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When I teach a class I tell the students that my job is to teach them at three levels. One is to teach the mind as they need to know why they will be doing what they are doing. I encourage questioning and there are reasons why we do what we do…and they must understand those reasons. Two is the hands, or technical mastery. And three, most importantly is the heart, or how they should feel. How they should feel? Yes, because I am not a technical instructor teaching them the intricacies of bullet golf. I am a teacher of killers. And I am teaching them how to kill evil men…and all the intricacies of that action, whether internal or external. If you carry a pistol with you daily it is in anticipation of, perhaps that very day, of killing another man, or men. Thus all men who carry a weapon are killers, or anticipating becoming killers. If that were not the case, we would even be reading this and our belt lines would be shorn of all weapons. A... Read more →


One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have shot and killed an adversary. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the liability-mongers - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those trends to my benefits when it was my turn at the plate. First is the fact that you are the only one equipped to tell your story. The bad guys you shot, if they survive, will not be "keeping quiet". They will be telling the police you pulled your gun on them, perhaps create some appearance of racism if they can exploit it, and generally make it look like you are the over-reacting bad guy. If the police... Read more →


Continuing with our study of the mental aspects of gunfighting and killing I want to discuss a topic we see with dogs, but has rarely been ever used to describe humans in conflict. That is Fear Aggression. Look at the two images above. Before reading the rest of the article look at them and see the differences in demeanor, posture, emotion, as well as the outward manifestation of those emotions. On the left we see a small dog baring his teeth. If a picture could have sound you could almost hear the little growl coming from the little throat rolling into a full blow little bark. The little dog is afraid and if he was a human, we would say he was emotional, angry, and loudly acting out those emotions. A fear aggressive dog is dangerous because he is unpredictable and uncontrollable and his fear will lead him to bite even if biting is not what is called for...and even then, those bites will be applied hesitantly and poorly. On the right we see a wolf on the stalk. Look... Read more →


First...the why...of course. A martial system is based on concepts, strategies, tactics. and techniques. One does not just "go fight", or "go shoot" as much as the simpletons of the American gun scene would have you believe. Fighting - whether hand or gun - is learned. Fighting must be mindless and automatic to bring victory. And for that to happen...it must be based on a series of accepted concepts that lead to a strategy of combat. And the tactics and techniques that are developed around such things must be physically memorized and trained until they can be done without analytical or conscious thought. For example, lets take our system of gunfighting. Not a theoretical matter at all, nor one based in sports. I have killed men with the things I teach you thus the system has not been diluted from the actual experience, nor been through as many clean hands as say...karate or kendo has. We define fighting by the assignment of initiative. Either you have it, and thus you begin and end the fight with nothing but timing and... Read more →


The first installment of this was quite contraversial, specially in the groups that uses competition shooting as a basis for gunfight training. Please understand that there is nothing wrong with sport shooting, but sport shooting is not gunfighting any more than collegiate fencing is street knife fighting. And to use one as a basis for the other is a recipe for ultimate failure. Now here is the thing that many forget. If you make a mistake on the game fields, what happens? Nothing. You shrug, hopefully get a redo, and try to ignore your friend's laughter. But if you make a mistake in a gunfight, which ostensibly is why you carry a pistol CCW, the results will be far more dire. So let's look at the situation. A bad guy pulls his pistol, points it at you and begins trying to kill you. If you do nothing, you are dead. If you try something and fail, you die. That's it. So, having been trained properly, you explode off the line of fire, pull your blaster and start trying to kill... Read more →


Steinbeck wrote those words. THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF VICTORY IN DEFENSE. Hard to believe, but true. As the American Gun Society becomes more and more enmeshed in the morass of fear promoted by those instructors who have never known the exhilaration of personal battle, or had another man in the sights, and pressed off the shot, I bring you this...from an old friend who knows the real deal. Reaction of former Cleveland Irish-American gangster Danny Green - and an ex-Marine - in 1972 to being ambushed by a mob contract killer... Read more →


I often hear the concept of being "the grey man". Recently I read an article on it on a friend's Facebook page. Usually at this point everyone begins nodding their heads and scanning themselves for non-grey accessories. But let me stop you...I, Gabe Suarez, am not "grey" and do not strive to live a "grey life". I can hear the gasps now and I suspect one or more readers may have grabbed their chest before the collapsed. I think the concept of "GREY" is relative. It is relative to situation, location, and mission. But it totally sucks for quality of life. And lest we forget, the object in life is living it well and having all manner of fun memories when you are about to go to your new assignment - at 95 years of age. The mission in life is not to live your life cringing and hiding in total fear of being singled out by a bully or targeted by thugs because you are not a grey man that blends into the background. Those guys are why we... Read more →


Just as in rifle work, the most accurate shot will likely be from prone. But prone often created additional problems. Among them are that the terrain surfaces don't accommodate prone shooting. Urban terrain littered with broken glass and other injurious debris will not allow you to simply drop to the deck like on those videos. The need for elevation changes may exist, requiring you to shoot up or down from your spot. This is extremely difficult to do from prone. As well, intervening vegetation or structures may prevent a line of sight shot, requiring you to elevate your firing position. Many times the proposed answer to this is a kneeling position. You can do some good work in kneeling, but it has limits as well. The same surface terrain concerns exist as in prone. Yes, I know all the bearded guri (plural of guru) on youtube wear knee pads 24-7...even in the shower I suspect...but normal people do not. That means that dropping into the perfect kneeling position right atop a broken bottle, or a sharp piece of metal will... Read more →