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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, […]

Caliber Dogma

In no field is the admonition “back to the basics” more necessary to continued fruitful work than in wound ballistics – Dr. Martin Fackler, Effects of Small Arms
The gun world is full of experts and one need look no further for conformation than any on-line debate regarding handgun calibers.

Handgun ballistic studies have been around longer […]

De-cockers

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
There are a number of operating systems common to modern pistols, and we still see most on the range regularly. However, 85% of the guns students show up with fall into the polymer, striker fired category. The last 15% are comprised of 1911-style […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Ask Fortress, Instructor Notes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shot Show 2017 – Report

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, is the annual gathering of the firearms industry manufacturers and distributors held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With its estimated 15-miles of tables and displays, this is an event the firearms professional simply can not miss! This year 5 members of the Fortress Staff […]

Compliance?

‘Now the best means for rendering an assailant powerless are a good weapon and the ability to use it. The first can be obtained at any gunshop, the last can be had only by careful study and practice.’ – Page 4, The Pistol as a Weapon of Defense in the House and On the Road.  […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Ask Fortress, Attitude, Instructor Notes, Training|0 Comments

Chicago, Gangs, and Guns – Part II

In Part 1 I ran down the basics of IL Chicago gun laws and stated that they have nothing to do with the record number of shootings the city has seen this year. Here in Part II I’ll explain why I came to that conclusion, as well as attempt to shed some light on the […]

Chicago, Gangs, and Guns Part I

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 
Rarely a day goes by that some form of the statement “Chicago has the strictest gun laws” is repeated on social media and on gun forums. Even the NRA and GOA representatives continually parrot that […]

Stock up!

“Change is the only constant in life.” – Heraclitus

During a conversation today with a rep from a MAJOR US gun manufacturer we were informed that they are planning to increase manufacturing output 300% over the next 6-weeks. Sounds like they’re expecting a mad rush! The days are ticking down towards the November election, and the […]

Requesting Medical Attention After a Defensive Shooting

“Self-preservation is the first law of nature” – Samuel Butler

For decades there has been controversy in the defense community with regard to the notion of asking for medical aid when one is involved in a shooting. In the category of ‘Defensive gun use wives tails’ there has been everything from “fake a heart attack” to […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Ask Fortress, Attitude, Instructor Notes, Medical, Training|0 Comments

Protecting Others; Re-Orienting the Mindset – By Rick Colliver

[Editors note: If you’re interested in training with Rick, we’re offering his Room Entry and Protecting Others courses March 19/20, in Crete IL. Check our training calendar for details!]

First and foremost, my attorney always cautions me to caution you that you should never take something you saw in an article…especially my articles…to constitute advice on […]