Terrorist Bombers with Greg Ellifritz Rangemaster 2017 3×3 Review

| March 29, 2017 | 7 Comments

My first class of day 2 at the 2017 Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference was with Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training. I like Greg a ton, and he was one of the important motivators for me to start carrying a fixed blade on my body midline. If you don’t already, check his Web site for great content and a weekly roundup of interesting personal safety-related things on the Web.

Greg’s lecture was about terrorist bombers. This topic is of huge interest to me. My childhood best friend’s uncle was killed by Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing, and my sister lives very close to where the Boston Marathon bombers were engaged by police.

I’ve been very interested in bombs, bombing attacks, medical treatment after an attack, and how to avoid secondary casualties as part of the mass murder / terrorist incident response aspect of the SBS project.

As such, it was a real gift to attend Greg’s lecture.

Here’s my 3×3 review, which discusses the top 3 things covered in class, the top 3 things I learned, and the top 3 things I’m going to change.

One of the main drivers behind getting an RMR on my handgun was making head shots at longer distances (I wrote about this topic before). Another advantage of carrying an SBR / PDW is that headshots at longer distances are more feasible. Scoring shots on a non-moving, human torso-sized at 50 yards with one hand was really, really difficult for me. Getting a headshot at that range is incredibly more difficult.

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  1. CR Williams says:

    Ellifritz is a very good resource and I second the recommendation about his website/blog. He was kind enough to allow me some use of his material when I did the 2016 update of my book ‘Facing the Active Shooter’. The kind of seminar reviewed here is a very good thing to see coming into the civilian defender community.

  2. John says:

    Great review. I missed the conference this year, unfortunately.

    One point to remember – those massive solid-looking support columns in malls and shopping centers are very often actually a small steel beam surrounded by a large decorative plastic or drywall shell. The shell provides virtually no ballistic protection. This is not necessarily a bad thing, so long as you realize you’re mostly hiding behind concealment and not cover.

    Would I take shelter behind one of those columns if it was a choice between that and nothing? Without a doubt, but I’d rather be keeping an eye out for better options. (i.e. those solid concrete/gravel planters, decorative concrete kneewalls, etc.)

  3. CR Williams says:

    To make something in this write-up clear, the 150 ft minimum distance specified here is the INDOOR distance from the bomb in a building that is assumed to have several walls and furniture and in general a lot of architecture between you and the bomb. Outdoors or in a very open indoor area (field in a stadium or the center court of a large mall, for example) that minimum safe distance goes up to 400 feet.

    Also, understand that you need to worry about the blast wave of the bomb more than you do about shrapnel. The blast wave goes out in all directions and is more likely to damage or kill you than the shrapnel from the bomb.

  4. Mike says:

    Going prone can significantly reduce your vulnerability to both the blast wave and shrapnel.

    • CR Williams says:

      Going prone, lay down facing away from the bomb, put your feet together, clasp hands behind neck, keep your mouth open is what I remember as the recommended position.

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