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May 2015

The firearms industry is strange in that it often becomes a cult of personality. Think of WWE but with gun people and you get the idea. This is specially the case if one is involved in the training world. I recall one of my mentors in the teaching world - we will call him Marc. He was a member of LAPD's SIS, as well as a great pistol instructor. He told me that you always had to be good because many students came to class not only expecting to see you fail, but to celebrate your failure. He was talking about the police training world, but the truth is he was unknowingly making a commentary about western society. There are those in society that not only like to see others fail, but they delight in the scene. You will see far more "Epic Fail" videos on Facebook and Youtube than you will of excellent performances. Much of this is endemic to those with safe quiet lives whose faces have never been, as Roosevelt wrote, "marred by dust and sweat and... Read more →

During yet another police department bi-annual qualification, I had the opportunity to give some one-on-one instruction to my sergeant on the Suarez International movement matrix. He is in the process of putting together optional training days for those troops that self-select to attend and improve their skills and he wanted my input. We primarily covered the 3-9 line movement and touched on the other angles only briefly. During the course of our discussion, he asked me, "Well, what about body armor? When I point my feet to the right and move, I noticed that I am now bladed and not squared to the target. Doesn't this make the space under my left armpit, where body armor doesn't cover, vulnerable?" I thought it a valid question and now seek to present my ideas in written form for all of our profit and learning. The short answer to his question is "Yes, yes it does....if we stand still." To set the stage, let me be clear. The context in which I make my statements is that of the lone operator. Not a... Read more →

Having stood behind the line on several occasions, I have gained a better understanding of both the instructor's responsibilities and the student's responsibilities in the context of learning how to shoot and fight. I have seen instructors fail in the ability to communicate the material being taught despite the students eagerness and willingness to learn. I have also seen the student fail to learn, despite the effective efforts of the competent & skilled instructor. I doubt that anybody reading this would disagree that learning is a two way street. A process of shared responsibility between the teacher and teachee. So, in the spirit of advancing our skills as warriors and modern day gun fighter, lets discuss what each, instructor & student, must commit to do. THE INSTRUCTOR WILL: 1) Be skilled and own the skill set that he/she is teaching. The instructor must be able to perform the lessons taught on demand and in front of their students. It's poor form to stand in front of students and expect them to "do what you say" vs. "do what you do... Read more →

So here is the focus. Be the best fighter you can be...the strongest...the most disciplined...the most accurate...and the most deadly. Make it who you are and what you everything you the warrior. Be disciplined in how you live. Have your own personal agenda and do not become swayed by the low standards of lesser beings, nor the drums and the trumpets of other people's causes. Have your own very selfish cause. Lift heavy...keep the blasters loaded, and the knives your woman often...and gaze in awe at the sunsets. Next day - same thing. Screw other people's causes. They do not care about yours, so return the favor. And when you find yourself at Ground Zero, as the enemy announces "Aloha Snakbar", when lesser men cower and run in fear of leaving this life, your blood will race in your veins, you will smile broadly, and you will thank the Lord God of Hosts for the day and charge into battle laughing as the Saracens fall before you. Read more → should be clear to anyone that these points are to be kept in mind. 1). No...we cannot all get along. When someone's faith seeks to trump your view of freedom, specially not. 2). Muggers and meth heads what you are training to "defend" against? Nah...that is the past. Today its the terrorist. 3). The days of the J-Frame in the coat pocket went out with landlines and fedora hats. Anyone not in an NPE that isn't carrying a fighting pistol is a fool. 4). Even in an NPE...a mini fighting pistol cleverly concealed is essential. 5). 5 shot revolvers as primary weapons is stupid. More BBs is more better. 6). Shoot to "stop" is stupid. Shoot them in the chest and then in the face. 7). They always have explosives. Headless faceless brainless men cannot set them off. Related articles Evolution Read more →


From Magpul's site: "The PMAG D-60 is a durable, lightweight, highly reliable 60-round 5.56x45 NATO/.223 Remington polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. With a larger capacity than previous PMAGs, the PMAG D-60 gives the shooter 60 rounds of ammunition, effectively allowing the same round count as two standard capacity 30-round magazines without requiring a critical reload. The unique drum configuration keeps the height of the magazine manageable as well, allowing prone firing and easier storage. Features a paint pen dot matrix for easy marking and a rear window for instant capacity indication. Compatible with a wide range of NATO firearms such as the M4, M16, SCAR MK16/16S, HK416, MR556, M27 IAR, and others." So here is what I think. I like Magpul. They are a really disruptive company. I recall when they merely "announced" their AK magazine, the floor literally fell out of the AK magazine market. I suspect there are some Austrians sweating gallons right now with the upcoming wave of Magpul Glock magazines. In fact, I fully expect the likelihood of Glock drastically dropping prices on OEM magazines... Read more →