franksharpejr

About Frank Sharpe, Jr.

Frank has been a firearms instructor for over 15 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI), and Lead Instructor of Fortress Defense, he has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearm use. Frank is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual, and specializes in the effective instruction of female students. He regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

America Rescues Itself

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Clean up has now begun in Houston from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, as well as in the entire state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma. All things considered, the loss of human life […]

By |September 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Politics|0 Comments

Training?

“The people you inspire will go farther than the people you impress” – John Farnam
Over the past 30-days there have been a plethora of news stories regarding gun owners – well meaning, I’m sure – doing stupid things with firearms, as well as a large number of clean defensive uses of guns. Of course, all […]

Caliber Dogma

In no field is the admonition “back to the basics” more necessary to continued fruitful work than in wound ballistics – Dr. Martin Fackler, Effects of Small Arms
The gun world is full of experts and one need look no further for conformation than any on-line debate regarding handgun calibers.

Handgun ballistic studies have been around longer […]

Collateral Damage?

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.” – Chogyam Trungpa
An important part of our job instructing others in use of lethal force is to present worst case scenario and bring to light the realities of the responsibilities we’re taking on, as well as the potential costs of the aftermath when we’re involved in a defensive shooting.

We’re not […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Attitude, daily carry, Legal, Training|0 Comments

Independence Day Rifle Course Sale

America – A Nation of Riflemen (and WOMEN)!

Join us August 5-6 in Rochester, IN, to learn the skills necessary to defend liberty!

Class details.

20-hours with night shoot!

$340 ($35 off tuition!)

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SALE ENDS AT 8pm CST Sunday, JULY 9th!

And please take a moment and click on the below link […]

By |July 4th, 2017|Liberty, Rifles, Training|0 Comments

De-cockers

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
There are a number of operating systems common to modern pistols, and we still see most on the range regularly. However, 85% of the guns students show up with fall into the polymer, striker fired category. The last 15% are comprised of 1911-style […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Ask Fortress, Instructor Notes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spare Some Change?

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great. – Edward Coke
 

This week Manchester, New Hampshire, police issued a statement to the public requesting they not give money to panhandlers as doing so may contribute to death by overdose to the very person they think they’re helping. In the past year Manchester has experienced […]

By |June 10th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

London – Rinse, and Repeat

Qu’ran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

 
Sunday, May 21st, at 10:45pm UK time, a lone Jihadist suicide bomber detonated a device outside Manchester Arena, murdering 22 people and injuring another 50+. The majority of the casualties […]

XD Magazine Issue

The Springfield XD is a high quality, reliable pistol. However, it does have a weak spot.

Since Springfield XD’s started showing up in our classes, it’s been a constant battle keeping the magazines running. We’ve blamed it on the sandy conditions of Sand Burr, the main range we use in Indiana, but last week we were […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Firearms, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

Lehigh Xtreme Defense

Innovation in  defensive ammunition has made great strides over the last 20-years, however, it has mostly consisted of improvement on existing designs through application of refined metallurgy and more precise manufacturing techniques – in other words, effort is geared towards making a better hollow point.

There have been a few attempts in new bullet designs, but […]

By |May 28th, 2017|Ammunition, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments