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February 2016

I think we often fall into the ALL OR NOTHING mentality with this. For example, "Your shotgun either puts all pellets into a coffee cup at 25 yards, or it is an alley broom.". That is a mistake in my opinion. Just like sights or no sights, moving or stationary, there are degrees. A shotgun...for me is a weapon ostensibly intended to kill nefarious human adversaries intending to do likewise to me or mine. I don't play gun games. Nothing wrong with them, but its just not my thing. Much of the shotgun lore today comes from the efforts of Jeff Cooper and Gunsite. Cooper was first and foremost a rifleman. And in my opinion, he looked at every small arm from that perspective. Even the entire Modern Technique curriculum is basically an effort to run the pistol like a rifle. When Cooper and his people began looking at the shotgun, they took the same perspective. Shots at Cooper's shotgun class (which I attended with my duty SGN of the day) were focused on extending the impact of the shotgun... Read more →


In discussing shotguns - 1) All weapons are "special niche weapons". Some niches simply cover more things. And some of these weapons, ridiculous as it seems, are acceptable in areas where others are not. For example...an M4 Pistol is untenable in California unless it has that silly bullet button, a muzzle break, and a ten round magazine. But an 18" pistol gripped shotgun is perfectly legal. 2). Attempting to compare weapons against each other (ie. what is better...a shotgun or a rifle) is silly as each has its virtues and shines in it's special niche. Doing so is like comparing a Corvette with a Tahoe. They are both Chevys but from purpose, design and execution, they are worlds apart. 3). If the shotgun is in evidence as a study weapon...meaning you do not use it for anything other than sport (with their rules), or for simply getting through a shotgun training session now and then, then it can be left as is with no additions or changes. However, if that weapon is to be relied on, it should be optimized.... Read more →


ULTIMATE COMBAT RIFLE CAMP October 14-16, 2016 Phoenix, Arizona Instructor: Gabe Suarez The Ultimate Rifle Training Session In America This three day class has it all. We begin by quickly honing rifle fundamentals with precision shooting and simple stress proof gun-handling. We will extend your abilities at the mid ranges of rifle use, firing from field positions and from natural terrain. You will study and learn Proactive Close Quarters Battle, snap shooting head shots at speed as you assault a threat. You will also work on the other side of the problem, when you do not have the initiative, firing from either the right or left side in Reactive Close Quarters Battle. You will learn how to hit with perfect fundamentals as well as when the fundamentals are not available and you must use some form of point shooting. There is a great deal of moving in this class and you will be shooting as you sprint off the X in the reactive gun-fighting exercises. You will be introduced to Small Unit Team Tactics and move together through various drills... Read more →


The rediscovery of the stocked pistol in Glock PDW form has created a dialog about this early 20th century weapon. Why not just use a rifle? What does this give you that a regular pistol won't? Why not just use an SMG? All valid questions actually, and we will seek to answer them, but first I wanted to discuss its shootability. It is a difficult thing to express, but we all know it when we see it...or feel it. A Glock is more "shootable" than a Desert Eagle for example. There are intangibles such as weight, balance, the feel of the recoil pulse, etc. In order to have a baseline of objectivity I dragged out some old SMG Qualification Courses and used the PDW to run them. The first one was Taylor's old SMG segment of the oddly named Combat Master Course. The course is as follows - Two shots at each distance from 50 to 10 meters at ten meter intervals (so...50, 40, 30, etc...all the way to ten yards) with decreasing time limits. Three seconds at 5o yards... Read more →


Last night, over a course of a couple hours as I was working on the computer, I had a text conversation with another like-minded law enforcement supervisor. All the while, my Facebook feed was post after post about the 7 law enforcement officers from around the country killed within a week of the first fallen officer, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, about 1 1/2 hours away from me. First off, I am not writing to criticize anyone. In conversations, I am the first to point out that I think Law Enforcement eats their own. It is bad enough there are groups who instantly criticize us just for the fact that we wear a badge. Yet, as soon as a Youtube video hits or a new story breaks on the 5 O'clock news, our thin blue line starts talking at training classes, on social media posts, you name it, condemning the officer on how we can't believe they did "this" or why didn't they do "that". These are the same officers who should understand from their own experiences and training, things... Read more →


On my forum are several threads discussing the underlying theme and intentions of the liberals. I posted this AM and the short response turned into quite an essay. Having lived in communism (which is liberalism without a tie) I can speak with some authority and knowledge. The sad fact is most Americans are totally ignorant of anything "not American". That includes culture, customs, languages, and political systems. In Europe it is rare to see someone that only speaks on language...here, it is common, as just one example. So if you tell them that liberalism is communism, they think, "No, communism is a Russian thing and it died at the end of the Cold War". If they studied world affairs and history, they would realize that while Communism may have been conceived and birthed in Russia, it is an international ideology, and hardly dead. But Americans are so in love with the idea of democracy that they, not only don't want to hear such things, but fight wars in order to infect every land they visit with that political virus. The... Read more →


PRESS RELEASE: SUAREZ SLIDES FOR LEUPOLD DELTA POINT PRO When we began the red dot odyssey, there were few choices. The Trijicon RMR was a top choice, but the Deltapoint and Docter showed promise. The latter was dropped because of difficulties importing them, and the former was discontinued by Leupold. This left the Trijicon RMR as the only viable option. And while Trijicon has had a monopoly on the market for pistol-mounted red dots, we have always been on the look out for other suitable red dots. When the Deltapoint Pro was released, we began looking at it and found it to be a good competitor for the Trijicon RMR. Is it better? No, I would not say necessarily better but it has many features that make it a very strong competitor to the RMR and addresses some of the concerns end-users have with the RMR. The sight does sit higher than the RMR, necessitating a taller front sight…like we offer for the MOS system. The front sight can be combined with a dovetail mounted rear sight, or with the... Read more →


One very important visual skill the red dot pistol shooter needs is to learn the "Visual Hand Off". This is a term we use to describe what happens with the eyes as a shooter new to the red dot system is learning to use it. On a rifle, the head and eye is automatically positioned to pick up that red dot as the rifle is brought into the shoulder. A pistol however, floats in space, held there by the two hands. There is no third and fourth point of contact to place the eye correctly. Regardless of the uniformity of your draw, if your eye is not in the visual cone of the red dot, you will not pick it up...nor the sights for that matter. The way to solve this is with the use of the back up iron sights, and we insist that they need to be placed in the traditional positions on the slide. It is best to look for the iron sights FIRST. Especially with contorted field shooting positions or from positions required for using cover... Read more →