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Greg Ellifritz / Active Response Training
  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 21, 2024
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 21, 2024 at 10:39 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   The Value of Mirror Image Shooting I agree with Mas here.  I think a lot of instructors […]

  • Hiker Self-Protection Strategies
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 19, 2024 at 10:56 am

    Last week, I wrote an article describing an incident I experienced on a local hiking trail.  I encountered a single female hiker on a remote trail.  The woman had a large skinning knife in her […]

  • Enough Gun?
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 17, 2024 at 11:05 am

    With the recent introduction of the Smith and Wesson/Lipseys collaborative snub nose revolvers, I’m seeing more and more folks arguing online about what is “enough” gun for concealed carry.  […]

  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 14, 2024
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 14, 2024 at 10:54 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Got a Light? Weaponlights, Handhelds, and Concealed Carry Chris Cypert shares his […]

  • Free Books- Part 298
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 13, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    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 reader or a […]

  • The Girl With A Knife
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 13, 2024 at 5:19 am

    I ran into a strange situation today.  Some of you might benefit from analyzing it and thinking through possible response outcomes should a similar encounter happen to you.   Since I moved to […]

  • Surviving Mob Attacks on Your Vehicle
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 10, 2024 at 10:55 am

      Lots of folks have been contacting me because they are concerned that we will soon see large scale election-related violence and protests.  While I can’t predict the future, the possibility of […]

  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 7, 2024
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 7, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Vang Comp Thunderstick Summit – October 11-13 2024 | Fairfield, UT | Despite the fact […]

  • A “Car Gun” for Riot Defense
    by Greg Ellifritz on June 5, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    *I’ve been teaching out of state for the past two weeks.  In every class I’ve taught, students have expressed concerns about potential upcoming political/election riots.  They are fearful that […]

  • Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 31, 2024
    by Greg Ellifritz on May 31, 2024 at 10:02 am

    Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.   Managing Expectations I’m placing this article at the top of the list because it’s […]

American Rifleman
Michael Seekings / Shooting Performance
  • The FUNDAMENTAL Program Drills
    by michael seeklander on December 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I get this question all the time: “Mike, I am a defensive shooter and will be practicing on an indoor range, what drills should I do in this circumstance” and I always answer that a drill is […]

  • Each Day, Try to Build One Perfect Chunk
    by michael seeklander on February 9, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Tip #16: Each Day, Try to Build One Perfect Chunk The post Each Day, Try to Build One Perfect Chunk appeared first on Shooting-Performance.com.

  • Seven Week Concealed Carry Program
    by michael seeklander on January 14, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    This program is a simple yet highly efficient program that will help you improve your handgun shooting skills a bunch if you put the effort in. That said, one thing that you need to understand is […]

  • Build it Backward
    by michael seeklander on January 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Name your goal. Go ahead, write it down. Now write down the date you wish to reach your goal. Be realistic. Now estimate the individual steps you need to take to reach the goal, to the best of […]

  • You Don’t Need a Gun for Self-Defense
    by michael seeklander on January 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    I admit the title of the article is a bit of a clickbait. If you are an avid reader of my blog, you are likely not my target audience. But I hope you share it with someone who might think that a […]

Precision Rifle Blog
  • Best Long Range Scope & Reticle: What The Pros Use
    by Cal on June 11, 2024 at 2:56 am

    In the world of long-range precision shooting, the right scope can make all the difference. There have been DRAMATIC shifts in what scopes are most popular among the top PRS shooters over the past 5 […]

  • Best Rifle Trigger: What The Pros Use
    by Cal on May 19, 2024 at 1:38 am

    Curious about what makes a rifle trigger truly exceptional? This article breaks down the choices of the top 200 Precision Rifle Series shooters, revealing the brands that dominate and why. With […]

  • Top Rifle Gunsmiths: What the Pros Use
    by Cal on May 4, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    In the high-stakes world of precision rifle competitions, choosing the right gunsmith can make a huge difference. Our newest article showcases the top picks among pro shooters, featuring insights […]

  • Best Custom Rifle Barrel: What The Pros Use
    by Cal on April 20, 2024 at 7:34 pm

    Behind Every Great Shooter, There's a Great Barrel: In a sport where every detail counts, choosing the right rifle barrel can make all the difference. From exclusive insights on barrel brands to […]

  • Best Custom Rifle Action: What The Pros Use
    by Cal on April 6, 2024 at 12:01 am

    When it comes to precision rifles, an action can make all the difference! Our latest blog post dives deep into the preferences of the 200 leading shooters in the PRS revealing trends, favorites, and […]

  • Pre-Fit Barrels: Everything Your Gunsmith Wishes You Knew
    by Cal on March 30, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    We’ve seen an explosion of pre-fit barrels over the past few years. But are any of the top-ranked PRS shooters using pre-fits? Are they as accurate as a barrel that is custom-chambered for your […]

  • What The Pros Use: Best Rifle Chassis & Stocks
    by Cal on March 15, 2024 at 5:34 pm

    Discover the latest trends in precision rifle chassis and stocks that the top 200 shooters in the PRS believe help them get more hits on target. This exclusive data reveals massive shifts in the […]

  • What The Pros Use: Precision Rifle Calibers & Cartridges
    by Cal on March 1, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Dive into the “What The Pros Use” 2024 Edition, where we uncover the latest trends in precision rifle gear among the top-ranked shooters in the Precision Rifle Series. Discover the shift in […]

  • New Upgrades To The PRS Barricade Skills Stage
    by Cal on February 20, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    Attention, precision rifle shooters! The 2024 PRS rules have just dropped, bringing with them some exciting updates to the PRS Skills Stages and the PRS barricade. Wondering what’s new? Look no […]

  • Finish Out of PRB’s 100 Yard Underground Range
    by Cal on February 13, 2024 at 2:06 am

    A ton of people have asked me for an update on my 100-yard underground range that I recently built. I published an article a couple of years ago that shared my plans and what I’d done so far, and I […]

Ruger Firearms
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Grant Cunningham
  • How-to: A close-to-home example of risk analysis
    by Grant Cunningham on May 22, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    I participate in an online cooking forum. A few weeks back we had a discussion about the relative safety of brushes to clean a grill (barbecue or indoor). This might seem like a mundane topic with no […]

  • Just a quick thought…
    by Grant Cunningham on May 15, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Planning isn’t sexy, but it’s the best way to get where you want to go. That’s why preparedness and security start with pen and paper, not guns and shooting. -=[ Grant ]=-

  • A bit of shameless self-promotion
    by Grant Cunningham on February 13, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    For a former trumpet player, I’m surprisingly reticent about blowing my own horn. Today I’ve managed to overcome that reluctance and share some videos, plus an overdue link to my latest book. […]

  • Book Review — Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense, 2nd edition, by Massad Ayoob
    by Grant Cunningham on February 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Some background Massad Ayoob and I go way back. We met in 1994, when my wife and I attended his Judicious Use of Lethal Force class, then known as LFI-1 (for “Lethal Force Institute”, the name of […]

  • My SHOT Show 2023 report
    by Grant Cunningham on January 26, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    SHOT Show ’23 took place January 17th through the 20th. I attended as an exhibitor this year, helping Lubriplate officially introduce their SFL Firearm Grease and FMO Firearm Oil, two products […]

  • New year, exciting new product announcement!
    by Grant Cunningham on January 4, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this day for over 15 years. I honestly have. Long-time readers of this blog already know my views on lubricants for firearms. (For those who are new, click here for […]

  • Happy New Year!
    by Grant Cunningham on December 31, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    In our society, we usually spend the eve of a new year wishing the coming annum is better than the one we leave behind. And wishing is about where it ends. Instead of the annual hopefest, how about […]

  • “It seemed like a good idea at the time”
    by Grant Cunningham on December 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    One day my wife and I were going through our preparedness supplies, checking expiration dates and seeing if any items needed repair or replacement. (It’s amazing how much of our back-stocked […]

  • “If you can’t say anything nice…”
    by Grant Cunningham on December 22, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve had a blog post ready to release for the past few months, and continually vacillated on whether to publish it. I finally decided not to hit the upload button.  The article was about […]

  • Things I’ve come to understand
    by Grant Cunningham on October 5, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Quick reminder: If you’ve gotten this in your email, it’s because, at some time in the past, you signed up and agreed to receive updates from me. If you don’t remember who I am, or have decided […]

The Art of Manliness
  • Odds and Ends: June 21, 2024
    on June 21, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    How the Seasons Change Our Sleep. Do you feel like your sleep’s been crappier lately? Shorter and less restful? Well, the summer season may be to blame. Research published last year found that […]

  • I Started Taking a Walk Every Morning. Here’s What Happened to My Health
    on June 20, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Since March, I've been waking up earlier. Before that time, I'd typically go to bed at 11 p.m. and naturally wake up between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. Then, for some reason, regardless of what time I […]

  • Podcast #1000! Rules for the Modern Man
    on June 19, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    Fifteen years and more than 200 million downloads later, this episode marks the 1,000th installment of the Art of Manliness podcast! It begins with a bit of a retrospective on the podcast and then […]

  • Podcast #999: The Epic Adventures of America’s Forgotten Mountain Man
    on June 17, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    Plenty of famous explorers and frontiersmen emerged from America's periods of expansion and exploration, and today the likes of Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, and Davy Crockett remain household names. […]

  • Sunday Firesides: In Praise of Little Platoons
    on June 16, 2024 at 3:08 am

    Have you ever been in a hotel room with your spouse and kids, tucked away in this liminal space, enjoying the feeling that no one could find you (and kind of hoping that no one ever would), and […]

  • The Summer 2024 Enrollment of The Strenuous Life Is Now Open!
    on June 12, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Has life been feeling a little abstract, unsatisfying, unreal, and/or rudderless lately? If you're looking for a way to get in touch with the concrete, harness the energy of tangible accomplishments […]

  • Podcast #998: Dad’s Essential Role in Making Kids Awesome
    on June 12, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    As compared to mothers, fathers are sometimes thought of as a secondary, almost superfluous, parent. But my guest says that fathers actually saved the human race, and continue to do so today. […]

  • Tucking in Your T-Shirt
    on June 11, 2024 at 2:31 pm

    Unlock the power of the tuck: why tucking in your t-shirt is a fashion-forward move. Learn how to rock this look with confidence.


Gun Culture

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War On Guns
  • Down for the Count
    by David Codrea on June 9, 2022 at 6:05 pm

     What are people still doing coming here? And no, I don't see the majority coming from links at the new site.Go HERE.

  • Success of Sorts
    by David Codrea on May 6, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    It's not pretty. It's not sophisticated. There's plenty of room for improvement and helpful features.But by God, after several days of inventing new cuss words and letting my inner ADD make me no fun […]

  • 'I Find Myself to be Exorbitantly Superannuated for This Feculence'
    by David Codrea on May 5, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Trying to set up the new site has been an exercise in pure frustration. It sure adds a whole new dimension to "A man's gotta know his limitations."Nothing about it is intuitive.  You'd think if you […]

  • Blog Update Sitrep
    by David Codrea on May 3, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    I'm workin' on it. I should be able to do a test post at the new place by the end of the week.It's been nice having less hectic days at the keyboard, especially with Spring yard work demands, but I […]

  • ‘Be a Victim’ is No Way to Run the Republic
    by David Codrea on May 2, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    No doubt, there are reasons why citizens should think twice about confronting those committing criminal acts, but prominent among those is that the same “law” that fails to “secure the […]

  • Silence from Black Leaders on Biden ATF Nomination is Deafening
    by David Codrea on April 30, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    You’d think with all their talk about “equity,” more angrily outspoken members of the Congressional  Black Caucus, representatives like Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee, would be demanding […]

  • Armed American Radio Redux
    by David Codrea on April 30, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    David Codrea explores Ukraine disarming citizens for weapons storage? WAT? [Listen]Thursday's Hour 2 program, where we discussed the (thus far unreported by anyone else) Ukraine gun storage order...

  • Donald Trump Jr’s 2A Task Force Needs Closer Scrutiny by Gun Owners
    by David Codrea on April 29, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Fleshing out the details of the “group,” its organization and specific efforts it intends to make is important because getting visitors to register and donate seems to be the purpose of the 2A […]

  • I'll Be On Hour 2
    by David Codrea on April 28, 2022 at 7:57 pm

     TODAY on #AAR Hour 1, 4-5p ET (1-2p PT) @HT_GunWriter Lee Williams, Hour 2, 5-6p ET, (2-3p PT) @dcodrea. Good hard-hitting talk radio! Make sure to tune in or watch live at […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Ukrainian Territorial Defense Ordered to Turn in Arms 'for Storage' Purposes
    by David Codrea on April 26, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    The disarming of citizen soldier volunteers (especially when a war is still in full swing) is a good indicator that if and when the situation in Ukraine “normalizes,” the plan is to return to […]

David Yamane / Gun Culture 2.0
John Lott\’s War On Guns
Firearms Policy Coalition
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The Truth About Guns

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