Category Archives: New Shooters

Tactical Influencers 001: Greg Ellifritz

March 30, 2017 | Mark Ashford, GunThink.com |

Welcome to our first installment of “Tactical Influencers,” where we’ll be covering individuals in the tactical, shooting, self-defense and other related fields that we think you should add to your network of “influencers.”  In other words, you should follow what they’re up to.  For those of you that have been around for a while, these will likely be familiar names, but perhaps you haven’t thought of them in a while. Accept this as an opportunity to stay up to date on their work.  For those of you who are new to shooting sports or haven’t spent a lot of time studying self-defense – these posts are for you!

Whether you’re in law enforcement, the military or just a regular suburban dad with a desk job like me, you should endeavor to continually improve yourself and your preparedness – for anything that might happen.  I’m not saying we all need to know SWAT breaching tactics or how to clear rooms (Nor am I suggesting I’m the tactical expert that you should listen to – I am not).  However, situational awareness, having an escape plan, being prepared with a basic trauma medical kit and knowing how to use it, and being proficient with your carry weapon are examples where tactics can apply to anyone.

When we look to improve ourselves, particularly in the tactical space, we should seek out the best instructors with the best experience.  With this in mind, I’m happy to introduce you to Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training.  Greg has been a police officer since 1995 and spent 13 years as the full time tactical training officer for his central Ohio agency (you can find his full bio here).  I’ve been following Greg for a couple of years now and am continually impressed with the volume of tactical content he puts out.  Greg is a tactician’s tactician, a real expert in his field who constantly strives to master his craft.  Every week, Greg publishes a “Weekend Knowledge Dump,” with commentary and links to dozens of articles and other media that the tactician would find beneficial.  Here’s last weeks installment: Weekend Knowledge Dump- March 24, 2017.

If you’re like me, you’re going to enjoy following what Greg is up to.  In addition to his work online, he offers live training classes including “Tactical First Aid and ‘System Collapse’ Medicine,” “Tactical Handgun Level 1,” “Groundfighting,” and more.  So check out his work online and get to some of his classes.  You’ll be better prepared and a better tactician for it.

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3i Holsters – Empowering New Shooters

November 27, 2014 | Mark Ashford, GunThink.com //

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I’ve been wanting a kydex inside the waistband (IWB) holster for a while, and I finally picked one up a few weeks ago. If you’re like me, you do your research before you buy. And if you’ve done your research on kydex holsters, you’ve heard of the more popular companies with long wait times. You can take comfort in knowing those companies are going to deliver a good product – and you’ll pay for it. I found a holster that not only doesn’t break the bank and functions beautifully, but that has a mission that I too am very passionate about. Welcome, 3iHolsters to my every day carry (EDC).

Why am I defining terms that any gun enthusiast knows like IWB and EDC? Because people who are brand new to gun culture may not yet know what they mean. At Gun Think, its new gun owners that we’re keen on engaging. We don’t need to win over long time advocates of the Second Amendment. We, the gun community, need to win over people who aren’t familiar with firearms. We need to welcome them, educate them, and empower them to protect themselves.

Now back to my new holster. The holster I picked up at a gun show I attended recently is the ‘Quick Clip Inside the Waistband Holster’ from 3i Holsters for my Glock 19. It has about a 10 degree cant and is designed to be carried in any of the following 3 positions: appendix inside the waistband (AIWB); on the hip; or in the small of the back. I’ve been carrying it AIWB and have to say it’s been very comfortable. It has a rigid 1.5” plastic clip that goes over the belt, and holds very tight with a firm bite. It’s also very easy to take the holster on and off. Overall, I’ve been nothing but pleased with the holster, and would recommend it to anyone. Right now it’s selling for $32 on 3i’s website, and they’re in stock.

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I did a little stippling on the clip of the holster – My first attempt ever at stippling, and I like how it turned out. Obviously the stippling doesn’t serve any functional purpose – It was purely for cosmetic purposes. If you don’t know, ‘2A’ is short for Second Amendment, and the arrowhead represents GORUCK. [On a side note, I’ve done two GORUCK Challenges and they were awesome – More events are in my future (they also offer firearms training now). Stay tuned for GORUCK gear and event reviews on Gun Think.]

There are a lot of companies making quality kydex holsters. What sets 3i Holsters apart in my mind? I had the opportunity to talk with the owner of 3i Holsters at the gun show, and was really impressed with the company’s mission. Put simply, they want to empower the new gun owner. As Emeril would say, ‘Bam!!’ That to me is awesome. Many holster makers will tout the tactical prowess of their product – developed and used by the most tactical, shmactical, Delta operators. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking those companies, but it’s refreshing to see a company geared toward making new shooters feel welcome. When you recognize the importance of empowering the new shooter, those who are new to firearms, you have struck a chord with me. Rock solid product plus epic mission that I’m passionate about? SOLD!

Happy Thanksgiving gun owners!!

Mission of 3i Holsters

Integrate, Improve, and Instruct

We believe in integrating a weapon system for you and your families protection. We believe you should improve your skill set by learning from experienced shooters, instructors and competitors. We also believe you should instruct. Instruct your family and friends in safety and the fundamentals of shooting and carrying a firearm. At one point we were all a beginner. Teach others while you continue to learn and advance your skillset. Our goal is encourage and expand gun ownership for responsible citizens.

 

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Three Simple, Free Ways to Improve Your Shooting Skills

December 2, 2013 // Christopher Dine, GunThink.com //

IMG_0353 - CopyHere’s three easy ways to improve your shooting skills. Best of all, they’re free! Before undertaking any training with a firearm, make sure you’re familiar with how to operate the weapon safely. Always check to confirm that the firearm is NOT LOADED before commencing the drills listed below. This may sound excessive, but place all live rounds in a different room from the one you will be training in. After training, do something else for several minutes before reloading your firearm. Take a break. Have a cup of coffee – then, if you keep your firearm loaded for personal protection, reload it. Always remember the four rules of gun safety while handling firearms.

1) Dry firing. Balance a spent casing, or a penny or other small object on the front sight of your pistol. Identify your target – it could be a light switch on a wall for example (remember, know your target, and what’s beyond – don’t point the firearm at a wall when someone is on the other side). Practice pulling the trigger with your target in sight without allowing the spent casing to fall off of your sight. This requires a steady hand and smooth trigger pull.

2) Practice drawing your weapon. It takes 1,000 repetitions of any action to build muscle memory. Draw your weapon from your carry holster and acquire your target. Repeat. (Don’t try to do all 1,000 in one sitting.)

3) Read, watch, discuss and learn. There’s a wealth of free information on the internet. Find some good shooting blogs online and read up. I’m a big fan of YouTube myself – There are a lot of really knowledgeable firearms instructors and gun enthusiasts on YouTube. Join the conversation. Create an account with a gun forum, and ask questions. Nothing replaces the value you get from live training, but you can learn a lot by being a sponge to the information around you.

***BONUS: It’s not free, but it is extremely cheap – practice shooting with airsoft guns. This is a great, inexpensive way to sharpen your shooting skills!***

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