Attitude

Design Flaw

"Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding." - Burt Rutan Along with the day-to-day operations of Fortress, I act as Director of Training for Bruzer Less Lethal. For those not familiar, Bruzer is owned and operated by Fortress/DTI Instructor Tommy Teach, and produces a 2-shot, 12ga, over-under pistol, known as the ML-12. [...]

By |2022-09-17T11:04:04-05:00September 16th, 2022|Attitude, Firearms, Instructor Notes, Optics, police, Training|0 Comments

Heretics

"Stupid is as stupid does." - Proverb, circa 1862 While dining after a recent class, the Fortress Staff Instructors were relating to one another a few recent interactions they’d had with strangers. As we went around the table, an obvious pattern formed. It seems that we’re all regularly subjected to stories of poor gun handling [...]

By |2022-08-16T19:06:12-05:00August 16th, 2022|Attitude, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

SCOTUS Today

With today's Dobbs decision overturning Roe v Wade, and yesterday's SCOTUS affirmation of the right to carry firearms, the left is presently experiencing an emotional (soon to be physical) meltdown. DC police have been placed on 12-hour shifts, all leave has been cancelled, and they are presently around the capitol in riot gear. Armored vehicles [...]

Plan Now!

"...you must learn from the mistakes of others—you will never live long enough to make them all yourself.“ - Harry Myers and Mason M. Roberts, from the book Human Engineering, published, 1932 A primary skill of the Instructor/Consultants is the ability to think like a criminal. We assess data points and apply them to the [...]

Uvlade Pt. 1

"I was not looking for any glory or rewards as I felt my reward was one dead sniper." - Ramiro "Ray" Martinez August 1, 1966, Austin, Texas – Former Marine, Charles Whitman, stabs his mother and wife to death in two separate locations. The same day, Austin police officer Ramiro “Ray” Martinez was at home [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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