55 posts categorized "PISTOL GUNFIGHTING"

Monday, September 01, 2014

THE MYTH OF GRIP

Guys will spend hours discussing how to make the grip feel "natural" on a handgun. Often they will buy more complicated systems simply because of some intangible feel to the grip. Or, they will spend hours grinding on a perfectly good hadgun to ostensibly make it fit better. Even better is when they, being poor shots, blame it on the ill-conceived grip angle of the weapon they shot poorly with. Fact: Shooting well has to do with aligning the pistol on target and not derailing that alignment with poor trigger control. A modified grip angle will not help you do...


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dual appendix carry

The two suspicious characters slowly advancing on me were between me and the door. The one on the left was freaking huge. The guy on the right was much smaller, but he was so close to the wall that I could not get through on that side. The area behind me was filled with clutter and offered no way out. My only way out was that doorway. GUN! Both of them were starting to draw what looked very much like pistols. I’m fast, but I knew from experience that it’s not fast enough to outdraw someone once they are already...


Thursday, August 28, 2014

ENTRY METHODS: DOOR JAMB TAKE-OFF

First the ground work. Team door entries. There are a number of different types of entry configuration for team entry. The only hard rule is that you want to get two guns into the room simultaneously. Why? Simple...you cannot look two directions at one time and having two guns enter allows each man's back to be covered. We go into that at great length as well as the advantages of the simultaneous cross over. But Murphy was an architect and many times, the situation is not optimal requiring modified entry tactics. One such tactic has been the button hook entry....


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Fog Of War - A Lack Of Certainty

Clausewitz wrote about it as "The Fog Of War". SunTzu wrote about it as "not knowing yourself or the enemy". It is a lack of certainty. It comes from a lack of information about what is actually at hand. Without information, accurate decisions are very difficult to make. What happens is you get a bunch of educated guesses and then a tentative decision based on those guesses. That is why military planners spend more on gathering intell than on the weapons to exploit that intell. How does that play out for the individual operator? Quite simply, if one is denied...


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UNSEEN IN THE BEST PLACES - CCW IN THE VEHICLE

The next installment of this series was going to be how to spot the other guy that is armed, but I received so many comments and questions about the issue of carrying concealed in a vehicle that I moved up the segment on that and made it "Part 2". I think before we discuss any of the dynamics of carrying concealed in the car, we should look at the bigger picture, taking a mission-oriented focus rather than a tool-oriented focus. And that is dealing with a threat from the car. DRIVE OR SHOOT? Let's try an exercise. Picture in your...


Exploring the Pekiti Takeoff

Gabe Suarez built his gunfight training around the concept of dynamic movement while deploying a weapon. If you are facing an attack, and you find yourself without a weapon, dynamic movement is perhaps the only means of survival. Immediate, explosive and dynamic movement is absolutely necessary and with proper technique, just might make the difference in overcoming the odds when they are stacked against you. The value of explosive dynamic movement is made crystal clear during Suarez Force on Force classes. Of all the gun classes I’ve taken, I truly believe that Force on Force training taught me more about...


Monday, August 25, 2014

CONCEALMENT - UNSEEN IN THE BEST PLACES - PART 1

This is the first in a series of articles discussing how to carry a weapon without detection, as well as how to detect others that may be carrying weapons. I have been carrying concealed firearms all of my adult life. I carried in spite of regulations before my life in law enforcement. I carried officially during off duty hours and while working various plain clothes as well as undercover details as a police officer in Southern California. Later, I carried weapons as a "private businessman" in various non-permissive environments overseas in Africa, and Latin America as well as Europe. There...


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Video Review: Ready, Willing & Able?

Download Alaska Baseball Bat Incident There are times when a video comes out that serves as an awesome training video. This is just one of those videos that I recently came across. First and foremost, this is not a critique or my poor attempt to "armchair quarterback" the officers in this video. I'm a huge believer in not judging unless you were there. However, I also think that a wise person learns from their mistakes. A wiser person learns from the mistakes of others. I think the officers in this video, if they could do a few things differently, would....


Friday, August 22, 2014

THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY

I recall a student I had many years ago. He was a kenjutsu aficionado. Kenjutsu, for those who missed that day, is the old martial version of samurai swordsmanship. In any case, after training he remarked on the similarity in concept of what I was teaching him and his sword studies. I'd never seen a true traditionl early period Japanese sword form so I asked him to show me. Immediately he grabbed up a katana and demonstrated. He drew the sword, cut once and twice and sheathed. That was it. Astounded at the brevity, I asked him about it. He...


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why do I rip the magazine out?

As discussed several times before, gunfights are broken down into two categories: 1) Proactive and 2) Reactive. I categorize pistol malfunction clearing or better yet, pistol manipulations, into these two categories as well. An example of a proactive manipulation would be the proactive (tactical) reload. This post is not, however, about proactive reloading. I wish to cover the reactive manipulations and explain why I teach them the way I teach them. The reactive manipulations include the "tap-rack-shoot" and the "rip-reload-rack-shoot" techniques. I know that there are several names for these techniques, but I will refer to them by these names....


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