Sunday, July 27, 2014

Two Days With Tony Nester In Flagstaff AZ.

Its Sunday at 1800 HRS. I have a nice glass of Apothic Red as I left foot is in ice (that the one with the plantar fascia tear from last month) . My son is crashed on the couch...he needs a shower...bad. Even the dog didn't want to say hello when we got home Mine shower is done...hence the red and the post. We spent two days in Primitive Living, Knife-Only Survival, Tracking/Stalking, and Countering it all...and all while carrying the kit needed to put a serious hurt on anyone we wanted to (full LBEs, Rucksacks, etc.). Along the...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Home Alone II - The Push-Up

Push-Up Variants for Improved Workouts

Friday, July 25, 2014


Since I have been writing quite deeply on the shotgun lately, I wanted to discuss one new entry into the market that I think potentially could overshadow everything else out there in terms or efficiency, value, and characteristics. That is the Beretta 1301 Tactical. Russell Phagan, our Competition Shooting SME and Affiliate has discussed the 1301 Competition at length. His comments on that weapon are what caused me to look at the 1301 Tactical. The Beretta 1301 Tactical is their new entry into the combat shotgun market. It has everything (almost) that a modern fighting shotgun should have. Standard items...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gunfighting Fundamentals, Part 2

As a followup to the Gunfighting Fundamentals article, I wanted to examine how the fundamentals of marksmanship are applied, or not, along the entire spectrum of combat shooting. Most of the Suarez International tribe will, no doubt, identify with these concepts as they are taught in the Close Range Gunfighting series, as well as fought in the Force on Force classes. For those that are new to the tribe, I hope that this article, as well as the first, gives insight into why we do what we do. Its common knowledge that we can put gunfights into two categories: 1)Proactive...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I first wrote about the “Fighting Shotgun” back in 2005 as an answer to a student’s question on my forum. I always hesitate to make definitive answers because things do evolve and a valid solution to a problem in 2005 is changed with the development of a new technology or product, nearly a decade later in 2014. Think of a man writing about the best methods of transcontinental travel in 1896. His world view will not be valid today because things have changed. And thus it is with the shotgun. First I will limit the discussion to pump action and...

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

A Pistol For the Present Day Gunfighter (Why I carry a Glock)

When the Glock first arrived on the scene, I remember hearing many deride this new “plastic gun” as “not worthy” when compared to its most successful and widely used predecessor the 1911. Many believe that the 1911 is “the” pistol, the standard to which all other pistols must be compared, and to be fair, the 1911 is a great gun with a great reputation and its role in combat experience does back up those claims. As with all things, change is inevitable and just as the 1911 replaced the revolver, so has the "plastic gun", specifically the Glock, replaced the...


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...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basic Breaching for the common man Part II (Ballistic & Windows)

In the second part of this series on breaching we will discuss the ever popular “Ballistic” or Shotgun breach, as well as some techniques for breaching windows. If you happen to miss part one please take the time to have a look at it as well. Ballistic breaching This is the technique that everyone is always so keen to learn about, because let’s be honest it’s damn sexy and just plain cool to shoot open a door with a shotgun. But we need to understand that ballistic breaching is not without hazards and thus is a technique where its...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

RMR Equipped Glock Use and Benefits

In this video I discuss the use and benefits of the RMR Equipped Glock. Actual match footage is used to demonstrate how the RMR equipped Glock works. Russell Phagan-Suarez International Specialist Competitive Shooting Read my blog here Discuss on the forums here

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