Written by: Greg Ellifritz I posted on Facebook the fact that during last week’s horrific Borderland Bar shooting in California there were at least six unarmed off duty police officers in the crowd. Presumably, had those officers been carrying their weapons, the tragedy would have resulted in a much smaller number of victims. That […]
The Tourniquet that “Works Like a Zip Tie”
I’ve been getting about five messages a day for the last week asking me about this new STAT “Ziptie” Tourniquet. Since I cannot deliver a throat punch via the internet, let’s have a little discussion about it. Here’s my take on the STAT Tourniquet. I have no direct experience at all with this product. […]
Using the .22 for Self Defense
Written by Greg Ellifritz Since my handgun stopping power study was published last month in American Handgunner Magazine, I’ve received several questions from readers about my data. I expected to be castigated by all the big bullet aficionados for reporting honest data about the “mouse gun” calibers. That wasn’t what I received. […]
10mm for Self Defense?
Written by Greg Ellifritz A reader recently wrote to me asking the following question: “I am considering changing from a Glock .45 to a 10mm and am wondering if the 10mm with 200 grain hard cast would have better stopping power than my 230 grain hardball?” I get asked about the […]
Do You Need a Muzzle Stand-Off Device?
Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week I got a couple of questions about a new product on the market. A bunch of readers linked to Muzzle Stand Off Device by Proof Mark written by my friends at Recoil Magazine and asked whether I think the product is a useful addition for the average defensive […]
Clearing Up the Confusion About Ohio’s Knife Laws
Written by: Greg Ellifritz Last week I received three different emails from readers and former students regarding Ohio’s often confusing knife laws. If I’m getting this many inquiries on the same topic, an explanatory article is in order. Keep in mind, I am not a lawyer. As such, this is not legal advice. […]
Best Backpacking Gun?
Written by: Greg Ellifritz I recently had a reader write me to ask my opinion about the best gun for hiking or backpacking: “What do you recommend for concealed carry while backpacking? I usually backpack with a 1980’s era frame pack with metal hip bars and a strap that would preclude most usual […]
Helping an Officer in Trouble- Part Two
Written by: Greg Ellifritz On Monday I wrote and article about How to Help a Cop in a Life-Threatening Struggle. The article was well received and generated a lot of comments and questions. One of the most common questions was: “The article provided good options for an armed individual to assist an officer […]
How Can I Best Protect Military Recruiting Offices?
Written by: Greg Ellifritz After last month’s terrorist attack against two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, armed citizens nationwide have decided that the military members working in these offices need better protection. Per government regulations, most staff at recruiting offices are not allowed to be armed. Local police departments don’t have the resources […]
Is the .380 ACP an Adequate Caliber for Defensive Use?
Written by: Greg Ellifritz I received this question (edited for brevity) from a police firearms instructor last week: “A lot of my guys on the department are going with .380 pocket guns for off duty carry instead of carrying their issued Glock 26 9mm pistols. Our policy will not allow officers […]
Written by: Greg Ellifritz A reader and student recently sent me an email with the following question: “Hey Greg, how about a blog on Florida’s new regulation allowing CCW holders to fire a warning shot?” If you haven’t kept up with the news, last week the Florida governor signed a bill into law that […]
The York County Sheriff’s Office Shooting
Written by Greg Ellifritz A reader recently sent me a link to the video of a tragic police shooting and asked for my take on the matter. In the video, the officer pulled a man over for a traffic violation. The man got out of the car and reached inside for a walking cane. […]