Product Review

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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, [...]