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August 2011

The Shotgun - Force Multiplier for Civilian Small Unit Tactics

JD Lester Suarez International Staff Instructor The role of the shotgun in Civilian Small Unit Tactics should be as a specialty weapon, as it is in MIL / LEO operations. There are several uses of the shotgun in this role. The two that most often come to mind are breaching and its use by the lead member of a patrol moving through terrain that has dense vegetation. For some LEOs this is the only authorized long gun available to patrol officers. Some areas are not rifle friendly for citizens to own, or they simply think the shotgun is good enough to do everything they might need it to do. (The countless times I have heard phrases that would make one think that the shotgun imparts great marksmanship skills to the user or that no skill at all is required….) As previously discussed in several threads on WT, the shotgun is a niche weapon and not a “Do All, Only Gun You Will Ever Need.” Pump actions and semi-autos can both be used and each type has its own distinct advantages... Read more →

-Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor Jon Payne We often are so comfortable with the past that we can stagnate and fail to see progress or recognize what the future can be? With technology changing so fast, can you really afford not to be on the cutting edge? Let’s talk about the AK for a moment. We’ve all seen the Chicom Poster “Keep That Crap off My AK!” How long did it take us to get past that? First we added folders because it just made sense to make the rifle easier to store and carry. The next move was to add a flash suppressor because we wanted to dampen the fireball coming from the AK’s muzzle and a compensator just isn’t needed on a semi-automatic rifle. It wasn’t long until we began mounting Aimpoint Micro’s on our AK’s using the Ultimak Rail. If you add a flashlight to the package you have a real squared away CQB rifle. Up until a short time ago an AK set up in this fashion was the apex of the Kalashnikov Fighting Rifle.... Read more →

How A 1911 Can Get You Killed

Dave Sauer, Suarez International Instructor There is nothing quite like a finely tuned 1911 trigger; zero pre-travel, a light, crisp break; no over-travel, and an amazingly short reset. My one and only 1911 has such a trigger and I love shooting it. Mine is built on a Para Ordnance high capacity frame, so it holds 14 rounds, but I do not carry this gun for fighting. It sits in the safe as a reminder of what I have seen and learned. I should probably sell it and use the money to buy another TSD RMR package. I mean what good is a handgun you’re not going to fight with? I do not carry my 1911 for the same reason I no longer carry my Beretta 92F or my HK USP .45. I know that all of these guns have been successfully used to fight, but so have sticks and rocks. In a fight for my life I want the best I can get. And I certainly don’t want any inherent design flaws in my equipment to make my fight harder.... Read more →


If you suddenly found yourself in a life or death crisis and had to make a decision that could either save your life or end it, would you make the right choice? Most people have never faced such imminent, lethal danger and can't possibly know how they will react to the extreme fear that will confront them. In the next few paragraphs, we'll explore some of the realities and myths of dealing with fear and some constructive techniques for confronting debilitating fear and coming out on the other side alive... What Is Fear? The dictionary defines fear as "the physical and emotional result of a lack of preparation, awareness or confidence". To understand how fear works we must first understand a little about the human brain's physiology. There are two distinctly different aspects of how our brains function. At one level it functions at an instinctive, autonomic level. We don't have to think about breathing, walking or other reflexive functions which frees us to exercise the other level, the more cognitive, higher reasoning brain. The instinctual level is very tightly... Read more →

The Norwegian Paradigm

The Norwegian Paradigm I was on vacation on Oahu when I first heard about the events in Norway. At first, like probably most of you, I thought, “Hadji is at it again”. And I must say that although Hadji was not in this instance, I am not by any means sorry for my first conclusions. The shooter turned out to be the typical “nutjob”, maybe not as crazy as Cho at VT, but nonetheless crazy in the conclusive actions he took to punctuate his statements. Breivik is shocking, but not surprising to those who stay up on current social events in Europe…and the western government’s inability to control their own country’s borders. If anything, the Oslo event is a harbinger of fourth generation warfare. As the onward march of unassimilating islam increases into the west, western governments will have to make hard decisions that go against all of their post WW2 self-images, or risk losing their nations to immigrants with no desire to abandon the habits of their old culture. That the indigenous people will take strong exception to this... Read more →