Attitude

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

Texas, Guns, & Faith – By Hoyt Ellspermann

Today we have a guest author -  friend, student, and aspiring Instructor, Hoyt Ellspermann! I'm a fan of information, as well as discussion about all things. So, here is an interesting take on the Texas church murders Hoyt penned this past week. Enjoy! -Frank Lots of opinions shared in tweets and glib remarks about guns [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:54+00:00November 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

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. [Click the link and check out his credentials.] For two hours the [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:01+00:00July 14th, 2017|Attitude, daily carry, Legal, Training|0 Comments