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October 2017

Photo of costumed person holding a gun at Oak View Mall, Omaha Halloween event prompts swift social media reaction I posted this image with the "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" caption on Facebook as well as on my forum. The responses are - well - somewhat amazing. There are arguments that "anyone would be able to tell that is a fake weapon" and that some of us are too quick to shoot. So here is the point of this discussion - to get the readers to think. I have seen this thought process before and we can divide it into two sides. One side takes what they see at face value, makes decisions based on that and then takes action. The other side doesn't really want to take action and will look for any "out" to justify them not taking action. So lets look from the first perspective - Context - this image is what you see. Can you at first glance tell whether that is a fake weapon? I can't. Sure if we get closer and examine it it becomes... Read more →


The topic is lights on handguns. Let’s discuss the why and how. The why is easy. A pistol mounted light is in place to illuminate possible adversaries and danger areas during a fight. There is no other reason to add one. If there is, please advise me in the comments. And no, “makes the pistol look cool on Instagram”, while it may be true is not a reason to add one. The how is a little more complicated as it involves not only operating the light, but also tactics for light use. On both I can speak with a solid level of experience since I was in no less than six direct gun battles at night in limited visibility situations, and the rest were in less than optimal lighting. First to establish immutable truths. And there are such truths – maybe not a concern on a clinical training range but certainly so on the street. 1). The trigger finger is for operating the trigger and nothing else while the pistol is in your hand. The trigger finger is not for... Read more →


I recall a pistol student I had many years ago. He was a kenjutsu aficionado. Kenjutsu, for those who missed that day, is the old martial version of japanese swordsmanship. In any case, after training he remarked on the similarity in concept of what I was teaching him and his sword studies. I'd never seen a true traditional early period Japanese sword form so I asked him to show me. Immediately he grabbed up a katana and demonstrated. He drew the sword, cut once and twice and sheathed. That was it. Astounded at the brevity, I asked him about it. He remarked that simplicity had a beauty and sophistication all its own. The old warriors did not need many complex methods, just a very few that they could pull off any time, any place, mindlessly, and with quickness and accuracy. Flash forward a few years to a conversation I had with a Suarez Staff member. He'd worked in the middle east in a PSD for many years. He related about the time when he worked with Gurkhas. Always a bladesman,... Read more →


Well...there is a great deal of silliness involving the shotgun these days thanks to the gun golfers. The use of the shotgun does not require shooting it empty and then racing to load it with one hand while peering into the widened loading gate like a teenager at a Playboy centerfold. Sport and life are not the same. Shall we say that hymn like three times now? I suspect that I have not shot more bad guys with shotguns than most other trainers in the industry, I am at least in the top 3%. I never used more than four rounds in a single event. Loading during the fight was never an issue. Speed loading via the loading port, like a pistol speed load, was never necessary. In fact I have queried our 50,000 member mailing list and this forum several times through the years about these topics - Tell me of a time when a pistol speed load or a shotgun speed load (or a rifle speed load for that matter) saved the shooter from imminent death. And by... Read more →


It had been a very long couple of days. My strained trapezius had been reminding me all day that I was no longer 25. And the humid Texas heat was a far cry from our dry Arizona heat. We walked into the Sushi place and downed a glass of water each before ordering the various Japanese sushi and sashimi delicacies. One member of our party had never enjoyed sushi before and images of the Terry Bradshaw commercial flashed through my mind. But after the thirst had been quenched and the first layers of raw fish had been eaten, I shook my head and asked the guys at the table - two long time staff instructors, a Navy Special Warfare operator, and a Surgeon this question. "How is it possible that men forget how to move?" I have been a fighter most of my life. Early on I was a Kyokushin Full Contact guy, a life long weight lifter, and a police officer in high risk assignments for 15 years. And since 2001, a professional trainer. Strength and the ability to... Read more →


Suarez International was started in a spare bedroom in our house behind the lines in California way back in 1999. Having accomplished everything I had wished in my police career, I began a training company. It was my wife and I...period. I taught myself "html" computer language and began our own website. We needed a symbol. Even back then, while many of the current gun gurus were still in middle school, I knew the degradation of reading skills would give rise to a "symbols only" society. And being an ostensibly "international" company, I needed something that would transcend language. A logo told a story. A logo became a point of recognition. A logo became a brand. And I didn't want some silly gun picture or a set of sights or something stupid like that. I wanted something with history and legacy and meaning. The search began. After some study...I arrived at the Triquetra. The Triquetra (/traɪˈkwɛtrə/; Latin tri- "three" and quetrus "cornered") originally meant "triangle" and was used to refer to various three-cornered shapes. Also known as a "trinity knot"... Read more →


OUR SLIDES ARE MADE OF US STEEL, ON AMERICAN MACHINES AND BY AMERICAN WORKERS - HERE IS ANOTHER REASON WHY. Kobe Steel, a major Japanese supplier of steel and other metals worldwide, has admitted that it faked the specifications to metals shipped to hundreds of companies over the past decade. "Last week, Kobe Steel admitted that staff fudged reports on the strength and durability of products requested by its clients -- including those from the airline industry, cars, space rockets, and Japan's bullet trains. The company estimated that four percent of aluminum and copper products shipped from September 2016 to August 2017 were falsely labelled, Automotive News reported. But on Friday, the company's CEO, Hiroya Kawasaki, revealed the scandal has impacted about 500 companies -- doubling the initial count -- and now includes steel products, too. The practice of falsely labeling data to meet customer's specifications could date back more than 10 years, according to the Financial Times." WHAT IS YOUR SLIDE MADE OF?? Read more →


REMINGTON 870 AMPHIBIAN 12 GAUGE (NP3) Introducing the Suarez International 14" Amphibian Remington 870 pistol grip firearm. The Amphibian is 26.5" long with a 14" barrel, and is an extremely small, light, and portable weapon. And finished completely in NP3 it is suitable for maritime duties or for service in any wet environment that would otherwise harm a weapon with a standard finish. This weapon is built on Remington Model 870 that came from the factory with a pistol grip mounted and classified as "Other Firearm". This is a NON-NFA, Completely Compliant and Legal 'Firearm' (technically not a shotgun). Transfers as "Other" on 4473. The Remington part number for these is "81187". As long as these Pistol Grip Only (PGO) firearms remain longer than 26″ in overall length, and have never been equipped with a shoulder stock, they are perfectly legal with a barrel that is less than 18". Do not change the pistol grip on the firearm, nor shorten the barrel in any way, nor carry the weapon concealed. If you do any of these things you may be... Read more →