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Part Four I’ve discussed the Beretta CX4 Storm at length here, here and here. I want to finish up this series with a discussion on upgrades and accessories. The Storm is a great performer out of the box but there are few things that will make it even better. Accessories I wouldn't presume to tell anyone how they should set up their gun...but it wouldn't be much of an article if I didn't share my opinion on it. What you do to the gun depends on how you intend to run it. Rails are easily added that let you mount all manner of lights, lasers, forward grips, and tactical bottle openers. If adding stuff helps you be the best fighter you can possibly be, go for it. Options are a great thing. However, in my opinion: the defining qualities of the Storm are its light weight, its balance, its small size/length, and its snag-free, "aerodynamic" body. The last article was about how the gun handles; to me that's what differentiates it from other weapons. A minimalist approach here will capitalize... Read more →

By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor "I’m Up, He Sees Me, I’m Down!” This phrase has been used in military training to drive home the relevance of exposure time during the practical application of moving under direct fire. Where this phrase becomes applicable to us is its use as “reminder dialogue” in training, which can also carry over to the fight. It is very similar to talking yourself through an After Action Assessment after the gunfight. With the widespread use of low powered variable optics and red dot optics which allow for quick target acquisition, limiting our exposure time has become very important. Having an optic on a gun reduces the OODA loop of the bad guy due to the reflexive nature of their use: no sight alignment is required in the shooting solution which results in less time to acquire, sight and fire. I think over time the cadence of the phrase has changed to reflect technology. If this phrase was being used during the revolutionary war and civil war era’s fighting, the soldier probably could cover... Read more →

Part Three In Part One, I discussed the rationale for the PCC, and started a conversation on why the Beretta CX4 Storm is an excellent choice. In Part Two, I shared some impressions about the gun, some noteworthy features, and briefly discussed shooting it. Let's turn to what I think is the most interesting aspect of the Storm: how it handles. Lighter and easier to use one handed than the Uzi Lightweight and Well-Balanced - I've already mentioned the weight; lower weight means easier handling in general. The weight and short overall length make this gun very handy in a vehicle. Ditching the VFG and SBRing the barrel would help even more. Perhaps even more important than weight is balance. I have an AK74 that is very light, but its balance makes it difficult for me to run to my maximum ability. My FS2000 is heavier, but its balance allows me to do almost everything easier. The Storm is lightweight and balanced. These attributes alone make it a winner in my book. Intuitive - Every weapon has a learning curve,... Read more →

Part One I had planned on driving, despite the winter road conditions. I like driving through wintry mountain passes, even if it isn't the wisest thing to provides a little bit of adventure, and I enjoy the solitude. Plus, I wanted to do some vehicle training with my FS2000, and this is more easily accomplished where I was headed. As it happened, nature didn't agree to my plan. All the mountain passes were closed, so I bought a last minute ticket from Seattle to Boise and counted myself lucky that I got to see my family for Christmas. Long story (and flight, by way of Oakland) short, I made it home. Unfortunately it was more trouble than it was worth for me to fly with the FS2000...but I got to do a bit of training with something new (for me anyway). My brother got Dad a Beretta CX4 Storm for Christmas… Guns like the Storm, Uzi, MP5, pretty much any Pistol Caliber Carbine/Submachine Gun (PCC/SMG - I'll use the term PCC because it's more descriptive) never aroused much interest... Read more →

By Brian Brzowski, MD, FACS. Suarez International Tactical Medicine Instructor Guys (and gals), with all the discussion on magazine capacity and the lethality of assault rifles, we need to revisit the fact that shot placement is one of the most critical elements of ending a violent encounter. While a firm believer that all American citizens have a Constitutional Right to magazines of whatever capacity they choose and to calibers and firearm construction of their liking, we may soon see a time when we are permitted fewer rounds of a lower ballistic effect. It becomes paramount that we understand where our bullets need to go in order to have their intended effect. First, we need to recall that it is well-established that the body has enormous capacity (albeit with great individual variability) to function after sustaining tremendous damage. Reference my comments in these WT forums and previous documentation on the Miami FBI Firefight involving determined criminals and how long one can continue to fight despite receiving lethal, center of mass hits. Likewise, it is understood that there are fight-ending anatomic areas... Read more →

The Active Shooter Problem

by Jack Rumbaugh Suarez International Director of Training It has been a little more than two weeks since the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown Connecticut and I am still trying to wrap my head around the events of the day. One way to help us understand what happened is to look back on history to understand the psychopathology of the active shooter. We will examine six cases from 1949 to the present. One of the earliest incidents to be considered an active shooter event was in 1949 in Camden, New Jersey. On September 6th, Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people and wounded three more. Prior to his trial he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and found to be insane, and therefore immune from prosecution. He was committed to the New Jersey Hospital for the insane. His last public words were “I’d have killed a thousand if I had enough bullets”. He died in 1988, never having left the mental hospital. On August 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman climbed to the 20th floor of the University of Texas at... Read more →