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January 2012

Bullets Don’t Work

By Suarez International Staff Instructor Craig S. Flaherty You have been lied to for years. Ammunition manufactures, instructors and the gun culture in general have lied to you. When it comes down to an inter-personal violent encounter where handguns are used, the bullets fired from that handgun do not work. This not an exercise in the age old argument, 9mm vs. 45 ACP vs. .40 vs. take your pick. As an example I was once told an issued .40 S&W round issued to me was the “laser beam of death”. This particular round has done things such as bounce off a cheek bone and failed to penetrate to a depth to do any significant damage to the human body, to name just two. Why is this; clothing, angle, temperature or medical science? I feel all these things have a role in these types of incidents. Let’s look at arguably one of the most investigated and documented incidents of the last quarter of century to see what we may see. On April 11th, 1986 that has been talked about and reported... Read more →

- Jon Payne Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor It’s no secret I like Glock pistols. I don’t buy into the whole “perfection” thing, but I have yet to find a more versatile, durable pistol made for killing bad guys and keeping good guys safe. Southeast Texas is dang near a tropical climate so I have no problem admitting I carry a Glock 26/27 when I don’t feel like carrying a gun, or as a backup to my carry pistol. Recently there have been a few threads on the Glock 26/27 on Warrior Talk and Texas Gun Talk. Here are my solutions into making the baby Glocks all they can be. The Baby Glocks are easier to shoot, hold more ammo, are easier to carry spare ammo for, and are faster to reload than most other subcompact pistols/revolvers. The little Glocks are shoot-able as they come from the factory, but I don’t care for some of the factory options and they are easy to improve. Starting at the top, lose the factory plastic sights and opt for Warren Tactical Sights.... Read more →

Scope Reticles 101 Chapter 2

Previously we covered basic and illuminated style reticles. This time let’s look at the bullet drop compensator and ranging reticles. Both give the shooter more information than the basic reticles and some of these are illuminated as well. First the bullet drop compensator style reticles (BDC). These scopes are designed to zero the weapon system at a specified distance and use the BDC to adjust for longer shots. These recticles can be caliber specific. The key point here is to read the manufactures directions on how to use the reticle. They will vary. Some scope builders group calibers into different classes based on velocity of the cartridge. This makes the reticle appeal to a broad market base. These work well on large targets. The variances in weather and caliber ballistics make it hard to hit a smaller target. The turrets on these scopes vary as well. Most are not numbered since they are designed to be set and left alone. Newer versions of the BDC have marks for wind corrections. These windage marks are set at 5 or 10 mph.... Read more →

Are You A Minimalist?

J D Lester - Suarez International Staff Instructor Are you a minimalist? I concur with keeping things simple and I am a minimalist, though some might consider me a maxi-minimalist. What is a maxi-minimalist? From Wikipedia: “The term “minimalist” is often applied colloquially to designate anything which is sparse or stripped to its essentials.” From “Minimalist; adjective sparse, simple, basic, plain, discreet, spartan, unadorned, unfussy.” Some people consider having one type of handgun, rifle or shotgun being minimalist in order to simplify training, ammunition, etc. Others consider themselves minimalists by owning only one gun: “This _______will do everything I need to do with a gun.” Some refuse to step into the current time period and add optics to their guns: “I only have iron sights on my guns, because I don’t want to worry about batteries or stuff breaking.“ Some that take pride in having the latest and greatest concealed carry gun don’t see a need to carry a second magazine: “If I can’t do it with (insert # of rounds here) ……., it can’t be done.” Some spend... Read more →

 By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor in South Carolina As many are making their spending plans for the new year, I’d like to reflect on the search for the “Good Deal”. To quote gunsmith Mark Graham: “What made you think you were getting a $1000 battle rifle for $600?” I’d say ignorance and extrapolating from other experiences (like buying groceries) is the answer to that question, therefore this article. When it comes to buying groceries, I’m a value shopper. Given the choice between spaghetti in a Mueller’s box and a Great Value box, I’ll take the Great Value box. Sure, the Muller’s spaghetti comes with a whole marketing spiel on the box extolling the natural origin and wholesomeness of the box’s contents, but that’s not what I’m buying. I’m buying spaghetti. The 25% premium I save by going with the Great Value brand represents more room in my ammo budget. I’d like to define the true Good Deal as follows: Solving your problem for the smallest amount of money and aggravation. A solution that doesn’t solve your problem... Read more →

Hickok, Hardin, and how the dynamics of confrontation remain the same today.

From an early age I have always been intrigued by the Old West and western movies and western culture. Most red blooded American boys grew up watching westerns on TV and reading about the Old West in books. After all, the American Culture is somewhat the Cowboy way. We fight for what is right. We put in a full day's work. We don't let our friends down, and we keep our word when we give it. We'll fight to right a wrong, but don't go looking for trouble.My heroes have always been cowboys and I spent many an hour in my childhood with my toy six shooters keeping my back yard free of rustlers and robbers. As I got older I began getting into martial arts and specificly the combative use of the gun. I practiced long and hard to develop my shooting skills, but there is more to it than the hardware aspect. I looked for books to read on mindset and technique and tactics and stories of shootings and what worked and what didn't. What I realized was... Read more →