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November 2014

CQB - Shooting Through Walls

Undoubtedly an extremely controversial topic, we used to work it routinely. It involves the concept of shooting an adversary directly through an interior wall. For example, your partner is moving into a room and takes fire at the door from the extreme left side of the room. You bring up your rifle or pistol and shoot from the area adjacent toe door to the extreme left area of the apparent room at face/upper chest level, then lowering your muzzle to where a man may go if he takes a knee, bring your shots back toward the starting point. Think of writing a long "C" with your shots. What is needed - 1). Certainty that the adversary is in the room alone. The only thing worse than missing a shot on a bad guy is shooting a non-combatant. 2). The ability to penetrate the interior wall. This is easily done with anything anyone would care to carry on a sling or in a holster. Note - Furniture may affect performance. 3). An understanding of human nature. When shots are fired, most... Read more →

The sky above us foretold of the coming rain, and as often happens here, the surrounding woods, thick as in a primordial world, seemed to grow darker by the minute. They are the kind of woods Tolkien would have written about and that make you wish for a big sack of bread crumbs. If one was prone to a loose imagination, he would consider that there were quiet watchful eyes in those woods, even today, noticing everything and rarely making a sound. We had just finished training. The students had left a great deal of fired cases on the ground, and unlike in the worrisome west, nobody stresses about their effect on the environment. With huge bunkers of Cold War ammo available, the thought of reloading to them is as foreign to them as the creature in Alien. They lay where they fell. This is Czech Republic, a free country, and we are training on an old secret Soviet base. According to the townspeople, there are many unmarked graves in these woods belonging to people who walked too close, strayed... Read more →

Blind Men, Elephants, and The One-Eyed Man

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know We have heard that term before, but I want to discuss it a little bit more because recently I have seen the resurgence of stuff that we dealt with many years ago. It seems as if every so often, the same people “rediscover” the things that they thought they knew. We all recall the story of the blind men and the elephant. In various versions of the tale, a group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one feels a different part, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then compare notes and learn that they are in complete disagreement. The problem was that no one man, had the vision that would have allowed him to see the elephant for what it truly was. Do we see that in the training world today? Oh you bet we do. The problem is that there are some blind men that like to wear what they have done in the past like a flag…or perhaps... Read more →

SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL'S - THE CHOIRBOY One of the common threads in any group of men that goes into harm's way is a decompression and debriefing session. This is where everyone chills out, the cold beers come out, and there is a heart to heart discussion on what happened and how to do it better the next time. Jokingly referred to as "choir practice", these were hardly spiritual group hug singing sessions, but instead, think of it as a group "high five" with an emphasis on how to kill the bad guys better the next time. Sometimes, depending on the events of the night, we drank our cold beers in silence...nothing else to be said. There was no rank at these events, often handled after hours in the parking lot of the station. The name of these "killer encounter sessions" came from a book by Joseph Wambaugh titled The Choirboys. In honor of those long ago days we present The Choirboy. It is, a bottle opener intended to crack a beer in style. As a bottle opener it can go anywhere... Read more →

GLOCK 17K: THE PISTOL GLOCK SHOULD HAVE MADE I recall a telephone conversation I had with Jim Cirillo (yes, that Cirillo). He described a hybrid pistol he had made up from a standard S&W 645, and the compact frame 4516. This gave him a longer barreled pistol on a shorter frame. When I asked him about the reasoning behind that, he related how it was the grip that usually printed and that the length of the slide was almost irrelevant. He also told me that the longer barrel seemed to balance better for him. Like many things we hear and file away for later, they are interesting at the time, but truly blossom for us later when new situations and requirements have us digging into the memory banks for solutions. Such a situation as we have today with the strong reality of the Jihadist with an American passport. These times call for the everyday carry of a full sized pistol as the comfy and concealable - and thus socially acceptable "key chain guns" are simply not sufficient to carry into... Read more →