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Being - Tactically and Practically - Prepared By Ted Demosthenes, Suarez International Instructor You’ve just finished lunch on Day One of your class with Suarez International. With your busy work-week behind you, the trip down to Phoenix went well, including the airport check-in adventure of dealing with the ticket agent, airline paper-work, other passenger’s raised eyebrows, the TSA’s inconsistent packed-weapon practices, and the ever-enjoyable trip through the “security” check point. The weather’s mild, the range is great, and the class members are friendly and experienced. The morning has been spent doing admin, safety briefings and class conduct, a thorough review of principle skills, and a gear check to see what everyone was carrying and if it appears adequate for the course (remember the gear list in the course description?). The instructors are evaluating each shooter’s level of preparation for the course and, after some warm-up with dry practice, the class proceeds to initial live fire from contact ready. You’ve come to class with your new 9mm pistol, an appendix inside the waistband (AIWB) holster, mag pouch, 4 mags, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
By Brent Yamamoto, Suarez International Instructor What will you do in a gunfight? What are your capabilities? How will you fight to your goal, and how can you avoid getting killed? Do you know, or do you just think you know? These questions and many more are answered in Force on Force training. In the martial arts world, the training progression basically goes like this: Solo training: learning, performing, and polishing the fundamental techniques. Punching, blocking, kicking, etc. Building gross and fine motor skills. Impact work: hitting stuff. Focus mitts, kick shields, the heavy bag…things that allow you to feel impact, generate power, and condition your body. Partner training drills: interaction with a partner in controlled sequences; building control, dexterity, and the ability to apply techniques against a live partner without killing each other. Sparring: either performed slowly under very controlled circumstances…or strapping on the armor and just wailing on each other. Sparring is basically practice for beating the snot out of a moving target that is punching back at you, while avoiding damage yourself. It allows you to see... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Part Four I’ve discussed the Beretta CX4 Storm at length here, here and here. I want to finish up this series with a discussion on upgrades and accessories. The Storm is a great performer out of the box but there are few things that will make it even better. Accessories I wouldn't presume to tell anyone how they should set up their gun...but it wouldn't be much of an article if I didn't share my opinion on it. What you do to the gun depends on how you intend to run it. Rails are easily added that let you mount all manner of lights, lasers, forward grips, and tactical bottle openers. If adding stuff helps you be the best fighter you can possibly be, go for it. Options are a great thing. However, in my opinion: the defining qualities of the Storm are its light weight, its balance, its small size/length, and its snag-free, "aerodynamic" body. The last article was about how the gun handles; to me that's what differentiates it from other weapons. A minimalist approach here will capitalize... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Part Three In Part One, I discussed the rationale for the PCC, and started a conversation on why the Beretta CX4 Storm is an excellent choice. In Part Two, I shared some impressions about the gun, some noteworthy features, and briefly discussed shooting it. Let's turn to what I think is the most interesting aspect of the Storm: how it handles. Lighter and easier to use one handed than the Uzi Lightweight and Well-Balanced - I've already mentioned the weight; lower weight means easier handling in general. The weight and short overall length make this gun very handy in a vehicle. Ditching the VFG and SBRing the barrel would help even more. Perhaps even more important than weight is balance. I have an AK74 that is very light, but its balance makes it difficult for me to run to my maximum ability. My FS2000 is heavier, but its balance allows me to do almost everything easier. The Storm is lightweight and balanced. These attributes alone make it a winner in my book. Intuitive - Every weapon has a learning curve,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Part One I had planned on driving, despite the winter road conditions. I like driving through wintry mountain passes, even if it isn't the wisest thing to provides a little bit of adventure, and I enjoy the solitude. Plus, I wanted to do some vehicle training with my FS2000, and this is more easily accomplished where I was headed. As it happened, nature didn't agree to my plan. All the mountain passes were closed, so I bought a last minute ticket from Seattle to Boise and counted myself lucky that I got to see my family for Christmas. Long story (and flight, by way of Oakland) short, I made it home. Unfortunately it was more trouble than it was worth for me to fly with the FS2000...but I got to do a bit of training with something new (for me anyway). My brother got Dad a Beretta CX4 Storm for Christmas… Guns like the Storm, Uzi, MP5, pretty much any Pistol Caliber Carbine/Submachine Gun (PCC/SMG - I'll use the term PCC because it's more descriptive) never aroused much interest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
"Keep your finger off the trigger until you've made a conscious decision to shoot." Most of you know this rule. Simple, right? It's certainly a simple concept, and it's easy to have good trigger finger discipline in an air-conditioned square range. (I should hope so - working the trigger is mostly all you're doing!) But maintaining trigger finger discipline on command…without fail…during stressful situations is harder than most people realize. It doesn't matter how great a shooter you are – there are plenty of excellent marksmen whose trigger discipline goes in the toilet the moment they are exposed to more stressful situations. Imagine participating in a rifle class. You will be learning new skills and moving in ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You may be turning and running in different directions, performing actions where your muzzle will not always be pointed downrange. Dropping to the deck into prone, shooting, jumping up, and running 20 yards before dropping down to do it again – these are athletic activities that tax your ability to maintain discipline and focus. There is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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