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Greg Ellifritz / Active Response Training
  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 31, 2020
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Short Barreled Rifles vs Pistol Braces A high quality analysis of the issues […]

  • Ammo Shortage: Is the 10mm a Good Self Defense Round?
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Written by Greg Ellifritz     I’ve been getting a few questions from readers about the 10mm auto for self protection.  With the current ammo shortage primarily affecting the […]

  • Pepper Sprayed for not Wearing a Mask
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 28, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Written by: Greg Ellifritz   People are losing their shit.  It’s almost like the world has been turned completely upside down in a very short period of time.  In my police job, […]

  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 24, 2020
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 24, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Hold Tight To The Past “The upshot of all this? Ain’t much new under the […]

  • Free Books- Part 209
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 23, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Amazon has a tremendous number of FREE ebooks on their website.  You can find thousands of free kindle books on Amazon’s site every day.  These books can be downloaded to a Kindle […]

  • Don’t be a CCW Idiot
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I’m guessing that most of you who are active in the firearm-related blogosphere have seen this story.  If you haven’t, please check it out:   Gun fell out of man’s […]

  • “Don’t Run in a Straight Line” and other Bad Advice
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Written by Greg Ellifritz   When listening to experts describe how to flee from an attacker who is shooting, the most common statement heard is “Don’t run in a straight […]

  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 17, 2020
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 17, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Avoiding The Ambush Excellent counter-ambush advice from Jeff Chudwin.     […]

  • More Info on Weapon-Mounted Lights
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 16, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Written by: Greg Ellifritz   Earlier this week, I wrote an article covering issues involved in the use of weapon mounted lights.  I had a couple readers write me to request some […]

  • Issues with Weapon Mounted Lights
    by Greg Ellifritz on July 13, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Written by: Greg Ellifritz   I spent all of last week attending Massad Ayoob and Marty Hayes’ Deadly Force Instructor class as a student.  We spent some time discussing the use of […]

American Rifleman
  • Review: Ruger Precision Rifle
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    The Ruger Precision Rifle, at it launch, brought an affordable long-range rifle to the masses.

  • The Weaver Stance: Its Origins & Use
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Though many have moved on to other shooting stances, the Weaver Stance was revolutionary and still has utility today.

  • New for 2020: Kel-Tec RDB Defender
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    New for 2020 Kel-Tec unveils a lighter, more compact and adjustable version of the RDB, the RDB Defender.

  • 4 Essential Elements of Self-Defense
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Of course, self-defense means having a gun to many people. But here are some other essential elements to protect yourself.

  • Review: Umarex M1A1 Thompson
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Continuing its line of realistic CO2 powered replicas Umarex has a new addition to the Legends line, the M1A1 Thompson submachine gun.

  • Glock G43: One of 2019's Top Sellers
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Though many companies have introduced comparable models in recent years, the Glock G43 continues to be a popular self-defense pistol.

  • Field Tested: Savage 110 Precision Rifle
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Though the Savage 110 action has been around for a while, the new 110 Precision Rifle brings a host of features to the long-range shooting enthusiast on a budget.

  • The Military Model 70: A Forgotten Sniper Rifle
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Although the “Rifleman’s Rifle” is unquestionably one of the greatest hunting rifles of all time, the Winchester Model 70's service in the U.S. military has been meager, and even […]

  • The Armed Citizen® July 31, 2020
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for tales of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

  • NRA Gun of the Week: Tisas 1911A1 US Army
    on August 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

    On this week’s “Gun of the Week,” American Rifleman discuss what makes the Tisas 1911A1 US Army pistol a faithful reproduction of the classic military sidearm.

Michael Seekings / Shooting Performance
  • Find Your Speed – The Three Keys
    by michael seeklander on June 17, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Have you ever shot a stage only to wonder how in the world your local master beat you by four seconds? You shot the stage as good as you possibly could have, and have been working a bunch in your dry […]

  • The Three Golden Rules
    by michael seeklander on June 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t know why I had not heard it put as simply and succinctly than I did from Sgt Don Jones in the Knoxville Police Academy, but I had not. He gave us a success speech early in our first […]

  • Are you Violating Key Training Program Principles?
    by michael seeklander on May 15, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Taken from Your Competition Handgun Training Program and the USPSA Mastery Program In order for this or any program to be effective, it must follow certain principles.  Are you violating […]

  • It’s NOT your Trigger Control
    by michael seeklander on February 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Have you heard any of these? "Trigger control is the most important part of shooting." "He doesn't know how to pull the trigger, that's why he missed." "She missed because she jerked the trigger!" […]

  • Training Smart Vs. Hard
    by michael seeklander on February 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Finding and Cultivating Your Inner Drive “If it’s not raining, we’re not training!” “Pain is weakness leaving the body!!” “The more you bleed in training, […]

Precision Rifle Blog
  • Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge
    by Cal on July 12, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    A few weeks ago, I attended one of my all-time favorite matches: the Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge hosted by Scott Satterlee in Wyoming. It was quite the experience, with targets ranging from 720 to […]

  • Bullet Jump Research: Executive Summary & Load Development Tips
    by Cal on April 28, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    This is the last post in a series of articles focused on bullet jump research that has been conducted more than two years by Mark Gordon of Short Action Customs (Who is Mark Gordon?). In this post, […]

  • Mark’s 18-Shot Bullet Jump Challenge!
    by Cal on April 15, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Are you one of those guys who has been reading this series of posts on bullet jump, and thinking to yourself, “Well, my 0.020” bullet jump sure seems to be working fine. Doubt this would […]

  • More Bullet Jump Research!
    by Cal on April 5, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    This post shares more of Mark Gordon’s research on bullet jump, which is very interesting, original research – and has everyone talking! This post looks at research data on the […]

  • Bullet Jump: Is Less Always Better?
    by Cal on March 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    This landmark article shares new, primary research that Mark Gordon from Short Action Customs has compiled over the past 2 years. He tested a wide range of bullet jumps in several rifle/load […]

  • How Fast Does A Barrel Erode?
    by Cal on March 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

    This article focuses on how quickly the lands of a rifle barrel usually erode, especially for mid-sized cartridges that are popular in precision rifle matches. It also explains how many shooters try […]

  • Bullet Jump & Seating Depth: Best Practices & Conventional Wisdom
    by Cal on March 21, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    With so many events canceled and stores closed, what a great time to do some reloading! Over the past several weeks, I have been working on a series of posts that I'm very excited to finally share […]

  • SHOT Show 2020: Leica PRS 5-30×56 with PRB Reticle!
    by Cal on January 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    This week at SHOT Show, Leica is announcing a new precision rifle scope that features the PRB reticle I helped them design. I’ve had to keep this quiet for over a year, so I’m excited to […]

  • Trijicon Ventus: Measuring Range AND WIND!
    by Cal on January 9, 2020 at 4:29 am

    The Trijicon Ventus is the first commercially available laser wind sensor designed to help long-range shooters make better wind calls and get rounds on targets. This article covers the details […]

  • Dope Card Holders & Heads-Up Displays: Viewing Your Dope While On The Clock
    by Cal on January 6, 2020 at 1:57 am

    A few months ago, I published an article about the devices and apps the top precision rifle shooters were using to calculate their ballistics. We saw that 76% used a Kestrel Ballistic Weather Meter, […]

Ruger Firearms
  • Ruger Introduces Four New Stainless Ruger American Rimfire Rifles
    on April 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly introduces four new Target models to the Ruger American® Rimfire family. Constructed from stainless steel for superior aesthetics and corrosion […]

  • Ruger Reintroduces the Hawkeye Alaskan Rifle
    on March 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to reintroduce the Hawkeye® Alaskan rifle chambered in three calibers: .375 Ruger, .338 Winchester Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum. Based on […]

  • Ruger Auction - Mini-14® with Wood Handguard
    on March 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    You are bidding on a blued, .223 Rem. caliber Ruger® Mini-14® rifle with serial number 180-07678. The manufacture date of this rifle is December 8, 1976.

  • Ruger Adds Junior Shooter Beth Walker to Team Ruger
    on March 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly introduces Beth Walker as the seventh addition to Team Ruger. A 17-year-old, 3-Gun competitor, Walker is Team Ruger's first junior shooter. "We […]

  • Team Ruger Competitors Take Three High Lady Wins
    on March 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly announces three High Lady divisional wins from Team Ruger competitors Randi Rogers and Maggie Reese Voigt at this year's USPSA Henry's Cup and […]

  • Ruger Signs Maggie Reese Voigt to Professional Shooting Team
    on March 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce that it has signed Maggie Reese Voigt to its professional shooting team. Maggie takes the sixth spot on Team Ruger, led by Captain […]

  • Ruger Auction - Mark II™ Target Pistol Pair
    on March 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    We have for auction a pair of consecutively serial numbered .22 LR Mark II Target pistols. The manufacture date for both pistols is February 15, 1984.

  • Ruger Announces Second Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle
    on March 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR)is proud to introduce its third addition to the newly launched Ruger® Custom Shop. This variation of the Ruger Custom Shop 10/22® Competition Rifle […]

  • Team Ruger Captain Doug Koenig Takes Trophy Spot at ALTUS AI Long Range Classic
    on March 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger's Captain Doug Koenig claimed the production division win at the Accuracy International (AI) Long Range Classic […]

  • Ruger Heads to Germany for 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics
    on March 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is heading back to Europe for the 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics show from March 8-11. The Ruger exhibit booth will be located in Hall 7A-414 again this year. […]

Grant Cunningham
The Art of Manliness
  • Sunday Firesides: Never Criticize Without Offering an Alternative
    on August 2, 2020 at 1:04 am

    During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower would have his staff study certain problems and then present their conclusions to those who were specialists in that particular area. Sometimes, a […]

  • Get 1% Better Every Day: The Kaizen Way to Self-Improvement
    on July 31, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    It's time to get off the self-improvement roller coaster. To do so, we're going to embrace the philosophy of small, continuous improvement. It's called Kaizen.

  • What’s That Little Pocket on Your Jeans For?
    on July 31, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    There's nothing more American than a pair of blue jeans. They're such a style staple that you've likely taken for granted a lot of their standard design features. Like, for example, the little pocket […]

  • 3 Crusty and Classic Cast-Iron Desserts
    on July 30, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I wouldn’t call myself an all-in enthusiast for cast-iron cooking; I think the upkeep is tedious and not necessarily worth it. But, when it comes to baking desserts in a cast-iron skillet, I am […]

  • Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Spin a Basketball on Your Finger
    on July 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll […]

  • Podcast #631: How to Prevent and Survive a Home Invasion
    on July 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    You're lying in bed at night and hear a noise downstairs. Is there someone in your house, and if there is, do you know what to do? While we'd like to think we'd rise to the occasion and readily […]

  • When Is the Best Time to Work Out?
    on July 28, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    When you think about your workouts, you probably focus primarily on their content -- the kinds of exercises you’re going to do. While the what of your workouts is certainly of highest […]

  • Theodore Roosevelt’s Heartwarming Letters to His Children
    on July 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    When Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency in 1901, he became, at 42 years old, the youngest president in the country's history, and his children with wife Edith were similarly youthful in age. […]


Gun Culture

  • Gun Licensees and Privacy in the Empire State
    on August 3, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    The Daily News, a New York City newspaper, recently filed a lawsuit to compel the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and licensing officials to release the full names, the type of license, […]

  • Contrived Data at Odds with Lived Reality
    on August 3, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Social science research is not as clear-cut as the hard sciences; research findings require interpretation and explanation. The findings have to be plausible. When the explanations are not grounded […]

  • 2020 Democratic Party Platform Declares Total War on Second Amendment Rights
    on August 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    The national Democratic Party is no longer making any attempt to hide their antipathy towards guns and guns owners. Where once the party attempted to tailor their anti-gun messaging to appear […]

War On Guns
  • Well...Bye
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Not really, but I am getting out of here for a while and will be back around Aug. 3 or thereabouts. Feral sons Uday and Qusay will be let out of the basement to prowl the house until then and […]

  • Speaking of Shoulder Things That Go Up...
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    The traveler from East Orange, NJ, was traveling through the airport when TSA discovered the rifle, which had “a high-powered magazine and an arsenal of ammunition.” [More]At least it […]

  • We're the Only Ones Minimized Enough
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    “We expect to see the same justice with this white officer and a Black female victim as we would see with a Black officer,” Lewis said. [More]So the Houston Chronicle has gone full AP?I […]

  • Anyone Who's Not a Democrat is a Racist
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Joe Biden calls Trump the country’s ‘first’ racist president [More]Seeing as how Trump is an avatar for those who supported his 2016 agenda, Joe Biden is parroting the antifa/bLM* […]

  • Pretty Much
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Schools Are Closing Not Because They Should, But Because They Can. [More]Don't get me started on public schools.[Via Michael G]

  • I've Heard of the Camel's Nose Under the Tent
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    What about Kamala's face...? [More]I know, catty.And hypocritical, seeing as how I've been treated by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.[Via Jess]

  • No Safe Space
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    A civilization that can achieve this is what the destroyers who create and achieve nothing are trying to tear down. [More]Tangentially related: Leave it to bureaucrats with a budget to not have an […]

  • Blast from the Past: Vanderboegh on Black Lives Matter
    by David Codrea on July 23, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    So before you wear a slogan like THAT," (and I pointed at his shirt), "you'd better think this shit through. [More]It's as timely today as it was five years ago, if not more so.[Reminder via […]

  • Ebony and ivory
    by David Codrea on July 22, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    AP says it will capitalize Black but not white [More]Because white people are racists.They're also xenophobes.Bad white people! Bad!Tell 'em, George...UPDATE: In protest, I'm going to start using […]

  • Give 'em What They Voted For -- Good and Hard
    by David Codrea on July 22, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Yep, looks like Virginia’s Democrats are allowing the statue-toppling, paint-throwing mobs to dictate the agenda next month. [More]Part of me says "Good, let everybody see how quickly the […]

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