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 were […]

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

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, but […]

By |May 28th, 2017|Ammunition, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

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 of […]

By |July 7th, 2016|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Medical, Product Review|0 Comments

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

Wood and Water and Rifles

Rifle Lessons, Equipment Failures

Our experience was less than gratifying as one immediately quit working during the first 15-minutes of zeroing. It was replaced with a spare and no other problems were witnessed, but if we average it out, 25% of the ones we’ve now seen have broken. Obviously it’s hardly a scientific study of the optic, but for […]

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

Fortress Product Review:   Combat Application Tourniquet

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.

Over the past 10-years […]

By |February 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 lbs! […]

By |January 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 |January 26th, 2015|Product Review, Uncategorized|0 Comments