Instructor Notes

Trijicon MRO – Matt Ellison

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller The MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) is a red dot-style sight introduced by Trijicon in 2015. It's their answer to the Aimpoint style of micro red dot optics. The first thing you notice is its large objective lens, and that [...]

Factory Ammunition

"Maybe it’ll just be confiscation." - IL State Rep Julie Morrison, June 11, 2019, in regard to banning auto loading firearms. Our recommendation to new students is to attend class with American-made factory ammunition. Cheap foreign manufactured, and especially reloaded ("handloaded"), ammunition generally proves less than reliable. At best, ammunition which fails to feed, fire, [...]

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

Memorial Day 2019

  Our goal has always been to teach good people the skills they need to have victory in the fight of their lives. Of course, we didn't invent any of our curriculum. No...the lessons we pass on were all taught to us through the blood of those who suffered and died before us. Private citizens, [...]

By |2019-05-27T17:33:30+00:00May 27th, 2019|Attitude, History, Instructor Notes, Liberty|0 Comments

Excuses? – By Tricia Ellison

“You can’t control the outcome, but you are 100% in control of the effort. If you don't like the outcome, change your effort" - Larry Elder A few months ago my husband and I decided to start having a date night once a week. 😊 We wrote a list of all the fun things we'd [...]

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 [...]

Hoffner Hand Hawk

Master knife maker Brian Hoffner was present at the annual NRA show this past weekend and I secured a copy of his long awaited Hoffner Hand Hawk. Since he first announced the concept 2 years ago he has been refining the design, unwilling to go into production until the final product met his high standards [...]

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 [...]