Metal Injection Molded Parts (MIM) are the future for many manufacturers, not just Glocks, but everything from 1911s to SIG (yes...even the new angelic 320). I had my doubts and so I researched. Two concepts that I have always held foremost when examining an issue have been, "where there is smoke there is fire", and Deep Throat's famous, "follow the money". Both those facts are kept in mind here as we read of broken parts in just about every modern pistol. We hear more of course from those that are most prolific, but nonetheless. Then we hear from the MIM-apologists, telling us that the MIM parts are just as good as everything that came they secretly open the box containing the new free rifle or pistol they got from the manufacturer that uses MIM parts. So here is what we know. MIM, also known as "sintered metal" is used not because its better, but rather because its cheaper. When a manufacturer makes a change it is for one of those factors, never simply "just because". So is an MIM... Read more →

The following article was submitted by Suarez Specialist Instructor Danny Ammons. Rising Threat: The Islamic State’s Militarization of Children In the opening scene of “American Sniper”, the sniper spots a woman and child exiting a building. The woman hands the child what looks like to be a grenade and the child starts running towards American troops. The sniper had to decide to take the shot and eliminate the threat even though it was a child. The sniper then had to kill the woman because she then posed a threat by picking up the grenade and headed towards the American troops. The sniper fortunately made the right choice by using deadly force but now has to live with the fact he killed a child. These are the new contours of the battle against the Islamic State. A growing body of evidence makes clear that the Islamic State (IS) is actively exploiting children on the battlefield in order to gain the upper hand against stronger and better armed adversaries. Most recently, on August 20th, 54 people were killed and 66 injured at... Read more →

I have been working with the battle axe for a few now and have come to some conclusions. 1). This is different than a traditional stocked weapon. It requires a different attitude and shooting method than most use. Much of it once learned can carry over to stocked shotguns. 2). This is a limited ammo system. It requires reduced recoil ammo and I suspect at the end of the day, its best use will be #4 Buck. This is not a 50 yard weapon, but an approximation of the close range battle axe. Devastating in its niche. Only idiots will try full power loads or slugs here since you will not be able to run it well that way. 3). It is not a hip shooting weapon, although it can be used that way and many other ways. It is best used from eye level and can be run quickly if the shooter works it well. It is not a girl's weapon unless the girl is a powerlifter or MMA fighter. The battle axe is not an egalitarian weapon. 4).... Read more →

Continuing with our "Justified Killing 101" series I want to discuss a topic we see with dogs, but has rarely been ever used to describe humans in conflict. That is Fear Aggression. Look at the two images above. Before reading the rest of the article look at them and see the differences in demeanor, posture, emotion, as well as the outward manifestation of those emotions. On the left we see a small dog baring his teeth. If a picture could have sound you could almost hear the little growl coming from the little throat rolling into a full blow little bark. The little dog is afraid and if he was a human, we would say he was emotional, angry, and loudly acting out those emotions. A fear aggressive dog is dangerous because he is unpredictable and uncontrollable and his fear will lead him to bite even if biting is not what is called for...and even then, those bites will be applied hesitantly and poorly. On the right we see a wolf on the stalk. Look at the image again. There... Read more →

Look at this image. Is the shooter pointing in with a stocked shotgun, or is it a pistol grip only weapon? This was a discussion on my forum Warrior Talk recently. What I told the guys there was that they needed a fresh perspective on shotguns, and the PGO "other" shotgun in particular. Way too many prospective shotgun guys are mentally monkey trapped with shotgun traditions, shotgun sports, and the like. The focus on my blog, and classes, and when we launch or custom shotgun program, will not be "birds, bunnies, and clays". I have nothing against those pursuits, but just as NASCAR has little to do with PSD/Emergency Driving, shotgun sports and shotgun fighting are not the same things. The PGO, or as I plan to call them, "Stake Out Shotgun" is a newly rediscovered system that I will be working with this year. I ran a similar system years ago when I worked a surveillance unit with the politically correct name of "Crime Impact Team". There is an internet myth that these weapons are only fired from the... Read more →

THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM The Shield Maiden and I had been working on our ground fighting skills, as husbands and wives often do, when the call came in. It was five "9"s in succession. Translated that meant, "call station right now shit is going down". This was long before texts...and even before Al Gore invented the internet...we carried pagers. I grab up the phone and call in. "Gang-related Murder. Sgt. Cooper thinks it was the mom". Shit...I hated those kinds of calls. I tossed the Go-Bag in the back seat of the T-Bird and sped down La Tuna Canyon to PCH as Phil Collins tuned out on the stereo in the summer evening. The victim was a known gang member and the common thought back then was that all of the family were gang members as well, from the 90 year old deaf grandfather to the five year old little brother with snot running down his face. I walked in past the uniforms as I threw on my "Gang Unit" jacket to explain my shaved head and long... Read more →