15 posts categorized "FIGHTING TERRORISM"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basic Breaching for the common man Part II (Ballistic & Windows)

In the second part of this series on breaching we will discuss the ever popular “Ballistic” or Shotgun breach, as well as some techniques for breaching windows. If you happen to miss part one please take the time to have a look at it as well. http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2014/07/basic-breaching-for-the-common-man-part-1-doors.html#.U8xDyLHis08 Ballistic breaching This is the technique that everyone is always so keen to learn about, because let’s be honest it’s damn sexy and just plain cool to shoot open a door with a shotgun. But we need to understand that ballistic breaching is not without hazards and thus is a technique where its...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Basic Breaching for the common man Part 1 (Doors)

Breaching is the term used within “Tactical” circles to describe the forced entry of a building or other obstacle. In simplest terms let’s just call it what it is, Breaking & Entering. I like to break reasons for breaching down into four categories Dynamic entry (raids), Exit/Escape, Rescue, and Access (soft entry). It should be understood that breaching is in and of itself a very specialized skill set, in fact we have guys on teams for whom breaching is their primary focus. So understand that my intent here is to only give an overview of some basic tools and techniques...


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Active Shooter Problem

by Jack Rumbaugh Suarez International Director of Training It has been a little more than two weeks since the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown Connecticut and I am still trying to wrap my head around the events of the day. One way to help us understand what happened is to look back on history to understand the psychopathology of the active shooter. We will examine six cases from 1949 to the present. One of the earliest incidents to be considered an active shooter event was in 1949 in Camden, New Jersey. On September 6th, Howard Barton Unruh killed...


Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Of Five Rings - Modern Application

Miyamoto Musashi is thought of in many circles as one of the best swordsmen to have ever lived. In actuality, there have been many other men both before and after who have killed many more men in combat than Musashi’s humble score of 60. But undocumented knowledge does not outlive the one who possesses it. Nonetheless, what Musashi did, that perhaps his colleagues of the sword failed to do, was to document his findings in the form of a book – Go Rin No Sho, or as we know it, The Book Of Five Rings. Read literally, it is a...


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

There I was... In the food court.

Jack Rumbaugh, Suarez International Director of Training. The first thing that registers in your mind is that the noise you just heard should not be something you hear in the mall. You know immediately that something is wrong and that you are hearing the sound of an assault rifle being fired inside the building. Your Starbucks spills on the floor as you overturn the table, moving to the nearest cover. The panicked shoppers are running over each other trying to get to the nearest exit. You realize one of the terrorists is stepping out of an alcove, blocking the exit...


Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Long Shot

...and why you should work on being able to take it. CR Williams, Suarez International Staff Instructor Gabe's recent article about the shooting at the Carson City IHOP was, as such things tend to be, copied to and discussed on a number of gun forums outside of Warrior Talk. On one such I frequent some posters said that they would take the shot the BBQ owner did not, some said they did not feel capable of that shot at their current level of capability but would have tried to work to ranges and positions where they would feel confident of...


Monday, September 19, 2011

Active Shooter - Carson City IHOP

So this was the latest event - Seven people were shot inside of a Carson City, Nevada, IHOP. Four died on scene. The gunman, Eduardo Sencion, as often happens, died of the self-inflicted wound to the head. Same story, different characters and location. What was telling about this one is a statement made by a witness to the event. "The owner of the BBQ across the street had a clear shot of him walking into the IHOP after he killed the lady motorcycle rider but didn’t take it, citing "it was a pistol against an AK, what was I going...


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Lessons from Jihad in America

John Chambers Suarez International Tier One Instructor As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I believe it would be helpful for all of us to consider the lessons learned from the jihadist assault of Nidal Hasan. The odds of a massive attack similar to 9/11/01 being repeated are much lower than a single shooter or a team of shooters deciding to reenact the FT Hood or Mumbai incidents. And as we know from history, it is always better to get your information from primary sources instead of hearsay or the “official story.” “Smith” is a SI...


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Norwegian Paradigm

The Norwegian Paradigm I was on vacation on Oahu when I first heard about the events in Norway. At first, like probably most of you, I thought, “Hadji is at it again”. And I must say that although Hadji was not in this instance, I am not by any means sorry for my first conclusions. The shooter turned out to be the typical “nutjob”, maybe not as crazy as Cho at VT, but nonetheless crazy in the conclusive actions he took to punctuate his statements. Breivik is shocking, but not surprising to those who stay up on current social events...


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Making the Long Shot, Part 1

By Jack Rumbaugh, Suarez International Tier One Instructor I had the pleasure of teaching our Point Shooting Gunfighting Skills class over the weekend and we talked about extreme marksmanship being on one end of the shooting continuum and point shooting occupying the other end. That discussion prompted this first in a series of articles on what it takes to make that long shot. Most people would agree that pistols are considered close range, reactive weapons. "It's a defensive tool", they say. True, but with the proper application of marksmanship fundamentals, a skilled pistolero can turn a lowly Glock 19 into...


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