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.

December 7, 1941

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, opening of speech to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan, December 8, 1941

 

 

The attack on Pearl Harbor, […]

By |December 8th, 2018|Attitude, History, Instructor Notes, Liberty|0 Comments

Revolvers?

I am very positive about expressing the opinion that the best known method of learning and mastering any branch of the revolver shooting game is by actually shooting – Ed McGivern, Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting

 

Since the 1800’s revolvers have been commonplace in the holsters of American law enforcement and citizens, alike. Their popularity held […]

By |November 26th, 2018|Ask Fortress, Firearms, History, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

IBD Usage – by Fortress Instructor Veronica “V” Newberg

“When you least expect it, you’re elected” – John Farnam

 
Last week, Fortress Staff Instructor Veronica “V” Newberg found herself called upon to treat a family member’s bleeding leg.

Her report:

When I woke up Saturday morning I had no idea that I would be wearing a “First Responder” hat before day’s end! It was a typical busy […]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rapid Mass Murderer – Texas

“It’s said that security is like oxygen; when you have enough of it, you pay no attention to it. But when you don’t have enough, you can think of nothing else.” – SECDEF, James Mattis, paraphrasing Professor Joseph Nye

 
Today in Texas, a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School opened fire on his classmates […]

By |May 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve?

“Rape and murder were common, children forced to become soldiers and turned against their own families, and a usual punishment for opposition the amputation of your hands or arms. “Short sleeve, or long sleeve?” asked the militia men as they raised their machetes. When I went to Sierra Leone as a reporter in 2000, the […]

Never Underestimate the Power and Determination of a Woman!

Recently, CNN decided to have their Senior Law Enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, some might call him an “expert,” comment on how he thought there […]

The Answer

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

 
Tomorrow is a school day. Parents across the nation will once again send their children into the care of others, all the while suppressing the stress and fears that their child may fall victim to […]

By |February 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Mass Murder Averted

“When you least expect it, you’re elected!” – John Farnam
Two weeks ago, a Fortress student in a Southeastern state prevented a slaughter at his place of employment. Our student, who we’ll call “Mike”, manages close to 100 office employees, the building they’re in being equipped with ID pass access and a security guard (unarmed) stationed […]

By |February 11th, 2018|Attitude, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Winter Preparations

Every mile is two in winter – George Herbert
It’s late fall in the midwest and cold and snow have already set in. After weeks of mild weather, it’s now in the 20’s – winter is here!

It’s past time to go down your winter checklist – do so today!

VEHICLE PREPERATION

1. We do not park our car […]

By |December 16th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Training|0 Comments

Trigger Warning

The term Zen, derived from the 6th century Chinese word Ch’an, is Japanese Buddhism’s term for personal enlightenment. In a Zen state, a person is at peace with that which they have no control; the advanced state being complete awareness of self without ones self affecting that awareness. Peace, balance.

Many scholars and Buddhists have their […]

By |December 10th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Training|0 Comments