Attitude

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, […]

America Rescues Itself

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Clean up has now begun in Houston from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, as well as in the entire state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma. All things considered, the loss of human life […]

By |September 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Politics|0 Comments

Training?

“The people you inspire will go farther than the people you impress” – John Farnam
Over the past 30-days there have been a plethora of news stories regarding gun owners – well meaning, I’m sure – doing stupid things with firearms, as well as a large number of clean defensive uses of guns. Of course, all […]

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 […]

Collateral Damage?

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.” – Chogyam Trungpa
An important part of our job instructing others in use of lethal force is to present worst case scenario and bring to light the realities of the responsibilities we’re taking on, as well as the potential costs of the aftermath when we’re involved in a defensive shooting.

We’re not […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Attitude, daily carry, Legal, Training|0 Comments

London – Rinse, and Repeat

Qu’ran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

 
Sunday, May 21st, at 10:45pm UK time, a lone Jihadist suicide bomber detonated a device outside Manchester Arena, murdering 22 people and injuring another 50+. The majority of the casualties […]

Stealth Travel

“Privacy – like eating and breathing – is one of life’s basic requirements.” – Katherine Neville
Our advice to students is to live what’s called the ‘Stealth Existence.’ This is a multilayered activity that runs from practicing a low profile in public to keeping one’s ownership of guns to themselves. It’s no one’s business what or […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Politics|2 Comments

Violence?

“Despotism despises nothing so much as righteousness in its victims”  – Gregory David Roberts
Statements by well meaning gun owners are often made in the form of “I wouldn’t hesitate to use violence”, or, “violence can solve problems”. When I hear them, I cringe.  In class I ask students: “Who here, if called upon, […]

By |April 29th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Legal|0 Comments

London

‘A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman. I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.’ – Eyewitness to London attack, Rick Longley
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a lone Islamic jihadist drove a car into the pedestrian lane […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

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