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Gabe Suarez
Pirates Have No Borders
Warrior Capitalist, Maker Of Evil Plans, And Part Time Bon Vivant
Interests: Black Guns, Shiny Gold, Good Wines, Expensive Watches, Fast Cars, and Dangerous Pursuits
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One of the teaching points at the Killing Within The Law Seminar was that after the shots had been fired, you would have to explain yourself. Regardless of what the untested, myth-followers, on the internet will tell you, you cannot just say nothing. If a police officer responds to your shooting, he sees the body, and you refusing to speak to him, he will arrive at certain conclusions. He doesn't care about you, or the truth, or any of that. He cares about not having his Sergeant on his ass, and in getting off duty on time. And there will be a report written. Once that report is written, it will require the hand of God Himself to change it, so it is in your interest to select your role in the event. The role you want is "Victim". That role will be self-assigned if you conduct yourself properly and use your words to reinforce what is evident to the officers. A great deal of that is based on non-verbal things. A perceived gentleman will be seen in a vastly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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"After the battle - tighten the helmet straps" Old Samurai Maxim It is strange to me, how modern people think. They seem to have the attention span of chickens going from one seed to another. Last October, not five months ago, the Las Vegas shooting broke all the records. I will bet that not five out of ten people you stop on the street even remember it. And yesterday, seventeen killed at a high school. This morning everyone is running around like those chickens I discussed earlier...looking for their seed or their kernel of corn. But with the passage of time, all tensions are relaxed...and the blood lessons...and the focus...goes away and are replaced with the search for comfort. And soon...we will see another one. 1). Prevention. Sorry kids, you can't and you won't. No matter how many fences and guards you place temporarily. I suspect it was already illegal for Cruz to walk into the school with a rifle intent on murder. So much for the rules. In a free society you cannot detain people for what they may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have shot and killed an adversary. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the liability-mongers - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those trends to my benefits when it was my turn at the plate. First is the fact that you are the only one equipped to tell your story. The bad guys you shot, if they survive, will not be "keeping quiet". They will be telling the police you pulled your gun on them, perhaps create some appearance of racism if they can exploit it, and generally make it look like you are the over-reacting bad guy. If the police... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
With an additional adapter, yes. The folding brace works directly without any adapter.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2018 on REMINGTON TAC-14 PDW KIT at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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When we turn to the use of the shotgun in a combative, gunfighting application, we have to deal with the same issues. And I understand those issues well as I always felt better with more ammunition. But the issue we see with the shotgun which we do not see with other weapon platforms is the desire to keep that ammunition on the weapon itself. I don't dislike the idea of having some ammunition on the shotgun, but not if it compromises its handiness and utility. A shotgun is not a high volume of fire weapon. It is not intended to take part in an infantry maneuver under fire, nor to compete with a drum-fed SAW. The shotgun finds its utility in the same distance intervals the pistol does. It is a close and fast deployment weapon, and each press of the trigger has potentially the same effect as half a magazine of pistol ammo fired en mass. Think about this for a moment. Eight rounds of pistol ammo has about the same effect on a human torso as one round... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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THE "UKE BAG" FOR REMINGTON TAC-14 Many of our customers have asked for a way to carry this weapon to and from their intended destination without attracting attention. This is the best solution. 27" x 8" x 3", it is long enough to accommodate a Tac-14 or Stakeout with or without an Arm Brace. The light padding protects the weapon as well as diffuses the appearance of the contents. Will also work splendidly for Mossberg Shockwaves and any other weapon of similar dimensions. Includes exteriro pocket to carry your extra...music. Black Nylon Light Padding Carry Handles and Straps BUY IT HERE Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Ever since Glock made its debut into the LE world back in the late 1980s, there has been a quest to "perfect" its trigger. In truth, compared to many of the triggers on police pistols at the time, the Glock trigger was a huge advancement. But boy's being boys, the tinkering began. The quest seemed to take the path of making the triggers as light, and with as minimal take-up, as possible. Then with a good amount of judicious polishing, the officer ended up with a completely unsafe pistol, albeit with a wondrous trigger. And of course, since every Glock owner fancies himself a qualified gunsmith the moment they sign that 4473, the quest caught like chicken pox at a public school. TRIGGER MECHANICS - THE FEEL Now look...you can have a great trigger that is quite safe on a Glock, but you must accept that it will never have a trigger like a tuned 1911 or a single action revolver. But lets define the components parts of the trigger so you understand what is possible with a great Glock... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Nothing is free, and with all new technologies there are perceived issues and a learning curve. Because a smart phone is more difficult to use than a landline should not cause is to eschew the smart phone. Better to learn the new technology and take advantage of its benefits. A skilled man using advanced technology will surpass what a similarly skilled man can do without it. So here we go. 1). Problem Picking up the dot. This is an area where everyone over thinks the issue. There are entire articles devoted to this with so many varying proposed solutions many guys simply say its too much and dismiss the dot altogether. So here is the simple way...too simple in fact. If your dot is co-witnessed to be on your front sight (either on top of the sight, just below the top, or on the tritium vial), and if you have trained countless times to visually acquire that front sight, what will you automatically begin to see when you present the pistol and catch the sights? Wait for it....the dot of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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AND HOW IT APPLIES TO PISTOL RED DOT SIGHTS One of the things the detractors of the Red Dot Pistol often bring up is the possibility of the optic being occluded in one way or another such as rain or other environmental factor (mud, fog, etc.). The reality is that in a close range gun fight, inside 7 yards for example, you do not need any sort of a sight picture to shoot your adversary in the chest. So if the reactive need for the handgun arose, and even if whatever sighting system was there, suddenly disappeared, you would still be able to hit the other man in the chest. I can prove this to anyone in about 30 minutes on the range if they have an open mind and come without an agenda. So the requirement to fire a reactive shot at close range with occluded or missing sites is not a problem. Suggesting that a pistol cannot be used unless the sighting system is 100% functional smacks of a total misunderstanding of the nature of gunfight. Not surprising... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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SUAREZ TAC-14 FOLDING ARM BRACE SYSTEM The short "non-shotgun" weapons have revitalized the shotgun world and allowed these weapons to become a viable modern self-defense, close quarters choice. And the advent of the "Arm Brace" has combined with it to form a truly spectacular, adaptable, and modern weapon. Now we bring the next evolution of this concept, the Suarez Tac-14 Folding Arm Brace System. Most folding stocks and braces on the market were designed for light recoiling weapons, or made overseas from plastic components. They are weak and will inevitably break due to the plastic construction and insufficiently robust hinge mechanism. The power of the 12 gauge and 20 gauge demands a much more robust hinge system at its heart and that is what we make the center of this kit. Along with a robust, steel, made in America hinge and adapter system, we include an SB Tactical SOB Arm Brace, a modified Magpul MOE Grip and all the hardware necessary to turn your Tac-14 into the ultimate close quarters weapon. Included Robust Steel Folding Adapter Textured Modified Magpul MOE... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Ask any student of small arms to name the most typically American rifle and chances are that they will name the .30-30 lever action rifle. Manufactured for over a century by Marlin, Winchester, and others - the lever action invokes images of the Old West. We see Jimmy Stewart in "Winchester '73" smiting the enemies of justice and freedom with his "repeater". We see John Wayne admonishing his adversaries to "fill their hands" as he gallops forward, a stubby Winchester in each hand. And, of course, we see photos of that most American of presidents - Theodore Roosevelt wielding his lever action against all manner of beasties in Africa. This ubiquitous and understated weapon has played a very major role in this country's history. Today the lever action is most often seen in the hands of close range deer hunters as a brush gun. It is not likely to be the first weapon that comes to our minds when the talk turns to fighting. But make no mistake friends, as a fighting (anti-personnel) weapon, the lever action is just as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We have reworked our packages for the Tac-14 870s. We made most things options so you can customize as you wish, from minimal to complete system. We have several weapons that can be bought complete to you, or we can customize your existing Tac-14. Custom Tac-14s begin at $799.99 and packages built on your Tac-14 begin at $459.99. We have the original Stakeout, the Amphibian in all NP3, The Pointman which comes with an "Arm Brace" affixed and the new "Tomahawk" built on the 20 Ga version of the Tac-14. We will have a package available for the Mossberg Shockwave in a few weeks as well for those who wish to optimize their Shockwaves. This is a very solid and useful weapon concept, and with the refinements we offer, it will exceed anything thought possible with a weapon of its kind. Follow these links for more information - Complete Custom Tac-14 Stakeouts and Amphibians Stakeout and Amphibian Packages on your Tac-14 BUY A STAKEOUT, OR AMPHIBIAN IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS AND GET A FREE MAGPUL MS1 SLING Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The discussion of the new "0.10" narrower RMS-C prompted the staff to do an updated study on optics for the Glock 43 system. Most optics are narrow enough to fit, but too long. The width on a 43 is such that it will accept any optic with a 1.0" width...maybe a 1.10" depending on the location of the screws. But the factory slide, with its rear sight placement limits use of certain optics because they will intrude excessively into the firing pin safety hole. Since placing the rear sight forward of the optic is a poor idea, the location of that dovetail becomes an important factor if designing a Glock 43 slide The RMR is too wide, but the Deltapoint is not, although the Deltapoint is too long. We have fit the Vortex Venom (and thus a Fastfire fits as well), Docter, J-Point, Shield RMS. There may be others we have not tried. Again, the limiting factor is the rear sight dovetail. When we bring out our Suarez Signature Glock 43 slides, that will not be an issue and any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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TACTICAL ROLE OF THE SHOTGUN?? In 1990 (more or less) Jeff Cooper began teaching shotgun at his place in AZ. To his credit, he researched the available material quite thoroughly to arrive at his conclusions, but I suspect he had an idea of where he wanted to take it before starting. Jeff was a rifleman and saw all small arms from that perspective. In a VHS tape of the era he explains why the shotgun needs a tight pattern and sights and the issue of slugs. While his class discussed the use of the buckshot pattern, it made most guys think of keeping the pattern "as tight as a fist" out as far as possible and then shooting slugs out as far as possible. In fact, many of the shotgun cadre encouraged all slug all the time. To that end a cottage industry grew around meeting Jeff's ideal of the fighting shotgun. Ghost ring sights were added, barrels were choked, shooting slings made up, and you name it. I would ask the reader, why they would choose a shotgun to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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So I received many emails about the last piece. Here is more on the discussion. An NPE pistol MUST be DA, or have a heavy trigger, because an NPE pistol will be carried without a holster. NPE, by the way, stands for NON-PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENT. I would never carry a striker fired pistol that way for reasons mentioned. Specifically, the deeper the concealment...in pocket...in jock strap...without something protecting that short light trigger, you will in fact at some point, touch the trigger while accessing. And if the "touch" is during a time of duress, you will shoot yourself. It is not a training issue...it is a life and circumstance issue. Do it if you wish, but you will one day remember what I wrote here. Thus a Glock 42, 43, Shield and any SIG based on the 320 trigger - including the P365, is a Social Compromise Pistol and NOT an Non Permissive Environment Pistol. I will clarify the three basic carry categories below. They are based on the environment you will carry in and the legal/social/physical repercussions if discovered. Standard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Access and Concealment work against each other. The more access 9or speed of access) you want, the less concealment you must settle for. Conversely the more concealment you want the more you compromise access. And access doesn't mean some IPSC speed draw...it simply means getting the weapon in hand, quickly under duress and possibly while moving. Concealment is relative. You don't need an undercover operative overseas' concealment for every day life in normal America. I go about my life in AZ with either a Glock 17 or 19 under anything between a simple T-shirt to a polartec hoodie. I have no issues hiding a big pistol like this. Sure it requires some clothing choices, but like I have said for the last twenty years...the gun comes first...the clothing comes second. Do that and you will see what you can carry. Sadly, most people do the opposite and buy the pistol they can hide in their skinny jeans and justin Beaver t-shirt. That said, there are times when you compromise. Sometimes the social requirements might preclude large pistol carry but concealment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The Stakeout (or as the common people call it, a Tac-14 or Shockwave) is a different animal than a regular shotgun. Its like the difference between an AK and an AR. They are used in a different manner and from each other. First a discussion on the traditional use of a Shotgun with a bead. The stock and mount are crucial. Sports Shotgunners take great pains to fit their stocks because the stock places the face and the eye in the same place every time...hopefully anyway. The eye is in essence the rear sight...and the bead is the front sight. This works well enough unless you are shooting an extremely tight pattern...or slug rounds. With the Stakeouts, the rear sight...ie., the stock, is missing. And what happens is that Tac-14 (yes...I am going to use the words...Stockless Shotguns) users will always tend to shoot high. The reasons are two fold. One is the desire to keep the pistol grip lower than the face. Two is the way the stockless shotgun recoils (see the videos), back and down. Third is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG