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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   Hammerless "pocket" revolver Since the 1800’s revolvers have been commonplace in the holsters of American law [...]

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

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