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John Chambers - Suarez International Staff Instructor The Perfected DM Rifle Recently I finished instructing DMR/Sniper Week in Coleman, TX and after this extensive class I feel that a review of what makes a good DMR is needed. All too often, the rifles that are brought to class are too much of a good thing: the barrels are too long, the optics too large and complex, and the rifle is too heavy. Barrels: Classic gun rag commando sniper rifle barrels are at least 24 inches long, are about an inch in diameter, and weigh as much as an M4 with optics. This is way too heavy! The ideal DMR barrel is 16 to 20 inches in length; medium weight at the most, has a good flash hider that can double as a mount for a suppressor. Shorter barrels are not the handicap at long range that some would have you believe. It should also be a high quality barrel that will take advantage of the extra precision that is provided by match grade ammo. At the same time it should... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Funny thing with shotguns. In order to take advantage of the power and destructive capability that they provide, one needs to train with them more often, not less. If one has one, then you owe it to yourself to train with it more often and you will be amazed as to what can be done!
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John Chambers - Suarez International Staff Instructor If one has taken any advanced rifle or pistol training with SI you are very familiar with the “clock drills” that are involved when practicing getting off the X in various directions. With a pistol, it is very easy to move around the clock face and one can easily shift the pistol to their right or left hands as needed to respond with the greatest speed. However, when these same drills are worked with the long gun, there is a lot more involved when you are trying to get the muzzle oriented to the threat in the most efficient way possible. While recently teaching a shotgun class, I had some very advanced students and we were able to experiment with some alternative methods. IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the following techniques were practiced dry MANY times before we performed them using live fire. Put in the reps, the body parts you save may be your own! For a right handed firer, moving to the 1:00 is very simple, as the muzzle will naturally be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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John Chambers, Suarez International Staff Instructor For years a Cold Steel Voyager, in 6 inch blade length was my constant companion in many places around the world. The knife was strong, cut like crazy, and was easily replaced if it was lost in the field, or if it needed to “lost” for other reasons. As an added benefit, it was intimidating as hell when opened unexpectedly. The value of the “psychological stop” is not to be underestimated. So with all this personal history with the Voyager, I was VERY disappointed when Cold Steel (CS) discontinued the knife and I stopped carrying my 6 inch Voyager because I could no longer replace it easily. Now I am perfectly satisfied with a mid sized folder as a defensive blade. However, I really missed my pocket sword and I could not believe that CS would discontinue a series of knives that was so popular. The only logical reason to do so would be to introduce a truly improved product, and did they ever accomplish that goal! The new Voyager XL is a much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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John Chambers Suarez International Tier One Instructor As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I believe it would be helpful for all of us to consider the lessons learned from the jihadist assault of Nidal Hasan. The odds of a massive attack similar to 9/11/01 being repeated are much lower than a single shooter or a team of shooters deciding to reenact the FT Hood or Mumbai incidents. And as we know from history, it is always better to get your information from primary sources instead of hearsay or the “official story.” “Smith” is a SI student and has agreed to be interviewed in order that others might learn the lessons that should not be forgotten. Smith is a pseudonym that was used to protect personal privacy. JC: Are you military or civilian and what is your training background in firearms and combatives? Smith: I am civilian from a military family. I've grown up with firearms for as long as I can remember. I've been taught that they are a tool, and something to take seriously.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Written by John Chambers - Suarez International Tier One Instructor During a recent Defensive Knife class, my 14 year old daughter joined the class as one of the participants. Now as her father, I knew that she would be able to hold her own in the class as she has almost 10 years of experience in the martial arts and does not know the meaning of the word quit. But as the instructor I was very pleased to see her not only do well, but to see concrete proof that the defensive blade is major force multiplier for a trained child. My observations of this class and others have proven to me that the knife is the ideal defensive weapon to help “predator proof” our kids. Advantages of the Defensive Knife for Children Weapons are an equalizer, with proper training – For many years we have preached to any who would listen that a weapon helps even the odds for a woman who has to face a larger and stronger attacker. Children are already at a size and strength disadvantage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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