Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Fog Of War - A Lack Of Certainty

Article Excerpt Image 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


Article Excerpt Image 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

Article Excerpt Image 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


Article Excerpt Image 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?

Article Excerpt Image 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


Article Excerpt Image 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


Article Excerpt Image As things get increasingly exciting, those with the ability to do so are seeking to be armed at all times. Truly the CCW phenomena has spread to many areas of the country that we would never have considered. But along with the prevalence of the concealed carry operator, has been the increase in Active Shooters, and the specter of terrorism looms on the horizon with every newscast. Some like to think our government has things well in hand. Well, tell that to the victims of the various crazy guy shooters and terrorists. They can't even control a mob bent on...

Why do I rip the magazine out?

Article Excerpt Image 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....

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Know Your Enemy - Communism

Article Excerpt Image What does this have to do with anything today? Because what you are seeing in St. Louis is not really about race regardless of what the media are saying. Kareem Abdul Jabbar got a couple of things right. It is about “class warfare”, and its being created and fed by the Communist Movement in America.

Counter Fractricide: How NOT To Shoot Good Guys

Article Excerpt Image My understanding is that the police mistakenly shoot one of their own almost once every year. There are no statistics kept on good guy on good guy encounters involving CCW personnel. I hope that this piece not only saves some lives, but also helps the CCW operator and Police Officer make sound tactical decisions.

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