Firearms

Rifle Lessons 7/20

“When a machine has moving parts, the parts need room to move!” – Mikhail Kalashnikov It's our habit at each rifle class is to announce to our students that it our most sincere hope that every firearm, magazine, and accessory they brought with them, BREAKS! If it’s going to fail, we want it to happen [...]

By |2020-07-19T00:17:55+00:00July 18th, 2020|Firearms, Instructor Notes, Optics, Rifles, Training|0 Comments

Car safe

Master Instructor Gregg Ellifritz has been on a 'Your car is not a holster!' campaign for years, and I fully support the effort. I'm, of course, a proponent of daily carry, as well as having life saving supplies and a long gun within one's vehicle. However, securing firearms that are not directly under our control [...]

Tick-Tock

6-months ago our nation was enjoying the best economy in its history. 3-months ago we were being played by China, the WHO, the CDC, and leftist governors and mayors into destroying that economy. Two weeks ago, every major city experienced rioting, looting, and general civil unrest. Again, leftist mayors and governors did little to stop [...]

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

Gun Show Treachery

"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly" - Thomas Paine   In the states where legal, private sales of firearms are common place at gun shows. However, we all take our chances, as attempting any comprehensive inspections on potential purchases is all but impossible. Individual sellers are not interested in letting strangers take [...]

Equipment Recommendations

We are often asked for our recommendations on carry gear and accessories - below is a current list of what we consider serviceable for serious purposes, as of 4/19/19 We make nothing from any of these brands, nor do we “endorse” products. Our opinions can, and do change, on a regular basis, and what we [...]

Gun Oil?

We're often asked what oil should be used to lubricate guns. Our response: "Oil." I use whatever is around. But, I clean my firearms after every range session. Long term storage, salt water air, prolonged missions, etc., aren't major concerns in my life. For lubrication and rust prevention, if one must have "the best", Hornady [...]

Gun Stupid

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." - George Bernard Shaw The past few weeks have been rife with stories of American gun owners behaving poorly with their firearms. More than I have time to list, but here's the highlights: We begin with two Rhodes Scholars who decided to test out the [...]

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

XD Magazine Issue

The Springfield XD is a high quality, reliable pistol. However, it does have a weak spot. Since Springfield XD's started showing up in our classes, it's been a constant battle keeping the magazines running. We've blamed it on the sandy conditions of Sand Burr, the main range we use in Indiana, but last week we [...]