The Tactical Pistol
Advanced Gunfighting Concepts and Techniques
Written by Gabriel Suarez
Review by Jesse Seal

Recently I've acquired my CCL (concealed carry license), something I take very seriously as someone who considers himself a warrior. I not only did this to protect myself, but I've automatically taken upon the responsibility of those in close proximity to me. Their safety is just as important as mine.

If you haven't read Carrying a Concealed Weapon: A Wake-Up Call, do so now. To recap why I'm recommending The Tactical Pistol, pay attention to this part of the article:

"Standing in a stationary position during a concealed carry class and squeezing off multiple rounds during the proficiency testing does NOT necessarily mean you can shoot worth a damn while under fire or duress, make critical split second decisions, and shoot on the move."

The Tactical Pistol, while by no means a substitute for seeking out a skilled instructor, will provide the fundamental concepts and techniques for deploying a firearm in different situations, as well as what to do if you experience a weapon malfunction when you need your gun the most. More importantly, Gabe Suarez will give you some instruction on how/what to train when you're at home (dry fire training) or at the range (live fire training).

Please, from one concealed carrier to the next, don't buy a gun and neglect training with it! Take the responsibility seriously and devote time every week to honing your shooting skills, instead of going to the range and wasting ammo for your "training." This book is a great beginner's manual (despite that "Advanced" is slapped on the cover).

Here is an example from the book, explaining the rules of close-quarters combat:

"Rule two of close-quarters combat: he who moves first will usually win -- so be "offsides" on the play!

Try this experiment. Secure a training partner and venture to the pistol range. With holstered pistols, you will each draw and shoot a target placed 10 feet downrange. Have your partner initiate the drill by drawing and shooting first. As you glimpse him moving toward his gun in your peripheral vision, draw your own weapon and shoot your own target as fast as you can. Your partner will probably get his shot off before you do, but the two shots will be remarkably close. Use a shooting timer to illustrate the point.

The preceding drill will demonstrate that your shot will follow your partner's by less than half a second. This means that if you both shoot at each other within arm's length, you will both be shot, albeit one will die less than half second before the other. Who really wins here? Nobody. If you must let an adversary tip his hand, as you must do in defensive situations, you want to do something to forestall his ability to hit you. You need to do more than just move first if you can buy that quarter to half second necessary to get your own weapon out and working.


Notice how Suarez presented a concept, a drill that can be done to engrain the concept, and then explains why the concept is important. This is all done in a logical, orderly fashion, and the rest of the book follows suit. While the drill in this example isn't designed to teach you to "beat" someone who draws first, it is designed to show you why you don't want to be the reactive one. Nevertheless, the drill is fun at increasing your draw speed while competing with a friend (you can each switch up who draws first to see who is actually faster).

If you haven't taken upon yourself to get extra training once you've acquired a concealed carry license, then do it now! Meanwhile you can start reading this book, as it is a great guide for those preparing themselves for a defensive shooting situation.

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About the Author

Jesse Seal is the assistance Combatives Instructor, and has been training in Combative Sciences since 2008. He has also been training and learning through Bullock's Irondom Performance Systems since 2010.

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