franksharpejr

About Frank Sharpe, Jr.

Frank has been a firearms instructor for over 17 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.

You’re right!

The social media virus experts have been going at it non-stop for the past week, and I don’t expect that to lessen since a huge swath of the population is now stuck at home without sports to watch. However, the “debate” amounts this: Side A: It’s just a flu Side B: It’s novel virus – [...]

By |2020-03-14T13:26:34+00:00March 14th, 2020|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

COVID19 3/12/20

My threat level on 1 to 10 is now a 5.5, and will be moving to a 6 if the economic situation gets any worse over the next 1 to 2 weeks. A perfect storm of intersecting events will be required for this to ever go over my level 7, however, that foundation has certainly [...]

By |2020-03-13T01:11:27+00:00March 13th, 2020|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical|0 Comments

Virus Panic

Yesterday’s Presidential/CDC press conference had little effect on quelling any stock market jitters. Today the Dow dipped below the correction threshold, losing close to 1200 points. There are now 51 nations with cases. Regardless of the actual severity of the situation, public panic will eventually set it if there isn’t an immediate reversal of the [...]

COVID-19 2/25/20

Last week I posted my threat level assessment of the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. At that time I was holding to a 3 on a scale of 1-10. I’m now at a 3.5, which means all the same preparatory work, but it’s now time to have a conversation with CLOSE friends and family (your loser [...]

By |2020-02-26T00:10:24+00:00February 25th, 2020|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical, Politics|0 Comments

COVID-19 Update

Last week we posted our advice on dealing with the latest Coronavirus update. That advice has not changed other than a rise on the urgency scale. On a 1 to 10 (1 being no point in even occupying any of your thoughts with it, and a 10 being find an underground bunker and lock yourself [...]

Rob Me!

"Showing off is the fools idea of glory" - Bruce Lee We practice what is referred to as the Stealth Existence.  Those of us who carry in public should not be drawing any attention to ourselves or our guns. Daily movement should be low key with as little friction as possible, never sticking out, never [...]

By |2020-05-17T22:15:47+00:00February 16th, 2020|Ask Fortress, Attitude, daily carry, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Viral Travel Tips

From a friend and student in the corporate world regarding the Coronavirus presently in the news: "Some of us have no choice but to be on the road at this point. The new Coronavirus hasn't spread far enough or wide enough for we in business to simply choose to stay home. When I used to [...]

By |2020-01-28T03:10:30+00:00January 28th, 2020|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical|0 Comments

Coronavirus

The past 20 days have seen an outbreak of a seriously infectious virus originating in Wuhan, China. The Chinese government has quarantined over 1-million people at this point, cutting off ingress and egress to multiple cities, as well as screening all travelers moving through their airports. We been through this before – SARS, EBOLA, Bird [...]

By |2020-01-27T03:02:37+00:00January 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Police Contact

Our intention as gun carriers should be to avoid conflict, living long, boring lives absent of any defensive shootings. And most of us will be successful. …most of us. Some, regardless of how well avoidance and de-escalation skills are practiced, will be left with no option other than to deploy a firearm in self-defense. Self-defense [...]

By |2020-01-12T23:47:31+00:00January 12th, 2020|daily carry, Instructor Notes, Legal, police, Training|0 Comments

Food Preparedness by Hoyt Ellspermann

“When the average American says, “I’m starving,” it is a prelude to a midnight raid on a well-stocked refrigerator or a sudden trip to the nearest fast food restaurant.” ― Carolyn Custis James Food storage has been a mainstream and absolutely necessary endeavor throughout recorded history. From the ancient Egyptians to the Founding Fathers, access [...]

By |2019-12-31T20:45:48+00:00December 31st, 2019|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments