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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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Few guys today will remember those heady days in Los Angeles. It was early 1992, and the focus of everything in the news and on television was the violent arrest of Rodney King. King, a known Altadena Bloc Crip Gangmember, became the rationale for a week of rioting in April of that year. Known today as the LA Riots. It was a violent time, and for young hard charging officers, it was a great time to be on the job. If you were in a Special Enforcement Unit, it was the time you would always recall as the busiest and most active part of your career. We heard stories of LA Gang members targeting officers off duty, on their way home or to work. We heard of road blocks set up by those same people. As much as the political officials and police administrators wanted to ignore it, we were facing an insurgency. At the time, the agency I worked for was very strict with weaponry for Special Enforcement. We had access to many things, but controls were tight and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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CNC Machined in the USA of bar stock steel - Matte finished black ((Unlike other aluminum units on the market) Uses any sights made for Glock (sights not included) Sights can be zeroed independent of the red dot for true co-witnessing (Unlike other units on the market) Secured with precise cut dovetail slide cover plate - Includes rear slide cover plate, L-mount Can detail strip slide without removing the mount (Unlike other units on the market) Accepts any red dot sight (Unlike other units on the market) Optimal mounting height for suppressors - Compatible with most holsters. Fits all Glocks 9mm/40/357 SIG/45 ACP and 10MM (no 36, 42, and 43 models). AND UNLIKE OTHER UNITS ON THE MARKET - ONLY $79.99 L-Mount Version 2.0 from Suarez International on Vimeo. NOTE: L-MOUNTS ARE IN USE WITH BRITISH SBS OPERATORS, AND OTHER SPECIAL UNITS IN EUROPE Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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The-Suarez-PDW from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Is the Shield RMS or RMS-C the Trijicon-Killer? No, not at all. Neither is the Leupold Deltapoint for that matter. When we received the first RMS we installed it on a slide and ran it for a month in our testing. We carried it, we shot it, we used it in all sorts of ways a normal duty CCW weapon would be carried, and as a duty openly carried weapon would be carried an used. We did not abuse the weapon nor the optic. I will leave those S&M tactics to the clown princes of the gun world. I wrote up my findings in an article published on this blog and passed around in social media. Here is a more detailed description of my view on the Shield RMS. CHOOSING THE RIGHT RED DOT SIGHT 1). For a light to moderate duty optic to be carried concealed day-to-day, on a smaller sized pistol it is an excellent choice. Not the best choice however for a hard duty combat weapon that will be shot thousands of times per month and endure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Diagonal Lines Kata - First Teaching from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
NP3 Trigger Linkage from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
In my educated and extremely experienced opinion, a braced Stakeout/Tac-14 is the epitome of the 12 ga weapon system. There is very little an 18" barrelled and stocked 870 will do, if anything, that this weapon concept will not do just as well. And I will put up a "braced" Tac-14 up against any SBS as well. We offer three levels of Stabilizing Brace from a basic and "affordable" kit, to the best of the best, the Folding Brace. Lets look at all of them. SUAREZ TAC-14 BASIC BRACE KIT - $124.99 This is a value-priced, entry level kit. It is an arm brace and not a stock and therefore legal anywhere a Tac-14 is legal (verify local laws). Kit includes an Ergo Grip Adapter, a pistol receiver extension, an AR-15 Pistol Grip, and a Shockwave Blade Arm Brace. A castle nut is not included since the receiver extension tubes is not required to be timed. Easily installed on a Tac-14 by the end user. Check all local laws before installing. Pistol Receiver Extension Ergo Polymer Grip Adapter AR-15 Pistol... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We live in a curious time. While the west has been at war for nearly two decades, most men still live in comfortable homes with few things lacking. And fewer have seen hardship...the sort of hardship that changes one's world view. And so they move through their lives inhabiting grown men's bodies, but with the emotions and mental toughness of kids. Toughness is something one builds and develops, not something one is given at birth. And toughness builds an emotional maturity that allows a man to control his emotions. We all have breaking points, but the breaking point if a tough man is farther down the road. Hemingway was once asked in a long ago magazine article to describe toughness or "guts". He said it was grace under pressure. Kipling wrote about it as well (and it is a sad and unfortunate thing that so few will have ever read either of these men) "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Novices concentrate on the "how" of something - Masters concentrate on the "why". You see it martial arts training all the time. Students in lines executing one movement or another, emulating the instructor. The same thing is seen in the firearms world. Lots of guys know "how" to - for example - reload the handgun, and they are spitting images of their instructor. But unless they understand "why" it is important to do it that way, they don't really know anything other than to mimic what somebody else has taught them. And it gets worse when that instructor didn't know either. Just as Karate's moves have applications that must be learned and understood, the same must be said about the far simpler martial science of pistol fighting. Often we will see somebody emulating a competition technique, or a technique that is workable only when you are a member of a team. The reasons for this usually end up with - "it looks cool". If that is the sum total of your goal in training - looking cool - or winning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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For the past few years we have mentioned the importance of mindlessness, or the ability to react skillfully, perfectly and spontaneously to a threat. We have also discussed the way to attain those skills, to develop the pattern-less/system-less ability to improvise to an unexpected event. Those attributes, by the way, are the keys to winning the reactive fight. I don't care how well or accurately you shoot. If you do not have the ability to move on demand, quickly and dynamically as you draw the weapon and counter attack, you will lose and you will die. We show that time and time again in our force on force sessions. In the reactive realm it is all about timing and about not getting shot. As we focused harder and deeper on the development of the gunfighter it became clearer that the method to get our gunfighters to the level we wanted them to be was not via more range training, nor more force on force. The methodology had been laid out a long time ago and it was something that some... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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In years past we submitted the idea of The Gentleman Killer. As anticipated the fearful ones in the training industry all grabbed their chests in angst. But in a world of scruffy, saggy-panted, man cubs the real world image of the Gentleman Killer is exactly what is necessary as an example of the way things ought to be. Jonathan Nobody posted a list of attributes on warrior talk. Here is a link to that discussion - warriortalk His list is a very good one. What is conspicuously missing from the attributes of the Gentleman Killer? Uncontrolled emotion. In truth, emotion is a tool and the show of it is a weapon. You control it, not the reverse. Political motivations. Marx was wrong...it is politics and not religion that is the "opiate of the masses". Defensive exculpatory positions when challenged. Learned men will recall their Macbeth and not "protest too much". What should be there? Mission focused and goal oriented with a firm held belief that nothing is impossible. Well spoken and sharply articulate to get the point across and have... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL WILL NOT HAVE A MEMORIAL DAY SALE We make plenty of money during the year. Memorial Day is not a day for us to focus on selling things at attractive prices...not for us. That day is for celebrating and remembering fallen brothers and sisters. For raising a glass to them, perhaps wiping away an errant tear, and for vowing to remember what they stood and died for. Until Valhalla. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Beating The 21 Foot Rule from Suarez International on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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Real fights are not mutually agreed upon combat, like some Karate Kid match with rules. There isn’t a start signal. You are either focused on the event or you are not. If you are not focused and ready, then the start signal will be you getting shot…or hopefully shot at and missed. We are here to discuss the other side of that, the proactive side. You are not only on scene at ground Zero, but are ahead of the wave so to speak. Not reacting to something completely unexpected, but rather acting deliberately. This is no small matter as we are talking about drawing your pistol and shooting another man, or men. So how do we cross that gap? Before continuing, I suggest you review the flowchart we published some time ago. Linked here for your perusal. There are points that help you get closer, arrive at the decision to shoot...bridge the gap. These involve value judgements on the focus of your attention and the perceived danger they present. For example, in the recent Texas school shooting, a trench coat... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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1). Defense does not exist – there is attack and there is counter attack 2). Everything begins and ends with marksmanship 3). Justify Shooting first 4). You must understand the role of initiative in the fight 5). Remember that it is not about the score, it is about killing 6). Your body must be capable of doing whatever you need it to do 7). Tactics exist to get you an angle for your shot 8). It is not about speed, it is about timing 9). Gunfighting is simply hand to hand combat at 1500 feet per second 10). Live as there was an enemy around every corner and behind every door 11). The pen is not mightier than the sword, it must be its equal 12). The tiger is good at killing, but the antelope tells the tale Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We recall the drill. The shoothouse instructor briefed you on the radio call. "Shots fired, homicide in progress in a home, multiple victims down, suspect is a male white - 40 - wearing a red hoodie, white pants and sunglasses. Armed with a handgun" Then he said, "Hurry - back up is thirty minutes out", as he tapped you on the back. Then as you go into the kill house (oh wait...never mind, they renamed it a few years earlier to "shoot house"...cant be training killers dontchaknow)...then as you move into the killhouse you are met with a myriad of no-shoot targets depicting children and women with terrified looks positioned as if fleeing the evil man whom you were told was in the process of killing everyone. Then as you clear a corner you see the red hoodie, and the man fitting the description in the purposely dimmed (but not too dim) light, holding his hand outstretched as if holding a firearm and you the face and you smoke him like a bad cigar. "Cease fire" the former Internal Affairs... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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We Live In A Time Of War! I first used those words almost three years ago. Today we had the twenty-second mass shooting of 2018. And as I listened to the various commentators and political pundits on the various news stations on the drive to work, it occurred to me that not only are all of these pundits total fools, but the majority of the population have so declawed themselves as to be of no use whatsoever in an event like this. Truly they have self-selected as weaklings. Here is a reiteration of the original - updated for 2018. I want to talk about how you live in a time of war versus a time of peace. And you can protest all you wish that you don't want to live like that and that if you change your habits the terrorists win. Sure, but if they crush you and your family with a truck during a parade, or capture you and cut your balls off in front of your family like they did at the Bataclan Theater, they also win... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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All weapons are special niche weapons. Some of those niches are larger than others, but in its own world, each weapon rules the day. At ten feet, with a skilled and athletic gunfighter, the knife will not prevail. Make that gunfighter slow and overweight and the scale tips to the knife. Make the distance 21 feet (yes, I have seen the videos), and the fit, athletic skilled gunfighter wins every time – provided he has been properly trained. Change the battlefield and make it in an elevator, a bathroom stall, a confessional, or similar confined space and the knife has the advantage over the most powerful holstered, or drawn pistol. We live in a time of war, and last week we heard of more jihadist attacks in France. So lets wake up on the matter of blades. You often hear about “surviving the knife attack”. First, that is the wrong attitude. One survives terminal disease, an unprepared night in subzero blizzard conditions, or a plane crash. A fight is something one enters into, willingly or not, with the idea of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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You would think that by now, these matters would be settled. But what happens is that people do not read much these days and easily forget what they once read. And various bloggers and gun magazines need something to get people's attention so they rehash things over and over until they have simply no interest to anyone (the old 9mm vs. 45 argument comes to mind). The latest involves the red dot discussion in a popular new gun magazine. As history verifies, we have been doing red dots now for nearly a decade. We have learned many things and refuted many myths. But in case some missed our work, here are a few points: 1). Red Dots have Been Around Forever: Well, yes and no. When this is mentioned they refer to the concept of the red dot used in competition, not in carry weapons. Sure guy like Jarret and others competed successfully with red dots in the Jurassic Age of the 1990s, but when they drove home from the match, that winning pistol was in a gun case and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can guess that their intentions are bad. And you did just that, arming yourself with your Glock. The light you added made you feel safer operating in low light, and that article you read said that all gunfights happened in the dark. You kept both hands on the Glock, just like on the range, and it helped steady the pistol through the waves of adrenaline. Remember, you told yourself - target identification is the most important thing so use the light. Not wanting to shoot an innocent, you had turned the light on with your support hand as you began to move through the house and - End of story - the bad guys saw your light and sent a magazine of ammunition your way. One of the thirty rounds hit you in the head and you died. Let's try again shall we? You heard them moving through the house. Anytime someone is attempting to maneuver in stealth against you, you can... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
By Detective Wendell White This is a forum for dangerous people, who may one day find themselves in dangerous situations doing dangerous things. After dangerous things are done there is the inevitable reckoning, at least most of the time. To assist in preparation for the reckoning from a lethal force event we had an outstanding training opportunity with Brent in Washington this past Saturday. I just want to discuss one of dozens of issues covered, in the simple hope it will assist dangerous people to continue doing dangerous things to dangerous people for a very long time - the investigative "time out." This isn't a secret, but by the comments in the class wasn't especially known, so for the good of all I'll mention it here. The initial police contact will involve into an investigative detention. The investigative detention, with its particular court-afforded latitude to law enforcement may allow reasonable suspicion to evolve into probable cause. When dealing with reasonable suspicion and probable cause a natural byproduct may, depending on custodial issues, be the advisement of one's constitutional rights. These... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG