44 posts categorized "RIFLE GUNFIGHTING"

Sunday, August 03, 2014

5.56 VS 7.62x51 - Ammo Wars

There is a lively discussion on this at Warrior Talk and I wanted to add something here in that respect. I recall a discussion I had with Chuck Taylor back in the early 1990s about red dot sights on rifles. I was told they were unreliable and undependable and that they were a fad to be stayed away from. Today I would ask, "How about now?" Again, what was true in 1994...or even 2004, is not necessarily still the case ten years later due to the development of ammunition, weapons, and knowledge. What I have seen in the last decade...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


We have been working for a while now with the M4 PDW Concept. I knew it would be a controversial weapon, but unlike the adoption of a red dot on the pistol, it seems to have gained a strong foothold early on, and from certain sectors I had not considered. Regardless, I find it an extremely useful weapon, and is my main "work gun" these days. The advantages are many, and with a weapon assembled from the best of the best parts available (mil-Spec is where you find yourself at the bottom here), you can have a weapon system well...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GWACS Armory CAV-15 MKII Abuse Test

Still functioning, Hahn Precision Sights still zeroed, TSD Magazine still works. Russell Phagan-Suarez International Specialist Competitive Shooting Read my blog here Discuss on the forums here Related articles The Ultra-Lightweight AR CAV-15 Returns to Production, Now on Sale

Monday, July 21, 2014


SKIPPING BUCKSHOT…AND OTHER PROJECTILES I learned to do this back in 1986. It had been used in gunfights by the L.A. Sheriff's Deputies several times and a viable tactic. This was the age before lawyers wrote qualification courses and Internal Affairs guys were in charge of tactical training. Before the silly statement was spoken in fear, "every bullet has a lawyer attached to it", and the death before litigation culture became the norm. Today, I don’t know of any private or public sector schools teaching this actively. I know that we teach it and make it a common activity in...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VEPR-12 at Ironman 3 Gun 2014

Why Mag Fed? In all action shooting sports, the less time spent reloading the better. This is particularly true with shotguns, as they are the slowest to reload. While most divisions limit shotguns to tube feds with 9 rounds loaded at start, Open and Trooper divisions have more options. Traditionally Open division shooters have used very long extended magazine tubes and speed loaders to load as quickly as possible. In the past several years the X-Rail rotating magazine tube assembly has also become an option to give competitors more rounds on tap. All these accessories come with costs for the...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shotguns, Alternative Mounts, and the SI Movement Matrix

John Chambers - Suarez International Staff Instructor If one has taken any advanced rifle or pistol training with SI you are very familiar with the “clock drills” that are involved when practicing getting off the X in various directions. With a pistol, it is very easy to move around the clock face and one can easily shift the pistol to their right or left hands as needed to respond with the greatest speed. However, when these same drills are worked with the long gun, there is a lot more involved when you are trying to get the muzzle oriented to...


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Friday, July 11, 2014


The Crucible of Competition The Ironman 3 Gun is the highest round count 3 Gun match in the United States. The stages take up to seven minutes to shoot. The long days on the range and environmental conditions take a toll on shooters and guns alike. These factors are what make the match interesting and enjoyable for me to shoot. They also make it interesting to take people without a lot of match experience and throw them into it to see how they do. Every year I try to convince someone who hasn’t shot competitively very much or at all...

Sunday, July 06, 2014


Continuing with our discussions on optimizing the shotgun, let us discuss ammo. While any and all firearms can be used for hunting that is irrelevant insofar as this discussion goes. That the shotgun can be used for shooting bunnies and birds has nothing to do with its anti-personnel use. One of the prevailing myths with this weapon is that it is versatile due to the variety in ammunition. With respect to the nature of the discussion, that is false. It is not versatile at all and quite specialized…because of the ammunition and its limits. With regards to the operator and...

Thursday, July 03, 2014


In discussing shotguns - 1) All weapons are "special niche weapons". Some niches simply cover more things. And some of these weapons, ridiculous as it seems, are acceptable in areas where others are not. For example...an M4 Pistol is untenable in California unless it has that silly bullet button, a muzzle break, and a ten round magazine. But an 18" pistol gripped shotgun is perfectly legal. 2). Attempting to compare weapons against each other (ie. what is better...a shotgun or a rifle) is silly as each has its virtues and shines in it's special niche. Doing so is like comparing...

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