29 posts categorized "TRADECRAFT/OUTLAW SKILLS"

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. http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2014/07/basic-breaching-for-the-common-man-part-1-doors.html#.U8xDyLHis08 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...


Thursday, July 17, 2014

COUNTER SURVEILLANCE - TAIL CHECKS

There are two parts to this discussion. One is identifying a tail, the second is eluding them. A big part of this is daily preparation to make yourself difficult to track and to facilitate eluding any tracker. First consider equipping yourself in a way that you do not stand out in a crowd. There is a great scene in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" where every "suspect" is dressed the same way, facilitating Pierce Brosnan's character to elude the police. Obviously you can't cause 1000 guys to dress just like you, but you can dress in a way that...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Basic Breaching for the common man Part 1 (Doors)

Breaching is the term used within “Tactical” circles to describe the forced entry of a building or other obstacle. In simplest terms let’s just call it what it is, Breaking & Entering. I like to break reasons for breaching down into four categories Dynamic entry (raids), Exit/Escape, Rescue, and Access (soft entry). It should be understood that breaching is in and of itself a very specialized skill set, in fact we have guys on teams for whom breaching is their primary focus. So understand that my intent here is to only give an overview of some basic tools and techniques...


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CQB - SHOOT THROUGH THE WALL

Undoubtedly an extremely controversial topic, we used to work it routinely. It involves the concept of shooting an adversary directly through an interior wall. As I recall, and this is back I think early 1990s...a SWAT guy was shot by a bad guy through the wall, which brought up the discusion. In police, and sadly I suspect in your world as well, a great deal of learning takes place once something bad happens. In any case...it was as if nobody had ever thought of that back then so of course, the experimentation was on. The hard part is that urban...


Friday, June 27, 2014

OPERATING IN THE NON-PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENT - PART 1

First of all, nothing in this article is to be construed as an advocating of violating any US laws. This is presented for those who may be interested in the academic nature of such studies and for education purposes only. There, now that we got that clove of garlic out in the air, let’s get into the meat of the material. This will be controversial, but I think it needs to be written. I have students all over the world, in some very dangerous areas. In many of those places, there is no NRA, CCW Laws, Second Amendment, or even...


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tourniquets 101

TOURNIQUETS The history of the tourniquet dates at least as far back as 500 BC when the Romans designed a device to control bleeding during amputations. It was made mostly of bronze and was lined with a bit of leather for “comfort”. Primarily because of the practical need to control bleeding during surgical procedures, other tourniquet designs proliferated during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. These were quite simplistic and culminated in the development of a pneumatic tourniquet that is currently used thousands of times/day across the world to permit the creation of a bloodless field during procedures on both...


Sunday, April 07, 2013

Individual Movement Techniques for Rural Patrolling - Part 2

By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor Previously I wrote on the techniques for individual movement that we might be required to use during rural patrolling. I will expand on some of the factors that affect IMT as well as some other points of consideration in this article. Volume and Effectiveness of Enemy Fire - IMT is not always used due to volume and effectiveness of enemy fire. It can be used both reactive and also proactive, I covered the reactive use in the last article so this time we will concern ourselves with the proactive use of the...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Technology And Owning The Dark - 2

The method most basic, for using a Night Vision Monocular in conjunction with a handgun goes like this. Hold the monocular in your support side hand and bring it up to your non-dominant eye. How close will be up to you, but understand that there is a glow given off by the unit and holding too far away will not only illuminate your face but also reduce your visual acuity through the unit. Adjust the optic so you can hold it as close as possible. This will remain in place as you move through the area. It is suggested that...


Monday, January 28, 2013

Individual Movement Techniques for Rural Patrolling

By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor "I’m Up, He Sees Me, I’m Down!” This phrase has been used in military training to drive home the relevance of exposure time during the practical application of moving under direct fire. Where this phrase becomes applicable to us is its use as “reminder dialogue” in training, which can also carry over to the fight. It is very similar to talking yourself through an After Action Assessment after the gunfight. With the widespread use of low powered variable optics and red dot optics which allow for quick target acquisition, limiting our exposure...


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hippy Earth Tones Camouflage (H.E.A.T. Camo)

Catchy name don't you think? No, TSD is not going to make or sell clothing. Tried that when we sold Woolrich and 5.11 and it is too much drama for what it is worth. The matter at hand arose this last weekend when we held the Small Unit Tactics class in Kingman, AZ. We had twenty guys attending. Some wore the very popular and effective Multicam camouflage. A couple of guys wore some derivatives of MARPAT, ACU, and various other "Green" camo. And we had several that were wearing civilian outdoor clothing, but in what I would term "muted earth...


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