Weapons and Tactics

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Watch and see what happens after some ISIS militants take over a Syrian outpost. Its bound to blow you away.



Join Fred as he finds out which oils stand up the best to the heat! In recent years there have been a few companies claiming to have the solution to all your gun oiling/greasing needs, and all to often we are let down by their promises for a better, cheaper, and more Eco-friendly products. And the biggest problem is that after you have sunk a bit of money into the product, that’s when you start to see the problems. So, take a seat and watch as Fred does the heavy lifting for you.

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Please understand that I do not encourage or enjoy the use or carrying of weapons and I urge you to consult and follow all [Federal/State/Provincial/Municipal] laws and regulations before you even consider the responsibility.

The historic Ninja, more accurately Shinobi, Shinobi-no-mono, or Kusa were masters of many different skills.  Most notably escape and evasion.  Escaping hostile situations was a small part of a Shinobi’s skill set though, rather escaping anyones awareness was the greatest feats a Ninja could achieve. So much so, there is much debate regarding the true history of those who later came to be referred to broadly as Ninja.

Why this interests me is in part their ability to utilize common items and hide within them lethal weapons.  This, perhaps amongst any other martial system sets the Ninja apart.  Their ability to create and master a myriad of weapons that although were devastating, were hidden in plain sight.

From the article below, it seems that the Shinobi did not possess this quality alone.  We may have to give a tip of our hats to acknowledge one of the first masters of silent warfare. For more examples of more modern hidden weapons follow the link provided: http://www.unfinishedman.com/gun-porn-101-disguised-guns/






A case that inconspicuously unfolds into a pistol; a Zippo lighter that carries something a bit hotter than a flame; a whip-gun that ‘cracks’ twice.

The second and more poignant aspect that I have adopted is the versatility of their tools.  When setting out on long expeditions which must be conducted above the suspicion of those around you and perhaps unsupported, you cannot storm off into battle with rifles slung, and swords-a-ready.  This forced the Shinobi to become not only ingenious in their problem solving, but extremely creative in their design.  The result of these two characteristics were tools that could solve many problems in many different situations.  Swords that were ladders.  Ropes that were employed not only to climb but also disable, secure, and kill.

The famously recognized ninja star which is always viewed being thrown, is actually only the exhibition of one set of techniques utilized with a specific type of Shuriken.  The idea being that any technique should be performed with a myriad of tools in your hands and you should not be hindered by your equipment.  Perhaps not in every specific case, but for a large amount, you can do a hip throw bare-handed, or with the aid of a staff or Yari, or maybe with a rifle.  Perhaps that machine you carry is more than for punching holes and being used as a blunt instrument and can instead assist you in performing much more effective movements.

Multiple styles of Shuriken [Ninja Stars] and Bo-Shurkien [ Throwing Spikes] over GM Masaaki Hatsumi’s shoulder in the background of this photo.stars

The Shinobi Nawa, or Ninja Rope: Consisted of a long piece of rope with an iron ring on one end, and a blade on the opposite.  It can be thrown using the ring as a counter weight, or used in an altercation to tie up your enemy


The lesson to be taken then is not all is that it appears to be.  As such we should seek to employ things for as many purposes as we can that are beyond their common usage.  In this way, we may begin to select our gear perhaps not by its one greatest quality, but because it serves the greatest amount of purposes very well.  The Ninjato [ A shorter, straight sword used to parry and poke in and around the larger, more curved swords of the Samurai] utilized by Ninjas were not the best quality and did not have the sharpest blades, but they developed a method and a tool to deal with adversaries who were better equipped and usually in larger numbers.  Their needs drove their selection of tools and training and there was no disillusionment about the fact that their survival depended on these choices.

Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th Grandmaster of the Togakure-Ryu demonstrates that a mask serves not only to intimidate opponents, but also to strike at them and block with as well.  Tools like this mask aided in developing the image of Ninjas as Oni or Demon warriors.


Know your task, and plan accordingly.

– Adam

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Adam Painchaud from the Sig Academy introduces a drill designed to do away with the dreaded flinch that all honest shooters battle with.  I consistently train and encourage dry-fire practice, and I believe it to be an invaluable part to any shooting regiment.

Dry-fire practice allows us to concentrate exclusively on the movement in the gun that we introduce while pulling, pressing, or squeezing the trigger.  We are also able to work it into any other practice of shooting fundamentals be it movement, draws, or reloads etc. Initially, I would think of my trigger pull as leaning on the trigger because I imagine it as the opposite of a hard shove, but that imagery works for me and may not for you.

I have seen DF practice demonstrated by balancing a casing or small object on your slide though I do not like the idea of it being performed this way.  In my mind, we are required to have the ability to follow our front sight through discharge, so why not get practice by actually focusing on the movement of our front sight?

In the posted video, what I would question, comment on, or pose a query too, is the distance of the shot.  For most shooters, again honest shooters, a 40 m. shoot is no easy feat, or at the very least demands more concentration than normal engagements. Due to this fact we are forced to slow down and really focus on our trigger pull.  This increased concentration while making us more aware of our trigger pull, is not catching our nasty and more natural habits which in this instance is the flinch reaction or anticipation of recoil.


I would like to see a 2 or more shot string performed prior to this check so that when we do go to our test, our hands are conditioned to anticipate the recoil of the second, or third shot, and our flinch would be more evident.

This is a good demonstration of a useful technique if one chooses to fine-tune their pull, catch extra practice between range visits, or get a lot of practice in on a budget.

Train well, train consistently

– Adam

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Eric Grauffel and Robert Vogel are superstars of the IPSC world and by watching the way they demolish this steel you can see why.  Both competitors possess an incredibly impressive resume of achievements within the firearms world, and although they are not combat shooters, both have mastered the pistol.

Eric Grauffel has astoundingly won 199 President Medals and is a five time World IPSC Champion making him one of the most accomplished shooting competitors.   He has succeeded in achieving an unprecedented winning streak by taking roughly 190 straight victories against the world’s top competitors.  Eric Grauffel is sponsored by Tanfoglio amongst numerous other notable companies.3

Robert Vogel is also not a person to be dismissed or taken lightly as he is an amazing competitor on the world stage. He is the only Law Enforcement Officer to have won both IPSC and USPSA championships and his resume includes a stunning amount of titles and awards.  Mostly accomplished with a Glock in his hands.


Both shooters began early and since that time have spent countless hours training and putting millions of rounds down range.  By studying the videos and hopefully being able to train with them, we can take a peak at  the awesome skill and technique that these two display.

One element that stands out to me most is the way that each athlete does not hesitate or become thrown off by missing targets.  It’s great going when the ship sails smoothly, but real competitors are determined by how they deal with their errors or un-anctipated events.  On top of maintaining focus throughout the stage, their shot cadence, accuracy and speed are awe inspiring to watch.  Another skill that sets these two apart from the millions of other competitors other than their flawless reloads and smooth draws, is their ability to move efficiently.  This ability much like Bruce Lee’s economy of motion theory, allows both shooters to gain valuable time by not wasting it through excessive movement.  This allows them to make accurate hits on target.  It would be beneficial to also study their precise movements as they transition to different targets and how they move their shooting platform.

IPSC was broken down simply to me by a student of Eric’s.  IPSC, he said, is really two games in one. It’s a moving game, and it’s a shooting game.  The faster you move, the more efficient you move, the more time you give yourself to make accurate shots.  Not only have I found this to be true in competition, it has resonated within my other training as well, specifically the martial training.  There are more or less efficient ways to move your body from point A to point B, as there are with moving your fist from point A to point B.  By moving efficiently we are able to gain valuable time and perhaps distance, which when combined give us more space to react.  A straight line is more direct than a circle, and as such, a straight punch will always be faster than a hook. Assuming one has any preparation time to put the theory to work.  You may drive faster than I walk, but if you leave as I cross the finish line that fact is not going to work to your benefit.


Eric’s characteristic giant step, like a sprinter out of the hurdles, initiates all of his movements.  Choosing where to change mags can be the difference between a good win and a close loss. 

It is my intention then, to highlight areas where our different skills and training cross-over in order to facilitate the broadening of our individual perspectives.  No single person has all the answers that we seek, so we must learn to accumulate, interpret, and extrapolate information from every source available.



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