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February 2011

-Suarez International Staff Instructor Jon Payne So I ask myself, “Where did all this begin?” How does one become a gunfighter? First and foremost one has to recognize the need for self-preservation. There are people that will never willingly cause harm to another living creature. I can deal with that and even accept it as long as they don’t portray themselves to be something they’re not. Don’t come at me with the judgmental moral high ground B.S., back in the days of caves and big sticks you would be mine. Want a glimpse of that cave man behavior? Look no further than the prison system. If you can’t fight and protect what’s yours, your possessions and your dignity will be taken unless you have something to offer of value to someone who can protect you. If you’re reading this you’ve probably made the decision that you are willing to fight for what is yours. The way I see it, if it’s not worth fighting for is it really worth having? Coming to the realization that only you are responsible for... Read more →


by Chris Upchurch, Suarez International Staff Instructor Mark Twain once said, “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” In training students to defend themselves with a firearm, one of the instructor’s jobs is to disabuse students of certain, widely held but mistaken notions. The idea that shooting someone with a handgun will send them flying across the room, for instance, or that warning shots or shooting to wound are a good idea. One of the most common is encapsulated in the old saying, “don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” often delivered with an air of smug superiority on the part of the gunman. Implied by this is the idea that the gun is in all ways a superior weapon to the knife, and that a skilled gunman has little to fear from a knife wielding assailant. The problem is it just ain’t so. The best known effort to get gunmen to take knife armed assailants more seriously is the Tueller Drill. Dennis Tueller was a... Read more →


Maybe not…or smooth, either, for that matter. And it’s not just the drawstroke we’re talking about. CR Williams On one forum, it was a declarative statement: “Most times, speed of draw is all you need.” On that same forum and another one, it was a question: “In reality, how critical is draw speed?” Then there is the attendant question: “If a fast draw is important, how do I get it?” To which there is a standard attendant answer: “Work to make it smooth. Smooth is fast. Get it smooth and the speed will come.” Well, I’ve had reason to think about this lately, and I’m no longer convinced that speed is what we should be thinking of, or that striving for a smooth motion is always and absolutely desirable. I define speed as rate of movement, velocity, distance-over-time, and, important to this discussion, a ‘steady-state’ situation. You get up to speed and then you maintain that speed. That’s how I think about it. But that’s not how a fight, a reactive fight, a fight for life, is going to work,... Read more →


The Realities of an Attack By Cliff Wiese and Jon Payne We have control of few variables in a real-life attack. Actual violence can happen to you anytime and anywhere…obviously, being in bad places at bad times increases the likelihood of an assault. How do we avoid attacks in bad places at bad times? Just don’t go there. If only we could control all the variables of a real-life attack that easy. How many things about an attack do you control? Very few. When, where, time of day, gun, knife, the number of adversaries, the list goes on and on, all items that are out of our control and unknown. Does this make us helpless? Of course not, warriors fight through the unknowns, bringing overwhelming violence when the bad guy or guys decide to pay you a visit. How can we prepare to the best of our ability to win a confrontation? Mindset is an important aspect that we control. You must be ready to do whatever is necessary to win the fight. When fighting for your life there are... Read more →


-Jon Payne Suarez International Staff Instructor I have a lot of training dedicated to tactical movement. With that being said, what I trained on in the military did not always cross over to my career in law enforcement. As a civilian with a Concealed Handgun License not all of my law enforcement training applies to daily carry. The majority of the civilian training world follows whatever the current police and military trends are. As a matter of fact, many of the current trainers; including myself, have a law enforcement and/or military background. While having a background in the military and law enforcement can give instructor’s credibility-the civilian firearms instructor is not training soldiers and cops for the most part, they’re training civilians. What’s the difference between training soldiers, cops, and civilians? Soldiers kill enemy soldiers and take and hold real-estate. Cops search for, find, and arrest bad guys. When a cop uses a firearm it’s to stop the threat, whether it’s self-protection or protection of others. In the United States cops are not soldiers. Civilians with a Concealed Handgun License... Read more →