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If you’re going to take your point shooting skills as far as the fight needs them to be, you’ve got to have it. Suarez International Instructor CR Williams I see it over and over again, and I still do it myself (not as often as I did, but I still do). I see them at classes, on the range practicing, in groups, watching others work, and when working by myself. Once you know what to look for they’re pretty easy to spot. They’re like chronic or recurring illnesses. Let's call them the 'Welded Hand Syndrome' and the 'Locked-In-Position Syndrome'. Welded-Hand... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at TAIPAN Magazine
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...and why you should work on being able to take it. CR Williams, Suarez International Staff Instructor Gabe's recent article about the shooting at the Carson City IHOP was, as such things tend to be, copied to and discussed on a number of gun forums outside of Warrior Talk. On one such I frequent some posters said that they would take the shot the BBQ owner did not, some said they did not feel capable of that shot at their current level of capability but would have tried to work to ranges and positions where they would feel confident of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Is it a mistake to be corrected, or a change from something that works to something that works better? If you're an instructor, what about your students? Is there only one right way for them as well? Thoughts on the subject of evolution and advancement. CR Williams, Suarez International Staff Instructor I've been an active Suarez International Staff Instructor about a year now, which means that I don't have a lot of 'time on the clock' actively teaching gunfighting. Even in that short time, interesting ideas that bear some thinking about have come up, one of which I wrote of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
By CR Williams Jeff Cooper intended for his Modern Technique Of The Pistol to be adaptable to any battlefield and to the needs of the day, whether the past day when it was developed, or the present day and the kind of threats we face now in the streets as we go about our daily lives. He meant for his instructors to grow and develop the art and make it a living thing that learns as it grows. But of the instructors that Cooper brought up and of the schools that he directly or indirectly got started, only Gabe Suarez... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Want to avoid falling into it? Here's how... CR Williams, Suarez International Staff Instructor Now here's something I hadn't seen before: During a private lesson I was doing in April of this year, the range owner stopped all activity in order to make a twenty-minute commercial presentation about his range and the courses he offered. A novel experience to me, it was, up until his final statement at the end of the commercial: "You will only be half as good as your best day at the range!!!" That was not at all novel to me. I'd heard it before. More... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Learn the pattern, practice the pattern, integrate the pattern, become the pattern, discard the pattern. If you don’t, you risk failure when Chaos comes. CR Williams The Fight. Havoc. Confusion. Distraction. The Fog of your very own, intensely personal WAR. SHTF. Pain and fear and anger. Adrenaline dumping to the bloodstream. Tunnel vision and auditory exclusion and tricks on your perception and thinking and memory. All of that and it feels like more. Chaos, let’s call it. Entropy focused in time and space, entropy squared where you’re at and when you’re there. The three laws of thermodynamics rolling into a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Is it important to focus on it? If you don’t get the gun out, you might die. Is that important to you? CR Williams I wonder sometimes if we, instructors or students, give enough attention to the drawstroke. Oh, sure, we practice it endlessly—I hope you do, anyway—but practice is not study, and study is what makes the technique sound when we practice it. And we need a very sound drawstroke, I think, just as soon as we can get it. There are two seemingly-obvious questions I need to ask so that you can better understand how important it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Ambidextrous training is like some medicine—it may be distasteful to you, but it helps you to take it anyway. CR Williams I have not always been as much an advocate of ambidextrous training with firearms—doing the same exercises and drills with both hands from both sides with rifle and pistol—as I have been over the past three or four years. On the other hand, I have done more gunfight-focused and tactical training in the last four years than I have in the ten or twenty preceding that and—to paraphrase Mark Twain—training as if you are going to be in a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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Maybe not…or smooth, either, for that matter. And it’s not just the drawstroke we’re talking about. CR Williams On one forum, it was a declarative statement: “Most times, speed of draw is all you need.” On that same forum and another one, it was a question: “In reality, how critical is draw speed?” Then there is the attendant question: “If a fast draw is important, how do I get it?” To which there is a standard attendant answer: “Work to make it smooth. Smooth is fast. Get it smooth and the speed will come.” Well, I’ve had reason to think... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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The rules are the same. The attitude is different. by CR Williams The fight is not the range; the range is not the fight. I have said it before; I will say it again, because it is true. Short of actual wounding and death being allowed and introduced into training, any range activity, however designed and however intensely it is performed, will only get so close to the actual fight any one of us might or will face one day outside of that range. Besides: If wounding and death were a part of it, would it still be training or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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What Do You Know? CR Williams As of the time of this writing, it has been a day or two since two people, both instructors with a lot of time on the books, posted in the same thread on a gun forum and ended their posts with the same question: “But what do I know?” A day or two later, I find myself pondering this very thing, because it’s a great question. What DO you know? And it leads to some very useful follow-ups: Is what you know useful? Is what you know relevant? Is what you know current? Does... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at TAIPAN Magazine
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