Instructor Notes

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 and faith due […]

By |November 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.

For two hours the good Colonel, […]

Huntington Beach OIS

“The media is no one’s friend. That goes double for social media.” – Frank Sharpe, Fortress Defense.

Friday (9/22/17) morning a Huntington Beach, CA, police officer was involved in a daylight shooting outside of a local 7-11 store. By 9:30am a 26-second video taken by a bystander was uploaded to Twitter.

Here is that video, as posted […]

By |September 24th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes, police, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

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

Spare Some Change?

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great. – Edward Coke
 

This week Manchester, New Hampshire, police issued a statement to the public requesting they not give money to panhandlers as doing so may contribute to death by overdose to the very person they think they’re helping. In the past year Manchester has experienced […]

By |June 10th, 2017|In the News, Instructor Notes|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 […]

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 were […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Firearms, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments