I was working drills again with the Amphibian (an NP3 Stakeout with rifle sights) this afternoon before my lifting session. In my opinion, this weapon surpasses all other available platforms for the private citizen proactive weapon application.

Bold statement? Well, there are proactive weapons, such as Shotguns, Rifles, SMGs and SBRs. These are not in any way defensive weapons nor reactive weapons. One must go and get them in anticipation of the fight. Or transition to them once he has regained some control over the events at hand...if they are available and the fight threat continues. So few people understand this and so they classify all firearms as defensive firearms, never knowing their true specific and special roles outside of the artificial training range.

To choose a weapon one must first identify the mission. A man carrying a weapon in spite of the various signs in New York City would be foolish to select any weapon larger than a small concealable pistol as circumstances preclude it. Same for a man walking alone in bear country would be foolish to be armed with a Glock 43 alone. Identifying mission and expected conflict parameters is the first thing. So let's do that for a private citizen living in an urban setting.

Dynamics and Adversaries - Most if not all threats will happen unexpectedly. For the private citizen, knowing there is about to be a fight usually involves evading and avoiding. That is you have not planned to go to the fight, rather you find yourself in the fight.  And what you will have with you at that serendipitous event will be - wait for it - whatever pistol you have in your belt.

That adversary may be alone or with a couple of partners. They may be motivated by financial gain, status within the group (read "gang"), or for political or religious reasons they have targeted you (ISIS, BLM, ANTIFA, et al). Their weapons may be as varied as anything available today - they do not care about collateral casualties nor about missing. Armor may be present, calling for face shots as the primary option and initial response to any threat.

Now lets talk about you, oh private citizen gunfighter. I will bet that you don't go about your day with a shotgun or a rifle slung over your back. Not everyone wants to live 100 miles from the nearest civilization, so you make concessions. And while there may be an additional weapon in your vehicle or in your office or home, ready to access, what you walk around with is a concealed handgun. You should spend upwards of 75% of your time getting good with that, since 75% of the time that will be all you have.

But what about the other 25%?

Consider that your mission will most likely be one of fight and flee, not take ground, not go on the hunt, not fight off a horde of bayonet armed angry Russians. It will be to win the initial confrontation and get to safety to either call reinforcements or to have LE come to investigate and write the report. You will access an additional (and hopefully more powerful) weapon when the following has happened -

1). It is nearby, in the vehicle, in your office, or home. In short, it is available within 30 seconds. Otherwise, don't bother.

2). You have defeated the initial attack with your pistol and have time to consider that the event may not be over, thus you can "up-gun".

3). You have some prior warning of events - such as a business owner realizing there will be a riot or some other event that he may need to get through on the way home.

That is all. I guarantee that you will not be walking around 24-7 with an AK-47 in a Sneakybag draped over your shoulder...just in case. That is a fantasy, and guys that say they do are either lying or they are like that kid in third grade that always had to draw attention to himself. The shotgun, rifle or SMG are weapons you go and get. Proactive and not reactive. And we want certain attributes from them -

1). They need to be compact and concealable. Yes that Mk12 AR is great but you will have a very strange profile carrying it and get all manner of attention if you have to go on foot. You should be able to carry the weapon with you, ready to use without creating a visual profile that attracts attention. And that is with the weapon deployed for use as well as in a case of some sort.

2). The weapon must be capable of terminally solving any realistic threat with the minimal number of rounds fired, and those rounds should create the least possible threat to the surrounding area. Everyone wants to shoot the bad guy, but nobody wants to shoot a good guy...even an undecided, with an errant round. This cannot be guaranteed 100% but you can certainly stack the odds.

3).  It is foolish to switch from a 9mm Glock pistol to a 9mm CZ Scorpion and think you have up-gunned at all.  Up-gunning refers to more damage per shot.  

4). The weapon must be capable of area coverage. This may go in direct contrast to the preceding, and specially to the one-shot-one-kill crowd, but in the context of a massed riot gang moving toward you, the notion of two birds with one stone is attractive.  As well, things may move faster than your ability to employ traditional marksmanship methods.  Don't think so?  If that is your opinion, you have not been in many gunfights.


What weapon does all of that?

The rifle does not, in any length, in any caliber or configuration. Sorry...it doesn't despite the marketing. The military use rifles as do police, but their mission is different. Read the introduction again if you are a skimmer. Neither does the SMG. The shotgun comes close, but in its 18" stocked configuration it fails to live up to some requirements. In a Stakeout form, it answers all of the points above (or in Tac-14 form if you are financially challenged and can't improve on it).

1). They need to be compact and concealable. Covered. The 26" Stakeout is as short as anything and more importantly, it is thin and sleek. Easily carried with everyday items in a discrete case, slung on the shoulder, covered with a jacket. You could sling such a weapon and go for a stroll and it would likely go unnoticed.

2). The weapon must be capable of terminally solving any realistic threat with the minimal number of rounds fired. The closest thing to a death ray is a charge of buckshot to the face or unprotected chest. And even an armored opponent would be hard pressed to survive a charge of buck shot to the chest under that armor.  See 12 ga versus armor video below.  And the weapon's characteristics allow you place a charge on a target that is moving rapidly, while you yourself are moving rapidly, in reduced light. Yes we have done it, on the street and on the range. Circumstances where you would likely miss with a rifle.

3). The weapon must be capable of area coverage. In class we shot two targets with one round...and hit them both. We learned to skip rounds into a charging mob of steel targets...and hit them all. You can decide if you want the precision of a face shot (in essence a decapitation), or the area coverage of skipped rounds by your technique and perhaps some ammunition choices.

Yeah...its fun to shoot rifles and I have a ton of them in many configurations. But reality of mission dictates that the deadliest and most useful weapon today is not an SBR or SMG...its the Custom 12 ga Stakeout series.

Suarez Stakeout 870 At 100 Yards from Suarez International on Vimeo.