I personally have participated in no less than a half dozen gunfights in reduced light. For 15 years, with few exceptions, I worked between 1700 HRS and 0500 HRS. And I hunted bad guys in buildings and in the street. When I discuss this low light problem, I speak from personal experience. But we are not here to discuss me. The article on using weapon lights was been read quite a few times and it seems to polarize the reader. They either agree with my position, or they question my sanity. The gun world, like most of American society lives in a world of extremes. Everything is either black, or it is white. An all or nothing perspective that is never like life. Extremes only occur at the 1% on either end of the spectrum. Everything in the middle is fluid, and taking the position that life must be "always or never", is an extremely limiting position. It is however a position parroted by many intellectually slothful trainers who cannot grasp (or perhaps their students cannot grasp), that reality is... Read more →

You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can guess that their intentions are bad. And you did just that, arming yourself with your Glock. The light you added made you feel safer operating in low light, and that article you read said that all gunfights happened in the dark. You kept both hands on the Glock, just like on the range, and it helped steady the pistol through the waves of adrenaline. Remember, you told yourself - target identification is the most important thing so use the light. Not wanting to shoot an innocent, you had turned the light on with your support hand as you began to move through the house and - End of story - the bad guys saw your light and sent a magazine of ammunition your way. One of the thirty rounds hit you in the head and you died. Let's try again shall we? You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can... Read more →

There are a couple of points we must make at the beginning of this discussion. First: Nothing is perfect, and nothing is free. All weapons and sighting systems are designed and fabricated by men and anything man-made can, under certain circumstances, fail or malfunction. Certainly, more robust systems could be made, but everything is driven by the desire for profits. Something absolutely damage and failure proof could be made, but the cost would undoubtedly limit the market. Second: One is none, two is one. And by extension, three is better than two. Redundancy may be undesirable in conversations and essay’s, but not in weaponry or safety systems. The topic of this discussion is the laser. And more completely, its role and application today, in 2017, in the heyday of the red dot equipped pistol. It is interesting to note that many in the gun community foolishly polarize themselves into the “either – or” camps. But in reality, we will see that like the Reese’s commercial, they are two great things that work great together. Both systems will offer an easier... Read more →

First iteration - proof of concept. Aimpoint Micro in dovetail mount. September 2009 Version two - Trijicon RMR milled into the slide - no rear sight - February 2010 Spring 2010 - Use of Lone Wolf and Caspian Slides. Note dummy RMR body. Yeah...we looked at sight placement this way and dropped it as substandard. Unhappy with the QC of those slides, we decided to make our own. Summer of 2011. The version one slides while we were TSD Combat Systems - 2012 Next iteration - modernized design, PVD finishes, and our own Suarez Sights. We carried this one OCONUS a few times. The very first Red Dot Pistol Class ever taught in the world - Prescott, AZ December 2011 Suarez plankowner Jon Payne with none other than fighting great Royce Gracie receiving his Suarez Glock. Always onward - The Guttersnipe 17 next to a standard Suarez Glock. All Suarez parts. 5th Group Operator with a Suarez holster and Slide. The Spec Ops and SWAT communities were early adopters. The ultimate expression of the modern concealed carry combat pistol. Much... Read more →

When one of these events takes place it is imperative for us to learn from them should we hope to prevent or interdict the next one. Sadly, this is rarely done to a true operational level. It may be too soon to do this, but we have had three major events in the last three weeks. I do not think it is too soon. These points were brought to the discussion on my forum by one of its members - FACT 1: Shooter visited the site five days prior to the attack. This was probably a reconnaissance of the site. We know that both terrorists as well as "crazy people" have done this prior to their initiation of attack. Alternatively, he may not have decided to attack yet and was working up to it LEARNING POINT: In today's tech world it is an easy thing to have 24-7 passive surveillance. We have it at home and at Suarez HQ. This can run all the time and can be monitored remotely. An alternative is the use of game cameras. Any... Read more →

The social media aspect of the gun community is hilarious. Recently, one group that does virtually all their marketing on social media trolled my Suarez Red Dot Glocks Group with a negative video on the Shield Optic (knowing we sell those optics, and in the hopes of getting some sort of reaction from us). We do not allow such things so once discovered, they were exposed, and expelled. These "operator alumni" were so upset that they resorted to prank calling my office line. I was half expecting a pizza delivery at 3 AM. The point of their exercise seemed to be to denigrate the Shield Optic. Why would this even be a concern. Hell, if you want to slam a substandard optic there are plenty out there. Then one of my staff pointed out that the leader of that "tactical children's group" is sponsored by a company that focuses on the use of a competing optic. much for so called objective perspectives. But continuing - Suarez International is a dealer in the Shield RMS optic. We have been dealers... Read more →

It is Monday after class. I just finished a great discussion with David Yamane, who attended the class as an observer. As you know, on Sunday, at the same time we were training, 27 church goers were shot to death in a Sutherland Springs church. He asked me an important question during his interview. "What would you have told that pastor the day before the shooting?" My answer was direct. I would have told him not to forget that evil was real and earthly, and that it was in fact his responsibility to tell his congregation as much...and to protect them from its earthly manifestation while they were with him. During the last few hours of class, the tired students were drilling in proactive-aggressive shooting. Things reserved in the minds of many gun students (and instructors) for counter terrorist operators and police officers. Advance on the threat while you put multiple rounds into the face. Advance on the threat, shooting him in the face and then firing again into the face of the fallen target to prevent the detonation of... Read more →