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Alex Nieuwland
Columbia, SC
Suarez International Ambassador
Interests: The pursuit of excellence
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As Suarez International instructors, we believe in being well rounded. That not only implies being good with all manner of weapons, but also being well rounded in other areas. Fortunately, being well versed with modern weapons does not require that one retreat to a temple to focus entirely on one’s martial skills. There is still time to learn other useful things. One of those things is other languages. A fe w years ago, I visited Mexico for the first time. This was the first country I had ever visited where I did not know the language, and I did not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Brian: This is my preferred setup. It is what I use whenever I can get away with wearing an untucked closed-front cover garment. It is bulky, but it's symmetrical and the weight is distributed evenly. Anyone noticing the extra bulk will probably conclude that I have somewhat of a successful life body, but I'm OK with that ;-)
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2014 on Dual appendix carry at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Knives are handy. I'm currently down to one knife, because my "left handed" knife (a Kershaw) was stolen out of my luggage, and I have yet to replace it since Kershaw regrettably seems to have moved its production to China. I always carry an assisted opener clipped inside my right hand pocket. You can see it in the photos in the article. For a while, I carried a small fixed blade (Ka-Bar TDI) in the middle, between the holsters, that was ideal from an accessibility and speed standpoint, but I ultimately decided that it was more hassle than it was worth routinely, given the knife I already had in each pocket.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2014 on Dual appendix carry at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Jess: Yes, I carry one spare magazine on each side. It balances me out, and gives me rapid access to one reload magazine no matter which hand I have the gun in. If I have to, I can reach across my body and access the magazine on the "wrong" side as well. I use 17-round magazines, because they are easier to seat, and are just as easy to hide as 15-round magazines.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2014 on Dual appendix carry at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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The two suspicious characters slowly advancing on me were between me and the door. The one on the left was freaking huge. The guy on the right was much smaller, but he was so close to the wall that I could not get through on that side. The area behind me was filled with clutter and offered no way out. My only way out was that doorway. GUN! Both of them were starting to draw what looked very much like pistols. I’m fast, but I knew from experience that it’s not fast enough to outdraw someone once they are already... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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One of the elements of Suarez International gunfighting doctrine that tends to cause lots of discussion is the way we encourage students to perform their reloads: by default, we retain the used magazine. There are lots and lots of tacticool guys on the Interwebz who favor playing Hansel and Gretel with used magazines, but as WT member Saladin (who has been there and done that) famously remarked during the subgun class in Prescott: “Ammo don’t come in magazines.” Without a reliable magazine to feed from, your semi-automatic becomes only slightly more useful than a muzzle-loader. I’m sorry if that hurts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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Alex Nieuwland - Suarez International Staff Instructor Life is pretty good, here in Columbia, SC, but during the summer the heat and humidity combine to form conditions that can be dangerous to the ill-prepared. When the summer sun starts beating down, and the humidity makes the air feel like you could cut it with a knife, it’s easy to exceed the body’s capacity to cool itself. When this happens, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be the result. None of those are conducive to a good training experience, to put it mildly, so it is important to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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By Alex Nieuwland – Suarez International Staff Instructor As my fellow Staff Instructor Chris Upchurch likes to say: “If I could make you a certified badass in 2 days, I’d charge you a LOT more money!” He is right, of course. There is only so much we can do, even in a 2-day Suarez International training course, to tilt the odds into your favor. I think of training to maximize the odds of winning your gunfight as a 3-step learning cycle. Some folks seem unfamiliar with this learning cycle, so I thought I would post it here. Step 1 is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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 By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor in South Carolina As many are making their spending plans for the new year, I’d like to reflect on the search for the “Good Deal”. To quote gunsmith Mark Graham: “What made you think you were getting a $1000 battle rifle for $600?” I’d say ignorance and extrapolating from other experiences (like buying groceries) is the answer to that question, therefore this article. When it comes to buying groceries, I’m a value shopper. Given the choice between spaghetti in a Mueller’s box and a Great Value box, I’ll take the Great Value... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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 By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor Earlier this year, I had TSD install a Trijicon RMR sight on my primary Glock 19 carry gun. When I started practicing with it, everything was as expected when it came to sighted fire: I was keeping all of my shots in the silhouette at 100 yards, plinking at 8” plates at 50 yards, etc. Point shooting while moving, however, did not feel right. It felt as if something was slowing me down. I recently figured out what it was, and thought I’d try to explain it here in case others are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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 By Alex Nieuwland, Suarez International Staff Instructor In my area of operations, home invasion is gaining in popularity as a tactic used by criminals. Apparently, cold burglaries with very precise information are preferred, but if that won’t work home invasion is considered as a perfectly acceptable alternative. Recently, I started looking for more information on countering this specific tactic. Most of what I found was well-meaning but impractical advice or products. There was, however, some good along with the bad that I thought was worth passing on. Types of home invasion We typically think about home invasions as starting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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By Alex Nieuwland – Suarez International Staff Instructor in South Carolina I’ve heard all of these comments, some of them recently. “All of this realistic training to win gunfights is getting in the way of my IDPA.” “Practicing with my reloads that barely make power factor and barely cycle my gun has made my gun handling worse instead of better.” “I can’t stop myself from walking backwards instead of pointing my toes in the direction I’m going. I’ve been a gamer for too long!” All of these shooters had fallen into the gamer trap. I know I had, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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By Alex Nieuwland, SI Staff Instructor Almost exactly ten years ago, a friend of mine invited me to my first IDPA match. I still remember the first stage I ever shot. It was called “Officer Down.” For string 1, I started out laying flat on my back with my legs pointed at the target, holding a hammer in my left hand, and a Glock 19 in my right hand. At the buzzer, I sat up and shot both targets twice. For string 2, the hammer and gun switched hands. The only matches I had previous experience with were much more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL BLOG
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