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In most of my classes I share my two favorite Bruce Lee quotes. The first: To know and not to do, is not yet to know. How many times have you heard someone talk a good game, but when it came time to perform, the disconnect between their talk and walk became evident? I know a guy, (in another field of training) who can amaze audiences with his vast knowledge on the subject and could pass all the book tests. He teaches the subject at a college, and has won “trainer awards.” He knows all the names of the big trainers in the industry and has even got his name mentioned in a book by another trainer. In the last 16 years, I have seen him publicly try to walk the talk only twice, and both times were embarrassments. It was quickly evident he did not have the skill to apply the book knowledge he had amassed. I’ve been to numerous instructor level firearms schools in which a good percentage of the students in the class seem to be there... Read more →

by Suarez International Ambassadors Randy Harris and John McCreery In a recent Zero to Five Gunfighting class someone pointed out, that one of the key factors of people having success in the Force on Force drills were people who used the fence or kept their hands up at the start of the encounter. The fence? Split rail or chain link? Nooo, not that fence. The fence that we use is to help mitigate a potential threat. It is a ready position we use for a variety of reasons. What does it look like? The fence can be used for multiple things during the beginning of a confrontation. First, it acts as a psychological barrier. Your hands being up say, “hey, there needs to be some space between us.” The fence does this in a non aggressive manner. If a witness sees you in what looks like a somewhat submissive stance, instead of in a defensive position, easier to say that you were not the aggressor. Imagine confronting someone with clenched teeth and closed fists. What do the people around you... Read more →

Recently, had a bit of debate on our WarriorTalk forum about the usefulness of mildot scopes. Mildot scopes are important enough I thought they deserved a full article, rather than just a forum post. The ‘mil’ in mildot is short for ‘milliradian’. It’s an angular measurement, like a degree but much smaller. A milldot scope has a reticle that’s graduated in mils, using dots along the crosshairs as markers (hence mil-dot). While mildot scopes are the most common type of scope with this sort of graduated reticle, the advantages we’re talking about can be applied to any graduated reticle scope. For instance, there are scopes out there with reticles graduated in minutes of angle (MOA). While they use a different angular measurement, they can be used the same way a mildot scope can. The reticle also does not necessarily have to use dots. Many newer mil (and MOA) scopes use hash marks on the crosshairs rather than dots, which are clearer and more readable than the traditional dots. Regardless, I’m going to refer to these as mildot scopes for the... Read more →