franksharpejr

About Frank Sharpe, Jr.

Frank has been a firearms instructor for over 19 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI), and Lead Instructor of Fortress Defense, he has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearm use. Frank is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual, and specializes in the effective instruction of female students. He regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

Panhandler Encounter

The following is an account of a recent panhandler interaction Fortress Staff Instructors Matt & Tricia Ellison recently experienced. "Last month, we, along with two other couples, attended a lecture in the heart of Chicago approximately 3 blocks from City Hall. Parking was half a block away and required us to traverse sidewalks adorned with [...]

Global Update

"Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war." - B.H. Liddell Hart We’re two months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine and regardless of what our media says, Russia will inevitably defeat them. Of course, the US, and other countries, will [...]

Warning Shots

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” ― Daniel J. Boorstin An often-asked question by our new students is: Should I fire a warning shot? Our short answer is no. However, it bears some explanation. There are multiple reasons warning shots are a poor choice of action. 1) [...]

AR15 Cleaning Kit

“Preparation doesn't assure victory, it assures confidence.” - Amit Kalantri While on the road, my rifle travels with me in a stealth case [not obviously containing a gun] – presently I’m deploying the Covert Carry bag manufactured by Savior Equipment. I prefer “low profile” bags and cases that keep attention in public to a minimum. [...]

By |2022-04-19T20:20:58-05:00April 19th, 2022|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Rifles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Panic

"The future has a way of arriving unannounced." —George Will One of the most dangerous and destructive forces on Earth is a mob in a state of panic, and we are currently on the razor edge of a world-wide food panic. When the mob decides – right or wrong – inflation, fuel shortages, fertilizer shortages, [...]

Ukraine?

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Throughout my life Russia has been to war in Egypt, Ethiopia, Angola, Afghanistan, Georgia (twice), Abkhazia [where?], Transnistria [double where?], Tajikistan, Chechnya (three times), North Caucuses, Syria, Central African Republic, and Ukraine. Well, Ukraine [...]

DSArms FAL

I purchased a couple of DSA SA-58 rifles (the American FAL) during the "assault weapons ban" of the 90's/early 2000's, and, thus, they came without flash suppressors or threaded barrels. The model I bought was the Medium Contour Tactical (MTC), which amounted to a 16" fluted barrel with a shortened gas system. Over all, that [...]

By |2022-02-21T01:11:46-06:00February 21st, 2022|Firearms, Product Review, Rifles|0 Comments

You’re Elected!

"When you least expect it, you're elected!" - John Farnam Recently, Fortress Staff Instructor Tommy Teach was dining at a local restaurant when a commotion began near the entrance door. An elderly man (75yo), who was exiting, had tripped on a fold in a throw rug, fell, and struck his head on the exit door [...]

By |2022-02-13T23:04:57-06:00February 13th, 2022|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Medical, Training|0 Comments
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