32 posts categorized "PISTOL GUNFIGHTING"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WRATH

‘You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him’ -Rooster Cogburn One of the most important concepts and skills that I have acquired from time spent training in combatives (and in my particular case – Krav Maga) and also participating in Force on Force training, is not any particular technique, but the continual reinforcement and practice of an aggressive, explosive and brutal response. In both combatives and in...


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gunfighting Fundamentals, Part 2

As a followup to the Gunfighting Fundamentals article, I wanted to examine how the fundamentals of marksmanship are applied, or not, along the entire spectrum of combat shooting. Most of the Suarez International tribe will, no doubt, identify with these concepts as they are taught in the Close Range Gunfighting series, as well as fought in the Force on Force classes. For those that are new to the tribe, I hope that this article, as well as the first, gives insight into why we do what we do. Its common knowledge that we can put gunfights into two categories: 1)Proactive...


Monday, July 21, 2014

A Pistol For the Present Day Gunfighter (Why I carry a Glock)

When the Glock first arrived on the scene, I remember hearing many deride this new “plastic gun” as “not worthy” when compared to its most successful and widely used predecessor the 1911. Many believe that the 1911 is “the” pistol, the standard to which all other pistols must be compared, and to be fair, the 1911 is a great gun with a great reputation and its role in combat experience does back up those claims. As with all things, change is inevitable and just as the 1911 replaced the revolver, so has the "plastic gun", specifically the Glock, replaced the...


Monday, July 14, 2014

Suarez International reloading doctrine

One of the elements of Suarez International gunfighting doctrine that tends to cause lots of discussion is the way we encourage students to perform their reloads: by default, we retain the used magazine. There are lots and lots of tacticool guys on the Interwebz who favor playing Hansel and Gretel with used magazines, but as WT member Saladin (who has been there and done that) famously remarked during the subgun class in Prescott: “Ammo don’t come in magazines.” Without a reliable magazine to feed from, your semi-automatic becomes only slightly more useful than a muzzle-loader. I’m sorry if that hurts...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gunfighting Fundamentals

The 8 fundamentals of shooting permeate every aspect of combat shooting. The more we master our fundamentals, the better we are able to employ our weapons no matter the environment, conditions or positions we find ourselves. I believe that the fundamentals must be mastered and practiced from our very first basic training course and be included as an integral part of every training session. In the Close Range Gunfighting series we list the fundamentals as Grip, Stance, Point, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Breathing, Trigger Control, and Follow Through/Trigger Reset. These are the foundation that all other gun fighting skills are...


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keep it Simple!

Under times of extreme stress, and in particular the stresses in a life threatening event, we have at our disposal an amazing internal call to arms - the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system (which also includes the enteric and parasympathetic systems). When faced with a life threatening crisis, the sympathetic nervous system takes over channeling the body’s resources with one goal – survival. The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys, and when stressed adrenaline is released from the adrenals directly into the blood stream. This dump of adrenaline will increase the...


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CQB - SHOOT THROUGH THE WALL

Undoubtedly an extremely controversial topic, we used to work it routinely. It involves the concept of shooting an adversary directly through an interior wall. As I recall, and this is back I think early 1990s...a SWAT guy was shot by a bad guy through the wall, which brought up the discusion. In police, and sadly I suspect in your world as well, a great deal of learning takes place once something bad happens. In any case...it was as if nobody had ever thought of that back then so of course, the experimentation was on. The hard part is that urban...


Friday, July 04, 2014

LOOK BEFORE YOU HOLSTER!

Looking At The Holster The issue is looking at the holster on the reholstering. I know....I know...we are told its bad its wrong, ect. But why? Let me lay my case out. 1). According to our research, half of all unintended discharges resulting in shooter injury occur during the holstering process. Sure...sometimes it is due to trigger fingers not being properly indexed, but there have been many times when it has happened due to some sort of obstruction in the holster, or misplacement of the pistol into the holster. 2). If the threat was still a threat, only a fool...


The Missing Link

An enlightened individual has made the decision to take accountability for their own personal protection. After thoughtful research the decision is made to enhance their open hand fighting skills and an enrollment is made in a combatives course. With some heightened anticipation the student walks into the studio to meet the instructor. After the cursory introductions the student is placed in front of a mirror and instructed on stance, body position and proper placement of hands. The instructor walks the student through the proper technique for the jab and cross – with emphasis on keeping the back foot down and...


Sunday, June 29, 2014

USAF RED FLAG & THE GUNFIGHTER

Red Flag was established in 1975 as a result of poor performance in Vietnam by the USAF pilots and Weapon System Officers (WSO) in air-to-air combat. Many of the crews at that time had also fallen prey to the Surface to Air Missile Systems scattered throughout Vietnam. Due to these short comings, the Air Force conducted a study titled Project Red Barron II. Project Red Barron II concluded that a pilot’s survivability in combat dramatically increased once the pilot had completed 10 combat missions. Today, Red Flag Exercises are conducted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. It is a major...


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