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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.

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 [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:51+00:00May 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 [...]

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!

[Today we have the pleasure of a post from Fortress Instructor Tricia Ellison. Tricia regularly instructs women in the art of daily carry, and is known to not suffer fools. - Frank] Recently, CNN decided to have their Senior Law Enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, some might call him an “expert,” comment on how he thought [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:52+00:00February 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) [...]

By |2018-02-11T23:59:35+00:00February 11th, 2018|Attitude, Instructor Notes|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 [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:53+00:00December 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 - [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:53+00:00December 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 [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:54+00:00November 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments