Product Review

Car safe

Master Instructor Gregg Ellifritz has been on a 'Your car is not a holster!' campaign for years, and I fully support the effort. I'm, of course, a proponent of daily carry, as well as having life saving supplies and a long gun within one's vehicle. However, securing firearms that are not directly under our control [...]

Food Preparedness by Hoyt Ellspermann

“When the average American says, “I’m starving,” it is a prelude to a midnight raid on a well-stocked refrigerator or a sudden trip to the nearest fast food restaurant.” ― Carolyn Custis James Food storage has been a mainstream and absolutely necessary endeavor throughout recorded history. From the ancient Egyptians to the Founding Fathers, access [...]

By |2019-12-31T20:45:48+00:00December 31st, 2019|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

Replacing Carry Ammunition

“Preparation doesn't assure victory, it assures confidence.” - Amit Kalantri   It's incumbent upon we who carry defensive firearms to inspect our equipment regularly. Firearms, holsters, and magazines should be routinely checked for potential problems, and most of us do that. However, one component missing on many check lists is the inspection and replacement of [...]

By |2019-10-23T15:40:15+00:00October 21st, 2019|Ammunition, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

Dene Adams Leggings

Product review: Dene Adams Classic Concealed Carry Tactical Leggings  Most firearm related products are designed for a specific demographic end user, large to mid-framed males who are right handed! Women's needs with firearms, and especially daily carry, are at best an industry afterthought. I've made it a personal mission to remedy the neglect, however, it's [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-06-29T17:07:05+00:00June 29th, 2019|Firearms, Instructor Notes, Product Review|0 Comments

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 [...]