Instructors that teach yelling out warnings prior to shooting - when the events have clearly identified the bad guy shooter - are idiots. Yes, I said it and I stand by what I said. And I have the real world experience to back up my position. Students who have been trained that way - get that stupidity out of your minds right now, and get your minds right. We have discussed this before. The first time was about twelve years ago on this blog with regards to the Tacoma Mall shooting. Tacoma Mall Shooting - 2005 It was back in 2005, at the Tacoma Mall in Washington state. A civilian CCW guy named McKown heard the gunshots. Gun in hand, McKown scanned for the shooter. As the gunshots stopped, McKown tucked his pistol back under his coat. We later learned that was when the shooter was reloading. McKown said, "Young man, I think you need to put your weapon down." The shooter shot McKown, hitting his spine and paralyzing him for life. And From today's headlines - Congressman Scalise Assassination... Read more →


The trend since Mumbai has been to go "low tech" and high shock. Nothing is more low tech than a Molotov Cocktail. London attack: Molotov cocktails 'found in back of terrorists' van' 12 Injured After Molotov Cocktail Explodes in Paris Restaurant The History: A Molotov cocktail, also known as fire bomb, is a generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons. Due to the relative ease of production, Molotov cocktails have been used by terrorists, irregular forces, or even regular soldiers that are short on equivalent military-issue weapons. They are primarily intended to set targets ablaze rather than explode. The name "Molotov cocktail" was coined by the Finns during the Winter War against the Soviets. The name was an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was one of the architects behind the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed in late August 1939. The pact with Nazi Germany was widely mocked by the Finns, as was much of the propaganda Molotov produced to accompany the pact, including his declaration on Soviet state radio that bombing missions over Finland... Read more →


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 →


There is a saying in spanish that describes insurgency combat - "tira la piedra y esconde la mano". Loosely translated it means "throwing a stone and then hiding the hand that threw it". Inherent in the act is concealment, and the expectation of going unnoticed, specially when surrounded by a crowd or mob or people. Preferably a mob that had no involvement, directly in throwing the stone. So the recipient of the stone has no idea which individual in the mob threw it, but he damn sure knows it came from that particular crowd. And the stone thrower, like Mao's fish, keeps swimming along unidentified. But the people in the mob...you can bet that they know who he was as they were standing right next to him, or heard his friends discussing the procurement of stones, or something along those lines. I think we all see it. The problem is that the west cannot successfully deal with the dynamics of that mob and retain its own egalitarian self-image. But soon, its self-image will not be the most important thing. But... Read more →


"One of them had a big knife, then he came in and walked around the restaurant, I guess they just kind of stabbed anyone that they saw and knocked things on the ground and then we just hid." So this last weekend - mid Ramadan (but the UK authorities are adamant that has nothing to do with it) - yet another series of well coordinated attacks in London. The timing was on cue, and the technology was primitive, yet the effect was successful. The weapons were simple: Aggression, Motor Vehicles, and Knives. Unless the nanny-state wishes to now castrate the aggression out of all males, prohibit all sharp instruments in an Okinawan-like decree, and force everyone to use public transportation, the ability of the state to prevent the next one is ridiculously impossible as long as the culture that advocates such things is allowed to roam free in the west. That last bit is out of the hands of normal people like us, yet we are the ones that will stand at the front line of the effects of the... Read more →


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 intelligence than on the weapons to exploit it. How does that play out for the individual operator? Quite simply, if one is denied the suitable intelligence to make a decision, no decision will tend to be made. And at such a time, unless there is an ingrained, and trained default response, the subject will likely freeze in place...as if he is on pause waiting for more information to be provided. One example is the shooting at the nightclub in Orlando by Mateen. Put aside the 4S issues of a midnight drink in a questionable hood for a moment and follow the discussion. Think of... Read more →