The birth of our reactive shooting methods began on a cold and rainy December night, in 1991. It was December 7th, the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor...it was cold, and raining, and I felt like crap. I had been fighting a cold for a week and it was finally taking hold. I remember standing over the phone, actually holding the receiver and debating whether to call in sick or not. (This was long before smart phones millenials would use today). As it turned out, I popped a couple of Day Quills and drove in to work. My plan was simple. I would get a nice hot Starbucks, a copy of the latest Investor's Business Daily and hang out in the heated car until I got a radio call. I was not in the mood for that "proactive police work" we hear about...not that day...not the way I felt. And it was all going according to plan too. Then at about 2345 HRS I got the call. "3L7 respond, any unit to assist, Armed Robbery in Progress,... Read more →

I was asked how the Suarez material differs from the Modern Technique invented/codified by Jeff Cooper. Here it is...a long read, but it sets down the historical context. I attended Gunsite in 1990. Cooper was there as were a few of the current "stalwarts" for the modern technique, a couple of SEALs and an entire group of LAPD SWAT with 1911s. I was running my issued weapon, as crappy as it was, a Smith & Wesson 5906 that had been tuned up by Steve Deladio in Long Beach, CA. While I was open minded, I did have some ideas about what was what since I had been working around criminals, gang members and killers for five years. I had not been in a gunfight yet, but I was around alot of guys who had. In the end, I got top score and won the shootoff, against all of those guys. Cooper and I became friends, and I attended Gunsite every year until 1995. So one could say I became well versed in the Modern Technique. In Cooper's words in the... Read more →

THE ISTANBUL DRILL With the information we received from Istanbul, Turkey and Jakarta, Indonesia, as well the inevitability of that happening here as the American Jihadists increase their skills and operational tempo, I developed the "Istanbul Drill". The Istanbul Drill teaches us to shoot for the face and neck area to quickly terminate the terrorist, as well as to follow up the downed terrorist with additional face and neck shots to insure the result. Set up two targets. One standing...one already on the deck. Draw and fire a burst of five at the standing target...in the face of course. Instantly transition to the downed target (representing the same guy - now fallen), and put an additional burst of shots into his downed face. The Instabul Drill has brought up a great deal of discussion at warriortalk.com about what some call "anchoring shots". The original term referred to a big game hunting technique one would find discussed in books by Roark and Capstick. The concept is similar, but the application is very different. In the hunting genre it was intended to... Read more →

I recall a tour of a military museum in Europe a few years ago. We saw the evolution of the sword. First the Roman Gladius...perfect for its day and the tactics of its users. Then as mounted fighters became the norm the swords grew longer, and then wider and of better steel to deal with the prevalent armor. And then as the west grew more urban, and firearms made armor obsolete, the swords became easier to carry and more suited to street combat in urban Europe. Firearms shared a similar developmental path. Any visitor to the Cody Museum in Wyoming will see the same things. The west today - America specifically - is a world at war with itself. The identities of the left and the right are increasingly in conflict and historically, when such ideologies reach an impasses, compromise is impossible. Historically, one side will simply refuse to submit. The other side will either leave things as is and separate from them, or seek to force a unified submission. We surely recall the Symbionese Liberation Army, the Black Guerrilla... Read more →

A STUDY OF TEMPO AND TIMING The shooting range can only measure two things: speed and accuracy. But there are many more elements that cannot be measured there that are imperative to success in a gunfight. Timing and tempo being two others. When to strike is more important than how fast to strike. And how quickly to strike in relation to the enemy's actions is just as crucial. Unimportant issues on the sporting fields, with its start signals, and rules, but intensely important if the goal is to win by design, not merely survive by default. One important consideration is the timing of starting the fight. Not allowing the other man the opportunity to fully launch once you recognize the sequence of events. Musashi called this "Holding Down A Pillow" like smothering the attack. The other is how fast and how often do you need to hit him to end the fight. Once the initiative is seized, it cannot ever be relinquished or he will turn the table and kill you. The "limited violence" crowd doesn't understand this. The timing... Read more →


SO! DO YOU SEE ANY PARALLELS TO THE PISTOL?? Following on the discussion of "look before you holster", here is an interesting video of real swordsmanship. There are striking parallels between Iaijutsu (the skill set of drawing and cutting reactively with the sword)...and gunfighting. The blade has different characteristics than the pistol. The firearm is dangerous because it can project force at a distance via the muzzle...but along with controlling the muzzle, one controls the trigger area. In fact, if one controls the trigger area...the control of the muzzle is really superfluous. The sword is dangerous at the point and the edge. Now...watch how the old master sheathes the sword. He controls the ridge...or the unsharpened edge. Once he has the point in the sheath, he sheathes...s-l-o-w-l-y. So we can say that the spirit of sheathing the sword is the same as the spirit of holstering the pistol, but because the dynamics of the weapons are different, the execution is different. That "spirit" is executed differently. With the sword, control of the ridge equals control of the edge. With the... Read more →

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 would be holstering his pistol. Read that again guys. Please enlighten me if there is any tactical reason to holster the pistol while facing a threat because I cannot think of any. 3). Often the police guys (I was once one) will say they have to holster to handcuff someone. That changes nothing. You do not point a gun at someone and then holster to handcuff. You hold them there, proned out, face down in the dirt, until your back... Read more →