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February 2016

I think we often fall into the ALL OR NOTHING mentality with this. For example, "Your shotgun either puts all pellets into a coffee cup at 25 yards, or it is an alley broom.". That is a mistake in my opinion. Just like sights or no sights, moving or stationary, there are degrees. A shotgun...for me is a weapon ostensibly intended to kill nefarious human adversaries intending to do likewise to me or mine. I don't play gun games. Nothing wrong with them, but its just not my thing. Much of the shotgun lore today comes from the efforts of Jeff Cooper and Gunsite. Cooper was first and foremost a rifleman. And in my opinion, he looked at every small arm from that perspective. Even the entire Modern Technique curriculum is basically an effort to run the pistol like a rifle. When Cooper and his people began looking at the shotgun, they took the same perspective. Shots at Cooper's shotgun class (which I attended with my duty SGN of the day) were focused on extending the impact of the shotgun... Read more →

In discussing shotguns - 1) All weapons are "special niche weapons". Some niches simply cover more things. And some of these weapons, ridiculous as it seems, are acceptable in areas where others are not. For M4 Pistol is untenable in California unless it has that silly bullet button, a muzzle break, and a ten round magazine. But an 18" pistol gripped shotgun is perfectly legal. 2). Attempting to compare weapons against each other (ie. what is better...a shotgun or a rifle) is silly as each has its virtues and shines in it's special niche. Doing so is like comparing a Corvette with a Tahoe. They are both Chevys but from purpose, design and execution, they are worlds apart. 3). If the shotgun is in evidence as a study weapon...meaning you do not use it for anything other than sport (with their rules), or for simply getting through a shotgun training session now and then, then it can be left as is with no additions or changes. However, if that weapon is to be relied on, it should be optimized.... Read more →

ULTIMATE COMBAT RIFLE CAMP October 14-16, 2016 Phoenix, Arizona Instructor: Gabe Suarez The Ultimate Rifle Training Session In America This three day class has it all. We begin by quickly honing rifle fundamentals with precision shooting and simple stress proof gun-handling. We will extend your abilities at the mid ranges of rifle use, firing from field positions and from natural terrain. You will study and learn Proactive Close Quarters Battle, snap shooting head shots at speed as you assault a threat. You will also work on the other side of the problem, when you do not have the initiative, firing from either the right or left side in Reactive Close Quarters Battle. You will learn how to hit with perfect fundamentals as well as when the fundamentals are not available and you must use some form of point shooting. There is a great deal of moving in this class and you will be shooting as you sprint off the X in the reactive gun-fighting exercises. You will be introduced to Small Unit Team Tactics and move together through various drills... Read more →

The rediscovery of the stocked pistol in Glock PDW form has created a dialog about this early 20th century weapon. Why not just use a rifle? What does this give you that a regular pistol won't? Why not just use an SMG? All valid questions actually, and we will seek to answer them, but first I wanted to discuss its shootability. It is a difficult thing to express, but we all know it when we see it...or feel it. A Glock is more "shootable" than a Desert Eagle for example. There are intangibles such as weight, balance, the feel of the recoil pulse, etc. In order to have a baseline of objectivity I dragged out some old SMG Qualification Courses and used the PDW to run them. The first one was Taylor's old SMG segment of the oddly named Combat Master Course. The course is as follows - Two shots at each distance from 50 to 10 meters at ten meter intervals (so...50, 40, 30, etc...all the way to ten yards) with decreasing time limits. Three seconds at 5o yards... Read more →

On my forum are several threads discussing the underlying theme and intentions of the liberals. I posted this AM and the short response turned into quite an essay. Having lived in communism (which is liberalism without a tie) I can speak with some authority and knowledge. The sad fact is most Americans are totally ignorant of anything "not American". That includes culture, customs, languages, and political systems. In Europe it is rare to see someone that only speaks on, it is common, as just one example. So if you tell them that liberalism is communism, they think, "No, communism is a Russian thing and it died at the end of the Cold War". If they studied world affairs and history, they would realize that while Communism may have been conceived and birthed in Russia, it is an international ideology, and hardly dead. But Americans are so in love with the idea of democracy that they, not only don't want to hear such things, but fight wars in order to infect every land they visit with that political virus. The... Read more →

One very important visual skill the red dot pistol shooter needs is to learn the "Visual Hand Off". This is a term we use to describe what happens with the eyes as a shooter new to the red dot system is learning to use it. On a rifle, the head and eye is automatically positioned to pick up that red dot as the rifle is brought into the shoulder. A pistol however, floats in space, held there by the two hands. There is no third and fourth point of contact to place the eye correctly. Regardless of the uniformity of your draw, if your eye is not in the visual cone of the red dot, you will not pick it up...nor the sights for that matter. The way to solve this is with the use of the back up iron sights, and we insist that they need to be placed in the traditional positions on the slide. It is best to look for the iron sights FIRST. Especially with contorted field shooting positions or from positions required for using cover... Read more →

We recall the era of David Carradine’s Kung Fu show. Carradine’s character Kwai Chang was an expert in all things by virtue of his time in the Shaolin Temple. Today Kwai Chang might be an expert in IT, and geo-politics, and if course killing people as well as bringing dead corpses back from the dead…by virtue of nothing else than his time with the monks. We see that same phenomena today with celebrities spouting off about things they have no knowledge about. And should you ever call them on the carpet on it, not only will the other celebrities accuse you of all manner of things in attempt to assassinate your character, but all of the worshippers will as well. Regardless, oftentimes the celebrity has no clue about what they are discussing. Simply put - you don’t know what you don’t know. Recently there was an article by an Ex-SEAL about why he did not like red dots on handguns. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. This is a new technology for all of us (newer to some... Read more →

With the advent of the Glock PDW the old questions come up. I will try to address these individually. At the end of the day, this is just another tool that gives you additional options. First a history: A personal defense weapon (PDW) was originally a class of compact magazine-fed, self-loading, often select-fire firearm - essentially a hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine. The name describes the type's original role: as a compact but powerful defensive weapon that can be carried by troops behind the front line such as military engineers, drivers, artillery crews or other non-combat assignments. These soldiers may be at risk of encountering the enemy, but rarely enough that a longer or more powerful weapon would be an unnecessary burden during their normal duties. This is an important point analogous with the armed private citizen in the post-911 era. Initially, this role was assigned to pistols. And while we have certainly extended the capability of a service pistol with accuracy (red dot concept), and capacity, they are nonetheless enhanced further vis-a-vis the addition of a... Read more →