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Great article Jess!
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2015 on COLORING, CRAYONS & GUNFIGHTING at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Blastjv, The bag in this article is simply to show how compact the Recce Pistol can be if needed. Like anything we use speed comes with practice, a zipper, two pins and a rack of the charging handle to put into operation.This offers you the capability of a proactive response at extended distance with a compact and covert method of carry if necessary. Here is the link to another article on support bags, the M4/PDW carry bag is the primary carry bag that is used for day to day carry of the Recce Pistol. http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2015/02/rifle-pdw-support-bags.html#.VcQdFvlViko
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The AR Recce Pistol at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Mike, Thank you for your comments, you are correct in your observations on extended range target identification and enhanced shot placement capabilities. Those reasons were the foundation of the Recce Pistol concept. As for the true 1x scope options, I do not run the objective lens cap up in the close range environment. The optic has an illuminated center dot which when used with the scope cap closed results in zero magnification. The firing eye can only see the dot and the non firing eye can see the target, the brain puts it all together. See the target, see the dot on the target, press trigger. The optic was primarily chosen due to size, weight,4x top end magnification and having the illuminated reticle. I keep the magnification set at 4x allow me to transition from close range to a distant target by simply thumbing open the objective lens cap.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The AR Recce Pistol at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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As SI instructors, we are often asked questions about the best way to carry all the support gear for whatever weapon system a student is using during a Rifle Gunfighting or Small Unit Tactics class. In this article, I will discuss how I use the Rifle / PDW support bags. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Sua great info! An issue cot or skidco (yeah we jumped it and humped it...don't hate) works good for high volume traffic over c-wire in a pinch. One thing we ran into was c block walls higher than we could jump with all the kit on and get a handhold, pounding a foot hold or two in the block wall is less than optimal but works. 3rd world mason work is not top tier. Also on walls the easy button for defending against ali baba is glass bottles set in concrete so the cut hazard is there, which can be mitigated with a good piece of canvas or other heavy materiel.
Well said Gabe, it is the mastery of the basics that lead to advancement in training. Being able to keep your gun up and get good hits on the bad guys when your cold, wet, tired and hungry is paramount. Force on Force is the proving ground of "Did I hit him?" "Did it work?"
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on FREEDOM OF SPEECH? at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor Previously I wrote on the techniques for individual movement that we might be required to use during rural patrolling. I will expand on some of the factors that affect IMT as well as some other points of consideration in this article. Volume and Effectiveness of Enemy Fire - IMT is not always used due to volume and effectiveness of enemy fire. It can be used both reactive and also proactive, I covered the reactive use in the last article so this time we will concern ourselves with the proactive use of the techniques. A few examples of proactively using IMT are listed below: We have seen the bad guys first and want to initiate the contact so we simply go prone and high crawl to a more advantageous position with less chance of our movement attracting attention. This will work equally well if we decide to "let’m pass" and do not become decisively engaged. If we are going to occupy a surveillance or ambush position we do not want to silhouette ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor "I’m Up, He Sees Me, I’m Down!” This phrase has been used in military training to drive home the relevance of exposure time during the practical application of moving under direct fire. Where this phrase becomes applicable to us is its use as “reminder dialogue” in training, which can also carry over to the fight. It is very similar to talking yourself through an After Action Assessment after the gunfight. With the widespread use of low powered variable optics and red dot optics which allow for quick target acquisition, limiting our exposure time has become very important. Having an optic on a gun reduces the OODA loop of the bad guy due to the reflexive nature of their use: no sight alignment is required in the shooting solution which results in less time to acquire, sight and fire. I think over time the cadence of the phrase has changed to reflect technology. If this phrase was being used during the revolutionary war and civil war era’s fighting, the soldier probably could cover... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
J D Lester Suarez International Staff Instructor The previous articles on the use of the shotgun in Civilian Small Unit Tactics covered a range of considerations for this niche weapon. We discussed capacity, action types, tube fed vs magazine fed and also where / how the shotgun might best be employed. Net, the shotgun is a force multiplier that can complement the Civilian Warfighter. Skill Sets and Knowledge: Seeking out the knowledge to run the action type you have chosen at its highest level of performance should be fist on the list. Knowing how your shotgun will pattern at all ranges with a variety of different loads, the maximum effective range, and the effects on targets and barriers you may encounter, is critical. How much and what type ammo you should carry and how you should carry it is mission dependent and will change. Be ready for change so that it is seamless. Maintaining your shotgun: Time should be allotted for conducting routine weapons maintenance and inspecting your shotgun prior to each mission, dry function check at the minimum, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
J D Lester - Suarez International Staff Instructor Are you a minimalist? I concur with keeping things simple and I am a minimalist, though some might consider me a maxi-minimalist. What is a maxi-minimalist? From Wikipedia: “The term “minimalist” is often applied colloquially to designate anything which is sparse or stripped to its essentials.” From FreeDictionary.com: “Minimalist; adjective sparse, simple, basic, plain, discreet, spartan, unadorned, unfussy.” Some people consider having one type of handgun, rifle or shotgun being minimalist in order to simplify training, ammunition, etc. Others consider themselves minimalists by owning only one gun: “This _______will do everything I need to do with a gun.” Some refuse to step into the current time period and add optics to their guns: “I only have iron sights on my guns, because I don’t want to worry about batteries or stuff breaking.“ Some that take pride in having the latest and greatest concealed carry gun don’t see a need to carry a second magazine: “If I can’t do it with (insert # of rounds here) ……., it can’t be done.” Some spend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
J D Lester Suarez International Staff Instructor An ambush is a surprise attack from a concealed position on a moving or temporarily halted target. Could four or five people lay down by a trail or road and fire a bunch of bullets simultaneously at a group of bad guys walking or driving along? You might very well pull it off…..then again it might not go so well for you. What could you do to enhance your survivability? Branching off into some tactics, techniques, and procedures study is needed here. Two handy references for operations of this nature are SH-21-76 and FM-7-8. When used as designed, they provide an excellent guideline and a look at the Ambush from a military perspective. Previously I talked about the tradeoffs associated with the configuration of our Fighting Shotguns. Now we must discuss the tradeoffs we will face tactically. After a quick read of the above listed references you will see that setting up and conducting a successful ambush can be more complex than one might think; it can also be as simple as you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
JD Lester Suarez International Staff Instructor The role of the shotgun in Civilian Small Unit Tactics should be as a specialty weapon, as it is in MIL / LEO operations. There are several uses of the shotgun in this role. The two that most often come to mind are breaching and its use by the lead member of a patrol moving through terrain that has dense vegetation. For some LEOs this is the only authorized long gun available to patrol officers. Some areas are not rifle friendly for citizens to own, or they simply think the shotgun is good enough to do everything they might need it to do. (The countless times I have heard phrases that would make one think that the shotgun imparts great marksmanship skills to the user or that no skill at all is required….) As previously discussed in several threads on WT, the shotgun is a niche weapon and not a “Do All, Only Gun You Will Ever Need.” Pump actions and semi-autos can both be used and each type has its own distinct advantages... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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