Product Review

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 [...]

Lehigh Xtreme Defense

Innovation in  defensive ammunition has made great strides over the last 20-years, however, it has mostly consisted of improvement on existing designs through application of refined metallurgy and more precise manufacturing techniques - in other words, effort is geared towards making a better hollow point. There have been a few attempts in new bullet designs, [...]

Shot Show 2017 – Report

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, is the annual gathering of the firearms industry manufacturers and distributors held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With its estimated 15-miles of tables and displays, this is an event the firearms professional simply can not miss! This year 5 members of the Fortress Staff [...]

Student IBD Usage

Precaution is better than cure. ~Edward Coke A student contacted us today regarding an IBD (Israeli Battle Dressing) usage during a recent vacation. Apparently he and his wife were enjoying a short trip out-of-town and decided to take a walk to do some sightseeing.His wife, wearing sandals, ended up with a laceration on the sole [...]

The Glock 43 9mm (finally!) – Product Review

In 1980 Glock Ges.m.b.H was formed in response to an official invitation form the Austrian military to submit a new pistol design for trials. The corporation was a subsidiary of Glock, KG, a manufacturing company founded in 1963 by the brilliant engineer, Gaston Glock, whose specialty was innovation in polymers. Having no experience with firearms, [...]

Wood and Water and Rifles

The advent of WWII brought with it major advancements in small arms design, and set the foundation that would become common requirements of the modern battle rifle. Auto-loading and magazine fed quickly replaced the bolt-actions of the day, and by the 1960’s wood stocks had been replaced with polymers in the majority of modern military [...]

Rifle Lessons, Equipment Failures

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”   - Bruce Lee We recently presented a Level I Rifle Course in the Midwest, and as is our norm, we request that students arrive with a semi-automatic (auto-loading), magazine-fed, military pattern rifle. We see many styles and calibers of rifle, [...]

Combat Application Tourniquet [C.A.T.] – Product Review

Fortress Product Review:   Combat Application Tourniquet [C.A.T.] Originally published January 2012 Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and it’s expected that the reader will seek out further information from certified medical personnel before considering any of the following . Frank is not a physician…in fact, he's pretty sure his CPR card has expired. [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:35+00:00February 4th, 2015|Instructor Notes, Medical, Product Review, Training|0 Comments

Shot Show 2015 – Miscellaneous

  Monday we attended one of three range events, and the highlight was getting our hands on the new Robar PolymAR rifle. The PolymAR is and AR15-style platform with the upper and lower receivers, as well as the handguard. Constructed of a polymer (hence the name) material that produces a field weight of only 6 [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:36+00:00January 28th, 2015|Blades, Firearms, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

DKX Armor SHOT Show 2015

SHOT Show is always a whirlwind of meetings and rushing from vendor to vendor - there's never enough time to see everything or everyone you wish. However, we made a special point of making our way to the Phalanx/DKX Armor booth where friends Evan and Ganya Anderson (two of our most favorite people on the planet) were showing off their great [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:37+00:00January 26th, 2015|Product Review, Uncategorized|0 Comments