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December 2012

By: Scott Vandiver, SI instructor Atlanta, Ga. Many of today‚Äôs gun owners are influenced by visual marketing. Companies in the USA spend billions of dollars on advertising. The goal of any business is to turn a profit; regardless of what the POTUS says. The goal of advertising is to sell products and make a profit. Sling manufactures are no different. Some have really good products that do what is required. These companies do the research and field test their products. Other companies let the profit get in the way of selling the best gear. They cut back on research and testing. They outsource to the lowest bidder in a third world country. The best sling may not be the one with the best marketing or all the latest fasteners or buckles. Trained shooters know from experience what a good sling is and how to use it properly. One thing I like about the Suarez group is the fact we use and test products year round. No one in this group will recommend gear unless we use it. I have a... Read more →


After some of the work we did at the Submachinegun Gunfighting Class I wanted to revisit the discussion of the PDW. Sometimes things get confused due to the meaning of words being different for one man than for another. It is easy for a modern day Jeremiah Johnson living in the middle of nowhere Alaska to point to his full sized G3 as his PDW, but that is not what we are working with here. What we are discussing in this article is typified by the UZI SMG or the FN P90 type of weapon. It is a weapon that is as compact as possible so it can be carried with some discretion in any urban environment. It would be suitable for work inside a house, as well as for work out to 200 yards. There may be a need for some compromise in these areas but we will see about that. It would allow for eye socket accuracy inside a house, as well as have enough power to overcome armor, cover, or minor vegetation. It would provide greater speed,... Read more →