13 posts categorized "EQUIPMENT REVIEW"

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE BERETTA 1301 TACTICAL

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...


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...


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

THE AMERICAN - OWB HOLSTER

Anywhere I have traveled on earth I have seen that Americans have, more than any other people on earth, a reputation as "gunfighters". The advancement of the anti-personnel use of the handgun is a particularly American invention and that fact is not lost on us, or those who wish to learn from us. The Outside The Waist Band Carry, concealed under a shirt or jacket has become symbolic of the American way of gunfighting. Although I personally favor Appendix carry, many of our clients and students choose to, or are required to carry elsewhere. This could be due to body...


Thursday, August 08, 2013

Slinging up the FS2000

The only thing missing from the FS2000 is a simple attachment point for a sling. Many of the solutions out there try to offer the operator more than that…but in the end they only provide complicated webs of tactical lingerie. I just wanted a damn place to mount my sling...


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Study Of Muzzle Devices And Their Uses

Most modern rifles are equipped to accept a muzzle unit of some sort. These can be categorized into three areas: Muzzle Brakes, Flash Hiders, Compensators. In this article will discuss all three areas as well as what benefits and liabilities each type of unit will provide. 1). Muzzle Brakes: If you look at an AK-74, you will notice a long heavy cylinder attached to the muzzle with a window on each side. These windows, or "ports" are angled upward and intended to channel the gasses expelled from the muzzle in a way to attenuate, or "brake" the muzzle rise normally...


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Owning The Night - Which Path?

Gunfighting has always been an ongoing study. There are innovations being made constantly, both in the tactical (aka skills) and technical (aka gear) areas. It is a mistake to focus exclusively on one, and ignore the other. For example, one may have very good night combat skills, but his ability to apply will be severely limited if all he has is a 5 shot J frame with a mini maglite. On the other hand, a man with a PVS-14 and an OTAL laser that has no tactical skills will not fare any better. The key then is to have the...


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Good Deals: Spaghetti, Tactical Gear and Training

 By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor in South Carolina As many are making their spending plans for the new year, I’d like to reflect on the search for the “Good Deal”. To quote gunsmith Mark Graham: “What made you think you were getting a $1000 battle rifle for $600?” I’d say ignorance and extrapolating from other experiences (like buying groceries) is the answer to that question, therefore this article. When it comes to buying groceries, I’m a value shopper. Given the choice between spaghetti in a Mueller’s box and a Great Value box, I’ll take the Great Value...


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Scope Reticles 101

Which scope do you recommend? I get asked this question several times a month. I wish the answer was as simple as the question. There are several factors we should consider before making a choice. The next few questions will help clarify the proper response to the question. What gun is it going on? Is it a semi auto 22 or a 300 WM bull barrel target rifle? Is it a 30-30 lever gun or an AK? The type of gun and the caliber are important factors in the scope and reticle choice. What do you plan to do with...


Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Return of the Pocket Sword

John Chambers, Suarez International Staff Instructor For years a Cold Steel Voyager, in 6 inch blade length was my constant companion in many places around the world. The knife was strong, cut like crazy, and was easily replaced if it was lost in the field, or if it needed to “lost” for other reasons. As an added benefit, it was intimidating as hell when opened unexpectedly. The value of the “psychological stop” is not to be underestimated. So with all this personal history with the Voyager, I was VERY disappointed when Cold Steel (CS) discontinued the knife and I stopped...


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The PPS-43: Study Gun, Kid's Gun, Historical Artifact

The PPS-43 SBR The real PPS-43 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Sudaeva, model of 1943 = Sudaev SMG) was an answer to the need for more compact and handier weapon than its predecessor, the PPSh-41, then in use by Soviet Army. The original PPS is a full-automatic only weapon, simple blowback, and is fired from the open bolt. The safety is located at the front of the trigger guard. The receiver and barrel shroud are made from stamped steel. Rear sight is L-shaped flip type and is marked for 100 and 200 meters distance, front sight is fixed blade type. The barrel is equipped...


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