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.