45 posts categorized "PISTOL GUNFIGHTING"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stand & Deliver; Stand & Die

Those who are familiar with the modern technique understand the concept of stand and deliver. This is the tactic of the good guy, upon seeing a lethal threat, immediately and rapidly drawing his pistol and placing effective fire on the bad guy--without moving off the "X." Of course students familiar with Suarez International Close Range Gunfighting and Force on Force understand that the fundamental flaw with this technique is that in reality, you stand and die. One of the drills we do in force on force is for each student, one with pistol drawn, the other drawing their pistol to...


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How NOT To Get Shot By The Police

The concern is that the good guy CCW, or off duty LEO for that matter, taking out the bad guy might be misidentified by responding police and shot. Police shoot one of their own every 18 months around the nation so it is a very plausible event. Contributing factors seem to be as follows - You are more likely to be mistakenly shot by police in areas where the carry of weapons by citizens is not common. Places like New York or Los Angeles immediately come to mind. The notion seems to be that only cops or criminals have guns....


Friday, August 15, 2014

Movement Study: Stillness or Turmoil

There is something called "a fighter's understanding". The many variables, tempos, intervals of time and distance, and nuances of the fight can take a lifetime to understand fully. Those who have been involved in combative disciplines for a lifetime know all about these. But as a teacher, I have to spend time putting these understandings and these nuances into words so to pass along the knowledge. And as I was working with the Junior Staff on his epee work recently I found myself having to verbalize these, as Sir Richard Burton called them, "sentiments of the sword". The fencing school...


Thursday, August 14, 2014

AFTER-ACTION: WHAT TO SAY TO THE COPS

One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have whacked an attacker. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the attorneys - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those...


PISTOL IN QUARTATA - Old Sword Technique For Modern CQB

Pistol In Quartata is a term we use to define a movement matrix for extremely close range restricted movement combat. The term "In Quartata" means "out of line" and refers to a swordsman's move out of line with his adversary's attack. Moving off the line of attack is not new and has been a part of the fighting man's repertoire for ages. We've proved it, both on the street and in force on force training, that it is possible to create a situation where the adversary may miss you with his first shot, while you will likely hit with yours....


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Elusive 300

Our department had a scored pistol qualification course that determined one’s proficiency ranking and corresponding monthly shooting bonus. The course was shot from 25 yards and consisted of three stages: Six rounds in sixty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in forty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in thirty seconds. This was shot on the standard B-27 silhouette target, scored at point value. Thirty shots, each worth a maximum of ten points. To qualify at all, one must score a minimum of 210 points. A score of 275 to 289 earned one the Expert pin, a score of 290-299...


BE CAREFUL WITH MAGAZINE WELLS

I suspect this will turn into one of those articles where I get all manner of hate mail telling me that the emperor is in fact not naked at all. Well, no matter. Here goes. Development comes from many areas, but from automobile racing, to physical conditioning, and from mountain climbing to shooting - innovation happens most often in the competition realms. Some of these developments may have application in the combat realms as well, although admittedly not all of them. But if we fail to look at these and consider possible real-world advantages, we become like the techno-averse "purist"...


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

APPENDIX CARRY - COMFORTABLE, CONCEALABLE, QUICKEST

I first began working with what is called “Appendix Carry” when two things happened concurrently. I jammed up my right shoulder doing overhead presses in the gym, and I began to work in some ground fighting Jujitsu into the skill sets (I hate ground fighting, but you never know right?) I had normally carried in the 4:00/5:00 position, but now found my shoulder got very sore reaching back there. You know the story the doc tells you when you tell him it hurts to do something right? He usually says, “well stupid…don’t do that”. Moving the pistol forward of the...


Monday, August 11, 2014

ON SAVING THE DAY WITH YOUR CCW

Lessons learned from 15 years in Law Enforcement and from analysing many private citizen gunfights. Feel free to disagree, but do so not from the emotional desire to be Captain America, but from a practically driven, thought out position. RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT (OR NOT) 1). Mind your own business. And that includes the "be a good witness" thing too. Unless it shocks the consciousness of humanity, it has nothing to do with you...stay out of it. Feel free to make the anonymous call if you wish, but that is the extent. And "shocks humanity" will be quite clear and obvious,...


Thursday, August 07, 2014

The CCW Dilemma

I love the concept of the concealed handgun permit. I support an armed citizenry 100%. When the title "First Responder" is thrown around it is commonly understood as referring to the police officer, the paramedic or the firefighter. I don't agree that a police officer, as an example, is the first responder in an active shooter event. Furthermore, paramedics and firefighters arrive after you have already been injured or your house has already been burning. No, the first responder in the context of this article and the concept of the civilian defender is you, the concealed permit holder in your...


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