Suarez International Close Range Gunfighting 2

*******Note that the dates have changed from the original*******

Following Suarez’s Close Range Gunfighting 1 class, we are hoping to have interest for those who want to continue their training to the most advanced levels available at a live fire range.  CRG 2 is a run and gun class teaching such things as drawing a handgun from concealment and utilizing it while at a dead run.  Those who already have extensive fundamentals training and practice will enjoy this class.

We are putting out feelers to see if we can do this class August 26-27, now September 23-24 2017.  We need approximately 5-6 students to make this go forward.

From the website:

“This is our flagship course and goes as far as you can safely go on a square range with live-fire pistols. The dynamic curriculum surpasses the traditional handgun methods commonly taught in most institutions and focuses of the use of the pistol in aggressive close range applications likely in individual civilian street encounters.

The class begins with a tune-up of the fundamentals, then we progress quickly to new skills such as Proactive and Reactive Manipulations, Shooting While Moving Off The X, Reality-Based Multiple Hostiles Engagement, 360 degree CQB Movement, Danger-Close Fighting, Bilateral Shooting, Natural Reaction Shooting Methods, 360 Degree After Action Assessment Methods, and Integrating hand to hand skills into the Firing Platform. This is the life-saving material that is often ignored in many other programs. In two days, you will receive more information than most armed professionals ever get!”

https://suarezinternational.com/crg-2-close-range-gunfighting/

 

Please let us know if you’re serious and interested.

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Suarez Close Range Gunfighting 1 Class

******Please take note, the dates have change for this class and CRG2******

 

 

I know it has been a long time for the readership.  But I’ve finally gotten a few minutes to  update everyone as to classes available (other than regular concealed carry classes).

 

We’re putting out feelers to know if there is interest in Suarez International’s Close Range Gunfighting 1 class.  Projected date is August 19-20, now August 26-27 2017.  It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a Suarez class.  These are really top notch trainers who truly rank on the international market.

This class will likely go if we get 5-6 students or more.

From the website:

“All training must begin with fundamentals. This comprehensive fundamentals class is designed to prep you for the more advanced courses such as Close Range Gunfighting. Through a carefully designed and detailed curriculum we are able to bring you up to a level of skill in a short two day class that previously would take over 4 or 5 days to achieve at other schools.

You will learn a complete presentation of the modern combative technique of the pistol which will put you in good standing for any defensive situations you may encounter in the real world.

We will also be incorporating fundamental Point Shooting techniques which will prep you for the more advanced courses such as Advanced Reactive Gunfighting. You will learn the components of various point shooting methods and integrate them into your existing skill sets. This knowledge will put you in good standing for any defensive situations you may encounter in the real world. No experience or prior training is needed to attend this class and it is specially suitable for beginners, or as a tune-up for accomplished shooters.”

More info on the class can be had on the website at this link.  The Mapleton class is still in its infancy and will not appear on the website until we’re sure it’s going to happen.

https://suarezinternational.com/crg-1-close-range-gunfighting/

 

Newsletter #5: The “Ultimate” Pistol

The “Ultimate” Pistol

 

A lot of discussion occurs on internet forums and in gun shops concerning what is the perfect self defense carry pistol.  Particular points almost universally covered in these arguments are power, capacity, size, concealability, accuracy, and sighting options.  Personally, I love the power/caliber arguments. Some say 9mm is the best because it gets more ammo in a lighter package and “studies have shown 9mm hollow points are statistically just as effective as .45 ACP” or some such drivel.  The .45 crowd has equally hilarious points to be made about “shooting twice is silly”.  One thing cannot be denied, the .45 caliber bullets are very large as far as handgun rounds go and the .45 ACP is at the upper end of most shooters’ ability to control for the purposes of self-defense.  But one thing is universally true: that handgun rounds are pretty anemic when it comes to immediately stopping men intending evil.  Both sides of the caliber argument can at least agree that rifle cartridges are far superior at immobilizing men.  It is most unfortunate that a rifle can’t be carried in a shoulder holster underneath a tee shirt in 95 degree summer weather. But it is obvious physics won’t currently, or in the near future, allow this.

I rarely see any benefit in firearms legislation.  In fact, I can tell of only one law off the top of my head that has resulted in any benefit at all.  And that one benefit is that the abortion which calls itself an AR15 pistol would not exist had it not been for ridiculous legislation prohibiting so-called “short barreled” rifles and shotguns.  What it looks like is what is left incomplete at the factory after everyone suddenly left for the day.  It is a rifle which has a short barrel (shorter than the “legal” 16 inches) and no butt stock. Because its buffer tube or receiver extension is required for operation, it is legal.  Putting the stock on it (completing the rifle build) would cause it to be a rifle and then it’s barrel would be too short.  Visually, it sticks out like an Irishman at a gay pride parade.  It doesn’t look like it belongs.

But this AR15 pistol packs modern rifle power and capacity into a small, easily purchased package (compared to short barreled rifles) that is portable and is covered under Oregon’s concealed handgun permit.  The main question has been: is it actually usable?  Happily, I can tell the reader that it is useable and worthwhile.

Personal testbed AR15 pistol with 11.5" barrel, flip down sights, Burris Fastfire 1, and test muzzle brake

For a few years now, in a backpack or similar sized package, I have carried an AR15 pistol.  I have experimented with the accuracy, portability, rate of fire and general defensive utility of this AR15 variant.  Advantages of this package are that it is lighter and shorter than full sized rifle or carbine variants (from personal experience, it is also lighter than comparable sized short barreled rifles) and is only marginally slower/harder to use than the aforementioned variants.  Its overall portability and utility outweigh the relatively minor inconvenience of being forced to use the end of its buffer tube as a stock-like protrusion.  Concerning accuracy, when I was repeatedly clanging a steel plate at 200 yards with bare irons, one of my stubbornest friends had to admit his concerns in that regard were unfounded.

Having to shorten the length of pull with the short tube utilized as a stock has not turned out to be the death knell for this experiment as I had originally feared.  The method of placing the buffer tube against the shoulder like a stock has actually been quite manageable after the shooting stance was slightly crunched and altered to allow proper cheek weld.   Being forced to shorten up has also carried over to the use of my actual stocked rifles and has made all my defensive rifles handier to store and use now that I keep their stocks retracted, too.  Little did I know that top trainers in the tactical world have also adopted this strategy (though for the direct benefits and not because they also advocate the use of the AR15 pistol).  In time, I feel they will come around to my way of thinking.

It is easy enough to see in the following videos that the AR15 pistol is easily controlled.  With a muzzle brake, as is shown in development in the videos, the variant becomes even more attractive.

The advantages of the AR15 pistol are:
– Increased power and capacity over pistol only carry
– Increased portability over rifle variants
– Decreased legal issues vs. short barreled rifles
– Concealed license applies to pistol vs. rifles (in some states)
– Minimal loss of combat utility vs. rifles
– No effective accuracy loss vs. rifles

Overall, the AR15 pistol is a very good addition to your rifle and pistol defensive battery.  It will have parts, magazines, and ammunition compatibility with your rifles (should you choose the AR15 platform for your rifles).  Simply, it allows you to have effective rifle power when and where you might not otherwise be able to have it.   I believe every person truly interested in maximizing his defensive capabilities within a reasonable budget cannot ignore the AR15 pistol.