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.

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

Ego or Student?

As a person who uses and benefits from the internet, I curse it daily.

The web was a new thing when I started teaching; then it wasn’t something most had access to, or used for commerce and communication. Students still called to get signed up – checks were written and sent in by mail – and […]

By |December 4th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Training|0 Comments

Texas, Guns, & Faith – By Hoyt Ellspermann

Today we have a guest author –  friend, student, and aspiring Instructor, Hoyt Ellspermann!

I’m a fan of information, as well as discussion about all things. So, here is an interesting take on the Texas church murders Hoyt penned this past week. Enjoy!

-Frank

Lots of opinions shared in tweets and glib remarks about guns and faith due […]

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

Mass Casualty Response – Beyond Las Vegas

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age” – Colin Powell

On August 3rd, 2017, two Fortress Staff Instructors and myself attended a seminar titled Preparedness for, and Response to, Urban Mass-Casualty Incidents, presented by IDF Reserve Colonel, Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD.

For two hours the good Colonel, […]

Huntington Beach OIS

“The media is no one’s friend. That goes double for social media.” – Frank Sharpe, Fortress Defense.

Friday (9/22/17) morning a Huntington Beach, CA, police officer was involved in a daylight shooting outside of a local 7-11 store. By 9:30am a 26-second video taken by a bystander was uploaded to Twitter.

Here is that video, as posted […]

By |September 24th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes, police, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]