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JULY 25 - SAINT JAMES DAY On the death of King Alfonso, the Moors (That era's ISIS and Al Queda) demanded the reinstation of the Tribute of 100 Virgins (fifty noble and fifty common), which Alfonso had defied. The new king, Ramiro, denied them the tribute and prepared for battle. On the night before the Battle of Clavijo he dreamt of St. James, who told him that God had chosen James as the patron for the Spanish kingdoms. According to the legend, during the battle Saint James appeared as a warrior on his white horse with a white banner to help Christian armies of king Ramiro I of Asturias in battle against the Moors. The Christians marched on the cry of "¬°Dios ayuda a Santiago!" (God save St. James!). They slew more than 5,000 Moors, and James became known as "Matamoros". On July 25th, we celebrate the feast day of Santiago Matamoros, or St. James Moorslayer. The faithful are admonished to train with weapons and educate themselves on the habits of their adversaries. 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 →


One of the teaching points at the Killing Within The Law Seminar was that after the shots had been fired, you would have to explain yourself. Regardless of what the untested, myth-followers, on the internet will tell you, you cannot just say nothing. If a police officer responds to your shooting, he sees the body, and you refusing to speak to him, he will arrive at certain conclusions. He doesn't care about you, or the truth, or any of that. He cares about not having his Sergeant on his ass, and in getting off duty on time. And there will be a report written. Once that report is written, it will require the hand of God Himself to change it, so it is in your interest to select your role in the event. The role you want is "Victim". That role will be self-assigned if you conduct yourself properly and use your words to reinforce what is evident to the officers. A great deal of that is based on non-verbal things. A perceived gentleman will be seen in a vastly... Read more →


The American Gun Community is motivated by fear and emotion. They did this to themselves as they listened to liability-centric Story tellers around their campfires late at night. They sat open mouthed and pie-eyed as the story tellers told of the untold horrors of what would befall them if they ever had to point a weapon much less shoot anyone. And like all impressionable sorts, the tribal stories became their reality. Every fiber of their being became focused on fear of the legal system, rather than in winning the inevitable fight. That, readers, is a recipe for failure. It will either be a failure from emotional over reaction, or a failure from fearful inaction. But fear, is hardly an asset and certainly not something we want to base our actions upon. Oh, certainly, it may be a great word to use later to define what you saw and felt and thought...but right there...in the moment...no. How do we eliminate, or at least minimize, fear and its effects? Quite simple. This has two aspects. One is the revision of a self-image... 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 →