16 posts categorized "TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REVIEWS"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why do I rip the magazine out?

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....


Thursday, August 07, 2014

The CCW Dilemma

I love the concept of the concealed handgun permit. I support an armed citizenry 100%. When the title "First Responder" is thrown around it is commonly understood as referring to the police officer, the paramedic or the firefighter. I don't agree that a police officer, as an example, is the first responder in an active shooter event. Furthermore, paramedics and firefighters arrive after you have already been injured or your house has already been burning. No, the first responder in the context of this article and the concept of the civilian defender is you, the concealed permit holder in your...


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...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gunfighting Fundamentals

The 8 fundamentals of shooting permeate every aspect of combat shooting. The more we master our fundamentals, the better we are able to employ our weapons no matter the environment, conditions or positions we find ourselves. I believe that the fundamentals must be mastered and practiced from our very first basic training course and be included as an integral part of every training session. In the Close Range Gunfighting series we list the fundamentals as Grip, Stance, Point, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Breathing, Trigger Control, and Follow Through/Trigger Reset. These are the foundation that all other gun fighting skills are...


Friday, July 04, 2014

The Missing Link

An enlightened individual has made the decision to take accountability for their own personal protection. After thoughtful research the decision is made to enhance their open hand fighting skills and an enrollment is made in a combatives course. With some heightened anticipation the student walks into the studio to meet the instructor. After the cursory introductions the student is placed in front of a mirror and instructed on stance, body position and proper placement of hands. The instructor walks the student through the proper technique for the jab and cross – with emphasis on keeping the back foot down and...


Sunday, June 29, 2014

USAF RED FLAG & THE GUNFIGHTER

Red Flag was established in 1975 as a result of poor performance in Vietnam by the USAF pilots and Weapon System Officers (WSO) in air-to-air combat. Many of the crews at that time had also fallen prey to the Surface to Air Missile Systems scattered throughout Vietnam. Due to these short comings, the Air Force conducted a study titled Project Red Barron II. Project Red Barron II concluded that a pilot’s survivability in combat dramatically increased once the pilot had completed 10 combat missions. Today, Red Flag Exercises are conducted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. It is a major...


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...


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Guerrilla Sniper II

Last weekend I attended the inaugural Guerrilla Sniper II class. I first took the original GS class from Eric Pfleger in Ohio over Fourth of July weekend in 2011. Last December I sat in on it again from Scott Vandiver in Georgia. This is an area where I'm just a beginner and I'm really eager to expand my skills. When Gabe announced Guerrilla Sniper II, I signed up immediately. Gear As always, GS is a relatively gear intensive class. My setup hasn't changed much since the GS class in Georgia last year. I brought my Savage Model 10FP in .308....


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Terrorist/Active Shooter Interdiction with Jack Rumbaugh

By Chris Upchurch, Suarez International Staff Instructor Last weekend I took the Terrorist/Active Shooter Interdiction class from Jack Rumbaugh. This class is a bit different from the standard S.I. fare: rather than focusing on fighting with a particular weapons system, it examines a particular sort of situation in depth: someone with a gun whose goal is to kill as many people as possible. This is a class I've been wanting to take for quite a while. This was the first time it's been taught by anyone other than Gabe. For the live fire portion of the class, I brought a...


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Lessons from the Force-on-Force Gunfighting Course in Columbia, SC

By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor This October, Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor Randy Harris traveled from Tennessee to South Carolina to teach a Force-on-Force Gunfighting class. This course is a good demonstration of what makes the whole Suarez International handgun curriculum so advanced: it is based on the lessons from Force on Force training, and without learning those lessons your preparation to fight real gunfights is incomplete. Extrapolating from square range training to gunfight tactics, like so many other organizations do, is putting the cart before the horse. The purpose of this post is to share some...


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