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November 2012

by Chris Upchurch, Suarez International Director of Marketing I have to admit, it took a while for me to really warm up to the FS2000. When one came in for Gabe back in August, my first thought was ‘wow, what a space-gun looking thing’. I handled it a bit and it seemed very odd and unfamiliar. It just has such a different layout and different controls that it was way outside my previous experience. As much as we make of the difference between, say, an AK and and AR, they both use basically the same layout. By comparison a bullpup, particularly one like the FS2000, is pretty out there. A few weeks after my initial encounter with the FS2000 we were out shooting some video on the SIG 556 rifles. Gabe also brought along his FS2000 and I had a chance to shoot it. It still seemed a bit strange, but I have to say it shot nicely and handled well. Gabe was pretty enthusiastic about the rifle. This really made me take another look at the concept. Towards the... Read more →

by Dave Sauer, Suarez International Tier One Instructor When we talk about the “warrior” mind set, we talk about being willing, able and ready; but what do we mean by “willing”? Willing to do what exactly? I hope what I am about to outline causes you to think differently about the nature of violence and what your mind set must be when someone means to do you harm. As a frame of reference, the illustration below represents the circle of accepted social behaviors we humans learn for getting along with one another. Many make the mistake in thinking that those who would inflict violence upon another, particularly on a cop, live and function within the circle, but the fact is they do not. They use the circle against us. Think about this, knowing what you know about getting along with others, what would it take for a normal person (you) to physically attack another for a reason other than self-defense? It doesn’t happen. Normal people go out of their way to avoid violence. Violence occurs outside the circle not inside... Read more →

Catchy name don't you think? No, TSD is not going to make or sell clothing. Tried that when we sold Woolrich and 5.11 and it is too much drama for what it is worth. The matter at hand arose this last weekend when we held the Small Unit Tactics class in Kingman, AZ. We had twenty guys attending. Some wore the very popular and effective Multicam camouflage. A couple of guys wore some derivatives of MARPAT, ACU, and various other "Green" camo. And we had several that were wearing civilian outdoor clothing, but in what I would term "muted earth tones". These were various shades of drab green, gray, brown and tan. Nothing blue or red - nothing white or black. And the tans were more brown than they were not "light". This is not Urban camo to blend into groups. The objective is to sport a drab colored image based on shades of grey, brown, green, tan. Nothing blue...nothing red...nor any derivatives such as bluish grey or pinkish salmon. The idea is that the clothes blend into the... Read more →

"Keep your finger off the trigger until you've made a conscious decision to shoot." Most of you know this rule. Simple, right? It's certainly a simple concept, and it's easy to have good trigger finger discipline in an air-conditioned square range. (I should hope so - working the trigger is mostly all you're doing!) But maintaining trigger finger discipline on command…without fail…during stressful situations is harder than most people realize. It doesn't matter how great a shooter you are – there are plenty of excellent marksmen whose trigger discipline goes in the toilet the moment they are exposed to more stressful situations. Imagine participating in a rifle class. You will be learning new skills and moving in ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You may be turning and running in different directions, performing actions where your muzzle will not always be pointed downrange. Dropping to the deck into prone, shooting, jumping up, and running 20 yards before dropping down to do it again – these are athletic activities that tax your ability to maintain discipline and focus. There is... Read more →

If you can avoid taking a crucial shot from standing, do so. It is the least accurate position. Nonetheless, it should be the most trained for that very reason, and because when the shot must be taken right now, as in the snap shot, the standing will be the only one you can use fast enough. And by fast enough I am not referring to a CQB shooting but rather a shot at someone 100 yards away. The goal here is not recoil control, or tight arc of target traverse, but rather seeking as much stability as possible for the shot under a self-imposed time interval. If you have time, you generally have other things you can do. The support hand does not grasp the cradles it, allowing for as much bone support as possible. Here is a perfect Standing Offhand Position by Suarez Staff Instructor Eric Pfleger. Eric is shown taking shots at 1000 yards on an IPSC steel silohuette. He did this at a Guerrilla Sniper class not just once, but a number of times in succession.... Read more →