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Tactical Influencers 001: Greg Ellifritz

March 30, 2017 | Mark Ashford, |

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.


Falia Reviews – Female Perspective on Firearms, Concealed Carry and More

April 3, 2013

Here’s another great YouTube channel I want to share with you: faliaphotography.  Her channel description reads, “Female Perspective on Firearms, Gear, Concealed Carry, and Preparedness.”  This channel offers excellent reviews on firearms, holsters, concealed carry issues with a particular focus on issues that interest many female gun owners.  That being said, the information she provides is also very helpful to male gun owners too!  Her reveiws provide a lot of great information, and we think you’ll agree.  Turn off The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and take a few minutes check out some of her videos!

– Gun Think


Five YouTube Gun Channels You Should Be Watching

February 9, 2013

Whether you’re new to the shooting scene, or a seasoned pro, here’s five YouTube channels you should be watching:

1) HICKOK45 – Over 425,000 subscribers know that HICKOK45 is very experienced when it comes to shooting, and he shares not only his knowledge but also his joy for shooting.  If you’re new to shooting, check out his “Basics” playlist. |

2) Military Arms Channel – This channel provides excellent, comprehensive and very informative reviews of all types of firearms, from the Makarov to the FN SCAR. If you want to know all the little features of a firearm and how to operate it, this is the channel. |

 3) The Nutnfancy Project – With over 123 million views, this is “The Original Outdoor and Tactical Gear Adventure Channel with heart, humor, and quality information for LE, military, and responsible civilians.” “Nutnfancy” addresses the potential uses of guns and gear, and is a big advocate for personal responsibility when it comes to your own safety.  This is a great channel for comprehensive reviews of guns and gear. |

4) FateofDestinee – “Weapons, Gear & Fitness with a Twist.” Destinee understands that fitness is a critical part of protecting yourself and preserving your life (For many people, their couch poses the biggest threat to their lives).  Check out this channel for tips on guns, concealed carry, holsters, fitness and more. |

5) MrColionNoir Gun Channel – “Firearms Aficionado, Concealed Carrier, Gun Reviewer, Budding Attorney, Youtuber, but most people call me Mr. Colion Noir.” He speaks his mind and he’s a strong supporter of concealed carry. |

YouTube is an excellent resource for the new shooter. This is not a “Top Five” list, but these are five great channels to start with if you’re new to YouTube.  It would be difficult to identify the five best gun channels. The truth is there are dozens, if not hundreds, of great YouTube channels that provide comprehensive gun reviews and advocate for your Second Amendment rights.  Check back soon for a more comprehensive list of YouTube gun channels we recommend.

– Gun Think