven by two primary factors: 1) The development of lighter, shorter double action triggers. Guns like the […]
Traffic Stop- Should I Tell the Cop I am Armed?
Written by Greg Ellifritz Last week I re-posted an article I wrote a couple years ago on my Facebook page. That article generated a lot of questions from my readers. Most of the questions were something along the lines of: “If I get stopped by a cop in a state where I have […]
What Happens to my CCW Gun if I am taken to the Hospital?
Written by: Greg Ellifritz A reader wrote in to ask me a question about what happens to a person who is carrying a firearm when that person needs medical assistance. “After one is involved in an auto collision (when not severely injured, but needs to be medically evaluated), what is the best practice […]
A “Car Gun” for Riot Defense
Written by: Greg Ellifritz As the weather warms up, we are going to see a resurgence in protests, riots, and violent crowds in America’s cities. Our police are beaten down. They see that they don’t have support from their citizens, their politicians, and their supervisors. They know if they do something that looks even […]
Shotgun Stopping Power- Buckshot vs. Slugs
Last week I posted an article titled Shotguns for Home Protection. When I posted the article on my Patreon Page, as supporter asked the following question: “Thoughts on slugs versus buckshot?” It’s a good question and it deserved a more in depth answer than I could provide in a Patreon comment. Let’s dig […]
The St. Ann’s Hospital Shooting
Last week in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio police officers had to shoot an armed patient in a local hospital. Officers recorded the entirety of the close range shooting with their body cameras. The shooting was unusual both by happening in a hospital and requiring a close quarters empty hand response to a lethal threat. […]
Protecting Local Businesses from Looters
I received an interesting question from one of my readers. He wanted to know the best course of action to prevent his local businesses from being burned to the ground or looted during a violent protest. “Hi Greg I’m a big fan. I know you say that a person should mind their own business […]
My Favorite Inside-the-Waistband Holsters
Written by Greg Ellifritz I get a lot of questions about holsters. It seems that a lot of folks wants to know what holsters I wear and which holsters I consider “best.” Most folks who have been carrying for awhile will gravitate towards the inside-the- waistband (IWB) holster for optimal comfort and concealment. […]