Fortress Defense Blog

Seven Deadly Sins

“The punishment for acting helpless is to find yourself at the mercy of others.” - Marty Ruben   A student contacted me recently to relay a learning event her aunt experienced. The aunt is described as middle aged and attractive; an independent business woman who has worked hard and done well for herself.  She dresses [...]

By |2019-09-25T16:18:25+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Attitude, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Dene Adams Leggings

Product review: Dene Adams Classic Concealed Carry Tactical Leggings  Most firearm related products are designed for a specific demographic end user, large to mid-framed males who are right handed! Women's needs with firearms, and especially daily carry, are at best an industry afterthought. I've made it a personal mission to remedy the neglect, however, it's [...]

Do Something! – by Matt Ellison

After each mass shooting the politicians and activists on both sides begin to recite their talking points and promoting their agendas. And, as they fight it out to the same familiar stalemate, the public outcry remains a simple mantra: “Do Something!” I could not agree more; we must Do Something! However, relying on a group, [...]

Today’s Answer

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte On August 3rd a single murderer walked into the El Paso Walmart Superstore and opened fire with an AK47-style rifle. At this time, the casualty count is 22 dead, 24 injured. 13 hours later, a single murderer opened fire outside of the [...]

Police Brutality?

“Is this the hill you want to die on?" - Anon   On July 16th in Cashion, Oklahoma, 65-year-old Debra Hamil was tased and arrested by Officer Charles Massine during a traffic stop which originated due to a broken tail light on Hamil’s vehicle. Hamil has been charged on two counts: 1- Battery/Assault and Battery [...]

Trijicon MRO – Matt Ellison

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller The MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) is a red dot-style sight introduced by Trijicon in 2015. It's their answer to the Aimpoint style of micro red dot optics. The first thing you notice is its large objective lens, and that [...]

Factory Ammunition

"Maybe it’ll just be confiscation." - IL State Rep Julie Morrison, June 11, 2019, in regard to banning auto loading firearms. Our recommendation to new students is to attend class with American-made factory ammunition. Cheap foreign manufactured, and especially reloaded ("handloaded"), ammunition generally proves less than reliable. At best, ammunition which fails to feed, fire, [...]

Revolver Disintegration!

“Quality is never an accident.”  - John Ruskin Fortress Staff Instructor Chuck Skaggs was teaching at a local indoor range recently where a revolver disintegrated a few bays over from him. His notes are as follows: "The story, as best as I could gather, was that a husband and wife had just finished the transfer [...]

By |2019-06-29T17:07:05+00:00June 29th, 2019|Firearms, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

Memorial Day 2019

  Our goal has always been to teach good people the skills they need to have victory in the fight of their lives. Of course, we didn't invent any of our curriculum. No...the lessons we pass on were all taught to us through the blood of those who suffered and died before us. Private citizens, [...]

By |2019-05-27T17:33:30+00:00May 27th, 2019|Attitude, History, Instructor Notes, Liberty|0 Comments

Excuses? – By Tricia Ellison

“You can’t control the outcome, but you are 100% in control of the effort. If you don't like the outcome, change your effort" - Larry Elder A few months ago my husband and I decided to start having a date night once a week. 😊 We wrote a list of all the fun things we'd [...]