Instructor Notes

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

Hunger Games

“I don’t look for flashpoints, I look at conditions” – Michael Yon There’s a video making the rounds of a recent interview of Michael Yon by Dr. Jordan Peterson where they discuss the looming famine the world now faces. For those of you not familiar with Michael Yon, he’s a former Green Beret, war correspondent, [...]

By |2022-08-28T21:58:25-05:00August 28th, 2022|In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical, Rifles|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

Decimation

"The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable." - Sun Tzu "The enemy doesn't give a sh!t about [...]

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 [...]

Legislation

“Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have.” - P.J. O'Rourke Riding the recent wave of active murderer mass casualty events, the House passed the “Protecting Our Kids Act” (HR 7910), which as it stands would: - Prohibit auto-loading rifle sales to anyone [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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